DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
Just seventeen, she already feels like she’s suffocating. Since her mother’s death, her father’s basically checked out, so she’s stuck raising her brothers by herself out in the New Mexico scrub. All Kate wants is a little distraction from the same-ole, same-ole that is her life.
When two mysterious guys show up at the diner where she works, she thinks her wish has come true, until they start giving her a hard time. Like her life isn’t hard enough. Something about them niggles her, but she brushes it off. She’s never going to see them again anyway... right?
Then they appear in an alley one night to either rescue or kidnap her (she’s still not sure which) before disappearing like figments of her imagination.
Kate decides to put the bizarre encounters out of her mind. She has bigger problems to worry about: like that elite military academy that’s been pursuing her gifted little brother. When one of their cadets shows up at the high school, he creates instant pandemonium. And just happens to be one of those mysterious guys. Coincidence? Mama said there’s no such thing. And to always trust her instinct. But that might be kind of hard, because every time she’s around Cadet Peter Davenport, her gut starts flip-flopping on her. And her heart.
Can Kate keep it together long enough to stop Cadet Davenport’s mission? She’s about to find out. And—once again—how neatly life can be split into before and after.
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★★★★★ A page-turning Suspense Romance Book Viral agrees is "the next best start to a series since Twilight & The Hunger Games."
CJ Daly believes high stakes and conflict are necessary elements to spin a good yarn. And a good way to create instant conflict is to crash opposing worlds. The Academy Saga is set on the lonely plains of Eastern New Mexico, where protagonist, seventeen-year-old Katie Connelly, has to work 24-7 just to help her family survive. CJ contrasts Katie's scrabbly, land-locked hometown with the lush grandeur of the Northern California coast. Located just across the awe-inspiring Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, The Academy is a secret government institution posing as an elite military academy.
In addition to the contrast in settings, the socio-economic status of a rural community like Clovis, New Mexico is directly opposite old-money Marin County. CJ wanted to create characters with sharp contrasts. Because when two worlds collide, the explosion means catastrophe, and that sparks are sure to fly. And these sparks ignite an instant love-at-first sight and hate-at-first sight. After all, at its heart, The Academy is a romance.
Weaving the secrets of the Connelly Clan and The Academy's handsome ambassadors into the story, The Academy Saga turns into a beautiful tapestry, interwoven with mystery, suspense, and romance.