The first novel by a Hot Sulfur Springs author will be released on Wednesday, giving young readers an escape to a fantasy world where second-born children are exiled for supposed powers.
Abigail Wilkes’ “Seconds” follows 19-year-old protagonist Miki as she grows up in the pyramid town of El-Pelusium, where all secondborns are banished to a mad island for fear of their supposed power. .
Miki lived her hidden life as a fifth child, but a chance encounter led her to meet the new young ruler of the Pyramid. With an island madman claiming that Miki is special, she begins to wonder if she could make a difference through her newfound friendship with the Ruler, but that could mean leaving her safety behind.
“Seconds” will be available for purchase on Amazon in print and eBook, as well as at the Changes Thrift Store in Fraser and at the two Rocky Mountain Roastery stores in Grand County. Wilkes also plans to have copies on sale at Mountain Shire Books and Gifts by the end of the summer.
The Young Adult Fantasy is the first of Wilkes, which was directed by Elk Creek Publishing. She plans to host a 4 p.m. book launch party on August 15 at the Rocky Mountain Roastery in Granby, where attendees will have a chance to win or purchase copies of the book.
Wilkes currently works at Changes Thrift, as well as at Bolen’s Cleaning and Maintenance, which she and her husband plan to take over in 2022. As a mother of two, Wilkes often adapts to her writing in the early morning hours from 4.30am to 6am. : 30h at the Java Lava Café or at the Roastery.
“I write because it’s so much fun,” Wilkes said. “I like to lose myself in the characters, the story and the invented worlds. It takes me in the guts. “
In addition to “Seconds,” Wilkes is working on another duology and another independent novel, all set in the same world as his debut.
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