Monday, December 11, 2017

Roll The Dice by Wayne Avrashow - Book Tour Excerpt

Roll the Dice
Fiery Seas Publishing
November 28, 2017   
Political Thriller

What happens when one of America’s biggest rock stars leaves the Las Vegas stage to run for the United State Senate?  

The ultimate celebrity candidate, Tyler Sloan is no stranger to politics – his estranged father was a California governor who narrowly lost a Presidential campaign. He runs as a political independent, refuses campaign contributions, and dismisses special interests and lobbyists.

Sloan is caught in a political campaign fraught with; sexual scandal, corruption and conflicting loyalties.  Will he be able to navigate through political turbulence and his own past to win the race?

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Sloan eyed Chris Collins deliver her remarks with pitch-perfect tone and cadence. Republicans were breathing rarified air as Collins led in the early polling. Sloan studied her as she bolstered her words with gestures, timely pauses, and full smiles—a performance that held all the spontaneity of an Olympic synchronized swimmer.
            Rogers’s remarks were an octave too loud as he nailed every touchstone of the progressive agenda. When he began citing a boring laundry list of his voting record, Sloan’s confidence spiked; his opponent was as thrilling as a mashed potato sandwich.
            Sloan rose from his seat as Rogers and Collins cast steely glances toward him in a prefight staring down of an opponent. Sloan returned a playful nod to Rogers and a quick smile toward Collins.
            The union delegates greeted Sloan with a thunderous ovation. Many delegates hoisted pre-printed signs in the air that read, “I Believe!” Approaching the lectern, Sloan stooped to autograph numerous Teamster caps that were thrust toward him.
            Sloan understood that public speeches were not analogous to the child's game of skipping rocks on a lake’s surface and watching the resulting ripples. Once released in the public domain, the speaker “owned” those ideas, and proposals dismissed as “silly” could guillotine a public career.
            “Good to be back,” Sloan opened with a broad smile. “I haven’t been on a Vegas stage for . . . what? Five weeks?”
            Sloan noticed the near-hypnotic nods of a middle-aged woman who gazed upward from the front row. He understood how any brush of her pedestrian life with his celebrity would bestow upon her an ephemeral wisp of status to share tonight on social media and to regale her co-workers at tomorrow’s coffee break.

About the Author:

Wayne Avrashow was the campaign manager for two successful Los Angeles City Council campaigns and a Deputy/Chief of Staff to those two elected City Council members. He served as a senior advisor for a successful city-wide referendum in the City of Los Angeles, co-authored ballot arguments on Los Angeles County-wide measures, served as Chairman for a Los Angeles County ballot measure, and was a Los Angeles government Commissioner for nearly twenty years. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Yaroslavsky Institute, a public policy institute founded by long time Southern California elected official, and now UCLA professor, Zev Yaroslavsky.
His background in politics, government, business, and law provides unique insight into the machinations and characters that populate political campaigns.
Wayne is a practicing attorney who specializes in government advocacy, real estate, and business law. Formerly, he was an officer in two real estate development firms.  As a lawyer-lobbyist, he has represented clients before numerous California municipalities and in Nevada and Idaho. He has lectured at his law school and taught at Woodbury University in Los Angeles. He has also authored numerous op-ed articles that appeared in daily newspapers, legal, business, and real estate publications.  In addition, he is the author of a self-published book for the legal community, Success at Mediation—10 Strategic Tools for Attorneys.

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