We finally got some snow, and I finally have enough words in Unquiet book #3 to post an update.
This book is called UNCHAINED.
Progress of UNCHAINED
First draft: In progress (19,016 words, about 19% complete)
My revisions: Not started
Editing: Not started
Proofreading: Not started
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Not started
I’m struggling to find my momentum with this last Unquiet book. I wrote over 1,000 words last night, but most of those were put down past midnight. Lazy days this week allow me to do that. When my normal schedule returns after the new year I won’t have that Easy Writing Window of Time, which seems to be 11 p.m. onward. Late night writing is how I wrote the entire Alignment series. It’s a schedule I’m no longer physically able to do.
Doesn’t really matter, though, does it? Books must be written, so the time will be found… somewhere…
Cutting back on reading time might be necessary, but not that easy right now because I’m 50% into THE KING’S MAN by Elizabeth Kingston and enjoying the heck out of it. It’s a bit of an enemies-to-lovers story set in medieval Wales. Broody hero with a violent past meets a Welsh warrior princess who is tasked with dragging him home to England to answer to his king. Lots of unexpected movement in the plot and great romantic tension. Can’t quite recommend it yet because I have no idea what’s in store, but the first 50% is excellent.
I also just started THE HATING GAME by Sally Thorne. I know I’m late on this one but after seeing it pop up everywhere and never seem to go away I figured I had to do it. It’s a library loan, so I have to put THE KING’S MAN on temporary pause (boooo). The first few chapters of THE HATING GAME are delicious. I’ll probably devour it in days. It’s a nice change from the dark dramatic stuff I usually read. :)
Speaking of dark and dramatic… you gotta check out THE GLASS WOMAN by Caroline Lea. Chilling, desolate, mysterious, romantic, a perfect winter read. Kind of like REBECCA in Iceland. Certainly one of my top five reads in 2020.
I hope you’re enjoying some lazy days full of books, good food and drink, pleasant family time, and all the nice things at the end of this bizarre year. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2021. :)
Here are some photos I took during an October road trip to Arkansas. The drive led straight through the part of Missouri where the Unquiet books take place. For those of you unfamiliar with the Ozark Mountain region, here’s a good taste. Every morning our mountaintop cabin was surround by fog … and unquiet creatures returning to their hiding places.
Thanks to Tanya at LitBuzz for such a wonderful review of UNBROKEN.
… a totally original supernatural thriller that is as fascinating as it is engrossing …
… sweeping in magnitude … intimately touching …
… new twists in the plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you wonder where this will all end …
… such raw but real characters whose struggles and emotions are almost tangible …
… the Unquiet Series is so well done and captivating that I could not put it down and am eagerly waiting for the next book to be published.
UNBROKEN release day is here!
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The Unquiet Series is an urban fantasy trilogy with a wholesome small-town hero, a mysterious anti-heroine, and a world of unquiet spirits, razor-toothed demons, and thunderbirds.
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Mutual enemies. Opposite worlds. She fled to keep him safe. He won’t stop until he finds her.
Waapikoona’s journey home was supposed to be a respite from the chaos that tore her from her path in Missouri. Bad news and new grief cut the warm welcome short. Even armed with the perfect clue to find her sister’s abuser, the danger she faces is all too … real.
Mick feels like the most unqualified of heroes. Too much to do brings too many mistakes and distracts him from his hunt for Waapikoona. When an unexpected guest arrives in his woods, urgency electrifies his search. It’s no longer just his life that depends on finding Waapikoona.
The creatures of the underworld are multiplying. Growing bolder. And now threatening more than just Mick. He can’t solve anything without Waapikoona, but someone else has found her first—someone who wants her dead. She’s been raised from her grave once. Twice would be a miracle.
Many thanks to Colleen at ampersandbookinteriors.com! She’s a real pro and a pleasure to work with. These pages are so dramatic and beautiful, and I can’t wait to share them with readers.
Release day for UNBROKEN is September 29!
UNBROKEN is the second book in an exciting new urban fantasy series. If you’re new to this series, you need to start with UNQUIET. If you’re ready for book two, pre-order today and it will be delivered to your device on release day.
Finalizing all the pieces of this book happened so fast I can hardly believe it’s finished.
Fun fact: the paperbacks of UNQUIET and UNBROKEN both have 346 pages. I’m not sure how that happened, but it must be proof that this book is perfect. :)
So romantic I could die.
That’s my review for this extraordinary book.
Should I try to explain the depth and evolution of character, the beautiful turns of phrase, the unending love, and the real peril suffered by these characters? No review or blurb could do it justice. The book’s blurb itself doesn’t touch on any of this (I read the blurb again after finishing the book and wanted to laugh—no no no, not even close to what happens in these pages). And with its previous cover (imagine your typical historical romance cover with a bare-chested man, hair blowing in the wind), it’s not something I’d normally pick up.
This is the most tortured of heroes, thrown straight into his own version of hell. A heroine who sticks to her morals in the most challenging of trials, her head held high. Two people who need each other with the intensity of Cathy and Heathcliff, but who wouldn’t dare play games or hurt one another intentionally. The plot itself is unrelenting, and the setting is epic—from an insane asylum, to a haunted castle, to a bustling city, and back again.
This book went on my All-Time-Favorites and Favorite-Love-Stories shelf before I was even half finished, and the final half only strengthened its place.
FLOWERS FROM THE STORM by Laura Kinsale
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This is the best ending to any book I have ever written.
Progress of UNBROKEN
First draft: Complete (96,294 words)
My revisions: Complete (97,025 words)
First editor: File sent to editor
Second editor: Scheduled for July 6
Formatting: Not started
Final proofread: Not started
Cover art: Ebook cover complete