[Something very personalized, like mentioning a specific blog post where they expressed interest in high-concept YA, or fairy tales, or something of the like.] As such, I believe you may be interested in my 53,000 word young adult fantasy, HAPPILY NEVER AFTER.
Kate’s brother is dying. Unable to cope with watching him deteriorate, she makes a stupid wish to escape her life in favor of a fairy tale. But the wish comes true. And fairy tale land? Well, it sucks. Kate is forced to obey an unseen, god-like narrator, who makes Kate dress as a prissy Princess while repeating the same story over and over again — and each time, more of Kate’s memory is lost. Plus, venomous Prince Charming is out to kill her. And that’s just great.
Then Kate discovers the secret to escaping this Magical Kingdom of Torture: true love’s kiss, of course. But the narrator (who is determined to keep Kate trapped) begins to pick apart the story, removing any object, twist, or character that might come to Kate’s aid. The crazy narrator even steals Nathan, the guy Kate thinks she’s in love with, and replaces him with Jace, a dashing rogue Kate can’t keep her eyes off of. Now, as Kate clings to her dwindling memories and tries to forge a new path through the fairy tale, she has to choose which guy she really loves.
If Kate chooses wrong, the narrator will trap her there forever, and she’ll live Happily Never After.
HAPPILY NEVER AFTER is similar to THE WIZARD OF OZ and ELLA ENCHANTED, and I believe it may appeal to fans of both. Though the novel has been written as the first in a planned trilogy, it can also stand alone. I’m an active member of SCBWI, the Florida Writers Association, and YALitChat.
So, what do you think? I can’t wait to read everyone’s!