Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Jena Baxter Books
Date of Publication: February 16th, 15
Number of pages: 214
Word Count: 52,313
Cover Artist: Consuelo Parra
Model: Amber Ornelas
A teenage girl enters a carriage in Central Park and disembarks in Victorian, England.
Cursed by her sister Brooke, Alexis Powell arrives in the Victorian Era where she meets Ezra, who was recently murdered by an assassin his brother Amos hired. Now a supernatural creature, Ezra sees into Alexis’ mind with a touch and Intrigued by her memories, offers his help only to be rebuffed for his kindness. Alexis runs away, but Ezra is unable to shake off what he saw. He follows her through the streets of London.
Vulnerable after the death of his Father, his brother’s harassment, and Alexis’ many rejections, Ezra decides to stop following her. Alexis is unable to find work or food. Facing starvation, she steals a tomato and Ezra finds her facing the local magistrate and an angry mob. He pays for her freedom.
Finally accepting the help Ezra offers, Alexis moves into the manor he shares with his brother. Romance blossoms but the bond between Ezra and Amos is worse than Alexis’ relationship with Brooke.
While Ezra and Alexis search for a way to send her home, Amos looks for a way to kill them.
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Somehow I was certain I was no longer in New York. The streets were cobblestone, and the buildings wood and brick. A lot of them were broken down, old and shabby. The alleys were filthy and smelled like shit. Exhausted, I looked for a place to hide but didn’t know where to go. When I couldn’t move another muscle, I hid behind a wooden staircase with my back against the wall and fought not to jump at every sound.
I hadn’t meant to fall asleep, and didn’t know how long I’d slept, but it looked close to mid-morning when I opened my eyes and looked around.
The women walking by were wearing long, full dresses, and big feathered hats. The men’s pants were more form fitting, not the jeans they usually wear. Some of the children running around were barefoot and downright filthy, looking as if they had been rolling in mud or playing with charcoal. I cringed when I saw a boy carrying a rat by the tail. Everything was straight out of a Dickens novel. I wouldn’t have been surprised to see little Dorrit, or Ebenezer Scrooge waltz by any minute now. I rubbed my nose with the palm of my hand. What the hell was I going to do?
This obviously wasn’t real, so I must have fallen in with a role playing community of some sort. My mother and father used to play dungeons and dragons. Maybe this was the same thing, but in the extreme.
Something slammed into my back. I screamed and turned at the sound of a woman yelling at me. The broom in her hand whooshed down again, just missing my face.
“Whoa. Hey, stop!”
What was wrong with these people? I couldn’t understand a word she said, so I ran. She chased me, swinging the broom until I left the alley.
I stopped to catch my breath, smoothed my clothes, and approached a woman in a long brown dress with a white bonnet and black boots. She stared at me like I was some sort of freak. Uh ... she was the freak, not me. Maybe the men would be friendlier, but not one of them would stop. Then I saw the man that crashed into me yesterday across the road. He looked a little different, wearing a brown suit, and an odd piece of material similar to a scarf around his neck, with a top hat. He was actually still attractive in the weird clothes. Dodging carts and vendors, I made a bee-line for him. At least he wouldn’t chase me with a broom.
Character Name: Alexis
Character Bio: Born and raised in San Francisco, Alexis is a senior at John F. Kennedy High School. She has been voted Prom Queen once and Homecoming Queen twice. Smart, pretty and thin, she was envied by fellow students and popular until she disappeared while on a vacation with her family in New York City.
Describe yourself what is your worst and best quality?
“Hmmm, I have to say my best is my hair.” She lifts her hands and admires her manicured nails. “Or maybe my nails … No, definitely my hair. My worst quality is my sister, Brooke. Sometimes it seems like she follows me around and I don’t want to be seen with her.”
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
“That I’m smart. So many people think you’re stupid or something just because you’re pretty.”
What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?
Alexis looks around. “You’re sure nobody else is here? … I had chicken pox last year and ditched school until the red spots went away.”
What are you most afraid of?
“Gaining weight. I don’t want to look like my sister.”
What do you want more than anything?
“I’d love to be a famous model.”
What is your relationship status?
“I’m single right now.”
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
“Oh, girl, I’m a Fashionista.”
How much of a rebel are you?
“I’m not really a rebel at all. The only person I fight with is my sister.”
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
“Becoming Prom Queen junior year.”
What is your idea of happiness?
“Having what you want by obtaining it yourself.”
What is your current state of mind?
“What kind of question is that? Are you asking if I’m insane or something?”
What is your most treasured possession?
“A locket my dad gave me for Christmas when I was little. Brooke got one too.”
What is your most marked characteristic?
“It’s all good here.”
What is it that you, most dislike?
Which living person do you, most despise?
What is your greatest regret?
What is the quality you most like in a man?
“Cute butt, gorgeous eyes and he has to take what I say seriously.”
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
“The girls I hang out with take themselves seriously. Make-up and hair is done, they work out, dress well, and pay attention in class.”
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Which living person do you most admire?
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
“Nothing. I’m good with the way I am.”
Jena Baxter has always loved history and time travel. She liked to read, and often wrote poetry as a stress inhibitor while growing up. But like other writers, she dreamed of writing a novel. So she enrolled at the UCLA Writer's Extension, to gain the confidence and skill to move forward.
Today Jena has a YA Fantasy novel, as well as a YA Paranormal Romance novel online and in print.