Now my writing batteries have been fully recharged. I’ve launched myself full-steam into the completion of my next novel, the sequel to Marked Target. This sequel (which I hope will kick-off a new series) will feature Cailey Marshall as the main protagonist. I’ve included an excerpt here:
My name is Cailey Ann Marshall. I was almost twelve years old when my life changed forever. When I had to grow up faster than any kid should have to. When I learned that not everyone was who they appeared to be. If only I could have a do-over for that one day in September, I would’ve never snuck into that old run-down house. Dust everywhere like dirty snow. Stinky mildew and stale air. Nope. Not for all the money or gold in the whole wide world. Not for anything.
Wednesday, about 8:30 P.M.
I heard somebody’s shoes clumping on the hard floor. Then the whistling. Oh crap. I shined the light all around the room, looking for somewhere to hide. The only place was under the junky bed. I slithered underneath. Right in with dust bunnies the size of tennis balls and dangling cobwebs and a musty smell which reminded me of limburger cheese. Ecch! Anyway, I figured he’d peek in, not see me, then leave. I was so wrong.
Although I’m deep into this novel, I’ve already begun cobbling together a few basic ideas for the next in the Cailey Marshall series. In it, she’s several years older and engaged in a harrowing misadventure that will spell disaster for all who cross her path. James Bond, Jack Ryan, and Jason Bourne – they have nothing on Cailey Marshall.
I hope to return to a third novel this new year in the Jason Scarsdale series since so many readers have requested more with Scarsdale and his bride-to-be, Dani Mueller. So . . . that’s my plan for this year.