Sunday, April 5, 2020

Brothers Forever

I know that the world is in an uproar and as a result we all have had to find things to fill our minds. Today is Palms Sunday and as a result I want to share two books with you written by author Ronald Hera. Take a look.



Brothers Forever (The Brothers) Hardcover – May 25, 2017

Brothers Forever is the last of The Brothers Series, a Historical Fiction account of the life of two brothers who struggle with Roman occupation and Jewish politics during the first century. Encounters with Jesus, violent Zealots, devastating disease and love are woven through their lives like a tapestry of the times.
Brothers Forever follows the brothers, Enoch and Simeon, from Rome to Jerusalem in an effort to save Jerusalem from certain destruction. Titus, Josephus and the Essenes play a critical part in the siege of the City on a Hill. 

Bethlehem's Brothers Paperback – February 19, 2020

Although set in Jesus' time, Bethlehem's Brothers reads like an adventure novel set in a third world country during a violent revolt. Two brothers are swept into the conflict early in their lives and struggle to find the strength to survive amidst the death and destruction. Each searches for a savior, but success eludes them until they finally discover one who has been ruthlessly hunted since he was two years old. Who is this revolutionary who challenges the status quo and should he be trusted? He talks big but is he who he claims to be? The brothers must decide. There is no teetering on the fence.


Tell your readers a little about yourself, where you grew up, where you live now, where you went to school etc. Let them get to know the personal you.
I grew up in Indianapolis as the son of an engineer. My mother worked in a department store. I was a good student and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in Aeronautics and Astronautics, so I often joke that if it isn’t rocket science, I don’t understand it. I also have a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Indiana University. I worked as an engineering manager for General Motors until 2004 and then began writing. I love learning from the research and try to make my fiction as accurate as possible.
What inspired you to author this books?
I was the Director of Development for Ghana Christian Mission for ten years after I retired, and often people would question what it was like to live while Jesus was on earth. Well, it wasn’t pleasant.
Where did you get the inspiration for your Bethlehem's Brothers cover?
The Star of David represents the Jews, the Cross represents the Christians and the sword represents the Romans. All in Conflict.
Who has been the most significant influence on you personally and as a writer?
My wife. She even bought me a trip to a writing conference when I was just beginning.
What were your struggles or obstacles you had to overcome to get Bethlehem's Brothers written?
Staying on the task was a challenge at first. I would write for a few hours and not come back to it for a couple of days. Now I can write for days.
Tell your readers about Bethlehem's Brothers.
Bethlehem’s Brothers is a fictional action/drama about two brothers who lived in Bethlehem when the Roman mercenaries killed the children. They were then forced to separate; one becoming a potter in Jerusalem and the other was raised by an uncle who turned out to be a Zealot determined to kill Romans. The book has action, romance, drama and even an occasional laugh.
Who is your target audience, and why?
Anyone interested in historical fiction and the Bible. If they are unbelievers, they will relate to one brother, Enoch. If believers, they will relate to Simeon. They will see two sides of believing Jesus is the Messiah. It makes for interesting reading! I also believe more people should be checking out the origins of their faith.
What do you consider your greatest success in life?
Marrying someone who loves me and supports me in every way. Few men can say that.
What one unique thing sets you apart from other writers in your genre?
Two things. I can take history and make it interesting and I have very accurate settings and historical content with creative fictional characters.