It started with an off-hand comment by my 4th grade son's teacher: "There aren't a lot of books for 10 year old boys."
I thought: "Really?" By the time the teacher conference finished, I'd already plotted my course. Six months later I presented the first Raimy Rylan book - The World Serpent - to his class and gave everyone a copy. During the writing, I'd also decided I should do one for every grade he ascends, each increasing in complexity, language and theme. For those keeping score, that's a 9-book series. I'd essentially locked myself into a decade of the same characters.
I'm not very smart that way.
But wait, it gets better. I thought: "Why not take my backlog of adult thriller manuscripts and publish them as well? Kids' books in the spring, adult books in the fall."
Told you I'm not very smart. But here we are anyway. The World Serpent came out Spring 2014. Killing the Man arrived Fall 2014. Raimy Rylan, Chase of the Samurai dropped in Spring 2015. The Killing Face came out in Winter 2015.
A demon has possessed Hephaestus, the Greek god of fire and invention. Deep in the heart of a volcano, the demon toils, intent on creating the staff of Agamemnon. For whomever holds the staff can control entire armies. So Ben, Piper and Raimy jump back to ancient Greece. Their goal: Steal the staff before it falls into demon hands.
Rookie detective Aramis "Arch" White must find the killers of Noah Bell, his champion in the lawsuit to earn his badge. Arch's pursuit of justice will bring him into the orbit of a group that has plans for a new world order. And this group likes to kill in specific and spectacular ways.
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If bad decisions lead to great stories, then Rick Killing has a whopper. Ripped from the headlines, Killing The Man tells the story of a race war in small town America. It's planned, it's purposeful and it centers on a main character who has no idea why.