Here is an update on all the projects I'm currently working on. They range from a completed novel to ideas only in outline form. Let me know which one you are most excited for!
1. The Crown of Bones
My debut novel coming May 2020 is currently out with beta readers. After I gather all of the beta feedback, I will revise the novel one more time before sending it to my editor. Speaking of editor, I recently signed with one and I am excited to work with them!
The talented Jenna from Jenna Davis Designs has created a beautiful cover I am looking forward to revealing...all in good time!
I have been getting wonderful feedback from beta readers for this story. One reader said my novel had a "dark and gothic aesthetic." Another said, "I was immediately drawn into the spell your story creates." And another said, "The storyline is excellent and I have become invested in the characters."
I am so proud of this novel and cannot wait to share it with the world. Here is a visual aesthetic of my protagonist, Gisela.
Gisela knows about sacrifice all too well.
She abandoned her education, friends, and fairy tales to support her family and care for her sister.
But when she jilts a wealthy suitor, Gisela is chosen for another type of sacrifice.
As an Offering to the Goddess Bergot, Gisela and seven others are sent on a deadly quest for a mythical crown. To return home, Gisela must overcome obstacles which darkly resemble the fairy tales she once believed.
Weaving through a tapestry of friendship, romance, violence, and magic--Gisela becomes the target of an ancient evil force, while an ominous detail from the past haunts her at every turn.
To what lengths will Gisela go to save the ones she loves?
Sometimes sacrifices must be made.
Become an Offering ~ May 2020
2. The Bone Needle
As sequel to The Crown of Bones, I can't reveal too much information without giving spoilers. Let's just say that this novel will follow Brahm (the love interest from Book I) as he searches for the god Stargott.
This novel is in outline form with only a few scenes drafted to get a feel for story and Brahm's POV.
Here is a visual aesthetic for Brahm Wolf, the protagonist of The Bone Needle
3. The Motel Witch
My paranormal mystery #WIP about a woman who finds a corpse at a carnival and ends up discovering more about her father, the community, and herself.
On top of outlining and writing the first few chapters, I have also explored this novel with the help of Twitter writing prompts. I won't share them all, but here is one representing the novel's inciting incident:
Ivy and Kane spent a crisp night at the carnival
They shared a funnel cake and fooled around on the Ferris Wheel
Later, they came across a corpse
Skinned palms, gouged eyes, and sliced ears arranged into a hexagram
Same as her dad, twenty-five years before
Here is a visual aesthetic for Ivy, the main character of The Motel Witch.
4. Untitled Retelling of The Seven Ravens
This is a short story retelling of The Seven Ravens that I am halfway through drafting. The Seven Ravens is my favorite Grimm's Fairy Tale because it features a brave girl who goes to extremes to save her seven brothers.
My retelling takes place in colonial America around the late 1600's. In this novel you will find harsh Bible-thumping parents, wlw romance, witches, a Glass Mountain, a sexy quilt, and a finger bone used as a key.
Once completed and edited, I will release this short story for you to read for free here on my website.
Here is a visual aesthetic for my retelling.
Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoyed my list of projects. For more information about The Crown of Bones visit https://www.rosalynbriar.com/books or sign up for my mailing list to receive news about the release date, promotions, and giveaways!