How Can 63,000 people disappear?

The NYT recently featured an article on the Mexican drug wars. The statistics are startling. Until a year ago, the official number was 40,000 but with the change of regime last year, the true stats are being released. The official tally is now 61,637 people who have disappeared since 1964, Ms. Quintana said, the vast majority of disappearances are since 2006, the year the crackdown on drug cartels was launched by then-president Felipe Calderón. I think the total is much higher.

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I lived and worked in the coastal town of Puerto Vallarta from 2002. I never witnessed any violence of any kind. But, when you are not actively looking to score, you are unlikely to meet those that sell or transport the product. Still, the overall feeling of danger persists in the small drug towns up in the mountains.

In the early 2000’s I met a man we will call “Carlos.” He worked in a bar/restaurant and came from the small mountain villages where drugs are grown and trafficked. I didn’t know any of this at the time. However, as a writer with a vivid imagination, I began to piece together a story of his life. It began with the murder of both his parents, and how he grew up on the streets of Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, one of the most violent states in Mexico. His story and his romance with a writer became the award-winning novel TARGET in the SUN. Target is FREE to download on Amazon right now.

The second book in my series, VANISHED in the SUN continues the story of Mia and Carlos and is based on one of the most horrendous disappearance cases of the drug wars. In 2014 43 students from Ayotzinapa were attacked and kidnapped by local police officers working for a local drug gang in southern Mexico. Their bodies were never found.

When you write contemporary fiction, somewhat based on fact, and running through the story is the story of an extremely unlikely couple, it’s difficult to classify the books. Are they Romantic Suspense? Contemporary Romance? Contemporary Fiction?

TARGET in the SUN is free today. You will be pulled into their story as I was when I wrote the book.

Comments on the books:

Gripping and suspenseful, clever and sharp, Target in the Sun is a romance thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed the format, telling parts of the story through letters. I also enjoyed how smoothly it read, the type of book that sucks you in. Highly recommended. ” Vine Voice

“I never expected such a compelling story. The book is written in a very unique style; told from the perspective of three characters through using e-mails and journals as well as narrative. It’s much more than a romance; it’s the story of people struggling to make sense of their complex lives.
From his childhood through his life Carlos is a forceful character. I couldn’t help but be fascinated by him. His eventual relationship with the older American woman, Mia, is just a drop in the swirling ocean of his life. As I read I found myself unable to put the book down wondering what would happen to them, would they end up together, would one or both die? It created a delightful tension. Then there is Lucia, a highly decorated FBI agent who puts her life on the line to help the lovers escape the dark past Carlos carries with him. What impact would her unprecedented actions have on her life and career? She is also an intriguing character. After the events of 9/11 she seems to change. Using her relationships with Tony, Michael, and Israel, Filler creates a character that is complex.
Creating a character who is involved in the drug trade yet remains a sort of hero is a challenge most authors would not attempt. Filler not only attempts but succeeds in the effort. The inevitability of Carlos becoming involved in the “family business” is offset by his growing feelings for Mia.
” E. H. Newton

(Re)Use Me

 

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(Re)Use

 

I want to use you

to move

to grow

to flow

into a life

I’ve never lived

 

I want to hold you close

inside a heart

revived alive

no longer afraid

to take

a chance

on living/loving again

 

I want to remember

the good

the certainty

that life

and love

can come

from unexpected places

 

don’t worry my love

I will write this out

over and over again

 

and then

I will

let

you

go

 

© (RE) Use, I (Spy) Love

Of God

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Of God

he seemed at times

slow to flow

like sweet molasses

my Southern Boy

 

m e a n d e r i n g

finding his way

 

t e r r i t o r y

he has mapped

long since

misplaced

with armor

no longer

needed

 

I watch a Hawk swoop down

in flight, too soon gone

 

taste the sweet

linger, my love

it takes my breath away

 

can you feel the chills

 

closer

come nearer

 

this could be of God

 

© Of God, I (Spy) Love  by Lynda Filler

 

 

 

 

Secrets

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Secrets

I know

your secrets

the kind the world

would kill for

the kind a woman

would die for

I know this about you

I know your weaknesses

the kind the world

would exploit

the kind a woman

would cherish

I know this about you

I hold your heart

although as yet

you do not know

it has been stolen

but I know this

         and you suspect this

about me

 

© Secrets, I (Spy) Love

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A Love Song

“By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not…” Song of Solomon 3:1

 

her head upon her pillow

she reaches

her fingers touch

the silky sheets

the empty space

the sacred place

inside of her

unoccupied

waiting for him

 

she whispers

my beloved is mine, and I am his

come to me, mi amor

I burn for you

I give you my body

make love to my soul

 

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What does it feel like when the muse flows through you?

 

My muse has different functions.

This morning his/her job was to help me organize a series of non-fiction sub-titles. I was playing around with an idea for 4 books and I started with three separate titles… Then I politely asked my muse to fill in the blanks.

My muse appears to be bi-sexual. When I worked on the “sexy” title I felt as if I was looking at my subject matter at first as a woman, then as a man… In any case, in an hour I had three well thought out titles with multiple subtitles/headers to work with. Both the muse and I are not quite sure about the 4th book. We need the title first… I’ll sleep on that, or watch a movie, read a book, and come back to it. That will give my muse time to show me what the 4th title should be.

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My muse visits me in dreams. That’s an exciting way to write poetry—dream interpretation. You’d have to read some of my poetry books to understand that comment. It’s fun actually when my muse visits in a dream because we don’t have to write anything real—we have true poetic/dream state license to play with our words.

When I write fiction I’ve had some amazing experiences! In The Lei Crime Series: NARCO ORPHANS (Kindle Worlds Novella) I thought I was in control of the plot. But my muse took over and added an element that came out of the blue—or should I say out of an explosion and raid on a drug cartel in the mountains. I was so shocked! It made me cry when I saw where my muse was taking my novella. And for me, that’s a very good thing.

I use an excel worksheet to plot my mysteries. I have to because I like to work with several plot lines that will intersect. So I need to be organized. In my most recent novella JET: Displaced (Kindle Worlds Novella) (JET-Displaced Book 4) about 3/4 of the way through the story a new character arrived. I swear to you I gasped! This person appeared out of nowhere and made my heart sing!

My muse is magical. We love each other. I know when I start a project that I will be more surprised at the finished product than the reader. And that’s why for me writing with my muse is a passionate love affair.