Master of the Waterways...God of the Creeks

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EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION SUSPENSE/THRILLER RELIGIOUS FAMILY ACTION ROMANCE

19th Century,Earlier 20th Century,1920s & '30s,1940s & '50s

Michael R Arnone

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Logline

Historical narrative recounting the romance of the California Ranchos and the three generational story of the de Leon story. Focusing on Pablo, and his search for his legacy and his relations ships with his brother Vincenti and the woman that tore them apart, Annabella.

Genre

Epic,Historical Fiction,Suspense/Thriller,Religious,Family,Action,Romance

Short Summary

Discovery of the dead Patron encourages Pablo to reassert his identify as a de Leon. His historical narrative is told to faithful friends as they discover together the truth of his identity through the losses of loved ones by curses and witchcraft wielded by Annabella's alliance with the curandera.


The curses intended to destroy Pablo, befall Annabella and the curandera instead. And the rightful heir to Rancho Piedra Blanca is restored. With Pablo's death and entrance to a eternal reward, his faithful and the state are rewarded.

Setting

Central California, Rancho Piedra Blanca encompassing San Simeon

Based on a True Story

No

Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain,Quest

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Pablo

Age: From birth into his eighties

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Modest,Charming,Faithful,Heroic,Honorable,Underdog,Religious,Selfless,Skillful,Visionary,Romantic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Annabella

Age: from birth into her eighties

Gender: Female

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Decisive,Greedy,Leader,Villainous,Narcisstic,Sexy,Power Hungry,Outspoken,Skillful,Secretive,Seductive,Sophisticated,Manipulative,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Josefina Espinoza

Age: ageless

Gender: Female

Role: tempter

Key Traits: Criminal,Greedy,Unapologetic,Seductive,Secretive,Skillful,Power Hungry,Villainous,Leader,Narcisstic,Manipulative,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Flores de Flores

Age: 20's through 60's

Gender: Male

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Skillful,Aspiring,Adventurous,Charming,Complex,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Honorable,Masculine,Modest,Selfless,Visionary,Strong Moral Code

Development Pitch

I need help here...I will be happy to write something after consultation with you folks. Please help.

About The Author

Father of eight, grandfather of 17, a second generation American born in Chicago and transplanted in 1953 to Los Angeles at the age of 10 . Catholic high school education at Mt Camel, Quarterback and Student Body President, I Married my high school sweetheart at 21 had two sons and two daughters we divorced in 1981. I remarried Karen, my bride and her three daughters and son in 1983. We moved from Dana Point to Concord, California and I began a long career in real estate sales and loan origination. Still working, Karen and I are empty-nesters, living happily in Vacaville, enjoying our grand kids. At seventy seven, this is my first attempt at writing a well written literary work with the goal of publishing. Other novels are in the works...pray the audience appreciates the Christian themes my story professes...You see, I am a devout Christian, and a believer in my Lord, Jesus Christ. Possessing a great adoration for John Steinbeck's work, my journalist nature led me to write this historical narrative in a setting in and around San Simeon, a county away from Steinbeck's beloved Salinas, the location of East of Eden, his greatest work . My love of California history determined the Rancho backdrop setting and the tortured legacy of Pablo the protagonist versus Annabella the scourge. Mix in her devilish workings in alliance with the evil village curandera and out comes the story of Pablo's search for his legacy fending off the advocates of witchcraft, greed and treachery.

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Lovers of California History and good yarns with happy endings.

Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

TXu 2-118-945

Genre

ROMANCE, DRAMA, POLITICS

Brief

Pablo DeLeon searches for love and legacy across multiple generations against the backdrop of a changing California.

Overall Rating

EXCELLENT

Point of View

THIRD PERSON

Narrative Elements

Authors Writing Style: GOOD

Characterization: EXCELLENT

Commerciality: GOOD

Franchise Potential: GOOD

Pace: EXCELLENT

Premise: EXCELLENT

Structure: GOOD

Theme: EXCELLENT

Accuracy of Book Profile

The profile does depict the book - however someone should copy edit it for grammatical errors; ex: "relations ships (sic) in the logline.

Draw of Story

There is action right from the start.

Possible Drawbacks

Not really - it moved along well.

Use of Special Effects

THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

Primary Hook of Story

Discover the evolving history of California's early years through an epic tale of family drama.

Fanbase Potential

It's not a genre piece that would have a built in audience but it could be the kind of film that generates a large "word-of-mouth" buzz.

Awards Potential

Yes - this is just the kind of epic that film critics love.

Envisioned Budget

LARGE BUDGET

Similar Films/TV Series

LONESOME DOVE, THERE WILL BE BLOOD, RIO LOBO

What’s New About the Story

This is a fresh perspective on the early days of California and the evolving ethnic and political landscape of the area.

Lead Characters

They are very believable.

Uniqueness of Story

This could be a rare gem. However, to make this work as a film it would require top dollar talent all the way across the board - the writers, directors and actors would have to be seasoned professionals. This would not succeed as a low budget indie film.

Possible Formats

Film - Streaming, Film - Studio, TV Series - Cable, TV Series - Network, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series, TV Series - Streaming

Analyst Recommendation

CONSIDER

Justification

In terms of a tale that could garner serious awards buzz, this has all the main elements - conflict, discovery, betrayal and love. The fact that it is from a hispanic perspective makes it timely as well.