Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Jericho Effect ABNA Pitch

As I think some of you know, I recently entered THE JERICHO EFFECT in the YA category of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. (You can learn more about the contest @: Over the next month the judges will be reading through the pitches of all the novels entered in the contest. The pitch is a 300 or less word description of what the novel is about intended to catch the judges' interest and make them want to read more. The novels which advance to the next round of the contest will be chosen based on this pitch. I've decided to post my pitch here so you can see if it catches your interest. Would you advance this book to the next round based on the pitch? Let me know in the comments!

Crystal’s apprenticeship is cut short when she is chosen by the wizard council of Rovinien to hunt down and subdue a dangerous warlock named Wikeon. Wikeon, a thief raised by werewolves, flees his home country after using black magic to murder a man in order to protect a werewolf friend. When Crystal finds that Wikeon is more than a ruthless killer, she develops feelings for him. Her feelings soon blossom into love, causing her to betray the council and assist Wikeon.

As enemy wizards close in on them, Crystal and Wikeon turn to Wikeon’s werewolf family for protection and take shelter at a castle high in the mountains. When they are discovered there by a group of bounty hunters, Crystal, Wikeon and the werewolves are forced into a ruthless battle for their lives and freedom. After the lead bounty hunter sets out on a vendetta against the werewolves, the pack faces their greatest threat – a threat from which even Crystal and Wikeon’s combined power may not be enough to protect them.

THE JERICHO EFFECT mixes elements of fantasy and monster stories and will appeal to teens who are fans of both. The idea for the story came from a strange dream which haunted the author’s memory for years after waking from it.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


As some of you may know, I recently finished writing my new YA book, THE JERICHO EFFECT. All my work on the last few scenes got me thinking about endings. With some help from a couple friends I came up with a few quotes about endings. I will post them here followed by the last line of THE JERICHO EFFECT. If anyone reading this thinks of any other good quotes about endings feel free to put them in the comments along with where the quote came from.


Ending Quotes:

"One last perfect verse is still the same old song..." -Nightwish, Poet and the Pendulum.

"I suddenly had this feeling that everything was connected. It was like I could see the whole thing. I felt like I could see everything that had happened and everything that was going to happen. It was like a perfect pattern laid out in front of me." -From V for Vendetta.

"The ends we seam together..." -Rise Against, From Heads Unworthy.

"Do you hear that? That is the sound of The End." -From Night at the Museum -Battle of the Smithsonian.

"An ending was an ending. No matter how many pages of sentences and paragraphs led up to it, it would always have the last word." -Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride.

Jericho Effect Ending:

With a cry of joy, Heath ran to her embrace.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

New Beginning for Jericho Effect

Okay, I decided to write a new first chapter for the Jericho Effect because the original first chapter seemed a little too slow. The preview has been updated to reflect this. Please read the preview at this link and feel free to leave helpful comments. :)