Writing the Story: Positively the Best Part of Being an Author

Presents …

The title of this blog says it all. I’m in my element when I’m deep in the writing and story creation of a new book. Living in one of my two fantasy worlds and writing out play-by-play heists requires thinking like a thief—my happiest moments!

I’m not a thief, mind you. I’m an author. But it so captures me, gets my creative juices flowing, to imagine what being one would entail—in an off-the-charts fantasy capacity where thieves are the good guys and the equipment is epic—so epic as to be designed by me and … well … for the most part, not real.

See, in the world of fiction—at least my fictional world—thieves aren’t anything like reality paints them. In my Requisition For: A Thief and Thief à la Femme series, high-end theft is an art, a worthy vocation in which the professional, talented, and well-trained thief excels. Yes, my thieves make a good living from theft, but they steal from despicable individuals, the loathsomely rich and “believing I’m entitled” types, and they always help the poor. Those un-entitled vagabonds are the antagonists of my stories. They are clearly entitled to nothing, being merely despicable, loathsome, and rich.

The Triple Crown* … *of Jewel Theft (Thief à la Femme Book 3) focuses on a fifty-year-old heisting challenge: stealing three gems in a specific order on very specific days—just like The Triple Crown of horse racing. And, perhaps more than the other two books in this series, this third installment is very much about rescuing these diamonds and foiling the “thugs” who would break an unstated rule of high-end theft: High-end thieves steal only from the despicable, loathsomely rich who consider themselves entitled.

In this book, Thief à la Femme Rayla Rousseau is going to put a stop to it.

Publishing date for The Triple Crown* … *of Jewel Theft (Thief à la Femme Book 3) is tentatively scheduled for early 2020.

Also, it is my extreme pleasure and privilege to become a part of:

… with whom I will be publishing all Requisition For: A Thief and Thief à la Femme Books (beginning with Thief à la Femme Book 3) in the foreseeable future.

Balancing Two Series

Back in February of 2018, with seven Requisition For: A Thief Series books completed, I spread my wings and ventured out to start a new series.

Whereas the REQTHIEF series features a male thief who finds himself on the “right” side of the law working for a covert espionage team–stealing for the U.S. government, I wanted something different for the new series. Not too different, mind you. I’m still the “author who’s passionate about thieves who aren’t really bad guys.” But several of my reading audience had expressed a desire to see a female thief. Thus was born the Thief à la Femme Series with Book 1 – Born to Steal, the part-one cliffhanger for the pilot to the series. Book 1 was quickly followed by Book 2 – thief.con, wrapping up the pilot story.

Being a Michigan girl myself, I gave my slick, talented female thief–who is a thief in her own right (Thief à la Femme), as well as a member of a group of female thieves (Robin(s) of the Hood)–a wonderful Michigan-girl background.

I returned to the Requisition For: A Thief Series for 2019, publishing Book 8 on July 16th:

and The Price of Notoriety < Prequel One > on August 28. “Price” originally had been written many years before as a standalone heist/romance (the first book I ever wrote), but I have now rewritten it and released it as the first Prequel to the REQTHIEF Series:

Clearly it’s time to get back into the Thief à la Femme Series–which is what I’m doing with The Triple Crown* … *of Jewel Theft:

I’m now so glad I made my female thief, Rayla Rousseau, a Michigan girl. I had the pleasure and privilege of touring Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Michigan as research for this book, and it was a phenomenal experience.

Much like the title suggests, the book centers around a trio of jewel thefts patterned after The Triple Crown of horse racing.

With such an awesome cover, I only hope I can do it and my home state justice, as Michigan (and specifically her Upper Peninsula and unique island) take center stage in Book 3.

Publishing date is tentatively set for early (March/April) 2020.

For REQUISITION FOR: A THIEF fans, take heart. I have high hopes to turn out Book 9 –The Thief Within – later in 2020, as well, and yes, as the “Prequel One” moniker suggests, there will be a Prequel Two coming up the road, likely in 2021.

Gearing Up for “Femme” Book 3

With eleven books now published to my credit–nine in the REQUISITION FOR: A THIEF Series and two in the Thief à la Femme Series–I’m planning to continue writing in both series … and it’s Femme’s turn. In keeping with the somewhat unorthodox way in which I write, I have very little in mind as I start this project. I have a title, a picture to send my cover design artist for the creation of a cover, a sketchy idea for a main plot (which is based on the title), and a couple of new characters who will undoubtedly give me some subplots. I have NO specifics for the main plot and no real, tangible ideas for a subplot. But don’t worry. This is pretty much how all of my books begin.

