Not Wonder More - Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients

Book 3 of the stand-alone series, ECO-WARRIORS
Not Wonder More
– Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients
By Rod Raglin
Available November 15, 2010
At www.devinedestinies.com

Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients, is the third book in my stand-alone series, ECO-WARRIORS. The story pits mystery, magic and madness against logic, cause and affect, and asks the question, “can love find a middle ground?”

Maggie, the heroine talks to trees. Dieter, the hero, talks to corporations.
Maggie embraces mystery and flirts with magic. Dieter adheres to logic and the doctrine of Nietzsche
Dieter’s client wants to destroy the trees. The trees want Maggie to protect them.
Dieter has terminal cancer. Maggie is schizophrenic.
Maggie says she can save him, if he’ll save the trees. Dieter thinks she’s crazy, but what choice does he have?
A week together alone on Deadman’s Island changes everything for both of them.
Is it madness? Is it magic? Or is it love?

Like all the books in the series, Not Wonder More addresses important environmental issues in the context of a contemporary romance, in this case the issues of species extinction and habitat loss.

In ECO-WARRIORS Book 1, Spirit Bear, a corporate climber goes to battle with an eco-warrior over a ski development that threatens the habitat of the rare, mystical Spirit Bear.

Kimberley James is an ambitious corporate relations executive whose client wants to build a world-class ski village on the slopes of a wilderness mountain in north British Columbia. Jonah Baker is an eco-warrior who is not about to permit a development that threatens ancient rainforests and the habitat of the rare and endangered Spirit Bear.

Eagleridge Bluffs, the second novel in the series, examines the morality and motivation of the young leader of a group of eco-terrorists and his unwitting accomplice, a naïve, affluent, middle-age woman involved in an protest to stop a highway expansion. It asks the question “What would you be prepared to sacrifice to save a wild place you love?”

Miriam is forty and frustrated. In an attempt to enhance her living-just-to-breathe life, she joins some neighbours protesting a highway bypass that will destroy Eagleridge Bluffs. Not only are the Bluffs her special sanctuary, they’re also the beautiful home of rare and endangered plants and animals.
The protest gains the support of environmental organizations, including the attention of a group of eco-radicals led by an enigmatic young man named Zaahir.
Miriam is mesmerized by this charismatic leader and sees him as someone that can save her as well as the Bluffs.
But is Zaahir just using Miriam to help him further his radical political agenda? As legal channels fail and civil disobedience falters, Miriam is seduced into the murky world of eco-terrorism.

My novels may be a romances, but my agenda is the environment. I want people to read my books and take action to protect and preserve wild things and wild places.

Over the past few years, I began to realize that I was most frequently preaching to the converted. The readers of my community newspaper knew where I stood and accordingly endorsed my rants or dismissed them. What was the point? Many people were saying it better and more eloquently.

But still it’s a fight that must continue to be fought. Protecting our natural environment is, in my opinion, the only real issue of our time – everything else pales in comparison.

I wanted to reach a new audience, one that had the potential to initiate real change, so I wrote a romance novel (actually three) with an environmental subplot.

Romance fiction generated $1.37 billion in sales in 2008 and remained the largest share of the consumer market at 13.5 percent – bigger than mysteries, sci-fi, inspirational, literary, etc. 74.8 million people read at least one
romance novel in 2008. The core of the romance fiction market is 29 million regular readers.

Women, which comprise 90 per cent of romance readers, have incredible potential to positively impact the environment.

Women purchase or influence the purchase of 80 percent of all consumer goods, including home furnishing and products, houses, vehicles, computers and stocks.

A woman that’s sensitive to environmental issues could influence the purchase of an energy efficient vehicle, products from recycled materials, stocks in a sustainable industry, even environmentally friendly cleaning products.

All the royalties from the sale of these books are being donated environmental organizations:

Spirit Bear to The Wilderness Committee www.wildernesscommittee.org to help them continue their work to protect the Spirit Bear and preserve the Great Bear Rainforest.

Eagleridge Bluffs to The Friends of Cypress Provincial Park Society www.cypresspark.bc.ca to support the ongoing work in the preservation of the park’s natural environment, its special historical and cultural features; and through education, an understanding and appreciation of the park’s natural features.

Not Wonder More – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients to the Burns Bog Conservation Society to support the ongoing work they are doing to protect and preserve Burns Bog with their stewardship and public education programs. For more information about the Burns Bog Conservation Society and their work, visit http://www.burnsbog.org

So far my membership to these organizations has generated more revenue for them than the royalities have, but sentiment is sincere.

It’s a simple truth, but a profound one that human beings have no more right to life and the resources of this planet than any other living thing.

Once you realize this, everything changes.

To order any of these books visit my publisher’s website
www.devinedestinies.com

For more information about the books, environmental issues, enviro-tips for green living, and my blogs on the human condition (mostly my own) visit
www.rodraglin.com

Rod Raglin
www.rodraglin.com

Not Wonder More - Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients

Rod Raglin

Vancouver, Canada

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ECO-WARRIORS BOOK 3

NOT WONDER MORE – Mad Maggie and the Mystery of the Ancients

Available November 15, 2010
www.devinedestinies.com

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