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BLOG TOUR & KINDLE GIVEAWAY Unconquered by J.D. Davis




ABOUT THE BOOK:


Unconquered The Saga of Cousins Jerry Lee Lewis, Jimmy Swaggart, and Mickey Gilley 


In 1935 and early 1936, three cousins were born into tight-knit families in Ferriday, Louisiana. Rare piano talent, strong parental relationships, the Pentecostal church, family struggle, and a variety of musical influences worked together to produce men who changed twentieth-century music and culture. The individual stories of these three cousins illustrate their varied paths from small-town America to a world stage. Woven together, the collective story becomes even more compelling and amazing. UNCONQUERED is a story so unlikely that it would not be believable if written as fiction. It tells of rock ‘n’ roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis, televangelist Jimmy Swaggart, and country music star Mickey Gilley. These very different men, raised in the same time and place, with similar talents, were fated for entirely different destinies even as their lives would always be profoundly intertwined. Born into poverty, each man, in his own way, would become an iconic figure blessed with the ability to thrill and inspire. The story's touchstones of music, perseverance, and faith could wield such force only in the American South. There, in the Louisiana lowlands’ Concordia Parish, their story began in the midst of the Great Depression. 


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About J.D. Davis
J.D. Davis was raised in Quitman, Texas, a quiet community in the northeast part of the state. Having grown up in a small town in the rural South—similar in many ways to the cousins’ hometown of Ferriday, Louisiana—with many similar influences as the cousins, he has meaningful insight into these three men. Davis attended the University of Texas on a full academic scholarship, received a B.A. with highest honors in economics, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He later received a master’s degree from SMU. As a successful businessman, Davis achieved the highest credentials as an actuary and became a principal in a large firm while still in his twenties. He currently manages an employee benefits consulting practice that covers the southern region of the United States, with offices in four cities. Davis remembers his father watching Jimmy Swaggart on television and being intrigued by the evangelist's magnificent piano talent. As a teenager, Davis became a huge fan of Jerry Lee Lewis. He first attended one of Lewis’s live performances as a college student and was awe-struck to see this man put on a breathtaking performance. Davis grew up listening to country music of the seventies and eighties, when Mickey Gilley was consistently producing number one country hits. He became fascinated by the ways these three very different cousins achieved and dealt with eventual success and has been a dedicated fan for years. Davis has worked with a talented team of many. His editors included Elizabeth Kaye, an award winning journalist who has often written about southern music and southern preachers. As a contributing editor to Rolling Stone, she interviewed Sam Phillips and gathered firsthand experience of Jerry Lee Lewis when covering sessions at which he played with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Roy Orbison. As a contributing editor to John Kennedy’s George magazine, Kaye wrote extensively about Billy Graham and his son Franklin, traveled on several missionary trips with Franklin, and worked with ABC’s 20/20 to produce and write a major Billy Graham profile. 


You can visit his website at http://www.unconqueredthebook.com. 
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WIN A FREE KINDLE! ~ ~ ~ J.D. Davis will be giving away a FREE KINDLE! Fill out the Rafflecopter form below to win! This giveaway is only open to U.S. and Canada citizens. Deadline is June 1 and announced on June 2. If you are the winner, contact Dorothy Thompson at thewriterslife (at) gmail.com or Tracee Gleichner at tgleichner (at) gmail.com. You have 48 hours to reply. If we do not hear from you in 48 hours, another winner will be selected. Thanks and good luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

31 comments:

  1. Just to be able to take my books wherever I go without carrying a trunk!

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  2. I use my kindle daily. Both my girls at collage want one now.

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  3. I'd love to be able to take my books with me wherever I go and not have to carry something bulky. Plus I don't have a kindle yet.

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  4. I would like to win a kindle because amazon is the best place to buy ebooks.

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  5. I don't own any type of portable tablet or kindle of any kind so I would love to win one!!!!

