I will not kid you: January's been rough.
I've been dealing with the end-of-semester grading, getting ready to train a student teacher, and the sudden death of my friend's son. I've been dragging home in the bitter cold at 6:00 PM for days now, after working close to 11 hours a day. Really, I haven't had much time for writing, and I'm WAY behind.
However, I'm pleased to announce that I finished my fourth edit of Becoming Brigid since I got the first proof last June, and today I submitted the files for the updated cover and interior to create space. Soon, there will be a new proof copy available. It's now time for me to hand it over to someone to copy edit. And then, about 5 more edits/copy edits, and it should be ready!! Yea!
So, soon I'll be ready to reveal the actual cover of the book online. (Okay, so my students have already seen it -- since I've been dragging the old proof around for months now.) I spent an hour today (yes, it takes THAT LONG) researching possible bloggers to ask if they'd do a cover reveal sometime in the spring, but if any of my readers happen to be interested in doing a cover reveal for Becoming Brigid, do leave a comment so I'll know.
In case you've forgotten, Becoming Brigid is a paranormal adventure book with a hint of romance, aimed at girls 14-17-ish. I began work on it not long after I started Confessions of an Average Half-Vampire, but Brigid doesn't have any vampires in it; it has Celtic gods.
Here's the (current) blurb:
Pepper Kircy has definite plans for her future. And she thinks she knows everything about her life -- at least until she meets Dougal, a man with way too much knowledge about a past she doesn’t remember. Suddenly, her geeky, ghost-hunting dad and her mortician neighbors aren’t quite as ordinary as they seem. But then, neither is Pepper.
Dougal’s tempting. He quotes poetry and insists on calling Pepper by the name she never uses: Brigid. Soon, she can’t get him out of her dreams. So, in spite of all his weird talk about a missing goddess and a long-lost stone, she could really like this guy. Maybe even enough to change her precious plans.
If he'd just stop trying to kill her....