Thursday, February 2, 2023

A new short story collection about...death

In 2021, Amazon instituted a new author-to-reader platform called Kindle Vella. Based on the old serialized fiction series and books of the 1930s and 40s, Vella was a platform designed for authors to write serialized episodes of their latest fiction works and get them into the public eye without having to publish them the old-fashioned way - through print or ecopy.

I jumped on the Vella bandwagon a month after it started and I've never looked back. One of the nicest aspects of Vella is that once your story/book is completed, you can publish it through KDP if you want to broaden your audience.

I've had 6 books up on Vella at one time and I finally decided to take the plunge and put one of them into print. 

DEATH BETWEEN THE PAGES was released yesterday into the Kindle, KU, and print reading world.

A collection of short stories all centering on death, DEATH BETWEEN THE PAGES is not the usual romcom, feel-good-romance book I typically write. All the stories in the collection center around death, be it from murder, natural causes, accidents, or...something more sinister.

The stories were all written during a time in my life when serial killers and true crime stories occupied the bulk of my reading and television watching. Long before Netflix became a depository for documentaries about killers, I was an information junkie, soaking up everything I could about the likes of Bundie, Dahmer, Gacy, et al.

How I ever wound up a romance writer is a story for another day.... one filled with cosmos and chocolate.

DEATH BETWEEN THE PAGES is a fairly short read. Amazon has it listed under the category "2 hour reads." 

Here's the book blurb:

  • A cheating husband.
  • A group of widows.
  • A priest.
  • A landlady.
  • A spider.
  • What do they all have in common?


As mentioned, the collection is available in print or ecopy, and on KU. If you like twisted stories of the crazy things humans do to one another, this collection has your name on it.

And because we need to do this these days, there are a few triggers in the stories. Child abuse, spousal abuse, and cannibalism are all alluded to, but never specifically shown. No graphic sex or killing is shown, either. Amazon lists the book under the secondary category of psychological horror, but there's nothing in the stories that will keep you up nights or make it difficult for your to fall asleep.

Let's call it Stepehn King-lite. Very light. LOL

And just in case the trailer didn't copy so you can watch it, here's a link so you can:

DEATH BETWEEN THE PAGES released for #99cents for the ecopy - a price that anyone could take advantage of. Happy reading, peeps. ~ Peg

Peggy Jaeger is a romance author who pens stories about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can not live without them.

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Judith Ashley said...

Peggy, thanks for such a great explanation of KindleVella. Inquiring minds want to know how you break a short story down into serial form.

Sarah Raplee said...

Peggy, love your trailer!!! I just bought Death Between the Pages on Kindle. Vella sounds interesting. Thanks for the introduction!

peggy jaeger said...

Judith - Vella allows you 600 to 5000 words per episode. The powers that be say most people like episodes of 600-1500 at the most. Especially since they are paying for the word count. 1 token for every 100 words. So it makes sense to write short. I have learned so much about self editing through this process! Filler words? Gone. Dialogue tags when not needed? Gone. You can divide your chapters with a cliffhanger to keep readers wanting to comeback. For a more thorough explanation I did a two article series in InD"tale magazine about vella and presented an RWA workshop about it to you can watch,.

peggy jaeger said...

Sarah - hope you enjoy the read.