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Breach of Promise

by James Scott Bell

Actor and father Mark Gillen finds out how far modern courts will go to keep a child from a parent who has strong Christian views.

Deadlock

by James Scott Bell

She is a Supreme Court Justice. She is an atheist. And she is about to encounter the God of the truth and justice she has sworn to uphold. For years, Millicent Hollander has been the consistent swing vote on abortion and other hot-button issues. Now she's poised to make history as the first female Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. But something is about to happen that no one has counted on, least of all Hollander: a near-death experience that will thrust her on a journey toward God. Skeptically, fighting every inch of the way, Hollander finds herself dragged toward belief in something she has never believed in -- while others in Washington are watching her every step. Too much is at stake to let a Christian occupy the country's highest judicial office. Even as Hollander grapples with the interplay between faith and the demands of her position, and as she finds answers through her growing friendship with Pastor Jack Holden, a hidden web of lies, manipulation, and underworld connections is being woven around her. It could control her. It could destroy her reputation. Unless God intervenes, it could take her out of the picture permanently.

Deceived

by James Scott Bell

Two bodies in an isolated canyon. A fortune in diamonds missing. The love of money is the root of many kinds of evil, and for Liz Towne those roots grow deep. Deep enough to lead to murder. But is Liz too clever for her own good? A suspense thriller from James Scott Bell, bestselling author of The Whole Truth.

Elements of Fiction Writing: Conflict & Suspense

by James Scott Bell

Ramp up the tension and keep your readers hooked! Inside you'll find everything you need to know to spice up your story, move your plot forward, and keep your readers turning pages. Expert thriller author and writing instructor James Scott Bell shows you how to craft scenes, create characters, and develop storylines that harness conflict and suspense to carry your story from the first word to the last. Learn from examples of successful novels and movies as you transform your work from ho-hum to high-tension. Pack the beginning, middle, and end of your book with the right amount of conflict. Tap into the suspenseful power of each character's inner conflict. Build conflict into your story's point of view. Balance subplots, flashbacks, and backstory to keep your story moving forward. Maximize the tension in your characters' dialogue. Amp up the suspense when you revise. Conflict & Suspenseoffers proven techniques that help you craft fiction your readers won't be able to put down.

No Legal Grounds

by James Scott Bell

Successful attorney Sam Trask is stunned when a voice from the past threatens to use secrets from Sam's youth to destroy him. The law offers Sam no protection, leaving him one way to save his family and the heart of his life and faith: take the law into his own hands.

Presumed Guilty

by James Scott Bell

Dallas Hamilton's perfect world is torn apart when her husband, a rising superstar in the evangelical world, is arrested for the murder of a porn star.

Revision and Self Editing for Publication: Techniques for Transforming Your First Draft into a Novel That Sells

by James Scott Bell

Take your first draft from so-so to sold! You've finished the first draft of your novel--congratulations! Time to have a drink, sit back...and start revising. But the revision process doesn't have to be intimidating. Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition gives you the tools and advice you need to transform your first draft into a finished manuscript that agents and editors will fight for. Inside you'll find: Self-editing techniques for plot, structure, character, theme, voice, and more that can be applied as you're writing to reduce your revision workload. Methods for fine-tuning your first draft into a tight, well-developed piece of literature. The Ultimate Revision Checklist, which seamlessly guides you through the revision process, step by step. New Chapter! Exercises and techniques for "deepening" your work to engage and excite readers like never before. Whether you're writing a novel currently or have finished the first draft, Revision and Self-Editing for Publication, Second Edition will give you the guidance you need to revise your manuscript into a novel ready to be sold.

Sins of the Fathers

by James Scott Bell

A parent's worst nightmare. A lawyer's biggest challenge. A young boy's life on the line. The unimaginable has happened. A thirteen-year-old boy has fired a rifle into a baseball game, killing several of the kids on the field. Parents are devastated. The townspeople are horrified. When public opinion swells to an enraged cry for justice, an ambitious deputy district attorney sees his opportunity-a sensational trial that will catapult him into the D. A. 's office in the upcoming election. There's just one obstacle: the boy's defense attorney, Lindy Field. To all appearances, the case is a slam-dunk. Convict the killer, make him pay. But it's not that simple. Lindy's young client is unwilling-or unable-to help Lindy defend him. And as the case progresses, it becomes clear that someone doesn't want the truth revealed. As Lindy delves into the haunted world of her client's torment, she finds a spiritual darkness that dredges up her own troubled past. And when dangerous forces close in around her, Lindy must fight for answers not only in the justice system, but in the very depths of her soul.

