Meet Leo Cervantes, who shares a surname with Miguel de Cervantes, author of The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de La Mancha. Leo is most definitely a Don Quixote, one who always saw the positive side of life and went after it with passion, “no matter how hopeless, no matter how far.” According to both men named Cervantes, no dream is impossible. This book is the story of Leo’s poverty-stricken childhood, his absentee father, his loyal siblings, and his mother, a smart, creative, hard-working woman who taught her children how to make the best of any situation. And what a teacher! Within these pages Leo tells his experiences---the good, the bad, and the ugly---with unabashed pride, true stories that will guide you through sorrow, laughter, inspiration, and, ultimately, love. A Mexi-CAN, Leo shows you how one can love two countries at once: his Mexican roots and his American home. He literally “feeds” you a sense of appreciation and faith and draws you into an intriguing view of raw ambition, the sensuality of Mexican food, and the power of human connection.
Yolanda Navarra Fleming, MA, started her writing career while still in high school in New Jersey. She has been a journalist, creative writer, playwright, songwriter, ad copy writer, and magazine editor since 1984. She was a theater critic and reporter at the Asbury Park Press (1988-2001). Thereafter, her freelance career began. Since then, she has written for and edited many local and national magazines, Most recently, she is the editor of Asbury Park Zest. She has also generated content for scores of websites and has edited and contributed creative services to many published and upcoming author. She is also a musician and artist. This is her first published book.