Dead Awakenings – By Rebekah R. Ganiere Released January 3, 2014 from Etopia Press
Evaine, a struggling New York theater student, enters an unsanctioned drug trial to pay bills. She wakes up in a derelict hospital, chained to a bed with no memory of who she is, or how she got there. A band of pale skinned men, led by the gorgeous Luca, burst in, whisking her away to the safety of Haven House.
At Haven House, Evaine is introduced to The Family and told that due to the drug trials she has become a Deader, a reanimated Undead.
Luca is hell-bent on stopping the experimentations, and killing those responsible. He has no time for a Newborn who is struggling to control her rages, hunger, and powers. Nor does he have time to deal with the feelings she’s awakening within him.
Evaine and Luca find their connection intensifying when suddenly, she remembers not only who she is, but also her fiancé, Tristan; who is still looking for her. Now Evaine is torn between her first love and her new heart’s desire.
By running back to Tristan she puts everyone in danger, and Luca suspects Evaine is the key to the experiments when a rogue faction of Deaders, called Feeders, attempt to kidnap her. Can everyone must band together to keep Evaine off the cutting table of those she escaped from? Or will second death tear her away from everyone, for good?
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I am happy to announce that Dead Awakenings has made it to the second round of Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Competition. Wahoo! I am trying to not get too excited, but they started out with 10,000 entries and they whittled it down to 2,000 entries and I am one of 400 entries in the Romance categories. I will find out on March 12th if I make it to the semi finalists and they will read my entire manuscript. I am really very excited. I am hoping that I make it at least that far and I am able to have them read it from page one to the end.
I am currently on my way to the San Fransisco Writer's Conference to learn and make connections and pitch Dead Awakenings to agents. I am nervous and excited at the same time. This is a big step for me actually getting out of cyber space and getting into the real world meeting people.
The pitching is scary because it isn't an impersonal rejection letter from a faceless agent, it is a person a real person, who tells you to your face whether they are interested in seeing your manuscript, or no thanks.
Hello everyone! It has been a while since I have posted. I only came to realize this a few days ago. And I asked myself, "Why has it been over a month since you posted"? And I thought about what I have been up to these last six weeks, and thought, "Well it isn't for lack of effort!"
So this is what I have been up to. First off, I started a very intensive screenwriting program. This program has been super intense and I have been working daily on the script. It has been hard for me especially in the last 3 weeks because we have been working on the one thing I dread most. Outlining. I hate outlining. I am a discovery writer. I have an idea, I write it down with the main points, and then I go. But in this class I am outlining every scene of my script.
Second, I wrote a query letter for agents. It has gone through a ton of revisions since I started it back in November. And only yesterday I finished it to where I think it is good. Not great, but good. So I have been submitting my queries for the last six weeks.
Third, well, let's be honest, it was the holidays. My kids had a break from homeschooling for 3 weeks, so I took advantage of that down time for the first time in my life. I actually did nothing for two whole weeks but play WoW. The other week was the week before Christmas and I worked frantically to finish Christmas presents. Including 12 pairs of PJ pants, a dress, a skirt, a bag, an apron and goodies.
Lastly, I have been so focused on getting the query done, synopsis for Dead Awakenings done. Working on a new idea I have for a book series, and fighting my carpal tunnel, that I just plain forgot.
So. I have known, since I finished Dead Awakenings that I would be having a sequel. However what I didn't have was a single solitary idea as to where I wanted it to go. There are so many possibilities. One character in particular had a Huge decision to make and I just didn't know which way I wanted them to go. For months now I have been trying in vain to find some sort of storyline that would answer all the questions, and still allow one of the main characters to have at least resolution, if not a happy ending.
When I was speaking with a mentor about the fact that several different production companies wanted to see a script, he mentioned that I needed to at least have an outline for the second book, or it could cause me some problems down the line if I didn't. So my search for a storyline when into overdrive.
After then speaking with a writing friend of mine she helped me figure out what questions had to be worked out and EUREKA! I finally had an idea as to where to go with the sequel.
