TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT: DISPLACED
GENRE: YA mythic fantasy
WORD COUNT: 82000 words
Query:Sixteen-year old McKayla McCleery is the only one who can stop the evil powers that are stealing magic from our world—too bad she doesn’t believe in evil powers, or any kind of powers. McKayla just moved to Star Valley, and life is pretty good: she has a new best friend, takes lessons from the only ballet school in town, and the gorgeous guy in her physics class is finally paying attention.
Rourke is the crazy high school janitor. He keeps a giant lizard for a pet, and claims that he’s been banished here from another world. When McKayla sees Rourke dancing with more emotion, and skill than anyone she’s ever seen, she ignores the rumors, and convinces him to teach her to Irish dance.
When McKayla learns that the stunning, but eerie, woman who threatens her little sister, is the being that Rourke claims is keeping him from home, she uncovers an unbelievable family secret; a secret that endangers her dreams of dance, her chance for newfound love, and her family’s very existence.
In order to defeat the dark forces that threaten the destiny of both worlds, McKayla must decide what in her life is myth, and what is real.
With the wonder of STARDUST, and the dance appeal of STRICTLY BALLROOM, DISPLACED at 82,000 words, is a story of myth, magic, and mystery.
First 150 Words:
I saw my reflection in the lizard’s eyes a moment before it disappeared. It stood taller than a cocker spaniel, with a tail that trailed behind it like a thick, blue rope. I pressed a hand against my beating heart, leaning forward to watch it go down the hallway. I wondered if I should follow.
“Eww, did you see that huge lizard?” Christa jumped up from where she had been stretching on the floor. “I swear it just winked at you.”
Water sloshed from the drinking fountain onto my leotard. I jerked back, pulling my thumb from where it still depressed the button.
“Don’t be ridiculous, lizards don’t wink,” I said, wiping at the growing water stain on the satin.
“I’ve never seen a lizard that big.”
I had to agree, it creeped me out. A lot.