What Harry Potter Has Taught Me about Writing

by Lindsay 4/2/2017 9:14:00 PM

 

*** GUEST POST BEN RUSSEL

 

The purpose of articulating this article is to describe various lessons I have learned from Harry Potter's writing. Harry Potter is a boy and the main character in the writing of J.K Rowling. The contents of the Rowling's books are very educative specifically in writing. Harry Potter's primary purpose of writing fan fictional books is to exploit the human desires that keep evolving since the ancient times especially in the world of magic. There are some social dynamics found in a modern society that Rowling exposes that began more than 200 years ago such as racism, religion, civil wars, social activism and education. The popularity of these books has been growing dynamically since the first publication. More importantly, I would like to discuss the value impact of the Rowling's books on my writing skills. Her writing work obsesses not only the kids but also adults.


Creative Plotting

The first thing I have learned from Harry Potter concerning writing is the plot. In her novel, Rowling's plot allows the reader to connect one action to another through the main character.  Plotting is the most important instrument that demonstrates the ideologies in the writer's mind. In this aspect, I have learned that before putting down the writing it is important to think critically and generate ideas that will effectively give the writing direction. The first idea of writing came to her mind when she was riding on a train. Before Rowling wrote anything, she thought keenly about the idea to get the right picture on the writing. Therefore, before writing anything, it is important to think about the structure and relevant concepts that the script requires. Apparently, it is important to put down the idea on time to avoid forgetting. In other words, I should not be quick to write anything on paper before formulating the structure. The plot of Rowling's books follows her idea of fantasy, the idea that connects real world to the fantasy world.


Write When Sober-Mind

Writing when sober and in the right mind is a major factor. I have learned from Harry Potter's literature that, she used to write in serious mood; Rowling used to write during her leisure time and relaxed in a favorable environment, mostly in cafes and at night in her room. Environmental and personal destructions interfere with creativity. Writing with sober mind promotes creativity, generation of new ideologies. Additionally, it is important to write when you are full of mental energy to allow the flow of ideas from different psychological perspectives. In this aspect, tiredness of extortion limits the writer from thinking reasonably. Rowling’s writing demonstrates how she took her time before articulating a single idea. The first book of Harry Potter illuminates mystery of sober mind thinking by constructing every idea crossing her mind. The characters in the book are well placed and active at every point of an idea. Rowling exposes every theme in her writing constructively, especially the idea of magic where she allocates each character a task. This fantastic element in her writing is a reflection of how Rowling took her time soberly before jumping into writing.


Be Persistence and Patient

Another important lesson I have to learn from Harry Potter’s book is to be persistent when writing. Rowling took more than 15 years before publishing her first book, Harry Porter and Deathly Hallows. The quality of the literature as a writer is the end product of persistence writing. It is important to be patient enough and persistent to learn new things without giving up. Harry Potter literature came into public in the early 1990s when she had already exploited all the ideas she had on her writing. In comparison to modern writers who take even less than three months to publish a book, Rowling took her time well, even the time she had thought she was through she gave her writing time to mature. JK's masterful job came to be due to her persistence by planting meaningful information that took time to publish. When the writer takes time, paperwork translates to quality as well as social acceptability. The underpinning factor of delayed publication is that when drafting the ideas new is new generation emerges and critics that oppose the writing. For instance, Rowling's books basis on 1980s socio-cultural, which is very different from the generation purchasing the book. Therefore, it is important to project the possibilities of the future as long as persistence aligns with emerging generation’s social practices.


Be Creative

Creativity is another important element that I have learned from Harry Potter’s writing. A writer should not engage paperwork for the sake of writing. Creativity is the most important instrument that determines the impact of the book on the audience. Apart from being creative, it is important to be unique in the writings, not copy pasting what other writers have said before. Moreover, creativity is an escalating tool that supports the authors to generate more ideas and enlarge their perspectives and dimensions in the writings. From this point of view, it is important for the writer to use the dichotomy of thinking by classifying ideologies from different perspectives such as economic, political, social and religious. For instance, Rowling's book integrates all aspects of human life revolving around Harry Potter. However, creativity takes time to mature. Before Rowling became a famous writer, she had undergone a series of challenges in writing; as a single mother, she was facing publication challenges due to financial constraints. The fact is that she did not replicate her writings and remained creative though it took time after her first publication.


