July 7, 2013

Alas, I’ve lied in the past saying a current book will be part of a yet to be written series or trilogy, then changed my literary mind. BUT, I have actually completed and had published my first sequel–Counsel of Ravens. Writing this one little sequel has been soooooooo challenging. I’m feeling pretty sure at this point, I’m a stand-alone kind of writer!

In some ways it was fun deciding which  “what if” possibilities to pursue, but it was very difficult to wrap up many of Hugh’s challenges, possibilities, eventualities…not sure what exactly to call them.

My wonderful friend and author, Marilyn Meredith, writes two series (two books a year!). She’s written several blogs on how she does it, but really, HOW does she do it? Truly amazing, and very, very humbling.

Anyway it’s done. Published. And, hopefully enjoyable! Counsel of Ravens is my fifth book (another landmark goal in my mind), and my first (and probably ONLY sequel), so to celebrate:

Buster is selecting  at least three (sometimes extra slips stick to his paws) commenters to receive  complimentary copies of Counsel of Ravens–paper or eBook, your choice! My tiny little way of saying thank you to everyone “who has taken a chance” and read my books.

New book in the betwixt and between Twilight Zone

Counsel of Ravens

Topography, climate, scenery. When you think about all the different environments Route 66 touches as it forges westward from Chicago to the Pacific Ocean—the mind boggles. From Chicago’s sophisticated big city hubbub and bejeweled lakefront, to the movie-hub ambiance and sun soaked ocean beaches of Los Angeles and environs—what a ride! Literally and culturally.

And amongst all those locations—each offering myriad possibilities for intrigue, murder, and mayhem—this author’s mind remains captivated by California’s Mojave Desert. Stark, heat-baked, wind battered, and in-your-face—yet oddly comforting and sheltering. How can that be?

Hubert James Champion III continues to wonder…





32 Responses to “Alas…”

  1. mmgornell said

    Michael, thanks so much for stopping by! And for preferring COR over TV. I’m taking as a high complement because I’m a real TV junkie! Hope they have the Route 66 Festival next year in Kingman, AZ, (heard that rumor somewhere?) so we can say hi in person again! I’m missing this year. Thank you so much for your encouragement. Keep safe.


  2. mecantone said

    Looking good!!!
    TV is Off, Counsel of Ravens is on.

  3. mmgornell said

    Yes, Jackie, a sequel! At last. Like I mentioned in this blog, it was hard taking Hugh a step further. My admiration for authors who right series is monumental! Thank you for stopping by and taking a chance on my latest–sure hope you enjoy Hugh and the direction he takes. I think I mentioned I made myself do a sequel because I told you I would–and some people you just can’t lie to! (smile)


  4. mmgornell said

    Gayle, thank you for wanting to hang in there with Hugh! I sure hope you enjoy. I haven’t had much time to read lately, but I’m on Case three with Johnny Casino and he is just so darned likeable! And the characters, I feel like I’m right there with them. Off to PSWA in Vegas Thurs, maybe I’ll have some quiet evening time to read… Thanks so much for stopping by and purchasing my book–means a lot.


  5. I MUST add this one to my collection of your books – especially as it’s a sequel to Reticence. Searching Amazon now….

  6. Can’t think of anything I’d rather do than enjoy your latest book, Madeline. Got it for my Kindle and will spend a few enjoyable evenings catching up with the enigmatic Hugh Champion.

  7. mmgornell said

    Hi Cindy, thanks for stopping by, and thanks for wanting to follow along with Hugh’s “trials and tribulations”! Hope to see you again down the road…


  8. I can’t wait to read the sequel. And then another sequel after that! Congratulations on this long awaited book.

  9. mmgornell said

    Thanks for stopping by, Anne! Much appreciated. Always great hearing from you–and thanks so much for sharing my news (and struggle!).


  10. Wonderful news, Mad. Congratulations!

  11. Huge congrats, Mad. I can relate to that battle because I’m struggling with it myself. Doing the happy dance with you! 🙂

  12. mmgornell said

    Okay, Kitty, you have of course made my week with your generous comments! To have one fan like you, is to be truly blessed… I’ll keep writing them as long as the muse visits… Thank you for continually helping me along the way.

    And Marilyn, so glad you could stop by! Hope you read all the nice things commenters have said about you! Take a bow…


  13. marilynm said

    That is so cool!


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  14. KK said

    Having been lucky enough to have already read Counsel of Ravens–let me just say Madeline that I think you are not only immensely talented, (and that talent is growing in an inspirational way!)–but that you are also clearly gifted at writing sequels. It was grand to revisit Hugh and his corner of the Mojave, and to run into more twists and adventures therein. I agree with Jake–leave room to change your mind, again. And either way, I look forward to your sixth mystery–but no pressure! (Hurry!)

  15. mmgornell said

    Marja, think I’ll be seeing you in Vegas in a couple days! Yeah! Thanks for stopping by and your always encouraging words!

