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Sixteen-year-old Marguerite is penniless and shunned, which is quite a problem, given that she’s sworn to save her only friend from being burned at the stake.
In 1428, illegitimate (and fitfully promiscuous) Marguerite is not only a pariah in her village, but also in her own family. The one bright spot in her life is her friendship with Jehannette d’Arc – the only person who’d shed a tear if Marguerite died of plague. So when God calls upon Jehannette to drive the invading English army out of France, Marguerite is determined to help.
With nothing at her disposal but beauty and daring, Marguerite frees Jehannette from the clutches of a betrothal so she can embark on the mission. Simple enough. But then comes the world beyond their village, in which Marguerite must match wits with scheming courtiers, and protect Jehannette on the field without becoming the burying point of a battle axe.
Then Jehannette is captured by the English, who are determined to see her executed for witchcraft. And with Jehannette’s fate looking bleaker by the day, Marguerite realizes the lengths to which she’ll have to go to save her… because failure means facing a life in which her only friend has gone up in flames.
ARMORED is a 76,000-word historical YA novel, and an alternate telling of the story of Joan of Arc. It’s a standalone with series potential, and will appeal to fans of Katherine Longshore’s Gilt, and the Scarlet trilogy by A.C. Gaughen. I’m currently a story producer on _______ and I write the episode synopses for ________.
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