Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sunday afternoon movies

Hubby and I just watched an intriguing, heartrending, edge of your seat movie called The Next Three Days starring Russell Crowe, Elizabeth Banks, Liam Neeson, Brian Dennehy, and Olivia Wilde.
The story is about a man whose wife is falsely accused and convicted of a crime and after a series of appeals fail, she faces a lifetime in prison away from her family. He is forced to take drastic measures - watch it, no spoilers here...

The movie made me think on so many levels and as a writer I looked for as many parallels to my stories as possible. I didn't look for stolen stories, I just compared events, challenges, actions and emotions.

In Courage of the Heart (NOW available in AudioBook!), Adam Sherman has to live with a past that includes a false arrest and conviction as an adult when he was little more than a boy himself. As an author, wow, I must be cruel to put my beloved characters through such an ordeal just for the sake of a plot. When I watched the despair of Russell Crowe's movie wife, I did indeed feel a twinge of guilt.
In Courage of the Heart when Adam's past catches up with him, he sacrifices his own safety and puts his life on the line to save Davie, the woman he loves.

So repeating questions I asked once before (previous post on this blog) ~ How far would you go for love? How much would you be willing to give up? At what point does another's life become more important than the self-preservation instinct we are all supposedly ingrained with?

I have an idea!
Read OR LISTEN to Courage of the Heart and then come back here and let's discuss it.
Courage of the Heart
"I was really surprised by some of the twists and turns in the plot. The characters really seem to jump right off the page at you. I really enjoyed it and am totally enthralled by the hero!" (from an Amazon Review)

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