It’s Here! Pathways of the Dead Cover Reveal and Day Four of the #laboringaway Marathon

What a day! Labor day, cover reveal, and the finale for the marathon. Lots to cover.

First up, today is the official reveal of the Pathways of the Dead cover by Allison Jones. This one is designed to fit in with the new look of the revised Corridors (due early next week). The wave motif actually reveals a fairly major plot point that doesn’t crop up until late in the book, but captures an important theme of the entire series: the line between life and death. Without further ado…

Pathways Full ResObviously very pleased with the cover. Here’s the blurb:

Matty doesn’t want to end the world. Unfortunately, she has no choice.

Through a series of harrowing events, Matty DiCamillo discovered that she is the heir to an ancient prophecy, destined to destroy her own reality to save countless others. Now she finds herself locked away and interrogated by beings known as the Aetelia, who are out to force the apocalypse to their liking. After a breathless escape and an attack by the band of rebel Aetelia known as the Watchers, Matty must not only cross worlds but time itself to elude capture and face her destiny on her own terms. Aided by her lover Kristy; Tommy, a man trapped in a boy’s body; and an ageless woman named Omarosa; she must face death itself to reach the City of the Dead.

Currently aiming for an early November release. Editing is coming along very well and I’m close to handing it off to beta readers. Once that’s done, I may even schedule another marathon weekend to knock out the early portion of City of the Dead. Who knows?

Thanks to Dark World Books and all the kind bloggers for hosting the blog tour. I’m honored to share space on your sites.

Now, down to more business. Left yesterday with 36, 947 words, let’s just call it 36,900, and had just passed the book’s climax. There’s still some space to go, but I feel good about finishing the first draft at 50,000 words or thereabouts.

Then I get to go back in and add some scenes that have suggested themselves along the way. This fast-forward process is interesting; may even have the chance to release this book early next year, who knows? We shall see. Time to get to work.

12:59 PM

First break, lunch and kitty time. I’m sitting at 3246 words today for just over 40,000 words since Friday morning. With 10,000 to go this actually feels very doable. Five chapters remaining, and they’re not all super-long ones, either. Definitely into the endgame of the novel.

5:04 PM

Not taking breaks in the same way I have so far; the most I’m taking is 15 minutes, but I thought I’d share an update. I’m now at 5,584 for the day, 42531 total. It’s becoming increasingly apparent that I won’t make it 50,000 words but that’s okay because I have no doubt that I will finish this novel tonight. Only two-and-a-half chapters left and at the toughest scene that remains. Oh, also just learned that you can create fake iPhone conversations on the web, which lead me to insert my first image in a novel. Trust me, this is an important one.

Text from Jess

7:11 PM

“Imogene” is complete. Four days, 24 chapters, over 45,000 words. 8172 of those words came today, but I think the slower pace is down to grinding through the heaviest emotional stuff today. Make no mistake, though, I feel very proud of this accomplishment and can’t wait to share the novel with the world. It’s been a personal journey, super-condensed. I loved the experience.

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