Write What You Love

I have also learned from Harry Potter's writing that literature involves writing what you desire and love. In this aspect, writing what you love allows an individual to exploit the intrinsic abilities and talents. Rowling wrote what she describes as her long-term dream; she started paperwork while she was only six. The current publication is a reflection of her young age potential that she has maximally exploited. Therefore, it is important to enjoy and love the writings for they allow an individual to grow in the field of writing. Despite facing massive critiques, Rowling remained focused on her books for she enjoyed what she was writing. Additionally, writing what you love gives an individual independence by focusing on personal abilities rather than external dynamics. Finally, Rowling's literature has taught me how to formulate writing strategies without missing a single idea. Writing is not just taking paper and putting down words, but like any other fields, it requires procedures, which are practical and realistic. Failure to have a plan when writing leads to confusion and complicated paperwork that might not be apparent to the targeted audiences.


Author bio: Ben Russel is passionate about reading and writing and is a big fan of Harry Potter. He’s also into academic writing and has published a series of guides for students. One of his recent publications is on how to write a synthesis essay outline. Ben believes in the importance of helping young generation learn to love reading.

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How to Write Obligatory Scenes

by Lindsay 2/9/2017 1:22:00 PM

Article Contributed by Lucy Adams

 

This article is dedicated to an obligatory scene, one of the most important but often overlooked by both novice and experienced writers story elements. In the lines below, you’ll find out why an obligatory scene is a must for any story and novel, how to write it, and how it affects the reader. So if you are ready to learn one of the most important secrets of the intriguing plot, sit comfortable and enjoy reading!

What is an Obligatory Scene?

Simply put, this is the scene of the final confrontation between the protagonist and the antagonist, or the theme and the countertheme of the story.

From the name of the scene, you've probably realized that it must be presented mandatory. But why?

Imagine yourself a reader. Here you open a book, flip through pages, and get fascinated by what is happening. The main character – a bold, positive guy – embarks on a long, dangerous journey to return home some very valuable thing. However, this thing is protected by a dangerous villain – many years ago, he treacherously stole the relic and now ruthlessly kills each daredevil who dares to take the risk to return it.

So, we have the first act of the story: the author described the disposition of forces and clearly explained who is good and who is bad. This is clear. But what, in fact, we do expect from this story? What interest makes us read? Perhaps, we want to see how the character will return (or at least try to) the stolen treasure and, of course, kill the incredibly strong villain.

Will we be satisfied if the main character dies suddenly halfway or just steals the treasure and returns home safely? I think no. In other words, we, as readers, are waiting for the main collision, the battle between the good and the evil. And the stronger the evil, the greater the expectations.

The Biggest Mistake of Novice Authors

I think now you’re aware of the importance of an obligatory scene for the narrative. However, not all aspiring authors run the above line of reasoning. As a result, good and evil are fighting virtually, across the ocean, or just "for the show." And then aspiring “pen wizards” wonder why their opuses are so boring.

To avoid this failure, thought out the mandatory scene before writing the rest of the work. Once you come up with the idea of ​​the narrative, think of the obligatory scene. Without it, there is no sense to take up the rest. All tracks in a story lead to it. And only after you determine who, where, when and how will face each other, you can come up with the rest of the story.

Requirements to an Obligatory Scene

The most important requirement (after the presence of this scene, of courseJ) is that the reader should receive there what he wants but a very different way from what he expected. All the complexity of an obligatory scene lies in the fact that the reader is subconsciously waiting for it and knows that it will happen sooner or later. Therefore, the scene should surprise the reader.

