Thursday, June 28, 2012

One Year Later After Completing Book I of S.O.L.A.D.™


I was sitting down writing a chapter of S.O.L.A.D 2 (which is going to be even better that Book 1) and I looked over at my wife (who was busy working herself) and I said: "It's been a year since I finished my first book!"

I can't be believe I let June 24 pass by without taking a moment to reflect and thank God on how He has blessed me and keep me on the right track to introduce the world to the great stories, characters and lessons found in S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™.

My novel has been available for nearly three weeks now as an eBook 
 (available here). The hardcover edition will be released later this year.

I've sent out over 50 book review requests and over 30 press releases to newspapers, television stations (with an interview coming up next month) and radio stations. I have so many more to send out (which is very time consuming).

I don't know how well my novel is doing at the moment on Amazon, but I believe it's going to be a bestseller, as a novel and as a series ( as the sequels come out).

It's been quite a journey being a self-published author. I've come a long way and have a long way to go, but I'm thanking God every step of the way.

It took 11 years to finish the first novel as I plotted out the timeline, stories and characters of the entire series.

During that time, I graduated from high school and college, was hired and years later let go from my first paying journalism job, had to leave my apartment and turn in my car and fight for my unemployment. Sickness and deaths among family and friends occurred and so much more.

But, great things also occurred and are still occurring. I got married, launched three projects to publish S.O.L.A.D.™ (which were unsuccessful but spread the word about the book) and published it as an eBook this month.

I'm happy and glad I'm operating in my God-given dream. It's been a hard journey and I still have more to do.

But, I'm happy! Very happy!
-Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Upcoming Interview on "6 in the City" July 10th

Great news!

I will be interviewed about my novel S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™ ( on "6 in the City" on Tuesday, July 10.

It will air LIVE on that date on EPlusTV Channel 6 in Jackson, Tenn., but it can also be seen online at So anyone, anywhere can see it!

If you can't watch it live, it will be replayed and you can go to after the show airs for the replay schedule. Anytime it is replayed, you can watch it on TV (if you live in Jackson, Tenn.) or online at

So mark your calendars and tell everyone you know to tune in and learn more about the novel.

So, don't miss it and don't wait to get your Kindle edition of S.O.L.A.D.™. Click the photo below and get your copy now!

So excited! I thank God for this blessings (and the others to come) and thank you for your support!

P.S. The hardcover edition of S.O.L.A.D.™ will be released later this year!

-Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.
author of S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™

Monday, June 25, 2012

A Whole New World in a Whole New Book!

While I've been promoting Book I of S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™, which is available here for Kindle, I've been busy working on Book II.

It's weird leaving one world (book) and going to another but man, do you feel a rush of relief when you've finished one book completely.

It was not easy fleshing out characters and keeping track of who they are, what they do and how they act.

I admire and appreciate what other authors and writers do even more after experiencing some of the things they have had to go through.

Writing is not easy and is not for everyone. You have to really love writing and really want to get your story out to others in order to go through the ups and downs of writing.

It's hard work but it's definitely worth it!

Well, I'm off to continue writing my whole new world...

Friday, June 22, 2012

Get Your Kindle Edition of S.O.L.A.D.™ NOW & Spread the Word!

If you haven't gotten your Kindle edition of S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™, NOW is the time!!!  (Click the following link to get your copy of S.O.L.A.D.™

If you want to read an inspiring, action-adventure epic story that has love, laughs and the ultimate battle of good versus evil (that contains numerous metaphors for life), then this book is for you!

But, you don't have to take my word for it. Click the following link to see what people are saying about S.O.L.A.D.™:

There is so much you will enjoy from reading this book, so get your copy today, share your review on the book's Amazon's page and tell others to get their copy.

Even though it is available on Kindle, you can read it on Android, iPad, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone 7 by downloading a free Kindle app.

Please get your copy and let me and the world know what you think!

Thanks and have a great day,
Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

S.O.L.A.D. Fact Sheet

    Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™


Tyrone Tony Reed Jr. 

What if you were the only person who could 

save a planet overrun by demons? 

Would you run and hide or stand and fight 

as a Soldier of Light?

When Kevin Edwards and his ex-girlfriend, Juanita Grayson, wake up on Dark Earth, a world ruled by demons, all they want to know is “Why?”

“Why are we here and what are we supposed to do? Why were we chosen to save this world?”

While some answers are given by Wiseman J, leader of the rebellion against the demonic horde, many secrets about Dark Earth remain unanswered.

For instance, who is the Demon Master, the red-eyed, cloaked leader of the demons and why has he enslaved the humans of Dark Earth?

In order to learn the answers and save the world, Kevin and Juanita are each given a ring that transforms them into the super-powered beings Angelo™ and Angeline™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™.

Angelo and Angeline make quick work of the demons they encounter on their first mission. But, when the Demon Master learns of their arrival, he unleashes an army of super-powered demons to kill the new heroes and destroy the remaining humans of Dark Earth.

Aided by Wiseman J’s niece Melanie, a kind-hearted young woman armed only with a bow and arrows, and Jeff: Ward of Law, who was Dark Earth’s legendary hero before the S.O.L.A.D.’s arrival, Angelo and Angeline begin their mission to end the Demon Master’s reign. 

As the war rages on, the young heroes come face to face with their mortality, humanity, spirituality and destinies. Some allies will fall by the wayside and some innocent people will lose their lives.

If Kevin and Juanita want to save the people of Dark Earth from evil and get back home alive, they will have to embrace the light and fight, while discovering their frightening connection to the Demon Master.

S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™ is an exciting epic adventure story that will leave you cheering for the heroes  and ready to embrace your destiny as a soldier of light.

