When I first self published Unholy Shepherd, I admittedly didn't sell many books. But those people I did sell to expressed a great deal of interest in where the story was going. Would Maureen begin to embrace her clairvoyant abilities? Maybe she would even learn to control and refine them? Is she ever going to find out what happened to her brother? Well, without spoiling much, here is a quick breakdown of my plan for the series (basically the cover teasers for each of the five planned novels).
Unholy Shepherd (Previously Self-published, Re-release 4/13 Ten16 Press) - For her entire life, Maureen has done nothing but run. Run from her past, run from her nightmares. But when she finds herself intertwined in the investigation of the brutal murders of two young boys, her dreams my hold the key to helping a struggling local detective find justice.
A Perfect Victim (Manuscript Completed, Target release of late October Ten16 Press) - After being asked to help track down a serial killer stalking the Rocky Mountains, taking the inner organs of his victims, Maureen runs afoul of the lead investigator, who would like nothing more than to see her removed from the case. But when another body turns up, they must set aside their differences if they are to track down the murderer. What follows is a game of cat-and-mouse leading to a chilling revelation: His next target just might be Maureen herself.
Tag (In progress, Targeting a late summer/early fall release in 2022) - The child of an up-and-coming California politician has been abducted and Maureen is flown in to help. Upon arriving she soon finds out that she is not the only psychic on the case, and worse, her clairvoyant abilities seem to be compromised, casting her as a detriment to getting the child back alive. The seedy underbelly of the political world is laid bare as Maureen and her FBI partners race to find the kidnappers, always seeming to be just one step behind.
In Darkness It Rises (Working Title, anticipated release summer or fall of 2023) - As Maureen begins to be frustratingly aware of her growing notoriety, a notorious serial killer seems to have reemerged after years of peace in Central Arkansas. Since the authorities couldn't catch him before, they decide they need fresh eyes on the case and turn to Maureen and bold, young, FBI Agent, Yvonne Royle. The two women set out against the killer whose true motives for murder might be even more disturbing than the mutilated corpses he is leaving behind.
*Note - this story will be difficult for me to write as it centrally revolves around the LGBTQ community and I really want to get things right. I research all of my books to ensure that they are true to life, but this one I anticipate spending double to triple the time on to ensure that I, a straight white male, can still bring an acceptable level of authenticity.
And All Shall Bow (Anticipated release by the end of 2024) - Maureen's fame has continued to spread, despite her deepest wishes. But all fans are not adoring ones. A shocking murder in the same town where her career investigatory began partners Maureen back up with some familiar faces and a mysterious woman with strange kinship to Maureen herself. As they trail a shadowy organization who is playing a much more sinister game than they imagined, Maureen must battle her own desire for vengeance.
So, there you have it. How do you think Maureen's character arc will play out? Sound off below.
I don't just write novels. I just like to write. This blog will not be polished, it won't be edited closely. There will be spelling and grammar errors and it might drag on in places. But it will be fun, off the cuff, genuine, and hopefully interesting to read!