I can now say officially that the sequel to Dead Awakenings, Dead Reckoning (working title) is underway.
So this novel I have been working on, and off, and on again, for the last two years. I had all but the last 12,000 words written last year and then the weight of the book came crashing down on me as I realized I had 100,000 words and I was nowhere near finished with the story!
So about 6 months ago the thought hit me. Why am I trying to cram everything into one book? There is so much still to write that this should really be a pair of books. Wahoo! I was suddenly inspired to write about 4,000 more words. And then it happened. I got to the climax of the book and became so overwhelmed with wanting to get it perfect that I stalled out and couldn't move forward.
Then I started taking a Pro Screenwriting series from Hal Croasmun. Hal said that you should write, even if it's crap. Write it without judging yourself for what you are writing. Just get it down there.
So this month, with it being National Write a Novel month, I was determined to finish the book. And tonight, I did it! Wahoo! Throw a party! I finished the last 8,000 words and completed the novel.
I am so proud of myself and totally excited! And of course, now is the feeling of, okay now what do I work on? But not to worry! I have a ton of other projects to work on, and just as many to polish!
Hey everyone! I was asked by author Jessica Thompson http://www.jannnovels.blogspot.com/ if I wanted to be in the Next Big Thing Blog Hop that was started on Good Reads.com. So I thought it would be fun to do and to link to a few other great writer blogs out there. I think it also gets me an opportunity to put a things on my blog about me and what I am up to right now, since I am so busy I haven't been able to post much.
What is the (working title) of your book?
Where did the idea come from
for the book?
I had someone mention to me that they had never heard of a Zombie Romance before and I thought it was a totally disgusting idea. But the idea wouldn't stay out of my head, till I came up with an idea.
What genre does your book fall under?
Paranormal Romance, from what I am told.
would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oooooh, that has been asked of me before and it is a toughy. I have a look in my head, but not necessarily an actual actor. For my heroine Evaine, Jessica Biel would be awesome. My daughter worked on a movie she directed a few years ago and she is an extremely nice person. For Luca I love Michael Sheen and Karl Urban. And for Tristan I see Steven R. McQueen. He is such a cutie!
the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
When a college student enters a drug trial to pay the bills and awakens in a derelict hospital strapped to a bed, the last things she expects to be told is that she is a zombie.
Will your book be self-published
or represented by an agency?
Originally I was going to self publish, but I have gotten so much positive feedback from my beta readers, that I am now going to try and get an agent.
How long did it take you to write the first
draft of your manuscript?
About a month, maybe less. I wrote and wrote and wrote day in and day out until it was finished.
What other books would you compare this story
to within your genre?
I have been told it is like Twilight meets the Walking Dead.
Who or What inspired you to write this
My husband has always believed in me and my writing so he inspired me to write it.
What else about your book might pique the reader's interest?
This is a zombie romance. Not sure what else to say besides that. There isn't anything out there like it. It is fun and sexy and I love it!
Hope that everyone has had fun with this post. I think I am going to do it again in a couple of weeks with my book The Society and then again with a few others.
I am linking this to a few other great authors that I think you might enjoy as well! Take care!
So my husband signed my up with screenwritersu.com Proseries class for script writing. And in the last 5 days I have been filled with amazing information from Hal Croasmun.
You may be wondering what the heck I am doing in a script class, but the truth is, I am trying to get my book into script format.
My husband took my Dead Awakenings book to several productions companies a few months back and they all wanted to see a script. And now that I am completely done with edits and beta readers on the book and I am sending out query letters, I need to move on to the script.
I did a second draft of The Society this last two weeks and it is good. Needs some world adjustments, but other than that I didn't find any major plot holes and I tightened up my characters. So that one can wait while I work on my scripts.
At this time I have four scripts I want to write. One I have to get done and three I would love to get done. I know that taking this class is really going to help me fulfill that goal.
So, what to be on the watch for? Watch for more posts on the progress of the script as well as my upcoming need for Beta Readers for my book The Society.