I’m excited to announce that my second novel, Fender, will be officially released on August 21, 2017.
It will be released in two formats to start:
- Kindle eBook ($2.99 USD)
- Paperback ($9.99 USD)
Fender was edited by Laura Mae Isaacman, who also worked on The Fifteenth of June. The cover design was done by Michael Rehder. Wyatt Baker has confirmed he will reprise his role as narrator for the audiobook version to be released early fall.Wyatt Baker has confirmed he will reprise his role as narrator for the audiobook version to be released early fall.Click To Tweet
I’ll include more information about the book itself, but first, here are a few thoughts I have on writing it.
Writing my second novel turned out to be harder than writing the first. Speaking with other authors, it turns out I’m not alone. It seems that the second novel is always tougher than the first.
Perhaps it’s because the idea for the first novel has been marinating longer before the author starts writing it. Or perhaps it’s because there’s less pressure when writing a debut, whereas the second novel feels as though there are expectations to live up to.
Fender also turned out to be a more complex story than The Fifteenth of June, and it’s set over the course of a cross-country road trip, which involved writing a whole lot of scene changes.
Also, fun fact…
The canine protagonist in the story was loosely inspired by my dog, Gibson, who has helped me through some difficult times. It was important to me to create a dog readers could root for, even if the reader does not consider him or herself a dog person.
My brother and I adventuring in Nova Scotia. We love it out here (except for that time my brother got a face full of porcupine quills) #puppypalace #pugzu #puppylove #puppylife #dogsofcanada #dogsofinstagram #dogscorner #lovemypet #instapuppy #puppygram #dogoftheday #dogsdaily #ilovemydog #ontariodogs #dailydog #puppylover #dogscorner #barkfeed #outsideisfree #naturedog
In the end, I’m really happy with how Fender turned out. And I think readers will be able to relate to some of the central themes, such as searching for new beginnings and discovering that we can never truly go home.
So without further ado, here’s a peak at my sophomore release:
How far must we travel to find our way home?
Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.
Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unraveling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?
From finding the good in an often cruel world to learning to say goodbye to those we love most, this sophomore release from author Brent Jones is sure to leave readers longing for home, wherever that may be.