Writers hear voices. That may sound odd to some people, but it’s true.
While working on my sequel to Pennies from Burger Heaven, a new character came to mind – a teen runaway named Jasmine. She looks like Alice in Wonderland, but she’s a broken girl. Her life collides with Copper Daniels – my ghetto Nancy Drew heroine from Pennies, and the combination spells trouble for everyone around them.
Jasmine and Copper haunted my thoughts so much so that they compelled me to write their story. The timing was perfect, too. My blog is celebrating its third anniversary! As a thank you to my loyal readers, I wrote this special gift just for you:
Stars Among the Dead by SkipJack Publishing.
Stars Among the Dead is a novella, set nine months before Pennies from Burger Heaven. It’s a fast-paced read (90+ pages) that someone told me both warmed and broke their heart.
A Dark Life
Copper Daniels says, “Me and Mama inch our way into the dark room. Shadows of bodies lie on dirty mattresses on the floor, or stretched across the bare boards themselves. People moan like they’re in pain. Every step feels rocky ‘cause we’re walking on human trash.”
Stars Among the Dead
Living on the streets is hard enough, so when Copper Daniels’ mama drags them from their cemetery home in the middle of the night, the eleven-year-old knows they’re in big trouble. The two clash over this so-called secret mission to help an unreliable friend. Unfortunately, Copper can’t seem to protect her mama from herself, and by the time they discover the first dead body, it’s too late. They’re running from a killer, and Copper isn’t sure they’ll make it out alive.
Want a Copy?
To receive a free copy of Stars Among the Dead, sign up for my email list. You’ll receive the novella in your inbox right away. I only email once or twice a month, so I’m not spammy. Plus, you can unsubscribe at any time.
If you read my short story, A Cemetery Plot Worth of Love, please note that it is now chapter one of Stars Among the Dead. I don’t want folks to email me upset, “Dude! I read this already.” Stars tells the rest of the story, after Copper and her mama leave the cemetery that fateful night …
I hope you enjoy this Copper-Daniels novella, as much as I loved writing it. Now, back to work on the sequel to Pennies….