I know many readers love to know that when they've finished a great novel, they don't have to say goodbye to their favourite characters, and I've always admired authors who have the vision to plan a whole series of novels along with the skill and dedication to write them. One such author is Kim McMahill, and I'm delighted to welcome her to my blog to share some of the secrets involved in series writing. So enough from me, let me hand you over to Kim:
"There are many reasons to love a series. A series gives the reader the opportunity to really get to know the characters on a personal level. We get to see the recurring protagonists and antagonists progress emotionally, evolve into better or worse people, and sometimes we see them grow old. We may even connect to the characters as we share some of the same personal experiences—a challenge at work, a bully, a crisis of faith, a health issue, or relationship woes or wows.
"I started my Risky Research Series with a clear vision of how the series would develop and end, but I soon realized I may not be in total control. When, and if, FBI agent Devyn Nash dismantles a deadly organization obsessed with controlling the multi-billion-dollar diet product industry and brings them to justice, she still has more to accomplish. Will her next case be strong enough to carry the series past nabbing Coterie? Will she still have a job with the FBI after A Measure of Madness? Honestly, I’m not sure yet, but in the mean time she has some very dangerous individuals to track down.
"The series begins with A Dose of Danger when a call to FBI agent Devyn Nash from Wyoming Sheriff Gage Harris exposes connections between a string of crimes occurring across the country, drawing the FBI into the investigation. Book 2, A Taste of Tragedy, brings them closer to the killers and to Nick’s ex-wife as they follow clues involving a deadly sweetener to Arizona. In book 3, A Foundation of Fear, Devyn closes in on one member of Coterie in Washington D.C. at a political fundraiser, allowing the reader to get inside the head of an assassin.
"In the fourth installment of the Risky Research series, A Measure of Madness, the FBI locates the mastermind behind Coterie, but attempts to bring him in result in a shootout that sends Coterie’s members scrambling for cover. And, when Devyn’s partner is left fighting for his life in a Puerto Rican hospital, she becomes more determined than ever to bring them to justice. A Measure of Madness, will be released on April 9, 2021.
"Will there be a book 5? Since Devyn still has a promise to keep and she needs to figure out what to do about the handsome sheriff who has stolen her heart, it’s likely, so stay tuned."
So there we have it. It sounds very much like this series has a little longer to run, and readers won't be saying Goodbye to Devyn just yet. Thank you, Kim.
About the Author
Kim McMahill grew up in Wyoming which is where she developed her sense of adventure and love of the outdoors. She started out writing non-fiction, but her passion for exotic world travel, outrageous adventures, stories of survival, and happily-ever-after endings soon drew her into a world of romantic suspense and adventure fiction. Along with writing novels Kim has also published over eighty travel and geographic articles, and contributed to a travel anthology and cookbook. When not writing she enjoys gardening, traveling, hiking, and spending time with family. Connect with Kim at: