A Disturbing Departure

Sally Brandle sallybrandle@comcast.net 1299459473467



Sally Brandle

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A slandered movie star, and the news anchor given the false story, fight to save their developing romance--and the US power grid--from destruction by a solar power zealot.



Short Summary

The last person Liberty Blaine wanted as a seatmate on a private jet, enroute to a freelance gig for a science magazine, was Hollywood star, Spiro Nicoli. Receiving his forgiveness for her recent on-air delivery of a lie involving him and his gay sister is futile. Childhood friends to enemies.

Liberty will work at a MI newspaper and Spiro’s confronted his talent agent, who’s skimmed money for years. With the agent’s payout, his sister’s college tuition is secure and there’s enough cash for opening a mentoring style gym, his dream. Last scene is their wedding.


Los Angeles, Texas, and briefly Michigan

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Liberty Blaine

Age: 29

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Funny,Sarcastic,Strong Moral Code,Naive,Insecure,Modest,Complex,Educated,Skillful

Additional Character Details

Name: Spiro Nicoli

Age: 27

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Masculine,Sexy,Complex,Charming,Faithful,Heartthrob,Heroic,Insecure,Strong Moral Code,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Derek Jasop

Age: 63

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Masculine,Power Hungry,Skillful,Secretive,Sophisticated,Unapologetic,Faithful,Decisive,Complex,Visionary

Additional Character Details

Name: Roxy McChord

Age: 30

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring,Adventurous,Sexy,Skillful,Secretive,Seductive,Lone Wolf,Honorable,Decisive

Development Pitch

Scientific intrigue, a shadowy Russian influence, action, and romance-all woven together in a young woman's path to believe in herself. Toppled from her anchor chair by a scandal, Liberty Blaine survives by writing freelance articles for science magazines. On a flight to a solar energy symposium featuring the brightest new scholars, she’s seated next to the man burned by the scandal—her former childhood best buddy-who is now a Hollywood heartthrob. Their LA to Texas flight is hijacked to Mexico, where Liberty and Spiro escape, only to return and find the plane with the kidnapped scientists has departed without them. Burying their differences, they conspire to reach the original destination and are horrified to learn that designing destructive malware to control America’s energy production was the real purpose the billionaire brought them all together--that and his plan for revenge against Liberty. Determining if the sexy Latino assistant/girlfriend of their host is friend or foe provides twists and challenges. While battling wits against the solar power zealot, Spiro has to chose between betraying Liberty and saving his sister. Liberty sacrifices herself/finagles a way out and they return to CA to go their separate ways-or so they think . Along the way they've experience and finally acknowledged the validity of the teenage attraction which had emerged a decade ago, just prior to their estrangement. Realization of core goals and their love ends the story with their wedding.

About The Author

Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense, motivating readers to trust their instincts. Growing up as a tom boy alongside brothers prepared her to work in a male-centric industry, raise sons, and create action packed stories featuring strong women. She thrives on crafting unintentional heroines who conquer their vulnerabilities and partner with deserving heroes to outwit cunning villains. Residing with science and computer aficionados provides cutting edge elements to her latest series Double Vision-Good Science in Bad Hands.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17,18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: No

Hard Copy Available



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