The Ten Thousand Doors of January

While her father travels around the world seeking curiosities and treasures for his rich employer, January is left in care of their employer, Mr. Locke. Her wealthy benefactor provides January with an education & upbringing as if she were his own daughter, which is certainly a far cry from what January would have received as a colored girl. Yet, despite of all that, or perhaps because of it, January feels like just another curiosity in Mr. Locke’s collection. One that must follow the rules at all times. One that is best seen, and not heard. When she finds a mysterious book among Mr. Locke’s collection, and learns of doors that open into magical worlds, January must decide if she will seek out & open those doors. For the doors don’t just open new worlds, they can also place January and her friends in immense danger.

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The Call of the Rift: Flight

A complex character journey in a very developed alternate world.

17 year old Kako is frustrated with her tribe, the Rin, for their ancient way of life, and their seclusion from the rest of the world. Wanting out, she leaves to seek marriage in a neighboring tribe with whom none of the Rin have been in contact with for many years. Trouble meets her on the way, and her plans are rerouted while she heals both physically and emotionally. But the world is more complex and different than she’d expected, and Kako is no longer sure of what she wants from life, nor of who she wants to be. Aimless, she drifts between tribal life and exploring the native settlers’ cultures, meeting and making friends from vastly different lifestyles. Kako is on a journey from adolescence to adulthood, trying to find herself, love, and the truth of her people’s history, while bumbling her way through.

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