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.
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