Pump Up Your Book Presents Risen Virtual Book Publicity Tour

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Pump Up Your Book is pleased to bring you Thomas Barr Jr.’s novel, Risen (Urban Fiction) from February 15 – March 31, 2016.


Inside the Book:


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Title: Risen

Author: Thomas Barr Jr.

Publisher: Printhouse Books

Publication Date: January 15, 2016

Pages: 188

Genre: Urban Fiction


The growth of “Mega churches” has risen considerably in the 21st century as compared to the past. Miami Urban Chronicles Volume I: Risen, seeks to set forth a fictional biopic of the rise of spiritual leader Yahweh Ben Yahweh of the Liberty City based movement the Nation of Yahweh, “Ben Yahweh’s.”

Chauncey Miller, the main character in the story is determined to be a success. He uses his natural skills of cultivating relationships and influence to draw his followers. Despite his meager rural southern background he dreams big and takes risks head-on in realization of his goals. It is significant in modern 21st century times that individuals take control of their life’s path. The urban youth particularly need to realize by making deliberate decisions concerning their life they can live their dreams.

Chauncey meets a mentor whom cultivates his ideology and sharpens his mediation skills in working with people. He harnesses his skills by working with the youth ministry of a local church. As he attends college he learns the basics of economics and administration in his courses. He understands education is just one tool that can help him along his path. Individuals must utilize opportunities as they present themselves along life’s path. The main character seizes upon this truth and follows it down the rabbit hole in a manner of speaking.

In most communities the Church is a place of worship, fellowship, family, communal meetings and refuge. Individuals seek comfort in its walls and the main character leverages this in amassing followers. Modern successful pastors have PhD’s and fancy seminary school training. The main character can be viewed as the progenitor to the modern “Mega church” system. He is of the conviction that god must call a person to preach which is a spiritual mission.

The main character takes this mission on as any other profession and is determined to be a success as a spiritual leader, messenger of god, as well as a successful business entrepreneur. The main character goes from city to city while growing his followership and refining his professional talents. In addition his studies have led to him evolving his religious convictions.

The story enthralls with the turmoil of power, beliefs, sex, control, and all the human pitfalls that too often affect successful professionals. In desiring success and wealth upon any career path it is important to maintain composure. Chauncey, although a spiritual leader, is in realization of this truth.

In paralleling the lifestyles of the larger community many individuals become disillusioned and pigeonhole themselves. Only in selflessness can individuals walk a blemish-less path. Particularly urban youth must learn the lesson in traversing modern life goal paths in reaching their dreams.

This chronicle wraps with Chauncey answering to the communal guidelines of this prescribed society. All must answer to the allegations of their fellow community members and none is an exception to this rule. In acquisition of success and goal setting humility can be a lifesaver.


For More Information:

Risen is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads

Discuss this book at PUYB Virtual Book Club at Goodreads



Meet the Author




Born in Lake City, South Carolina home of the 2nd African American astronaut, killed on the Challenger space mission, Dr. Ronald E. McNair.  I was the grandson of a share cropper whom taught me about hard work and education.  At age 17 I began college at Bethune-Cookman University and graduated Cum Laude with honors.  While in college I was inspired to write when I read the novel, Black Boy by Richard Wright.  I began writing short stories for campus publications and won a $500 dollar publication contest in a local campus circular.  I Entered the Air Force after college and spent two tours of duty in the gulf during the Persian Gulf War.  Upon leaving the Military I went back to school and completed graduate school at the University of Akron in Ohio earning a master of public administration.  I began a career in government as an Intern with the Ohio legislature and later became employed with the Florida Senate as a legislative assistant.   I currently work for the City of Miami as a civil servant in administration.

See website www.thomsabarrjr.com for more details.


For More Information:

Author Website

Author Blog





Tour Schedule

Tour Dates: February 15 – March 31, 2016

 Monday, Feb 15

The Literature Exchange – Book Spotlight

Friday, Feb 19

Read My First Chapter – Book Excerpt Spotlight

Monday, Feb 22

The Literary Nook – Book Spotlight

Friday, Feb 26

Literarily Speaking – Book Spotlight

Monday, Feb 29

The Writer’s Life – Author Interview

Friday, March 4

The Story Behind The Book – Author Guest Post

Monday, March 7

As The Page Turns – Author Interview

Tuesday, March 8

Confessions Of A Reader – Book Spotlight

Friday, March 11

Pimp That Character – Character Interview

Monday, March 14

Straight From The Author’s Mouth – Author Interview

Friday, March 18

Book Marketing Buzz – Author Interview

Monday, March 21

The Book Rack – Book Spotlight

Friday, March 25

Beyond The Books – Book Spotlight

Monday, March 28

PUYB Virtual Book Club – Author Interview

Thursday, March 31

Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Book Review


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