Author John J. Riley releases ‘Burning Ambition’

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New book follows young man from his humble beginnings in South Philadelphia to governor’s mansion

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A compelling read, “Burning Ambition” takes readers on an unforgettable journey, a beautiful odyssey through failures and triumphs. It reveals the power of love that can stand the tests of time.

Author John J. Riley loves to observe the people around him. This habit allows him to create a remarkable character that will play the role of a hero in his latest and fifth novel, “Burning Ambition” (published by Xlibris).

This book chronicles the life of Jim Devlin. From humble beginnings in South Philadelphia politics to his election as governor of Penna, Jim’s life is a story of true love and driving political ambition. Raised by his mother and his aunt, John has an honest and principled background. His weaknesses and strengths are explored and weighed. He strives to reach his ultimate goal with determination and perseverance. But the love of his life, Kathleen O’Sullivan, gives him an ultimatum – it is either their marriage or politics. He has to pay a price. But is it worth it?

An excerpt from the book:
John and Kathleen were spending a good bit of time together because they both loved fine music, opera, and classical music. As Kathleen studied music with the nuns, she was a fine musician, playing the organ for all services at the Sacred Heart Church and other churches for weddings and funerals. John and Kathleen were made for each other. They were kind, thoughtful, courteous and polite. Their personas complimented each other.

A compelling read, “Burning Ambition” takes readers on an unforgettable journey, a beautiful odyssey through failures and triumphs. It reveals the power of love that can stand the tests of time.

“Burning Ambition”
By John J. Riley
Hardcover | 6x9in | 206 pages | ISBN 9781503554979
Softcover | 6x9in | 206 pages | ISBN 9781503554986
E-Book | 206 pages | ISBN 9781503554993
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
John J. Riley is a retired piano restorer and merchant, having run his piano business in Philadelphia for 57 years. He is a widower, the father of six children and grandfather of seven. After his retirement, he has written and published four books. “Two Lives” is his fifth effort. Riley’s writings have an element of yesteryear, of glorious memories of times and places of a gentle world. His characters evoke memories of people that readers have and can identify with, ever so human, doing their best to survive in a hard and rude world.

Xlibris Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC imprint, is a self-publishing services provider created in 1997 by authors, for authors. By focusing on the needs of creative writers and artists and adopting the latest print-on-demand publishing technology and strategies, we provide expert publishing services with direct and personal access to quality publication in hardcover, trade paperback, custom leather-bound and full-color formats. To date, Xlibris has helped to publish more than 60,000 titles. For more information, visit xlibris.com or call 1-888-795-4274 to receive a free publishing guide. Follow us @XlibrisPub on Twitter for the latest news.
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