This query is from All-Stars for the novel The Puppet Mistress. Thank you All-Stars for the honour of allowing me to work on and post this!
While seventeen-year-old Vaila Grayson is the reigning video game champion, she is overwhelmed by a game with no saves, resets, or continues. Stubbornness won't allow her to walk away and neither will the dimpled smile of her video knight, Sir Cenric Alva. She soon realizes Cenric is not just a collection of pixels, but a real person under a curse.
Unaware he's a pawn in her game, Cenric believes he has fallen victim to a puppet master, an evil magician who controls his movements. This complicates his quest to destroy the Negura, a renegade black magic that threatens to annihilate the magicians of 14th century Spain.
When Vaila's fighting skills fail to deliver against one of the Negura's beasts, Cenric is bitten, but she also cries out when blood dribbles down her arm. Their souls are now intertwined. Emotions and pain alike are shared and death would certainly take them both down.
The guardian of secrets holds the information to defeating the Negura, but finding him will unearth more that just their enemy's weakness. Hidden abilities are rising to the surface in Vaila as she enlists her ingenuity to tackle side quests and terrible monsters. Her greatest challenge, however, is ignoring the sparks igniting between her and Cenric. With the Negura stalking her every move, Vaila has only one chance to stay focused.
"The Puppet Mistress" is a 70,000-word YA fantasy novel with romantic elements, told in alternating points of view. This is the first book in a potential series.
Vaila Grayson is a video game champion, but even she feels overwhelmed by a new game with no saves, resets, or continues. Stubbornness won't let her walk away, and neither will the dimpled smile of her video knight, Sir Cenric Alva. It's only when Cenric is injured, and Vaila yelps as her own arm begins to bleed, that she realizes her knight is not just a collection of pixels but a real person under a curse.
Unaware he's a pawn in her game, Cenric believes he has fallen victim to an evil magician who controls his movements and complicates his quest to destroy the Negura, a rogue magical entity that threatens the magicians of 14th century Spain. As Cenric fights both the Negura's beasts and Vaila's control, he doesn't realize his soul is entwined with hers and that his actions are endangering a seventeen-year-old girl.
Using her ingenuity, rapidly-developing skills and broader understanding of the situation, Vaila helps Cenric tackle side-quests and battle monsters. However, her bond with the knight is making it too easy for romantic sparks to ignite, and Vaila must fight this distraction as she steers Cenric toward the information he needs to defeat the Negura--because unlike Cenric, Vaila realizes that if her knight falls, she'll die too.
"The Puppet Mistress" is a 70,000-word YA fantasy, told in alternating points of view, which has series potential. Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you.
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