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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

WIP Wednesday

I have two books floating around in my head, which both must be written as soon as Book 'Em North Carolina is completed this weekend.

The first one is After the Tempest; though I've been tempted to write the next in the Black Swamp Mysteries series, this one is important because I must have another book in the series complete for a new publisher to pick up the series.

The Tempest Murders was completed in 2012 and my agent has been shopping the rights. We've received some interest among the big New York publishers, which was our goal. The book centers around an Irishman named Ryan O'Clery who moves to America and becomes a detective in North Carolina. As he is investigating a string of murders, he begins to realize the serial killer's next target is the woman he is falling in love with.

The fact that he's Irish was important to the plot, as the story actually begins nearly two centuries earlier in Ireland when his ancestor Rian Kelly loses his fiance to a serial killer who bears a striking resemblance to the man Ryan O'Clery is hunting. Ryan finds a journal that details his ancestor's own investigations, which mirror the series of slayings in North Carolina. What's more is Ryan is dreaming of a woman he lost to a killer - and has been experiencing these dreams since he was a young boy.

Now he's convinced the woman he is falling in love with is the reincarnation of his lost Irish lover.

It's a psychological thriller and asks the question: is history destined to repeat itself?