Current Manuscript - YA Thriller: FIGHTING CHANCE
Status: Complete at 60,000 words
Black belt Nica McDonald talks better with her fists than her mouth. After almost killing a boy in her California hometown, seventeen-year-old Nica is shipped to the armpit of Tennessee. She vows to keep her anger in check until she can pass the GED and blow the one stoplight town. But when local bullies, known as The Brigade, stuff bald, defenseless Braeden Hall into a trash can, her fists make another statement.
Saving Braeden is easy. Ditching him? Impossible.
He becomes her shadow, following her everywhere. Nica shuts him down until he makes a tempting offer: become his bodyguard and he’ll help her ace the GED. Eager to escape high school, and tired of being a loner, Nica agrees.
But when The Brigade’s leader winds up dead behind a local hangout, all evidence points to Nica. With rumors about her dark past making her appear guilty, Nica and Braeden team up to prove her innocence. When another member of The Brigade is targeted, and Nica is linked to the scene, police tighten their case against her.
Desperate to stay out of jail, Nica hunts the killer alone. And when she unmasks the monster everyone overlooked, she’ll need more than a fighting chance to stay alive.
Complete at 60,000 words, FIGHTING CHANCE will appeal to readers of young adult contemporary thrillers like Jill Hathaway’s SLIDE and Lisa and Laura Roecker’s THE LIAR SOCIETY.
FIGHTING CHANCE Playlist
Youth Without Youth – Metric
Kids – MGMT
Perfect Stranger – Civil Twilight
Blondfire – Where the Kids Are
Rage Against the Machine – Know Your Enemy
Skip the Charades – Cold War Kids
Hang Me Up to Dry – Cold War Kids
Down in It – Nine Inch Nails
Ghost Town – The Specials
Teardrop – Civil Twilight
Run – Snow Patrol
Learn You Inside Out – Lifehouse
Bad Dream – Keane
Night Time – xx
The Sounds – Hurt You
Spiralling – Keane
Judge, Jury and Executioner – Atoms for Peace
I Get It – Chevelle
I Will Not Bow – Breaking Benjamin
Make This Go On Forever – Snow Patrol
Easier to Be – Lifehouse
Mirror in the Bathroom – The English Beat
Letting the Cables Sleep – Bush (The perfect song for the end)
Bonus Track: Boys and Girls in School – Neon Trees (The spark that lit the fire of this manuscript)