Marc reviews ‘Maelstrom’ (Whyborne & Griffin 7) by Jordan L. Hawk. This book was published by the author on December 11th, 2015 and is 268 pages long.
I received a free review copy of this book from the author for the purpose of an honest review.
Why I read this book: I am totally and completely addicted to this series and when I got a chance to receive an advanced review copy of the book and read it before the official release day, I was very happy and devoured it in one sitting. I have been eager to share my thoughts ever since!
Between his father’s sudden—and rather suspicious—generosity, and his own rash promise to help Christine plan her wedding, Percival Endicott Whyborne has quite enough to worry about. But when the donation of a mysterious codex to the Ladysmith Museum draws the attention of a murderous cult, Whyborne finds himself in a race against time to unlock its secrets first.
Griffin has a case of his own: the disappearance of an historic map, which quickly escalates to murder. Someone is sacrificing men in dark rituals—and all the clues lead back to the museum.
With their friends Christine and Iskander, Whyborne and Griffin must discover the cult’s true goal before it’s too late. For dark forces are afoot at the very heart of the museum, and they want more than Whyborne’s codex.
They want his life.
Author Jordan L. Hawk’s Writing Process
I love reading about the writing process, and how it varies from writer to writer. So here’s a quick, general overview of how I go about writing a full-length novel (half the time for a novella).
Weeks 1-4: Research, brainstorming, and outlining
I give myself a month to do as much research as possible, refine the characters, and outline the plot. There’s a lot of back-and-forth for the first three weeks, as research sparks new ideas, or character traits turn out not to work in the context of the plot, or plot points just don’t work with these characters or this setting. The fourth week is when I flesh out the outline into something I can sit down and write from, including as much detail as possible. That said, the third act is usually still pretty vague by the time I sit down and start writing, and gets filled in as I go.
Weeks 5-7: Words! I can predictably write up to 5,000 words a day, and I often do. But those days are punctuated by ones where I have to stop and jettison a subplot that turned out not to work, or spend a day on administrative stuff, or create a cover.
Week 8: Reach a spot somewhere between the midpoint and the beginning of the third act and realize I’ve badly misunderstood the villain, or possibly mistaken the wrong entities for the villain altogether. Frantically rework outline and start to revise.
Week 9: Feverishly continue to revise while eyeing the upcoming deadline. Panic. Convince self this book is so bad people will not only hate it, but retroactively hate everything I’ve ever written.
Week 10: Hasty revisions are done, the novel is more patched-together than Frankenstein’s monster, but for now it’s on to Act III and the end!
Week 11: This is where real revisions start. I read back through the whole thing and cover over the seams where various bits were stitched together. I also add in any details I left out during the first go-round.
Week 12: Hand off to the beta reader, make any revisions he suggests, final read through, break it up into chapters, and send it to my editor!
And the next day I start all over again from the beginning. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my process, such as it is!
Jordan L. Hawk grew up in the wilds of North Carolina, where she was raised on stories of haints and mountain magic by her bootlegging granny and single mother. After using a silver knife in the light of a full moon to summon her true love, she turned her talents to spinning tales. She weaves together couples who need to fall in love, then throws in some evil sorcerers and undead just to make sure they want it bad enough. In Jordan’s world, love might conquer all, but it just as easily could end up in the grave.