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Christina Hoag

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Christina Hoag is a former journalist who has had her laptop searched by Colombian guerrillas, her phone tapped in Venezuela, was suspected of drug trafficking in Guyana, hid under a car to evade Guatemalan soldiers, and posed as a nun to get inside a Caracas jail. She has interviewed gang members, bank robbers, thieves and thugs in prisons, shantytowns, and slums, not to forget billionaires and presidents, some of whom fall into the previous categories.

Christina’s noir crime novel Skin of Tattoos was a finalist for the Silver Falchion Award for suspense, while her YA novel Girl on the Brink was named one of Suspense Magazine’s best for young adults. She also co-authored the nonfiction book, Peace in the Hood: Working with Gang Members to End the Violence, which is used as a textbook at University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California and other academic institutions.

She has won several awards for her short stories and creative nonfiction essays, which have been published in anthologies and literary journals including Shooter (UK), San Antonio Review, Santa Barbara Literary Journal, and others.

She's a former staff writer for the Miami Herald and Associated Press and reported from 14 countries around Latin America for Time, Business Week, New York Times, Financial Times, Sunday Times of London, Houston Chronicle, and other news outlets. She is a graduate of Boston University.

Born in New Zealand, Christina grew up in seven countries. She now lives in California, where she has taught creative writing at a maximum-security prison and to at-risk teen girls. She is a regular speaker at women’s conferences, writing conferences and organizations, book clubs and stores, and libraries.

Law of the Jungle

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Rowena Aldus is a British scientist living in the Amazonian jungle of Venezuela where she is studying spider venom which may prove a cure for ED. She meets an angel investor and falls in love, only to have her dreams and her life shattered.


The secrets of the South American jungle are worth millions to the right person. Christina Hoag’s riveting, atmospheric narrative reveals a twisty tale of betrayal reminding us where the seeds of greed are sown, revenge grows. A thrilling, captivating read. 

—  James L’Etoile, author of Black Label, At What Cost, and Bury the Past.


A sweet tale of revenge, set in the jungle, and served up like a tropical drink. Rowena Aldus is everything you could want in a heroine — smart, bold, and coming into her own. Readers will root for her as she takes on start-ups, junk science, and a villain slimier than an Amazonian slug.

— Jenny Milchman, Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of Cover of Snow and The Second Mother.


A brilliant, flawed protagonist, exotic locations, and a compelling plotline, Law of the Jungle will crawl under your skin and set up camp until an ending that you won’t see coming.

— Elena Taylor, author of All We Buried and the Eddie Shoes Mystery Series.

Law of the Jungle

This gripping  tale of betrayal set in the Amazon jungle of Venezuela features a British scientist, an American venture capitalist, cocaine production, and natural remedies The protagonist's journey will keep you on the edge of your seat..

6” x 9” 114 pages

Perfect bound paperback $12.00

eBook $3

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