Jeffrey Candelaria

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Historical Fiction, Bullfighting in 1950s Spain


Jeffrey Candelaria


A native of Albuquerque, New Mexico USA and a graduate of the University of New Mexico, Jeffrey started TORO — The Naked Bull as a life project in 2008 inspired by child and teen year experiences, including numerous trials and tribulations while growing up in Albuquerque. After he survived a car crash at ten that killed his mother Shirley, he was raised by his hard-working grandfather and domineering grandmother in a lower middle-class area of Albuquerque. Thrust into a new world absent of his mother, he experienced love, dysfunction, violence, isolation, a quality education and a childhood rife with contradictions, all of which inspired the compelling saga of TORO — The Naked Bull.

As an adult he worked across multiple disciplines including, Sales and Marketing, Corporate Relations, Media Relations, Behavioral Economic Sales & Training and has hosted various Television Programs.

Currently, Jeffrey is the host of a weekly opinion and interview style radio show called “The Gauntlet of Truth” on a 50,000-watt radio station Saturday’s from 2:00–5:00 pm on 770 News Radio KKOB AM & 96.3 FM in Albuquerque. He is a professional drummer and enjoys: public speaking, writing, reading, astronomy, running and biking. Jeffrey is married to an incredible woman, Nancy.


Title: TORO: The Naked Bull
Published: 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction

The lust for glory and fortune are as old as the origins of mankind. Obsession, unbridled, can result in the destruction of the individual and the people they love. TORO — The Naked Bull is such a tale. Luis Montoya, oldest of the Famed Montoya Bullfighting family is handsome, charismatic, brash and driven. His brother, Simone, also a bullfighter has a completely different view of their world. In Spain, in the early1950’s, bullfighting was a cultural tradition of almost mythical proportions. Its people love and admire Matadors and the trappings and pageantry of the Corida. Matadors are defined by their bravery and defiance of death. Bulls (toros) are also held in great regard for their strength, spirit, ferocity and courage. The smite of the Toro is furious. The forces of destiny persist amid any attempt to sway its course. Destiny comes. It always comes.

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