Projects

LONELY STARS ABOVE
YA Science Fiction
93,000 words
Status: completed & polished


Pitch
People rarely stay more than a couple of weeks on the massive, German-built space station Horizont--except for sixteen-year-old Zora. A hundred years ago, a superintelligent AI created a wormhole, destroying itself and nearly the entire galaxy in the process. But the wormhole led to three inhabitable planets, and as a representative of the colonists in the Confederation Senate, Zora's mom has to live on the Horizont--and Zora's stuck there with her. 

With all the comings and goings, relationships on the station are impossible, but Zora can't help but agree when a charming LARPer (codename "Tin") begs her to deliver a data foil to a cyborg wearing a green cap on the hover train. Only there's no green cap in sight. Zora heads home only to find the place is a wreck. And her mom is gone.

Zora's emergency call is intercepted by a stranger who tells her she's in danger, and Tin, who turns out not to be a LAPer after all, helps her flee through gravity-free utility shafts. He says he works for someone known as the Wizard and promises to help find her mom. But Tin knows things he shouldn't, and soon Zora isn't sure who to trust. When the data foil leads Zora to a chunk of smuggled code that could free AI from human control, she has to decide: trade the code to save her mom or stop an out-of-control AI from turning the Horizont into a human-free zone.


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A DRAGONBIRD IN THE FERN
YA Fantasy
83,000 words
Status: completed & polished


Pitch
When an assassin kills Princess Jiara's older sister Scilla, her vengeful ghost is doomed to walk their city of glittering canals, tormenting loved ones until the killer is brought to justice. The mourning period hasn't even reached its end when Scilla's betrothed, the king of a country far away, requests that seventeen-year-old Jiara take her sister's place as his bride.

Marrying the man meant for her sister would make her feel bad enough, but with dyslexia and years of scholarly struggles, Jiara believes her chances of learning a new language are slim. She's terrified of life in a foreign land, where she'd be unable to communicate. Then Jiara discovers evidence that her sister's assassin came from the king's country. Marrying the king would allow Jiara to hunt the murderer and release her family from Scilla's spirit, whose thirst for blood mounts every day.

With magical bracelets on her forearms and a dagger strapped to her calf (neither of which she knows how to use), she makes her way to the lush, fern-covered country of her sister's assassin. But Jiara hasn't even reached her new home when the first attempt is made on her life. To save her family, Jiara must find Scilla's killer...before he murders her too.