My new series and a friend's newsletter!
November 16, 2020
I hope all of you are faring well in these uncertain times. What a crazy world we live in. I'm so hoping that 2021 will be a big turnaround for all of us! I'm ready. I bet you are, too.
What am I up to?
I just finished the third book in the Clara Jefferies mystery series. I can't reveal the title or cover yet, but I hope soon. Clara is a blast to write about. (To me she's real, even if I did invent her.) For those of you who haven't read the series, she's a Dallas detective in the first book, one who returns to her roots, traveling back to the town where she was born to look for her missing sister. What's so fascinating is that, in addition to just being a good story, the setting is so very different: Alber, Utah, is a polygamous enclave settled by a sect of fundamentalist Mormons.
These are not members of the mainstream Church of Latter Day Saints, which has disavowed polygamy, but a town like those that have made headlines in the past decade or so, where church leaders have been arrested and prosecuted for abuses that include marrying off underage girls to old men.
Clara fled Alber, and she returns reluctantly. But once she arrives, she's reminded of all she's lost. She's missed her three mothers, her dozens of siblings, of being part of a family. And she reconnects with Max Anderson, a guy she had a major crush on in high school. They'd planned to be together, but then The Prophet ordered that Clara be married to an older man, and Max? He was exiled from Alber, forced out of town as one of The Lost Boys.
The first book in the series (THE FALLEN GIRLS) came out this past June; the second book (Her Final Prayer) in early October. Here's a link to copy and paste to book one on Amazon:
If you read the books, let me know what you think. I'm always excited to get feedback.
I'm also writing all of you today to introduce you to a good friend of mine. Many of you are undoubtedly already big Gregg Olsen fans. If you haven't read his books yet, I'm sure you'll love them. Gregg and I are both hybrids; we write true crime (nonfiction) and mysteries (fiction). We've been friends for years, and he's one of my favorite people. Plus, I devour his books.
The big news is that Gregg has started his own newsletter! I had to laugh when I saw the opening image (pasted above): Gregg tied up in crime scene tape. It's really pretty perfect. I understand he'll be launching it with prizes, which sounds like great fun. So it could be exciting to sign up, get to know Gregg, and see if you win anything.
To make it easy, here's Gregg's newsletter link: https://www.notorioususa.com/stalker
That's it for now. I'll let you know when book three in the new series has a cover and title. I'm excited! I hope you are. And I'm back at work on book five in the Sarah Armstrong series, Bone Cold. I'll update you as I go along. I'm sorry it's a bit late. I segued off to write about Clara, and had to put my Texas Ranger series to the side for a while. Oh, if only I had a clone. Now that would be fun. My husband might not be thrilled, but I'd love it!
Stay healthy and have fun!