My Fall 2016 Writing Schedule

So, what novels do I have planned for release in the foreseeable future?

Junkyard Druid new adult urban fantasyWell, I just finished editing my next novel, Junkyard Druid, the first installment in an urban fantasy series that features Colin from Counteraction. It takes place before the apocalypse, so it’s a bit less dark than the Scratch Sullivan series, and it includes more humor and romance as well.

The book starts with Colin reeling after a bitter tragedy (I know, I said “less dark,” but it gets better), trying to get his life back together and go “mundane.” In other words, he’s taking a break from dealing with the supernatural world, but unfortunately for him (and fortunately for us) he gets sucked back in and soon finds himself in the middle of a power struggle that’s been centuries in the making.

All in all, I think the book is a fun read that will appeal to fans of the urban fantasy and paranormal suspense genres. I’ve long been an avid reader of certain urban fantasy authors, namely Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, and Simon R. Green, and more recently Kevin Hearne and M.L. Brennan.

And while readers may be tempted to think this latest book is a riff on Hearne’s work, I actually conceived of these characters before Hearne’s first Iron Druid novel released. There’s an entire story behind that (and why I initially wrote Colin’s story as a YA novel) included in the preface to Junkyard Druid, for anyone who is interested. Incidentally, I love Hearne’s books and there are actually a few playful nods to his work in this first Colin McCool installment.

As far as what I have planned next, I’ve scheduled two more Junkyard Druid novels between now and December. Originally I had planned on writing the next three Scratch Sullivan novels, but the Junkyard Druid storyline is flowing well right now, and frankly I need a break from Scratch before I tackle the task of finishing that series.

Never fear though… in January I intend to pick it back up, likely with a tie-in novel that will tell more of Bobby’s story, similar to what I did in Gabby’s Run. After that, it depends on how readers are responding to both series, but I have a feeling that I’ll be bouncing back and forth between Scratch and Colin. There are some juicy subplots that I’m laying the groundwork for in these Junkyard Druid novels, and I plan to explore those in future installments in Scratch’s story.

So, I have a lot coming your way over the next several months, and I’m excited about bringing these new stories and characters to you. Stay tuned!

~M.D. Massey

P.S. – I’m also working on re-releasing the first Colin McCool book as a freebie for folks who are interested in his origin story. However, I have to edit it first and then I might release it again on Amazon with some genre and category tweaks. These new novels featuring Colin are a lot more mature in content and scope, so the last thing I want is to have some kid read that first book and then stumble across the other novels. Being a parent, I feel responsible for making sure that doesn’t happen, so if I can’t swing it on Amazon I’ll just offer as a free download here on my website.

2 Comments

  1. Les;ie B on November 26, 2016 at 3:56 pm

    My gosh, started Junkyard Druid and felt stunned by the first few pages. You really threw averything but the kitchen sink in there. My head was reeling trying to remember all the relationships etc. But then I settled into the story and began to enjoy it. Lots of inventive ideas. But FMC a Berserker!!!! Not in anything I’ve ever read. Yo messin with my heritage there. (sorry) Looking forward to the next book. Also took advantage of your generous offer of free book. Just finished it. and enjoyed it very much. Thank goodness not too anxty (teens and all that that implies) Would actually like to read more as Colin & Jesse progress through trainning. You are now on my list of authors to track. You would not be embarrassed by the company. Best regards

    • M.D. Massey on December 13, 2016 at 7:39 am

      Thanks Leslie! It’s actually the curse of Cu Chulainn, and I’m going to explain more about how and why Colin got zinged with it in the next few books. A quote from chapter four: “That witch saddled me with the curse of Cú Chulainn, which if you know anything about Irish mythology is a real bitch of a curse. Cú Chulainn was probably the greatest hero of Irish legend, but he was also one screwed up dude. When he got really mad, he’d go into a berserker rage and kill everyone and everything around him, friend or foe. To be honest Cú Chulainn was a bit of a sociopath, and he was known to be the type to stab first and talk later. The guy was more or less a mass murderer, even without going into a berserker rage.”

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