I have been working on the fourth Bree Book for what seems like forever. It was going okay, but not fabulous when I got a brainstorm that makes it more fun. Bree broke her leg in the first chapter of that book, but it came to me that it would be much more interesting if Hambecker broke his leg instead. That made me very happy – I’d say gleeful, even. I was going to be able to torture Hambecker mercilessly. Tee hee.
Some I’m working on the fourth book, but in the back of my mind the third book is bothering me. The tone of book one and two is light. The tone of book four is light. The lightest of the four. But the tone of book three is much darker, and it didn’t feel like it fit. You know the old Sesame Street song, One of These Things is not Like the Others. And truthfully, I wanted the series to be consistent. I wrote Crazy Little Thing Called Dead after we had to put my Lab, Midnight, to sleep because she was full of cancer and couldn’t eat anymore. I was so sad, and I poured those feelings into Crazy. It caused a shift toward seriousness and tragedy that doesn’t echo the other books.
So this weekend I rewrote the ending to the third Bree and named it Crazy Little Thing Called Dead Take Two. All the animals live. It’s still more serious than the two before it, but the tragedy is confined to the non-living. And now Hambecker will be traveling across America in a small RV with a broken leg, Bree, Ranger, Hank, Diesel, Beagle Annie, Beans, Annabelle Cat and Stripes. You can see why book four is going to be the lightest book of all. There’s so much room for high jinx. I’m feeling fairly gleeful.
In honor of the rewrite I also redesigned the covers of all the books. Someone pointed out to me that they wouldn’t expect the books to be funny from the covers so I’m changing that.
Here is a preview and I want you to give me your honest opinion. Do they give the right feeling? Do you see any typos? Do you like them? Hate them. Don’t be afraid to hurt my feelings. I’m pretty tough.