This was the column I originally posted in February 2012. Twenty years ago and change! 🙂
When I published my first Sam McRae novel IDENTITY CRISIS, it was with the intent to make it part of a continuing mystery series. However, one book does not a series make.
So, in December 2010, I was very pleased to publish the ebook version of the sequel LEAST WANTED. And, in January 2011, I was very busy preparing to release the print edition of the book under my own trade name Renegade Press, as described in this column written last year.
However, a book and a sequel do not constitute a series.
This is why I take special pride in announcing that the ebook edition of RIPTIDE, the third novel in the Sam McRae mystery series, will be released this month. Probably toward the end of the month. God willing and the creek don’t rise.
And the cover will look like this:
Then it became this:
I hope to publish the print edition by April.
This will make the Sam McRae Mystery Series an official series, as far as I’m concerned.
I hope you’ll find this latest entry in Sam’s journey to be both entertaining and thought-provoking.
In fact, here’s some of the early word about RIPTIDE:
“A fast-paced, compelling crime novel that leaves the reader as buzzed and breathless as the Running of the Bulls.”– Benjamin Sobieck, author of Cleansing Eden
“Full of tension and suspense from cover-to-cover, Riptide is a cracking good read.”– Leighton Gage, author of A Vine in the Blood
“… a fast, smooth read, chock full of tension with an action payoff.”– Frank Zafiro, author of Waist Deep and the River City Crime series
“Vacation, a time to put your feet up and relax, unless, of course your name is Sam McRae. Step back in time to the year 2006. The place is Ocean City, Maryland, a summertime paradise replete with sun, sea, sand, and … murder. Thus begins this gritty tale and McRae’s attempt to clear a dear friend, who has been charged with the heinous crime. Our hero must bring to bear all of her considerable investigative skills as she unwinds this tightly drawn mystery, which is sure to have you hooked until the satisfying end.”– Lawrence Kelter, bestselling author of The Stephanie Chalice Mystery Series
“Sam McRae is back with her brass wit and tough passion, dispensing justice or else. Sam defends the higher laws of good against evils both legal and otherwise. If I were in trouble, I’d want Sam to have my back. Sam McRae is my favorite new female sleuth!” – Scott Nicholson, author of Liquid Fear
“When Sam McRae’s best friend is framed for murder at a legal convention, the spunky lawyer races against a tight schedule and tussles with troublesome locals who seem hell-bent on covering up various nefarious activities. Havoc ensues in Riptide, Mack’s third legal thriller featuring Sam, the crusading heroine whose unwavering sense of right and wrong always reflects the best human (and legal) traits. Sam’s sleek, sarcastic narration propels this satisfying legal caper, which also manages to score points about lingering regional racial prejudice, providing a sad reminder that justice doesn’t always prevail unless the just take action. Another winner from the pen of Debbi Mack, author of Least Wanted and Identity Crisis.” – W.D. Gagliani, author of Wolf’s Trap, Wolf’s Edge, and Savage Nights
Needless to say, I’m very excited to see what readers think about the book.
And that’s not all. In addition to working on my next book, a young adult novel, (Click the link to learn more.) I’m starting a new venture. I’m going to try my hand (no pun intended) at screenwriting, with a more serious intent than in the past. When I said I was bitten by the bug, I wasn’t kidding around.
I’m taking an indie filmmaking seminar during the first weekend in February [2012!]. And I’ve joined Women in Film & Video (WIFV). Are my eyes too big for my stomach?
Ah, but a woman’s reach should exceed her grasp, or what’s a heaven for?
(With apologies to Robert Browning and no pun intended.)
PS: Yeah, the
near constant references to puns are to my dystonia-twisted hand.
And I’ve written a few scripts since then. Just a few! 🙂
I’m also now in no less than three screenwriters’ critique groups, along with my novel writers’ group.
Plus I’m starting a mentorship through WIFV!
Yep, this is the point where things took a serious turn! Along with my career, which would change in ways I couldn’t imagine at the time.