FROM SMOKELESS FIRE
FROM SMOKELESS FIRE is completed and I’m currently seeking representation.
When Zahara, a young and not-so-terrifying Jinn from an ancient and evil family, is summoned by a hapless but well-meaning New Yorker, she finds herself thrust into a battle to save the world from one fallen angel…and save her heart from another.
Zahara has high expectations for any sorcerer brave enough to summon her to do his nefarious bidding, and Daniel Goldstein succeeds in satisfying exactly none of them.
She needs to trick a human into giving up his soul to impress her infamously evil mother. He’s dealing with a recent break-up with his boyfriend and his Jewish grandmother’s ghost. His bubbe has reached out from beyond the grave to tell him to raise a mighty Jinn to stop two fallen angels. The nymphomaniacal, shopping-obsessed Zahara isn’t exactly the otherworldly ally Daniel had in mind. A not-so-evil sorcerer who actually wants to do good wasn’t what Zahara was looking for, either.
Stuck in a magical contract with each other, the two travel to Morocco, where Zahara’s handsome friend Zaid, a Jinn who’s converted to Islam, reluctantly joins their quest. As Daniel and Zaid struggle against paranormal mercenaries, bumbling terrorists and their attraction to one other, Zahara is forced to join forces with the fallen angel’s gorgeous but infuriating brother to stop a plot to throw the human and Jinn worlds into a cataclysmic war.
“There’s a club for genies?” Daniel asked. “Do you guys get together and swap stories of the dumbest wish you’ve ever heard, or something like that?”
PRISONERS OF AZHKENK
Book Two of the Mountains of Qaf trilogy is currently in second draft form.
“Can I look in the mirror again?” Carolyn asked. Sindas bent down and held out the polished brass oval. A wide-eyed fox with a black button nose and gigantic ears stared back at her. She tilted her head one way, then the other, fascinated with her appearance. “Somehow I assumed if I was transformed into any animal, it would be a cat.”
THE TEMPLE OF AMERETAT
Book Three of the Mountains of Qaf trilogy is currently in second draft form.
“I needed to buy myself some time to warn you.” Ben’s whiskers quivered in frustration. “Give me time to explain, will you? Turning me into a rat every time you get angry with me is not exactly conducive to a heart-to-heart discussion.”
My 2015 NaNoWriMo project is a YA novel and my personal twist on the Persephone myth. It’s currently in rough draft form.
Kore had only vague recollections of the proper way to introduce oneself to Underworld royalty, roughly defined as anyone below the number fifty on the Great List. Arthropleura didn’t count, since his low number was due solely to his advanced age and anyone else’s complete lack of interest in updating endless parchment scrolls. But the only being more terrifying than the woman standing over her was the Beloved Leader himself. One protocol misstep, and she would be the chief ingredient in the kitchen’s next eyeball stew.