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Title: COUNTDOWN
Genre: YA Thriller
Word count: 73,000 words
Status: Currently querying.


The Breakfast Club + The Truman Show = A teen decides who dies each day. She's the only one who doesn't know she's on TV. #YA


Life for seventeen-year-old Jo Smith is a countdown. Her parents’ divorce--five. Her best friend became an enemy--four. Her father was stabbed to death--three. Her mother’s attempted suicide--two. Her boyfriend cheating on her--one. All she needed was to hit zero for this ticking bomb to explode and shatter her world.
Zero.
Masked men kidnap her on the first day of school and Jo wakes up in a fully furnished room, locked up with four other teens: a football player from Texas, a pacifist from California, a claustrophobe from New York, and a religious guy from North Carolina. The only clue to what’s going on is a message directly for her: every time the timer in the room counts down to 0:00, she must choose someone to die, or the kidnappers will kill her mom. And if the other four in the room find out that killing her is the key to ending the game, Jo loses everything.
Jo needs to decide if she's going to become a murderer to save her already broken family, or risk trusting allies who could kill her in her sleep. The kidnappers are watching. The whole world is watching. Jo is the only one who doesn't know she's trapped in COUNTDOWN, a reality TV show.
COUNTDOWN is a 73,000-word YA thriller that will appeal to fans of The Truman Show.

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Title: CURUPIRA
Genre: YA Fantasy
Word count: 80,000 words
Status: Available on Wattpad.


Making true friends abroad, after her own best friend runs away to see the world, isn't sixteen-year-old Emma Newberry's biggest challenge in Brazil. For the first time in the endangered Atlantic forest, she's on the track of the Curupira, a folkloric creature she knows as much about as she knows Portuguese. 

Emma goes to spend the summer with her aunt in a rural Brazilian town, seeking a life of traveling that would make her feel closer to her lost friend. On her surprise welcome party, however, an awkward boy overly eager to befriend her teaches her more than a new dance. He tells her that the town believes that the Curupira, a boy with fiery hair and backwards feet, lives in the woods surrounding her aunt's new house. According to him, this same spirit of the forest is behind the disappearance of every single person who goes missing in the forest. 

When she finds clues that her best friend actually is not only closer to her than she thought, but also is the Curupira's most recent prey, folklore becomes as real as the forest. Emma recruits her new friends, and together they embark on a journey in the Atlantic forest to follow the footsteps left behind by centuries of Brazilian folklore. Footsteps that could lead them to Emma's friend, or turn them into another story of disappearance in the jungle. If a bit of folk tale wasn't enough, there's an unscrupulous local willing to go to any lengths to get her aunt to sell her new estate to him. He needs her grounds to bring his logging company into town. A logging company that could infuriate revengeful Curupira, and bring the town of Saudade to face its fears. What's help in Portuguese, again?

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Title: DAPHNE'S BOOK
Genre: NA Fantasy
Word count: 100,000 words
Status: Self-published on Leebre.org


When Daphne Chase's father -- famous, eccentric author Abelard Chase -- finds her composition notebook filled with her witty short stories, he takes it to his publisher right away. It would have been every aspiring author's dream, if only those really had been short stories. They were Daphne's personal notes on her encounters with ghostly figures and book characters. The book, DAPHNE'S BOOK, gets published and Daphne has to claim her newly acquired 'literary prodigy' title: it is better to let her father and the readers believe all of it is fiction, rather than let them know she has a foot on what they could end up calling delusion.

Six years later, Daphne starts a new life at college, hoping that once and for all she will be able to escape her father's intrusiveness and her self-imposed stigma that she will never be able to write a real novel. But to her surprise she ends up having to live in an inn for students with an old high school acquaintance, Ben Wallace. Ben represents a memory from home, and their growing attraction brings more trouble and jealousy than she expected.

When a shadow approaches her with a deal, she accepts it: in exchange for her love, he says he will help her write a masterpiece. He is, after all, Creativity -- the guide of promising artists. Creativity believes that a successful writer can only spring from solitude and starts rewriting people's lives to pluck them out of Daphne's circle of friends. Although all Daphne wants is to write a masterpiece, she can't imagine living without Ben. When Creativity starts interfering in the boy's life, she has to decide between fighting to keep him, or staying loyal to this entity that can give her a book so good it will erase her secrets from people's memory and bring her confidence as a writer.


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