Hello and welcome to the Bad Boy Blog Hop courtesy of Jean Joachim. If you’re familiar with my writing, you know I write about imperfect heroes, but so far none of them have been bad boys–a few have come close, by accident, but that’s another story.
What I’d like to share with you today is my latest villain. He’s such a scumbag, it’s going to take three books–that’s right, three books–before the monster will get his just desserts. So who is this guy? Well, in the words of one who know him well,
He knew exactly who Duncan Lucius was … a sadistic bully who used God and fear to control people to do his bidding. Jacob remembered the way that bastard had tried to take over even before his grandfather had died…Duncan was an eloquent speaker, committed to his opinions. Mom described him as the man with a golden tongue who could charm the birds out of the trees. His speech was hypnotic, and back then, people were scared of their own shadows. He used their fear and insecurity against them to start making changes around the commune.
Creating a villain who sits on the sidelines and manipulates others into doing his dirty work, isn’t easy, but he has followers who’ll do whatever it takes to satisfy him. My task was to bring those hands to life in each book.
The last person disgraced reporter Faye Lewis wants back in her life is Detective Rob Halliday, the man she blames for ruining her career and breaking her heart. But when she finds an old friend murdered, he’s the one she calls.
For the past year, Rob and his team have been hunting the Harvester, a serial killer who ritualistically murders new mothers and vanishes with their infants. What Rob doesn’t need is another case, especially one involving his ex-fiancée.
Then Faye is assaulted, and Rob realizes the cases are connected. She may hold the answers he needs to find the elusive killer. But the more they investigate, the more complex the situation becomes. Can they set the past aside and work together, or will the Harvester and his followers reap another prize?
In The White Lily, his right-hand-man is Pierce.
The Harvester is out there … watching, waiting, biding his time.
FBI cult specialist Lilith Munroe lives in dread that one day the man who tortured her when a case went bad will find her again. So leaving her sanctuary in Quantico to join the Harvester Task Force in Boston is her version of hell. But the Harvester is kidnapping babies, and Lilith’s profiling skills may mean the difference between life and death for the most innocent in society.
Australian millionaire and former member of the New Horizon commune Jacob Andrews returns to the United States searching for his sister. Instead of the happy reunion he expects, he discovers she is dead and his twin brother may be responsible. He agrees to lend his law enforcement skills to help find his former cult leader before the man can implement his plan to kill millions.
Now uneasy partners, Jacob and Lilith must learn to trust each other even as they fight their growing attraction. But when Lilith’s greatest fears materialize, will Jacob be able to set aside his anger and save the woman he loves?
Release date: October 12, 2015.
In The White Iris, you’ll come face to face with the devil himself as he puts his dastardly plan into effect using a psycho named Loess to do some of his dirty work!
Book Three of The Harvester series will be available in February, 2016.
Here is the series’s latest review.
We get to renew our relationship with Rob and Faye Hallister from the last book The White Carnation. Each book stands alone, but enjoyment of the full story is better when read in order. In this story we get more information on how the commune evolved from like-minded folks just living the simple life together to the sick subjugation of women into brood mares for the “chosen”. The subjugation includes the kidnapping, rape, and brainwashing of the women.
We also get to meet Jacob Andrews aka Jacob Colchester. Jacob escaped, sort of…from the commune when he was just sixteen. Rescued from death at the hands of his uncle and his punisher, by and older American Indian man after a flash flood washed him down a river. Jacob grew up in Canada and traveled extensively with his adopted father Andrew Jackson. They prospected in Australia and hit it big. They invested in fruit farms and other properties, building a fortune. Jacob returns to America eighteen years later looking for his sister.
That’s most of the set up. Jacob and Lilith are of course attracted to each other, but both have much to overcome, including the fact that he is the twin of James Colchester, killer and kidnapper.
This is one of the most intriguing and twisty series I’ve had the pleasure to read. If you love mystery, drama, police action and danger…this is a must read. It’s well written with breathtaking suspense and soul wrenching drama. Entwined in the action, author Matthews manages to build a wonderful romance between broken souls that need each other. The characters are all well described and developed. Conversations so natural you feel as if you’re walking the crime scene along with them. The hardest part of this series is waiting for the next book. I’d love to see this series made into a TV drama…it’s that good!
Grab a glass of your favorite beverage (snacks and something to chew on, besides you nails, is suggested) settle in for a great read you won’t want to put down. Enjoy everyone, I certainly did, and am waiting breathlessly for the next.