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  6. I love to read, & a Kindle would be soo nice, as I wouldn`t have to carry around a book. Thx 4 the chance!!

    ctymice at gmail dot com

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  7. Winning a Kindle would give me the best place to download Unconquered! I grew up watching and listening to those fabulous three cousins with my dad. Really great memories!
    Thank you for introducing me to this book and the opportunity of possibly winning a Kindle in the giveaway!
    Phoenix
    PhoenixCarvelli@gmail.com

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  8. I would love a Kindle to access books that are only available for Kindle.

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  9. I am an avid reader and I would love to have a Kindle so it would be much easier to take with me as I always have a book with me. Thankyou for the giveaway.

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  10. I'd love to win a kindle for my mum. She uses my old one but the screen is damaged and she deserves better
    susand1408 at googlemail dot com

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  11. I would love a kindle to give to my mom. She really wants one. Thank you for the chance!

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  12. I've wanted one for a long tine

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  13. Would love to win a Kindle. Amazon has the best book selection anywhere.

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  14. When I was a teenager in the 60's I loved country western songs. My friends blamed it on my watching The Lone Ranger and The Cisco Kid too much when I was in grade school!

    While my friends were celebrating rock and role and swooning when the Beatles were played on the radio I was listening to the great Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.

    Amazing how trends come and go but the great songs stay in our culture for a lifetime.

    Thanks J.D. for the opportunity to win a copy of Unconquered about some of the founding fathers of the country song culture!

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  15. i dont have one and really do want one so bad would be so much better for me to have my books all in one place

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  16. Going on vacation will be a lot easier when I don't have to take all my books....

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  17. I would like to win it and give it to my fiances niece to encourage her to read more

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  18. I need to win a Kindle because they closed our local bookstore, Waldenbooks part of the Borders chain) and my husband keeps stealing my Kindle to read history and baseball books!

    One of the best things about a Kindle is you can pre-order books and they "magically" appear as soon as they are released! It's great not having to wait in long lines for the book you've been waiting for!

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  19. I would love to win this, my sons are always borrowing me and I would like one of my own.

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  20. I've heard good things about Kindles for years and have never owned one. There are alot of great books out there available only on Kindles that are just waiting to be read!

    Thanks!
    cjay (at) iavalley (dot) edu

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  21. I love my ebook reader (not a Kindle) and would love to give one to my granddaughter.

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  22. I haven't been able to afford one, so would appreciate winning one. Thanks for letting me enter your contest.

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  23. To read my books on the go!

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  24. I read alot of books and this would make it easier on me.
    theresa n
    weceno(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. I've never owned a kindle, but as an avid reader, I need one. I've been getting a lot of eBooks lately and I'm forced to read them on my computer using the Kindle PC app. I hate having to sit at my computer and read! I want to have a kindle so I can read my eBooks at the pool with my mom, or cuddled up with my cat, or on the 10 hour airplane rides I have to endure from the US to the UK.

    Thanks for the opportunity! :)

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  26. I want a kindle for travel. I swear when I go anywhere books take up just as much room as clothes. I can never buy that many souvenirs... No room for them. With a kindle I would be able to have all my books in one convenient spot. And I travel a whole lot. Not to mention a lot of indie writers self publish in e format, I feel like I'm missing out by not being able to read as many.

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  27. I love to read anywhere anytime so it would be nice to have a kindle I could just carry with me so I'd know I alway had a book.
    I'd also lie a kindle because my hands start acking from holding the bigger books open to read and the kindle would be nice to help the pain.

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  28. I would love to be able to carry my many kindle books on my pc with me a lot easier than having to take my whole lap top with me.

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  29. Well, I'd like to win a Kindle because I do not own an e-reader. Yes, it's true. When I e-read, I do so on my laptop, which is cumbersome. I've resisted e-readers because I love books - the way they smell, the crisp sound that comes when you open a new book. But I am weak, and I know I need to go digital.

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  30. When I posted back on May 3rd I forgot to let you know I'd love to win a Kindle because our only local bookstore closed and both my husband and I love to read books!

    I love that with a Kindle I can pre-order a book and have it automatically download on it's release date. No standing in long lines or the store running out of that book that you've been waiting to read!

    For anyone who hasn't tried a Kindle see if you can borrow one from a friend to try. Trust me you'll be convert and wonder how you ever lived without one!

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