Dear Ms. Resciniti,
When sixteen-year-old Emma Hawthorne finds the body of her best friend in the river, her hard-fought control of her empathic ability crumbles. Capable of picking up emotions from other people like a radio signal, she is too damaged to tune out the constant static. Emma wants to move beyond her grief and be free from what everyone else is feeling.
When a stranger’s violent emotions trigger a vision of her friend’s tortured soul, Emma is terrified that the drowning wasn’t an accident – and her friend isn’t resting in peace. Emma confides her fears in her childhood friend, Alex. His ready acceptance of her doubts prompts her to search for answers. But as their friendship kindles into something more, Alex pulls away and she is left with more questions.
Emma’s pursuit of the truth catches the attention of Patrick, a man without emotions. He offers to take away her ability and the pain it causes. Despite Alex’s veiled warnings, and a sense that her friend is trying to tell her something from beyond the grave, Emma is enticed. But when she allows Patrick into her life, she discovers he’s more dangerous than she thought possible. Emma must find the strength to fight the supernatural hold Patrick has on her – not only to give her friend the peace she deserves, but to save her sanity and possibly her soul as well. If she can do that, she might survive long enough to have a future with Alex.
THE ALTERAE is a YA urban fantasy with romantic elements, complete at 64,000 words.
After earning my B.S. in journalism, I followed my husband to Los Angeles. Along the way, I have co-written two independently produced short films and published articles in two weekly newspapers. I am active in several online writing communities and workshops, including AgentQuery Connect and WriteOnCon.
Thank you for your time and consideration.