Title: Lonely Hollow: Synthesis
Genre: YA Fantasy
Word Count: Approx. 48,000
Isolated in a small town in the Colorado mountains, a group of genetically modified teens think themselves the only survivors to a massive global pandemic, but the sudden appearance of a stranger tells them otherwise. Forced to confront new truths and defend their town, they begin developing powerful abilities, with no idea how or why.
First 150 Words:
A stripped, half-burned car stood in the middle of the destroyed road. Silence reigned about the two teen boys in the dusky light of the buildings’ shadows, broken only by a pitter patter of claws here, a cricket’s chirp there.
As they strode past the ruined car, Kieran pointed left with an open palm to indicate Zane should move that way. As Zane slipped off, Kieran traced the long-abandoned line of shops with his eyes. Broken glass had blown or washed away years ago, leaving dismal, gaping maws where shop windows had once stood. A stripped mannequin lay next to another destroyed car, arms missing, no wig. Red was painted where her mouth should be, oddly smeared, and two blackened holes filled the area her eyes might once have been.The two boys met up just as they reached another alley, moving ahead in practiced tandem. Kieran scanned their surroundings, watching for any animals that might cross their paths.