Hi. Barb here. First post of the new year from Key West.
Today is the cover reveal for Kensington’s next holiday novella collection that includes a story by me, Halloween Party Murder. To celebrate, I’m giving away mass market paperback copies of the previous three books that I was part of in the series, Eggnog Murder, Yule Log Murder, and Haunted House Murder.
Here’s the cover. What do you think? So nice of them to use Wicked Authors’ purple, dontcha think?
This collection will be released on August 31, 2021. Here’s the description.
Small town traditions are celebrated throughout Maine during the holiday season. But when it comes to Halloween, some people are more than willing to reap a harvest of murder . . .
HALLOWEEN PARTY MURDER by LESLIE MEIER
Tinker’s Cove newest residents Ty and Heather Moon turn their Victorian home into a haunted house to raise funds for charity. But the Halloween fun turns to horrific fright when Heather overdoses on tainted drugs—and Ty finds himself accused of murder. Digging deep into the story, journalist Lucy Stone uncovers some sinister secrets in the Moons’ past linked to a conspiracy in her hometown . . .
DEATH OF A HALLOWEEN PARTY MONSTER by LEE HOLLIS
Everyone attending Island Times Food and Cocktail columnist Hayley Powell’s Halloween bash is dressed as their favorite movie monster from the Bride of Frankenstein and Jaws to Chucky and Pennywise the clown. But when partygoers stumble upon Boris Candy’s bludgeoned costumed corpse, it falls to Hayley to discover who among her guests wanted to stop the man from clowning around permanently . . .
SCARED OFF by BARBARA ROSS
Three teenage girls having a sleepover on Halloween night get spooked when high schoolers crash the house for a party. But no one expected to find a crasher like Mrs. Zelisko, the elderly third floor tenant, dead in the backyard—dressed in a sheet like a ghost. With her niece traumatized, Julia Snowden must uncover who among the uninvited guests was responsible for devising such a murderous trick . . .
I love writing these stories that fill in the time between the Maine Clambake novels. They work especially well because, given the holidays they celebrate, they fall during the off-season at the Snowden Family Clambake. At 25,000 to 30,000 words these novellas are half or a third the length of a typical cozy mystery and five to ten times the length of a typical short story.
Readers: What say you? Novellas yay or nay? Answer the question to be entered to win. If you say you hate novellas in your comment I won’t hold it against you. I’ll see it as a challenge!
I absolutely love Novellas!! I also love novels as well as others! For me I read based on my own personal interest regardless of what a book may be classified as. And I read according to my mood, so at times I may have 3-4 books going at once. A self made book polygamist! 😃💜
And as purple is my utmost favorite color… I love it!!! 💜🌙
“A self made book polygamist!” LOLOL
My favorite color purple and has been pretty much for the last 60 plus yrs. All shades of purple from light lilac to plum purple and I can’t wait to read the new book in August.
The purple we have on the Wickeds blog was the “Pantone Color of the year” in 2019.
I love the cover, Barb! I’m scheduled to write my second novella later this year – I admit I love the length.
It’s a great length for story-telling.
Back at you.
The cover is awesome and I love novellas!
I love the cover, too.
I love the Clambake series, starting Jane Darrowfield , Professional Busybody this week.
I hope you enjoy it.
I did not used to care for novellas, but as I embark on writing a novel, I have a greater appreciation for the skill needed write a complete story that entertains in a succinct way. My current WIP is novella-length right now, and I’m contemplating how to get it to full novel length … 😉
Don’t despair. My early drafts of novels are always too short.
and yes, I love novellas, especially in a word where I’m short on time & focus.
I don’t mind novellas, it is the short stories I don’t like!! Love the purple cover!
I love short stories, but I always feel a little at sea when I don’t have something longer working as well…
I love theses. I can’t wait for this one to come out. I love the purple. I love that Lee Hollis always writes a story for these books too. Love Leslie Meier. I try to read her books near all the holidays, just something fun for me to do. Thank you so much for this chance!! pgenest57 at aol dot com
I like novellas, so that’s a yay.
