As an author, this is probably not something that I should admit publically, but here goes: I never intended for the Bennett books to be a series. The Partition of Africa came from a story I had carried around in my head for many years. When I finally sat down to write it, I thought it would be a miracle if I managed to finish one book. The idea of a series never really crossed my mind, at least not with this particular story.
But then the minor characters I’d created to fill supporting roles for Hattie Greene’s story started talking to me, and despite my attempts to drown their voices out, they would not shut up. I couldn’t stop thinking about how Hattie and Samson’s actions affected other people, even those they weren’t acquainted with. I couldn’t stop thinking about how similar that is to real life–one person’s actions affecting another person, and on and on and on.
I realized that I hadn’t just created one town, one story. I had created an entire universe, and it felt irresponsible for me to move on from the Bennett universe until everyone had a chance to tell their story.
The third and final installment of the Bennett series will be released towards the end of 2016, and after that, I will be moving on to different projects. But if you’re a fan of Hattie, Molly, Claire, or any of the other friends you’ve made during your stay in this small southern college town, don’t worry–I have a feeling they’ll make appearances in short stories and flash pieces in the future.
The Partition of Africa
Original Publication Date: December 26, 2014
Second Edition Publication Date: January 4, 2016
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Print Length: 270 pages
Hattie Greene is a serious-minded sophomore who always follows the rules. She earned her place at the prestigious Howard Knox College & University, and she intends to keep it. Much to the chagrin of her socialite roommate Claire, Hattie ignores the usual college activities in favor of focusing on her academic career.
Hattie’s status as a perpetual good girl comes into question when Samson Campbell, a married professor with rugged good looks, enters the picture. He’s wrong for her on every level, but she just can’t stay away. They enter an affair that threatens everything Hattie holds dear, causing her to question her very identity. All actions have consequences, and this is no exception. The heart wants what it wants . . . but what if the heart is wrong?
The Marshall Plan
Publication Date: October 7, 2015
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Print Length: 244 pages
Molly Marshall is fresh out of graduate school, armed with a shiny new degree in journalism and ready to take over the world. There’s just one little problem: no one seems to care.
Six months have passed since graduation and no matter how hard she tries, she can’t find a paying job in the field she’s spent years preparing to dominate. Stuck in a menial job she hates, plagued with memories of an abusive childhood, and engaged to a man she may no longer love, she’s running out of options and fast.
When she stumbles across a long-kept secret, though, everything changes and she’s forced to make a choice. What will it be, her ambition or her heart?
This standalone sequel to The Partition of Africa invites you to examine your thoughts on family, desire, and the nature of love itself.