Sarah Ahiers (falen1 on QT) has signed with agent Michael Bourret of Dystel Goderich & Bourret LLC.
The Island of New Amity has a secret: when the black shark migration arrives to its shores and the seasonal summer tourists flock to its beaches, the Summer Boys return, too. Carried by the tide into the arms of their wives, mothers, lovers, sisters, the Summer Boys spend a few short weeks on land before the curse that afflicts them drives them into the sea once more.
Seventeen-year-old newcomer Cora Turner knows all about curses. Haunted by the disappearance of her older brother, Caleb, Cora and her mother have moved to the island to start over with family. When she meets Jess Cooper and learns the whispers about him are true—he's a Summer Boy—she realizes ending his curse might be the answer to breaking her own, and maybe even returning Caleb to her.
But while Cora searches for answers, she and Jess can't ignore the growing attraction and heat between them. As they spend their summer days together, the residents of New Amity show Cora they don't trust the Summer Boys or their dark secrets. When Cora's aunt June is murdered, the Island quickly places blame on the nearest Summer Boy and Jess is accused and arrested for the crime.
If Jess doesn't return to the sea when it calls him, his curse will claim his life before he ever sees the inside of a courtroom. But Cora knows Jess is innocent even if the Island believes him capable of murder, and she must put aside her search into the curse to prove it.
But it's not easy finding the real killer on an island of old magics where nobody trusts the Summer Boys, or their friends, and where everyone seems to be hiding dark secrets of their own. If she fails to solve June's murder, Jess will die and the true killer will go free. But if she succeeds, maybe both of their curses will be broken. She'll have to hurry, though. Curses, and the sea, wait for no one.
THE SEA KEEPS is a YA Contemporary Fantasy complete at 100,000 words and could be described as Maureen Johnson's Truly, Devious meets Margo Lanagan's The Brides of Rollrock Island. I'm the author of Assassin's Heart (HarperTeen 2016) and Thief's Cunning (HarperTeen 2017) and have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.
Thank you so much for your time and consideration.