Fresh out of high school Jenna Nakamura finds herself without any sense of direction. Her best, and only, friend Lucy has moved away to start college and go on impressive adventures. Meanwhile Jenna sits at home in small town Oregon, stuck at her same old job, trapped in her crappy life, with her alcoholic and abusive mother. Giving into sadness Jenna hides in the orchard of her back yard. Once grand from the care her grandfather gave it, the orchard is now dead and barren. Or so she thought. One of these tree’s is not as it seems. Finding a small tin box, Jenna climbs her way into a foxhole under the tree only to discover a secret passage. The tunnel takes Jenna to Demore, where creatures from all of earths mythologies have been living free of their human oppressors. Dragons guard the mountains, fairies fly overhead, and mermaids swim in the fountains. This is not a place for Jenna.
Immediately caught, threatened, and cast out, Jenna returns home unable to shake her desire to sneak back in. Unexpectedly, Jenna befriends a young centaur, Aggy, who is as curious about the human world as Jenna is about Demore. The two find comradery despite their species and Jenna, for the first time in her life, begins to feel at home. Though Demore is a wondrous city, it is not a utopia. The history with humans, and even with other creatures, is a violent one. Not all the magical citizens will take kindly to a young girl roaming the streets.
Back in the human world, Lucy has been making some discoveries of her own. When Jenna visits the dorms she catches Lucy in bed- with her girlfriend. Happy and supportive of Lucy’s coming out, Jenna can’t help but share a secret of her own. The two girls venture to Demore, but before they even enter the city they are arrested by the Gargoyles and put on trial for trespassing into the sacred realm. The Gargoyles label Jenna as Eelamak, meaning she may remain in the city, but she can’t keep going back and forth. In one years’ time, she must choose to abandon her human life, or leave the city forever. Despite her friendship with Lucy and what that has meant to her, Jenna knows she belongs in Demore. It is her one chance to escape her mother and start fresh. Her future awaits her, if only she has the courage to seize it.
Making more friends in Demore than she has in her whole life, and getting fired from her human world job, Jenna is ready to move. She says her goodbyes to Lucy, and with her help, Jenna is finally able to stand up to her mother. Refusing to stay down when hit, Jenna leaves behind the life of a victim and becomes a survivor.
My novel, WHERE MAGIC HIDES, is a young adult, standalone, fantasy novel complete at approximately 62,000 words. This novel will appeal to fans of fantasy and comedy alike, along with any readers who are looking for a culturally diverse cast of characters. Ultimately this story is a character piece, a coming of age story. With Jenna facing abuse and her best friend coming out of the closet, I aim to show how it really does get better. With this book, I hope to bring something new to young adult fantasy, leaving behind romance in favor of friendships and replacing old stereotypes with fresh and honest perspectives. The fantasy world of Demore is where creatures from all across Earth’s mythology have gone to live. The centaurs speak Greek, the dragons are Chinese, the mermaids will drown you if you get too close. I studied ancient myths throughout school and eagerly included my love of world mythology and folklore into this book. I hope you find this world to be the same wonderful escape that Jenna did.
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