So we’ve all picked up a realistic fiction book, one where the heroine meets the hero in a real-world setting, like a bar, a club, or even a library. They fall in love instantly without knowing it and go their separate ways, only to reunite at the end of the novel and confess their mutual attraction. The second most cliché type of romance novel I’ve encountered is this: a popular, gorgeous girl falls in love with the quite unpopular nerd, or vise versa.
What I prefer mirrors one of the oldest romances ever recorded and interpreted to this date: Romeo and Juliet. In this type of romance, there are boundaries that keep the heroine and hero apart, be it feuding families, social classes, race, or anything of that nature. If the author is not feeling depressed, struggling to pay off mounting debt, or dealing with any other scenario that will put them down, both characters will survive.
In The Sacrificed, there are two classes: the winged and the walkers. Though both Emerald, a walker, and Dusk, a winged, share godly appearances and caring personalities, there is one defining factor that keeps them apart. The council restricts the interference of all walkers in winged affairs. No trade, no friendship, and especially no romance.
That is, until Dusk drops down onto the streets of Centsia, and meets Emerald for the first time. Here’s a quick excerpt, to give potential readers an idea of what to expect with the novel.
Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.
A winged boy stood there, muttering to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many of their days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.
It was bread.
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The Sacrificed by Jordan Link
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories.
But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love.
Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.
Book Trailer - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WLLg5o7DY0
About the Author:
Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel "The Sacrificed", which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker's Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology "Oh, the Stories They Tell!" which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.
Author Blog: http://jordanlinkwriting.blogspot.com/
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