The 12 chimes of midnight and the ticking clock
Had slowly faded into silence.
The clock, the chimes, had been her rock
As she sought reality with reticence.
Denny still heard the echo in her mind
And clung to the chimes as they had been.
She wasn’t sure what she would find
When the dreams began again.
Deborah A. Bowman, copyrighted 2014
STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! (Denny Ryder Paranormal Crimes Series) novella is available on amazon.com.
I’ll be adding Table of Contents, bio, picture, and correcting any typos in the future. The cover is set, I think, but it’s available for comments, suggestions, reviews.
I hope you want to help “Denny” in her personal journey.
Don’t worry if you haven’t read STROKE OF FEAR! Even though this is the first novella in the series, STROKE OF MIDNIGHT! is a stand-alone. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to continue the stand-alone through the series, but I will try. I do recommend the short-read of STROKE OF FEAR! It does have it’s own horrific charms.
This question from a comment earlier today: “What is a novella?” Yes, it is a shorter novel, but longer than a short story. There is a definitive word count definition, but it seems to vary with authors, agents, publishers, and evolving dictionaries. Who even counts words any more? Oh, yes, the computer. I remember when we counted words per line, averaging them, counting lines and coming up with an educated estimate. I’ve recently seen the term novelette. I think that’s shorter than a novella, but longer than a short story. Who knows? Write what works for you. In this rapidly changing world, many readers want something they can read quickly and get to the ending. It works so well for a series piece. You can read it in about an hour or the span of a TV show drama. They can be written quickly or evolve daily in your mind until all the pieces come together. I’m always working on a novella for a break from a long, full-length novel project or ghost writing a business book under contract. You need a breather for your subconscious sometimes. Hope you enjoy the latest episode of Denny Ryder’s paranormal experiences, which is such a large part of her psyche that she tries to deny. Psychological paranormal crime series, perhaps?