Audience age: NA
Genre: Action/Adventure Historical Romance
Word count: 93,000
When Gretta, a clumsy jogger, and Sam, a construction worker, are almost crushed under the branches of a newly-fallen tree, little did they know they would soon fall for each other. But before they can find a happily ever after, they’re charged with a mission by Gretta’s long-dead ancestor. They must remove the curse placed on a ring, an old family heirloom, before Gretta’s frail grandmother dies, doomed to spend eternity in the PIT (Purgatory in Tartarus) upon her death.
Sam and Gretta time travel to the early-nineteenth century, where they step right into the lives of Lorenzo, an American sailor kidnapped by Barbary pirates in the Mediterranean Sea, and Anya, daughter of a Greek fortune teller. Lorenzo is badly wounded in his escape from the pirates, and finds medical treatment from Anya’s mother on the tiny island of Milos.
Soon, Lorenzo and Anya are on course to find true love together, but not without challenges from the pirate captain, who will stop at nothing to get back the treasure Lorenzo stole when he escaped. Their lives are in danger, and so are Sam and Gretta, who are unwittingly along for the adventure as they seek answers about the family ring and the origins of its tragic curse.
MALEDICTA, an Action/Adventure Historical Romance, is a completed standalone manuscript with strong series potential.