Name: James Gettys II
Twitter Handle: @JGettys7
YA or MG: MG
Title: James Rash and the Septacular Septuplets
Twitter Pitch (140 characters max): 13 y/o non-magical James must keep magical, older septuplet siblings from magic-stealing avenger, or become only child.
1st 250 words of opening: A coppery taste coated James’ tongue as he bit into his lip and glanced over the first-floor balcony of the three-story castle. People danced, laughed, and ate in the lantern strung courtyard below. He pulled at the collar of his shirt as two beads of sweat raced past his ear. It felt like he were in the castle hot tub on extra high. He leaned his neck back to gaze at the pale moon sitting high in the endless black sky above; the stars scattered across like little shining sprinkles.
He closed his eyes. Stop worrying. Everything’s going to be fine. You’re going to get—
“There you are! What’re you doing?”
James’ tired body gave a slight shudder seconds before his head whipped around from the balcony. Grandpa towered over him, skinny arms folded. Gray eyes, the same as James’, stared down at him. The image of James’ face on Grandpa’s shirt mimicked him perfectly, from his curly brown hair to the front tooth he lost to a green apple. James licked the empty spot.
“Really?” Grandpa sighed. “Your life’s about to change forever and you’re hiding?”
James held his hands up innocently and shook his head. “I’m not hiding. I was … uh … going to the bathroom.”
The bathroom? That’s the best you could do?
“This doesn’t look much like the bathroom to me.” Grandpa peered over the balcony. “How about instead of watching the party, we join it? You haven’t forgotten it’s your seventh birthday, have you?”
Synopsis (200 word max): To James’ family, no magic equals “no use”. Determined to prove he still has worth, James cooks every meal to perfection, cleans the entire castle spotless with a toothbrush, and obeys every request without fail. He can never make a mistake. And never has for the past seven years. Unfortunately, James’ first one almost costs his four sisters and three brothers their lives.
To avoid death, James flees to the forbidden Rash City: the only place where magical and non-magical people coexist. There, he stumbles upon Jo King. A broken and unhinged avenger, who has built a weapon able to strip people of their magic. And he plans to strip the septuplets of theirs.
Unaware of the danger waiting for them, James’ siblings sneak to Rash City to bring him home. Before they return, the septuplets split up to explore all the wonders of the expansive metropolis—but have only made it easier for Jo King to pick them off one-by-one. Now James must find his own inner hero and track down each septuplet first, or risk the seven people he loves the most in the world to be doomed to the magic-less existence he despises.
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