Project Torture is my first novel. What exactly is Project Torture? What is this illustrious first novel about? Can I really write?
Well… Have a peek. Here is my pitch used to enter a contest. Think of it as a jacket cover description. I need to thank the help of some mighty talented writers for helping me to fine tune this pitch.
Never let your friends get involved in your personal life.
Lila and Nate learn this the hard way. They are the star-crossed lovers of Glendale High. For three years the students waited for the two to get together. They begged Nate to put his past relationship behind him, and cringed when Lila started dating Bryce. Just your typical teenage romance, except that they’re the teachers.
Lila, a guidance counselor with a sweet demeanor, has an answer for every problem. Every problem but her own. A visit from childhood friend Bryce thrusts her calm world into turmoil, as emotions buried deep inside are dragged to the surface. He soon realizes what only a friend can notice and a lover regret, that Lila, unbeknownst to herself, is in love with Nate.
Nate has seen better days. He is a history teacher stuck living in the past. Depression has kept his love for Lila unspoken, his ego frail after being cheated on.
Now Lila and Nate’s coworkers must unleash a scheme and uncover Lila’s true feelings. In a school this nosey what better way to get fast results than to involve the student population? The students are all too eager to get involved.
If everything goes as planned Lila will have to choose between two men. If her friends fail they might destroy these three and ruin their friendship. No wonder the scheme is called PROJECT TORTURE.
PROJECT TORTURE is told through Lila, Nate, and their meddling friends’ points of views. The story has a strong group of supporting characters. Here’s a small who’s who of the main players:
Ette (Jeanette): Lila’s roommate. She works at the same school as Lila and Nate, as a teacher of the Deaf. A CODA (Child of Deaf Adults) herself she is fluent in ASL (American Sign Language). She is a flirt and a party girl.
Kent: Fellow counselor with Lila and close friend to Nate. He is the grump of the group
Tracy: Nate’s younger sister, an elementary teacher in a neighboring town. She is very protective over her brother. She is also close to Lila and desperately wants the two to get together.
Meddling students: There are seven students, three of whom are Deaf, who are active players in causing chaos to their teachers lives.