In our example, the reader expects the hero to fight the villain in his lair – a huge, impregnable castle, and then take the treasure. Well, how to deceive the reader’s expectations? For example, like this:

·      The protagonist makes the way to the fort, fighting with guards, but can’t find the villain. He takes the treasure from the golden pedestal, but nothing happens. He comes out of the castle, but there is no chase. He’s disoriented. Can it be so simple? No, of course. When he returns home, he finds his city burned to the ground, and on the ruins of the palace sits the main villain. And it is now nowhere to run – the hero takes the fight!

This, of course, only the one of a huge variety of ideas that may come to your mind. However, it illustrates the need to deceive the reader and surpass his expectations.

Well, an obligatory scene does not always result in a battle for life and death. It is often a conversation. If we are dealing with a romantic history, it is the reunion of lovers or the last night before departing. It all depends on the nature of the conflict, which is why I recommend you first think through the obligatory scene, and only then pass to writing the rest of the literature work.

I wish you best of luck in your writing endeavors and hope that you’ll be able to successfully apply my advice to practice!

Bio:

Lucy Adams is a freelance blogger and writer always ready to prepare the best essay for you. She’s an aspiring author who feels comfortable with covering a wide range of topics, from literature and writing to business and marketing. Lucy is open to new ideas – share with the blogger what you have in mind, and get a high-quality article in return! By the way, guest blogs require no fee!

 

 

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How To Improve Your Writing Efficiency Being a Leader

by Lindsay 12/5/2016 10:07:00 PM

Article Contributed by Lucy Adams

 

 

Managing the attention of the audience is the paramount task of any commercial organization. Undoubtedly, the smoothness of writing plays a vital role when sending CVs, emailing, publishing videos, blogs, and communicating to potential candidates. And it’s not a secret that the ultimate task of any business is to create a positive atmosphere around the brand.

In my opinion, the "tastiness" of the content largely predetermines the overall success. If the message is tongue-tied, illiterate, difficult or incomprehensible, it greatly spoils the perception and disperses the attention, so the audience is not involved.

Ideally, all the efforts on content should be directed to make the reader think about the product or service of the brand. And it is truly an art. You can’t learn creative writing at once, but applying specific rules, you can significantly reduce the long way.

I hope the points below will help you to become a wiser manager, a manager who is also a pen wizard!

#1 Turn Your Inner Uncertainty Into Your Hardest Weapon

There’s something extremely effective and efficient in your box with tools for writing. Yes, I’m talking about whining and excuses. Most unsuccessful writers become such because of internal uncertainty and lack of belief in the power of words.

No matter who you are – a writer, an entrepreneur or an artist – you strive to be a professional in your field. And the first step is treating your profession seriously. Actually, this is the key difference between amateurs and professionals. A professional can’t wake up and ask oneself: "Do I want to write today?" He will, and he knows he will!

If you don’t believe in yourself, be sure to overcome this fear. Learn how to properly work with your subconscious. If you say to yourself "I write slowly, I can’t cope with this volume," you won’t cope! But if you try, you will!  "Everyone will be replayed according to one’s faith" – sounds religious, but it’s true.

A professional writes not only for money – even though writing is the main source of income – he writes to share his knowledge and help people, making their lives better. The money is just a way to assess the benefits to others, as well as the skill.

#2 Make a Checklist and Plan for the Day

Well, if you’re a businessman, I guess you already have it. Then just fit some time allocated exclusively for writing or honing your writing skills. The most important thing is to use the time effectively. If you have nothing to write at the moment, be sure to spend these minutes on education. We can’t work 24/7, so I believe it’s better to adhere to working hours than the results you have to achieve. Finally, if you spend day and night at the office, how can you refresh and restore your mind and body?

