Manuscript Title: Jade
Author: Sarah Kay Steele
Age group: YA
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Word count: 72,000
Seventeen-year-old Em Perkins doesn’t expect more from her annual vacation than two parental-free weeks and a decent tan. But a summer fling with a mysterious boy from down the beach changes her life– and her world– forever.
When Em first meets Finn Leith at the lake, it is by pure random happenstance. Still, the meeting proves a lucky one. Not only do they share a musical bond, a passion for running, and a love for the water, but Finn provides Em with a wonderful distraction when her ex-boyfriend shows up at his new girlfriend’s cottage next door.
Life gets even more complicated when Em discovers a bag of fourteen enchanted jade stones. The stones end up putting her life in jeopardy and begin to unravel the mystery surrounding Finn and his family– starting with the fact that they are not his family. They are sentinels that traveled with him from a realm called Aldion, and they were sent to protect him because he is the rightful heir to the priesthood of Aldion. Finn also reveals he has a gift of healing that he has been learning to use for the majority of his life, and has even used it on Em a time or two.
While Em is enthralled with her summer fling, she feels a need to help Finn find a way back to Aldion to salvage what is left of his home. And while Finn knows his priorities should lie with his world and his charges as a Priest, he also knows his loyalties and heart belong to Em.