Projects

Mortal Enemies

Shaylee McCaffery is supposed to be in Paris, having the time of her life with the crème de la crème of Rosedale High.  Instead, she’s running for her life in the swarming, sweltering streets of India, with Amar Khan—a brooding, confirmed loser she wouldn’t be caught dead associating with under normal circumstances. 

But these are far from normal circumstances…

Since stumbling across an old trunk in her attic, not only has Shaylee unearthed a shocking secret about her family heritage, she’s awoken an ancient curse that’s been dormant for over a century and a half.  Now, it’s up to her to stop it before it sparks an apocalyptic war among supernatural forces.  The trouble is, she doesn’t have a clue how…

 Amar seems to be the only one who can help, but in spite of Shaylee’s totally infuriating and ever intensifying attraction to him, deep down she’s not quite sure she can trust him.  But, then, does she really have much of a choice?

Mortal Enemies has finalled in three writing contests sponsored by Romance Writers of America:  The Marlene Awards, The Duel On The Delta Contest, and The Fire And Ice Contest.  It has placed as the first runner-up in the Young Adult categories of each, and I’m thrilled with the insightful and encouraging feedback I’ve received from the judges.

My first project with paranormal elements, this has been an immensely rewarding writing experience.  Not only have I continued to hone my a natural voice for the YA genre, I’ve relived many of my own incredible experiences as a young woman from North America immersed in the extraordinary culture of India.

The novel is a young adult, contemporary, paranormal romance, complete at 64,000 words.

 

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When the privileged, white daughter of the Chief of Police is paired up on a crucial school project with a cynical black youth trying to escape a criminal past, sparks fly—in more ways than one…

Ashleigh is an upper-middle class, 17-year-old high school student, whose father is the city’s Chief of Police. She dreams of becoming a lawyer, but will need to maintain straight ‘A’ status throughout her final year in order to be accepted to law school.

By chance, and to her utter despair, Ashleigh is partnered on a major research assignment with Chance Kenny, a hunky, ‘bad-boy’ student on probation, with an arrogant streak she finds infuriating, a reputation she finds disturbing, and eyes she finds irresistible.

For Chance, being paired up with Ashleigh is a cruel twist of fate, as she represents the epitome of the social structure he despises and blames for his struggles and lack of opportunities. Though he tries his best to hate her, he’s thwarted by his traitorous attraction and growing affection for her.

With the odds already heavily stacked against them, things get exponentially worse: Ashleigh’s father forbids her from associating with Chance, and Chance’s younger brother instigates violent protests against the police.

Can the inexorable force that draws Ashleigh and Chance together together overcome the opposing pressures that threaten to tear them apart?

Chance, complete at 45,000 words,  is a contemporary, young adult, inter-racial romance, for which I’m excited to be actively seeking representation.