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J. Michael Kirkland’s “Equal and Alike” Enthralls Readers at the 2023 Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

J. Michael Kirkland’s well-written work demonstrates his great historical understanding and storytelling skills.

San Diego, CA – WEBWIRE

“If Tom Clancy wrote a Western, this is what it would read like. Good detail, as if he was alive in the late 1800s; maybe he was! My wife loved it also.” – Designer/reader/traveler, Amazon Customer.

Self-publishing and book marketing company ReadersMagnet did an excellent job displaying the historical Western and cultural heritage fiction “Equal and Alike” by J. Michael Kirkland at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books 2023. The book festival occurred on April 22-23, 2023, at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA.

The debut novel in the McBride series, “Equal and Alike” offers a captivating reading experience for fans of historical fiction. The story chronicles the travels of Joshua McBride, a young man who departs from his father’s farm in pursuit of a brighter future in Independence, Missouri, during the mid-1800s.

Joshua’s fortunes drastically change after he accidentally discovers a meeting of gold prospectors embarking on a hazardous expedition to the California wilderness. At the gathering, retired Army Captain Luther Chambers assumes the role of leader and offers Joshua protection and guidance throughout the arduous journey.

As they travel together, Joshua gains wisdom and knowledge from Chambers, and he even becomes skilled in the art of gambling. Despite Chambers’ aversion to Joshua’s interest in gambling, his talent for winning at Portsmouth Square entices him to pursue a lifestyle that he never expected.

Author J. Michael Kirkland’s “Equal and Alike” is an exciting and captivating story that captures the spirit of adventure, self-exploration, and wealth acquisition in the Wild West. With great attention to historical detail and vivid storytelling, Kirkland transports readers back in time to the California Gold Rush era.

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“Equal and Alike”
Author | J. Michael Kirkland
Genre | Historical Western, Cultural Heritage Fiction
Publisher | BookBaby
Published date | March 31, 2020

Mike can call himself a Native Californian. He was born in Taft, a small agricultural town near the center of the state. The family quickly moved after his father was discharged from the Air Force at the end of World War II. They settled in Monterrey Park, California, for a time. Ultimately, they moved to Temple City and then to Arcadia, both in California. He enjoyed sports and relished his classroom experience, always interested in creative writing. Michael graduated from California State College, Los Angeles, with a degree in accounting. He operated his own Certified Public Accounting Practice for more than 40 years.

His heart was in the annals of history, however, so he gathered family stories and stories of others over the decades as a hobby. Thirty years ago, Michael drafted his first book. The working title was Joshua. It seemed he never had time to complete the manuscript. Once he retired, he was compelled to complete the task. He enjoyed the process immensely. His first book, “Equal and Alike,” is very loosely fashioned after his great-grandfather’s experiences in California.

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 Equal And Alike
 J. Michael Kirkland
 Historical Western
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