Good to know.
I like when they are available in paperwork because I do enjoy an actual book. Regardless, I will buy them in kindle format if that’s all that is available.
These have always come out in mass market paperback a year after the hardcover release. Eggnog Murder is no also in trade paperback.
I don’t hate novellas. My problem is that I don’t typically get to read a lot of them. The ones I do read are typically chosen for whomever is writing the story as opposed to any particular theme. That said, I did love the CHRISTMAS COCOA MURDER collection I read last year with stories featuring Maddie Day (YAY!), Carlene O’Connor and Alex Erickson.
But like full-length novels, it is all about the quality of a story that determines whether or not I end up liking the story overall.
These books are part of the same series Maddie is in. I think they started with Joanne Fluke, Laura Levine, and Leslie Meier.
Love the cover, the purple really stands out. Novellas are good in-between full-length novels of favorite characters and/or from authors.
So glad you like the cover. I think it will standout.
Novellas are wonderful. Just the right length for a quick but meaningful read. I always think of them as the dark chocolate ganache truffles of the reading world. Wouldn’t want a steady diet, but oh how lovely on occasion.
“I always think of them as the dark chocolate ganache truffles of the reading world. Wouldn’t want a steady diet, but oh how lovely on occasion.”
What a wonderful metaphor.
I enjoy novellas as a quick read in between novels, but sometimes they are so good you want a longer story! They are a great way to add to on-main character stories too. Keep ‘em coming! 😉
Will do. Love it when I leave’em wanting more.
I love novellas. I find they’re often just the right length for my attention span. Love the purple cover too!
I love these books! Three favorite authors in one book? What could be better? A cozy mystery slice of happiness!!
I’m glad you love them. Kensington seems to love them, too.
What a fabulous cover! I am immediately drawn to it first by the beautiful shade of purple. Purple was our daughter’s favorite color as well as it is mine. Even as a little girl she would said “burpel” if given a color choice.
Personally, I love novellas. There are times when we just need a quick distraction from our day or the world situation and don’t have time to sit for hours to read. Novellas are excellent for those times. It also, at times, gives a glimpse into a new to you author’s writing style. Reading the book of novellas due to knowing one or two of the author has led me to find new to me authors that I have gone on to enjoy many of their books that I might not have otherwise.
Thank you for the fabulous chance to win the first three books in this series! Shared and hoping to be the very fortunate one selected. I’d be more than happy to give honest reviews of them.
Can’t wait for the opportunity to read “Halloween Party Murder” as well as the other novellas in this upcoming book.
Be safe, stay healthy and have a little adventure along the way – even if through a good book.
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Exactly. These books are like samplers where you can try a new author without too much commitment.
I like the length of novellas and think they are a a fun read, but the OCD part of me doesn’t like that they are sometimes out of sync with the full-length books, as far as seasons and relationships. I read one novella where two of the characters got engaged and in the next full length book they were barely dating. It gets confusing. There needs to be continuity.
This is a problem when you write them, too! Since they’re tied to holidays sometimes they do screw up the timeline.
I enjoy a good novella – that is, one that is done correctly and is not just a short-story with a lot of blather, or a novel missing a lot of parts. And I dig the purple cover.
I agree. The story has to match the length.
Novellas, yay, of course! Halloween and purple…two of my favorite things!
This book is just for you!
I like novellas and I do think they are a nice quick read so yes, I’d love to win. I read all three of y’all and love the series!
Love the purple cover! I did not use to appreciate novellas, but now that I am working on a novel, I appreciate the skill that is needed to craft a good story in a novella length. My WIP is currently about novella length and I’m trying to figure out how to expand it into a full-length novel- ha! I have read Haunted House Murder but would love one of the Christmas books.
