I often get asked this question by readers of my ‘Black Breath Series’. The answer is, I enjoy using many names of people that have impacted my life, for character names in my books. Now, keep in mind, that’s impacting me in both a positive and negative way! The names get sorted out in the plot accordingly. A lot of the negative ones, shall we say, frequently don’t make it to the next book. This practice of mine displayed throughout the writing of my first 3 books and is carried on in fine fashion in my latest book, ‘Legacy.’ The names of business associates, friends, and many of my family members have found their place between the covers of my books. Currently, I’d estimate that I’ve used the names of over 50 people I know one way or another in my stories. One case in point is the name of Lori Baker’s baby doctor, in ‘Premonitions,’ Dr. Rittenhouse. Dr. Rittenhouse was the name of the doctor that delivered my daughter, Jennifer, shall we say several years ago! (to be kind to Jenny) Now he did a fine job indeed, except for telling my wife and me that we were expecting a boy throughout her pregnancy! Surprise! (We didn’t have access to ultrasound imaging back then. Sorry Jen!) Over the years now, I’ve had numerous people ask to have their names included in my next book and I’m usually happy to accommodate them if I can. Drop me a line and, who knows? Yours may be the next one included!
The Black Breath Series has recently been involved in numerous additions and updates.
First was the successful launch of the Trilogy completing book, ‘Vendetta – When Vengeance Wasn’t Enough’ which was released for publication on June
Secondly, the response to ‘Vendetta’s’ new look was so overwhelming that Infinity Books Publishing immediately set out to reformat both previous books along with minor manuscript revisions. Premonitions is now in its 5th edition and Vengeance is in its 3rd edition. Fans of the Black Breath Trilogy can get all three books in the new format.
Third, on the list, the Trilogy is now being published by Ingram Books throwing the doors open to sales through major book resellers such as Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and others nationwide, in addition, to being available on the author’s website and Amazon.
Fourthly, the Trilogy has been the subject of a series of speaking lectures presented to several colleges, all of which were well received and sparked the intended interest in spawning new aspiring authors. The intent is to further expand the lectures to reach into the high school and possibly the elementary school levels. Frank is looking forward to sharing insights on the Trilogy with several area book clubs who have extended invitations to him after selecting Premonitions for their club’s subject book.
Finally, look for the Black Breath Trilogy to be expanded into a series of books with the release of the latest episode which will be entitled, ‘Legacy’. ‘Legacy’, as its name suggests, will ably continue the saga of mystery and unexpected plot twists that fans have enjoyed throughout all three books of the Trilogy thus far.
This is a copy of a great article written by Rachel Christian for the Winter Haven Sun. It was published in 3 local papers today. Very well done by her and much appreciated!
COULD YOU BE THE ONE?
I had such a great time writing both ‘Premonitions’ and ‘Vengeance’ that I simply knew I needed to put myself through the rigor of bringing the conclusion of the ‘Black Breath’ trilogy to print. As any published author can attest, touching all the publishing bases, which involves, of course, writing a manuscript, designing the cover, editing, registering and promoting their work, is truly a labor of love. The toils of which are quickly forgotten once he/she is overcome by the proud feeling that accompanies the first look at that shiny, newly-designed cover. This wonderful feeling is unavoidable as it comes embedded within, and joyously springs forward by merely holding that first printed copy in your hand! I hope to motivate a new aspiring author, young or old, to start and complete that personally fulfilling process/journey. I would like nothing more than to one day be introduced to their completed work that was hopefully inspired by these words!
I was recently asked, “What moved you to write Vengeance?” Well, Vengeance was born from reader requests for more after reading my first novel, ‘Premonitions – When the Universe Shifts, Expect the Unexpected’. I enjoyed writing ‘Premonitions’ so much that I decided to search for suitable material to build a plot around but kept gravitating back to the characters and the suspense inherent with the plot of ‘Premonitions’ until one day a great sequel angle presented itself and ‘Vengeance’ was born. The deeper I got into writing ‘Vengeance’ the more it seemed as though ‘Premonitions’ was subconsciously written inviting natural tie-ins from a future sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the characters developed in ‘Premonitions’ (the ones that survived that is) and I created a cadre of new necessary characters to interact with them. Knowing this story wasn’t complete until yet another book was written, I embarked upon my third book, ‘Vendetta – When Vengeance Wasn’t Enough’ which was recently released and completes the ‘Black Breath’ trilogy. I wrote each book to stand alone without relying on the others by providing just enough background information to complete each plot. However, I feel you will get the most out of the ‘Black Breath’ trilogy if the books are read in the order written. Enjoy them and do feel free to forward your comments on my work by emailing them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
VENDETTA is now released!
I am very excited with how the finished manuscript for Vendetta turned out!
It has been yet another labor of love. I’ve now learned they all are! It’s been great fun revisiting many of the characters developed in Premonitions & Vengeance and even more fun creating new, colorful and heinous ones as well. Fans of Premonitions & Vengeance will surely enjoy the new engaging plot which plays out in Vendetta.
