It's been a while since I've posted. I finished writing Fallen Honor, my 7th novel in the Jesse McDermitt Caribbean Adventure Series, about two weeks ago and have already started on the 8th book in the series, as well as continuing to work on the first book in my new Charity Styles Caribbean Thrill Series. Fallen Honor is less than a week from being published and I think one of the best stories I've written.
The Fallen Series
boxed set of the first three books in the series is now available and for a limited time, you can get Fallen Out, Fallen Palm, and Fallen Hunter on your Kindle for only $.99. That price will go up to $6.99 very soon. Even then, it will be $4 less than buying them separately.
Many of the old characters in earlier books aren't in Fallen Honor, but make minor or even telephone appearances. Much of the action takes place in Key West, as well as deep in the Everglades.
Several new characters actually steal the spotlight and one may even become the main character in another spinoff series next year. I'll have to wait and see how these new characters are received by my readers. Fallen Honor's beta readers really seemed to like them.
In Fallen Honor, the reality of what is going on outside of Jesse's hermit paradise gets a little too close, when a friend is accosted by "smug drugglers". Later, Jesse is contacted by an acquaintance in Key West, asking for help for her niece and the niece's boyfriend. Jesse's reluctant at first, but then he sees a picture of the protagonist, who is a threat to the boyfriend, in an online newspaper and in the background he sees the protagonists accountant, who Jesse recognizes. He agrees to help and once more becomes Stretch Buchannan, notorious bad guy and now cocaine kingpin, to lure the protagonist out of hiding.
Readers may recognize some of the new minor characters in this work. Steven Becker is author of the Mac Travis Series, set primarily in Marathon, Florida. He and I have been talking about sharing characters. Mac Travis is about Jesse McDermitt's age and they live near one another, both earning a living from the sea. Steve and I agreed that there's just no way these two wouldn't at least be acquainted, so Mac and Wood make brief appearances in Fallen Honor and Jesse will be showing up in the next Mac Travis novel.
Also, Dawn McKenna, author of the Forgotten Coast Series set in Apalachicola, Florida is a special guest as a Key West psychic and tarot card reader. She has an oyster fisherman by the name of Wayne Stinnett in her first book in the series, Low Tide.
Lastly, if you're familiar with my books, you know that Rusty's old Jamaican chef's name is Rufus. Purely by coincidence, Michael Reisig has a minor character in his Road To Key West Series. His Rufus is a thirty-something Jamaican mystic. Since Michael's books are set more than thirty years ahead of mine, he's graciously agreed to allow me to make my Rufus just a little more like his. I hope he likes what I did.
This new book will be the first that's released after having been professionally formatted. I'd done this job myself with the others, but I've learned that some things are best left to the pros. Colleen Sheehan of Raventide Books will format Fallen Honor to create a much more enjoyable reading experience in both paperback and ebook formats, as soon as the editing process is complete. Clio Editing Services should finish any day and then it will go to the final proofreader, Donna Rich. She has already reformatted the first three in the series and will be doing the others as soon as Fallen Honor is completed. Once she's finished, Colleen will only need a day to turn the interior into a real eye-catcher.
Speaking of eye-catchers, Tim Ebaugh of Tim Ebaugh Photography and Design, has once more created a really great cover, using an image by photographer Ruth Peterkin. Thanks to all of these people and more for the help and support to get this 7th novel completed on time.