Dark Hours, my new novella which follows a student journalist on her own descent into a personal labyrinth to confront a twisted player of games, is rolling out on ebook platforms.
It should soon be available for most readers, so check the links below or do a search wherever you buy ebooks.
This book began as a short story years ago called "The Exclusive." It was published in Cemetery Dance, and it appears in Scars and Candy.
A couple of years ago, a producer optioned my book New Year's Evil with an eye toward turning it into a cable movie and pilot. That didn't happen. Money didn't come through etc. So it goes.
In the wake of that process, however, I did wind up talking to a Hollywood agent. Not the first time, but it looked more promising for a while.
"The Exclusive" bubbled to the top of discussions about properties in my backlist that might generate interest the way New Year's Evil had. Strong heroine, tight, dark, crisp situation. Could be shot economically.
As we talked, and the agent temporarily became obsessed with calling it Cemetery Dance, an idea for expanding the story came to me.
I'd read accounts of campus violence and sexual assaults at a number of universities where no action was taken or where victims were blamed and sometimes expelled. It made me angry, and I decided to explore it.
This was before the unfortunate Rolling Stone matter that clouded the issue, but clearly problems continue and are far from resolved across America today.
I couldn't quit thinking of Allison Rose, my obsessive student journalist, and how an attempt to address similar matters at her small college might lead her into danger as she worked to hold authoritarian administrators to their responsibilities.
Dark Hours developed, taking the story beyond the original ending and deeper into darkness with the villain more fully realized.
It's a thriller, an adventure with some mystery elements, and hopefully it's an interesting ride as Allison deals with the twisted little mastermind at the heart of her labyrinth.
Dark Hours is published by Crossroad Press and available from these sellers: