The second novella in the Cross Cutting trilogy, The Hollow, was released on May 17, 2016. AIP did a fantastic job with the cover and I couldn't be happier with it. I hope readers enjoy what's inside.
Here's the blurb:
Ache Vetrov is clairvoyant and a caretaker of secrets and lost things. He can draw true faces out from behind public masks and get objects to spill their stories with a touch. He’s the perfect choice to investigate a mysterious wave of violence threatening to overwhelm the city of Lafayette.
With the help of his partner and city guardian, Trinidad O’Laughlin, Ache uncovers The Hollow. Creatures with concave faces devoid of feeling or mercy. Their motives are unclear, but all around the city, people are losing their humanity to a deadening static.
Ache, Trinidad, and their friends must hold strong if they hope to find a way to stop the monstrous invasion before it erases everything.
Each novella in the trilogy is a complete story and can be read on its own, but there is an overarching story that ties them all together. It was a cool challenge to write.
This time the action moves from Indianapolis to the Lafayette area of Indiana. I like the idea of an Urban Fantasy existing in a smaller city and the presence of Purdue University adds some fun.
The point of view character is Trinidad's boyfriend, Ache, but she still drives a good deal of the action. I made the choice to shift to him for one of the three novellas for a few reasons. First, the nature of the monsters (The Hollow) is in more direct conflict with Ache's clairvoyant and empathetic abilities than it is to Trinidad's place-based magic. I was also interested in exploring different kinds of heroism. Ache is physically imposing (strong, tall, muscled) but he chooses to defuse whenever possible. He's not passive or weak, but is perfectly content to let Trinidad lead. I like that dynamic and wanted to showcase it. And, finally, I guess I wanted to show Ache is a worthy partner for a character I'm quite fond of.
The third novella, The Marrow, will be out later this year. In the meantime you can get The Thin and The Hollow at amazon, the AIP website (available in ePub, PDF, and Mobi), B&N, and DriveThruFiction.
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