TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT : Glowing Shadow
GENRE: YA Paranormal Romance
WORD COUNT: 79,500
Eighteen-year-old Muriel Blythe has a supernatural gift that is also a curse—she can feel everything someone else feels, or make them feel what she’s feeling. When Muriel is unable to control her gift, her sister tried to kill herself. To protect her adoptive family from her gift and learn how to control it, Muriel moves to Madrid, Spain.
In Madrid, Muriel finds a bigger curse. Shadowy creatures called Malekia want to kill her by absorbing her soul—and she doesn’t know why. Creatures of light called Luxben appear to help her, only saying that rescuing people is what they do—nothing more. While living with the Luxben Muriel starts feeling things for their leader, Dalkiel. Even when she’s certain that he isn’t totally a light like the other Luxben. He has something dark in him; his light isn’t bright and clear. It’s like a glowing shadow.
Muriel learns that rather than a curse, her gift is her only weapon to protect the ones she loves. She fights a deadly battle to discover what the Malekia and Luxben really are, and why the Malekia want her dead. But she will also find out that her profound and passionate love for Dalkiel is star-crossed, that she’s not as human as she thought, and that she will have to convince him that their love is worth everything- even the blend of good and evil.
First 150 Words:
I tried to block myself from feeling, but as always I couldn't control it. I could only feel. Feel what the girl next to me in the bus felt—despair, desolation, agony. I looked at her. Dressed in all black, she held a photo in her hands of a boy that appeared around the same age she was. With each little caress she gave to the picture it became more painful to breathe. He must have died.
Life didn’t have a reason for me anymore. Tears fell down my cheeks. I knew that these weren’t my feelings, that I absorbed them from the girl, but I couldn’t stop them anyway.
All I wanted was to disappear. I stood and walked to the broken front door of the bus that never closed after I got on. I grabbed the handle in the roof and dangled one foot out of the bus. Far away I heard someone shouting.