Books

The Last McNary

BRIDIE, a 25-year-old struggling to survive on the edge of Zenith, prepares to leave the blood-sucking city she calls home with an illegal blood card. Across the city, 14-year-old DYANNA readies herself for the most important mission of her life – a mission that, if successful, will finally make her father proud. However, as BRIDIE boards a bus and sees a stranger with his knife to DYANNA’s neck, she gives up her one chance at freedom to save the young girl’s life. As BRIDIE and DYANNA grow closer, they realize more than anything, both want a fresh start and decide to follow through on BRIDIE’s original plan: leave the city before another chance passes them by. Currently querying.

Comparative Titles: Riverdale (TV Show), The Bear and the Nightingale, House of Salt and Sorrows

Commission of Mercy, Miles, Bridie, and Dyanna (Clockwise from top) by Gabriella Bujdoso

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In a distant future, humanity has deteriorated to one civilization: The Commune. Citizens work 33 years to secure retirements called Havens—personal utopias created by the number of points earned in a lifetime. 24-year-old Stenne is one of the highest point earners until she meets Stosen, a mesmerizing stranger who insists they’ve known each other since childhood. As they grow closer, the Commune’s leader threatens Stenne with a choice: forfeit her Haven or ignore the mysterious boy who seems to know more about her past than she does. 

When Stenne loses her Haven because of their continued fraternization, she demands Stosen answer why their friendship is taboo. He reveals that, 12 years ago, a Commune scientist wiped Stenne’s mind after she and Stosen committed a crime—forcing Stenne to forget their relationship and Stosen to live with their memories alone as punishment. Desperate for more answers, Stenne convinces Stosen to escape with her, track down the scientist, and learn why she suddenly remembers her past. 

From the totalitarian confines of the Commune to the empty world outside, Stenne and Stosen navigate their growing chemistry while slowly discovering their most basic human right—choice—may be under someone else’s control. Currently revising.

Comparative Titles: Wool, The Giver, Black Mirror (TV show)

Commission of Stenne & Stosen by Gabriella Bujdoso

Cooper & Parrish

Set in a fictional English countryside in the late 1800s, Anna Cooper, a young woman who once lived in the sleepy town of Billetsby, sweeps back into her hometown after exploring the world for 10 years. Soon after Anna’s arrival, a mysterious monster from the north threatens her while warning that more of its kind are coming. When stuck-up chemist and town erudite, James Parrish, aids her in killing the monster, the two take an immediate disliking to each other. However, as more beasts converge on Billetsby and the pair argues on the best way to deal with the threat, Anna and James must thrust their differences aside to save the town or work separately and risk their lives, as well as the lives of the townsfolk, in the name of pride. Currently writing.


Mertale

In the fantasy world of Ondur, Pirate Queen Eta retains a commanding hold the six seas with her all-female crew. When a warlock murders most of her fleet, she and her remaining sailors seek revenge but are thwarted again. Eta realizes she must embrace the part of herself she drowned six years ago—tail, scales, and all—to save herself and her crew. Currently writing.