Tuesday, July 17, 2012

200-Page Party!

This is big for me.  Today, my manuscript reached 200 pages!  Even though I still have a few chapters to go, already this is the longest, most complete piece of work I have ever done.  All my previous writings usually fizzled out at around page 50.

So to celebrate, I decided I'd post my synopsis of the book, as well as the customized playlist I've been writing to.  This is about as much as anyone's going to get out of me until the book's finished, so enjoy!

The Synopsis

It's taken him five long years, but Ethan Calhoun has finally paid off his gold dredge.  In a tough town like Nome, Alaska, dredging is one of the toughest ways to make a living, but Ethan's a tough man.  With plenty of hard work and a little luck, this summer is looking to be his most profitable season yet.

The arrival of Ava Faraday catches him right between the eyes.  Ava is tough, beautiful... and the last thing he needs.  Ethan has worked hard to put his difficult past behind him, but when he's around Ava, he's forced to face a side of himself he'd tried to forget.

Ava has long convinced herself she's better off on her own.  Exiled from what was once her home after the traumatic death of her mother, she's learned the hard way that people can only be relied on to do one thing: let you down.  She's spent most of her life adrift, doing what she can to survive, but lately it's become increasingly clear that all she's doing is spinning her wheels.

An unexpected cry for help gives her the excuse she needs to return to the only place she ever really belonged.  But what is supposed to be a fresh start is complicated by her inescapable attraction to the charming Ethan Calhoun.  He's gorgeous enough to be tempting- and just kind enough to be dangerous.  Wary of her overwhelming desire to trust him, and unwilling to risk her fragile heart, Ava knows the best thing to do is put as much distance between them as possible.

But a storm is brewing.  The son of Nome's most successful dredging family has been watching Ethan, and he doesn't like what he sees.  How dare an out-of-towner start scooping up gold on his turf?  With the help of someone on Ethan's own crew, he has a plan to get rid of Ethan- and Ava- for good.

The Playlist

You can tell a lot about the storyline of a movie based on it's soundtrack.  What does this playlist reveal about the book?

1) "Flower", Moby
2) "Gold In These Hills", Brandon Michael Kinder
3) "Cold Hard Bitch", Jet
4) "Witchy Woman", The Eagles
5) "Black Magic Woman", Santana
6) "Stormy Blues", Billie Holiday
7) "Tumblin' Down", Jenna Andrews (Quick Note: if you want to know what Ava Faraday looks like, find a picture of Jenna Andrews; I based Ava's appearance off of her!)
8) "One Of These Nights", The Eagles
9) "Black Cat Bone", Lee Rocker
10) "Heartache Tonight" The Eagles
11) "Runaway", Bonnie Raitt
12) "Luck Of The Draw", Bonnie Raitt
13) "Mystery", Indigo Girls
14) "Wonder", Megan McCauley
15) "Trouble", Pink
16) "Fuel", Metallica
17) "Reindeer Herding Song", Pamyua
18) "All That We Let In", Indigo Girls

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