An anonymous reader who asked not to be mentioned by name (Hi Anonymous!) sent me a question that I have to say is peculiar.
Back in the day Janet Evanovich and Stephen J. Cannell inked a deal to coauthor a book together. It appeared, disappeared, and reappeared from Publishers Marketplace. Anonymous read the sample chapter online at Evanovich’s site earlier this year, liked it, and went back to look for the promised chapter two on July 1 – but it’s gone.
Speaking of disappear, only this time, no reappear:
Not only the excerpt, but all mention of the book is gone, save for a mention in a newsletter and a reference here and there. First anonymous wondered if she was crazy, but no, there were definitely plenty of mentions of the book last time anonymous visited Evanovich.com. So anonymous went hunting.
If you type “no chance” site:evanovich.com into a Google search, there’s remnants of quite a few pages – but they’re all 404s. Meanwhile, Cannell used to have it on his news page, home page and appearances page – those mentions are gone, too. There is still a page for the book on his site, and you can download an excerpt from his site but the majority of the references are also gone. Mentions of the book that appear in Google searches of Cannell’s site aren’t there when the actual page is accessed. Very odd, noted anonymous.
Amazon still has the book listed with a release date of October 2, and Cannell still has a page about the book itself, but over in Evanovich.com? Gone.
So what’s up with that? Anyone got any info for Anonymous? Is this a product of Evanovich’s August 1 site redesign launch, or is something up with the book?