Title: ICE CAROUSEL
Genre: YA paranormal
Seventeen-year-old Keelie Liang never dreamed siding with the cool kids would lead to such deadly consequences. But when her friend, Aspen, washes up on the beach in a tangle of seaweed – she knows she’s party to blame. With Aspen gone, Keelie has to deal with her guilt, her insecurities and the fact she can never say sorry. Yet everything changes when a mysterious stranger crashes Aspen’s funeral.
If the stranger is telling the truth, Aspen is alive. He’s stuck in Styx – the land between life and death. Sounds far-fetched at first, but with the stranger’s supernatural abilities, Keelie can’t help but believe him. Now she must forge an agreement with underworld lord, Charonne, to set Aspen free.
But bargaining Styx-style isn’t easy. Sure Charonne agrees to release Aspen, but it comes with a hefty price tag: he wants the mysterious stranger’s soul. No soul means no deal, and an existence for Aspen trapped eternally between worlds. With her love for Aspen growing, Keelie is desperate to bring him home. But can she really condemn one to save another? And can the underworld kingpin really be trusted to return Aspen -- unchanged?
Set in coastal Australia, ICE CAROUSEL is an Orpheus and Eurydice-inspired YA paranormal romance, complete at 82,000 words. At its heart, it is about a girl finding her voice, without the need for a boy to boost her self-esteem. Thank you for your time and consideration.