A gif of a Dumpster fire would be pretty fitting image for my life the last several months. Like many writers, I tried to wedge in writing time during a pandemic. Then several family emergencies and a medical procedure/recovery happened. Writing in hospital rooms is actually not to be recommended, LOL. It was a surreal and disjointed process. I lost track of time, sometimes struggling to recall what month it was, much less what day. I had the worst time keep track of what I was writing, who the secondary characters were, and the plot line, resulting in more editing than I usually have to do.
But it was also soothing to have my writing to escape to. With the news and worry about the pandemic looming, hard medical decisions to face regarding family members, and me missing my kids, sometimes the one solid thing in the ever-shifting landscape was the book. The story idea was tangible, and the need to write lent purpose to my days as I organized writing time around dealing with other life issues.
Writing has been many things for me over the years, but even with a looming deadline, in the last few months it lent me a sense of calm that was very much needed. By release day, I felt like I was emerging from a battle-ridden bunker, rubbing my eyes, blinking in the bright sunlight, feeling a bit shell-shocked.
I know these times will pass. I realize many people are experiencing similar or worse things. We’re all in this together. And somehow, that knowledge gives me strength. On to the new book .
An arrest warrant goes horribly wrong when Deputy US Marshal Cady Maddix is captured and held captive by a mentally unstable man. She manages to escape, but not before she’s beaten and tattooed with a violent scene from her captor’s dark and damaged mind: a burning church and screaming children.
Three weeks later, she’s back on the job and assigned a warrant for Frank Burgess, The Cremator. A corpse and human cremains have been found on the radical zealot’s property, and clues are in short supply. But Cady soon meets a survivor of the killer, a mute young woman who points them to a burnt-out rural church the man attended. Cady is shocked to discover the church is a duplicate of the one she bears on her back.
Cady is determined to find the connection between former church members who’ve died bizarre deaths in recent years. But there’s a killer who will stop at nothing to complete his deadly list, even if it means adding Cady as his next victim.
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