Motivational

Book Blast Tour- My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One by Glenn W. Powell

Write Now Literary Book Tours is pleased to be organizing a book blast tour for My Last Baggage Call Aboard Air Force One by Glenn W. Powell. This tour will run Feb 22, 2019. Click here to book your own tour. 
Genre of Book: Memoir, Motivational, Military Life and History
ISBN-10: 1986878406
ISBN-13: 978-1986878401
               

           Meet Glenn 

 
Sergeant First Class Glenn W. Powell (Retired) is a native of Toledo, Ohio. He enlisted into the United States Army in 1982 and retired in 2002. During his military career, he served as a heavy vehicle driver, a squad leader, and non-commissioned officer.
In September 1991, SFC Powell joined the George HW Bush White House as a chauffeur, and in 1992, was promoted to transportation coordinator for the white house Press Corps, serving in the Clinton Administration.
In December 1995, he assumed the duties of transportation supervisor for Air Force One.
In January 2001, during his service under President George W. Bush, SFC Powell was transferred to the White House Military Office, Customer Support and Organizational Development where he served as deputy director.
SFC Powell retired with distinction from the Military in 2002. He received numerous awards and decorations throughout his service, including the Legion of Merit Metal, Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the United States Army Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters. He received U.S. Service Ribbons for both domestic and overseas service.
Glenn and Ronda Holloway Powell have been married for 25 years, and have three sons, Darius, Warren, and Glenn, II. They reside in Virginia. For more information, or to contact Glenn Powell regarding availability for speaking opportunities, please email him at glennwpowell@aol.com.
 
 
              About The Book
 
Sergeant Glenn W. Powell’s MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL is the story of a most unlikely young man who leaves his working-class environment of Toledo, Ohio, to become a soldier. Seeking excitement and a way to “make something of himself,” Glenn Powell’s journey exceeds his wildest dreams—a journey that began in basic training in Fort Hood, Texas ends at 1600 Pennsylvania avenue—the most important address in the world. MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL is about so much more than Glenn Powell’s military journey, but about poignant memories of family, friendships, sacrifices, and love—central to his story is Ronda Holloway, the beautiful young woman he falls in love with in Manheim, Germany, and, who joins him on his life journey as wife, soulmate and mother to their two sons. MY LAST BAGGAGE CALL offers readers a glimpse into Sergeant Glenn Powell’s 30-year transformation from the much-beloved boy who seeks more in life…to the man, who discovers it—in adventure, in friendships, and in service to three American presidents. a service he delivered with pride, unquestioned loyalty, distinction and in the end, great admiration.
 
 
Excerpt
 
A Soldier’s Story 
Shortly after I turned 18, I enlisted in the army. Around that time, I learned that the young woman I’d been dating was pregnant, so going into the army would be an opportunity to provide for my child. The army sent me to Fort Dix in New Jersey for boot camp training on April 22, 1982. It was the perfect enlistment site for me.
Because of the popular television show, Dallas, I had in mind that I wanted to go to Fort Hood, Texas and meet JR Ewing. Not only did I meet Larry Hagman, the actor who played JR, but I also met the entire cast at one of the big Dallas malls. That was in the 80s when the networks spent money to have cast members show up to greet their fans, and when fans could easily get a photo with the stars. Meeting JR had been on my mental bucket list. Later I learned that “Klinger” from Mash and Danny Thomas were both from Toledo, and so I added them to the list.
In 1983, I re-enlisted and chose Hawaii as my next army stint. There for 18 months, I’m convinced that the Hawaii move helped me look long and hard at myself and my future. In Hawaii, I decided I needed to better myself. I enrolled at the Wahiawa Community School for Adults and got my high school diploma. My mother was so disappointed when I didn’t graduate from high school, so I did it as much for her as for myself.
My long transportation management career began in Wahiawa. I was one of a large number of applicants who applied for a temporary mission of driving for the Sergeant Major for the division. He was the senior enlisted man at the post. I beat out the other candidates for that position. Later, I drove for the one-star general at the post. After that, I returned to my unit and worked as the battalion mail clerk until he left in 1985. While there, I met friends and mentors who would help me decide on my career journey. That same year, I was asked to re-enlist, and First Sergeant Herbert Harris became a lifelong mentor and friend. Sergeant Harris recommended that I choose Fort Eustis in Newport News, Virginia for my re-enlistment. I remained at Fort Eustis from April 1985 until January 1988.
I became a squad leader, and for the next six months, I managed a squad of truck drivers in and around the base. After that, I was set on transportation becoming my specialty, but my career trajectory changed some when I was appointed to head up NCO Training, where I was responsible for the training of 270 soldiers.
Around this time, I met First Sergeant Fletcher Walker. He was sent in to straighten out our company, and he did just that. He would stand up at the top of the stairs with his hat covering his eyes but looking down at us. Sergeant Walker was a ‘soldier among soldiers,’ an airborne paratrooper, a Vietnam Veteran who had been shot three times. There was no one more surprised when he chose me to run the training.
I knew he had high expectations, and I was determined not to disappoint him. He was the kind of leaders for whom soldiers would fight and die. He was a true hero who taught me how to be a soldier and a man. He shared a lot about life with me. I imitated him in many ways so much that everyone would call me “Baby Walker.” I met his family and it was an honor. He retired as a Command Sergeant Major.
 
