My Writing





Title: I AM CARAWAY

Genre: YA Historical Fantasy

Word Count: 108,000

Status: Complete


Fifteen-year-old Caraway (Cara) knows her place in life. She’s the daughter of one of England’s most prominent Earls. Like any other lady of her time, she’ll marry a noble and uphold the respected Godwin name. But Cara isn’t like other ladies. She can see the faeries. And this isn’t just any time in England. This is the tenuous year before the Norman Conquest. Character driven with a strong female voice, I AM CARAWAY is a young adult historical fantasy. It gives a new perspective on faerie folklore—just how evil these creatures really were and what made them all disappear.

Seven years after narrowly escaping death, rumors of her father’s declining reputation are the only thing Cara has to worry about—that is until the evil faerie that almost killed her comes back for her. Then Thorn shows up. He’s the faerie that abandoned Cara on that day when she was eight. Thorn tells her she’s a part of a prophecy and if she doesn’t fulfill her fate, the faeries will end mankind.

In order to learn the details of her destiny, Cara and Thorn set off on a journey across England—a journey strife with secrets, lies, witches, and faeries. And while Cara’s father slowly incites the Norman Invasion, Cara and Thorn fall into a love that is forbidden. But then Thorn betrays Cara, forcing her into the hands of her worst nightmare. If she can stay alive and fulfill the shocking details of the prophecy, Cara will forever change the course of human history.





Title: DEFENSIVE GUN

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic YA

Word Count: 59,000

Status: Complete


When news reporters ask Amanda Woodward to tell the story of her kidnapping less than six weeks after her return home, she says no. She isn’t ready. She’s still dealing with the emotional effects of her captivity and the psychological ramifications of her escape. But then she learns that one of her kidnappers might talk first. And since Amanda is the only one with the right to tell her story, she agrees to do a nationally televised interview.

Through alternating chapters of questions and answers and flashes back in time, Amanda relays the two years she was held captive. Since the details of her kidnapping have been kept secret until now, the interview will be the first time the world will hear about the fear, abuse, and threat of human trafficking Amanda faced. It will also be when they learn what happened the day she got away. And just when Amanda is starting to heal, a final act by one of her kidnappers threatens to hurt her all over again.





Title: WHERE IT ALL WENT WRONG

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic YA

Word Count: 74,000

Status: Complete/In Revisions


Sixteen-year-old Hannah Garcia used to be a nobody. Then high school started and she wiped the slate clean. Now, she’s at every Parkview party, the front of every halftime dance, and finally has the attention of the guy she’s been crushing on. She’s at the top. And her two best friends, Meagan and Ashleigh, are right there with her. 

Then Derek’s party happens. Hannah and her friends get completely wasted and Hannah blacks out. When she wakes up, she’s in a hospital bed about to be arrested. She drove drunk with Meagan and Ashleigh in the car and crashed into a light pole. And though Hannah doesn’t believe she would ever do this, she only has fragmented memories from that night and the word of her two best friends to go on. So she accepts it.

Forced by the DA to be an example, Hannah spends the rest of junior year paying for her mistake and learning there’s more to life than parties and popularity. And all the while, Meagan and Ashleigh distance themselves, their personalities changing as well. When the memories start to return, Hannah begins to question the events of that night, ultimately deciding to confront those she thought she could trust. But like her drunk driving, these memories come at a price. And Hannah isn’t done paying.



Title: AFTER ABDUCTION (companion to DEFENSIVE GUN)

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic YA

Word Count: 61,000

Status: Complete/In Revisions


Seventeen-year-old James Conway was on a date with his girlfriend, Amanda, when the unthinkable happened—she was kidnapped. Taken from the side of the road by a couple they were trying to help, Amanda vanishes into thin air.

James does everything he can to help find Amanda while also dealing with the guilt and shame of feeling he’s to blame. Then evidence starts pointing to James being involved and the kidnappers demand a ransom and James realizes there’s more going on than a simple kidnapping. Amanda was targeted. And her captors are watching his every move.

As one lead after another turns to a dead end and more and more time passes, James must learn not only how to forgive himself, but also how to move on. And he never gives up trying to find the girl he lost. His efforts pay off when he starts closing in on Amanda’s captors. But what James doesn’t realize is they’re closing in on him, too. And both he and Amanda might not make it out alive.





Title: THE BROWN OCEAN EFFECT

Genre: Contemporary/Realistic YA

Word Count: 61,000

Status: Complete/In Revisions


Seventeen-year-old Bianca Gonzales is a pushover in life. She hates confrontation and being the center of attention. And she’s stuck in a friends-with-benefits situation with her ex she doesn’t know how to get out of. Rather than stand up for herself or figure out her feelings, Bianca instead sticks to the walls, where it’s safe. And that’s alright because she has her friends to lean on.

With graduation on the horizon, Bianca and her friends decide to make a weekend trip to Bianca’s family’s river house to celebrate. Bianca loves the little town of Mt. Pleasant and might just be starting to fall for the boy across the river. No one bothers to check the weather though and the state has already seen an above average rainfall amount for the month. Additional storms could mean trouble. But the Cypress River almost never floods. Until tonight, that is.

All of a sudden the house they’re staying in lifts up and floats away. Bianca is separated from her friends and forced to survive the raging river on her own. When the rain lets up and the water recedes, Bianca is faced with the unimaginable. Not only will she have to figure out how to survive everything she’s lost, but she’ll have to learn how to navigate the harsh current of a life she doesn’t recognize.