What happened before the events in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy? Read Pam and Shady’s story in this novella-length prequel!
The Other Side of Fear: A Novella about the XK9s
Officer Pamela Gómez has big dreams. And a tiny apartment.
She hopes to win a rare promotion as one of an elite corps of XK9 “super dog” handlers on the Orangeboro Police Department’s forensic team. But the odds are stacked against her. Pam’s never had a dog, never left her home space station. She’s never thought of herself as an “elite” anything.
Plus the dogs are huge! Her apartment’s really small. Her boyfriend secretly hopes she’ll wash out, and her mother advises she abandon all hope.
But she took the courses. She passed the tests, and she made the cut. Now she’s a partner-candidate bound for Planet Chayko. Pam knows she’ll feel awkward. She’s braced to be the oddball.
She never expected to fall in love.
All her inner voices scream “loser!” and “fail!”
Can big dreams and a giant dog take her to the other side of fear?
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Praise for The Other Side of Fear
“I love how Gephardt can so easily express the bond between humans and dogs.”
—Booker T’s Farm
“This whole series is on my instabuy list for life.”
“I really enjoyed this book. . . Loved the dogs; their personalities really shine.”
“Ms. Gephardt does a fine job of fleshing out her characters—and making me want to know more, as my subsequent purchase of the first of the trilogy proves.”
Human/non-human interactions are always tricky . . . Gephardt treads this razor edge with such finesse that every encounter between XK9 and potential companion is sheer delight.
Have you met the XK9s?
Whether or not you’ve read What’s Bred in the Bone, the first book in the XK9 “Bones” Trilogy, the prequel, The Other Side of Fear gives a glimpse of how the Pack and their partners first met.
Author Jan S. Gephardt has finished A Bone to Pick, the second book in the XK9″Bones” Trilogy.
Bone of Contention, the third book, is Jan’s current work-in-progress, with a projected 2024 release.
The Other Side of Fear Cover art © 2020 by Lucy A. Synk