The Awakening: Book One
Glimmer in the Dark
Shine Malloy is a teenage girl who wants to experience joyful and wonderful mysteries in her life. She wants to live in a world in which superheroes could really exist among us. She's forgotten that could mean there are supervillains hiding among humanity as well.
Glimmer in the Dark will be the 1st novel of a series "The Awakening", starting in late September 2019.
The story is set on a world where history went a familiar yet slightly divergent path from ours, an echo of what could have been yet not so different. The names of nations aren't quite the same, their cultures vary a little bit from what happened in our history. There's an American Union rather than a US-of-A, and it's on the verge of collapse from familiar economic and political issues. Red China never fully embraced capitalism and the European Community still calls itself that. World War Two lasted longer, and the Pacific War started a couple of years later than it did on our world. There are other corporation names that are popularly known, and some of the celebrities you know aren't famous for the same deeds.
The novel's events mostly take place in that world's version of Australia, in the small city of Tearmann, population roughly a million. It's several years after a nuclear terrorist attack devastated San Francisco and a few years after the North Atlantic Bloc lost a major war in Central Asia. The future isn't inspiring of optimism to teenagers like Shine Malloy and her friends. They struggle with the problems of high school cliques, teachers that seem too strict, and parents whose motives can sometimes be unfathomable.
To Shine Malloy, all of those news reports of wars and politics aren't relevant to her. Of what importance could a high school girl possibly be to the rest of the world? She's just a normal girl. She wished that wasn't true, but that's what life has given her. Still... she can dream and hope. At least for less disturbing dreams than those which she's seen lately at night. Dark dreams that wake her up sometimes hot and panting. Frightening dreams. Ominous dreams that confuse Shine about her own sexuality and also fill her with a terrifying sense of looming evil.
Genres: Coming of Age, Superhero, Erotic Horror, Alternative World, Near-Future, Supernatural