I now have a rough draft for the back cover blurb of Seeds of Blood. I think it covers everything that absolutely needs to be in there. *Knocks on wood.* I’ve sent it to my beta-readers so they can kibitz and say, “But you need to mention X!”
As far as edits go, I’ve gotten up through page 222 of what’s currently 292 pages. Bear in mind that’s still in 8.5×11″ document page format, not the 6×9″ book page format, so I do not have a final page count, yet. Book format also includes making sure chapter headings are properly set off, etc., etc., so… based on how long Count Taka was, I can roughly estimate that Seeds of Blood should end up between 300-400 pages. I think.
It’s still about 118K words; some got cut during edits, a little bit got added for imagery and clarity. And I added some bits to the Author’s Notes at the end for sources, with a few sentences of explanation of something that comes up in-story that, while something readers might want to know about, wouldn’t be discussed by the characters themselves given the time crunch they’re working under.
Which actually relates to a bit in the current section I’m editing: Aidan deciding he doesn’t have time to angst. The situation is complicated and messy and breaking his heart and he will worry about some parts of it later. They’re kinda busy right now. 😉
(Busy includes werewolves. The werewolves will probably regret this.)