Dear Ms. Amazing Agent,
When Juhan and his twin sister Chosi are stolen from their planet
of psychics by slavers, their only comfort is the fact that they’re together.
But even that small bit of sanity is taken when they are separated at auction.
Juhan is bought by political scion Sadi Renult, a girl
willing to lie to the entire galaxy in a desperate bid to win Juhan’s people’s
freedom. Caught in her glittering world of intrigue and politics, Juhan swears
to find his sister. But as that vow and Sadi's scheme takes them across
galaxies, he begins to realize that his young owner is more than an arrogant
rich girl. And he has to consider the cost of his promise--especially when
people they both care for begin to die.
Meanwhile, Chosi is sold into blood sport. With her psychic ability,
she earns a precarious position of value within the gladiator school, training
the draken--wild creatures of smoke and fire--for the arena. In the midst of
that hell, she forges a friendship with the slave Jemes and the draken she
cares for. But when her defiance results in Jemes’ brutal killing in the arena,
Chosi contemplates suicide as an escape from her chains. Yet, she can't forget
the brother who promised to find her and even as she welcomes death and risk,
she clings to that promise.
When Juhan demonstrates just how far he’ll go to rescue his sister,
Chosi begins to reconsider what she is willing to do to help herself.
BEYOND CHAINS AND STARS is a young adult sci-fi complete at
90,000 words that should appeal to fans of Glow and Sisters Red. I am an active
member of YaLitchat and a founder of the blog Writerly Rejects. Thank you for
BEYOND CHAINS AND STARS
Creatures of the sky are not meant to be submerged, and
yet--here I am.
I fight the urge to gulp for breath, forcing myself to relax
and let the amphibious gel filter oxygen from the water. An eel darts past, and
I shy away. As it vanishes into the water, I look around--I’m alone. Which
means Juhan’tr is about to go back on my dare that brought us here.
Get your skinny a** in
here,- I demand on a psychic thread, my mind to his, twisting to look
through the water to the surface.
I feel the wicked edge of intent before he dives and I jerk
backwards, almost out of his grasp. His long hands close around my ankle and I
thrash, irritation swamping me. I open my mouth to inhale and shout at him.
It breaks the amphibious gel seal that lets me breathe, and
water floods into my mouth and I choke.
Close your mouth, you
idiot,- my brother orders, you’re not
a fish.- I glare at him and he smirks, This
was your idea.-
He mellows the harsh words by twisting to grasp my hand. It
is familiar enough to settle me and I glance around again. The water, tinted a
soft orange by the Eltei roots, tickles as it disturbs my fur.
I glance at my brother and see the look of awe in his eyes.
All around us, swarms of kenkark swim by, silently sucking at the water. Deeper?- Juhan nudges and I smile,