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Every winter, when the storms go wild, leaving behind a wake of soul-altered bodies, those who remain mistakenly believe the storms are to blame. Sixteen-year-old Emma Blekbyrd learns the reason—people in the skies hunt humans. Big, hefty men with red-irises swept down on their town in flashes of lightning. One of them attacked leaving her with a scar where the lightning touched her. It frightens her; she can feel it feeding into her soul, trying to kill her.
She meets Sam, the boy who has to take the captured humans to Eden Falls, an island populated with Souls and Ghosts in need of life. It’s the season for hunting humans and the accumulation of souls increases the pressure on the Red-Iris Men to bring in more bodies, which introduces the new law of Eden Falls: Derelicts, humans failed in being taken are now considered its property and henceforth still wanted.
Emma is unaware that she’s a Derelict. With the scar reducing her life on earth she only wants to do one thing: show the world the truth about the storms. Sam, possessing the body of her classmate, shows her that death does not offer freedom—he has lost the ability to touch, smell, feel and even love—in death or suicide she would automatically be a soul-slave to Eden Falls. Forgetting the bitterness of love and its immutable effects Emma discovers the other side of freedom, love is more powerful than death. Being with Sam forever is her world now.
Complete at 90,000 words, EDEN FALLS is a YA fantasy told from two POV’s. My novella won first category in the Bessie Head Literature Awards and is due for publication in June.
I would love to send you a sample if you are interested. Thank you for your time and consideration.