    Rusty, I’ll email you! Thanks for stopping by!


  16. mmgornell said

    I’m so overwhelmed by all these lovely comments!

    Paul, thanks for stopping by. It was indeed tough, haven’t exactly figured out why yet, I certainly know the character–think I just wanted to leave all the possibilities out there…

    Jackie, thanks for stopping by. Yes! Marilyn is a treasure! I too am a PSWA member and looking forward to our upcoming conference.

    Oh Ann, so nice to hear from you! It’s been awhile since we’ve connected electronically, and so glad to hear you’re keeping Roswell going (smile) I’m certainly looking forward to your novel…for me, it seems like editing never ends–Gremlins!

    Hey, Earl, we need to go on another tour!(smile) Thanks for stopping by. These may be famous last words, but I just can’t imagine a threequel?(added to my online dictionary!) Well, maybe for a TV series, ha, ha, ha, as if that would ever happen. I know, Marilyn needs to back up a batch of a lot of secrets. (smile)

    Llyn, thanks for stopping by! Yes, still fascinated by Route 66, the sights, the terrain, the weather, and all the interesting stories to be told, and mysteries to be revealed(fictional of course!).

    Oh Michele, I’m in awe that you’ve written so many books, and sequels at that! And Vampires! I’ve heard Edited for Death is very good and your mystery is definitely on my TBR list! Thank you so much for stopping by.

    Kathleen, great hearing from you! And thanks so much for your kind words. Lawrence (aka) my husband does my covers and I’ll pass your kind words on to him.


  17. rustyl01 said

    Oh, silly me. I can just take this latest email from you and convert it to your author article for the inkslinger. Let me know. Talk Later, Rusty LaGrange

  18. rustyl01 said

    Congrats! I just wrapped up The Inkslinger so be sure to send me you short bio, book cover and I can use the photo of you from the CWC website. Several authors will be highlighted in August. Join them and get the same exposure!! Remember that Mike Foley will return as our guest speaker for August. Also, see if Bob has the PR copy for you : 1) Memoir student classes 2) Howl at the Moon #3 coming in Oct. 3) Prison Outreach program expansion Rusty LaGrange HDCWC Newsletter Editor ~~ The Inkslinger 706.646.2661

  19. Congrats and I can’t WAIT to read it. : ) I was so hoping you’d do a sequel for this character.

  20. Congratulations! I am so impressed. I love the character and look forward the book. The cover is spectacular as are the others.

  21. I love that you have the Mojave Desert part of Route 66 as your cover. I used to drive the California section occasionally and this brought back fun memories. And sequels/series are difficult. I have a mystery one with two books and a paranormal romance with five. About the start the sixth…whew

  22. Llyn K. said

    Route 66! What a great idea for setting! Never would have thought of that, so you’ve expanded my brain a little today. Congrats on the new book.

  23. Congratulations on getting a sequel done. I can relate because I’m struggling with two of them. Whatever Marilyn’s secret recipe is, I wish she’d bake up a batch of it and pass it around.

    All the best to you as you move on to the threequel.

  24. awlasky said

    Congratulations! If you chose to make this a series, it would be my favorite. I’d love to have a signed copy of this to go with my signed copy of the first. 🙂

    I’m forever writing sequels, but they never seem to get finished. I’m editing the rough draft of my first MG UFO novel now. That’s what comes from living in Roswell.

  25. jtzortman said

    Congratulations on your fifth book! Like you, Marilyn Meredith is my inspiration, though I only have my first book on the market right now. I look forward to reading your newest.

  26. Congrats, Madeline, and I agree. Sequels are tough. This is something to really celebrate. It’s on my list as well.

  27. mmgornell said

    Hi Colleen! Congrats to your graduate, and very honored you’re adding me to your reading list–I’m in good company!

  28. mmgornell said

    Oh Patricia, thank you for your kind words! I know, I too take so much inspiration from my fellow authors–especially Marilyn! Thanks for stopping by.

  29. mmgornell said

    Jake, great hearing from you! Buster has his paws crossed. You’re one of his favorites and if he could read he’d cheat–that’s based on my seeing him steal chew sticks from buddy pups!

  30. Like Hugh, I’m wondering too, and adding this to my must-read list so I can find out!

  31. Madeline,
    I love your books and I’m so glad you decided to write this sequel.
    Writing a mystery series is extremely challenging! I’m working on the third novel for my Malone mystery series and, like you, I now have the deepest respect and admiration for any writer who can produce a series. Those who write two or three series should be included in The Writers’ Hall of Fame!

  32. Jake said

    This is one of my favorite characters so need to say I am delighted you wrote a sequel. Leave room to change your mind again. Tell Buster to remember his friends who enjoy sticky cat paws. Appreciate your generous offer. Keeping paws I mean fingers crossed.

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