YA Fantasy WIP: 5 teens fight corrupt mages and demons on their way to a mysterious, ancient school. Pacific Rim+Middle Earth
Chemist by day, writer by night and anywhere in between. I’m a geek girl and booknerd. I love music (sucker for concerts (miss them so much!), karaoke, and Zumba), traveling, and discovering people’s stories. Laughing and good humor are essential to my day. I can watch Supernatural on repeat forever, and I get into phases on books to binge. From mysteries to assassins to rom coms to paranormal romance… the list goes on. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of urban fantasy.
I write because it’s the perfect balance to my science career, and it keeps me sane. And, of course, I hope to one day be a published author. I enjoy nerdy writing and book talk and hope that I can help writers as much as I learn from them.
I read mostly sci-fi, fantasy, and YA and lately, more MG than usual. It’s a great way to begin my day before going to work. I love stories of thieves, assassins, characters who become more powerful when united, fairytales, and mythologies.
Some of my favorite trad authors include:
Sarah J. Maas, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Marie Rutkoski, Patrick Ness, Kresley Cole, Ryan Graudin, Jordan Ifueko, and Brandon Sanderson.
I’ve also been diving into the world of indie books, and I love Annette Marie’s stuff.
My favorite book is Alice in Wonderland.
Gratuitous violence. Tactless story for the sake of being sensational.
In the aftermath of an ancient war, the continent has been reordered into Graced cities that protect their inhabitants from the monsters beyond their borders. Driven from their homes, five young strangers are lured to an ancient school that holds the secrets the Graced city authorities would prefer to keep buried.
A thief hops through her portals while following mysterious instructions to uncover magical artifacts that could prevent another war.
A spy makes deals with corrupt mages to find his sister’s killers.
A shape-shifter must prove to her uncle who exiled her that she is not a demon, so she can return home.
An inventor pushes the boundaries of his forbidden magic to guard the precious artifact his father died protecting.
A sole heir to the assassin’s guild must choose between assuming his rightful throne or leaving the guild to save his best friend, all while fighting a deadly poison that courses through his veins.
Thrust into battles with demons and corrupt mages on their way to the mysterious school, the five stumble upon the scattered, magical pieces of a broken giant and unwittingly become part of a legendary, recurring battle against a world-devouring monster. As these teenagers grow into their powers, they will each need to decide if banding together will protect the continent or trap them into another devastating war.
THE PARTS MENAGERIE is a finished epic fantasy at 108,000 words. The book is told in 5 POV’s.
Strong, gold paws pounded the forest floor as the firelight hounds picked up speed. Megara’s own smaller version of those powerful feet adjusted to their sudden, frantic pace. If this body allowed it, she would have laughed. The strain of the shift would take its toll later, but the exhilaration of running with the gentle beasts was worth it.
Through dense forests broken up by open fields of startling color, the hounds moved close together, so that the herd was a red line of flame spearing the bold greens, yellows, and violets of the Demon Wild. They lit the night as waves of fire skittered across their hides, but they did not burn or destroy.
She marveled at the dark crimson of her glowing veins coursing beneath her skin. A disguise. One of many to help her belong to these creatures the Graced cities often mistook for monsters.
They ran faster, bodies nearly slamming into each other. Megara glanced at the ones closest to her. Their flames flickered, and one of them loosed a howl that made her own fire waver. More howls echoed through the stampede. A familiar crack of sound split the rumble of their paws. Demon Wild hunters weren’t far behind them, which meant her uncle was close by.
She leaned into her run, and streams of human curse words flowed through her mind. Her uncle would not recognize her, not in this form. His hatred of all wild creatures – both Demon and not – would further blind him to the truth of the firelight hounds. They were not the monsters who killed without mercy. They did not prey on the innocent or the guilty, but they came from the fiery heart of the mountains, the magical epicenter of the Continent, where most Demons were born. Creatures that existed simply to live.
I’ve written a few novels and a handful of short stories. This current WIP is my most ambitious to date. I gravitate towards writing fantasy / urban fantasy.
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