I am so excited to announce that the 5th, and final, book in the Funeral Singer series, A Song of Redemptionwill be released on Monday, October 22nd. I’ve loved working on this series, and I think the final book is an explosive and exciting wrap-up to Gillian Foster’s story.
A Song of Redemption
At a loss and depressed following her team’s failure to contain Belphegor, Gillian Foster begins to pull herself together to plan her next moves and build a network of other spirit escorts to help her. The threat of the soul thieves grows daily and thrusts the need to stop them solely on her.
When a horrifying attack on her friend brings the problem home leaving Gillian’s life in turmoil, she struggles to control the damage. Working with Orielle, the anthropologist, who is an expert on supernatural creatures, they soon find support from an unexpected source—the Vatican.
The path ahead is clear; the tasks to be done defined. Now all Gillian has to do is execute them and stay alive.
The Kindle book is now listed for pre-order at 99-cents on Amazon.
To celebrate the release, I am putting all five of the Funeral Singer books, including this new one, on sale for 99-cents each. It’s a great time to pick up the set for a total of $4.95. The books will be at this price from October 22 to October 24.
Once this novel is out, I will be prepping for this year’s NaNoWriMo and getting my plot lined up for a new book. I have two ideas that I am trying to narrow down for this project, and I am excited about both. More on that after I get into the writing.
In the Works
I have two books that are in the editing process right now. One is a related book toO’Ceagan’s Legacy, which is to say it’s in the same universe but features one of the supporting characters in the book. That book is In Strange Waters, and I plan to release it in January 2019. Look for more information in December. It’s a little different from O’Ceagan’s Legacy, but it is a fun read with a different viewpoint.
The other book is Time Walker, a fantasy novel that combines time travel with a touch of Steampunk. The planned release date for it is in May 2019 to coincide with the Book Lovers’ Convention in New Orleans. The story combines adventure and a bit of romance… But look for more about that in March 2019.
“Almost to my house, I could see the upper story from the street and I glimpsed a dark patch on my roof. I halted and peered at it. Was it a shadow from a tree? No, I couldn’t see any tree that would cast that shadow and the sun was behind me to the west. Then the shadow seemed to flow over the roof, a blob of black covering the area like a moving oil slick… A shade looking for a way in.
From A Song of Forgiveness:
I am really excited about today’s release of Book Four of the Funeral Singer series. A Song of Forgiveness picks up after A Song of Betrayal as Gillian Foster, the Funeral Singer, realizes her gift has pulled her into a brewing battle between light and dark. The Shades she’s encountered are increasing in numbers and threatening the souls on the interim plane. Not only that, they are seeking her on the Earth plane as well. Feeling overwhelmed, she’s looking for help and answers.
Can she stop the flow of the soul-devouring creatures or turn them back? What will it take to defeat them?
Join Gillian as she struggles to battle the encroaching evil and ensure her transitioning souls make it safely to the next plane.
A Song of Forgiveness is a thrill ride from start to finish. Check out my launch page for more information and links to the Amazon store.
Releases on August 28th in both Kindle and paperback on Amazon.com. You can still pre-order to be among the first to get the book for your Kindle.
About the Heroine:
As a musician, Gillian Foster hopes to make a career of it, but so far, she’s settling for local gigs with her three-piece band, Spicy Jam, in her hometown of Reno, Nevada. By the way, she tells you to pronounce her name with a “g” sound like gill, rather than the British way with a “j” sound like Jill. Most people get it wrong.
Following a gig at a wedding, an accident occurred, she hit her head, and after she healed, she discovered she had a new “gift”. On being asked to sing at a funeral, she found herself in an ethereal graveyard, face to face with the newly departed soul and singing praises of the deceased’s life as she escorted the spirit to the exit gate and into the tunnel of light that led to the next plane. She assumed the whole incident must have been a hallucination. Only it didn’t stop happening and she found herself in demand to sing at funerals.
In A Song for Marielle
In Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle, one of Gillian’s “clients”, a preteen girl, enlists her aid in finding the man who brutally murdered her. As Marielle’s spirit guides her through the events via visions seen through the child’s eyes, Gillian questions her health and her sanity while pursuing a serial killer. She’s in the wrong place more than once and draws the attention of Sheriff’s Office detectives, Egan Moss and Dave Hernandez.
Book Two is A Song for Menafee
Returning in the second book of the series, A Song for Menafee, Gillian is now more used to the “spirit escort” task, as she’s come to think of it, but her gift also appears to be expanding in its scope. While leading an accident victim’s soul to the gate, she detects another spirit nearby watching them, but he disappears before she can approach. She’s made a promise to the soul she just escorted to help his son, who is a student at the University of Nevada in Reno and underfunded for his education.
This connection carries her to an encounter with the spirit from the cemetery, a lingering soul with a Civil War history, a possible treasure, and a mystery in his past. The ghost is the triple great grandfather of Thomas Willits, the young man she agreed to aid, and he needs her to assist him to put his spirit at ease. Seeing a way to help both Thomas and the unsettled ghost, she agrees to a quest that will lead her and her best friend, Janna, across the country to Tennessee.
Moss and Hernandez keep in touch as she’s a witness slated for the trial of the serial killer from the first book, but Moss, the skeptic, seems to be coming around as he seeks her assistance with another case. Her band mates are unaware of her new gift and almost everything that’s happened to her in the past few months, but there is tension growing there as they plan to record an album.