The checklist is one of the most effective tools that you can use to speed up daily. For example:

1.     Get up at 7 a.m.

2.     Devote half an hour for professional self-development

3.     Write a business proposal/answer to emails/1000 word of the text.

4.     Publish the prepared materials.

5.     Limit the time in social networks up to 30 minutes per day.

6.     Allocate 1 hour for a rest.

7    Write a report on the completed tasks.

The checklist allows you to determine the necessary daily routine and create a draft script of the day. Prescribe the evening the key challenges of the next day and in the morning you will get more or less coherent strategy for your actions.

#3 Write so that Customers Can Scan Your Text

I bet you know that almost all readers scan articles to decide whether to continue reading.  And only if there is interest in the paper, people get a grasp and devote their time and attention to it.

Therefore, you have to somehow hook the reader. Be sure to structure the information and highlight the most important point, so that the reader can instantly guess what facts he can find there.

#4 Include Call to Action

I can safely say the article is great if it makes the reader think after he finished reading. And it’s even better if there’s a message that encourages the reader to a specific action. Read more and spend some time on talking with the staff to generate more creative ideas and "hooks."

#5 Edit

Even the best-selling authors correct their works so that they fundamentally changes. If writing releases is your responsibility/opportunity/voluntary action, and there’s no editor behind you, be sure to carefully proofread the text. Don’t let the mistakes play against the reputation of your brand.

#6 Read Your Text Aloud

When we write, our brain works like the brain of the writer. To make the text understandable, accessible and interesting, read it aloud. Reading aloud puts the author in the reader’s shoes. That's when you see a lot of opportunities to correct the text, replace some words and rephrase sentences. Be sure to treat the text as the reader before sending or publishing it!

Being a businessman, a team leader or a manager, you should…no, you must be able to write quickly, on the topic, and clearly. Regardless of the scope of your activity, the ability to write competently will open to you much wider prospects.


Bio:

Lucy Adams is a blogger and writer from BuzzEssay, a website where professionals are always ready to help you with an essay. This diligent author is constantly open to new ideas, so nothing prevents you from establishing a mutually beneficial cooperation. Lucy loves marketing, psychology, traveling, and many other niches. Take the advantage of this open-hearted blogger.

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Create Book Trailers for FREE with FlipSnap

by Lindsay 9/12/2016 11:20:00 PM

We all try to stand out in the crowd, make a name for ourselves. That is why we are here on social media. We are trying to market ourselves or whatever else it is we are selling. But, with all of the other millions of people doing the same thing how do WE or more importantly "I" stand out from everyone else? It is not an easy thing to do.

 

The new craze has been to turn to video - Bring your content to life! And, video has certainly been proven to work. Video on a landing page increases conversion rates by 80%. But now we are so overloaded by video that a plain old boring video just won't cut it. Now, I ask you -- Do you have video experience? Do you want to learn how to be a videographer? I certainly don't.

 

That is how I came up with the idea for FlipSnap. I was shooting author interviews. Nice and simple. No editing. I then decided I wanted to use a greenscreen and put in new backgrounds. Turned out, that was EXPENSIVE and HARD TO DO! I went on a mission to create: A green screen in the palm of your hand that would require NO VIDEO KNOWLEDGE and would be FREE! Yep, a video app that would do professional grade videos for free! I am excited to announce FlipSnap. It is available for FREE on iOS in the app store NOW. There are so many things you can do with FlipSnap. I hope you check it out!

 

I have put some links to FlipSnap's Instagram page, to videos that others have made with the app, and to the link to iTunes. I can't wait to see what you all create! If you have any questions you can send me a message!

 

https://instagram.com/p/BKOMXcrAsrt/

https://instagram.com/flipsnapapp

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipsnap-create.-collaborate./id1131077431?mt=8

 

 

 

 

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The Fair Share Model by Karl Sjogren

by Lindsay 8/27/2016 1:03:00 PM

The book discusses philosophy, economics and behavioral finance in a manner that engages readers who are expert in capital structures or a novice. He mix insight with humor. With every page, he aspire to cause a reader to utter an “Aha!” or a “Ha!”


