Works in Progress

Phoenix Rising, Book #1 (Currently Querying)

When her parents are kidnapped by a bitter god and his fairy minions, Vivian Carmine, a STEM-savvy middle schooler, must rescue her parents and stop the rebel gods from destroying magic’s safe haven, thus preventing a war between gods and men.

After Vivian sets the gym on fire during the middle school science fair, her mom and dad agree the time has come to share their family’s secrets. They are manipulators of fire, a talent she’s also inherited. Before Vivian can understand her new powers, her parents go missing, leaving her to unravel the mystery of their disappearance. With her magic out of control and her parents gone, she finds herself at RISE, an academy that trains demi-gods and fabled creatures spy skills for blending into our non-magical world.

It turns out even spy schools have bullies. While fighting mean girls and avoiding attempts on her life, she discovers that RISE is fighting to keep magic a secret and her parents have been caught in the middle. Rebel gods are tired of hiding in the shadows and believe magic should be used openly, even if it means a war between gods and men. If she can’t stop the rebels using magic, or science, they will tear down RISE and she’ll lose her parents to the underworld forever.

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Aflame, Book #2 – (Writing!)

Vivian is still trying to figure out how she fits into this new world of mythology and magic. Having uncovered her parent’s secrets, now she’s not sure she wants to have anything to do with the crazy life they’ve been hiding from her. Unfortunately, the folks at RISE have a different idea. With her parents out of the spy game, someone will need to take their place.

Everyone thinks that should be her and they want her back – quick, fast, and in a hurry. There’s a new bad guy in town. Poseidon, the king of the ocean, is looking for the lost key and, since she’s the one who lost it, it’s up to her to find it first. If the power-hungry water king gets his hands on the key he’ll wield its power and flood the earth so that he can take control of the world.

With the help of her friends, and a few land loving mermaids, Vivian will need to travel from the city streets of Tokyo to the deepest depths of the ocean to search out the key of light. Can she stay ahead of Poseidon, help the mermaid resistance, and, finally, bring the key to safety?