“Growing up in a single parent home with a father that inspired perseverance and fairness, Marques Ogden learned how to define his values and set goals. Ogden attended Howard University from 1998-2002, where he played Division I football. He followed his dream and his brother Jonathan's footsteps, eventually getting drafted into the NFL in 2003. Overall, he played for 5 years as an offensive lineman with the Titans, Bills, Ravens and Jaguars. Even during the off season, Ogden helped train football players in Europe, both physically and mentally. At the age of 27, he founded a construction company called Kayden Premier Enterprises, a business that grew rapidly in its first few years, but Ogden and the business eventually went bankrupt, after Ogden loss almost 2 million dollars on one project in a time period just under 90 days. At his darkest point, the NFL came in and helped Ogden restructure his life. With hard work and determination, he became a motivational speaker and marketing leader, helping to build others up to succeed. Through it all, Ogden dealt with his own personal demons of drinking and gambling to make it egardless of obstacles that were in his path!
“Kajun King” is an autobiography about the life of Trapper Joe, who has spent his life becoming an expert hunter and fisher. Ever since he was a child growing up in southern Louisiana, his Cajun roots were implanted in him, allowing for him to pursue all aspects of this fascinating lifestyle.
For Trapper Joe, the alligator season is the most dangerous, but also the most exciting time of year. However, he also seeks out other game as well, including fish, crawfish, shrimp, crabs, raccoons, turtles, deer, hogs, rabbits and doves.
Trapper Joe’s life and adventures have been documented on the hit History Channel show Swamp People. With his help, this program became the top-rated show on the network, as 3.1 million people watched its premiere episode. Trapper Joe’s autobiography explores his life and hunting career, as well as his work on the show, and much more.
Extraordinary circumstances stamp the course of an otherwise ordinary life: a child braves cancer. A nun fights against discrimination. A drug addict volunteers for the community. An immigrant learns to speak English through reading the newspaper. These are the kinds of people who inspire Morissa Schwartz in Notes Never Sent. Morissa was not supposed to be born. Three specialists told her mother that she could not have a child. Her parents spelled her name with an 'o' instead of an 'a' like everyone else. Now, she is the only person in the world with that name." This just the beginning of Morissa's quest to challenge expectations. Notes Never Sent takes place around the extraordinary life of Morissa, a twenty-one year old Jersian who is a Guinness World Record breaker, a singer on MTV, and a writer for Entertainment Weekly's Community. However, life was never easy for Morissa from losing loved ones to braving illness. Notes Never Sent follows Morissa from childhood through young adulthood in a series of letters and anecdotes shaped by actual events that all readers will relate to. By telling stories of the people who encourage her writing, readers are treated to an assortment of funny, heart wrenching, and emotional stories that have one defining element: inspiration.