Two years ago, I lived in the quaint and beautiful village of Burglengenfeld in Bavaria. There, the pace of life was slower, the surroundings harkening back to an Old World charm that I found utterly enchanting. During that time, an editor that I sometimes worked with suggested an opening line for a story that set my imagination on fire and his prompt, combined with the magical environment, produced what turned out to be one of the favorite stories I’ve ever written—The Tower.
The editor who sparked the idea chose not to buy the story. It had grown too long to fit the needs of his publication. On the other hand, advance readers of the story thought it was too short and urged me to expand it to novel length. I agreed, thinking about all the lovely backstory and character development the narrative cried out for. I set the story aside for a time when I could give it the attention it needed to become a novel.
Bringing The Tower out of retirement
Real life intervened, as it always does, and my plate filled up with a backlog of projects with demanding deadlines and never-ending requirements. I had to face that The Tower was in danger of being buried, never to come forth into the light, and I had a choice to make. I decided to release the book for publication, reserving the right to produce the novel version at a later date.
As it stands, The Tower is a full-blown novella, a satisfying story full of angst, romance, and nail-biting tension.
Available now for pre-order
The Tower will be released on November 5th, but you can pre-order it now and Amazon will deliver it to your device on the release date. If I have a wish for this book, it is that you get it, read it, love it, and leave a review so other readers can find it, too.
You know how it is—we all want that social proof before we spend our hard-earned cash on an item, and a writer lives or dies by the number of reviews a book receives. If you like the book, please do us all a favor and let people know!
Take a look at the teaser
In the uneasy aftermath of WWII in Bavaria, Laura Schreiner must choose whether to help her father nurse an American GI back to health.
The decision she makes changes the course of her life, drawing her into a web of evil spun by a man who learned from the masters.
And who holds the key to her future.
In the face of his cruel obsession, can she free herself from the entanglement of the tower and embrace a life of love and freedom? If you love suspense steeped in romance, you’ll revel in The Tower.
Watch it here and let me know what you think in the comments section below.