"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
It spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating!
Just a heads up...this post is actually a mix of WoW and a regular post today. So, those of you who are looking to see what I'm eagerly waiting on, please be patient as I do reveal it towards the end of this post! What is written between here and there is actually pertinent to the WoW reveal!
As most of you know, I co-own a publishing company (Cressen Books LLC) with my husband and lately we've been taking on new authors. We have three authors signed on with us now and one of them is getting ready to release their debut novel. It's in the final stages even as I write this.
The reason I mention this is that I spent this morning editing the latest chapter in this soon-to-be-published novel. And I literally went through 10-15 kleenexes while editing it. It was that emotional!
Normally, when editing occurs, especially if it's more technical editing than content editing, emotions get turned off and I'm busy looking for misspelled words or punctuation problems or grammar issues, that sort of thing. Can't get too emotional with that.
But, I also do content editing. So to a degree, I have to read what's written in order to know if anything needs to be added or changes suggested to make the work flow better. Even with content editing, I can usually turn off the emotional responses because it's work reading not pleasure reading.
Not today, however. Rachel Stark, the author of this upcoming novel, is such a talented writer and I knew that this latest chapter was going to be an emotional ride. But, I had no idea how Rachel was going to proceed to write it. And boy was I in for a surprise. Within the first two paragraphs, I was jumping up from my computer and fetching a box of kleenexes. And the waterworks kept getting jarred as I continued through the chapter.
Now this book is full of emotion already, but Rachel has written it in such a way that it just keeps building and building until it finally has to burst. And she manages it so well in this latest chapter. Whew. Now that's what I call provoking emotions in a story. The reader knows that it's fiction but has become so emotionally tied to the main characters' plight, that tears or laughter or anger can readily be drawn from the reader as events unfold.
Well done, Rachel!
For those that are interested, the title to this debut novel is A Veil of Shattered Dreams and will hopefully be published within the first week of January. It falls in the Young Adult Psychological Suspense category but is definitely a read that many adult readers will enjoy as well. And because a cover reveal has already been done, I'd like to share the cover here with you...it's amazing and definitely fits well with the story:
Is that an amazing cover or what? Rachel, along with two of her friends, one a photographer and one a model, developed this cover and I think they pulled it off beautifully! And there's actually more to it but you have to order the paperback to get the full effect (hint, hint). ;)
And here's the synopsis:
Have you ever dreamed so hard it was real? A dream world that beckons to you, but is so fragile it could shatter with the mere thought of harsh reality. Katerina dreams of this place. But is it real or only real to her? With her sanity trapped behind a shadowy veil, Katerina struggles to free herself from its hidden secrets. But these secrets come at a terrible cost, a cost that may be too great for her to accept.
Does that synopsis draw you in or what?! So, I guess in a way, this is my Waiting on Wednesday because I truly can't wait to see this book published and available for readers everywhere. It will definitely provoke emotions and leave readers ultimately satisfied at the end of the heart-wrenching journey.
For those visiting today, if you have a WoW post you'd like to share, please leave a link for me in the comments below as I'd love to see what you're waiting on! If you read through this whole post, thank you...it truly was pertinent! And please let me know what you think about this exciting upcoming debut!