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  • 6 Reasons To You Should Read CHASER by D. Kelleher

    So many are looking for the newest thing in popular culture, and if you are one one of those people, then I have got a novel for you. Dharma Kelleher is an author that does not fit into the stereotypical idea of what an author should be, nor would she choose to be there anyway. As such, she also writes adventure books with non-traditional characters which will hopefully come to be the new norm. Jinx Ballou is one such character. Jinx is a strong, vibrant and beautiful woman that is a skilled and successful bounty hunter, with a team of other bounty hunters working under her. If this was not enough to pique your interest, take a look at these 6 reasons why this work sets itself apart from the rest and see if you can resist making a purchase afterwards. Flash Fiction Chapters — Oh my goodness. Everyone I know is super busy. They have (a) job(s). Most have children and/or pets. They have outside responsibilities to families, organisations, to the future. The decreasingly amount of free time alloted to individuals on a global level is becoming and increasingly important health concern which, since we live in a capitalistic world, also affects economics. It is no wonder why Netflix and Candy Crush have become so popular: they offer a great amount of entertainment in exchange for very little energy output. It is also understandable why chapters which are more than 20 pages long seem daunting and impossible to swallow in the current climate. Kelleher attacks this problem head on. While it might be argued that her chapters don’t technically qualify as flash fiction, they definitely come close. Each chapter is a scene which is fast moving, interesting and contains crucial information for the overall plot. Upon discovering this, I actually began to really look forward to reading Chaser. I knew that no matter how tired I might be after a long day, even when lying horizontally in bed late at night, I could read at least one chapter before calling it a day. For this I was ever so grateful. Awesome Editing — As independent publishing becomes a greater option for more and more authors, varying qualities of writing is to be found on the market. This is not a bad thing and we justifiably find pleasure in culture types that are not deemed “professional” by the powers that be. We do not attend our children’s recitals and school plays for quality. We don’t use the same criteria to judge blockbuster movies as we do long researched documentaries. It is possible to enjoy both traditional cuisine that took hours to make as well as fast food. As someone who reads more and more independent authors, I can easily accept that great ideas might come from someone who does the best they can and is on the road to becoming better. Having said that, it is obvious that Kelleher is a fabulous author who spends just as much if not more time on the craft of writing as she does on telling a story. The structure has been created to aid the reader. It is grammatically flawless. And beyond this, Kelleher is simply good at painting pictures. As someone who has lived in Northern Canada and Norway all her life, I could feel the Arizonian heat hit me as I exited buildings and cars with the main character, Jinx Ballou. I could feel Jinx’s headaches and body pains from her injuries. All of this made the story very accessible and very real. LGBT people are normal! — If you have not already read other reviews of CHASER, Jinx Ballou is transgender, but does not want this aspect of her person to be her sole identity. Neither does the author. Instead, Jinx is presented as a beautiful, functioning woman with a lovely boyfriend and a supportive family. Jinx is also a hard working bounty hunter with the bodily strength and knowledge to not only be a successful bounty hunter, but to also be a leader in the business. And because this character is presented as completely “normal” (because she is!) by the author for the first few chapters, her experience of being outed against her will and the discrimination the comes afterwards becomes palpable and understood by the reader. And though it appears that the LGBT community is gaining more acceptance in American/international society at large, even during the present democratic political states, this is just a general trend. Political institutions exist internationally that continue to work against the inclusion of the LGBT community as well as other minorities and the writings by Kelleher and her contemporaries are vitally important. Jinx is flawed — The aspect that makes the main character identifiable to the reader — aside from the facts she can pass for a cis-gendered woman in society, that she’s smart and strong, that she has a network willing to help her — is the fact that she is a flawed individual. All great characters are flawed and in this case Jinx is a little arrogant concerning her own abilities, does not assess all threats on her life accurately and does not always ask for help when she should. As someo

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