Entry for Pitcharama

Published June 15, 2013 by christinenorris

Manuscript Title: Smoke & Mirrors

Author: Christine Norris

Age group: (YA/NA) YA

Genre: Steampunk/Fairy Tale Retelling/Historical Fantasy

Word count: 99,000

250 word blurb:

It’s 1876 in Philadelphia. Benjamin Grimm, a stagehand at the Walnut Street theater and aspiring illusionist, knows the theater is very much like real life—people play their parts, hiding behind the illusion of their lives, never revealing their secrets.

When he reunites with his childhood friend Eleanor Banneker, he is delighted. But when she reveals that she has been under a spell for the past seven years, forced to live as a servant in her own home, he realizes how sinister some secrets can be.

When she asks him to help her, how can he refuse? Even if he doesn’t believe in ‘real magic’, he can’t abandon her.

Ellie has spent the long years since her mother’s death under the watchful eye of her stepmother. She has also been bewitched, hidden in plain sight from everyone who could help her, including her own father, who is under a spell of his own. When she sees Ben one evening, it seems he is immune to the magic that binds her, and her hope is rekindled along with their friendship.

But time is running short. If they do not find a way to break the spells before the clock chimes midnight on New Year’s Eve, then both Ellie and her father will be bound forever.

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8 comments on “Entry for Pitcharama

  • Hey Christine!
    I love Illusionist things, and what I like most about this is he comes in contact with REAL magic. The whole concept leaves me asking why is she bewitched, and why can he see her? I want to uncover what’s going on!
    If you need anything, last minute query critique, anything at all, just let me know! You can tweet me or email me at katiejteller (@) gmail.com

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