Meet Jessica Banks.

 

Ten years after her escape from the vicious foster parents who forced her into prostitution, Jessica Banks is hiding out in Denver, Colorado, earning her living in underground poker games and training in self defense; foregoing friends and the chance at a normal life until she can take her revenge.

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Origin:

Jessica Banks Thriller 1

Action that hits like a roundhouse kick to the head.

Martial-arts expert Jessica Banks just wants a normal life. Unfortunately, the people who shot her mentor and best friend, David, have other ideas.

Before he dies in her arms, the former Israeli operative gives Jessica directions to a revolutionary new technology that could change the world.

In a fight for your life, there are no rules!

Framed for David’s murder and pursued by her own demons, Jessica will need to stay ahead of foreign operatives, a psychotic billionaire and a pair of corrupt cops, who all want the secret only she knows.

 

From Denver to D.C., Jessica works with an unlikely pair of allies to protect the technology, avenge her mentor’s death, and clear her name. She’s got the skills and the determination to accomplish all three, as long as they don’t kill her first.

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"Tense action and suspense from the first page."
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Find out how life started for the hero of Origin:
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On The Run:

Trafficked by psychotic and abusive foster parents. Jessica escapes and vows to take revenge.

 

With no money and no skills except the ones she’s acquired the hard way, she fights off enforcers and thugs while learning the skills she needs to stay alive. Dreaming of one day transforming herself from victim to avenger.

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If you've read this book, I would love to hear from you.  What did you like, what do you want more of, and please submit a review on Amazon and or goodreads.

Behind the books:

This book started with a character I loved--Jessica, who kept cropping up in my short stories and my free-writing--and a pair of empty cufflinks. The cufflinks were empty because, after having written The Journey Home completely without an outline or even a thought about where it would end, I decided to do the same with this book. Twenty Thousand words in, I still had no idea what was in them. 

 

Luckily, it was about that time I started The Book Project at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop and took a class in creativity where there was an exercise that involved writing about random pictures--picked blindly out of a box--while thinking about our stories. The contents of the cufflinks sprung from ten minutes writing about an aerial view of a river, a man wearing a white button down shirt with a pocket protector full of pens, and a Franciscan monk in a robe complete with cowl covering his face. I can’t explain how my brain got there, but it was a magical experience that left me with a solid idea for the rest of my story and allowed me to complete my outline and finish the book. By the way, don’t look for any of the images in the book. The end result was so far from those images it’s mind boggling. But it got me here. And if you have half as much fun reading as I did writing it, the process will be even more magical.

 

Enjoy.

 

Lew Gibb

October, 2020

Corvallis, Oregon