I have been working diligently with The Editorial Department and Raven’s Blood has had a thorough overhaul. A new beginning, a new query, a tightened synopsis … fingers crossed; this is the manuscript that will garner some potential buzz from agents and editors!
For your reading pleasure, here is the new and improved query.
Avelynn wants equality. She wants love, respect, and the freedom to choose her life and follow her pagan faith. Unfortunately, she lives in Anglo-Saxon England.
It is the year 869, and Somerset has flourished under twenty years of peace. But with the whisper of war against the Vikings threatening their security, Avelynn’s father makes an uncompromising decision forcing her into a betrothal with Demas, a man who only covets her wealth and status.
As tension mounts between her unwavering convictions and Demas’ ambitions, Avelynn stumbles into a passionate, clandestine affair with Erik the Blood-Axe, a Viking warlord. In a summer of awakening passion, Avelynn finds the love and respect she craves, while Demas’ tactics to possess her become more desperate and increasingly brutal.
Avelynn challenges the country’s most powerful men, disregards the Christian church, leads an army into battle, and faces Erik on the battlefield. Passion and desire come at a high cost and through her inexorable choices and actions, Avelynn risks losing everything she values most.
Set within the social and political turmoil of Alfred the Great’s England, Raven’s Blood is a ninety thousand word historical fiction.