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Q: Name or pen name
Q: Audience or category of your writing, if applicable:
**A:**old MG, YA teen, tween, NA
Q: Genre of your writing, if applicable:
**A:**Historical fantasy with a twist of Sci-Fi
Q: What would you like your partner to do?
A: Critique my ~12 page first chapter, and if they like the novel, to keep on going to the end, if possible.
Q: What are you willing to do for your partner?
A: I will critique the first chapter, and if we click, I will keep on going to the end.
Q: How quickly you would ideally like to work with your partner?
**A:**Any time. My novel is written.
Q: Your location, if applicable:
A: Columbia Gorge. I live in Hood River, OR
Q: Please describe your project in 500 words or less, or paste a sample here!
**A:**Living in ancient Troy with her family, 17-year-old Princess Calypso took her world for granted.
One night, a meteorite rains fire from the sky, and destroys her land.
Now she stands alone, in the ruins of her city, and pleads with Mother Earth for her world to be restored. In exchange, she vows to remain a maiden, and to devote herself completely to the worship of the goddess.
Calypso is unaware that the Phoenician goddess Astarte has been ousted in favor of Melqart, the Phoenician superhero. Astarte wants to return to her dominant status and is looking for someone brave—or naive—enough to do her bidding.
So the goddess offers to send Calypso to the future and bring back Daniel, a ski bum from Colorado. He harbors a sliver of Melqart’s soul. Through Daniel, Astarte is hoping for an alliance —perhaps a dominance, rather than the present day antagonism with Melqart.
If Calypso returns with the young man, she will find Troy standing, its walls kissed by the sun. Then it will be up to Calypso and Daniel to find a way to destroy the meteorite before it strikes.
But time travel turns Daniel into a worthless ghost unable to hold a weapon. He’s useless, until he learns to apply his modern knowledge of physics, math and thermodynamics to his pure energy state.
Along the way their friendship grows. When Daniel confesses he’s in love with her, Calypso knows she swore an oath to Astarte, but finds Daniel irresistible. She must now choose whether to save her world, and with it her beloved father, or her ghostly love.
My 52,000-word YA historical adventure novel, SILENCE, WIND AND CINDER is set in the Middle East in the year 1197 BCE, during a violent, sudden and culturally disruptive time called the Late Bronze Age collapse.