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C.J. Shane
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Artist & Writer in Tucson
Artist & Writer in Tucson

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Early this morning, I launched my Indiegogo campaign to publish Desert Jade. Please support Letty and Zhou as they solve mysteries in the Sonoran Desert. You'll get a choice of "perks" for helping out.
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I just posted on my website a lengthy excerpt from the first chapter of Desert Jade. The chapter tells the story of a migrant who crosses the border to find work. The photos below show where the migrant started her journey in Chiapas, Mexico, and where she ended it, in a wash on the Tohono O’Odham reservation.

You can find the excerpt here: http://www.cjshane.com/letty-valdez-mysteries.html (scroll down)
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I'm on my way now to the fall gem show here in Tucson. I'm seeking Burmese jade beads to make a mala like this one you see here.The mala will be one of the "perks" available through my Indiegogo campaign to publish my mystery novel Desert Jade (launches Sept 18). I will not buy anything else, even if it falls at my feet and begs to be purchased. I am going to show some self-restraint (she says desperately).
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I'll give a free copy of my forthcoming book Desert Jade to the first person who can identify this man. Email me shane @ cjshane.com with your answer. Be the first!
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Early reviews of Desert Jade have all been very positive. Here are some excerpts:

I started reading this afternoon, figuring I'd read for an hour to get started. Four hours and a little over half the novel later....in other words, I'm into the book.... I want to know what's going to happen next.

The plot was good as was character buildup...I could picture almost any physical description in the book. That's a good thing as the writer is very descriptive.

This would make a great action film.

I finished the book and it was great. The flow was great, and it was neat seeing all they had to go through. I really like Letty, and I look forward to her next case.

Watch for an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to cover publication costs of Desert Jade. Supporters are offered a long list of "perks" for helping.
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Irma is a category 5 hurricane and evacuations have been ordered. This is NOT fake news.

I send best wishes to Florida friends, especially +Randall Beggs and +Karen Beggs. Randall and Karen, maybe it's time for y'all to come and visit the Sonoran Desert!!
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Coming soon! Desert Jade, the first book in the Letty Valdez Mystery Series
Tucson private investigator and Iraq War vet Letty Valdez joins forces with Chinese cop Zhou LiangWei (Zhou sounds like "Joe") to undermine a murderous gang of smugglers and rescue three abducted women. Mystery + suspense + a touch of romance = a page-turner set in the Sonoran Desert!
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The month's Sierra Club magazine has a terrific article about the damage Trump's wall will do to wildlife migration. In particular, the jaguar likes to roam back and forth between Arizona (USA) and Sonora (Mexico), and a wall gets in the way. Take a look at the article. Scroll down to see a wonderful Tucson mural of El Jefe (that's the name our school kids gave to one of the photo-captured jaguars). El Jefe is Spanish for "The Boss." To know more about the mural, read a feature I wrote: http://www.sonoranartsnetwork.net/jaguar-mural-kati-astraeir-ctr-for-biological-diversity.html We also have a Tucson craft beer here named for the jaguar.
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