Between Worlds Book 4 & 5?



I can’t believe I’m announcing this, but here goes: I am moving forward with the Between Worlds Series. I thought Book 3 would be my last with that series, but I was wrong. Inspiration is no respecter of ideas or persons. As I found myself in the middle of writer’s block, the idea hit me to continue with the paranormal series.

I tried to fight against it by starting other projects. I was (and am for all intense and purposes) working on two other projects, one set in Ancient Egypt and another set in present day. The one set in present day immediately took a backseat to the Egyptian tale. Then there’s Time Torn Asunder, which has been on my flash drive for over two years now, I think.

The novel I wrote when I was 16 kept calling to me, but as I started reading through it the idea of adding to the Between Worlds Series just jumped out at me. It was out of my control. Can I get an “Amen” from any of my writing folks? Sometimes you don’t choose the story. It chooses you.

11074484_10205659068109837_6927604007353647784_nSo, for the last few days I’ve been banging out Book 4, tweaking outlines and plot directions. The long and short of it is that David Gregory will be the central character. If you remember him, he was in The Fine Line at the very, very end. He also made appearances in Through Glass Darkly as Olivia Gregory’s younger brother. Well, it’s time he had his own show, or book in this case. But, even though he has been raised around people with spectacular spiritual gifts, he finds himself disbelieving all of it. He’s essentially an atheist. However, something is going to change his mind, but I’m not going to get into that yet. I don’t want to give too much away. What I will say is that Book 4 is going to focus more on spiritual matters, an understanding of some religious practices, and a vixen of a character who tries to seduce David to come on over to the Dark Side.

Book 5 is coming, too. Hope Gregory will take center stage in that book. It will be more of a murder/suspense novel. As you know, if you read Through Glass Darkly, Hope has some very powerful talents. She can see the future just by touching someone. So the adventures that befall her will be intense and spooky.

As far as timeline for release, Lord only knows. It’s hard to tell with the way my world is turning. My best friend and fellow author, Jayme Ronan, just told me, “Go where the story takes you. Then worry about everything else.” So, that’s what I’m doing.

Fair warning about Book 4, however. It’s going to be very adult. I’m not talking 50 Shades adult, but there’s language and sexual content. I’m not going to make a switch to YA with this series. It’s been adult and I’m going to remain true to that. So, those of you that missed the old me, the Smart Mouth Writer is back in full force and using that sass to create another path in the Between World Series. If you’re excited, let me hear ya shout (LOL).

Today’s post is not only to make the aforementioned announcement, but to introduce you to the central characters. Remember, these images are not bought and paid for. They are not being used to promote the book. Eventually, images will be purchased to design the covers, but for now these folks serve as inspiration and a rendering of the individuals I see in my head as I write. So, please give them a warm, WordPress welcome.

The star of Book 4, David Gregory. A successful attorney in Small Town, U.S.A.

The star of Book 4, David Gregory. A successful attorney in Small Town, U.S.A.

William Garman, David's best friend and freelance investigator.

William Garman, David’s best friend and freelance investigator.

Joan Erickson, David's paralegal and Will's cousin. She keeps the boys in line around the office and serves the role of mother hen.

Joan Erickson, David’s paralegal and Will’s cousin. She keeps the boys in line around the office and serves the role of mother hen.







Alexandra (Alex) Ritezal, a childhood friend and fellow attorney who becomes much more than just an associate.

Alexandra (Alex) Ritezal, a childhood friend and fellow attorney who becomes much more than just an associate.











Geraldine (Gerri) Hamilton-Meyers. Filled with unlimited, seductive power, she'll be causing all kinds of trouble.

Geraldine (Gerri) Hamilton-Meyers. Filled with unlimited, seductive power, she’ll be causing all kinds of trouble.

Hope Gregory, the young mystic who will take the stage in Book 5.

Hope Gregory, the young mystic who will take the stage in Book 5.






Teaser Tuesday: Through Glass Darkly

TGD 3d bookDanny watched as Donte’s grip loosened on the knife, and it fell to the ground. Donte’s hands rose to the blackened sky as one of the backup officers came up behind him and cuffed him.

Olivia stood still, frozen with shock, her eyes wide with fear. Danny put his gun back in his holster and rushed to her. Walking behind her, he pulled a knife from his boot and sliced the zip-tie from her wrists. She put her hands to her throat, trying to assess the damage done by the blade. Danny then stood in front of her, lifted his hands, and cupped her face in his palms, observing her expression and watching her terrified eyes.

“You okay? How bad is it?”

“Not too bad,” she whispered still holding tightly to her throat.

“Let me see, Livy,” he said as he moved her hands away slowly. He examined the wound as the sirens blared in the background. “It’s not too bad. You’ll probably need a few stitches.”

Olivia felt stiff, but her brain worked perfectly. She knew her life was spared because of Danny. “Thank you,” she whispered, tears brimming in her eyes.

“You’re welcome,” he said. “You sure you’re okay? Medics are coming.”

She nodded, her lower lip quivering a little, the tears now streaming down her face. She hated feeling so vulnerable and victimized. It made her look weak again, like she couldn’t handle the job. This angered her.

“Come here,” he said pulling her into an embrace. She trembled in his arms. “It’s goin’a be okay. I got ya.”

As he held her shuddering body close to his, a connection formed instantaneously between them. Born of dramatic circumstances, Danny’s protective nature swept over him and he now knew nothing would be the same. He felt that he must protect Olivia at all costs, almost as if it were a spiritual calling. He knew in that moment, without a doubt, he’d die for her.

