Welcome to The Verge!
Our newsletter's first edition, featuring our release date announcement & a sneak peek at our Prologue!
Welcome to the first edition of The Verge! In this newsletter, we’ll be sharing news about the upcoming release of our book Convergence - Book One: Incarnation! We’ll also include (in industry terms) some VERY COOL STUFF to welcome you to the world of Convergence, as well as an inside look at our process as we work toward publishing the book.
We’ll release one edition each month until the book’s release. You can expect sneak peeks of chapters, our cover design reveal, intros to the characters, random author musings, embarrassing family photos, and much more!
In this edition, we’ll give you all the basics: how we came to write the book, what it’s about, announce our release date (!!!), and give you a sneak peek of our prologue (!!!!!!). Thanks for reading!
As you may know by now, we’re sisters! Our shared terrible haircuts as children (thanks, mom!) were not the only things that bonded us—we both grew up as huge fans of the Young Adult genre. From YA books to TV shows & movies that explored YA themes, these stories helped shape our worldview and inspired both of us to pursue writing in college.
We started developing the idea for the Convergence series all the way back in 2013. It was a natural extension of both of our interests to create a YA story of our own, and we are so excited to finally share it with the world!
“so what’s it about???”
The story of Convergence is about sixteen-year-old Mera Kellen. Mera’s life with her mother was . . . strange. But nothing from her past—not her mother’s secrets or the stirring inside of her that she can feel growing stronger—could prepare her for the mysteries that await her.
When Mera’s mother disappears, she is sent to live with her estranged grandmother in the isolated village of Convergence, Maine. Mera scours her mother’s childhood hometown for answers that might explain her sudden vanishing, but only finds more questions, especially about her reclusive grandmother, Ida. She soon discovers the townspeople’s fear of anyone bearing the Kellen name, and whispers of a horrific event in the village’s history follow her wherever she goes.
Discovering that the key to saving her mother is in the secrets of the past, Mera seeks to uncover the mystery of her ancestry, her family’s infamy, and the source of the power growing within her. This search brings Mera to a dangerous truth about who and what she really is—one that threatens to destroy everyone she loves.
DUN, DUN, DUUUNNNNNNNNN. COOL, HUH? We thought you’d like it.
“when will it come out???”
Our book will be available to order on (drumroll, please!)...
August 31, 2021!
More details on how to order to come!
In the meantime, we’re excited to share a sneak peek of our prologue with you!!!
prologue to our prologue
We wanted to start the book with just a hint of what was to come, both in terms of the plot and the more ~mystical~ elements. Taking place 30 years before the start of chapter 1, it introduces some of our most important characters in an event that has great significance throughout the rest of book one and the series.
“Please, Darcy. Please, no more.”
His voice is a whisper, but he knows she can hear him. His fingers dig into the dirt beneath him, trying to gain purchase in the wet earth. The trees that had until tonight stood tall now lay flattened, forming the edges of the circle where William Rochester struggles to his knees. In the patches of moonlight, he sees fallen trees aren’t the only corpses on the ground. His sob echoes in the unnatural silence of the dead.
He spots her near the tree line. The hair on the back of his neck stands on end. She steps into the clearing, a shadow but for her gray eyes glowing through the haze of destruction.
She closes the space between them, her eyes blazing brighter. A mist rolls in like an angry sea. Deep cold seizes his chest and radiates beneath his skin, into his muscles and down to his bones.
The moonlight illuminates her white hair and marble skin blue, and her lace dress floats as though suspended in water. A shimmering glow surrounds her, resembling light refracting off waves.
“They’re all dead,” he whispers. “It’s over.”
“It’s over, Rochester,” she says, her voice low. “For you.”
She fixes him in her gaze, and the remaining breath leaves Rochester’s lungs as she pulls in whatever life he has left. He closes his eyes, not wanting the last image he sees to be her.
A warm wave of air cuts through the cold, forcing it back. Rochester’s eyes fly open.
Ida strides into the clearing. Tall and sturdy, her dark hair trails behind her in untamed curls. Her face is streaked with tears, and her hands are stained with blood.
As Ida moves, the heat ebbs and flows around her, like the tide pulling waves to and from shore. She stops in front of Rochester. He gulps in the warmth that dissipates the cold clenching in his chest.
“I told you to leave,” Darcy commands.
“And I said no,” Ida says. “Enough, Darcy.”
“I am not done,” Darcy growls, the surrounding air reverberating.
The mist kicks up again, churning in the air.
“They’re dead!” Ida yells.
“Not all of them! Not Rochester, not the cowards who ran!” Darcy screams, stepping toward her sister. “They should get away with what they did?”
“Darcy, please,” Ida’s voice cracks.
Rochester feels Ida’s plea in his heart, so warm he fears it might combust.
“We’re past that, Ida. You think you have the power to stop me?”
“It’s not just about power.”
The sky above them swirls with storm clouds, alive with energy. Lightning crackles, pulsating the air in sharp relief, and a clap of thunder rumbles.
“You’ve broken every law of nature and the laws of our community,” Ida says in a voice as fierce as her blue eyes. “You may have the power you took, but you have become untethered.”
“Enough of the bedtime stories! I’m building a new future, and no one will stand in my way. Not even you.”
Lightning rips through the clearing as the sisters release their might on one another. The two energy fields meet in full force, a crack sounding through the forest. The ground between them trembles, catches fire, freezes, and shatters.
Rochester watches in horror. “It’s over,” he whispers, releasing his last breath.
Across the county, a power outage hits that will last for weeks.
DUN DUN DUUUUUUUNNNNNN (we really have to stop doing that)
dvd bonus materials
Check out these ~mood~ board inspirations for the prologue! (Images are from Pinterest.)
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