DODGE THE SUN
When a supernova blasts away life with waves of radiation, a shield of magic shelters one farm, turning it into an isolated fortress of life. There a lonely boy yearns for a friend and a rabbit transforms into a girl.
Nine years later, seventeen-year-old Little Bit hates the magic anklet fastened on her by the young mage, Garrett. It keeps her in the compound—keeps her from knowing why cows outnumber humans. Memories of her past are nonexistent, but even an ignorant girl can see their protective shield is gradually weakening.
Infuriated by Garrett’s avoidance of the facts, Little Bit decides her childhood friend can fetch his own tea. She outwits the anklet to escape into a world corrupted by dark magic and scorched by the unfiltered beams of the sun. Traveling by night, Little Bit seeks answers while escaping mutated beetles and mega-sized possums. Worse, predatory survivalists skulk in the shadows as she follows rumors to a human colony in New Chicago.
When Garrett catches up to her, Little Bit learns only the renewal of his magic keeps her on two legs instead of four. And the colony of New Chicago wants to add a new mage to their collection: Garrett. They’ll exploit his affection for Little Bit to get him. Now she has to free them both and discover what it takes to stay human all while dodging the sun’s deadly rays.
First 150 Words:
The anklet jangled up and down against Little Bit’s leg with every other step. An itch she couldn’t scratch at the moment. The basket, filled with a heaping pile of laundry, occupied one hand while the other gripped the railing. She climbed the wooden stair which wound in a spiral around the outside of the tower. The wicker handle of the laundry basket balanced against her right hip, digging in with each stride. The staircase creaked and shifted. She shuddered and kept her eyes fixed on each tread, careful not to look at the height of the drop through the gaps.
Ralph promised again and again to block in the open spaces, but his promises flitted around like blueflies, impossible to pin down. He worked on his own leisurely time schedule, and no amount of pleading on her part moved him to improve the stairs.Movement down in the garden caught her attention.