Be Still the Water

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EPIC HISTORICAL FICTION ROMANCE WAR ADVENTURE

20th Century (multiple decades)

Karen Emilson

Logline

When Asta’s younger sister goes missing, she embarks on a quest to find her and bring her home. She tells the heartbreaking tale some seventy years later, while on her deathbed, finally discovering the truth of what happened on those fateful days that set the course for her life and the lives of everyone she loved.

Genre

Epic, Historical Fiction, Romance, War, Adventure

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Female leaning

Setting

Set along the wild shores of Lake Manitoba and Winnipeg, Canada.

Based on a True Story

Yes

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2016

Starting Description

Icelandic immigrants establish a new life though riddled with past secrets. Middle child, Freyja disappears, and sister Asta, emotionally fragile following a rape, spends her life searching for her sister. On her deathbed she travels back in time to learn Freyja's fate.

Ending Description

The twist: We discover that the story's narrator, Asta, is suffering from mild dementia; Asta learns before she dies that the love of her life, Bjorn, came back to her and the sister she believed dead is at her bedside.

Group Specific

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Hard Copy Available

No

ISBN

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Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Twist, Coming of Age

Plot - Premise

Quest

Main Character Details

Name: Asta (pronounced "Owsta") Gudmundsson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Naive, Perseverance, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Modest, Obedient, Selfless, Secretive, Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Faithful, Gracious, Insecure, Educated, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Bjorn Magnusson

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Leader, Secretive, Complex, Engaging, Faithful, Heartthrob, Honorable, Confident, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Badass, Educated, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Aggressive, Charming, Heroic, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Freda Gudbjornsdottir

Age: 65

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Badass, Beautiful, Complex, Engaging, Faithful, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Decisive, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Adventurous, Blunt, Confident, Visionary, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Freyja Gudmundsson

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex, Desperate, Insecure, Naive, Romantic, Secretive, Beautiful, Charming

Logline

When Asta’s younger sister goes missing, she embarks on a quest to find her and bring her home. She tells the heartbreaking tale some seventy years later, while on her deathbed, finally discovering the truth of what happened on those fateful days that set the course for her life and the lives of everyone she loved.

Short Summary

Icelandic immigrants establish a new life though riddled with past secrets. Middle child, Freyja disappears, and sister Asta, emotionally fragile following a rape, spends her life searching for her sister. On her deathbed she travels back in time to learn Freyja's fate.


The twist: We discover that the story's narrator, Asta, is suffering from mild dementia; Asta learns before she dies that the love of her life, Bjorn, came back to her and the sister she believed dead is at her bedside.

Development Pitch

About The Author

Core Theme

Quest,

Characters

Main Character

Name: Asta (pronounced "Owsta") Gudmundsson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Naive, Perseverance, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Modest, Obedient, Selfless, Secretive, Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Faithful, Gracious, Insecure, Educated, Honorable

Character 1

Name: Bjorn Magnusson

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Leader, Secretive, Complex, Engaging, Faithful, Heartthrob, Honorable, Confident, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Badass, Educated, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Aggressive, Charming, Heroic, Perseverance

Character 2

Name: Freda Gudbjornsdottir

Age: 65

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Badass, Beautiful, Complex, Engaging, Faithful, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Decisive, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Adventurous, Blunt, Confident, Visionary, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Secretive

Character 3

Name: Freyja Gudmundsson

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex, Desperate, Insecure, Naive, Romantic, Secretive, Beautiful, Charming

Supplemental Materials

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