At long last, an official release of Schultz’s third book Jill, a novel about a female serial killer, is in sight… or perhaps right in front of us. Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 is the date. Although the original plan to release it on Black Friday was scrapped, it appears the book will still be out in time for the Holidays; 14 days before Christmas to be exact. Jill will be available on both Paperback and Kindle editions. C. W. Schultz also wrote Yeval (2007) and The Pack (2010), both of which are available on Paperback and Kindle at Amazon.com, among other retailers.
Black Friday came and went, and in a perfect world C. W. Schultz’s third novel Jill would be out right now. But it’s not a perfect world; Jill is still not out; and there is no update on its release date.
However, since you all got nothing for Black Friday like originally promised, you will get a little something for Cyber Monday instead. An official outline of Jill‘s plot has been released. This should keep your beaks a little wet while Jill is being finished up. Enjoy!
At home, Rachel Rhodes is a mother and wife. At work, she is a manager. At night, she is the infamous serial killer known only as Jill. Her secret will eventually affect everyone in her life, from her family members to the detectives investigating the case.
Luck starts off on her side as she befriends heartbroken detective Cole Dale, who’s an important link to the investigation. However, that luck seems to fade when Rachel meets Cole’s partner, an unorthodox and mentally unstable detective, Perry Charleton, driven by personal reasons to stop Jill using any means necessary.
The novel is told in an omniscient narrative style, allowing the story to have a hauntingly neutral perspective which disguises everything as it progresses and leaves no room for predictability, entangling the reader in a web of evil. Layered with symbolism and motifs, leaving the story to come together like a puzzle through the characters’ actions and interactions; its themes deal with such issues as dysfunction, impressionability and influence, sexism, racism and even humiliation.
As with any C. W. Schultz novel, Jill is a study in candor. The author himself calls Jill “a serial killer soap opera” as Rachel seeks the romantic, fairy tale ending that only a deranged woman would believe possible after the things she has done.
The Black Widow Calling Card is a green rectangular card with a black widow on the front and red lip prints on the back. It is Jill’s official calling card, which she leaves at each crime scene.
Replicas of the Black Widow Calling Card can be found for free around the Seattle area, in promotion for Jill‘s upcoming release and is intended to be used as a bookmark.
There is no text on the card. Schultz considered putting information such as the title, release date and website to help steer attention towards the book; however, he decided that any text will render the calling card inauthentic. The idea behind the calling cards is to have someone type its descriptions into a search engine and have the search results direct them to further information about the book. Schultz explains:
“My main agenda is to have a cool souvenir right out of the book. This is a first for one of my stories and I don’t want to contaminate this cool milestone by pushing the product. In the book, there is no text on the calling card, so why should these bookmarks have any text? The promotional value that these bookmarks/calling-cards have is secondary to me. It’s less fun to advertise it and more fun to steer people in the direction, allowing their interest to tell them about the book—their own curiosity luring them to my novel… my web.”
“Black Friday would have been an awesome day to release it, but it looks like that date might be cutting it a little too close. I am sure my readers will much rather wait so they can have a solid story, rather than reading something rushed so it could be released conveniently on Black Friday. The good news is: I decided to release a sample of the first chapter to keep your beaks wet.”
We apologize for the delay and thank you for your patience. It will be worth the wait! Stay tuned for an update on the new official release date.
Here it is, the cover for novel number three! Out November 23, 2012 (Black Friday).
Jill is set to be released on both Paperback and Kindle on November 23, 2012! Put Schultz’s third novel on your Wish List, because the 23rd is Black Friday and Jill might be the perfect gift to ask for or give during the Holiday Season!