A little less than a year after publication, today “Ice” got its 50th review on Amazon (there are more reviews if you count the ones on Goodreads). I am beyond humbled that my debut novel is been, for the most part, well-received. Most reviewers agree that although “Ice’ has its faults (which mostly boil down to first-time-writer mistakes), that the story overall is good.
Because a lot of reviewers told me that some of the ideas presented in “Ice” need further development, I am now planning a quick rewrite to make some adjustments-and to make it match the planned Minterville series. (I will never again attempt a first-person thriller novel, especially with multiple narrators.) The Minterville series will eventually contain eight novels (with Ice being Book 5), with the last two being crossover novels with my Cadiz Beach series.
- Blizzard-recounts James Minter’s service in World War II, his heroic action that earned him The Minter as a reward, and his return home to found the horse-breeding hacienda that eventually became the city of Minterville
- Snow-Thirty-five years after the founding Minterville, the town is inhabited exclusively by the “Mints”-until 1980, when a stranger arrives in town, down on his luck and looking for a job. Although Jim is mistrustful, the stranger proves to be hard-working and resourceful-and has fallen in love with Jim’s homely daughter. Jim, whose stepson died of a heroin overdose, has his suspicions that the stranger may be involved with criminal activity, but he cannot prove it and is terrified for his only daughter’s safety.
- Frost-exactly ten years later in 1990, another stranger, a beautiful but somewhat disagreeable woman, appears out of nowhere. Jim, out of pity, offers her a job and she proves to be an extremely talented gardener. But when she starts receiving visits from shady characters, Jim is forced to choose between protecting the young woman who has married into the Minterville clan and sending her away (to a possible demise) to protect his believed community.
- Chills-The year is 1993, and and series of disasters have befallen Minterville. Jim, now close to death, warns the townspeople that the disasters are indicative of an eventual disaster that will threaten the survival of the community. Tom seconds Jim’s prediction and is elected mayor. And when a baby girl goes missing, the Mints are on edge, wondering who is stalking their town.
- Ice-By 2011, life in Minterville for the most part returns to normal. However, in November, The Minter stops functioning, a sure-fire signal that evil is present in the town. When a terrible crime occurs, the Mints are devastated to find out that one of their own may be responsible for the crime.
- Shivers-Five years after the so-called Minterville massacre, rumors of a second attack are circulating. Feeling responsible for the damage inflicted on the town, one person sets out to rid the world of the threat that had been plaguing Minterville for years.
- Freeze- Cadiz beach-based writer Jenelle Greene travels to Minterville to write a book about the 2011 killings, with her son Isaac and her second cousin Brielle in tow. She soon forms a bond with the only living survivor of the Minterville Massacre.It is no secret that Jenelle is the granddaughter of the infamous late Irish mobster Connor Cahill, but comparing notes, Jenelle and her new friends wonder if there may be a connection between Connor and the “Ice Queen” who tortured Minterville for so long.Things get more complicated when Isaac falls in love with a Mint and decides to stay ,and Brielle, a Consummate, soon picks up that there is something supernatural about the town. Fearful that The Minter will be exposed (and paranoid about another attack), the Mints do all they can to expel the now-unwanted outsiders.
- Winter- The younger generation of Mints are now marrying outside the community, and Jim’s granddaughter, fearing that The Minter will eventually die out, tells her own grandson what he needs to do to make sure it goes on. Meanwhile, a stranger arrives in town, claiming he has been hearing the word “Minterville” in his head his whole life and finally located the only city by that name in America. Digging into his past, the Mints discover that the youth was born in prison to one of the women responsible for the Minterville Massacre. But who is his Mint father? More importantly, why would he betray his town for lust, and did he further endanger Minterville? Kendra swallows her pride and calls Brielle, who may have answers that will send shock waves-but eventually bring peace-to the two towns.
In the next few days I will write a post describing the Cadiz Beach series. I got a little side-tracked, but I want to thank every single person who took the time to read and review Ice. I am learned something from every single review-good and bad-that I can apply towards futures projects and hopefully give readers an even better reading experience.