As I work on my newest mystery novel, The Handyman, I keep wanting to work on other projects, too. Several people have asked when the next book in my time travel series will be ready. Others want to know about my next Outsiders novel, and some have asked about the next book in the Project Chameleon series.
I have rough plans for each of those books and will be starting work on at least one of them soon. The main difficulty is finding the time that I need to get these books written. Too bad I can’t really time travel. For now, I’m concentrating on The Handyman. I’m almost halfway done with the first draft. Should have it finished by year-end.
The next time travel book, the sequel to Inherit the Past, will answer some of the questions raised in the first book, but will add many other questions. Readers can expect at least one other time traveler to make his or her way into the eighteenth-century and join Max, Sofie, and the others.
The next Outsiders book, following In the Shadows, Where Secrets Reside, and Winter Tears, will revolve around the chateau and its new owners, who will uncover a mystery.
But what about the next Project Chameleon suspense/thriller book?
Well, that one is going to be one of my most challenging of all. Why? Because it will have a big cast of characters and an exciting new locale–a secret town in the mountains somewhere in the U.S., a town that is secret from the government and run by questionable people. The main characters from Liars’ Games think they’re moving to a place where they can live without fear. Boy, are they going to be surprised. And talk about liars–Juliet and her family will unknowingly enter a den of them.
If you haven’t read the first book, Liars’ Games, here is what it’s about:
Juliet Powell, a former child-prodigy, wants her old life back—a life where she was happy, in love, and sheltered, a life working as a well-respected math professor in Massachusetts. What she has, instead, is a life in hiding and only partially protected under the witness protection program. She tells herself she will eventually adapt to her new life, but with each new identity comes more stories and more chances of getting them entangled. She’s getting further and further away from who she really is.
When she blows her cover yet again, her handler warns her this is her last chance. She needs to blend in like a chameleon and play the game, but how can someone who has always believed in honesty suddenly become a convincing liar? Compounding her problem with this new move, a political maneuver not of her choice and not within the usual rules of witness protection, ensconces her in the role of principal at a Denver high school full of gangs, drug dealers, and disgruntled employees. And then, when she discovers that a stranger is watching her and her young son, and her handler can’t or won’t move her, she must decide whether to run away and take her chances, or stay and fight to make the school safer.
It’s a book that on the surface deals with school violence and fear, but at the heart of it is a woman’s struggle with lying and deception, trust, self-identity, and the moral decline of society.
Liars’ Games will be available for free for five days, September 1st thru the 5th, so it’ll be the perfect opportunity for you and your friends to read it. In case you haven’t heard, this book has a connection to my Outsiders series, so if you enjoyed that series, you’ll want to read Liars’ Games, too.