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30 Days, 30 Authors- LaToya Murchison

Hi everyone and welcome back to the 30 Days, 30 Authors event! Today, I have the pleasure of having LaToya Murchison on my blog today. I have interacted with LaToya on various events on social media and not only is she a wonderful author, but she also does poetry that is not only inspirational, but powerful. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out LaToya’s work. It’s amazing.

 

Now, here’s LaToya!

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author bio

LaToya Murchison is a Woman After God’s Own Heart. LaToya was born and raised in Southern Pines, NC and started writing poetry as a junior in high school. LaToya found that writing allowed her to be creative and eventually discovered her interest in becoming a published author. After graduating from high school and uncertain of her career path, she attended and received an Associate Degree in Office Systems Technology from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C.

LaToya is passionate about encouraging, helping, and building up others. She gave her life over to Christ 8 years ago and is the best decision she ever made. At the age of 18 doctors told her that she would not live to see the age of 25. On August 2, 2015 she turned 37 years old and she continues to give God all the thanks daily because she knows that if it had not been for the plan and the favor that he had set for her life before she was born she would not be here today. LaToya loves to spread the word of God everywhere she goes.

In 2012 LaToya created a Facebook Group named D.O.V.E Daughters of Virtue with a mission to unite women who strive to encourage and empower other women and members of their community. She created dove to promote unconditional love, peace unity and the importance of understanding and respecting women’s individual’s rights to choose a spiritual path.

LaToya serves as Media Director and Children’s Ministry Assistant at Love Grove Free Will Baptist Church. LaToya published her first book A Praying Heart on November 21, 2014 and her second book Poetic Expressions on May 30, 2015.

 

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

 

You can connect with Author LaToya Murchison at:

Website: http://latoyaauthor.wix.com/authorlatoyam

Facebook: www.facebook.com/latoyamwrites

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LaToyaauthor

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/authorlatoyam

Instagram: www.instagram.com/authorlatoyam

Blogger: www.authorlatoyamurchison.blogspot.com

Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/latoyamurchison

Tumblr: http://authorlatoyamurchison.tumblr.com/

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/latoyam78/

Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/c/AuthorLaToyaMurchison

 

author interview

1. Besides writing, what else do you like to do?

I love to motivate and in inspire others to reach for greatness. I am an avid reader and I try to read at least 5 books a week. I am currently on book 54 of 100 for my reading goal challenge.

2.What inspired you to become an author?

Writing has always been a for a therapy for me. Writing allow me to get all of my thoughts down without having to explain or defend what I am thinking because words do not talk back.

3.What was your first reaction when your debut novel was published?

I felt blessed because I was finally leaving my dream of sharing the gift that I received from God with others.

4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Having an established publishing company so that I can help other publish their messages to different readers. Operating my non-profit organization to help grieving and abused individuals. I will have 20 published books

5.What advice can you give to anyone who wants to become an author?

To all the aspiring authors I would say never stop writing and never give up on your dreams. It’s important to write from the heart and not just about what you feel others expect. A great writer also knows their audience. Connect with other writers who can help guide you and that will share their experiences with you.

books and links

 

 

A Praying Heart (2)3

http://www.amazon.com/Praying-Heart-Learning-Pray-Through-ebook/dp/B00PE3O25M/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1459401010&sr=1-1&keywords=latoya+murchison

 

Sample  book cover23 (3)

http://www.amazon.com/Poetic-Expressions-LaToya-Murchison-ebook/dp/B00YIM61JU/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1459401010&sr=1-4&keywords=latoya+Murchison

 

EXCERPT

Poetic Expressions is a book of poetry that contain words of love, hope, and inspiration. Author LaToya Murchison used her love of writing poetry as her source of therapy and healing. She takes you on a journey of renewed spirituality, the pain of lost love ones and the joy of finding true love.

 

Jesus

You woke me up this morning to have a better day

Instead of praising you I disobeyed you and at times

I am not sure what I am supposed to do

The sound of your name rings in

My heart and I hope that

It never stops

Lord I pray that you

Forgive me for all my sins

Forgive me for passing judgement on others

Teach me to have forgiveness in my heart

For those who have mistreated me

As you lead me to the riverside

To leave all of my trouble behind

I look to the future instead of my past

Thank you for blessing me with

The talent to express my feelings

Through your loving words

Lord it took me a long time

To realize my gift

Now that I have I promise to

Use it to uplift your people

Thank you for teaching that I had

To fall before I would be able

To walk and stand tall

Lord thank you for being the lover

Of my soul and the joy in my life

When I was down you allowed me to

Sit on your shoulders until I

Was able to get up and stand on my own

Lord with all that I am I offer up this prayer

Today and every day to come in

You precious name Amen

 

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