- topical all-star cast disaster action -
The collapse of the honey bee population reduces the American harvest to 20% causing a nationwide run on banks, food, survival items, and silver and gold in any form since money has no value in a survival economy! Through the widespread panic, job walk offs, hoarding, looting, crime and chaos of the first 24 hours, diverse individuals find their loved ones then team up to get to a tycoon’s 200-ft. sailboat waiting off the Malibu coast as a system with no workers collapses piece by piece around them.
- intriguing high concept journey -
Jim is an archaeological anthropologist obsessed with finding a human fossil from a certain time period. Elizabeth is a NASA geologist whose scientific credibility has been undermined by her excessive fundraising capabilities. And Bold Hawk is a compromised native American chief/shaman who takes them on a desert adventure to solve the mystery of the origins of humankind. With the authorities hot on their heels, their ranks grow to include a genius linguist called in by Elizabeth to decipher ancient text, and an Army Corps of Engineers Captain who’s originally out to bust them. Mysticism, science, intuition, math, ancient languages and mythology find common ground in this fact-based journey to our collective past. All the revelations are real world and verifiable. The climatic discovery is so plausible; it’s spooky.
- romantic comedy -
Debra rents an off-season beach cottage to wind down from an arduous divorce and get away from men for a while. But before you can say “rebound”, she’s being hit on by triplets. She rejects the lifeguard, but dates his cowboy brother for a second before dumping him for the third brother, an artist who feels just right. When she discovers that they’ve been playing her, she engages in an intriguingly fun game of pay back with her sexpot twin Jezebel and their over protective Aunty Offwithit.
- topical romantic thriller with action -
A principled young man and his naïve fiancée follow her experienced sister into a dangerous world of glamour and riches controlled by a rich charming deviant and his mean #2. As dreams come true, sinister criminal behavior goes on unchecked and unseen behind the luxurious scenes until circumstances force it out into the open. It may be too late, since the girls have unknowingly become part of the criminality.
- dramatic adventure comedy -
Blocked by a freeway accident and in a hurry to get to Vegas, a high-powered Female Executive, a has-been rodeo Cowboy and a dilettante Ski Instructor, each take the same desert short cut which becomes a long-cut forcing them to team up and flee a pursuing jewel thief to make Vegas on time. Strong wills clash as tough choices prod incisive personalities into amusing repartee, while a mild mannered tow truck Driver runs circles around them all. A tour de force role for an older actress.
ALL’S NOT FAIR
- a romantic drama with action and suspense -
A female CIA operative seduces a bounty hunter to protect her undercover Interpol partner/boyfriend who’s infiltrated an Al Qaeda terrorist cell in Miami and has a bounty on his head. She falls for the bounty hunter who mistrusts her as all three close in on the Al Qaeda mastermind and his deadly primary operative.
- a novel from antiquity for screen adaption -
The widowed centenarian Mrs. Bonne and her elderly single daughter are the beneficent powerful Christian matriarchs at the center of a struggle for the soul of their beloved 19th century American town-turned-city, Esperance. They care for its inhabitants as if they were their own children, and are determined to protect them from the corrupting influences of the Sixth Ward, where liquor and its associated vices threaten the common decency that was the heart of their once peaceful, stable town. They enlist the aid of journalist and labor agitator Charles Seaman to help them “slay the Dragon” of unethical and immoral behavior. This historically accurate period piece is “equal parts political intrigue and spiritual awakening, a masterful handling of the sprawling cast of characters whose interactions paint the broad picture of a town becoming a city,” a tale of greed and growth versus good and grounded as resonant now as it was when so eloquently penned a century ago. It offers an commanding, sophisticated dual performance to a seasoned actress playing both Mrs. Bonnes.
- an autobiography that reads like a novel -
Volume 5 (of 8) of VALENTINE’S LIFE & TIMES is an autobiography that reads like non-fiction. A fast fun ride in a fast fun car, Sportscar Stories covers a lot of turf as it takes us along for the ride of a lifetime to places we’d never go, and places within those places only Valentine would ever go. Our handsome amusing driver in his early 30s is living in a West Hollywood bungalow and driving a stylish yellow 1965 Corvette Stingray Coupe in California, Las Vegas, Austin and across America on a few road trips. In long chapters we go on Surfin’ Safari along the Southern California coast, visit old 5-star stables whose stalls are occupied by spotless vintage sportscars, street race to nightclubs from Cleopatra’s time, almost get barbecued by The Banditos at their annual meet deep in the heart of Texas, watch trackside from the roof and the pits at The Long Beach Grand Prix, almost die of thirst on a desolate dirt road in the desert on our way to a Vegas wedding, party with the Blue Angels deep behind friendly lines at a major military air show, and travel cross country to lots of places in a New York minute. The numerous stops, sidetracks and asides within each trip or at each event are as entertaining as the primary destination, and why the chapters are so long, and so engaging, and satisfying. And all along the way without even trying, like his prose, he meets old friends, and new strangers who become friends, and girls who seem to pop up out of nowhere from everywhere. The brevity of these highly diverting escapes from his intense work required that Valentine pack lots of fun and activities into short amounts of time, and he does just that with reckless abandon making for a fun read indeed.