I’m thrilled to announce, this week I signed a publishing contract for BOY RELEASED, the thrilling follow up to Boy on Hold.
What’s it about? Well, no spoilers allowed. But here is a teaser.
Ten years after the horrific murder of Sally Hubbard, Tyler Trout is released from psychiatric rehab and Hen, now seventeen, will soon inherit the wealthy Hubbard estate. But all the money in the world won’t fix the Trout family problems. As Marcella continues to fight blindly for her children, Bernie has to calm his own inner demons in order to accept Tyler into his home.
While Tyler struggles to reintegrate into the community, he becomes entangled in another violent crime—this one hitting closer to home. Marcella seems to be the target and, although initial evidence points to Tyler, the true culprit is exposed in the most astonishing way.
Aren’t you dying to know what happens?
Boy on Hold was meant to be a stand-alone book. A complete story in itself, I never thought it could have a part two. Yet, on Christmas Eve 2019, nearly five months after its release, an idea came to me in the middle of the night for a sequel. It hit like a bolt of lightning!
Knowing the next morning would be chock-full of merry-making with the family, I hopped out of bed at 3am and furiously sketched out a rough outline in my journal. A few weeks later, I reached out to Immortal Works to feel out whether they liked the concept. After getting an enthusiastic thumbs up, I put aside my current WIP and started writing on January 20, 2020.
I completed the first draft at the end of April. (Yes, in only 3 months. And yes, quarantine helped my writing productivity.)
After two months of revision, I sent it off to Immortal Works and crossed my fingers they’d like it. Not only did they like it, they “adored” it. And thought it was “beautiful.”
I’m SO excited. In some ways, the sequel is even better than the first. I can’t wait to share it with you all.
Look for it in 2021!
Whoa, congrats! Wishing you all the best on this book, as well as all your future titles. Keep being an inspiration 🙂
That’s great news, Jo! CongratulationS!
I look forward to it’s publication!
Thank you so much! Hopefully we can do another book club for it!