This is the final title of my first book, I think. I will be workshopping it through September and the beginning of October with my pals at the Burlington Writers Workshop who will whip it and me into shape. I hope that I will also have editing services on it during the same time frame. And if all goes well, self-publication before the holidays.
The story is fairly simple, and the blurb that will be on the back of the book is I hope a hook:
“A parallel earth has a long history of peaceful coexistence among its five sentient species. One thousand years ago, they signed a compact of nonaggression and nonviolence, but the veneer of civility is wearing thin. Battles between the sorcerers, sorcerers abusing other species, the use of deadly overmagic, all paint a picture of a world that has lost its way.
“There are just two high-grade sorcerers left, and they are brothers who are about to go head-to-head. One may be stronger than the other, but the weaker is cunning, and sees a way to improve his chances. He invents and tests a spell – which allows him to find his way to a device to store magic! He knows not what it looks like, but he’ll perform his spell and get whatever may come.
“What exactly is he going to bring from our earth to fulfill his plan?”
I would love to hear from those of you following my blog what you think of this as a blurb. The story begins with the summoning, and what the sorcerer has summoned is a human woman. It is not what he expected, since when he left our earth, there was a healthy and thriving community of Sorceresses, and he fully expected them to be in charge still. But Freddy, the woman he summons, has an ability that is, in a sense, antithetical to the magic practiced by the sorcerers both before and after the dividing of the planet.
Freddy is actually immune to magic, in the sense that magic cannot harm her. It can work on her in the way that the summoning spell can seize her, but only if she has done something to diminish her control over her body. What did Freddy do? I’ll give you a hint. It’s 1969, and she has just completed her freshman year in college. The answer can be found in the first line of the book. Watch this space!