I enjoy the novellas as an in-between to the full length books. I have read the others in this group and have enjoyed them.
I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the previous collections.
I know how fabulous your story is because I got to read it! Your readers won’t want to miss this one!
Thank you, Sherry.
As novellas become more published I have changed my opinion. I do enjoy a short addition to the stories of main characters in a series. You won me over.
No matter what I say in the comments I get the message duplicate comment try again. Does this mean I am not entered?
You are entered!
I definitely enjoy a good novella!
Great review thank you, I can’t wait to read this one and I love that cover
I love novellas. I am so excited when I see these collections. I love them! Can’t wait for the newest one! It sounds terrific! I will mark my calendar for this release!
I’m so glad you love them!
I love the novellas because it’s a great way to try out the characters in a particular series that you haven’t read. If you do read the series, then you get an extra dose of the storyline and the characters. Win-win. Thank you for the opportunity and Happy New Year! aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com
Win-win, indeed, and Happy New Year to you!
I say yay!
I don’t love novellas, but a good story is just that.
I love novellas (also short stories). Sometimes you just want a break to read something short rather than a full length novel. I read a lot, sometimes long, serious books. Cozies are always fun, shorter ones like these are like dessert. Love your work!
Dessert! That’s exactly what they are.
I definitely enjoy your novella. Looking forward to reading this new one.
I really like novellas, especially in a collection so that I can enjoy several authors. I read Eggnog Murder last month, and I enjoyed your novella and Lee Hollis’ novella very much.
I am so glad you enjoyed Nogged Off.
I’m excited about another collaboration of you three writers. I just finished The Eggnog Murders, and what fun! I love novellas because as someone else said, my OCD kicks in at times and I just want to get to the end. Would absolutely love to win (who doesn’t?)
Thanks, Ginny. I’m glad you enjoyed Eggnog Murder.
The cover brings to mind all kinds of hocus pocus, and I love the color. I’m fond of the novellas, especially because they come at times when I’m missing Busman’s Harbor and the clambake gang. They tide me over in between the novels.
Thar is so nice to hear!
I guess I’m just easy. Anything written, be it short story, novella or novel, I’m in. I do enjoy shorter reads. It’s nice to have something that I can finish fairly quickly. My reading time is much more limited these days than I would like. Heck, I admit it, I’m the one who reads the back of cereal boxes. Ehehehe!
I am a cereal-box type reader, too!
Novellas are a good introduction to a new author. Love the cover.
I love it, too!
I like novella’s because I can check out other authors I have not read.
I think that is a big reason Kensington publishes these.
I love novellas and I also love book series , when I am reading, I will read a novel, and then I will read a novella,so I alternate my reading by reading a short book, and then a long book, so I love them both. These books sound like great reads, and I especially love the book titles and the book covers. The New cover is Stunning, I love it. Have a Great week and stay safe.
Thank you, Alicia–on all counts.
You are very welcome.
I have enjoyed the novellas I have read. Something between a short story and a novel, that usually deliver.
I hope Scared Off delivers for you.
I like novellas when I don’t want to read a full length book
Novellas are great! I even like short stories in magazines. However, book length cozy mysteries are my very favorites.
I don’t hate novellas. Heck, I don’t even dislike them. They are not however, my first choice when it comes to picking something to read. I don’t even have enough time to get to know the characters much less care about them before the story is over and done with. Much prefer a novel to a novella. Better yet, a series where I really get to know the characters.
I like the novellas – and While I get them for your stories, I have also read and enjoyed the other short stories as well (even if I don’t follow those series). I’ll keep reading ‘em if you keep writing ‘em! Thank you for the giveaway!
Yay! I love novellas! I’m excited for the newest book two of my favorites purple and Halloween!
I like novellas- it gives a person the chance to check out a new to them authors. I love the cover- so cute!
I like novellas – really I just love reading and discovering new authors. The Halloween cover is super cute.
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