A Bead in the Hand, Book Two in the Glass Bead Mystery Series

A Bead in the Hand by Janice Peacock

A Bead in the Hand by Janice Peacock

I’ve spent so much time talking about High Strung, A Glass Bead Mystery that I’ve not spent enough time talking about the next book in the Glass Bead Mystery Series—A Bead in the Hand. Everyone who read High Strung has been eagerly awaiting the next book in the series, myself included. After self-publishing High Strung, and then re-releasing it with Booktrope as my publisher, A Bead in the Hand has been waiting in the wings, impatiently I might add. Now, finally, book two in the Glass Bead Mystery Series is ready to be released into the world.

The first thing you should know about A Bead in the Hand is that it’s the first novel I ever wrote—but it’s not the first one I published. The first time I sat down and said, “I’m going to write a novel,” I had the plot of A Bead in the Hand swirling around in my head. In October of 2012 I started writing as part of National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo. If you’d like to learn more about NaNoWriMo, visit nanowrimo.org.) In a nutshell: People from all over the world commit to writing 50,000 words in one month. Each person – not all of us together.

What I didn’t realize at the time was that NaNoWriMo was in November not October. I worked for a couple of weeks on my book before I realized I was writing during the wrong month. I was already so far along with the manuscript that I thought: what the heck, I’ll just write my book anyway. And I did! I completed 30,000 words that month. Most of those words were what ultimately became A Bead in the Hand. Writing in October was a great warm-up for what came next.

Since I’d committed to NaNoWriMo I decided I’d write a second book during November. So, the following month I wrote High Strung, making it all the way to the end of the month and writing 50,000 words. After completing High Strung, I realized it should be the first book in the series because it takes place in Seattle where Jax, Tessa, and Val live. I thought it was better to learn about the characters on their home turf. In A Bead in the Hand Jax and Tessa travel to Portland for a bead bazaar.

A bead bazaar turns bizarre when jewelry designer and glass beadmaker Jax-2It took me a couple of years to finish High Strung, all the while A Bead in the Hand has been marking its time, ready and waiting. And now its time has come.

A Bead in the Hand will be released on December 5th. You can pre-order the ebook on Amazon right now using this link.


On December 5th, you’ll be able to purchase the paperback edition and the ebook editions on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.