Blur Trilogy, Book #1

When high-school football star Daniel Byers begins to have visions relating to the suspicious death of a schoolmate, he and his friends question whether he is mentally ill or gifted with a psychic ability that could lead them to solve the mystery.


Years ago, I had the idea of writing a YA thriller about a teenage guy who was losing touch with reality and had to overcome that to solve a crime. After years of letting the idea percolate, I finally began to explore where this premise might lead.

Blur is a perfect read for teens. Even though it’s suspenseful and intense, it’s not as graphic as the Patrick Bowers novels.

I think a lot of YA novels feature main characters that aren’t the best examples for teens. I wanted to write a story about a guy who was someone we could look up to, but was also deeply flawed and struggling, and in that search I found Daniel Byers.

This is book 1 in the Blur trilogy, and I returned to my old stomping grounds in Wisconsin to tell this story.


INSPY Award Finalist


“Blur is an intense thriller with gripping suspense, great characters, and a tight storyline.”

—The Christian Manifesto

“The convoluted clues make for one thrilling chase for the reader.”

—The Cover Contessa

“(Blur) really stretches the imagination and packs some thrilling suspense with a hint of supernatural.”

—A Peek at my Bookshelf

“James cranks up the creep factor.”


“A great story that had me totally immersed and enthralled.”  


“Steven James well deserves the title Master of Suspense.”

 —Crossroad Review,
a Night Owl Reviews’ Top Pick

"If you’re looking for a story that will make you heart beat a little faster than normal, then this is your book!"

—Book Nerderie

"Blur is a masterfully crafted mystery that will keep you on your toes and guessing throughout the book."

—Lily Bloom Books