Seeking representation for my YA novel Awaken the Dawn…

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Some teens go to Europe to party. Seventeen-year-old Kat is going because she received a package from her dead father. It’s not a message from the “other side,” and despite the parcel’s origin (Transylvania) it doesn’t involve vampires. Kat sets out for her dad’s homeland. Her mission: decode a cryptic scavenger hunt he made before he died. Romania’s tough, even for this Atlanta girl, and she solicits the help of Maksim, a reformed criminal with a skillset for solving the clues. The problem? Maksim’s crime-boss cousin has an agenda for watching Kat.

Things go from complicated to DEFCON 5 when Kat realizes she’s falling for Maksim. Romance wasn’t on the itinerary, but as they grow closer, her jaded heart makes an unexpected detour. His kindness is like a healing balm, and the story behind his journey to faith sparks hope within her. That is, until the clues reveal that Maksim’s cousin wants the “prize” at the end of the scavenger hunt: an inheritance so big Romania’s biggest crime syndicate is after it. Kat needs more than faith to escape this trap. If a miracle doesn’t come, the crime boss will say la revedere by shipping her home in a body bag.

Excerpt

Maksim led me to the end of the corridor, and we entered an enormous open plaza full of people. A flock of birds launched into flight, disappearing into the gray sky.

I stopped. Gasped.

A medieval clock tower stood at the center of the plaza. Saxon-style merchant houses rimmed the square, coloring the scene in green, pink, light blue, deep gold, and even a yellow that reminded me of my new pullover. The buttery yellow was definitely prettier on the merchant house than on me.

“Do you see something?” Maksim’s gaze followed mine across the plaza. “What is it?”

Council Square

“Ox-drawn carriages,” I murmured, a sense of wonder filling my mind. The sadness I’d been feeling, the frustration and bitterness—everything melted away. Something wonderful and indescribable stirred within me.

“Where?” Maksim lowered his glasses. “What do ox-drawn carriages have to do with the clues?”

Ox-drawn carriages didn’t have anything to do with anything. It’s just that I finally got what my dad was talking about all those years. He’d never said much about Romania, but when he had, it’d usually been about Braşov. Now I understood why. It felt like I’d been magically transported into a fairytale. On the way to Centru

I wondered…did the peasants of fairytales ride around in ox-drawn carriages? I supposed no one knew since fairytales were usually about princesses. But standing in that medieval plaza, I knew ox-drawn carriages had to be in fairytales somewhere. At least in the background or maybe off the beaten path.

 

Soundtrack

  1. Flagship (Instrumental) – Amanda Cook
  2. Summer Girl – Misty Edwards
  3. Words Remain – Josh Garrels
  4. Brave New World (Instrumental) – Amanda Cook
  5. Say the Word – Hillsong United
  6. Season of Rain – Josh Garrels
  7. When the Fight Calls (Acoustic) – Hillsong Young & Free  thegirlintheredscarf
  8. Falling Into You (Studio Version) – Hillsong Young & Free
  9. Wake (Live) – Hillsong Young & Free
  10. Rule – Hillsong United
  11. Pursue – Hillsong Young & Free
  12. Symphony – Switch ft. Dillon Chase
  13. This is Living (Acoustic) – Hillsong Young & Free
  14. Falling Into You (Acoustic) – Hillsong Young & Free
  15. Bitter / Sweet – Amanda Cook
  16. Never Have I Found – Josh Garrels
  17. Tightrope – Misty Edwards
  18. The Wick – Housefires
  19. Never See the End – Amanda Cook
  20. Don’t Wait for Me – Josh Garrels
  21. Sinking Deep – Hillsong Young & Free
  22. Captain – Hillsong United
  23. Lake Yarina – Josh Garrels
  24. The Voyage – Amanda Cook
  25. Desert Father – Josh Garrels
  26. Even When It Hurts (Praise Song) – Hillsong United)
  27. Heart Like Heaven – Hillsong United
  28. Embarkation – Josh Garrels
  29. Heroes – Amanda Cook