He couldn’t explain how one such incident could cause an intense reaction. He’d had partners before, female ones even, but somehow, she was different. He couldn’t describe it and didn’t even want to. It was just something he knew. Without their consent, the game changed.

Teaser Tuesday: Voice of the Dead

VOD 3-dLisa glanced up at Nick as they began to make their way out of the woods. “So, Nick, how do you like Dayton?”

Lauren followed behind with Detective Detty trying, again, not to listen.

“It’s okay. I miss Tommy,” he said.

“Well, you know where to find me if you ever get lonely. I’m not too far away. Columbus isn’t that far of a drive.”

Lauren saw Nick look over his shoulder at her. He seemed self-conscious, but Lisa smiled from ear to ear.

Teaser Tuesday: The Fine Line

3d of the fine lineRobin nervously waited and then watched as Matt walked back into the room. She felt him crawl under the covers and settle in beside her.

“Come here,” he invited as he opened his arm to her.

She put her head on his chest as she draped her arm over his waist. Delicately, he caressed her back with the tips of his fingers, tracing the outline of her shoulder-blade.

Even with her fear, Matt felt like home to her.

Sometimes Fate Needs a Little Push

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Hi everyone. I will start out with some truth for you. I have been teetering on throwing in the towel regarding my writing career. My first novel, quiet honestly, isn’t doing as well as I’d hoped despite the phone calls, emails, blogging, website building, and other marketing tactics. I hope it is simply because it was my first shot at publishing my work. I know my publisher believes in, but sometimes it’s hard to believe in your own work when no one seems to be interested.

My second book comes out this month. It’s a bit darker and a friend of mine even told me that she had a hard time reading it because of the suspense. However, today I received my first review on Idolum and it made me cry. It reminded me of the reason why I write and why I can’t stop. I needed the inspiration, to be frank.

With all that has been going on at work and at home, I can barely find time to breath let alone sit down and compose yet another novel. So, I thought, “Maybe this is it. I did something that I promised myself I’d do. I wrote a couple of books. Maybe I should just be done now.” Now, I don’t think I’m ready to say “when.” There is so much I have to say and so many more characters dying to get out of my mind.

Roddy Dryer helped pull me out of a funk with his beautiful words. The book isn’t even officially released yet, but he got it on Smashwords and wrote a kick-ass review for it. So I’d like to thank him for pulling me up when I needed it most.

I am struggling to complete Through Glass Darkly, the series sequel to The Fine Line. Hopefully this was the motivation I needed to march on.


Idolum by Tracee Ford- a Novel Review

A Murder Mystery with a Healthy Dash of Romance Coming Together to Bring You a Wonderful Tale

This suspenseful crime drama begins with a prologue sure to hook you for the remainder of the story. Superbly written by Tracee Ford, this novel deserves a wide and heavily populated following of avid readers seeking that next great mystery. If you’re looking for a writer you haven’t heard of yet and would like to explore a bit away from the mainstream, chances are this is a great place to start. But be quick, as Tracee Ford is going to be a well-known name if she continues writing like this.

While referred to as a Paranormal story, the occasional hints to such aspects of Idolum are quite subtle, which, because of the way this is written, is all that’s required. At first, we get to know several of our main characters while they’re brought together because of the actions of a particularly brutal serial killer. Two of our primary characters are Nick and Lauren. Nick is a tough cop with a military background and a preference for traditional police work, while Lauren is a bit more subtle, with an educational pedigree and psychological background, possessing of an uncanny gift for getting to the solution of a crime. These two can barely tolerate one another at first, but work through the difficulties and eventually become indispensable to one another.

The story jumps right into the thick of things at first as they seek a killer who is quite smart and readily keeping a step ahead of the team seeking an arrest. But there’s plenty more going on in the lives of our characters, and families are large. The killer backs off for whatever reason (the story explains that serial killers often take time to cool off), so Nick and Lauren have their regular lives to live, but now their lives are also coming together as soon a romance kindles between them.

Ford has done an exquisite job in pulling this story together from more than one direction, as we have a mystery to solve and several young women have had their lives taken so unfairly, but we also have a heating romance developing with two seemingly very different people. The time flow of the story can be quick at times, with more than a year passing before passing the first half of the book, but Ford writes in a manner that keeps the reader engaged and truly taking to these rich, vivid characters. The transitions are seamless and it’s easy to keep turning the pages. If I were forced to complain about something, I can say many readers today are spoiled with an extra line break between scenes but there is little or any of that here. That’s the best I have.

Ford did well to bring us so close to the characters and having the reader falling for them, because once the pace picks up and drama unfolds, we become nearly desperate to know just where this could go from one page to the next. Suddenly, Lauren’s staunch confidence and assuredness is put to the test on several levels, just when she was on the verge of bringing a stop to their target. As for Nick, he becomes desperate to do what he can for his love while still maintaining his professionalism as a cop.

From there, the author does an incredible job in placing the readers into the hearts and minds of our characters, bringing our hearts to a race. The concerns and actions they think and feel when things seem to be at their very worst tell us so much more about who these people really are, and the readers are sure to be thankful for that. Ford has well demonstrated an extraordinary ability to weave a wondrous story filled with heart, romance, mystery and drama, and the heartwarming final chapters are certain to ensure we’d know this author’s name when we see it grace a book cover again.

Idolum comes highly recommended. I have become aware that this is Ford’s second novel (her first isThe Fine Line) and I feel every confidence to recommend that one, too, and I have no idea what it’s about.

Roddy J Dryer is the author of Tangled in Climbing Nightshade