OF STARSHINE AND ASHES YA SCI-FI (TIME TRAVEL)
Seventeen-year-old rancher Asher Smith knows nothing of Queen Astra—the Queen won’t even be born for 900 more years—let alone that he’s wanted for her murder. So when a girl stumbles out of his woods and drops nearly-dead, he cares for her until she’s conscious and functioning again, unaware that her presence means the end of his peaceful ranching days.
Fawn’s on a mission, sent by the Queen: collect the assassin—Asher—and bring him to royal court. The Queen will not be satisfied until he is dead, executed by her own hand. If she kills him first, she reasons, he can’t kill her.
As Fawn gets to know Asher, she begins to question her orders. She’s complied with the Queen’s first request—collect Asher, extract him out of his time—but she’s not so sure about the whole execution thing. And when an unsettling truth about the Queen surfaces, Fawn’s allegiance further falters. She’s not alone, either: rumors of an uprising come, along with whispers about Asher. Kill the Queen, the conspirators have told him, and we’ll protect you from execution.
Fawn must choose whether to obey the Queen, or to act on her convictions.
Meanwhile, Asher must also choose: to live, with blood on his hands, or to die an innocent man.
OF STARSHINE AND ASHES is a YA time-travel book told from dual perspectives.
TORREN YA FANTASY
When Tokyo Tanner accidentally makes her best friend’s wish come true, she lands at the heart of a centuries-old genie feud; to keep her freedom, she’ll have to outrun and outsmart the warring genie factions. One of the factions—the ruthless Tempest clan—wants to trap her in an ancient bottle that would enhance her power tenfold. The only problem: the bottle has been missing for hundreds of years.
It’s only a matter of time before someone finds it.
Tokyo is determined to get there first.
Otherwise, she’ll end up trapped inside the bottle forever—no more California sunshine, no shooting stars, no chance to love or be loved, no freedom—bound to serve Tempest’s power-thirsty leader, who’d wipe out humanity if it meant his own happiness.
Not exactly the way she wants to spend eternity.
SPECK HAWKINS UPPER MG FANTASY
Speck Hawkins is invisible at home, thanks to workaholic parents, and way too visible at school, where he can’t seem to get through a day without being picked on. He’s only ever wanted two things: to fit in, and to make his parents proud. Both seem impossible.
The week before eighth grade begins, his parents drop the bomb: they’re sending him to boarding school. He expects the usual, that it’s just another opportunity to prove himself not-quite-good-enough for everyone else’s high standards.
What he doesn’t expect?
The creepy lake, where his good-luck rock dissolves to ash before his eyes.
His sudden, inexplicable development of 20/20 vision.
The blood-red note with his name erratically scrawled on it, sent by someone who claims she can make his every wish come true.
That the life he’s always wanted comes with a deadly price.
MEREN YA DYSTOPIAN | (in progress)
A Cain + Abel/Isaac + Jacob story set in a dystopian society where the display of emotion is glorified.