Of reapers and death gates ...
Turn away if you haven’t read Grim Vows.
So, the final book in the first reaper series is finished and you can see where it’s going.
I always knew exactly how the book would end (the epilogue). It’s been in my head for years. I didn’t always know I was going to do another series but I had so many ideas I couldn’t let it go.
So, what will happen in Izzy’s world?
Honestly, it’s going to be a lot of the same … only a little bit different.
When we open the next book, Aisling is very close to giving birth. In fact, she will give birth in Only the Lonely and you will be able to see it. Because I wanted to use grim reapers in Moonstone Bay, I sent Griffin and Aisling on their honeymoon there. I originally planned to debut Only the Lonely after that book but people were freaking out so much that I felt it was necessary to debut the book right away. So, you will go forward in time nine months for Only the Lonely and then back a bit for Freaky Deaky Tiki in January. It’s not the end of the world but I wanted to make you aware there’s a bit of fudging with the timeline.
Izzy spent some of her childhood in Detroit. Her parents handled the gate on Belle Isle (which is only twenty minutes from Grimlock Manor, so it’s a new location but you’re still hanging in the old locations). Her parents were killed following an “accident” at the gate. That is a mystery, much like Lily Grimlock’s true intentions, that will unfold over the course of the entire series.
There’s a handful of new characters. I didn’t want to go overboard because there are a lot of old characters who can serve the same function as new characters. Cormack will technically be Izzy’s boss, which means he’s around often. So are the others, although Braden gets the most screen time.
Why Braden? Because he was the most interesting. Redmod is a good guy but he doesn’t have the emotional issues Braden does. Plus, well, Braden and Aisling’s relationship isn’t done quite percolating yet. They are the most alike and they will interact in hilarious fashion once the baby arrives and Izzy and Aisling bond.
All the other characters will be there. The new interaction – Izzy is not their sister so they treat her differently – will allow you different insight into their character. Jerry will be there. Even Angelina shows up in the first book … as does Bub. Also, Izzy is tied to another character in the Grimlock world, although I’m going to save that reveal for the actual book (which is not far away).
The first Grimlock series was about the family you’re born into. The second will be more about the family you make. Izzy has a family, but only two people remain and they will play into the story going forward. She’s going to have a massive adopted family going forward … and getting used to them is not always going to be comfortable.
She’s feisty, but she’s “more” than the others. She doesn’t even know the strength of her powers yet. She’s not just reaper, which expands the world.
So, I think that’s it. It should be pretty straightforward going forward. You will get to see a lot of baby Lily and how the family reacts. Griffin will be involved because a police presence is always necessary. Jerry will be around because he’s too much fun to ignore.
Honestly, the first book has Izzy bonding with Aisling the most (although Braden is not far behind). That is by design going forward.
It’s a new series but it’s the same world. It’s simply growing bigger.
Thank you for reading.
When I was a kid, I was torn between whether or not I was going to grow up and be the Incredible Hulk or Wonder Woman. I flirted with being a Jedi Knight for awhile, but I wasn't up for the intense travel associated with the gig. In my teens, I settled on being a writer -- although I had no idea the effort that would entail.