Complete, searching for an agent and publisher
BECOMING ARAMINTA (80,000 words) a fast-paced adventure with a speculative premise. Themes of found family, coming of age, embracing one’s differences, and holds a cautionary mirror to our current society. It is a stand-alone that hints at a series.
America is about to celebrate 250 years of freedom from colonial rule, but east of the guarded Appalachian mountain border, trouble is brewing. The original thirteen colonies, now the United States of the Atlantic, is a cruel corporatocracy ruled by an elite board of directors. The Great Classification of 1990 cleaved the Atlantic people into castes, dooming many to dismal lives working for the corps. By 2025, many of the poorest face being set Adrift—homeless, starving, and without caste— and the country perches on the brink of civil war.
Twenty-three-year old Ruby Araminta feels like an impostor—even to herself. An empath hiding her abilities, an orphan with a mysterious past, and a life consigned to the mega poultry industry, she didn’t think life could get any worse. That is until the Corp orders her dying grandmother—the only family she has left—into a home and Ruby to marry a man she doesn’t love. The Path, a secret network, offers to smuggle Ruby into the west. To become who she’s meant to be, she’ll have to choose between security and peril, love and liberty.
THIS TENDER LAND meets THE HUNGER GAMES
GHOST THERAPY, 80,000 words. Fantasy
Group therapy can tough—being dead, doesn’t make it any different.
An accidental overdose transports 17-year-old Lelia into an inexplicable afterlife—neither heaven nor hell—dubbed The Between. She’s trapped there with a handful of other souls, including Suzie, a middle-aged actress; two once well-known women from history; and Karim, a boy her own age. When they’re all ordered to attend art therapy, there’s just one catch, the therapist is Suzie, who, you guessed it, played one on TV.
Under the deep ebony sky of the Between, where everything is seen as if a vibrant, color-saturated filter has been applied, and mysterious, never-remembered beings seem to be in charge, the five struggle to come to terms with why they’ve been forced together. Eventually they’ll discover the surprising ways they are all connected, that one of them doesn’t belong, and happen to create a piece of art that will link them for eternity.
THE GOOD PLACE meets WRISTCUTTERS meets THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN