BLOWN AWAY, CRIMES OF PASSION SERIES BOOK TWO

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ACTION CRIME DETECTIVE DRAMA EROTICA MYSTERY ROMANCE SUSPENSE/THRILLER

Contemporary

Charlene Johnson

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Logline

An escort witnesses a murder by someone she knows. The detective on the case plans to seduce her find out what she's hiding. The lines get blurred when he falls for her. When her identity is revealed, the detective vows to protect her. To do that, he and his friends must plan for an all-out war.

Genre

Action,Crime,Detective,Drama,Erotica,Mystery,Romance,Suspense/Thriller

Short Summary

The detective goes to his best friend's hotel office and sees the man he believes raped his sister years ago. An escort goes to a hotel room and witnesses a man being murdered. The detective is assigned to investigate the case.


An explosive showdown in a beach house in Santa Cruz results in the deaths of the hired killer and two mob assassins. An old score is resolved with blood. The detective asks the witness he fell for to marry him.

Setting

Las Vegas, NV & Santa Cruz, CA

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Nudity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Zack Daniels

Age: 30's

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Engaging,Heartthrob,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Seductive,Romantic,Skillful,Outspoken,Selfless,Blunt,Sexy,Masculine,Charming,Faithful,Gracious

Additional Character Details

Name: Sonnet Banks

Age: Early 20's

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Desperate,Faithful,Heartthrob,Gracious,Honorable,Insecure,Naive,Seductive,Secretive,Romantic,Selfless,Sexy,Modest,Heroic

Additional Character Details

Name: Gordon Styles

Age: 55

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Criminal,Decisive,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Villainous,Narcisstic,Blunt,Secretive,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Sasha Petrov

Age: Early 30's

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Badass,Charming,Aggressive,Confident,Complex,Criminal,Faithful,Decisive,Gracious,Honorable,Masculine,Selfless,Romantic,Secretive

Development Pitch

When a beautiful escort witnesses a murder in a Las Vegas hotel room, a sharp, street-wise police detective must get her to tell him the truth. She knows more than she's telling him and he is willing to seduce her if necessary. It doesn't take long for the lines between seduction and something much deeper to blur their relationship. The witness becomes more than a case, she's the woman he loves. When her identity is revealed to the killer, the detective vows to protect her. As the threat to her life escalates, the detective and his friends plan for an all-out war. Blown Away is a sexy, action-packed love story that will appeal predominantly to a female audience but it contains strong crime/Mafia elements and explosive action that will also appeal to a male audience. It's intended for 18 years and older. There are twists, turns and shocking tragic secrets that will leave the audience breathless. It's set primarily in Las Vegas but transitions to the cliffs of Santa Cruz where the final showdown unfolds.

About The Author

Charlene Johnson is an author of Paranormal Romance and Romantic Suspense/Thriller. She lives in Sacramento, California. She is married with two adult children and four grandchildren. She graduated cum laude from Waynesburg College with a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. Books have always been her passion. She started reading at an early age and progressed to full-length books by age nine. The first supernatural book series she read was Dark Shadows, and it sparked her interest in all things paranormal, with a spicy touch of romance mixed in for good measure. She also started writing poetry in grade school and continues to do so today. Being an avid reader, the consummate daydreamer, and an incurable romantic with a Cinderella complex, she started creating her characters and storylines because she realized she had her own stories to tell. She’s traveled the world, crossed galaxies, traveled through time, and explored history on the pages of books. She is currently writing two paranormal romance series, Circle of the Red Scorpion and Circle of the Red Scorpion World and a romantic suspense/thriller series, Sterling Wood. She has released six books and three short stories. Besides reading and writing, she also enjoys photography, travel, music, and great movies.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Kingston Publishing Company

Year Published: 2020

Hard Copy Available

Yes

ISBN

9781645332275

Genre

THRILLER, DRAMA, SUSPENSE

Brief

Zach has lived in Las Vegas his whole life and the town has been good and bad to him. He works as a detective, supporting his mother and keeping his friend out of trouble. When he is put on a new murder case, the lines of professionalism blur when he finds himself attracted to the suspect, Sonnet. Together they follow the trial to find and capture the killer.

Overall Rating

FAIR

Point of View

SECOND PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: FAIR

Characterization: FAIR

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: GOOD

Premise: FAIR

Structure: GOOD

Theme: FAIR

Accuracy of Book Profile

Yes the book profile accurately reflects the book

Draw of Story

The story begins explaining Zach's life and acquaintances. He has seen some hardships and the story draws you into him.

Possible Drawbacks

The dialogue takes me out of the book at times because it is very basic and predictable, as are the characters. Zach is a handsome detective who meets a beautiful suspect who is "different" than all the others. He can't resist her. Sonnet is the suspect and needs the protection of the handsome detective. It is the typical troupe for a detective/crime story. Zach also has a friend that has illegal gambling deals but tries to go straight.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

The hook is that a crime has happened in Las Vegas. It is not original or ground breaking in any way.

Fanbase Potential

This could a large fanbase because detective dramas as usually appealing. They have action, romance and maybe a surprising twist which can be entertaining, if done well.

Awards Potential

This story does not have awards potential because it is not breaking any new ground. It is following the formula of the genre and not in a unique way. The characters are very one dimensional.

Envisioned Budget

MEDIUM BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

BAD BOYS, LUTHER, MALTESE FALCON

What’s New About the Story

The story could be more unique if it were located in a different city with a more diverse cast. Las Vegas seems very clique and cheapens the story. It needs to be much sleeker, like James Bond with bigger stakes. Sonnet can be more developed and contribute more to the story than having sex with Zach.

Lead Characters

There is nothing about the lead characters that stand out as unique. Zach is a tormented detective who hasn't gotten over the suicide of his sister. His best friend is trying to get rid of his illegal gambling business. He is jaded and disgruntled. He is the typical lead character in a thriller genre.

Uniqueness of Story

This is an average story that can be improved by better locations and more depth to the characters. Las Vegas has been done before and dates this story. The stakes could be higher that might include international espionage.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

WORK IN PROGRESS

Justification

While the story has many positive points, it has room for improvement (see possible paths below). If you can't change the story at this point, my suggestion is using your notes as a guide to highlight the best aspects of it when taking the next steps, either putting a pitch page together, a treatment, or a presentation.

Tips for Improvement

This story needs a location change since it being set in Las Vegas does not enrich the story. There is gambling and escorts in lots of places in the world. There should be more diversity within the characters and more sophisticated dialogue.