One of our favorite authors returns to Pass Books/Cat Island Coffeehouse on Saturday, August 6th at 4:00 to launch her latest novel, Hannah and Ariela. Johnnie will speak and sign her latest novel.
Two worlds collide when a seventy-three-year-old widow finds the semiconscious body of a fourteen-year-old Mexican national in a ditch along a Central Texas remote byway. The question of justice for a victim of human trafficking and the elderly woman who kills the perpetrator lies in the hands of a biracial border patrol officer and an unconventional smalltown sheriff.
Hannah Duran is the recent widow and principal owner of a 600-acre working ranch in Edwards County, Texas. Viewed as an eccentric, yet intelligent woman by the locals, Hannah is known for her independent thinking, preferring to live her life by her own moral code, which puts her in conflict with local mores, despite the legacy of her late husband.
Ariela Morales and Katia Hernandez, two unassuming teens from Zaragoza, Mexico only wanted a manicure as promised by their former school mate, Ricky Alvarez. The decision to get into his truck takes them on a dangerous journey as victims of human trafficking, through the back roads of Northern Mexico and Texas, in preparation for specific clientele attending the NBA Playoffs in Houston.
The I-10 corridor of Texas connects saints, demons, and victims in the thriller, Hannah and Ariela, as readers follow the underbelly of the cartels, human trafficking, and the voiceless people trapped in a justice