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The Evolution of the Series (2): Cold Tears
Although this is the second book in the Richard
Carter series, it was the fourth one written, and the first set in the Ozarks. I moved Richard directly into Hawthorn
County from Michigan. (If you read Bonne Femme, you understand the reason for the move.) However,
after two novels set there, I realized that the move to the hill country was not seamless. So I wrote Cold
Tears as a bridge to take the Carters from Breton County, Michigan to Hawthorn County Missouri, and to
take Richard from being a pardoned felon to being a rural deputy sheriff. The Carters also had emotional and marital
problems to resolve. Cold Tears gave me the opportunity to tie up loose ends and settle them
physically) in the place where they begin gathering a non-traditional extended family.
Another way this
book was out of place was that it was published third instead of second as it should have been. This was unavoidable
due to contractual problems which are best not discussed. Suffice it to say, things were resolved in time for me
to publish shortly after Canaan Camp.
This novel was great fun to write, and I hope you will enjoy reading
it. I got attached to another character, a strong young woman. I must confess that I am partial to powerful female