books are great!
So, in keeping with my resolution to actually do things with my novel instead of letting it languish on my hard drive, I decided to enter Amazon's Breakthrough Novel Award this year. If you're unpublished and have a manuscript you believe in, I'd recommend it. The entry period ends March 2nd and it's FREE to enter.
So, yeah. Probably nothing will come of it, but I feel super excited that I'm actually working towards it again. Also, major shout out to Christina of Christina Reads YA for giving me an absolutely crazy-detailed and weirdly prompt crit, and also to Kayleigh Grian, Rob Zimmerman, and S.M. Hineline for their amazing crits. And if I forgot anyone, I'm a bad person and I'm sorry. Because what I have now is so much better than where it started.
Along those lines, if you're interested in what this mystery project is, here's the pitch I submitted with my entry. I'd best compare it to The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke in tone (sort of quirky, sort of mystical, sort of clueless main character) and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas in epic scope and type of world. If you're curious.
Go forth and write!
The Ward of Shadow
“You don’t belong here. I can offer you an escape.”
Lena’s used to feeling like a misfit. Her teachers think she’s a slacker. Her brother thinks she’s depressed. After she gets caught shoplifting, everyone seems to think she’s a juvenile delinquent. When a ghostly man offers her a way out, she’s not sure if she’s hallucinating or being visited by an angel—but she’s desperate enough to follow him.
Right into a portal across the universe. What she finds on the other side is world of magic, talking horses, and creepy immortals who call themselves Watchers. The Watchers want her to become their secret soldier against a centuries-old organization of magical terrorists. And they aren’t going to take no for an answer. Lena’s only choice is to make the best of the otherworld. She finds friends in other soldiers: Ayla, Carmella, and a snarky horse called Darkmoon. She learns how to use magic. She finds her way around a sword. For the first time in her life, she doesn’t feel like a compete screw-up.
That is, until she accidentally steals a treasure map from the very terrorists she’s supposed to be fighting. If she wants to stay alive, she’ll have to find the treasure, an ancient weapon, before they do. Because if the terrorists get a hold of the weapon, her life won’t be the only one lost.
Along the way, Lena will have to race across an exiled country and battle monsters, thievery, betrayal, and her own crippling self-doubt. What she doesn’t realize is that she and her friends are just pawns in an ancient war between two immortals, with humanity’s free will as the prize. It’s a war they won’t stop fighting—even if it means bringing the world to the brink of destruction.