Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
After her father was murdered when she was six years old, Shale Peterson made a resolution: never to lose anyone, or anything, ever again. For the ten years since, she’s used strength of will to win every competition she enters, from tennis to chess to tae kwon do. Her mother’s mysterious suitor Grey also believes that Shale’s incredible willpower is the only reason her mother is still alive long after doctors say that a brain tumor should have killed her.
Grey, the CEO of a powerhouse headhunting company called Kingmakers, challenges Shale at arm wrestling, at skiing, at work, at life, appealing to her competitive nature in a bid to recruit her. What Shale doesn’t know is that Kingmakers is the public face of a hidden world—a world of people who believe that willpower can work magic—a world Grey intends for Shale to one day rule. But there are plenty of people who will do anything to keep Shale from becoming Grey’s successor, especially Grey’s weak-willed son Duncan and the growing number of dissenters who want to break free of Kingmakers’ control and use magic for their own personal gain.
Grey and Shale’s mother disappear while on their honeymoon. Meanwhile, Shale barely survives a string of attempts on her life, starting with a hit and run that lands her in the hospital. When she finally uncovers the truth about Kingmakers, she doesn’t know whether to believe that magic actually exists. What she does know is that she won’t be a target any longer. All she can rely on now is her indomitable will as she sets out on a desperate journey to confront Grey, defeat her enemies, and rescue her mother.
And if these so-called magic users have hurt her mother? Shale is going to burn their world down.
KINGMAKER is a young adult urban fantasy novel, complete at 84,000 words.
I am a student in Columbia University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Thank you for your time and consideration.