Synopsis of RIVER’S EDGE and Giveaway!

UPDATE:  The giveaway is now closed to entries, and the winner is . . . Casey! I’ll be mailing him a copy of RIVER’S EDGE in April! Congrats, Casey, and thanks to everyone who commented!! I really appreciate the feedback, and I’ll be rewording the synopsis based on the suggestions I received. Thanks for all the help!!


Announcing the first giveaway of RIVER’S EDGE!!

I need your help. In exchange for your help, you will be entered to win a free copy of RIVER’S EDGE as soon as I have it (mid-April)!

I’m working on the back cover synopsis for the book, and I need some feedback. So below I’m posting the synopsis I have right now—it’s a work in progress.

Here’s how you can enter to win:  leave a comment on THIS blog post. Not just any comment, but something related to the synopsis. Do you like it? Hate it? Does it make you want to read the book? Can you think of ways to improve it? I welcome any thoughts, opinions, and constructive criticism.

Contest is limited to one entry per person. Deadline to enter is Thursday, March 7th, 8:00 AM CST. At that time I will draw a winner from the people who have commented. Let me know if you have any questions, and good luck!

And now, the synopsis of RIVER’S EDGE.


“Does salvation have a number? How many lives must I save before I’m redeemed?” 

Eighteen-year-old Kasia Maier planned to spend her summer studying turtles in the sand prairie, not trudging through fearsome backwaters with her new coworker, Blayne. And when a monster drags Blayne into the Mississippi River, Kasia never expected herself to jump in after him. She saves him, but soon she’s discovering the supernatural in other places . . . including herself. Now she’s wavering on the edge between a dwindling humanity and a dreadful immortality. The river is tempting one moment, terrifying the next. She doesn’t understand who she is or where she belongs. Blayne, the one person with the potential to help her, is also the hardest to resist. If she can’t stop her own transformation into a river monster, he will be her first victim. They don’t know the worst of it—even greater threats are lurking in the shadows.

Combining the Illinois setting of Thomson Causeway and the scariest of Slavic mythology, RIVER’S EDGE will make you question everything you know about nature, evil, and redemption.


21 thoughts on “Synopsis of RIVER’S EDGE and Giveaway!

  1. Loved it….even tho I’m far from a young adult! Turtles and river…sounds like you were in our backyard! Bring it on! Sounds like a nail-biter!

  2. Last sentence of story description might comprise momentum. Rather than “THEY don’t know the worst of it,” try “And the worst… And they… To make…” Or some softer intro to the final idea in the sequence. It’s a good buildup of tension, don’t want anything in the way 🙂
    Or just go with it! It’s good.

    • I was thinking something similar. The “THEY” is a rather blunt transition, but I wasn’t sure how to fix it. Do you like: “And they don’t know the worst of it . . .” or “To make matters worse . . .” Would one of those sound better?

      Thanks so much for the input, Casey, I really appreciate it! 😀

      • I like a transition with “and” there, but without any “they,” or even “to make matters worse,” but I’m afraid you’ll have to change the second part of the sentence too if you do that, and since I don’t know what’s lurking in the shadows I can’t really think of how to say it 🙂

  3. You might consider moving the ‘she turns into a river monster’ part into the synopsis earlier. Maybe even changing the word supernatural to monstrous. Supernatural sounds vague and I found myself wondering what you meant instead of reading the rest of synopsis. Monstorous combined with the ‘she turns into a river monster’ sentence would make a stronger impression.

    At least, I think so.

    • I can definitely change “supernatural” to “monstrous”—I like that idea a lot. And I’ll see what I can do about working in the river monster reference earlier. Thanks so much for the ideas, Andrea! Will be in touch soon!!

      • Hey I totally thought the same thing there but didn’t think of monstrous! Had to reread a couple times to get what you were saying. Good solution!

      • And one more thing, I’m not seeing where the redemption comes in. Of course putting too much in the synopsis will give it away. Maybe even just a word or two about it. Like does if danger comes from the shadows where does redemption come from?

        Or maybe it isn’t a big deal and I’m being picky.

        I haven’t decided which I believe more yet. 😉

      • LOL. I don’t think you were being picky. But I had come to the conclusion that I probably wouldn’t be able to add anything more about the redemption without throwing off the tone and pacing of the synopsis. It’s hinted at in the top line (“How many lives must I save before I’m redeemed?”), and in the fact that she saves Blayne but is still turning into a monster. I think that’s all the detail I can afford to go into at this point. But I like the brainstorming and your great ideas, so thank you!! 🙂

  4. Andrea and Casey, love how you two are working so hard to improve this synopsis!! I’ll try rewriting based on your suggestions and post a new version soon! Thanks so much for all your ideas! 😀

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