Karl describe how a critical mass of people can usher in better deal structures for companies that raise venture capital. The key is the Fairshare Model, a deal structure that provide price protection for IPO investors. It provides employees with stock that votes but cannot trade; it becomes tradable based on performance milestones which could include measures of social good.


The book opens with a description of the Fairshare Model and the problem with a conventional capital structure. Crowdfunding is discussed and the type of companies that may adopt the Fairshare Model are profiled. There are chapters that explore the macro-economic context; economic growth, income inequality and the potential for collaborative stakeholders to create competitive advantage.


Objections that many have about average investor participation in venture-stage companies are examined—risk of fraud, overvaluation and failure.


Chapters on valuation cover concepts, calculation, evaluation and call on the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to require valuation disclosure in every offering document. The book also presents the most remarkable aspect of the Fairshare Model---it provides venture-stage companies a reason to offer public investors a low valuation.


The Fairshare Model will be published in about five months after 250 people pre-order a copy from Inkshares, a new style publisher that decides what projects to back based on reader support. With the USD $5 credit that Inkshares issues to new customers, an e-book will set you back less than $10---an e-book + signed print copy combo, $15. If it isn’t published or you cancel your order before it is shipped, your money will be refunded by Inkshares.


Imagine, for a modest, risk-free amount, you can help launch a broad discussion about how to re-imagine capitalism! 


If you like the Fairshare Model, Karl would very much appreciate your support in the form of a pre-order. Again, you can do it here https://www.inkshares.com/projects/the-fairshare-model


I highly suggest the book!

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Blog Post Contributed by Tony Lee Moral

by Lindsay 8/20/2016 11:45:00 AM

My Young Adult novel, Ghost Maven, published in October, was written in Monterey Bay, California, where I was working for two years for National Geographic Television.

 

In the novel, 16 year-old Alice Parker moves to Pacific Grove, California, with her father and little sister after her mother dies. Whilst kayaking in the bay, she paddles towards a mysterious island in the bay, but capsizes and is drowning when a young man, Henry Raphael, magically appears, delivering her safely to the beach. Against all rules they see each other.

 

While working in Monterey, I was inspired by the natural beauty of the Bay area. The fog would inexplicably roll in, making it perpetually cloudy, whereas if you drove just five minutes inland, the sun would shine. The unpredictable weather was all part of the shrouded secrecy and charm of the region, with its rich folklore in the supernatural.

 

Writing the story became incredibly personal to me. I walked the coastal paths Alice travelled, I kayaked over the kelp forests of Monterey Bay, marvelled at the diaphanous moon jellies in the Monterey Aquarium, and inhaled the salty sea breeze during long sunset walks along Carmel’s sandy beach. The past is evoked everywhere on the peninsula, especially in the old canneries, cypress forests and hidden cabins which form the backdrop of the novel.

 

Living those two years in Monterey was an incredibly productive time for me; I wrote my book on the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s Marnie; I fashioned a screenplay which I later turned into my first novel Playing Mrs. Kingston, and I wrote the outline for Ghost Maven, which I then developed into a novel.

I often wondered why I felt so creative while living in Monterey. Indeed, I now envy the creative thought processes and insights I had at the time. Maybe it was the fresh sea breeze, the stretch of the Pacific, and the cool forests to hike in, all of which supplied a rush of oxygen to my head?

 

Recently I was researching another science television programme for the Discovery Channel about genius and creativity, which helped shed light on my supercharged bursts of activity. I was fortunate to be able to interview John Kounios of Drexel University, Philadelphia who wrote The Eureka Factor. He shared some very useful tips on creativity, which I can apply to my writing process, and help me become more insightful.

 

Outdoors colours like blue and green have been shown to enhance insight. Not surprisingly this is where the phrase ‘Blue sky’ thinking may have originated. Certainly the possibilities seem endless, when I stand at the end of Lover’s Point and look out at the vast Pacific stretching in front of me. Big open spaces can enhance creativity and broaden your visual attention, which is why Monterey and the Big Sur became a tonic and a mecca for many artists and writers, from John Steinbeck to Jack Kerouac.

