Unkept

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Photo credit: Nicole Belke http://bit.ly/1iiheTl
Designed by: Ericka Clay

Unkept will be published by Bannerwing Books in early 2015.  Enter your email address here to receive notice on Unkept’s release date.

About The Book

It’s not until she whispers into the ear of a dead boy that Vienna Oaks realizes it’s time to come clean.

As the live-in manager at her father’s funeral home in Burling Gates, Missouri, Vienna 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 that prompts one of her severe panic attacks, 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.

Told in a dazzling voice, and teeming with wit, wisdom, and poignancy, Ericka Clay’s debut novel, Unkept,  explores the thorny landscape of childhood trauma and the ferocious politics between little girls—bringing to mind the transcendence found in Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye and the heart and hilarity in Six Feet Under.

Ericka Clay is a novelist and the founding editor of Tipsy Lit, an online reading and writing community that features the work of well known authors.  She’s been awarded a number of times by Writers Digest for various short fiction pieces, has written four novels (one of which placed as a quarter-finalist in the 2010 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest), and has had the privilege of sharing her craft by teaching writing classes and holding writers’ workshops in the South Texas area. Ericka was born in 1985 and lives in Houston with her husband, daughter, two dogs, and an insatiable need to push buttons, both figuratively and literally.

41 thoughts on “Unkept

  1. […]  Here’s some info on the book if you’re wondering what it’s […]

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  2. Congratulations, Ericka! “Unkept” looks interesting. I’ll buy an e-copy!

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  3. Kick ass awesome chicka! So excited for you Erika, and this sounds like an incredible novel!! Can’t wait to read it! Mazel!

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  4. […] Unkept (Soon to be published!) […]

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  5. Mosud Mannan says:

    Waiting to enjoy another creation!

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  6. […] this one was fitting to post seeing that I am getting my book published and am, in fact, Google Hangouting (not a real verb alert) with the editors of my […]

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  7. The Hook says:

    CONGRATS, ERICKA!
    I KNEW YOU WERE WORTHY OF ALL THOSE SACRIFICES I DEDICATED IN YOUR NAME!
    SORRY FOR THE ALL-CAPS COMMENT, BUT I’M AS GIDDY AS A KARDASHIAN AT A TANNING SALON RIGHT NOW!

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  8. ridicuryder says:

    Ericka,
    You have really sucked at being humble about your craft. I keep meaning to participate in Tipsy, but my heart has been bleeding into another vessel.

    Congratulations for sticking with your dream and taking the risks many don’t. There’s likely a way to bring Oprah to Tipsy Lit . . . where you could interview her or something (weird). Let me think about it.
    RR

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    • Ericka Clay says:

      “You have really sucked at being humble about your craft. ” Bwahahaha! I hope you’re let me quote you for the book jacket, :)

      And if you find out a way for me to meet Oprah, I have basket full of glittered kittens with your name on it.

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  9. Nicole Marie says:

    Woohoo!! Can’t wait to grab my copy!

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  10. […] bloggers who get their novels published, while I wait to hear from editors and agents… Hmm, Ericka Clay just got her novel published.  And well, it does look really good, but… Other bloggers who get their novels […]

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  11. Jessica SIta says:

    I was thinking about glittering a horse for the occassion. Like a real one. Like because it’s bigger than a cat.

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  12. You had me at ‘dazzling voice’….no wait, what am I saying, you had me at PUBLISHED of course, whoop whoop!! xxxx

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  13. […] bloggers who get their novels published, while I wait to hear from editors and agents… Hmm, Ericka Clay just got her novel published.  And well, it does look really good, but… Other bloggers who get their novels […]

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  14. […] the Internet, she’s working hard on promoting her soon-to-be published novel, Unkept (http://erickaclay.com/unkept/), due out later this year with Bannerwing Books.  You can also find her on Facebok […]

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  15. […] upon a site called Tipsy Lit, well, the chick that runs it, Ericka Clay, has a book coming out, Unkept, later this year. Isn’t that exciting?! She made a request, not to me personally, but maybe […]

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  16. […] Only when I’m writing a book or tricking people into thinking they should follow me on […]

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  17. […] Author: Ericka Clay is a published author who is anxiously awaiting the release of her novel, Unkept, in early 2015 by Bannerwing Books.  Erickaloves writing, her family, being editor-in-chief […]

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  18. […] So before we get to today’s post I wanted to let you all know that my awesome friend and blogger Ericka Clay, who runs Tipsy Lit, has seen fit to glitter my blog up. As part of her weekly Glittered by Ericka contest I submitted this post, and much to my surprise, it won. There was some really good stuff submitted too. Stuff like this, this, this, this, this, and this. Even so, I humbly accept this great honor and now on the side bar of my home page you can see my proudly displayed badge. You may wish to stop by and congratulate Ericka on her new book deal. […]

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  19. […] just got her book published and it is coming out in January of 2015. It’s called Unkept. I’m totally in line to get a signed first edition.  If you like the premise you might want […]

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  20. […] know is that I’ve tried to be as helpful and kind and smiley as I can be all my life and now I’m getting a book published. […]

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  21. […] working on revisions for Unkept which is a lot like carefully removing my heart with a scalpel just to watch it […]

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  22. Lisa Jan-Bohne' Clay says:

    Your new book coming out sounds great Ericka! I am so glad to catch a glimpse of it!

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  23. Pat Clay says:

    As opposed to “Unkempt”? Is the misspelling intentional?

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