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