The title is:

The Triple Crown*

*of Jewel Theft

(Thief à la Femme Book 3)

… and here’s the basic picture for the cover. I wanted to post it because when my cover design artist, Jeffrey Kosh-JK Graphics, gets done sprucing it up, I guarantee it won’t look much like this. It’ll be WAY cooler!

Here are the previous two books in the Thief à la Femme Series:

Catch up or purchase now, because Book 3 is due to publish in early 2020!

They Call It “Prolific.” It’s More Like “Obsessive.”

I haven’t been around much, at least not in the “real” world. I’ve been around a lot in my fantasy worlds, however. I’ve been to Washington, DC; Malibu, CA; Jamestown, ND; and all over North and South Korea in my latest novel – Requisition For: A Thief <8> 13th Rule of Theft. It was published on July 16, 2019 in both eBook and paperback and is available through my website: http://www.jadevereaux.com.

I finished writing Thief <8> in early June. While my editor did her thing, I tackled a project I’d put on hold for quite a while: the rewriting and my personal editing of the first book I ever wrote. In that project, I spent my time in Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, and Wyoming–old west versions. I intend to re-release the circa 1864-1885 novel as the first prequel to the Requisition For: A Thief Series. Originally a crime/romance about two outlaws trying to get out of the outlawing life, The Price of Notoriety will now be a part of the “REQThief” series under the title: Requisition For: A Thief <Prequel One> The Price of Notoriety. Cayle Hadyn, one of the brothers in “Price,” is Gregg Hadyn’s great-great-great-grandfather. The manuscript is now in the hands of my editor, and I expect a September publishing date. Here’s the final front cover:

Though the final wraparound cover is definitely a JK Graphics production, the back bit is compliments of my son, Stephen Devereaux. Jeffrey liked it so much, he asked if he could use it, which I consider very cool:

I’m taking a small break–emphasis on small–before starting my next project, which is Book 3 in the Thief à la Femme series, tentative name: The Triple Crown* … *of Jewel Theft. I don’t have a cover for it as yet, but here’s the basic background picture Jeffrey will be using to create the book covers:


I can’t wait to see what he does with this! Tentative publishing date early 2020.

I’ve been busy writing, for sure, but rest assured … this is what I want to be doing and what I’m most happy doing.

Future projects include Requisition For: A Thief <9> The Thief Within, and Requisition For: A Thief < Prequel Two > The Strange Fate of Notoriety’s Children.

Have a great “rest of your summer,” and I’ll post again when Requisition For: A Thief < Prequel One > is published.

A Little Writing … A Lot of Promoting

Hey there! It’s been a while! Let me bring you up to speed.

I published three books in 2018: Always a Thief (Requisition For: A Thief Book 7), Born to Steal (Thief à la Femme Book 1), and thief.con (Thief à la Femme Book 2). A prolific year by anyone’s standards.

After the new series, I intended to jump right back into the Requisition For: A Thief series. Book 8, 13th Rule of Theft was on the docket. I had a basic idea and a fabulous cover already made thanks to Jeffrey Kosh Graphics, but something went haywire. I don’t know. Maybe I just got a little tapped out. Maybe I needed a break. Maybe I even had that “writer’s twelve letter dirty word” … (ooh, cringe, cringe…) writer’s block … ugh! Whatever the reason, I couldn’t seem to get going with 13th Rule of Theft. So I did what every author does in times like these … I procrastinated.

I certainly had enough to do without adding writing to my day, anyway. I had two book-selling engagements at two bookstores, plus a presentation at my local library (pictured above and below).

The library presentation was huge for me, as I was awarded an hour and a half to “talk” about my books. Of course, I can talk about my books all day, but for an establishment to give me permission and invite an audience to be held prisoner for an hour and a half … all to hear me (and see me, as I’m very animated) talk about my books was … well … POSITIVELY GLORIOUS!

I had what was considered by the library – Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch, Jackson, MI – to be a very good turnout, all thanks to my high school buddies who came out in droves. I sold 35 books that evening, a record for me for book sales in a personal appearance venue. It was truly a wonderful evening.

Then, there was Christmas with family, and then my husband and I left for Florida for two months. At this point, I had a start on Book 8, a few chapters written, but no real idea of the main plot or ANY idea of subplots. I began writing again in Florida.

We’re back in Michigan now, and I am very happy to say I’m up to Chapter 11. I believe I have enough of a start to pick up the reins and run with it at this point … and I’ve got a few good ideas.

As I press onward to complete 13th Rule of Theft (Requisition For: A Thief Book 8) and still hope for a Summer 2019 publishing date, check out all of my published books on my website: jadevereaux.com, and stay tuned for updates on my Facebook Page: facebook.com/reqthiefseries.