Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Unseen

by Jordan Dane

I am writing the final chapter of my latest project. INDIGO AWAKENING is Book #1 in THE HUNTED series for Harlequin Teen (Fall 2012). I love and hate finishing a book. There is such joy in making the final revision. It's a real sense of accomplishment that launches me into a euphoric state that lingers. I also tend to procrastinate finishing because I never want to let the world and the characters go. The beauty of this project is that I get to keep the fires burning with a series.

To celebrate, I like to do something special to mark the occasion. As luck would have it, I've found the perfect thing. New York Times Bestselling author, Heather Graham, will be in San Antonio on Monday, April 2, at 7PM at the B&N LaCantera to sign her book THE UNSEEN. I made a date with my husband to have a nice dinner too. (Writing a book is taxing for a spouse too.)

THE UNSEEN is set in San Antonio. That alone is enough to give me goose bumps. Heather graciously blurbed my debut book - NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM - before I had my first book on the shelf. I will never forget her kindness. An author of her caliber, I didn't know what to expect. As an author, I'm always prepared for rejection, but her generosity blew me away.

Here is a summary of the plot for THE UNSEEN (Mira, Mar 27, 2012)

1800s. San Antonio, Texas: In room 207 at the Longhorn Saloon, in the long shadow of the Alamo itself, a woman renowned for her beauty was brutally murdered. Her killer was never found.
 

One year ago: In that same historic room, another woman vanished without a trace. Her blood was everywhere…but her body was never recovered.


Now: In the last month, San Antonio has become a dumping ground for battered bodies.

All young women, many of them long missing, almost all forgotten. Until now.

Texas Ranger Logan Raintree cannot sit by and let his city's most vulnerable citizens be slain. So when he is approached to lead a brand-new group of elite paranormal investigators working the case, he has no choice but to accept the challenge. And with it, his powerful ability to commune with the dead.

Among Logan's new team is Kelsey O'Brien, a U.S. marshal known for her razor-sharp intuition and a toughness that belies her delicate exterior. Kelsey has been waiting all her life to work with someone who can understand her ability to "see" the past unfolding in the present. Now she has her chance.

Together, Kelsey and Logan follow their instincts to the Alamo and to the newly reopened Longhorn, which once tempted heroes with drink, cards and women. If the spirits of those long-dead Texans are really appearing to the victims before their deaths, only Kelsey and Logan have the skills to find out why.

And if something more earthly is menacing the city's oldest, darkest corners, only they can stop it—before more innocent women join the company of San Antonio's restless ghosts….


"Graham deftly weaves elements of mystery, the paranormal, and romance into a tight plot that will keep the reader guessing at the true nature of the killer’s evil."
—Publishers Weekly review on THE UNSEEN


I love stories set in San Antonio, my hometown. My debut book was set in SA and I saw the city with fresh eyes to tell that story. The creepy underpinnings of the paranormal is an added bonus, especially when written by such a gifted author. So my treat to finishing my book is Heather Graham and THE UNSEEN.

What about you, my TKZ family? Do you do anything special to celebrate the accomplishment of finishing a book? What is the wildest thing you ever did or would like to do for your next one?

4 comments:

  1. YaaY! Jordan! You go girl!

    I can't wait to get my hands on your book!

    Thanks for putting Heather's info up - that sounds exactly like something for me.

    That is a wonderful space to be in, when you know the work is at its best and you're ready to release it out into the world.

    Bittersweet, though, as you said. No wonder we like series - it keeps us in that special world.

    When I finish my next book I'm going to book a vacation to the setting for my next story, and feed the Muse with a few days of R&R.

    So happy for you and your success! Tell Heather we all appreciate what she's done for you.

    Paula

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  2. How sweet, Paula. Thanks for visiting, girl. I love your idea of treating yourself by traveling to your next book's setting. A great research opportunity, but that would also immerse you into your setting & get your head in the next book. Plus the R&R will be well-deserved. It's not easy working a full time job with all the writing you do. Brilliant idea.

    I'd love to hear where you're going, if you know. Happy travels!

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  3. Wildest? Have a destination party somewhere exotic that matches the theme of the book. Hawaii, maybe, for my final MythSam series?

    Jordan, when you see Heather, tell her we're blog buddies. She's a dear friend. Just spent Monday night with her in NYC. I'm sending her the link to your blog so she can see you reviewed her book. Nice job! xoxoxo

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  4. Thx, Piks. I'm really looking forward to taking the whole day off & end it by starting Heather's new book. Plus have a date with my husband. So good.

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