Leander Jackie Grogan is a native of Houston, Texas, graduate of Texas Tech University and novelist for twenty plus years. His excellence in writing extends over a multiplicity of genres with seven novels having been distributed in eleven countries and five different languages. Both, Exorcism At Midnight and Black Church Blues have become bestsellers with worldwide distribution and popular choices for discussion on national talk shows. He has won numerous local and national awards in creative writing for radio, print and the web. Besides having authored a number of nonfiction articles in such national publications as the Houston Business Journal, AdWeek, Dallas Weekly, Jet and Business info Magazine, Grogan is author of a current business bestseller, What’s Wrong With Your Small Business Team; at one point in 2011, holding the #44 spot in the small business category on Amazon.com. Grogan also serves as a guest blogger for the national crime/suspense writer’s website, Murder by 4, has written and produced three local spiritual comedies, and some years ago, had a work of fiction published in Hustler Magazine. Grogan’s popularity continues to grow exponentially as a member of the new breed of storytellers unencumbered by the dictates of old world cookie-cutter characters and a narrow spotlight, perpetually shining on the rich side of town. His characters are bold and edgy and unpredictable, and invariably in conflict with traditional values. His writings go out of their way to explore spiritual unknowns and the deep crevices of the mind that harbor raw insight and truth. Grogan’s favorite writer, and most preponderant upon his current style, is the late Sidney Sheldon. Specific works such as Polar Shift by Clive Cussler, Dead Zone by Stephen King, Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, Deep Cover by Michael Tolkin and The Rainmaker by John Grisham have also had a great influence on his commitment to rich, multi-layered characterization and intricately crafted plots.
King Juba's Chest
Exorcism At Midnight
Baby, Put That Gun Down
Lola, dear and precious Lola ....... If you can avoid the scorching heat and desert rattlesnakes, the patriotic crazies that roam the border with shotguns and baseball bats, and the rape camps outside of San Diego where they hang your panties in the trees, then you are ready to embrace the darkness of the drug smuggler’s cave. Crawl to the light of freedom, my innocent one. Crawl to America.
Getting ready for Leander Jackie Grogan’s new spellbinding novel requires at least three things: a disregard for traditional genres, a palate for provocative thought and a pair of strong arms to hold up the 626 page, James A Michener type block of paper concrete, while reading late at night.
King Juba's Chest a thundering, globetrotting American saga on the raw and dirty side of the tracks. From Juárez, the City of Dead Girls, an improbable young illegal Mexican immigrant eludes the spray of bullets from the ruthless Zetas cartel, claws her way through the choking dust of a collapsing smuggler's tunnel, survives the ICE raids of the rat-infested colonias of New Mexico and the abusive blows of a carjacking, paint-sniffing boyfriend in Amarillo, finally, rising up from the ashes of poverty to become the CEO of a major American corporation.
Yet, all is not what it appears to be. In the dark corridors of her mind is a secret place, a horrible place where prisoners of desperation abound and unwieldy miracles take flight. The cost of each visit is astronomical and nonnegotiable. The ultimate life-and-death exchange rate is hidden in the seams of a mysterious invisible world.
Indeed, this new fiction is James A. Michener on steroids, a sweeping tale of the miscegenation of cultures and the undeniable quest to scale the purple mountains and alabaster cities in the land of the free. Immigration has a face ... your face.
“Most gratifying to me is the idea I might be contributing to the effort to reduce the lingering void in insightful, realistic, historical reading choices for Hispanic women,” says Grogan, the bestselling author of Exorcism At Midnight and Black Church Blues. “The giant has awakened. With this new generation of Latina consumers, literacy is not as big an obstacle. They want to read books about America that include their historical roots.”
King Juba’s Chest is by no means limited to the Hispanic experience. It is multicultural fiction at its best. One moment we find ourselves embroiled in the religious sanctity and rigid moral codes of Pokhava, Nepal, a city thoroughly polished by centuries of Tantric meditation, sacred Hindu rituals and soothing Sanskrit Mantras. The next moment we’re landing in Taipei City, Taiwan, a bustling, highly industrialized metropolis on the banks of the famous Danshui River, where the streets crawl with scooters and bicycles and makeshift taxis, and high speed trains rumbled in the distance, drowning out sweltering thoughts that any day, nuclear missiles from China or North Korea might fill the morning skies.
In the final chapters the ancient mysteries envelop us, their secrets, too precious to discuss in this writing. Yet, they make main character Lola Salinas’ quest to find her destiny in America all the more difficult ... and rewarding ... a bittersweet reward.
Survival on the raw and dirty side of the tracks has never been more engaging and unraveling and malignant. Do pull up a seat. Prepare for a very unorthodox ride.
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