More VENGEANCE Spoilers

Did you notice?

Sin and her sister Wendy don’t look alike. This was just one of those quirks that I write in to make the story whole. My father and his younger brother look so different (one blond haired, blue eyed like our norther Italian ancestors and the other dark, like our southern Italian ancestors) and I wrote the characters to resemble them. I always knew that Sin’s father triggered the attack on the Beller family—Lee says that to Sin fairly early on. But I didn’t know until later that more would play out with that. It was just a normal family quirk . . . until it wasn’t. I didn’t realize until the other two books formed in my head (much later) that I had paved the way already.

 

Sin is arrested mentally from the moment of the attack on her family until she meets Lee. It’s the first time she starts growing mentally and emotionally again.

For Lee, their meeting is the first thing that begins to give him reasons to live rather than reasons to die.

 

Criminals are always caught by their eventual mistakes. As good as Lee and Sin are they, too, make a mistake–they use Cynthia’s first name repeatedly. And that leads Owen to them.

 

Here are those bad covers . . .

First, the final cover for the First Edition–when it was just a standalone story. That’s me on the cover . . . oy.

Next, rejected cover mock-ups from the designer. Remember, these are NOT finals, and are really just ideas. But despite us sending her videos of martial artists and pictures of actual martial artists doing martial artsy things, this is what she delivered.

In the fourth one, she’ll get her fingers cut off if she holds a sai that way . . . In the fifth one, I think she’s dancing (on ‘shrooms.) In the seventh, she has the blade aimed at HERSELF!

 

More GOD’S EYE Spoilers

ON THE COVER

Of course, at the end, you’ll realize that’s actually Allistair on the cover, not Zachary.

REGARDING ALLISTAIR

Allistair never swears. He also revels in earthly sensations when incarnate. I operated under the idea that God gave us the earth and that not appreciating it is to disrespect that. Allistair worships all those sensations. At one point he comments “there was grace in doing the dishes.”

 

FUN FACT

In the orginal draft, Zachary was named Gabriel. We told Stefan Rudnicki, who reads that part in the audiobook, that he would be reading Gabriel. Then we gave him the copy and there was no Gabriel! He thought we’d ditched him.

More PHOENIX SPOILERS

DID YOU NOTICE?

All the addresses are clues to the mystery. For example, the apartment the boys live in with their mother is 187 (murder), Jason’s birth father is at an address that codes for Arson. I alluded to it in the name of the bar they go to “Code 647” for Drunk and Disorderly.

**There are more addresses than just these. Send me one and I’ll send you a prize! (Email me or use Contact Me tab above.)

FUN FACT

I did a ride along with a fire department to research this book. None of my local departments would open their doors (a fact I still find concerning.) A friend had connections to her local fire chief in West Columbia, SC, and he said “Sure, come on down.” They let me live in the station for nearly a week! I went on every run, trained with them, ate with them, and more. I interviewed every firefighter who agreed, and you can see them in this book.

 

SPOILER

The very first lines of the book are Clark/Daniel calling Jason. Neither of them knows it yet, but it’s the first time the brothers have spoken to each other in twenty years.