 

It’s also well known that sleep can enhance creativity and insight. I try to have eight hours sleep every day, and adhere to a regular sleep pattern, waking up without the aid of an alarm clock. I’m not one of those writers who rises at the crack of dawn, nor burns the midnight oil (unless I have a deadline). Speaking of which, deadlines have been shown to supress insights, so if you want to be creative you’re unlikely to do it under pressure. Insights are more likely to arrive during one’s off peak hours. If you’re a night owl, you will likely to be more creative in the morning. If you are a morning person, your evenings should be more creative.

 

But what is less well known is that while small spaces may enhance analytical thought, they also supress creativity. So while some writers like to hole themselves up in a small room or study to get the work done, it may not be conducive for those creative or eureka moments. Better to take a strolling walk or a run, which the Japanese author Haruki Murakami favours in his book What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.

 

A positive mood facilitates insight, while anxiety suppresses it. Even a little alcohol can facilitate insight, as it did for those seasoned drinkers Ernest Hemmingway or F. Scott Fitzgerald. That’s worth remembering the next time you order a long drink and watch the sun set over the Pacific.

 

Tony Lee Moral will be signing copies of his Young Adult novel at Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, Monterey, California on Saturday 3rd September at 2pm.  And check out his new website for the series at www.ghostmaven.com

 

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Book Trailer Demo

by Lindsay 4/24/2014 3:38:00 PM

Watch a demo of book trailer made using Chromapose. This is done using only the chroma key piece of the app. Notice how easy!!! The video is dark, but that is because I filmed it at 10pm in a room with only an overhead light. I did this to show you that you can get a perfect result in almost any environment. Let me know if you have any questions!  Watch The Demo Now!

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Make Your Own Book Trailers

by Lindsay 4/21/2014 3:28:00 PM

How many of you wish that you could film your own amazing book trailer from the comforts of your home? How about one of those fabulous "green screen" videos where you appear in front of your book covers or other images that help tell your story? Chromapose will make this happen, but we need your help! Please help support our Kickstarter campaign and in a few months you will be making book trailers from your home. Our supporters will have the opportunity to beta test our software at a drastically reduced price, plus other great rewards!!! Thank you in advance for your time and suppor! Check out our: Kickstarter Campaign

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The Davenport Ten Minute Play Contest, cash prize $500

by Lindsay 4/30/2012 7:58:00 PM
Davenport Theatrical announces:

Broadway and Off-Broadway producer Ken Davenport (author of the popular blog, The Producer's Perspective) announces The Davenport Ten Minute Play Contest! 10 ten minute plays or musicals will be selected from submissions to be featured in a presentation evening and vie for the title of ‘Best Play’ as chosen by a panel of industry professionals. Finalists will receive a cash prize of $50 and the grand prize winner will receive $500.
Entry rules are as follows:

● $10 entry fee
● Authors may submit multiple plays, but each play submitted must be accompanied by the submission of an entry fee. Only one entry per playwright will be chosen as a finalist.
● Title page must include the playwright’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address.
● The play, exclusive of title and cast pages, should be around 10 pages in length.
● There may be no more than 5 characters
● Finalists are responsible for all aspects and costs of their presentation, including travel to New York City for the presentation (if not NY residents).
● Only original plays or musicals, never before produced, are eligible.

For complete rules and to register and submit your script please visit our website:


Submission deadline is May 18th and winners announced June 1st!

The Davenport Ten Minute Play Contest presentations will take place on Thursday June 28th at The Davenport Studios (250 West 49th Street, Suite 304) at 7:00pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door. More details to follow.

