UNQUIET – Coming Soon

Unquiet spirits. A gathering underground war. And a love that complicates everything.

In Mick’s quiet Missouri town, strangers stand out—especially mysterious women who vandalize cars in front of the local grocery store. It’s strange, but none of Mick’s business … until he notices the woman’s busted lip. The right thing to do is offer her a ride and a place to hide out—which is how he ends up with her knife against his throat in his own apartment.

Waapikoona has nearly reached her quota of bodies to raise her sister from the dead. When it’s this easy to take her next valuable soul, she can’t say no. But she stalls killing Mick, sensing another regret she’ll have to carry in her already dark world.

Old bones are stirring underground, changing Mick. Waapikoona has crossed the circle of time, made a pact with a powerful underworld demon, and angered the thunderbirds. Mick can’t escape his new calling: stop Waapikoona and the unquiet she’s dragged into his town.

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UNQUIET Update – February 15

Another snowstorm here in St. Louis … and all the words for UNQUIET are finished.

I’m so proud of this book. All the editing has made it shine. I’ve sent it to my formatter, hoping she can start it early.

The cover artist is now on the third draft of the cover and OH MY.

Hey, also… I’m on Instagram now, if you want to check out some random book and non-book related stuff there.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete (96,621 words)
My revisions: Complete (98,839 words)
Editing: Complete (98,802 words)
Proofreading: Complete
Formatting: Starting soon
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Started, third draft is looking AWESOME

UNQUIET Update – January 19

First round of editing–the most time consuming round–done! Round two starts in one week, proofreading immediately afterward. Formatting is scheduled for late February, the blurb is mostly written, and the cover is already in the works! OMG IT IS ALL COMING TOGETHER

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete (96,621 words)
My revisions: Complete (98,839 words)
Editing: Round 1 finished (98,688 words)
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Started

Recommended Reads: THE SCORPIO RACES

Here’s another magical story I couldn’t put down. Part of me was bothered by the idea of capturing and caging mythical sea horses, and that feeling only seemed to get worse as the story went on.

But I think that’s kind of the point. It adds to a darkness in this book that wouldn’t be so pronounced without it, and in that darkness this love story shines so bright.

One of my favorite concepts in love stories is when the differences between two people create the perfect connection, a meant-to-be team, and each brings something to the other. Where each person guards the other, keeps them safe from their demons. They don’t just love each other, they need each other in a life-or-death way.

And there’s so much more going on in this plot which I don’t want to mention for fear of ruining the magic.

THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Amazon | Goodreads | Maggie Stiefvater’s website

UNQUIET Update – December 15

UNQUIET is with the first editor. When I sent it off I was like, YAY I GET A BREAK! Then I realized I have to use this time to write the blurb.

Fact: A novel’s blurb is harder to write than the novel itself.

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete (96,621 words)
My revisions: Complete (98,839 words)
Editing: Started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – December 7

Twenty-eight degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for a night walk. A lively dog who sets a quick pace and likes to add in bursts of sprinting is a must. Added bonus is neighbors using their fireplaces and filling the crisp air with woodsmoke. We walked/ran two miles in about 45 minutes. It would have been quicker if we hadn’t needed to stop from time to time and sniff many individual pieces of grass. And pause on the street corner to survey for threats and scrutinize every blinking Christmas light and falling leaf. And go out of the way to avoid the inflated waving Santa who most certainly was trying to kill us. Can I trade June, July, and August for three more Decembers?

On to book news. My revisions are going very fast. Editing starts very soon. My guess for publication is March, but don’t hold me to that.

I still haven’t decided which of the three closing lines is the one…

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete! (96,621 words)
My revisions: Started (74% complete)
Editing: Starting soon
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started

UNQUIET Update – I wrote the closing line!

…actually, I wrote *three* closing lines. I’m not sure which one is the right one. XD

But what’s important now is this story is written! I’ve done a lot of revising and editing along the way so it won’t need much more from me. I plan to send it for editing in a few weeks (after I’ve completely tortured myself in trying to make it perfect although I know it never will be).

Progress of UNQUIET
First draft: Complete! (96,621 words)
My revisions: Started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started