The Raintree Chronicles Book 1
Emily Verde has some seriously weird dreams. Although she doesn’t know it yet, she’s accessing alternate realities in her sleep.
After surviving cancer, losing her mother and moving half way around the world, Em doesn’t think of herself as a survivor, but she is one. And she needs to be to face what’s coming.
A chance encounter with a mysterious yoga guru at her local gym leads Em to make a life-altering trip. She travels to India with her gay best friend, her college crush and her regimented roommate, making new friends along the way and a few enemies too.
The barriers between alternate dimensions are about to start breaking down and Em must master her newfound abilities quickly, not just to save herself and those she loves, but to protect the fabric of reality itself and fulfill her destiny.
I’ve been through plenty of stuff over the past few years and I’ve learned a lot along the way. Getting cancer has a way of making you deal. It forced me to toughen-up, get creative and become resourceful. Turns out the bad stuff sometimes leads you to the good stuff.
In my first novel, Earthshine, I’ve included many of these learnings. But this is not a boring self help book. It’s an urban fantasy in the style of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, two of my favorite young adult writers.
I grew up on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is what inspired me to write this story about a ‘Scooby gang’ of friends with secret powers who save the world. But instead of vampires, werewolves and demons, my characters have mystical yoga powers that enable them to access alternate realities.
I’m looking for a literary agent who believes the world needs more stories about students with mystical superpowers. If that’s you, please drop me a line. I’d love to send you my query.
This is my first novel. It’s a 120k word young adult urban fantasy in the style of Cassandra Clare and Holly Black. The manuscript is complete. I have shared the first few chapters on Wattpad, but it is otherwise unpublished. Versions in US and UK English available.