Name: Sarah Devlin
Twitter Handle: @sarahwritesetc
YA or MG: YA
Title: The Library of Alexandria
Twitter Pitch (140 characters max): 17 y/o Kiera would go through Hell to return home. That’s good because she’s literally in the 1st ring of Hell.
1st 250 words of opening: Spring stubbornly crept into northern Virginia. I opened the door and the unseasonal abundance of sunlight streamed through the window, created blue and green diamonds, which tumbled across the mail that had fallen through the slot. I flicked through the envelopes searching for telltale university insignias.
Adande and Marklan shoved past me. My brothers scampered up the steps, kicking off their shoes as they went. I rolled my eyes and grabbed the books and notes I had stacked on the first step this morning. “Mom!” I hollered, “I’m leaving now. Just had to get my stuff for our research.”
“Okay!” Her voice drifted down the steps from the kitchen, mingled with the sounds of my brothers turning on their PlayStation in the living room.
“Love you! I’ll be home for dinner.”
“Text me when you get there!”
“’Kay.” I opened the door and stepped out into the sunshine. The warmth spread across my arms and face. My coat was forgotten on the hook inside.
My research partner, Dante, was supposed to meet me at the library at 4:00. He had skipped today in order to avoid an English test he didn’t want to take. He had sworn, however, he’d meet me today. I didn’t believe him.
I made my way down the block my mind tried to wrap my mind around the problem on my calculus study guide I hadn’t understood in class. Mrs. Beck said I could come in during homeroom tomorrow. I’d have to do that.
Synopsis (200 word max): Kiera Lewis is a 17-year-old who is in the throes of college applications and managing her group project partners who won’t pull their weight. That all changes when she is tragically killed in an accident. She awakens to find herself in the first ring of Hell, determined to escape and return home. She realizes her actions have opened a rift in space-time and she must now save Hell.
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