Book Details:

Word count:  66,000 (approx.)
Genre:  Action-Adventure, Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
ebook price: $9.99

print price: $25.00 (available on CreateSpace at

About the Author

Inspired as a child by Superman's alter ego Clark Kent, a go-getter reporter at The Daily Planet, Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.'s writing career began in his teen years.

He was a Teen Panelist for The Commercial Appeal, in Memphis, Tenn., for two years and a reporter for The Teen Appeal newspaper, also in Memphis, for three years.

While earning his journalism degree at Franklin College in Franklin, Ind., Tyrone held several positions on the college's newspaper, The Franklin.

Tyrone also worked as a crime reporter for four years at The Jackson Sun in Jackson, Tenn.

He is now a freelance writer, who is working on the second book in the "S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™" series.

Contact Details:


Twitter: @TyroneTonyReed

Facebook: AreYouaSoldier

Click the following link to listen to an interview
With the author about S.O.L.A.D.™:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Listen to Last Night's Interview with Black Writers Space

If you missed my interview on "Black Writers Space" last night, you missed a great and informative interview.

You can click the following link ( to listen to it!

I spoke about about my novel, S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™, and its release as an e-book (get your copy NOW at

Please listen to the interview, don't forget to get your e-book copy of S.O.L.A.D.™ and spread the word!

Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Interview TONIGHT @ 7 p.m. on the Novel S.O.L.A.D.™

TONIGHT at 7 p.m. CST, I will be interviewed on "Black Writers Space"!

I'll be speaking about my novel, S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™, and its release as an e-book (get your copy NOW at

Click the following link ( to listen to the show when it airs, either by phone ((347) 215-8712) or online.
If you aren't able to listen to it when it airs, you'll be able to listen to the full show after it ends.
Please tune in, don't forget to get your e-book copy of S.O.L.A.D.™ and spread the word!
Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Kindle edition of S.O.L.A.D.™ is Available!

The Kindle edition of S.O.L.A.D.™: Soldiers of Light Against Darkness™ is available NOW!

Check it out and tell me what you think!


Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Thanks for Pledging!

I just wanted to thank everyone for pledging and spreading the word!

Your support for this third and final Kickstarter project to publish my novel has meant so much to me.

Since I was not able to raise the funds I need to publish the hardcover copies of the novel, I plan to sell the novel as an e-book (hopefully starting next week) and will let you know when it is available.

Even though I didn't reach my monetary goals, fundraising through Kickstarter has been very successful, My novel has received national and international attention, media attention and the attention of potential readers.

It also showed me that there are people out there who believe and support dreams and I count you all among those people.

I believe in my dreams even more and this has taught me that you have to fight for your dreams, no matter what happens.

Don't give up on the dreams God has placed in your heart. He will bless them to come true. It's hard work to keep fighting and working towards your dreams becoming reality, but it will be worth it.

To God be all the glory and may He bless you all to accomplish all of your dreams.

I love you all and I will be in touch about S.O.L.A.D.'s AWESOME future!

-Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Meet the Heroes of S.O.L.A.D.™!

In 2000, during my senior year at Whitehaven High School in Memphis, TN, God gave me an idea of two characters for a novel who later became Kevin Edwards and Juanita Grayson.
The title of the novel came instantly: S.O.L.A.D™: Soldiers ofLight Against Darkness™.

And as quickly as the title came, so did the superhero identities of Kevin and Juanita: Angelo™ & Angeline™.

I wanted to share with you how they looked in 2000 (rough sketches, very rough LOL) and how they look now (thanks to Hero Machine 2.0 & Marvel's Create a Superhero.)

I have some artists in mind to do the future illustrations of the characters in the novel!

I hope you see that my passion to publish the novel is strong and that you pledge to the project and spread the word.

I really need your help and have only 7 days to reach the goal!

Please help this dream become a reality by helping this project become a SUCCESS!

Click the link and press the green button that says "Back This Project". You'll have to sign up through Kickstarter & Amazon (who will process the payment when the project is successful).

If you have any questions about making a pledge or about S.O.L.A.D.™, feel free to message me or email me at

Thanks in advance,
Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

Friday, June 1, 2012

Final Stretch: 8 Days to Pledge Before Kickstarter Project Ends!

Hello Everyone!

Well, this is it! The final stretch of my third Kickstarter project is here. There are only 8 days remaining and only 16 percent of the goal has been pledged! But, there is still time to PLEDGE & SPREAD THE WORD!

Next week, I’ll be transitioning from my 20s and entering my 30s (on June 6 at 12:11 p.m.) There would be no better birthday gift I could receive this year, at this time of change, than to have this Kickstarter project become a SUCCESS!

I know it’s POSSIBLE! I’ve seen miracles happen and have had many happen to me!

This project isn’t just for me. This project is a gift that keeps on giving. S.O.L.A.D.™ is a story for everyone to enjoy and share with others. Now, it would be easy to just sell the novel as an e-book, but so many people don’t have computers or e-book devices and the only way they would be able to enjoy the story is through a physical copy.

This is my THIRD time trying to raise the funds to make this dream come true. Please, please HELP ME! This has been a very hard road, but I’ve continued to fight and press on!

But, I can’t do this alone! So many people have already pledged (with several pledging again after the first two Kickstarter projects didn't reach their goals).

This is the closest I’ve ever been to seeing S.O.L.A.D.™ published, with 16 backers and over $1,600 pledged.

I’m almost in tears as I write this because I BELIEVE in this project and I know that if you give it a chance, YOU’LL BELIEVE IN IT TOO.

And to show you that I know that you’ll love S.O.L.A.D.™, throughout the day, I will be posting about S.O.L.A.D.™ and the story of its creation and also releasing sketches of characters and a little more background on them.

So, as always, please PLEDGE & SPREAD THE WORD!

Thanks in advance, Soldiers of Light,
-Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

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