I Call Them My Bookend Books

Two Different Novellas that Hang Together

By Jeff Salter

It wasn’t long after I completed writing my novella, “One Simple Favor,” that I had an idea about how to follow it. 1SF deals with a very reluctant young lady, guilted into doing a favor for her aunt… which gets her into a LOT of confusion and trouble. Of course, it also brings her into contact with the young man she assumes is the cousin (from the other side of the family) who she’s never met.

Here’s the concept:
It’s “uncautious” of Tricia to pick up a bus station stranger. “One Simple Favor.” Action, romance, comedy, suspense — novella, only $1.99 in digital formats; paperback also available (varied prices). Dingbat Publishing, 2015. Mike to Tricia: “Which part confuses you the most?”

My original title was longer: Just One Simple Little Favor. To me, it better expressed the wheedling that some people utilize to get you to do things you absolutely don’t have time for or otherwise don’t want to be involved in.

Well, after Tricia reluctantly agrees, she finds herself swept up in a whirlwind of excitement, danger… and even stirrings of romance. But romance with a cousin? Even if cousin Mike is the nephew of the in-law side of the family? Hmmm. You’ll have to read it to see how that turns out.

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Anyhow, I liked the concept – being thrust into the middle of developing danger by simply agreeing to do a favor – and I wondered what it would be like to write a similar story. Well, sort of the FLIP side of this story. A new story in which the GUY is the reluctant participant and the young LADY is the one with all the verve and determination.

And thus was born my story, “Double Down Trouble,” which began life with the title, “No Executive Potential.” To understand my original title, you need to know that Julia Temple, the newly installed Lieutenant Governor of Tennessee, is isolated and ignored by the governor and legislature. Overlooked because she’s a female who they believe got elected only on the basis of her last name — her late father was an esteemed senator. So, to everyone in Nashville, Julia has “no executive potential” — until she finds herself in grave physical danger and elects to remain on site to help protect the residents of a local nursing home. Her new companion, Doc Holliday, is reluctant from the git-go. All he wants to do is flee… and take her with him.


Wrong place, wrong time… right stranger?
Julia Temple, the inexperienced, newly elected lieutenant governor of Tennessee, attends a private theater performance at a friend’s request. Partway through, chaos explodes as two busloads of dangerous convicts escape and terrorize the town. Somehow they have weapons and explosives, but do they know such a high-profile hostage is there for the taking? Is there a hidden hand behind their rampage?
Julia needs help. But she can’t find her security detail and the only man still standing is someone she’s never met before… even though he seems to know her and remember her vividly.

Both novellas were released by Dingbat Publishing, in 2015 and 2018. Each is available as an e-book or a paperback. Buy them BOTH and see what I mean by them representing bookends — or, more precisely, looking at similar situations from completely opposite POVs.

[JLS # 420] — corrected





About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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8 Responses to I Call Them My Bookend Books

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    I read and enjoyed One Simple Favor. I have Double Down Trouble, so it’s in my reading queue. That must have been the one Gunnar was editing when I met her for lunch last March. I didn’t realize it was related to 1SF.

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    • Jeff Salter says:

      Thanks, Patricia.
      Yes, it probably was the one she was working on at that time… though that particular story had a long time in the pipeline (due to a lot of external situations).
      Just to clarify, DDT is related to 1SF in that they share a setting (Verdeville TN) and that I envisioned a plot of unexpected peril. They’re opposites in the matter of which gender character takes the bull by the horns… and which wants to flee.

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  2. jbrayweber says:

    Both sounds like fun and both are on my TBR list!!!

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  3. Gunnar Grey says:

    These are two excellent stories. If you like romance (not insta-love) and adventure, I can’t recommend them too highly, and the funny parts are a definite bonus. Well done, Jeff.

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