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#New-books ‘The Gift Legacy. Penance’ by J.P. McLean (@jpmclean1) The fourth in the series. And where do we go from here?

Hi all:

As you know on Friday I bring you new books and authors. J.P. McLean has already been my guest before and her series (initially a trilogy, but these things have a way of growing…) The Gift has featured with pride of place before. I knew that the next novel was nearly ready, and the author has been so kind as to send us her reflections about her writing and where she is now. And here, the floor is yours, J. P.:

Author J.P.Mclean
Author J.P.McLean

Thank you, Olga for once again hosting me on your Friday guest author feature. It’s great to be back.

I’m at an interesting crossroads. Having recently released Penance, the fourth book in the contemporary fantasy series, The Gift Legacy, I’m now ready to start a new project. The decision is whether to take the road that leads to the next book in the series, or take the road not yet travelled, and write a brand new story instead.

On the familiar road, a small but devoted group of readers, who love The Gift Legacy, cheer me on (a writer’s dream!). I know the terrain and the characters and just how to tamper with their brakes to heighten the excitement.

There are no street lamps on the second road and no map. The characters taunt me with their thumbs out, but do I dare pick them up? Will we get along in the tight confines of the car?

What if there’s a curve so sharp we crash?

Hmm. Decisions, decisions. If you have thoughts on the matter, I’d love to hear them.

You can reach me through my blog, on Twitter (@jpmclean1) or on Facebook. And if you’d curious about The Gift Legacy, you can read excerpts and learn more about it on my website.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks so much J.P.!

And here, I had to tell  you a bit more about Penance

The Gift Legacy Book 4. Penance by J.P. McLean
The Gift Legacy Book 4. Penance by J.P. McLean

When Emelynn Taylor chooses a man’s life over a secret, she draws the attention of the wrong people. International Covert Operations wields the secret like a weapon to coerce the Tribunal Novem’s cooperation. And all ICO wants in exchange for protecting the secret is Emelynn’s services.

With a new job, a new handler and no choice, Emelynn goes undercover to unravel a dangerous drug ring. She soon finds herself in a deadly game of cat and mouse in which she breaks all the rules: the same rules that got her into trouble in the first place.

Here the links in Amazon, although you can check J.P.’s website for more links and information:

Thanks so much to J.P. McLean for her book and her reflections (I hope you’ll give her some suggestions), thanks to you all for reading, and you know, like, share, comment and CLICK!

Ah, and as you know, I do reviews for BTS e-Magazine and just in case you want to have a look at the new number, here it is (there are a couple of mine):


By olganm

I am a language teacher, writer, bookworm, and collaborator at Sants 3 Ràdio (a local radio station in Barcelona, where I returned in 2018), who lived in the UK for 25 years and worked for many years as a forensic psychiatrist there. I also have a Ph.D. in American Literature and an MSc in Criminology. I started publishing my stories, in English and Spanish, in 2012 and now have over twenty books available in a variety of genres, a blog (in English and Spanish), and translate books for other authors (English-Spanish and vice versa). In 2020 obtained the CELTA certificate as a language teacher, and offer Spanish and English classes. Writers and readers both in English and Spanish are my friends, colleagues, and allies, and after living in the UK for over twenty-five years, have returned home, to Barcelona, Spain, searching for inspiration for my stories. I also love owls and try to keep fit following fitness YouTube videos.
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39 replies on “#New-books ‘The Gift Legacy. Penance’ by J.P. McLean (@jpmclean1) The fourth in the series. And where do we go from here?”

Thanks, Teagan! As of today, Book 5 seems to be winning in the word count, but every night when the laptop is sleeping, it’s the new story that worms its way into my dreams!


Thanks Teagan. JP’s conundrum reminded me of yours with your series. Sometimes it depends on where we are (in our lives and as writers). Creating something new is exciting and a challenge, whilst exploring further known territory can help us at unsettled times. But I’m sure each writer is different.


Thanks Janet. I think you’ll enjoy it. Looking forward to more post on your recent experience in Portugal. And have a lovely weekend! 🙂


Decisions like this are the worst! I’m still havering over whether to carry on with my memoir or one of my children’s stories. It should, I guess, be the memoir before my memory gives up on me!


I know a Spanish writer who writes 3 or 4 books at the same time. Every day he will write for while on each. I don’t think I could (although I have a few unfinished and some finished manuscripts that I must have a look at). I don’t know what the children’s book is about, but from what I’ve read about your life, I’m sure your memoir will be fascinating, Sarah. Happy weekend!


Oh, yes. You have inspired me to reach new heights. I am blown away! Thanks, Olga. You are a good friend. ❤


Congratulations on the fourth book! Very impressive! I am also considering taking another path in my writing, at least for one book – I will be interested in what you choose!


Thanks Noelle. I’ll make sure I bring J.P. back to bring us news on what she decides. And of course she’ll have a spot with her new book. And you too… I’m intrigued. 🙂


I suspect she’ll probably do both, but she’s promised to come back and let us know. There is something very energising about trying something completely new, I agree. I’m also wondering what I’ll do next but…


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