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Introducing Unkept by Ericka Clay

From the day we opened — and devoured — Unkept, we’ve been so excited to release it into the world. Ericka Clay introduces readers to Burling Gates with a funeral, and her characters won’t loose you from their grip until their stories unfold.

Bannerwing Books adores new release days. Working behind the scenes to bring a novel to life means reading, re-reading, strategizing, chatting about covers and character motivation, and basically learning each page of the book, each bump in the plot, until you can’t wait for everyone to open the book themselves.

Family relationships are complicated, dark, and sometimes love and betrayal twist together until the only possible response is humor, which you’ll find in Burling Gates when you least expect it. With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the adults they become.

An excerpt from Ericka Clay’s new novel

I tell Loretta no, that I could use a little fresh air but don’t mention it’s because the weight of Parker’s cremation is still burdening my mind. I grab my bag from the spot next to the desk, and drop the card from Rosa in. I watch as it settles amongst my wallet, the worn and torn University of Chicago pamphlet I keep to remind myself that the world doesn’t stop existing past the Burling Gates exit – right smack in the middle of Missouri – and the bottle of pills I’ve ignored for three months. I walk outside and head quickly down the porch stairs only because I know Dad and Loretta are probably spying on me through the dark wooden slats of the office window. When I’m out of view of the home I stop, my wrists grazing my short floral dress, the sun bursting the brush of color into flames. I grab my cell phone and call him because there’s nobody else left.

 

 

Ericka Clay, Unkept

3 reasons you need to read Unkept

 

  • Each character in Unkept has definite quirks, and Ms. Clay isn’t afraid to use them.
  • A trampoline scene that bounces — see what we did there? — between humor and pain.
  • Loretta’s wardrobe, garden gnomes, and Rosa’s preferred reading location.
Where to find Unkept

 Amazon (Print/Kindle) | B&N (Print/Nook) | Smashwords (all digital formats)
iTunes Books | Kobo

Today, you can dive into Unkept. We’ll wait for you to come up for air to tell us how much you love it.

 

Countdown to UNKEPT

Bannerwing Books is counting down to March 2!

Unkept, by Ericka Clay, will be released on March 2! Bannerwing Books knows you’ll fall under the gritty spell of Vienna and Heather — we’ve been excited about this project for months, and now we’d like to welcome you to explore Unkept.
UNKEPT a novelUnkept welcomes readers to Burling Gates, Missouri

As the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna Oaks has succumbed to the mediocrity and abject loneliness of her life.  Her days are suspended between the mundane and the misery of her clients’ throttling grief, of changing light bulbs, and encountering strangers as bereft as she. But after orchestrating the funeral for a little boy named Parker prompts a severe panic attack, she finds herself at a personal crossroads in which she is forced to confront the pregnancy she’s been hiding, her childhood nemesis, the boy she never stopped loving, and the deep-seated secret surrounding her mother’s death more than a decade before.

In another part of town, Heather Turnbull has just learned from her estranged father that her mother, a lifelong recluse, has died.  When making arrangements for her funeral, Heather chooses Oaks Family Funeral home, where she comes face to face with Vienna – the woman she tortured throughout grade school, the woman who has recently had an affair with her husband.

Together, Vienna and Heather navigate through a makeshift friendship born of circumstance and devised to assuage their ambivalence towards motherhood and their tenuous relationship with reality, discovering, in tandem, the art of forgiveness and the will to go on.

With humor and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept, explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls — and the adults they become.

 

More about Unkept‘s author, Ericka Clay

Ericka Clay is a published novelist represented by Robyn Russell and the founding editor of Tipsy Lit.  Ericka has been awarded a number of times by Writers Digest for various short fiction pieces, she has written three novels (one of which placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest) and is in the process of writing her fourth novel, White Smoke. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky with her husband, daughter, two dogs and a particularly unruly imagination.

 

What you can do while counting down to March 2

 

 

Welcome, Author Ericka Clay!

The ink is newly dried on Bannerwing’s agreement with author Ericka Clay to release her novel, Unkept, early next year. Ericka is a force to be reckoned with: novelist, blogger, and founding editor of Tipsy Lit, an online magazine that promotes the work of indie authors. We are thrilled to be working with her.

We are also thrilled to kick off our YouTube channel with Ericka introducing herself to you as only she can:

Connect with Ericka online:

ErickaClay.com | Tipsy Lit | Facebook | Twitter | Google+