My latest series, In the Shadow, came from thinking about siblings of my main characters in the previous series, Hometown Heroes. What would it be like growing up in the shadow of a sibling who becomes a hero? Could they find their own adventures as well? So I set out to explore that idea.
Ultimately, I had a lot of fun with it. When I was writing my original series, the Hometown Heroes, I didn’t spend too much time thinking about their siblings. So when it was time to write the new series, I had to go back and see what I’d already said about those characters and how that could provide the foundation for their own adventures. It ended up being a much richer—and more complicated—experience than I anticipated.
I did end up creating a graphic for my readers that you can find here that lays out who is in what books and how they are all related.
The final book in the series, Over Her Head, explores Jessica Blake, little sister of naval aviator Scott Blake. She certainly felt in the shadow of her older brothers, one serving his country and the other a football star prematurely killed by a drunk driver. She hasn’t made the best choices in life, but she’s determined to make a fresh start. And she gets to do that by helping someone else in a dangerous circumstance. Aided by the gorgeous but more comfortable with computers than people Austin Montgomery. Together they figure out how to make their way through some complicated circumstances.
Because it’s the last book in the series, there are plenty of happily ever afters to go around, including some from the original Hometown Heroes series.
Over Her Head
She’s working on a new start. He’s better with computers than people. Can they build a relationship that fits their new life?
Fresh-out-of-cosmetology-school Jessica and whiz-software-engineer Austin have been thrown together by mutual friends. They even escaped a wildfire together.
But do they have something more than friendship?
Maybe a singles’ camping trip will make their future clear.
When they encounter someone who needs their help, the relaxing weekend away becomes anything but. As the danger mounts and the challenges reveal who they truly are, will it pull them together or push them apart… for good?
You will get lost in Over Her Head because the biggest adventure is falling in love.