YA Urban Fantasy
Sixteen-year-old Mecca isn’t quite human. She and her family are banished from the Midlands to Earth and must consume chi from humans in order to survive. When her family feeds, people die. As the body count climbs, they are forced to hide because Guardians of the Outer Lands (humanity’s protectors) are hunting them.
Although she’s outcasted by her family for her differences, Mecca ends up being the one they need. When she feeds, humans turn to stone—stone slaves. Leaving behind an army of emotionless minions isn’t quite her thing, especially after meeting Kess, a human who can make her belly flutter and it have nothing to do with hunger. The chemistry between them is like lightning to silver. And he’s the only one immune to her power.
As the Guardians get closer to discovering her family’s cloaked hideaway, Mecca learns the Amelia River running through Kess’s town still holds the magic of the Bermuda Triangle. The only thing her family wants more than feeding is to take back the Midland throne. They find a way to harness the river’s magic and open a gateway, but it’ll kill every human in town. Mecca wants to save Kess, but to do that she must turn her family over to the Guardians. She’s never had the courage to defy her family before and to stop them will mean betraying everything she knows.
BEAUTIFUL WOODS is a 77,000 word YA, dark fantasy and is told in an alternating POV. I believe fans of Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older and SyFy’s Lost Girl would enjoy this book.
I am an African-American female writer and my maternal grandmother was Cherokee. I hold an MFA in Creative Writing & Writing for the Performing Arts from the University of California-Riverside. I am an SCBWI member and a 2016 Writing in the Margins Mentorship recipient. This novel was longlisted in Mslexia’s 2015 Novel Competition. I was selected as a semi-finalist for the Speculative Literature Foundation’s 2014 Diverse Writers and Diverse Worlds Grants. My short story “Never.Give.You.Up.” was first runner-up in Ragazine Art & Entertainment Magazine’s 2013 Speculative Fiction Writers of Color Contest.