Year of the Prophet Wattpad - Final 3

Genre: Epic Fantasy
Comparable: THE EMPEROR’S BLADES and UNDER HEAVEN
Word Count: 140K
Progress: Complete

Pitch:

In Vzussi, children are sacrificed. Women are defiled. The poor live short, desperate lives.

Judgment is coming. The prophets have been warned: Before for the start of the New Year, winged-lions will devour the empire. But the prophets have all been executed. Except one.

When his sons are forced into a life of slave labor, Obid Siwar, the last living prophet in the land, must travel to the capital city and beg the emperor for their freedom. The journey is perilous, and no prophet has survived an appeal to the emperor.

As he journeys, Obid is plagued by dreams of the coming doom. What started as a quest to save his sons ends in a race to save the empire. Obid will lose far more than his family unless he prevails against the elements, a winged-lion who likes his blood, and his own lack of faith.

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THE TIMEBROKER

Genre: Fantasy

Setting: Vzussi, 200 years after Obid’s reign. The empire has expanded greatly. Its people are free, and a republic has replaced the monarchy.

Projected Word Count: 100-120K

Progress: Drafting

Pitch:

When his beloved Lyone falls ill, one of the empires last timebrokers, Kenji Adac, goes on a time-stealing rampage. He is captured before he can give Lyone the time she needs. She will die a certain and sudden death in three years.

Desperate to find Kenji and save her own life, Lyone travels from city to city, making her way to the capitol. It is the eve of the Jade Games, an arts and athletics competition whose winners receive the highest honor of becoming entertainers for the House of the Republic.

Kenji is at the games, and a team of rebel players are using his power as the source of their strength. Once the rebels drain Kenji and inhabit the House, they will overrun the Republic and re-establish the empire’s monarchy. Lyone must find Kenji, and they must overcome the rebels before they both die and the empire is overtaken.

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BEHIND THE SHEEN (working title)

Genre: YA – Contemporary/Fantasy

Comparables: EVERY DAY meets THE UNFINISHED ANGEL

Word Count: 70K

Progress: Final Revisions

Pitch:

Jordan hasn’t been conceived yet. He lives in that space where all pre-conceived souls dwell, behind the sheen. From there, he watches his family, and can only hope that life will get better for his future mother, Caroline Quinn.

Caroline wants desperately to go to college, but her father and sister have been holding her back since her mother died several years ago. Just when Caroline gets the chance to go away to school, her sister, Izzy, gets pregnant. Caroline wants to support Izzy, but that will mean giving up on college and staying at home.

Little does Caroline know, Jordan has a plan. He will move every soul behind the sheen to help his future mother and pave the way for his own chance at life.

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DR. VIRGIL’S AFTERLIFE RECORDINGS

Genre: Sci-fi/Thriller

Comparables: Passage meets The Godfather

Word Count: 75K

Progress: Complete

Pitch:

When his best friend and fellow grief counselor is murdered, Dr. Santos Virgil inherits a moment-of-death recording device, known as the Egg. Santos has ethical issues with the device, resenting that it only records a person’s memories upon death, as the brain is shutting down. He decides to retire the Egg from research.

But he can’t keep it out of commission for long. Len Mino, New York City’s most notorious crime lord, has learned that moment-of-death footage contains a person’s deepest secrets. Len wants to use the Egg on his father, who’s been keeping the family fortune under wraps. He kidnaps the woman Santos loves, Emma, and proposes an exchange—her life for the Egg.

Knowing Len will abuse the Egg’s powers, Santos attempts to rescue Emma. If he fails, she will die, and the Egg will fall into Len’s possession. The cold-blooded kingpin will have access to anyone’s secrets—all he has to do is kill them.

Sample chapter on Wattpad: 

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HUNT FOR THE INVISIBLES

Genre:
 Middle Grade Sci-fi/Urban Fantasy

Word Count:  62,000

In the vein of
 Artemis’ Fowl and the Charlie Bone series

Pitch:

When a chemical plant explodes near a low-income apartment complex in Atlanta, the survivors literally become invisible. While most of the invisibles get involved in organized crime, Latino sixth-grader, Gloria Rey, decides to use her invisibility for good.

Gloria’s intentions are tested when two older boys at school try to steal her best friend’s lunch money. Gloria takes down one of the boys in front of her classmates, but because she’s invisible, the blame falls on her best friend, Jazzy, who is not invisible.

Later that day, the boys send Jazzy a threatening note, and through a series of bad decisions on Gloria’s part, the note ends up in the principal’s office. The boys, already in deep, plot to keep Jazzy from talking by attacking her with a stolen dog tranquilizer. While fighting to protect her best friend, Gloria discovers that her invisible brothers are helping the boys in their malicious efforts.

To complicate matters, Gloria is on the run, as the city is rounding up all invisible persons for military experimentation. Gloria anonymously enlists the help of the boy whose treehouse she’s been living in. She and her friends will have to get creative if they’re going to save Jazzy and keep the invisibles from being hunted.

Project Details: HUNT FOR THE INVISIBLES is polished and complete. It is the first book of a trilogy, but it works as a stand-alone. Books 2 and 3 are drafted and are about 70,000 words each.

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HYDRANGEAS FOR THE WEDDING

Word Count: 78,000 (approximately)

Genre: Commercial Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Intended Audience: Women in their terrible twenties who enjoy books like BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA.

Premise: A virgin Protestant tries to find love at a Catholic University and fails miserably…a few times. On the eve of her 30th birthday, she moves to Atlanta where she hopes to find a Southern boy to cure her insatiable loneliness.

Progress: Completed

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OTHER PROJECTS

I have written several other novels, many of which I consider practice. They are important to me because they have provided just that–practice.