November 2013 UPDATE: Great news! Two versions of Capturing Captain America will make their debut this winter. Both manuscripts are with my Editor and being polished up. The “American version” of the book will be released Christmas 2013 with the original ending planned in the original novel. Since the focus group I recruited were consistently tied in their feedback, an alternate ending for Capturing Captain America, will be released in early 2014. The second version I call the “British edition“. Similar to my story Keeping Score, which is also described in this website, Capturing Captain America has an American and British version but both books will be available in the United States. On a personal note, if any song could be the theme song (could sing it all) about how I felt while writing the book it is “Catch the Wind” by Donovan.
On her 16th birthday Tara Bender received a double dose of identity defining information. First, that she and her two younger sisters were all conceived with the help of the same anonymous sperm donor. Second, San Francisco’s world famous official psychic told Tara that her true love would be a real-life American 007. The seer’s granddaughter Samantha nicknamed him “Captain America”. Now, at 30, Tara is a dedicated Veterinarian in posh Pacific Heights who decides to give up her life-long quest for Captain America, find her DNA dad, and have a baby complements of The California Viking DNA Donor Center.
After she is asked by the San Francisco Chronicle to blog about her unconventional journey to motherhood, Tara’s column is instantly popular with fellow career women readers. Her fans are excited for Tara except one in particular, U.S. Attorney Ronan Kiernan, a Colin Farrell doppelganger who just may have been Tara’s foretold Captain America all along. The only problem is that Ronan had written her off in haste so easily six months earlier. Why? She wasn’t the society debutant that his ex-wife was. Ronan’s Newport Beach family had raised him to seek status and Tara was far from the type they accepted despite her pedigree. Plus, he had been seduced by a Tantra teacher named Nicolette from the Marina District.
Then Ronan is assigned a complicated federal case involving horses being used as mules for a greedy polo player turned philanthropist Michael Fassbender look-a-like named Cameron Paisley. Cameron has also hired Tara as his personal equine vet. The case gives Ronan a chance to get into Tara’s life again. Unfortunately, justice is not so forgiving, as Ronan must prove to Tara that Cameron has malevolent intentions while protecting her from being guilty by association. Matters become even more complicated when Cameron begins to romance Tara and she puts her baby by donor plans on hold to start a real family with him. Ronan must act swiftly both professionally and personally or be left behind to prosecute Cameron and Tara even though only one of them is actually guilty.
And for all the people who asked me why I choose the name Ronan for this story and “Keeping Score“, this video explains it all:
Ironically, Colin Farrell auditioned for Boyzone when he was a teenager. Had he been picked for the group he could have had Ronan’s spot as lead singer. What a thought.