Recent book clubs and events which have hosted me already know that Everliving is a ghost story. Uh-huh. A ghost story. I would tag it General Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, and Paranormal Romance. The news that Everliving is not the third book in the Cass & Friends series will no doubt disappoint some, so in the interests of full disclosure, I've drawn up a pro and con list about the thing. Given my widely disparate reader base, however, one person's pro is probably another person's con. Better go with a Pro/Con list.
First, the not-yet-polished pitch: "Ben Platt takes a bad fall and wakes up in a former logging town where, a century earlier, the mill manager's beautiful wife went missing. Everyone has their theory for why Daphne Lindstrom disappeared, but soon Ben is more worried about why she has reappeared. To him."
- Not a single F-bomb in the entire thing.
- Not classifiable as "Christian Fiction." Meaning readers may recommend it to their heathen friends with neither agenda nor apology (unless their friends find ghost stories offensive).
- Everliving is not a horror book, despite the paranormal element. If the ghost story spectrum runs from Charming/Cuddly (think The Ghost and Mrs. Muir or Casper, the Friendly Ghost) to So-Scary-You-Have-to-Read-It-in-Broad-Daylight-While-Surrounded-by-People (say, The Others or The Shining), my story is definitely on the cuddlier end.
- My first critiquer to finish asked if I couldn't make one scene "a little steamier." I could.
That's it! I'm hoping for another June release, my devoted readers!