A Fresh and New Twist

Good afternoon to all. After a long consideration on what I wanted to do with the next book, I have decided to start something fresh. New characters, new area, new everything. I will still be writing suspense thrillers, just making changes to something fresh.
I know many of you like Jake & Dean and they will still be on the back burner for a possible reuniting one day, but for now, I am going to put them to rest. The two gentlemen that played those characters have lives of their own right now, and I just can’t see using anyone else but them. I wish them luck in their endeavors and hope that one day, we can see them again.
To the female followers, don’t worry, the new leading male characters in the new book will certainly turn your heads and keep you wanting more! I have plans to create their own Facebook fan page, twitter page, and they will appear on my website. You will be able to read about them, not only in the book, but keeping up with what they are up to and all about they. You will be able to ask questions and make comments to them.
I look forward to working with them and I think they will bring a certain excitement and edge to the book…and maybe future books…you never know!
Over the next several weeks, I will be working on these things, along with work on the manuscript. I will keep you posted when I will reveal these two handsome gentlemen. Until then, hang on to your seats…things are going to heat up!!!
J.J.

New Manuscript is underway

Work has begun on a new manuscript. This will be the 4th book and it promises to be an attention grabber. It will be full of new names and faces, twists and turns, and will leave you wanting more. Updates on the progression will be posted as they come. Hold on to your seats…a new thriller is on it’s way!!!

The Soul

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The soul wanders this earth in search of its meaning, and its reason for being here. But more than anything, it searches for the missing part of it. The missing piece that within these earthly bounds, will make it whole and complete…longing for the understanding, the acceptance, and love from its missing piece…its match, its other half.
It roams the mountains and valleys of life…endlessly searching for what it hungers for. For what will sustain it. For what will balance the breath of life in it.
If lucky enough to be found, life takes on a new meaning. The stars in the heavens are brighter, the moon is more luminous, and sunrises hold eternity.
But…if it is ever taken away, the soul mourns its loss, as it is exiled to drift aimlessly on a sea of grief. Endlessly reaching out towards the sunsets to touch the warmth of what once was…What is no more…What will never be again…

J.J. McGraw

A Memorable Book Signing

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One of the events we were invited to was the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association Convention, and Randolph Mantooth that played John Gage on the show “Emergency” was there. It was great to meet him and get a picture with him. My son and I even got the nerve to go up on the lift of the ladder fire truck. Yes, that is us from way up there, and no I didn’t pass out.

We enjoyed the three days we were there. Sold books, met some wonderful people, and saw some amazing things. That what’s great about book signings, the experiences you have and the memories you make. You never forget them.

The Mystery of the Hummingbird

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Did you know that the hummingbird are one of the smallest birds there are? And are named for the humming sound created by the beating of their wings, as they hover in mid-air and feed upon nectar from a flower. A fascinating fact I found out about them is that their wings move in the same pattern as the infinity symbol, the figure eight.

In legends, a hummingbird is often portrayed as a healer or as a spirit being who helps people in need, and sometimes plays the important mythological role of fire-bringer. Seeing a hummingbird is a sign of good luck in many Native American tribes, especially Northwest Coast tribes. In ancient Mexico, hummingbirds were considered sacred and associated with royalty and warriors; the Aztec god Huitzilopochtli, patron god of the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, had the hummingbird as his divine animal and was sometimes depicted in hummingbird form in traditional Aztec art. In some Mexican tribes today, hummingbirds are believed to be messengers from the afterworld or manifestations of a dead person’s spirit. (www.native-languages.org)

 

  Hummingbirds are my favorite and have been for a long time. They hold a special meaning to me that will forever remain close to my heart. I have always made sure that I have feeders out for them as soon as I know it is time for them to make their appearance every spring. When they do arrive, they bring with them a joy to my heart and each time I see them as they hover above the feeders and the flowers in my backyard, I can’t help but smile. Something this small, this delicate, brings such a feeling of peace and contentment to me and I am thankful for each year that passes that they return again and again.

I’m sure everyone is wondering what hummingbirds have to do with my books. It’s a mystery surrounding hummingbirds. The mystery? I decided that when I wrote each book, that I would insert the hummingbird…somewhere. It may have been added within the pages, or possibly on the front or back covers. I’m not telling. It’s your mystery to uncover.

They have been with me through each book, and now they are with those of you who own the books. A blessing in its own way to each of you.

This was something that most didn’t know about the books, and I hope that you can find them…solve the mystery. If by chance you do…I hope you let me know…

Picture from http://www.livescience.com

Summer’s Kiss and a Murderer’s Touch

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“Legend’s Game” was set in the late summer months of the year and the story involved Larsen and another bordering mountain town called Bryant. The days were still hot and humid, teasing the townships with a hint of a breeze, but nothing more. Then the afternoon storm clouds would roll in over the mountains, carrying a promise of a break from the heat of the day.

The fragrances of ginger lilies and magnolia’s mingled together and drifted through the air as the evening sunsets painted the skies a vibrant orange and red. The night sounds of crickets, cicadas, and tree frogs would come together in harmony as families sat out on their front porches and enjoyed a glass of fine southern tea.

All was fine within the unspoiled worlds of Larsen and Bryant, until murder and mayhem collided into them, and turned their towns upside down. A deadly game was set into motion that neither place would have imagined they would be pawns in.

The idea for the storyline came from the game of chess and was to be used by a highly intelligent, methodical killer. His moves and maneuver’s would pull all involved into cold-blooded deception, intrigue, and trickery. The one hope that either town had was a person that already knew of Legend, and had come the closest that anyone had, to capturing him. His name was Memphis Kane. A new detective that I created and introduced in this latest book.

I added some new surprises to certain characters in this book. Some twists that I hope have left readers with wanting more, and if you haven’t read “Legend’s Game” yet…I hope you will grab a copy and let it grab you!

Murder Served Cold

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“Pieces of You” storyline was created around the winter months of the year and the holidays. Larsen was decorated in holiday cheer, with store shop windows adorned in festive lights, vibrant holly, and presents wrapped in gold and silver. A massive Christmas tree stood watch over the square. Its branches bearing a multitude of homemade decorations by the school children of Larsen, and atop it shined the brightest star during the winter nights. The heady fragrance of pine floating through the air, mixing with the crisp, clean smell of winter was intoxicating, and Larsen lay wrapped in white cocoon of powered snow. A sheltered haven, a hallmark moment in time…until the finger of death caressed the people of Larsen…at least certain chosen ones that is.

Even in small towns that appear as though they are the perfect setting for a Norman Rockwell painting can hold secrets of abuse and domestic violence. Larsen was no different and that was the way I wanted the story to unfold.

Many families suffer in silence as abuse runs rampant behind closed doors. Children are abused, husbands and wives are beaten, and elderly individuals are mistreated. Domestic violence is a vicious circle that many never escape. They stay and are abused over and over, or they lose their life. Either way has a bad ending.

So in developing this story, I wanted those that are hurt, those that are abused, and those that lost their life at the hands of another, to be avenged. Let me say right off the bat so that there isn’t any confusion, taking the law into one’s own hands is not the right thing to do, but in writing fiction you can create a world as you see fit. One where the monsters of the world pay for what they do to the innocent.

I hope that those that have read it, enjoyed it, and for those that haven’t, I hope that you will grab a copy, sit down with a cup of Joe, and enjoy karma as it unfolds.

In closing, “Pieces of You” was dedicated to all those that have been touched by domestic violence. Women, men, and children; to all who have lost their lives to it; and for the many more who are still trying to survive through it.