Title: Flame’s Veil
Genre: Young Adult FantasyWord Count: 98,000
Alone and in possession of forbidden magic, Caedra wants only to see her parents again. But to find them, she must work for dangerous allies – spies who will kill her if they discover her powers.
When I saw the boy lying under the clothesline, I thought he was dead.
A scream crawled up my throat, but I muffled it with my apron. His muddied skin was porcelain tight, and no breath moved through his body; he could’ve been a statue, or a doll. I shuddered and backed into the tomato plants. I couldn’t touch him, couldn’t go near him. I had to call for help, even if it meant making Kunis angry.
Then my good sense returned. First, I had to make sure he was dead.
I knelt at his side and reached for his wrist, searching for a pulse. Though mud obscured his face, I could make out his features – a proud but unobtrusive nose, a gracefully curving jaw. The corners of the mouth were turned up, like he was dreaming of something wonderful. And then there was the rest of him – endless legs, unruly copper hair, and suddenly, blue eyes, staring up at me.