If you enjoyed Funeral Singer, I think you’re going to love A Song for Menafee. If you haven’t read Funeral Singer: A Song for Marielle yet, I definitely suggest that you read it first as the second book builds on it.
A Song for Menafee releases on August 28, 2016 on Amazon.com. It is now available for pre-order for the Kindle. The paperback will release on the same date. If you are on Kindle Unlimited, the book will be free to subscribers. Visit my book launch page for more information and a short book trailer.
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As I’m working on the next book in the Funeral Singer series, I decided that I needed to do some “in the field” research for it. So around the beginning of the month, I scheduled a trip to Tennessee. Hot damn! Memphis!
I’ll bet you thought that right off the bat. Well, yes, I did fly into Memphis airport. A day later than I planned, at that. I got to the airport and boarded my flight on time in the early afternoon on Monday only to have a mechanical delay. It seems there was a tear in one of our engines and the experts were taking a look to determine if they could “speed seal” it (I think that was the term the pilot used.) We waited for the verdict although I don’t think anyone was overjoyed with the prospect of taking off on a two-engine jet that had a crack in one engine.
A couple with their two little children, one an infant, were across from me and I kept thinking that if I were in their shoes, I’d be hustling those kids off the plane and be looking for another flight, as some people were already beginning to do. The flight was connecting in Denver and I had a couple of hours leeway, so I waited it out since it wasn’t supposed to take too long. Two hours later, the pilot said that they thought the tear was too deep and they were contacting the manufacturer’s in France to see if it would be safe to use the quick repair option. That was the point that I decided, I wasn’t going on this flight. So, I took my bags and went downstairs to the counter and got re-booked on an “0:dark:thirty” flight in the morning – 5:30 am, to be precise.
At least I got into Memphis by early afternoon, but there was no time to linger there. I took my rental, a nice Jeep Compass, and drove out to Shiloh National Memorial Park, also the Battlefield. While my book isn’t exactly about Shiloh, part of it does play out there, so I felt I had to see it, touch it, and feel it for myself. I arrived there in the late afternoon with the sun shining in a nearly cloudless sky on April 5th. For those who might not recall, the battles at Shiloh were on April 6th and 7th, 1862, so I had come at the same time of year that the battles were fought.
First and foremost, Shiloh is a memorial cemetery and many war veterans are buried here, not just those from the Civil War. But the monuments installed here to remember those who fought and died on this battlefield are powerful and beautiful. I was too late to view the video about the battle when I arrived, so I made a quick trip through the museum and went out to explore the first few stops on the tour.
I got as far as Shiloh Church, which is a recreation of the original church. I had the opportunity to go inside and look around. It is small with only eleven pews in it and a few open windows. Outside, and across the parking lot, there is a newer Methodist Church that is still an active congregation. Across the street is the Shiloh Cemetery where more recent graves are found amongst the older ones.
As the park closed at 5 pm, I went into Savannah, Tennessee, where I spent the night. I had a fabulous Cajun Skillet meal at one of the local restaurant’s, Mollie Monday’s that is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. It came with shrimp, chicken, and sausage in a perfectly seasoned sauce on rice and a generous serving of hush puppies. Heaven! Then I splurged on pecan pie that was simply divine. When in the South… eat like a Southerner.
The next day was overcast and sporadically rainy, which actually turned out to be perfect for the mood, the lighting and the photos that I took. I did see the video before I started out on the trail again, then saw each stop on it through the new eyes of knowledge. It was very crowded around Shiloh Church and I don’t know if they had a special memorial because of the anniversary date or if there was a funeral, but I was grateful I had seen it the previous day. Overall, it was a very moving experience and one that I hope I can convey with depth and emotion in the new novel. If you have the opportunity to visit Shiloh, I highly recommend it.
After another night in Savannah, I went north to Clarksville, another spot that is a setting in the book. Travel can be slow. The road North was only on a freeway for a short time as it went towards Nashville, then it was two-lane highways most of the way from there. It took quite a while to travel the 175 miles, plus an accident on the freeway delayed traffic for almost an hour while police cleared it.
At Clarksville, I stopped at Fort Defiance to check out the Civil War history there. Basically, Clarksville was in the more neutral territory of the war and evidently switched sides based on who was occupying the city. The display at the very architecturally-pleasing museum was interesting and the story was told from a woman at home while her husband fought point of view. After Shiloh, it seemed pretty tame, but it’s good to know that there were calm spots in the war.
From Clarksville, I drove back to Memphis, which took most of the last day I had and I ran into major construction on the freeway in Memphis, which forced my Garmin to route me through some exciting back streets in the city to get to my motel near the airport. Bottom line? I didn’t even get down to Beale Street this trip, but I have been there before.
So, that’s my research trip to Tennessee and now all I have to do it incorporate the essence of it into Funeral Singer: A Song for Menafee.
Yes! The book is ready tolaunch. It is now up on Amazon for the Kindle, but the official release date will be Tuesday, March 29th. For those of you who supported my campaign, the book is available TODAY for a FREE Kindle download on March 28th, one day only, so be sure to get out and download a copy on Monday. Thank you for your support. A notice will be sent from Kindle Scout on March 28th telling you the book is ready to download.
If you are on Kindle Unlimited, you may read the book for free at any time for the next few months, and possibly beyond.
My book launch page will be active on March 29, 2016. You will find it this link after midnight PDT.
The paperback copy of the book will be coming in about a week. It takes a little longer to process through CreateSpace and then to Amazon before it will be on Amazon’s sales pages.
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