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Friday, November 16, 2007

CFBA Blog Tour - Try Dying by James Scott Bell




by James Scott Bell

I had the privilege of recently attending a national conference in Dallas, Texas, where Jim Bell was the keynote speaker. Full of fun, engaging anecdotes and lighthearted banter, Jim was also knowledgeable about the world of writing and had fantastic advice to share along with his personal life story and entertaining keynote addresses. His books sold out in the conference bookstore before the end of the conference. You won't want to miss this newest book!


James Scott Bell is a former trial lawyer who now writes full time. He is also the fiction columnist for Writers Digest magazine and adjunct professor of writing at Pepperdine University.

His book on writing, Plot and Structure, is one of the most popular writing books available today. The national bestselling author of several novels of suspense, he grew up and still lives in Los Angeles, where he is at work on his next Buchanan thriller.


On a wet Tuesday morning in December, Ernesto Bonilla, twenty-eight, shot his twenty-three-year-old wife, Alejandra, in the backyard of their West 45th Street home in South Los Angeles. As Alejandra lay bleeding to death, Ernesto drove their Ford Explorer to the westbound Century Freeway connector where it crossed over the Harbor Freeway and pulled to a stop on the shoulder.

Bonilla stepped around the back of the SUV, ignoring the rain and the afternoon drivers on their way to LAX and the west side, placed the barrel of his .38 caliber pistol into his mouth, and fired.

His body fell over the shoulder and plunged one hundred feet, hitting the roof of a Toyota Camry heading northbound on the harbor Freeway. The impact crushed the roof of the Camry. The driver, Jacqueline Dwyer, twenty-seven, an elementary schoolteacher from Reseda, died at the scene.

This would have been simply another dark and strange coincidence, the sort of thing that shows up for a two-minute report on the local news--with live remote from the scene--and maybe gets a follow-up the next day. Eventually the story would go away, fading from the city's collective memory.

But this story did not go away. Not for me. Because Jacqueline Dwyer was the woman I was going to marry.

In Try Dying, this fast-paced thriller, lawyer Ty Buchanan must enter a world of evil to uncover the cause of his fiancee's death--even if he has to kill for the truth.

"Bell is one of the best writers out there...he creates characters readers care about...a story worth telling."
~~Library Review

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In addition, you can post a comment for your chance to win a FREE copy of this book. US/Canada residents only. Drawing to be held on November 28th. That gives you almost two weeks to enter. Come back to this post that day to see if you've won.


ChristyJan said...

Try Dying sounds like a grat thriller. Please enter me.

tetewa said...

I'd like to be entered!

Miralee Ferrell said...

Cool! I'd LOVE to win this book, this is the type of novel I enjoy and this one sounds great. Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

Id really love to win this one!!

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Renae said...
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Renae said...

Sounds like a great book! Count me in!


Shama-Lama Mama said...

Wow, this sounds great! I could use a good thriller for my next read.

My email address is in my profile. Thanks for the chance to win!

Unknown said...

I'd love to read this.

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

I'm loving how much traffic these blog spotlights and book giveaways are generating. It's wonderful to see so many of you dropping by.

Alas, there can only be one winner for each one.

This week, it's:


I've emailed you to send me your mailing information for your free copy of Try Dying.

Everyone else, check the other spotlights to see if you've won. You never know. It just might be your week!