Dear All…this is the tentative title to the third novel in the Cloe Lejeune series. Is it the last? Maybe so. So many people seem to have enjoyed the first two books, Judas the Apostle and The Last Sicarius, that I started on the third book in 2014. But 2014 was a busy year for a lot of reasons including emergency gall bladder surgery and a daughter’s wedding. So, I have just this week written the tentative last word of Suppose…. I say “tentative” because there is much editing to be done. I’m a seat of the pants writer which means the story just comes through me and I write to get it down as fast as I can. Whether I think it’s good or bad, I don’t worry or edit. I just put it down. My goal is 95000 words which is a median length novel. I’m there now and the story seemed to finish as well.

Now the next hard part. I have to go back and edit and in some cases re-write. I have to add color, detail and move the characters. I’ve already added a new first chapter and the first ten chapters need to be re-ordered. Then we’ll see. This will go on for some months until I get the story I want and I’ve polished it as much as I can. After that it will go to my editors to be taken apart and put back together again. To write a decent book, if you’re not Hemmingway or Dickens or some other genius, requires a lot of work. It probably did for them too.

So what is this “Suppose…” about? It’s about choices and the consequences. Boring? Not really because that’s what all novels are about. That’s like saying the theme is good versus evil. That’s what everything is about. It’s what writers say when they don’t want to give away anything. What I can say is our three heroes, Cloe, J.E. and the Monsignor are back with more action than ever. There are new characters and, maybe, an old acquaintance. You will learn things about New Orleans, Malta and Megiddo that you probably didn’t know. Humanity itself will be tested and judged. I’ll post some sample chapters as I go along. Be a READER. Thanks.

About vrmayhalljr

Van R. Mayhall Jr. is the senior partner in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana law firm where he practices corporate and business law and handles selected litigation. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, he was educated at Louisiana State University and Georgetown University. He and his wife, Lorri, have three grown children and enjoy boating on Lake Pontchartrain.
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