About The Author

**Elizabeth Terrell often goes by the alias Jaden Terrell

Jaden Terrell is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Private Eye Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, and Sisters in Crime.

The former special education teacher is a Magnolia Award recipient for service to the Southeastern Chapter of Mystery Writers of America and is also the Executive Director of the Killer Nashville Thriller, Mystery, and Crime Literature Conference, founded by author and independent filmmaker Clay Stafford and held each August in or near Nashville, Tennessee.

While researching the Jared McKean series, Terrell attended the Citizen Police Academy, FBI Citizen Academy, and the TBI Citizen Academy, took the medical examiner to lunch, and became a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist (the perfect pastime for a nervous rider with a passion for horses).

Terrell lives in Nashville, Tennessee and is available to speak at libraries and book clubs in person or by phone, as well as for workshops and seminars.


"Magnum PI meets Tim McGraw."
Craig Combs, Atlanta, Georgia

  • I first saw Jared McKean leaning against a wooden fence. His arms were crossed, and he was wearing jeans and a brown leather bomber jacket that I knew had once belonged to his father. He was waiting for me to give up trying to write a novel featuring a feisty female detective I didn't understand, come to my senses, and give him a series of his own. It makes not a whit of difference that this encounter occurred entirely in my mind.

  • On the surface, Jared and I have little in common. He's a man; I'm a woman. He's tall, rangy, and athletic; I'm built like a potato bug. He's brave; I'm the kind of person who, when I go into a Laundromat, checks to see which dryer I will hide in if a knife-wielding maniac comes through the door. Yet, I understand him better than I've ever understood anyone in my life. He has a journey to take and a story to tell, and I am honored to be the one to tell it.
  • "You know he's not real," a friend once said.
  • "I'm a writer," I answered. "Half the people I know aren't real."


Reviews are taken from the first book of the Jared McKean Series

From the first couple of lines I knew I would like this book. I was wrong! I loved it. Jaden Terrell brings his characters to life from the opening sentences.


It’s a pleasure to read; you won’t want to put it down. Starts off strong and continues to keep you interested!


Carve out a chunk of free time to read this novel, because you won’t be able to put it down until you reach the end of this tale.


Racing the Devil is like a delicious dessert. You start out devouring it quickly, then struggle to make the book last because you don't want it to end. It's that good.


The characters are real and I was pulled in from the opening scene. I was fully engaged in the story and loved the ending...