My newest series is an upper YA/NA alternative history/romance, titled:
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The unofficial and unedited blurb for the first book in The Stock series…
It used to be a man’s world. Not anymore.
Murdered men, missing boys, and male segregation…
Welcome to America’s Matriarchy.
In contemporary America, where history records the victor of the Civil War not the North or South, but the Woman’s Suffrage Movement, the Matriarchy rules supreme. Now, America isn’t segregated by race or religion, but by sex. Stripped of their rights and regarded as nothing more than property, men are considered stock, bought and bartered like slaves at The Redemption. This is the America seventeen-year-old Adela lives in.
From floggings to executions, Adela has seen the ugly side of the Matriarchy’s rule. Taught from childhood that all lives are equal, she challenges the Matriarchy and its laws, stepping in when Enforcers abuse their power. From helping men flee the country, to rescuing boys taken by the government to control male overpopulation, Adela tries to protect the men the Matriarchy harms.
When it is clear she’ll lose her best friend and true love, Greer, at The Redemption, Adela will do anything to keep him safe. But The Redemption is sacred in this woman-dominated America, and to defy the Matriarchy is to toy with death.
Adela must decide just how much she’s willing to risk for family, country, and love.
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What’s in a name?
I picked Adela for the name of the main character because it means: Noble. According to the Oxford Dictionary, one definition of Noble is, “Having or showing fine personal qualities or high moral principles.” I thought that fit Adela’s character. Not sure how to pronounce the name? Click the recording below.
His name means watchful and vigilant and I think it has a certain strength about it, which he’ll need to accomplish all that is required of him. The name can also mean: Leader or Visionary. I thought that fit Greer perfectly. Not sure how to pronounce the name? Click the recording below.
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Adela was the name of a nurse I had and is where I first heard the name.
Of the babies born in the last five years who have been named Greer, 80% are girls.
The idea for the story came while I was in the shower. I jumped out, pulled on my robe, and typed my first file of notes with shampoo still in my hair.
I don’t know where the idea came from.
My first set of notes are dated August of 2013.
Greer’s last name is Alexander, which was the name of my childhood dog. Generally, each of my books has someone named after one of my pets.
The song lyrics over Adela’s bed are from Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol. I thought the line, “And just forget the world,” fit her and Greer’s story.