Surf Monks of New Hawai'i
Twelve-year-old Pallie lives in exile aboard a city of sinking cruise ships where she spends her days dreaming about the family she's never had and spying on the shores of New Hawai’i—forbidden to Tourists like her. When Ship City receives the first radio transmission from the Mainland U.S. since the world went dark and New Hawai’i’s Locals banished them to the water, there’s finally hope for rescue and an end to the Tourists’ extended “vacation.”
Until Pallie accidentally fries the radio.
Now Pallie must sneak ashore in a dangerous undercover mission to find the radio’s replacement. The annual gathering of the Surf Monks has just begun, and acolytes seeking to train in their mystical bodacious ways are arriving from all over Big Island, giving Pallie the perfect cover. Surfing by day and searching for the radio by night, Pallie discovers the life—and the family—she’s always craved among the Locals she believed were her enemies. But with water levels rising every day, Ship City needs her more than ever, and completing her mission means risking her new life. Torn between two feuding worlds, Pallie must choose before her secret’s exposed, Ship City sinks, and she loses her chance at a family forever.
SURF MONKS OF NEW HAWAI’I is an upper MG speculative adventure that will appeal to fans of surfing, espionage, and survival stories, while making everyone who reads it desperate to visit Hawai’i. This novel is currently on submission.
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Wil & the Pillow Fort of Doom
I’m at hard at work at my newest MG fantasy, WIL & THE PILLOW FORT OF DOOM, alternatively titled EVIL BABY WIZARDS, inspired by my own evil wizard baby. Think The Labyrinth x Boss Baby x Garbage Pail Kids.
Yeah. I’m pretty excited about it, too. :D
One day I’ll write a query/pitch for it, but that day is not today, friends. Stay tuned!
Riley in the Narrows
Tween scientist Riley Fairthorne is one of the 0.005% of Americans who actually understood the movie Interstellar, but she can’t figure out how to mask the autism spectrum disorder others define her by. Desperate for reinvention, Riley applies for a prestigious science camp where she can put Riley’s Rules for Being Normal (When You’re Not) to the test and maybe, finally, escape from her little sister Quinn's shadow. But when Riley’s scientific prowess garners the attention of an otherworldly recruiter who botches her camp interview, Riley, Mom, and Quinn are transported to Pangaea, an alternate earth where science is magic.
There, Riley’s quirks are incredible strengths, and she’s offered a spot in an ancient peacekeeping force of shape-shifting, mind-reading diplomats. Accepting would give Riley her heart’s desire—the power of reinvention, insight into others’ minds, and a fascinating new world where autism isn’t even a word. But Riley's growing independence puts her at odds with overprotective Quinn, and when an evil scientist takes Mom hostage, Quinn blames Riley. Now with everything Riley loves hanging in the balance, Riley must rescue Mom and stop the Scientist from destroying Earth and Pangaea with his dangerous experiments without losing her sister's love, or herself, in the process.
RILEY IN THE NARROWS is a 70,000-word upper middle grade fantasy. Riley's social maxims and scientific field notes documenting Pangaea are placed throughout the book in an illuminated manuscript format for maximum nerdy delight. IN THE NARROWS combines the family dynamic and glib, witty dialogue of the show Gilmore Girls with the scientific, fantastical odyssey of A WRINKLE IN TIME, and will appeal to fans of THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL series.
This novel was selected for Pitch Wars 2016 and is not currently on submission. The amazing painting in the left panel is by artist Beth Hoeckel.
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