Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Vengeance Is Mine--Part 1 of 2

I'm scheduled for a 10-minute meeting with an agent Saturday as part of the Agents Conference sponsored by the Writers' League of Texas. All attendees could submit a list of five agents arranged in order from first choice to last. I got my second choice which I think is pretty good.

Now the challenge for me is to start thinking about Vengeance is Mine to the point where I can sell the story verbally in a few minutes. I've been so busy with Where Love Once Lived, I haven't worked on the new book much lately. To help me refresh my memory, today's article will be a synopsis of the book:

When Chris McCowan's fiancée, 24-year-old Sarah Eason, is killed during a bizarre robbery near Austin, Texas, an unlikely trio teams up to track down those responsible. Chris, a 31-year-old PhD computer science professor, Paul "Tex" Thompson, a 40-year-old ex-con student of his who is paralyzed from the waist down, and Liz Siedo, a 65-year-old librarian, pool their talents and find the criminals after local law enforcement agencies give up the chase.

Chris wants an eye for an eye even if it means giving up God and his church so he sets out to learn about the seedier side of life from his ex-con student, all while coming to terms with his grief over the loss of Sarah. Chris and Tex keep their vengeance plans secret from Liz, but Angela, an FBI agent who soon joins the trio, spots the guys at the pistol range and in cities across the country where the FBI is just steps behind Chris and Tex.

Liz finds a friend to finance the venture by paying the travel costs, including a van with a wheelchair lift and Internet connection. Chris, who was also shot during the robbery, goes through months of physical therapy before he is ready for battle. Tex, a former Marine, calls this his 9/11, the war he missed because of his injury. Tex keeps Chris going even when Chris wants to give in to Sarah's parents who urge him to go on with his life.

Check tomorrow's posting for the rest of the synopsis.

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