Tuesday, June 17, 2014



Author: Rena Rocford

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy

Word Count: 70k


Allyson fights acne, not trolls. As an inhaler-carrying member of the asthma society, Allyson just wants to meet the father who turned her mother into a paranoid, move-across-the-nation freak. Now she’s trying to fit in at yet another school, but for the first time in her life, she has a best friend, Beth. When Allyson accidentally spits fire at kidnappers in the mall, she realizes why her father isn’t in the picture: she’s half dragon. Her acne? Emerging scales. Her asthma? The side effects of her dragon's fire breath. Instead of freaking out, unflappable Beth reveals her own troll heritage and explains how things work with the supernatural creatures who hide within the modern world of smartphones and skyscrapers.

When trolls kidnap a unicorn, Beth gets blamed. Allyson is determined to prove Beth’s innocence and keep her friend off the unicorn chopping block. When they start looking for the kidnappers, they get a call from the last person they expect: Allyson’s father. He tries to warn them off, but he's been put under a spell by the kidnappers to keep the victims from escaping. Nothing short of death can stop him. Now Allyson has to choose between killing the father she’s always dreamed of, or letting her best friend die for a crime she didn’t commit.


  1. Wow. Now that's a concept. LOL. I love it! Now I want to read it. *stares intently*

    1. Ah, thanks! This is a contest for publishers, so maybe I can get it made into a book!

  2. I'm not familiar with this contest so don't know if it's okay to comment, but i'm doing it anyway.
    This sounds like so much fun! And man, that is a heck of a choice she needs to make. Also, have i seen this elsewhere before?

  3. this sounds awesome to me!! love the idea of fantasy creatures hidden among us! good luck, woman!

  4. Hi Rena,

    WOW! You had me at dragon. I want this pitch as my pick. You're through to the editor round. Give me a shout on twitter. @staceynash

  5. Congratulations. I saw the post on the Aussie blog and scrolled through impatiently to see if you'd made the cut (Stacey's choices would be second to last in an alphabetical list!) Good luck with the next phase. Now all you need is an editor who loves dragons and trolls too.


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