As I mentioned shortly before the holidays, I spent much of 2018 working on the next book while moving my family to Whidbey Island, setting up our house, and getting my daughter up and running in school.

Just before the holidays, we had an extended power outage across the island (four days!). Fortunately, power was restored on Christmas Eve, but needless to say, it made progress on the book a bit tricky. Then came a series of snowstorms that didn’t want to end. If any of you live in the area, or have read my book Seattle On Ice, you know what snow does to this part of the country. It got a little crazy, and as I was completing the final edits on the sequel to Chokecherry Canyon, my daughter’s school just…kept…closing. Sledding and winter activities were a lot of fun, but I’ve been itchy to get a new book out there for everyone!

I kept working through the hectic schedule as best I could, and… GOOD NEWS! The follow-up to Chokecherry Canyon is done! The new book is twice as long (and hopefully twice as good!). Last week I sent the final text out for formatting and cover design. I’m working with a new design company for this one, so it will be especially exciting to see what they come up with. I’m aiming to release the book in April, so as soon as the final artwork is locked down, I’ll be in touch to give you a sneak peek at the cover and announce the exact release date. In the meantime, here is the text from the back of the book:

FIREPOWER: A Four Corners Thriller

When a driver burns to death on the side of a New Mexico highway, evidence from the scene leads reporter Luke Murphy to a series of murders involving the region’s multi-million dollar energy market.

A year after breaking the biggest story of his career, Luke Murphy is reporting on more big changes in the City of Farmington, where the imminent launch of a first of its kind solar facility, and the likely closure of the region’s coal-fired power plant are set to turn the industry on its head, altering the fortunes of the city’s most prominent power-players in the process. With millions at stake, and winners and losers on both sides, it appears someone is determined to tip the field in their favor by any means necessary, and prepared to cover their tracks with fire. But in the shadowy world of big energy, it’s never clear who owns what, or how far they’re willing to go in the pursuit of power and profit.

As Luke chases down the story, peeling away the layers in his search for the truth, will he discover who is responsible for the wave of killings, or will he be next?

Firepower picks up where Chokecherry Canyon left off, pulling readers into another desert noir mystery, and thrilling them with all the action, humor, and suspense that readers of Mike Attebery’s Brick Ransom series have come to expect.

Look for it in April!