Hello, everyone. I am so excited to reveal the cover and blurb for the first book in my new Sinister in Savannah series. First, I want to give you a bit of background on how the idea for the series came to me.
Confession: I am a true-crime junkie. I was raised by a true-crime junkie. I also raised a true-crime junkie. We cannot stand injustice. A while ago, I came across the Up and Vanished podcast about the unsolved disappearance of a Georgia beauty queen. The style of the podcast was very different than the previous ones I’d listened to. It was an active investigation into what could’ve happened to her rather than someone just talking about past crimes. The host interviewed everyone who would speak to him and acted responsibly. The attention the podcast generated forced a big break in the case. I was utterly enthralled. Luckily for me, I discovered this after all the episodes were recorded, or I would’ve been a hot mess while waiting each week for an update.
This podcast included supporting cast from all kinds of professional backgrounds, including a private investigator that the missing woman’s family hired years ago and lawyers with both prosecution and criminal defense experience. It was indeed an eye-opening experience. The podcast did not take place in Savannah, but it reminded me of the obsession I developed for the city after reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I had already decided I wanted to switch gears to writing more romantic suspense and decided to start with two detectives that were making a lot of noise in my head. Those brats are still making noise in my head, so you haven’t heard the last of them, but they introduced some beautifully flawed men to me who are louder at the moment.
Enter Jonah St. John, Felix Franklin, and Rocky Jacobs. What can I do with a criminal analyst, an investigative reporter, and a private detective who can’t tolerate injustice? They can form a podcast and explore Savannah’s most sinister crimes and her more colorful citizens. Fictional, of course. When they first arrived on the scene in my Zero Hour series, I kept thinking that two of them would pair up and become a couple. Oh! Oh! Jonah and Felix. No! Felix and Rocky. No! That’s not right either. Then it dawned on me. They’re not destined to love each other in that way, but I assure you these three men will find their epic HEA.
Sinister in Savannah serves up mystery and steamy MM romance with a side of southern-fried snark. The books explore friendship, love, loss, and the irrepressible human spirit.
Book, one, Ride the Lightning, is releasing on June 23rd. Take a look at the beautiful cover Jay Aheer made for me.
Ride the Lightning blurb:
Truth seeker. Promise keeper. Guarded heart.
By day, Jonah St. John is a criminal analyst for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations. By night, he produces Sinister in Savannah, an investigative podcast, with his two best friends. Jonah’s life revolves around three principles: a man’s word is his oath, friendships are priceless gifts, and love is for other people.
When the Sinister in Savannah team delves into the thirty-eight-year-old murder of a drag queen, they quickly discover that the story doesn’t end with the alleged killer’s confession in 1995. Continuing the investigation could have fatal consequences for Jonah and everyone he holds dear, including his irresistible intern.
To love is to lose: a lesson Jonah has learned the hard way. For a decade, he has embraced solitude as his penance for a past mistake. Then came Avery Bradford, a man whose warmth and sunshine infuses Jonah’s battered soul and challenges his resistance. Over the past eight months, Jonah has soared closer and closer to Avery’s flame until the thing he’s feared the most becomes the one he can’t live without.
The chill of danger merges with the heat of desire, forming a deadly superstorm. Will Jonah seek shelter or ride the lightning?
Sinister in Savannah series is a fictional podcast exploring the city’s most nefarious crimes with Southern-fried snark. The books explore friendship, love, loss, and the irrepressible human spirit. Ride the Lightning is book one of three. While each book is written about a different couple, the series should be read in order. Sinister in Savannah is an LGBT romantic suspense series with mature language and sexual content intended for adults eighteen and older.
I am so excited for you to meet the guys soon. My aim is to release the three books in June, September, and December. I am planning to write bonus scenes for subscribers with the first one coming on release day. Every adventure deserves an origin story. I hope you’ll take this journey with me.
In Other News:
The Zero Hour audiobook series will be complete soon. I believe Tristan is recording the final book this month and Tantor is aiming for an August release.
I am planning to put the Road to Blissville books in a boxed set sometime this year. I’ll share more information on that once it becomes available.
I’ll be back soon with an order link for Ride the Lightning and a bonus story. Until then, happy reading…