The second Hannah Morrison mystery, Through Dark Spaces, is now available in both e-book and trade paperback!
Through Dark Spaces is a sequel to Unreasonable Risk, and takes place in and around Lead and Deadwood, in South Dakota's lovely Black Hills. Hannah has quit her job at the refinery and started her own consulting engineering company, Morrison Engineering. (Not very original, I know, but that's how engineers think.) In this book you’ll meet a new cast of characters, from Hannah's self-centered covergirl sister, Maddie, to a café owner named Lila, who wears stockings hand-painted with flamingoes and clear plastic 3-inch heels despite the fact that she's already six feet tall. The men are unusual also, from miners Matt and Dooley to Hannah's nosey next-door neighbor Calvin who, at 70-something, uses email to keep up with local gossip when he's laid up and can't hobble down the public steps to the local café.
After much deliberation, I decided to publish this book myself. The company that published Unreasonable Risk still publishes in hardcover and, in an economy that’s struggling to recover, I doubt many readers will risk $30 on me, an author they don’t know. It’s a tough piece of reality to face; but I’ve faced it and it’s time to get on with life. Paperbacks, even high quality trade paperbacks, are significantly less money. Through Dark Spaces retails at a mere $14.00—and is definitely worth the risk.
So I’m now a publisher as well as an author. Please rest assured that I’ve given this book a great deal of attention. And keep in mind that I am, in fact, an engineer. Yeah, a geeky science girl. But here’s the thing about engineers: we’re meticulous. We follow through. We ask lots of questions and don’t let go until we’re satisfied with the answers. We learn all the way down to the details. We’re dogged. And that’s how I approached self-publishing and I can say with confidence that Through Dark Spaces is a professionally published book.
I hope you’ll give Through Dark Spaces a try and, of course, I hope you enjoy it. I'm off and running on the next Hannah Morrison mystery, set in the Bakken oil fields of western North Dakota—today’s wild, wild west—and am also working on The Still Heart of Stones, women's fiction about infertility. I’ll let you know how things are going. Enjoy!