You are so kind. I'm glad you liked it.
However, I'm very sorry to hear about your close friend - how sad. I'm sure it did throw you for a loop. Best wishes to you, your family and your close friend's family.
For book #2, it's called The Death Skull and is Mari and Jackson's story. It comes out August 2012. I'd post a teaser but with it being 8 months out...but if you want me to, I will. :-D