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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1493544144
  • ISBN-13: 978-1493544141
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,888,706 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jeff Rivera is an author and inspirational media personality. He has appeared on national television, radio and print in such outlets as Forbes.com, The Boston Globe, Publishers Weekly, Right On! Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, SITV, American Latino and NPR.

He also writes or has written for Entertainment Weekly, Mediabistro, GalleyCat, Publishing Perspectives, Digital Book World, Examiner, American Chronicle, School Library Journal and the Huffington Post and has been invited to speak and inspire groups all over the world from South Carolina to Nigeria. He has been on panel discussions for The Library Journal, Authors Guild, the Harlem Book Fair and many others.

He is known to have broken the news that Seth Godin was ditching traditional publishing which lead to mentions on hundreds of blogs and media outlets including The LA Times, Fast Company, and New York Observer. His news break that Jackie Collins would be self-publishing the US-version of her eBook lead to mentions in The Bookseller, The Guardian, USA Today and hundreds of other outlets.

His humble beginnings of living in American poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final rise to becoming a published author, journalist and media personality have inspired many.

Rivera created a massive online following before the eBook revolution even existed. He was able to land an agent and a book deal with Warner Books (now known as Grand Central Publishing) within 7 days. He has used the knowledge he gained from this experience to help coach his clients on social media campaigns and has helped over 100 clients take the first step in landing an agent too.


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Exclusive: A Q&A with Jeff Rivera

Question: You write for many national outlets, you blog, you're on TV, you talk to kids all over the world and your a son and uncle of 12 nieces and nephews. How do you balance all that with your writing?

Rivera: Great question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing but here's how I look at it: We're all blessed with 24 hours a day, so if you really want to do something, you can carve the time out to do it. Sometimes when people look at their lives and they think they don't have the time, they realize that they spend a lot of time watching TV or surfing the web or playing video games or staring up at the ceiling and when you subtract all that time, you realize, "Hey, I have a lot more time than I thought I did."

Q: You've written mostly for young adults in the past. How has writing for children been different for you?

Rivera: I think it's a lot more fun because kids are so honest. They'll tell you very clearly what they like or don't like and you're able to write stories exactly the way they like them. Plus, I'm one of those adults that never has really grown up totally. I still buy toys for me to play with and I still watch cartoons and Disney and Dreamworks Animation movies. I'm a big fan of those old Disney musicals too.

Q: One of the things you've done is put together Skype tours for big authors and stars like Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul), Nicholas Sparks (The Notebook) as well as tons of Disney Channel and Nickelodeon stars and kid stars from Twilight and Hunger Games. How was that and will you do a Skype tour on your own?

Rivera: Another great question! Working with these huge authors and stars is a blast because I get to work with people I've always looked up to. The kid stars are fun to work with too because they're so talented and funny. I'd love to do a Skype tour on my own and if anyone is interested in me speaking to their class they can email me and we'll try to find a time. I normally don't charge anything to do them if I have time.

Q: Um, Mommy I Think I Flushed My Brother Down the Toilet is hilarious. It's your first children's book. Will you write a sequel or any others?

Rivera: It's funny you should ask because I just finished writing the first sequel and I'm writing the third one soon too. I also have written a handful of others that I'd like to come out very soon too. So far, the parents and kids that have read them have given them a big thumbs up so I hope everyone else likes them as well.

Q: You've said that you based your two main characters in this book on your own brother and sister. How so?

Rivera: The Falisha character is definitely like my big sister Velicia when she was little. Incredibly smart but a little bit mischievous. The Jesse character is just like my little brother Stephen when he was little too; always getting into something. It was really important to me to have characters that are of all colors and sizes because that's the world we live in today.

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A good story for teens and parents alike.
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A great book that challenges the reader to think, to feel, to absorb and to not forget that indeed, each of us is not an island, but an influence to all around us.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Winona on June 20, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed this short novel very much. The writing was consistently sharp and lean. The characters were believable and I cared what happened to them. Enjoyable read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TWilliams on June 15, 2013
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Dio has a heart-wrenching tale as he goes through a positive and inspiring experience in a world that is anything but candy-coated.

Their love was fate and he is fighting to become a better man and love partner for his one and only. What do you do when your environment and circumstances have no mercy on undying love? Well, Dio did what he had to do when even the other half of his heart, Jennifer was showing doubt in him. He goes through his share of blood, sweat, and tears to prove everyone wrong.

The passion and revelations in this story are captivating. It is able to relate to at-risk teens and will suck in even some of the most reluctant of young readers. There is always anticipation of what obstacles and lessons will come next and how he would overcome them.

Dio was going to prove that he can do become stronger and better for love and himself. Giving up is not an option. No Matter What.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joymarie on June 13, 2013
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For every action, there is a reaction...no man is an island. Not my words, but words to understand and live by. Jeff Rivera shows us how the deeds of one young man affect not only his life but the lives and fate of those around him, especially those he loves and who love him.

Dio has enmeshed himself in a life of crime and dragged the love of his life down with him. They decide to go straight, however they find out the hard way that getting out of the web is not that easy and he ends up in jail and she almost loses her life from five gunshot wounds.

This novella is written in a tantalyzing style, leading the reader down a prickly road of hardship, broken dreams, ups and downs, hopes and very real fears. The couple has sworn to love forever, no matter what...but...will this become a reality? Or will the reality be disappointment and a return to the ugly and destructive former life.

Rivera has a firm grasp on the reality of life and gives us a fine-tuned look into the abyss that can be fallen into by those who think they are choosing the easy way...a way paved with harmful deeds perpetrated on the innocent.

A great book that challenges the reader to think, to feel, to absorb and to not forget that indeed, each of us is not an island, but an influence to all around us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By khalliah on June 18, 2013
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I enjoyed it very much. The story of Dio rings true with a lot of youth today. The fact there is a redemption within anyone. It is a great read
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie on June 13, 2013
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For Dio, being sent to boot camp is torture- he's not allowed to use the phone to call his friends or girlfriend (who was shot multiple times in gang related violence), he's sure the drill instructor is out to get him, he's forced to constantly work or work out... Granted, things are bad but they could always be worse. When he finally speaks with his girlfriend, Jennifer, she breaks up with him because she's decided she must leave the life of gangs and prostitution behind her, which includes Dio. Dio vows to fight for Jennifer, which involves changing his perspective. Ultimately, he realizes that boot camp has been a blessing in disguise for it forced him to grow up and break away from his former gang. He lost Jennifer but he gained self respect.

Rivera's No Matter What is an excellent short novel. I enjoyed it so much that once I finished reading it, I read it again!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By daniel valles on May 11, 2014
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great short read, It has

the feel of youth struggle,pain with a touch of mature admiration. keep writing Jeff thanks!
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