Ken Davenport: Broadway: Godspell, Chinglish, Oleanna, Speed-the-Plow, Will Ferrell's You're Welcome America (Tony Nomination), Blithe Spirit, 13. Off-Broadway: Altar Boyz (Outer Critics Circle Award), Awesome 80s Prom, My First Time, Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating, & Marriage. Seen on a national iPhone commercial and named one of Crain’s “40 Under Forty,” Ken is the writer of the popular Broadway blog TheProducersPerspective.com, which has been featured in Vanity Fair, New York Magazine, and more. Ken also created and developed the Broadway board game Be A Broadway Star, the smartphone app AT THE BOOTH™ (Entertainment Weekly’s “Must List”), and websites
BroadwaySpace.com, DidHeLikeIt.com, and YourBroadwayGenius.com. Ken recently released his first film, These Magnificent Miles. He speaks and consults about theater and marketing for organizations around the world. Upcoming: A Few Good Men, Somewhere in Time. For more, visit his blog or DavenportTheatrical.com.

 


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STRONG JUSTICE: The Riveting New Book By Jon Land -- Available in Stores Now!

by Lindsay 6/23/2010 12:49:00 PM

 

IN THIS ADRENALINE-PACKED FOLLOW-UP TO STRONG ENOUGH TO DIE, TEXAS RANGER CAITLIN STRONG FINDS HERSELF ON THE TRAIL OF A SERIAL KILLER AND A TERRORIST DETERMINED TO BRING AMERICA TO HER KNEES

 

 

Last year, bestselling author Jon Land introduced 5th generation Texas Ranger Caitlin Strong in Strong Enough to Die (now available in mass market paperback from Forge)—and filled a void in the male-dominated thriller genre.  The fact that Land created a genuine female action star who can hold her own in a world that is normally suffused with testosterone proves once again that he is a versatile writer who isn’t afraid to tackle new challenges in his writing.

Critics certainly agree.  Strong Enough to Die received high praise for its authenticity (both in his portrayal of a woman and his intriguing anecdotes about the famous Texas Rangers), its hot-button issue storyline, and its snappy, true-to-life dialogue.   In fact, Caitlin Strong and Strong Enough to Die received so much attention that they caught the eye of Hollywood, and Land is currently working on the screenplay for director Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) and producer Michel Shane.

Still recovering from her escapade in which she took on the Mexican mafia and a corporation that threatened the security of the United States, Caitlin Strong now finds herself drawn into a new case—investigating a series of missing Mexican girls who are being brought across the border to be sold as sex slaves. 

Just another day in the life of a Texas Ranger?  Definitely not.  Caitlin is also trying to come to terms with her relationship with her sometime lover, Cort Wesley Masters, a former convict…and her former rival.  She’s drawn to him, but she’s having a hard time committing herself and her heart.  But one thing is for sure—she’s formed a strong bond with his two sons, Dylan, 15, and Luke, 9, whom she saved when their mother was gunned down before their very eyes.

So it’s no surprise that when Dylan is arrested on trumped-up drug charges, Caitlin rushes to his defense.  In reality, he’s come to the rescue of a young Mexican girl who has escaped from the latest caravan of kidnapped girls.  Her name is Maria, and she was abducted six months ago on her way home from school.  She fears for her life, and is especially terrified of a wrangler named Macerio, who the captive girls call Demonio.

And Maria has reason to be afraid.  In the past thirteen years, the bodies of over four hundred Mexican women, many of them unidentified, have been found along the Mexico and Texas border, beginning in the area between Juarez and El Paso. There has been virtually no progress on either side. Until now.  It seems Maria just may have evidence against the worst serial killer in history and a sex slavery ring that has ruined countless lives.

But little does Caitlin know, she’s heading straight toward a confrontation that surpasses anything she’s ever faced.  For Macerio is the brother of a former Mexican guerilla with plans to launch a series of attacks against major American cities.  And what he needs to do so lies deep beneath the ground in a small border town in Texas.  When Caitlin and Cort Wesley discover what it is, they must race to Juarez—the very same place where Caitlin’s grandfather, Earl Strong, faced his own showdown over 100 years before—to stop an all-out war from beginning.

Up-to-the-minute and absolutely riveting, STRONG JUSTICE once again marks Jon Land as one of today’s hottest thriller writers.

 

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