Title of MS: Finding Meara
Genre: New Adult Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 80,000
Hazel Michelli has achieved her dream life. A bull’s-eye intuition wins her easy money through online horse races; she lives in a penthouse apartment and gets invited to all the cool parties around Denver.
Her idyllic existence unravels when a winged creature mistakes her for a girl named Meara and kidnaps her. Taken to the Realm, a parallel land where magic and monsters exist, she’s horrified to learn her sadistic father, Lucian Rosen, sent the creature to recapture Meara, who turns out to be Hazel’s much younger half-sister. He’s desperate to sacrifice a daughter to remain immortal, and with the Earth-Force magic in Hazel’s blood he could take over the Realm. Hazel is moved to the top of the sacrificial short list.
All Hazel wants is to forget the Realm and reclaim her comfy life, but Meara remains in danger, and Hazel’s the only one who can save her. Racing between the two worlds, Hazel searches for the little girl while attempting to stay one step ahead of Lucian. Their lives, and the future of the Realm, leave her no room for failure.
First 150 words:
By late morning, the unseasonably warm weather forced me to open all the windows of my penthouse apartment. The crisp aroma of dried leaves drifted through the rooms and mingled with the infrequent rumble of large delivery trucks coming off I-25 on their run into downtown Denver.
The beautiful fall day gave no hint of the unbelievable mess my life would become.
I focused on my laptop’s screen, and wished my online racing bet would download faster. The loading bar ticked up to ninety-seven percent, ninety-eight…
“And…done!” I said to the empty apartment.
Snapping the laptop shut, I set it on the coffee table, and checked my cell phone for the time.
Dang. I could still go for a run before lunch. I forced myself off the couch to go change.I got halfway across the living room when the front door shattered. Shards of wood flew by me.