My Current Work-in-Progress

This is the final installment for the Writers’ Blog Hop, and what more appropriate way to end than with a look at the participating writers’ current works-in-progress? (Link to the others at the end.)

This blog is a work in progress, needing a review, devotional and feature post every week. But that’s pretty self-evident.

I’m also working on the next Redemption’s Edge novel, Secrets and Lies. Different characters, different situation, but suspense and danger will ensue. There may even be some romance… 

Here’s my current one-line summary:  A single mother struggles to rein in her teenage son, guard her heart against two charming men, and keep a drug lord off her back.

If you read Heaven’s Prey, you may remember references to Harry’s sister, Carol. This is her story, and it takes place between the final chapter and epilogue of Heaven’s Prey.

What would it be like to live with the public shame of having a dangerous offender for a brother? What if his enemies, who can’t get at him easily, decide to target Carol and her son? And what if this single mom has to handle all this in her own strength, because she’s afraid to pray for help?

Let me introduce you to a few of my imaginary friends, the ones I’m spending time with these days.

  • Carol Daniels: Starting fresh in a new city, she doesn’t want anyone to connect her with her past.
  • Paul Daniels: At sixteen, he’s living a double life to keep peace at home.
  • Patrick Stairs: A successful investment consultant, he’s been walking empty since his wife died.
  • Joey Hill: Friendly and easy to talk to, he’s the late-night deejay at Carol’s favourite radio station.

Four people with secrets. One of them’s telling lies. Secrets and Lies releases this November from Choose NOW Publishing.

Blog hop for writers

Here’s the link to the other participants in the blog hop. Thank you to Ruth L. Snyder for organizing this. It’s been fun to get to know the other “hoppers.”

8 thoughts on “My Current Work-in-Progress

  1. Paula Vince

    Hi Janet,
    I’m certainly looking forward to your new book. Even though her role wasn’t huge in ‘Heaven’s Prey’, I did wonder about Carol. It can’t be easy to have a brother who’s famous for all the wrong reasons. And I can’t imagine the impact his uncle’s life would have had on her teenage son.

  2. Bobbie Cole

    I like how you say you’re spending time with these characters. That’s what I feel like I’m doing and I’m so reluctant to stop, every session. Sue Townsend, who just died, had the same obsession with Adrian Mole – she wrote 10 books about him, taking him from his ‘Secret Diary, Aged 13 3/4’ to ‘the Prostrate Years’.

    1. Janet Sketchley Post author

      That’s probably what it takes for a series, Bobbie, to love the characters too much to let them go when the story ends. Assuming we can cause enough stress for them that the future stories will be good reads too! Something I love as a reader and hope to do as a writer is let some of the characters from early books have a cameo or walk-through part in later ones.


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