Adult Fiction

Zena Shapter Towards White

“Towards White” – to be published (IFWG, 2017)
They know what’s going to happen to you… after you die.

When Becky’s brother goes missing in Iceland, she doesn’t care that their scientists have discovered what happens to the electrical energy in our brains after we die – she just wants her brother back…

“I sink down into my seat on the midnight Flybus and wish the Icelandic passengers would stop staring at me. I’m sure they don’t mean to make me feel uncomfortable, that would be a ‘negative’ thing to do. But the subtlety they’re attempting simply isn’t working. I’ve seen their multiple side-glances, gazes roaming the aisle only to pass over me. Too many people have pretended to look out my window – though at what I don’t know. It’s the early hours of the morning and there’s nothing but black outside. I don’t blame them for being curious. They just want to know if I’m one of them. And if I’m not, they want to assure me that I should be. Still, I wish they’d stop. They’re not the reason I’m here…”

“A fast-paced adventure, ‘Towards White’ will challenge your view on life and take you on an unexpected journey. We are very excited about this compelling novel. White Lantern Film is always looking out for award-winning productions. This is a breakaway hit just waiting to happen.”
– Adam Merrifield, White Lantern Film

“I love the way she presents such profound spiritual and scientific ideas in a straight-forward plot-driven story.”
– Belinda Curtis, Fan

“In those precious few moments I strive to find each day to relax, Zena’s stories take me into someone else’s world and so far away from my own reality I lose track of time.”
– Catherine Meek, Fan

Zena Shapter Stormcarrier

“Stormcarrier of Olan” – tbc (represented by Cameron McClure of the Donald Maass Literary Agency, New York)
Would you choose to save your loved one’s memories or their life?

Hana dreams of growing old in the woods with her true love, Dane. But when the latest stormcarrier dies, and Olan’s warriors search for a replacement in her village, it’s Dane they take. “Forget me,” he tells Hana, for those who wear the Cloak of Storms lose their minds to become the voice of wind gods and lead vast armies against the monstrous Henjak. Hana’s convinced a part of Dane remains alive. But when she eventually catches up to him and sees who he’s become, will she still want to save him?

“Trey,” I whisper. He eases down the latch on our cabin door then scolds me with a frown, reprimanding. He tiptoed quietly enough into the outhouse earlier. What was the point if now I wake everyone with talking? “Happy Bringback Day!” I say, shuffling over in bed and gesturing at the dawn-shadowed space beside me.
He cocks his head and sends me a look that says he’s too old for cuddles in bed. With his muscles and height, skin as sun-brown as his father’s, he looks far older than his twelve years. After competing today, the village of Woodsbrink will consider him a man. But there are bears, bobcats and wolves in the woods, and today will be his first time hunting alone, so I’ll hold him before he goes.
I tap the bed again and wait.
He rolls his bright hazel eyes, then relents and lies down. “You still want me to compete then, Ma?”
“You’ll regret it if you don’t.”
“I don’t know why we care what Woodsbrink thinks. They care so little about us.”
He’s right of course, though that doesn’t mean I have to agree with him. I smile and wrap my arms around his smooth shoulders. His skin’s still as soft as when he was a babe and smells as fresh. “Their complaint is with me, Trey, not you. Think about your future.”
Dane rolls over and slings an arm across my waist. “Your Ma’s right. Look what Bringback did for me.” He feels with his hand for Trey’s chest, then pats him. “In the city, boys prove their age by going to fight in Henjaka. Would you rather do that?”
Trey bolts upright. “I am not afraid!”

“Half way though and LOVING it! #GoHana!”
– Beta Reader

“Feeling emotional after that. So much to think over. Just have two words for now – fricking awesome.”
– Beta Reader

“Whoa! What a ride. This is brilliantly paced and packs a real emotional punch. I was gripped (confession time: my heart is still pounding a little!).”
– Beta Reader

“Please write more Stormcarrier books! I have to come back to this world again!”
– Beta Reader

Zena Shapter Battle for Idyn

“Battle for Idyn” – tbc (represented by Cameron McClure of the Donald Maass Literary Agency, New York)
They say women aren’t meant for war. Now it’s Trea’s turn to take control.

When Levellers murdered Trea’s father, they started a war and insulted her family’s honour. But while her brother is permitted to train as a warrior and travel to the frontline on the dusty planet of Idyn, the war marshals think Trea would better serve their cause as a poster girl. They’re wrong. Trea will do whatever it takes to see her revenge through, even if it means failing to see a truth that will resonate across the galaxies.

On dragons and the wind I take flight. On dragons and the wind I take flight. At least that’s what I tell myself, over and over as I stand on the cliff edge and gaze at the grassy field below, and the crowd waiting there for me to jump. I curl my clawed toes around the jagged rock and lift my chin with apparent confidence. A warm breeze blows against my face, ruffling my down while bringing me an aroma of fried crickets and toasting seeds. A small band plays fast music on drums and pipes. Somewhere below, my friends are drinking and watching… everyone is watching. A cluster of contestants with leather-tough faces talk with their arms crossed and their eyes on me, among them the only other woman competing today. One squints at my face, then whispers to the others. I catch the words ‘tender’ and ‘airforce’.”

“Epic in both senses of the word.”
– Beta Reader

“This novel has real content, and real value – it’s timeless and the way it’s been expressed is fresh and original. It achieves that rare quality of being both familiar and innovative at the same time.”
– Beta Reader

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