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Current Work-in-Progress: Untitled (YA sci-fi)
It has no cover or pitch yet, but I wrote an entire post about it here.
Current Progress (updated 7/22/14):


Previous Project: Secrets of the Legend Chaser (unpublished standalone YA high fantasy)
Sixteen-year-old Davi has two goals in life: revive the dying dragon race, and shed once and for all the identity he ran from five years earlier.  The first of these is nearly in his grasp.  The second refuses to stop haunting him.
He spends his time on the outskirts of society in the kingdom of Acrimor, stealing dragon eggs from humans and returning them to their own kind.  One night, he overhears a rumor from the pair of dragons that have “adopted” him, of a legendary hoard of eggs, dragon folklore passed down from parent to hatchling.  Driven by a need to prove that he’s more than a cowardly runaway, he sets out to find these eggs.  But he won’t travel alone—he’s taking the farm girl Ayin, the street thief Char, and the enthusiastic young dragon Spiril along with him.
Before long, his search turns into a race to prevent a war.  A group of remaining dragons prepare for battle against the humans to reassert their dominance over the kingdom they once ruled.  Davi has to find the eggs before these hostile dragons decide humans shouldn’t interfere with their species.  But the closer he gets to the legend, the closer he gets to the life he wants to forget.  Reclaiming his old identity might just be the only way to stop his kingdom’s two races from destroying one another.
Read more about it here.

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