Ayleth di Ferosa is a venatrix, a shade-hunter. Devoted to the Order of Saint Evander, she fights against evil spirits of the Haunts which seek to possess mortal bodies and damn mortal souls. She remembers nothing of her life before her service began. If she tries to look further back in her memory, she finds only shadows . . . and the deadly presence of Laranta, the shade inhabiting her body, endowing her with strange and miraculous powers.
When the sudden disappearance of a seasoned venator leaves the kingdom vulnerable to attack, seventeen-year-old Ayleth is charged to discover what became of her fellow hunter. Partnered with handsome and arrogant Venator Terryn du Balafre, she must leave behind the world she knows and plunge into the depths of the shade-infested Witchwood.
But those monsters imprisoned within the Witchwood have been waiting for their opportunity to escape back into the mortal world. And when they set eyes on Ayleth, they see not their doom . . . but their salvation.
Can the blood of one devout young woman bring about the end of the Order she serves?
THE VENATRIX CHRONICLES
As you may recall, I wrote a book for NaNoWriMo last year. This was not my first novel by any means, but I have to say, something about this one felt different. The way it came together, the way the characters sprang to life . . . I thought maybe I had something special on my hands.
Curious to get some reactions on it, I started posting it on Wattpad. Just for a little objective feedback. Fast-forward a couple of months and . . . I won a shiny award!
That's right--Daughter of Shades won 1st place in its genre! Along with some seriously encouraging comments from the judges, this made for a huge confidence boost. And I decided to make a step that I have been considering for several years now.
(Yikes! It's scary to even write that!)
I am working on what I hope will be the final draft of Daughter of Shades right now (because, award or no award, a manuscript can ALWAYS be improved!).
I am scheduled to send my finished document to an editor next month--an amazing woman who has not only edited for numerous award-winning and bestselling novelists over the years, but is also an award-winning, bestselling novelist herself.
I have a cover designer lined up for September and . . .
If all goes according to plan, I hope to see this book launch in November!
So what do you think? Sound like something you might enjoy?
I AM looking for beta readers! So if you think you might enjoy reading this story, send me an firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope to send out beta-reader copies by July/August.