Morning AQC, members! I'm working on refining just one sentence now and have replaced 'elemental' from the version above as it's not quite the right slant. I'm trying 'cardinal' (which is a derivative/qualifier of the same), and am wondering how that lands. Thank you!
Zoë Hall, a coveted Manhattan consort, is descended from a clan of powerful Cherokee women, yet has chosen to renounce her deceased—and beloved—mother's mystical teachings. Instead, she believes only in her tangible and carefully architected world.
Until the nightmares begin.
Approaching the anniversary of her mother’s death, Zoë experiences terrifying, forest-infused dreams. When her nightmares penetrate her waking world, she seeks the help of a therapist specializing in wake-initiated lucid dreaming. Under his direction, Zoë immerses herself into the lives of those she encounters in her embattled dreamscape. But, in letting down her guard, she attracts a primeval presence darkly-bent on exploiting cardinal abilities she’s unaware she possesses. As her reality further erodes, she’s forced to contact her mother’s dearest friend, a wily old inventor who, with one drop of her blood, transforms fable to fire.
Fighting through the shadows of her dreamscape for a way back to the life she once knew, Zoë unearths the circumstances surrounding her mother’s untimely death. And in learning she may be able to reclaim the time they’ve lost, she’ll kill—or give her very soul—to get it back.
Wedged between dream and reality, Zoë discovers that the fabric of her past, present and future is merely a transparent veil between two collapsing worlds that can only be saved if she believes in, and accepts, a role she doesn’t want. Refusing means never resurrecting a missing piece of her soul, accepting means destroying the life she’s painstakingly built.
VELVET MOON CHRONICLES - VOLUME 1: THE LEVELING (www.VelvetMoonChronicles.com) is an adult, multi-POV, fantasy novel and part of a trilogy. Like a dark version of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” or “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland,” it’s a powerful journey of finding strength. Currently, I write communications for corporations focused on unconscious bias and inclusion. Upon your request, I am prepared to send the completed manuscript, which is 146,000 words.
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