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‘Flying Warrior’ Author Jules Harper on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

United States Navy veteran and author Jules Harper joins me on Monday, January 28 at 5 PM Eastern to discuss his book, Flying Warrior: My Life as a Naval Aviator During the Vietnam War:

A Vietnam veteran takes you into the cockpit and shares true stories of his flying career in this compelling memoir.

In this action-packed memoir, Jules Harper recounts the unique process of becoming a naval aviator, revealing his experiences as a brand new pilot in a combat squadron and, finally, a flying warrior.

He survived two combat cruises aboard the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk from 1966–1968, compiled 332 career carrier takeoffs and landings, and was shot at daily by enemy fire while completing 200 combat missions over Vietnam, and shares the views of the aviators who flew along with him on these missions while fighting this unpopular war. A recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross, twenty-one Air Medals, and many other accolades, he offers readers a new understanding and appreciation of the warriors who protect not only their comrades in arms, but the defense of the nation as well.

About the Author:


Jules Harper is uniquely qualified to write about combat missions over Vietnam as he personally flew 200 combat sorties from 1966-1968. As the public affairs officer for his attack squadron stationed aboard the USS Kitty Hawk, he wrote many articles about his squadron mates’ missions that were published not only in newspapers and magazine but were also used in television shows. As a highly decorated Naval Aviator, after retiring from a major airline with 33,000 flight hours, he has been the President of a Veteran’s club, served on the board of directors for the Naval Air Historical Society in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and given presentations to other clubs. Companies have hired him to give inspirational talks.

You can preview and purchase his book in Kindle and paperback on Amazon.com, where it has received multiple 5-star reviews.

“Jules has captured the stark essence of the air war in Vietnam. I thought I knew what those guys were going through at the time, but I really didn’t. Between December 1965 and May 1966 I served as a flight surgeon assigned to two A-4 squadrons (VA-113 and then a complete cruise with VA-112) aboard the USS Kitty Hawk during combat operations mostly on Yankee Station in the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War.  Many of the pilots in this special book were my dear friends.  I found several of their names on the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. which I visited last year.  This book is very readable in a most unassuming and matter-of-fact way.  Jules had an amazing career ultimately with two hundred combat missions.  Those trips up north had to be terrifying.  Not one A-4 pilot ever used me to shirk his duty.  I flew as a crewman a good deal in the “Whale”, the A-3 tanker, and rode through several night cat shots and landings.  So, I did have an inkling of an idea about naval carrier operations.  Maybe that’s part of the reason why this book had such an emotional impact on me.  Thank you, Jules, for the book and for your honorable and unassuming contribution in what turned out to be a thankless job.  I remember seeing soldiers and sailors during WW-II as a six-year-old in 1943 at Union Station in Chicago that were traveling by train across the country.  We were there to see my cousin (US Coast Guard).  I remember girls and bands and balloons.  There was nothing like that when we came home from Vietnam.” ~  John F. Murphy, M.D., Retired US Naval Flight Surgeon, 1965-1969.

“Jules, I was very impressed!  I know you said you had some historical reference material but, even so…I’m totally amazed at how much of the ‘detail’ you could recall.  I’m sitting there reading – and can almost ‘hear & feel’ the ‘action taking place around me’. Thank you so much for taking the time and putting forth the effort to do this.”  ~ John Lones, Jules’ squadron mate

During the live interview, Jules will discuss his motivation for writing his book and why he waited until now to publish it, the process by which he wrote the book, reader reactions, his best and worst memory of Vietnam, and so much more. We’ll also take your questions from the chat room. Please tune in on Monday, January 28 at 5 PM Eastern to Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Jules Harper.

In the meantime, discover more about this decorated Vietnam veteran and author at his website: www.juleshharper.com.

Author’s Note: I made a correction to the post after publishing the wrong website. I apologize for the error.

‘Steps to Salvation’ Author Shlomo Attia on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Discover how one man’s near death experience led to a spiritual awakening when I interview Steps to Salvation author Shlomo Attia on Monday, May 21 at 5 PM Eastern. No ordinary guest, Shlomo, who was born and raised in Tel Aviv Israel and now resides in South Florida, launched my ghostwriting career when he hired me to write Steps to Salvation — a combination of historical fiction, political thriller, and spiritual odyssey that defies categorization. In fact, as one reviewer notes, the novel “may be a genre unto itself.”

From the book description:

Steps To Salvation is a futuristic novel with spiritual, political and historical themes. Set in the year 2412, it tells the story of how man finally learned from history, accepted The One God Religion and moved the world into Salvation immediately following the Armageddon War of 2012.

Shlomo in his own words:

I’m not a writer by profession. I’m an engineer who builds prototypes for small businesses. I also own and manage a commercial appliance installation and service company in South Florida. Born with a natural curiosity, a passion for learning and a desire to contribute to the betterment of the world, I’ve always been an avid student.

During my childhood, my insatiable thirst for knowledge and truth often landed me in trouble. I was raised in Tel Aviv, Israel in a traditional Jewish home, where my constant questions about the nature of God and challenges to my faith were not always well received. Infused with an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to succeed, I was earning more money than my father by the time I was 13 years old. Only problem was, I was doing so by retooling and selling “hot” bikes in my neighborhood. Once caught, I was not only severely beaten by my mother in front of my friends, I was also sent to a judge who gave me a choice of punishments: attend a religious school or go to a kibbutz.

At first I selected the religious school. But since the Rabbis didn’t appreciate my relentless questions about God and the traditional Jewish religion, they threw me out after a few days. That’s when the very best thing that could have ever happened to me took place: I went to live on a kibbutz.

This kibbutz literally saved my life by giving me the opportunity to channel my restless energy into productive endeavors, like learning how to become an electrician and a mechanic. The discipline and skills I developed set me up for success. I was further influenced by my service in the Israeli Defense Forces, which I joined in 1981 at the age of eighteen. Among other duties as paratrooper in a volunteer unit, I served in Beirut in 1983.

Following my honorable discharge, I spent time in Germany and France before relocating to the United States in 1990 and setting up my Hollywood, Florida-based business. In spite of my success, my main motivation has always been to contribute to others, to do whatever I could to help people. When an outwardly horrific motorcycle accident nearly ended my life in 2003, it began a process of discovery that eventually led to the creation of my book – a vehicle that enables me to not only help my family, friends, neighbors and colleagues, but also people all around the world I’ve never met.

 

For more, visit www.shlomoattia.com. During the interview, Shlomo share his insights on important topics like energy, individual capitalism, prosperity, justice system reform, religion, and terrorism. Please join us for a thought-provoking episode on Monday, May 21 at 5 PM Eastern.