The second Pecan Springs novella trilogy is coming out this week! Available right now on Kindle, it will shortly be available on Nook and iBooks. Here’s the scoop, via my author’s note at the beginning of the book. If you’re looking for an entertaining (and, I hope, thought-provoking) read, this might suit you. Enjoy, with a tall cool one and plenty of cookies!
Dear Reader: DeadLINES is the first novella in a trilogy that focuses on Jessica Nelson, the crime reporter for the Pecan Springs Enterprise. You may remember Jessica as a central character in Mourning Gloria (Book 19 of the China Bayles series) and in Out of Body (the third novella in the Crystal Cave series). I became so interested in her as a person and her work as a crime reporter and true-crime author that I wanted to learn more about her and share what I’ve learned with you. I hope you will enjoy getting deeply acquainted with Jessica—her backstory, her professional challenges, her friendships and love life—as much as I have.
As a writer, I’ve also enjoyed telling Jessica’s stories as novellas, which are about half the length of a novel. I think of the novella as an opportunity to work out a full-size story in just half the space, requiring me to “write tight” (as one of my writing teachers always advised) and strip the narrative down to its basic necessities. At the same time, the trilogy form (three linked novellas) gives us time to get to know the central character deeply, as she deals with three very different kinds of challenges, each one revealing a little bit more of what-makes-her-tick. The novella trilogy is the best of both worlds, seems to me: the shorter, tighter form embedded in the longer linked format. If you like Deadlines, there will be more. (Sheila Dawson is already wondering if it’s her turn next.)
For you print readers, the entire trilogy will be available in print on August 18. I’ll let you know when preorders open.
Reading note: Are you aware that rushing toward a goal is a sublimated death wish? It’s no coincidence we call them deadlines.―Tom Robbins, Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas