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Suggested Reading Order For The Colin McCool Series, The Junkyard Druid Novellas, And My THEM Post-Apocalyptic Series

Blood Ties urban fantasy short story collection coverReaders often ask, “What do I read first?” or “Did I miss something? These characters are referencing an event that wasn’t in the main series!”

In the latter case, they’re usually referring to something that happened in one of the short stories or novellas. I know some readers feel those additional books and stories are unnecessary, and I get that. However, the short story collections and novellas are intended to provide back story on supporting characters, and to flesh out details that I might have glossed over in the main novels.

Usually I write a short story about an event that is mentioned in the main books because the scene or sub-plot didn’t fit neatly in the original narrative. Plus, it gives me a change of pace in my writing schedule. Since I started writing full-time, I’ve found that if I’m always writing the same characters and point of view, I get burned out really fast.

I know this is confusing for people who are new to the series and world of Colin McCool, so I put together a suggested reading order, based on the chronology of the events in the Junkyard Druid books, novellas, short story collections, and THEM post-apocalyptic series, which is in the same shared universe.

Suggested Reading Order:

Druid Blood

Blood Scent

Junkyard Druid

Graveyard Druid

Moonlight Druid

Underground Druid

Blood Circus

Druid Justice

Blood Ties

Druid Enforcer

(optional) Invasion: Zombie Apocalypse

(optional) Incursion: Vampire Apocalypse

Counteraction: Werewolf Apocalypse (first THEM book in which Colin shows up)

(optional) Gabby’s Run: Paranormal Apocalypse

Extinction: Undead Apocalypse

Druid Vengeance

Druid’s Due

Druid Apprentice

 

Questions? Suggestions? Post them in the comments!

16 Comments

  1. Tom Deck on July 1, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Is there a novellas book 3?

    • M.D. Massey on July 3, 2019 at 3:15 pm

      Yup, but in the novella/short story series itself, the books are chronologically out of order.

      So, Blood Circus is #3 in that series. (That’s the YA novel I wrote when I first came up with the character, then later retconned and edited to match the adult series timelines.)

      Here’s the series page on Amazon if you want to check it out:

      https://amzn.to/2RRaAK7

  2. Gary Hines on August 4, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    Are there any plans for more books beyond Druids Due?

    • M.D. Massey on August 28, 2019 at 8:54 am

      Yes… four more books, at least.

  3. Lois on September 26, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Hey, where does Aberation fit into the book series please ?

    • M.D. Massey on October 9, 2019 at 7:52 am

      It’s a sort of prequel to Incursion, but it falls between Invasion and Incursion in that series.

    • M.D. Massey on December 18, 2019 at 7:36 am

      Between Invasion and Incursion, in that eight-year mystery period in which I had intended to write a crap-load of Scratch Sullivan short stories. That never happened, but there’s always the chance you might find out more about that period in the future from another character’s point of view…

  4. Traci Marcotte on October 7, 2019 at 8:32 am

    Hi! I’m new to your Junkyard Druid universe. I’ve read “Druid Blood” and now I’m reading “Blood Scent” and I feel like I’m missing a whole bit on Colin working with Jesse and how Jesse dies. I can even see said book ending with Jesse’s death and we catch up with Colin an indeterminate period later in “Blood Scent”. I just feel like I lost a book or two in between. Thanks.

    • M.D. Massey on October 9, 2019 at 7:51 am

      It’ll fill you in on the details. Druid Blood and Blood Scent are both prequels to the Colin McCool Paranormal Suspense series–you’ll get a more complete story progression in that novel series starting with Junkyard Druid.

      • David Bullman on January 12, 2020 at 3:37 am

        Just read the entire Druid series in 3 days and I’m hooked. Cannot wait to see more of these books. You’re an amazing writer!

  5. Adam Noakes on October 29, 2019 at 6:55 am

    Is Blood Ties coming to Audible?

    • M.D. Massey on November 19, 2019 at 11:25 am

      At some point, yes. Maybe before Book 10.

    • M.D. Massey on January 16, 2020 at 10:07 am

      01/15/2020 update: The audiobook for Blood Ties has been released on Audible, Amazon, and iTunes.

  6. Debra on December 1, 2019 at 3:40 am

    Love, love, love the series. Have reread them at least 7 times. Will they come out as a bundle as I read them on kindle unlimited but would love to purchase them.
    Thanks

    • M.D. Massey on December 18, 2019 at 7:30 am

      Thanks for the kind words, Debra! I’ll definitely consider publishing them in bundles, likely by tetralogy (Books 1-4, Books 5-8, etc.)

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