When high school teacher Myles Bradford wins the Powerball lottery, he decides to do something truly unexpected: run for President of the United States. Bradford is eager about the opportunity, but his family clearly is not. With little time to sway them to his side, he’s thrust into running a quarter-billion-dollar nationwide campaign, complete with cross-country flights and road trips, expert staff, and armed security. But like most dreams, Bradford soon finds that what he imagined is completely different from what is real.
Thrust into the spotlight, he faces attacks from newfound political enemies and false accusations while striving to climb the ladder of success. As Bradford gets closer to achieving his dreams, danger lurks on the home front. As his attention is pulled farther away from the things that matter most, Bradford may learn that even success has its price. Will he be able to have it all? Or will his thirst for power come at a tremendous cost?
Four hours later, we were touching down in Salt Lake. At nearly a mile above sea level, getting used to the higher elevation meant that I’d have to pace myself as I got in my daily walk. I had never been to the city, but the first thing I noticed was that for an urban center, it was cleaner than my “little” suburban hamlet.
Yeah, I told people I wasn’t bitter about what Knowles had done in the debate. That it was just politics. But truth be told, it was personal.
Better keep that to yourself when you meet with him.
We were halfway unpacked when we heard a knock at the door. I opened the door to Robbie, who looked better after a thirty-minute nap on the plane than I would after eight hours of sleep. “Limo’s waiting for us.”
Lauren came and gave me a quick kiss. “I’ll unpack the rest. Text me when you can.”
Accompanied by a pair of agents, we quickly got on the elevator and pressed the down button. As the door closed, I began rocking back and forth.
I smiled. “Got it.”
The doors opened, and we saw Knowles campaign manager.
Robbie leaned in. “Showtime, baby.”
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In addition to working at several colleges, Dave has taught high school English and Social Science classes since 2005. Dave and his wife, Renée Lynn Milbrandt, who is also a writer, have been married since 1997.
Find out more about Dave and his latest projects at www.davemilbrandt.com.
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