I’m kind of in a state of shock right now. I just emailed my manuscript for Forgotten Dreams to my publisher. This is book number FOUR in the Dreams Never Lie series! We have set the release date for June 23,2023. Did I happen to mention that the book drops on my birthday? I know, right?!
When I first wrote Dreams Never Lie, I never dreamed it would turn into a series. I had just watched the movie Sweet Home Alabama and fell in love with Josh Lucas. So naturally, my main character became Josh. Oh, and since then, I have a grandson named Josh, so the name is doubly special to me. He’s my favorite of all my characters.
In Forgotten Dreams, Josh kind of shares the spotlight with a new character, Morgan Donaldson. He is a big, and I mean really big, black man who had a chance to play pro football with New England but was injured and only got to play in only two preseason games. He is now the SAC of the Clearwater FBI office where Josh used to work.
Forgotten Dreams is full of excitement. Let me see, the newest, hottest pop singer comes to town, we have young boys being abused and murdered, we have a kidnapping gone wrong, plus three guys mixed up in the middle of all this who are not the brightest matches in the box.
Once I finish a book, there are many more steps that must be taken. After I read it over several times searching for errors, I then send copies to my Beta readers. A Beta reader is someone who reads the book and searches for punctuation and spelling errors. They also point out things like: On page 54 Mary is wearing a red jacket, but on page 56 you mention her blue jacket, which is it supposed to be?
I’ve used a lot of different Beta readers, friends from church, even one of my insurance customers. My 22-year-old granddaughter asked if she could critique Forgotten Dreams. I was really impressed with her remarks. She even found a place where I had changed tenses in the middle of a compound sentence. Shame on me.
An old friend, Chuck has done several books for me and is excellent at finding things that I’ve overlooked. He made my day when he told me that he read the manuscript twice looking for errors, then read it another time, just for enjoyment. I know you’ll enjoy it too.
As I mentioned earlier in this blog, Forgotten Dreams will be released on June 23rd this year, but you can pre-order it right now.
Happy Reading, y’all.