Mia’s best friend is Cupid. No, really. A teenage Cupid who went out of town and foolishly left behind her charmed journal and pen—the two items Mia needs in order to make the football hottie, Vince Demetrius, fall for her.
Vince falls for her all right, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan Sanders, the geeky photographer for the school newspaper who’s surprisingly suave and persistent. With two guys now after her, Mia tries to dial down the crazy by directing Logan’s feelings elsewhere, namely toward her neighbor. Yeah, too bad for Mia, her neighbor likes Vince.
As if that wasn’t enough, Mia has two weeks until her bestie returns. Fourteen short days to put all the right couples back together or she can kiss her best friend, and also her perfect match, goodbye forever. But even Cupid’s magic has its limits.
A modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, SCRATCH THAT is a YA contemporary fantasy, complete at 68,000 words.
Falling for Fame
To help keep her mom’s struggling B&B afloat, seventeen-year-old Paige rents the place out for the entire summer to a nameless mystery group. All Paige knows is they have a crazy desire for privacy: no cellphones, no Internet, and no leaving the B&B means this summer will be no fun. Sketchy as that is, they’ll pay up front, which is exactly what Paige needs.
When the renters arrive, Paige is stunned to find herself in the presence of Vital Sign, the most popular boy band in … pretty much ever. So, that’s a plus. Especially because the lead singer Austin is willing to help Paige win back her ex. A few pictures of Paige kissing Austin, and her jealous ex should come crawling back. Plus, it has the added benefit of giving Austin a story to feed to the ever-hungry tabloids later on.
But the band is hiding out for a dangerous reason. After all, stalkers don’t like it when they find out their guy is interested in someone else.
Just when Paige begins to feel like her summer is working out, things get scary. Like, dead birds on doorsteps and people breaking into her room kind of scary. As the situation escalates, Paige realizes she might be facing a choice between her maybe-not-so-fake relationship and her life.
FALLING FOR FAME is a YA contemporary complete at 65,000 words that would appeal to fans of Kasie West’s The Fill-In Boyfriend.
Thirteen-year-old Princess Jessamine would rather do a lot of things than marry Prince Alec—wear an itchy dress while her portrait is painted, count her father’s nose hairs, or even clean the dungeon’s chamber pots. But Jessa isn’t given a choice, so she enlists the help of a powerful sorceress to save her from the arranged marriage.
The sorceress Emberlynn casts her spell, but rather than getting rid of the prince as agreed, she takes Jessa’s place. Now everyone sees Jessa as a lowly maid while the double-crossing sorceress is living the high life of a princess. Laws are changed, taxes are raised, and Jessa is on the run from Emberlynn’s henchmen who are more bloodthirsty than a hyped-up troll.
On the bright side, Jessa knows how to defeat Emberlynn. She just needs to find a few rare ingredients for a counter spell and she’ll be on her way. Oh, and since Emberlynn’s missing sister needs to be the one to cast it, it would be great if she would stop playing hide-and-seek and cooperate already.
Prince Alec is willing to lend Jessa a hand, but they don’t have a whole lot of time before Emberlynn builds her army and starts a war. Jessa’s kingdom is at stake, and no one, not even a psychotic sorceress who wants her dead, is going to stand in her way.
DUNGEON DUTY is an upper MG fantasy complete at 50,000 words. It would appeal to fans of Gail Carson Levine and The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede.