Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas Series - The Melting Pot
I first discovered Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse Series many years ago in a bookstore in the Columbia, SC airport while traveling on business. I’d finished reading the book I had in my carry-on earlier than I anticipated, so I needed something to read during the long flight home. I’ll admit that I picked up the sixth book in the series, Definitely Dead, mostly because of the glittering tiger on the cover. I just had to know why some woman was riding a tiger and (more importantly) why a vampire was chasing them. That was my first encounter with Sookie, Bill, Quinn, and all the other inhabitants and wayward travelers through Bon Temps, LA.
Needless to say, I ended up reading the entire series; hooked my sister onto the books; and we both were big fans of the HBO series – even through the bitter end. When Ms. Harris announced the end of the books, I was incredibly bummed. I’d met her twice at writing conferences. (I even ran into her waiting for the elevator – I totally fangirl-geeked-out and got a picture with her that sits on my desk to this day.) I know that other authors have written short stories based on the characters under Ms. Harris’ watchful eye, but it didn’t quite feel the same….until she launched her Midnight, Texas Series.
No we are no longer in Bon Temps, LA, but we are in the same world Ms. Harris so richly built in the Sookie books.
C. Morgan Kennedy & Charlaine Haris
Why do I love these books? In the same way that Stan Lee tackled race relations and acceptance via humans and mutants in his X-Men Series, Ms. Harris tackles similar issues in her stories. The Midnight, Texas Series is even more diverse than the Sookie books with the added bonus of some of my favorite secondary characters popping up in Midnight – Barry Bellboy and Quinn. (YAY!)
Though Ms. Harris claims that her Midnight, Texas Series will only be a trilogy, I have my doubts. An NBC backed television show is already filming a pilot and is probably in postproduction. Without giving any spoilers, I can say that the third book ends on a note that leaves plenty of room for more stories, while resolving all of the questions raised in the first two books.
If you miss Bon Temps, you’ll love Midnight.
Let’s add the buttery goodness of southern comfort food with the zing of Texas BBQ to The Melting Pot.
Midnight Crossroad (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris
Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It’s a pretty standard dried-up western town.
There’s a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night). There’s a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger). And there’s new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he’s found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).
Day Shift (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris
There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. When psychic Manfred Bernardo finds himself embroiled in a scandal and hounded by the press after one of his regular clients dies during a reading, he turns to enigmatic, beautiful, and dangerous Olivia Charity for help. Somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…
Night Shift (A Novel of Midnight, Texas) by Charlaine Harris
At Midnight’s local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves—only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.
Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who, while translating mysterious texts, discovers what makes Midnight the town it is. There’s a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.
And now they must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight. For if all hell breaks loose—which just might happen—it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...
Columnist: C. Morgan Kennedy
I have a confession to make. I’m a time traveler. I love flinging myself into the future, then hurtling fast to an alternative past. In my usual time-space-dimension, I’m a mechanical engineer and business woman. So, I have a natural penchant for hover cars and steam or aether powered engines. Though I was born in the wrong era, I’m actually a child of the sixties – 1860, 1960, 2060.
My stories feature strong women, who know how to wield their minds like weapons. Their men are smart and often controlling….but, rest assured, my female leads give them a run for their money. They strive to follow their hearts and dreams for the betterment of themselves and their loved ones. Like my life, all of my stories feature a diverse cast of characters.
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