NEMESIS: Five Things You Need to Know

This fall will see the release, in both hardcover and digital, of my new novel NEMESIS, the fifth book in the Timmy Quinn series (the previous books are THE TURTLE BOY, THE HIDES, VESSELS, and PEREGRINE’S TALE.) After inviting questions from fans of the series across Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, and my newsletter, I thought I’d take the top five most-asked questions and answer them here. So, without further ado, here are five things you need to know about NEMESIS.

n(5) It’s a full-length novel.

The books in the series are fairly short (THE TURTLE BOY – 24,000 words, THE HIDES – 44,000 words, VESSELS – 30,000 words, and PEREGRINE’S TALE – 10,000 words). NEMESIS, currently (and I say currently because there is some editing still ahead) weighs in at 90,000 words, making it the first (and last) full-length novel of the series.

(4) Everything is explained.

Lots of questions have been raised over the course of poor Timmy’s lifetime of dealing with the disgruntled dead. In NEMESIS, all of them are addressed and explained, and in an organic way that suits the story, not in a “oh, better shoe-horn this one in there or people will complain” kind of way. You’ll learn about the genesis of The Stage and those who created it, how it all works (from the inside), the nature of Tim and Peregrine’s connection, how Darryl Gaines (The Turtle Boy) spent his last days, and what led Tim’s father to do what he did.

(3) It’s the end of the series.

A number of people have asked if there will be more sequels, and while I haven’t fully ruled out the possibility of doing a book of short stories that detail some of the encounters Timmy had in the years between THE HIDES and VESSELS (as mentioned by Sergeant O’ Dowd in the latter book), NEMESIS is the end of Timmy’ story. However, this is not to say that there won’t be a new series set in the same world, and with some of the same characters…

(2) It picks up right where VESSELS left off.

Unlike all the other books in the series, which could be read in any order (though the suggested one would be in the order in which they were published: THE TURTLE BOY, THE HIDES, VESSELS, and PEREGRINE’S TALE), NEMESIS should be read last. It picks up with Tim and Kim a few hours after the events of Blackrock Island (documented in VESSELS.)

(1) Timmy dies.

This might seem like a major spoiler but for the fact that the book is subtitled THE DEATH OF TIMMY QUINN, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to you to learn that this is Timmy’s final outing. What you don’t yet know is how it happens. Perhaps after all is said and done, a brief coda tells you he dies peacefully at age 91. Perhaps he dies within the first two chapters. Or perhaps he dies briefly only to be magically resuscitated.But if you think I’m ruining the story for you before you’ve had a chance to read it, ask yourself what death really means in the world of Timmy Quinn.

And there you have it. Five things you need to know about NEMESIS. All the books thus far are available digitally from your favorite ebookstore, and THE TURTLE BOY is free if you’d like to sample the first book in the series.

Leave your comment below to be in with a chance to win a signed hardcover limited edition copy of NEMESIS when it’s released this summer!


50 thoughts on “NEMESIS: Five Things You Need to Know

  1. I’m a bit behind obviously… wondering if I should indeed have this Timmy Quinn marathon in August, or read the other 3 and then be as eager as everyone else for this release ! Awwwww whatshouldIdowhatshouldidowhatshouldido…??

  2. Cannot wait to be able to read this, have loved all books so far and assume I will feel the same way about Nemesis

  3. I am so looking forward to Nemesis. I stumbled upon Turtle Boy in Amazon and was imediately hooked after finishing the book. I flew through the series only to find out that Nemesis hadn’t been finished…..sad face. So, to kill some time while waiting for Nemesis I thought I would try another Kealan book. I am reading Kin and lov-ing it….happy face. I am happy to have found you Kealan.

    • Thanks so much, Pauline! I’m glad you’re enjoying the books, and I’m happy you found me too! 🙂 I’m actually currently outlining a sequel to KIN.

      • I loved kin..I read it after I read the (mis) adventures of Timmy Quinn. I am a huge fan and I have read the majority of your books. Your style of writing keeps me engaged from beginning to end. I am anxiously waiting for Timmy’s final adventure.

  4. I just came back from a vacation and read the Timmy Quinn series. Went on line to get the Nemesis but couldn’t find it. Anxiously waiting the release! Do you have a date?

  5. Like several others, I too stumbled upon The Turtle Boy while browsing Kindle books on Amazon. Let me also say the it’s not the type of book I usually read, I’m more of a Charlotte’s Web kinda girl. Hey, don’t point and laugh, I have kids and teach preschool. I do NOT get much time to read anything else.
    Anyway, I was easily sucked into the book, and then next, and the next . . . and before I knew it I had read the entire series only to find out that the last book WAS NOT OUT YET!!! What?! I did read somewhere that Mr. Burke had personal problems and so the release date was postponed. I understand that. But it clearly states in this article that it will be released this summer. Well, the first day of fall is in 18 days. No pressure. 🙂
    All joking aside, I have thoroughly enjoyed the series so far. It’s easy to read and follow. I found myself struggling to put it down. In fact, I may go back and reread them all to refresh the details and maybe the wait for Nemesis won’t seem so long.
    A Big Thanks to Mr. Burke and his addictive, mad writing. He brought a little grown-up reading into this otherwise G-rated Bama girls life!

  6. Keep up the great work. I still need to finish Kin and work on the other Timmy Quinn stories….the books keep on stacking up. Tahnks for teh updates!

  7. I am new to reading. Growing up I had no desire to read. Then I got Kindle on my phone and it sparked something in me. I read a few books before finding your’s. The I find Kin. I loved it so much as soon as I finished I was looking you up to see what else you had. Then Turtle boy caught my eye. I bought Stage Whispers to have it all neatly together and just finished it…or so I thought. I was shocked, yet thankful there was yet another book. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait as long as many others have, but Ahhhh I wanna read it now!!! LOL

    • Becky: I think it’s wonderful that you have discovered reading. The magic that awaits you! And I’m honored that my books are part of your journey. I hope you continue to find them entertaining.

  8. Im so glad this new book is due out this month! I actually got turtle boy as a free download 2 days ago and I loved it albeit I was sad it was so short. I don’t typically read horrors any longer but I promptly bought the compilation of all the books the next day and just finished them! You should do horror hound your work is so great you’d be the star of it for sure!

  9. Okay, so I put all the names of you good folk into a hat and chose one. And the winner of the signed limited edition is … Jim McLeod! Congratulations Jim! I’ll be in touch soon to get your details.

    Thanks to everyone who commented here, and keep an eye out for future competitions!

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