Have I mentioned how much I love getting to know other writers? It's really the best part of my other career (you know, the one I can only do at night...). There are such good people out there, and sharing their stories is almost as much fun as sharing my own.
So when I get a message from a friend, and it starts, "Hey, zombie girl..." I always know it's going to be a good time.
I'm pleased to welcome back my friend Jason Halstead, who began a message today with just those words, as he introduces us to his latest novel, Bounty.
Sin City has a history of organized crime and preying on the weak and innocent. Bounty, the third book in the Wanted trilogy, lives up to that legacy.
Writing Wanted was a strike of luck for me. It seemed like a great idea but I found myself hung up from time to time figuring out what came next. It deviated drastically from my original plans but thanks to a moment of inspiration I was able to turn that deviation into a great book. I didn't realize how great a book it was until it became a bestseller and topped multiple Amazon charts.
My readers called for a sequel, they weren't happy with the story of Carl, Jessie, and Tanya ending so soon. That allowed me to write Ice Princess, but it was even more of a trial than the first one was. I was very happy with the finished product, thanks to a few more random bubbles of creativity along the way. As a matter of fact, with the end of Ice Princess I felt myself getting choked up as I identified with a couple of the characters personally. In particular Jiri Kurkova, the father of Tanya, Miss Ice Princess herself.
After Ice Princess I was spent. There was nothing more I could do with these characters. They'd done it all. They'd been dragged through the mud. They'd been shot, beaten, stabbed and worse. What more pain could I inflict? Well that's a stupid thing to ask a writer, especially one with an occasionally macabre sense of humor! The concept came to me out of nowhere one day on my way into to work at 6:30 in the morning. What concept? I won't spoil it, but I will say it involves an incredible fear of loss that all of us experience at one point or another. Here's one of the tweets I'm using to promote it as well: "My new release, Bounty, focuses on family values and why you shouldn't try to kidnap Carl Water's family."
Check out Wanted, it's a free ebook, and then once you're hooked look up Ice Princess and then Bounty, the incredible conclusion to the trilogy.
To learn more about Jason Halstead, visit his website to read about him, sign up for his newsletter, or check out some free samples of his books at http://www.booksbyjason.com.