Spoiler alert!! Once again, you’ll need to block out a good chunk of time before starting to read Vendetta. The unexpected plot twists continue in greater numbers than my first two books and they will surely keep you turning the pages!
So, once again, take out the trash, bring in the mail, turn off the TV, let the dog out and settle back in your favorite reading chair with plenty of light, your favorite drink and snacks because once you start reading it, you won’t want to put this one down either!
Remain focused on your ‘Vendetta’!
Updates haven’t been as frequent as I would normally like them to be but here is a long overdue one.
It’s been a very busy 2018 so far finally settling in at our new home in Florida. We’ve done a ton of remodeling to make it our own which has taken me away from progress on my third book. (That and a bunch of fun in the sun activities inherent with the Florida lifestyle) We’ve had lots of friends visit, made a lot of new friends and attended nearly all of the band concerts at Epcot this year so now
it’s high time I got back to pulling ‘Vendetta’ out of the keyboard once again. After several exciting chapters lately, I have found my grove once again! I’m very glad I had such good notes on what I previously captured for content. Please keep your kind comments coming as there have been many new readers that I haven’t heard from and I love adding new comments on the books to the website ‘Reviews’ tab.
With now 14 chapters and counting, I’m well on my way to writing ‘Vendetta’ and I am planning more plot twists than the 1st two books combined.
As you may know if you follow my FB page, I recently moved the “Author Cave” to Florida. I was honored by a very kind blog entry by our new friend Barbara Doeringer and include it here.
MORE HIGH VISTA TALENT
Most of the High Vista residents are well aware of some amazing talent in our community after enjoying some of it at the Talent Show in February. But there is a wider variety of talent here than realized and one most recently discovered was when we sold a home to a wonderful couple from Illinois this month.
Frank McRae has already published two incredible murder mysteries and is currently working on his third, which will make a “trilogy” of books connected to each other. His careers began in engineering, business ownership and construction expertise, but he marveled for years at the talents of many of his favorite writers, and then found himself inspired to transform his imagination into words.
His first novel, “Premonitions” is about a group of top local plastic surgeons in the Chicago suburbs, whose lives are suddenly ripped apart by a series of unexplainable murders. The wives belonging to this group of surgeons are being systematically found in their locked homes murdered, with alarms set and no apparent clues for motives. Believe me when I say this novel has mind boggling plot twists that will wow every reader! I simply could not put it down and the ending will shock you.
Next, is the second novel, “Vengeance” which I am told is even better than the first! I will be starting that book this week. So as not to ruin or give any hints about the first book, I will only say that this one entails the same Inspector who now tries to find a different serial killer who has taken on the persona of a black widow spider, leaving no witnesses behind. “She” seeks justice and plans revenge for those she has admired by developing three versions of a deadly drug.
Frank McRae has certainly engaged close attention to details and has a knack for developing unexpected plot twists to keep readers glued to every page. I am personally thrilled to have met this author (and his lovely wife) and honored to have two autographed copies of these books.
You will find both books on Amazon, if not in the local book stores, and they are both rated high. Personally, I give the first one FIVE STARS! And all I can say is, “Frank, hurry up and get that third one written! You certainly have talent!!”
Written by Barbara Doeringer
As part of the research for the trilogy chapter of my Black Breath series, I once again visited my favorite (formerly) crime-free upscale suburb of Winnetka. I will be posting lots of pictures in the near future of locations from all three books. (SPOILER ALERT! FUTURE SCENE FROM VENDETTA!) One focus of this trip was to find potential murder scenes. (Yeah, I know. There’s another glimpse into that scary dark corner of Frank’s brain that everyone seems to be so concerned about!) Anyway, the pictures below are from one of them. It’s a neat little spooky setting which struck me as a perfectly secluded spot for Ed Cassidy to find a body or maybe two! It’s an underground pedestrian walk way which goes under a bike path and train tracks. There was a service tech working there that day installing security cameras in the tunnel and you should have seen the look on his face when I approached him and said, “This is a great place for a murder. Don’t you think?” I then quickly explained my author’s research motives. You may notice that he’s not in the last picture with the ladder. After my initial comments to him, he suddenly became very camera shy! Go figure! (Gotta love the fun you can have on those research trips!!)
I have recently added 4 more book signing events at various Half Price Books stores in the Chicago suburban area and there will be more to come. I’d love to see you at one or more of them!
Vengeance sales have been brisk and many of you have passed along much appreciated verbal praise for my latest book, but I would like to encourage readers to send me your comments on the plot (hopefully by email @ email@example.com). I am compiling a ‘Reader’s Comments’ sheet for Vengeance that I plan to have on hand at book signings and welcome your reviews.
Book 3 in the emerging ‘Black Breath’ trilogy is progressing nicely and I’m very excited at what is currently planned to wind up between the covers! This is the semi-frustrating phase of writing a novel. It’s when there is so much plot material bouncing around in my head that it can get a bit overwhelming, but it’s certainly better than writer’s block I guess. It’s also when the organizing, sequencing and rewriting of the manuscript (as new concepts keep popping up) forms the fun challenge of the writing process.