I am happy to report that the first draft of the fourth (and final -- I'm serious this time) book in the Pipe Woman's Legacy series is in the can. Yesterday, I hogtied myself to my desk and spent hours throwing words onto a virtual page, which resulted in my best word-count day ever: more than 8,100 words in a single day. It was a long, intense day's work, and I'm still pretty well fried.
But enough about me. What's it about? And do we have a title yet?
What it's about: The story picks up a few weeks after Spider's Lifeline leaves off. The temporary amnesia about Ingrid Ingunnardottir suffered by Naomi and Joseph has spread to Webb; as a consequence, he has done nothing to find the sipapu that leads to the gods' realm. So first, he has to shake off the glamor Ingrid has placed on him; then he needs to build a team to find the sipapu; and then they need to get into the realm, locate Freya, find out which goddess is really managing Ingrid, and make Her stop.
You know it's not going to be that simple, right? Because once that's done, the gods still need Their peace agreement tweaked, and Naomi's already recruited Webb to help.
As for the title...no, I don't have one yet. Enkou figures in a couple of key scenes, so the title will definitely have the word "turtle" in it. Still working out the rest. I'll let you know when I know.
I'm still hoping for publication around the Fourth of July. We'll see how it goes.
That's all I've got for you for now. Maybe next week I'll have a title -- and maybe even a cover.
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