My Books

When I work with you on your book, be it a memoir, a novel, a self-help book, or some other work of nonfiction, we’ll work together to make sure your own voice shines through. But you still need to know I can write at a professional level and that I have a facility with language.

To help you make that determination, I’ve listed my books below, along with some anthologies I’ve been included in. I invite you to check out the descriptions and, in the case of my Jared McKean novels, the excerpts.

Jared McKean Mysteries

Cover of Jaden Terrell's first Jared McKean mystery, Racing the Devil
Shamus Award Finalist stickerA smart story, well constructed and well told.” – David Pitt, Booklist

Nashville Private Investigator Jared McKean has a son with Down Syndrome, a best friend with AIDS, an ex-wife he can’t seem to fall out of love with, and a weakness for women in jeopardy–until one frames him for murder. Read an excerpt.


Cover for A Cup Full of Midnight, Jaden Terrell's second Jared McKean Mystery“Author Terrell does not just tell a story, she plays with language to permit the story to take on its own life as you read. And her characters never lose their humanity, even as they struggle with pain that is almost more than an individual can bear.” – Suspense Magazine

Jared McKean’s teenage nephew, Josh, has fallen under the influence of a dangerous fringe of the Goth subculture. When the fringe group’s leader is found butchered and posed across a pentagram, Josh is the number one suspect. Jared will risk his reputation, his family, and his life in a desperate attempt to save the boy he loves like a son. Read an excerpt.


Cover for River of Glass, Jaden Terrell's third Jared McKean mystery

“Even at close to 300 pages, this book was one of those rare novels that are fast-paced and moved so smoothly I read it in one sitting. The reader is pulled into the story from the first page, and the author keeps you spellbound to the last exciting page. I loved it. Highly recommended.”    —Tom Johnson, Detective Mystery Stories and Pulp Den

Nashville Private Investigator Jared McKean has spent most of his life trying to live up to the memory of his father, a Vietnam war hero and decorated police officer. But his world is rocked a Vietnamese woman, Khanh, appears on Jared’s doorstep claiming to be his half sister and begging him to help her find her daughter, Tuyet, who has been taken by human traffickers. To save the girl, Jared and Khanh must set aside their mutual distrust and forge an uneasy alliance strong enough to withstand false hopes, dead ends, deception, betrayal, and murder. Read an excerpt.

Cover for A Taste of Blood and Ashes, Jaden Terrell's fourth Jared McKean mystery

“[One] of the powerful strengths of this series is the way details of past mysteries weave so naturally into the present. Characters grow and change convincingly, but each story stands alone as an intriguing, well-wrought mystery with evocative setting and great characters… There are ethical gaits and ethical questions hidden in this mystery, creating a vision of beauty and pain that leaves behind a taste of the truth in between.” — Sheila’s Reviews

When Nashville PI and horse whisperer Jared McKean is hired to investigate a suspicious barn fire, he finds evidence of soring, the practice of using painful shoeing or caustic chemicals to affect the gait of a Tennessee Walking Horse. Knowing the arsonist is almost certainly someone in community of those who breed and show Walking Horses, Jared and his new assistant, his half-sister Khanh, attend a local horse show in hopes of flushing out the culprit. There are suspects aplenty, including a groom on the run from a powerful cartel, a modern day robber baron, and a beautiful gold-digger whose dreams are filled with fire. When the situation becomes deadly, Jared and Khanh find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer who will do anything to keep the past in the past. Read an excerpt.


Short Story Anthologies

Cover for short story anthology Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded“This is a book to keep by your bedside for those nighttime short story cravings.” — Publishers Weekly

I’m honored to be a contributor to Killer Nashville Noir: Cold-Blooded, a diverse collection of short stories edited by Clay Stafford. They span the gamut from cozy to hardboiled to thriller to paranormal, but they all have crime in common. The authors, all Killer Nashville Alumni range from newcomers to household names like Jeffery Deaver, Anne Perry, and Donald Bain.



Cover for short story anthology Eight Mystery Writers You Should Be Reading Now


This book showcases eight up-and-coming mystery writers who you may not have heard of, but who critics and award committees have noticed. Each writer contributed a story, a sample chapter from a book, and an interview. My story, “Rhapsody in Red,” features a homicide detective on a case that brings him face-to-face with a past he only thought he’d moved beyond.



Books for Writers


“A smartly constructed and very helpful writer’s guide” – David Pitt, Booklist

My article on character creation is included in Now Write! Mysteries, the fourth volume in the acclaimed Now Write! writing guide series edited by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson. The book brings together numerous bestselling authors for the definitive guide to writing mysteries, thrillers and suspense.  Many of the 86 contributors are winners and/or nominees of Edgar, Hugo and Shamus awards.


Cover for the QUESTION ME A NOVEL workbook by Jaden Terrell

“This is the writing tool I’ve been waiting for!” – Author Jerri Ledford

I designed this workbook for writers who want to write a novel but don’t know where to start, have started a novel but don’t know how to finish, or have written one or more novels that feel flat and lacking in depth. The system leads writers through a series of open-ended, non-prescriptive questions and exercises that can move them through a “stuck” spot in a story or take them all the way from the seed of an idea to a finished book.