Try Darkness (Ty Buchanan, Book 2)

by James Scott Bell

Ty Buchanan is living on the peaceful grounds of St. Monica's, far away from the glamorous life he led as a rising trial lawyer for a big L.A. firm. Recovering from the death of his fiance, and a false accusation of murder, Buchanan has found his previous ambitions unrewarding. Now he prefers offering legal services to the poor and the underrepresented from his "office" at local coffee bar The Ultimate Sip. With his new friends, the philosophizing Father Bob and basketball-playing Sister Mary Veritas, Buchanan has found a new family of sorts. One of his first clients is a mysterious woman who arrives with her six-year-old daughter. They are being illegally evicted from a downtown transient hotel, an interest that Ty soon discovers is represented by his old law firm and his former best friend, Al Bradshaw. Buchanan won't back down. He's going to fight for the woman's rights. But then she ends up dead, and the case moves from the courtroom to the streets. Determined to find the killer and protect the little girl, who has no last name and no other family, Buchanan finds he must defend on skills he never needed in the employ of a civil law firm. The trial leads Buchanan trough the sordid underbelly of the city and to the mansions and yachts of the rich and famous. No one is anxious to talk. But somebody wants Buchanan to shut up. For Good. Now he must use every legal and physical edge he knows to keep himself and the girl alive.

Try Dying (Ty Buchanan, Book 1)

by James Scott Bell

Ty Buchanan is a rising star in his L.A. law firm, until the suspicious death of his fiancee forces him into the underbelly of the city to discover the truth behind her death. He soon has more than his career on the line, as he finds himself tangled up with a mysterious group of former gang members, and becomes the target of a killer.

Try Fear (Ty Buchanan, Book 3)

by James Scott Bell

For Ty Buchanan, defending a suspected drunk driver named Carl Richess seems routine enough. But when his client ends up dead, an apparent suicide, there's nothing routine about it. Because the cops suspect it's murder, and arrest Eric Richess, Carl's brother, for the crime. Now Ty, at the desperate urging of Eric's mother, agrees to defend him. But it won't be easy. Because there's DNA on the gun that matches Eric's, and a history of conflict between the brothers.Then Ty, assisted by Sister Mary Veritas, begins to uncover tentacles of corruption that reach into the citadels of city power. But he's being watched. Because somewhere in the dark labyrinth of LA is someone who will do anything to keep from being found out, someone who believes that when warnings don't work, try fear.

The Whole Truth

by James Scott Bell

At the age of five, Steve Conroy saw his seven-year-old brother kidnapped from the very bedroom they shared. Now thirty years old with a failing law practice, Steve's last chance to overcome his past just might come from a convicted criminal. But can Steve get the truth he needs from this con man?

Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure

by James Scott Bell

Techniques and exercises for crafting a plot that grips readers from start to finish.

Write Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing

by James Scott Bell

Don't let the revision process intimidate you any longer. Discover how to successfully transform your first draft into a polished final draft readers won't be able to forget. InWrite Great Fiction: Revision & Self-Editing, James Scott Bell draws on his experience as a novelist and instructor to provide specific revision tips geared toward the first read-through, as well as targeted self-editing instruction focusing on the individual elements of a novel like plot, structure, characters, theme, voice, style, setting, and endings. You'll learn how to: Write a cleaner first draft right out of the gate using Bell's plotting principles Get the most out of revision and self-editing techniques by honing your skills with detailed exercises Systematically revise a completed draft using the ultimate revision checklist that talks you through the core story elements Whether you're in the process of writing a novel, have a finished draft you don't know what to do with, or have a rejected manuscript you don't know how to fix,Revision & Self-Editinggives you the guidance you need to write and revise like a pro.

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