Computer Clean; Editing Texas Druids, Book II


My son chased off the devilish malware again. I hope this puts an end to the problem for good. If not, I now have malwarebytes installed and I WILL PROMTLY KILL ANY FURTHER INFECTIONS. With renewed confidence in protective software, I’m busy working on book two in my Texas Druids trilogy.

This book, the title of which I’m not ready to disclose, tells Tye Devlin’s story. If you read the first book, Darlin’ Druid, I’m sure you recall Tye. He’s Jessie Devlin’s big brother, with whom she travels west in search of the mysterious man who saves her from burning to death in recurring nightmares. A charming lady’s man, Tye has big dreams of striking it rich in Utah’s silver-veined Wasatch Mountains. Book two will reveal the outcome of his quest. He’s still a charmer but he now battles inner demons with help from another familiar character from book one: Lil Crawford. For now, I will let you imagine where their story takes them.

This book was a completed manuscript at one time, but after receiving negative reactions about the last third of the story, I decided to rewrite it. The revised plotline will, I believe, provide a more satisfying conclusion. However, before I get into writing the new chapters, I must first edit the earlier portion of the book and incorporate Tye’s unique psychic gift, which he did not possess in the original version. Like his sister, Tye is descended from Irish Druid ancestors. Unlike Jessie, he cannot see into the future, but he is what I call a sensitive. Nowadays he would be referred to as empathic because he picks up other people’s feelings – pain, fear, depression, joy, etc. But since the term empath had not yet been coined in the 1870s, sensitive is the closest I could come. How Tye keeps from going mad from the effects of his painful gift, and how he employs it to help loved ones are matters I will explore in his and Lil’s story. Naturally, romance will also bloom among the sagebrush and Texas longhorns.

Watch for updates and a short excerpt from book two in coming weeks.

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