TITLE: Fractured Myths
GENRE: YA Contemporary Fantasty
WORD COUNT: 83,000
When sixteen-year-old fantasy fiction fan Alanna O’Connor sees Vikings, medieval knights, and mythological creatures step from a void into her hometown of Edinburgh, Scotland, she thinks it’s a miracle . . . until they try to kill her. All her drama—being stood up on her birthday, designing a new tattoo, even the rush from meeting an interesting and potentially decent teenage boy—falls aside as she fights for her life and sanity. Terrified and plagued by the thought that she had somehow caused this myth invasion, she teams up with the one person she hopes she can trust: the newly arrived (and completely baffled) King Arthur. While battling warriors and beasts, they develop a friendship and confront the frightful truths they discover: Arthur has fractured memories and is a fictional version of himself and Alanna was born in the mysterious Otherworld that is home to the attackers, her parentage a mystery. Rattled by these bombshells, Alanna and Arthur confront their fears, defeat the legion of monsters and the evil wizard Merlin, and step into an enigmatic future.
FIRST 150 WORDS:
“Wait a bloody second,” Alanna said. “You mean you got zapped by lightning doing this?” She turned around and braced her arm against the castle’s sandstone wall, blocking Dr. Zoë Bailey’s path. “As in, you were setting up this same contraption we’re working with right now, then Boom! God went Old Testament on you?”
Zoë tried to dodge Alanna, but her bob and weave attempt failed. Coming to a full stop, she shifted her duffel bag on her shoulder, jostling her laptop, cables, and other equipment. She avoided the girl’s eyes. “I never should have mentioned the lightning—the accident. It was—”
But she was cut off when Alanna clapped her hands directly in front of Zoë’s face and screamed, “That’s pure dead brilliant!”
A few tourists bumped them as they passed under the stone arch of Froog’s Gate. Alanna keeled sideways against the wall, but her smile was undaunted.