Young Adult Sci-Fi Romance
(completed, undergoing revisions)
Seventeen-year-old Time Traveler, Jaden Roberts, isn’t one to break The Society’s rules. But when her best friend dares her to travel back 300 years, just before the apocalyptic gamma ray burst struck Earth, she goes only in hopes of finding tame horses—she’s long admired their wild counterparts from afar.
In the Oklahoma countryside, Jaden discovers two beautiful, friendly horses, and to her surprise, an even more beautiful Regular boy named Chance. Her one-time visit to the forbidden past turns into many more, and though she tries to fight it, she can’t help but fall for the kind-hearted boy with a tragic past and doomed future.
When The Society catches on to Jaden’s secret travels, she panics and goes back to Chance’s era once again. With the apocalyptic event now only days away, she can’t bear to leave him. What she’s not prepared for, however, is his disappearance just hours before the exploding star is set to strike. Nor does she expect the blinding lights to send her back to the future where The Society promptly strips her of her power to time travel. Now she must accept the consequences of her actions or fight back in order to discover the truth about time travel, the past she was never supposed to visit, and the blue-eyed boy she can’t seem to forget.
THE EVOLUTION OF EVIE
Upper Middle Grade Contemporary
Thirteen-year-old Evie Stankard has two goals: win a blue ribbon at the fall horse show and survive eighth grade. For a socially-awkward girl who’s also into 80’s music and science, one promises to be much easier than the other.
When Evie’s dad loses his job, she’s forced to do the unthinkable: lease out her beloved Thoroughbred, Titus, until they can get back on their feet. With nothing left to do but survive now, Evie figures she better attempt to make some friends. Her efforts pay off when she’s accepted into a misfit clique at lunch. And when her lab partner, a cancer survivor named Taylor, warms up to her, Evie thinks her luck is changing.
But having friends brings a new set of problems. After skipping class with her new pals, Evie finds herself both in detention and in trouble at home. Never mind that her crush on Taylor threatens to ruin things between them—especially after she blabs about his fake leg to keep the popular girls at bay. She tries to redeem herself by standing up to a bully who’s picking on another friend, but when this leads to a scuffle, she earns her second ticket to the principal’s office. It now appears family finances won’t be the only thing preventing her from getting Titus back. If Evie can’t convince her parents she’s still the same nice, responsible girl, semi-delinquent friends and all, she may very well have to face the fact that she’ll never see her horse again.
SEEKING SARA STERLING
Young Adult Contemporary
(completed, undergoing revisions)
After 18-year-old Sara Sterling’s long-time boyfriend dumps her one week shy of graduation, a surge of anger frees her from a lifelong habit of indecisiveness. Good or bad—any decision appears better than none. She jumps into a rebound relationship, but quickly realizes no boy will uncover the girl hiding somewhere beneath her skin. Desperate for change and a chance to find herself, Sara does the last thing anyone expects—accepts her uncle’s invitation to work at his Colorado guest ranch for the summer.
Through endless hours of grooming horses and mucking stalls, Sara finds unexpected solace in the barn. But just as she’s adjusting to her new normal, impulse strikes again. While attending her first horse sale, she bids on an injured and otherwise, slaughter-bound horse. She intends to donate Treble to the ranch, but is surprised to make a connection with the horse who’s as broken as she is.
For the first time in her life, Sara feels responsible for another living being—something she doesn’t take lightly. Her hard-headed uncle, however, insists Treble is worthless and vows to sell him at the next monthly auction. Sara’s repressed anger resurfaces; she’s allowed others to hold the reins of her life for too long. It’s time to stand up for both herself and the horse she’s grown to love. Otherwise he’ll undoubtedly meet his doom, and she’ll leave the ranch, forever losing the girl she’s only just begun to discover.