Saturday, January 3, 2009

a wing and a prayer

i sent the first 75 pages (nine chapters) to my agent yesterday on a whim, a wing, and a prayer. i haven't even mentioned this book to her - in our last conversation in early december, we talked about my non-fiction book, Eating the Angel Way, and the manuscript of Seventh Son that's been languishing at penguin lo these last 8 months. (Beloved is fit to be tied about that - if this new book is my life cannibalized, then Seventh Son is his.)

this morning i'll send her an email to let her know it's on the way - if she's in the bahamas or something, i don't want to be biting my fingernails waiting to hear something when she hasn't even opened the envelope.

the upside is that even if she's in the bahamas, i'll get a small dose of immediate gratification with an away message. the downside is now i have to think of an interesting, pithy way to sum up the story:

The Secrets We Keep (85-90,000 words, projected) is a modern-day fairy tale about second chances, renewed faith and restored hope. When a psychic tells Evie Alexander that her long-lost love - a boy she knew as a student in England 30 years ago - is looking for her, she refuses to believe it until her blog hit counter starts going crazy. Their romance ended abruptly when his parents intervened, forbidding them to have contact with each other. However, shortly after Evie returned to America, she realized she was pregnant. Estranged from her own family, and alone, she was forced to make the best decision she could. Now, happily married and a successful writer, Evie receives an invitation to attend a conference near her old boyfriend's ancestral home in Wales, and it seems as if fate has intervened to finally allow her to lay the ghosts of the past to rest. Or maybe, it's something else...

what do you think? would you want to read the first page of that?

and furthermore, the war must end. blessed be.

18 comments:

NJDecorator said...

Hi, visiting from SITS! Happy new year and I would definitely read a novel with that premise...

Good luck with your new novel.

Laura Rose said...

Well, I'm biased b/c I'd always read anything you'd write...but even if I didn't know you...ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!!! Consider lots of good juju from me, if it helps!!

annie kelleher said...

silly laura... IF?! all donations of good juju HAPPILY, GRATEFULLY and HUMBLY accepted!!!!!!!

Lynette said...

"close to home?"
lol seems like a good premise to have started with.
will be happy to do a review.

john white said...

It's going to be a winner Annie.
'Go for it girl!' As the Lord Mayor would say.

Kim said...

I'm hooked - I can't wait to read it.

Dina said...

sounds awesome and of course i will be the first person to buy your book..funny i just read sing me home by stephanie kallos and it is all about the welsh culture...i never knew how fascinating they could be.

Patrice said...

I can imagine the words flying out from your fingers, your agent digging it, a publisher buying it, the public reading it, and a great future as a NYT bestselling author unfolding before you....

May it be so.

Martha said...

Yes, I do want to read it, I'm intrigued to find out how their story and romance play out.

Mindy said...

Ooooh I would SO read that! In fact, I can't wait!

I am also excited to read "Eating the Angel Way". That book sounds like something right up my alley!!

Isn't it exciting that there are always new books out there, waiting to be published, to keep us Book Gobblers busy!? I LOVE It!!

boxofficegirl said...

Hello, I saw your comments on John's blog and also Selchie so I thought I'd pop across the pond and see what you were up to.

I have to say that I am intrigued by the things you write about, good luck with this new venture.

Eudea-Mamia said...

Wow - that sounds great. Really. I would totally grab that one. Congratulations for sending it off. I can't imagine the courage it must take!!

Hope you hear good things soon.

Visiting from SiTS, but I'll be back. Em

Carol said...

this isn't autobiographical is it?? :)

Lynette said...

Great news to hear your almost done. Working hard and paying off.
BTW your the comment above me on Sunday Shout outs. So good morning fellow SITS-ers.

Missy's Blog said...

Hi there ... visiting from SITS.

Congratulations on your accomplishment! I enjoyed reading the teaser from your novel!

Lynette said...

ty for your comments on the family.
I appreciate your support very much.
Currently it is just trying to help where we can. Mom has a rent house now but we will be going and getting clothes today. At least til tomorrow when we can go to the local clothes closet and pick up stuff there. Mainly shoes for boy as they left with none. And shirt for older girl. Dad's house locked up by police so we can not get anything there.

annie kelleher said...

WOW!!! thank you all so much for all your good juju and happy thoughts!!!! (and yes, carol, some of it IS autobiographical)

Kathy said...

That sounds like a great book, and I know you know what to do with great ideas.