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**UPDATE** June 28th, 2014. I'm so grateful to my readers who've talked up and shared my book with their freinds! The influx of excitement over this series sure has kept me on my toes. The Unaltered Series is now an International Bestselling series and I couldn't be more thrilled. A new manuscript was uploaded 6/28/2014 with minor changes to punctuation and grammar to make for the best possible enjoyment for my readers.
A Diamond In My Pocket is an appealing mix of fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, urban, creatures, magic, and drama that appeals to all ages.
Sixteen-year-old Calli Courtnae surprisingly breaks the 100-meter world record at a high school track meet and is whisked off to Montana to train for Olympic tryouts. Upon arriving, however, she finds something totally unexpected. Her fellow athletes are secretive, mysterious, paranoid, uncommonly beautiful--and endowed with the same gift of superhuman speed she now exhibits. The truth, she learns, is she's the latest person to develop a rare DNA alteration, giving her unnatural speed. The facility will provide her safety while she adjusts to her new world, one that includes delivering packages for high profile clients.
When three fellow Runners are kidnapped by a clan of terrorist Healers, Calli is assigned to the team that must deliver a rare magical diamond in exchange for the hostages. She is just beginning to accept her new world when it's turned upside-down by a mysterious woman who privately gives Calli the real diamond, while the team leader is given a decoy. Almost immediately the magical diamond in Calli's pocket unleashes a startling range of supernatural powers and mind-reading abilities within her. Calli discovers a traitor in their midst and sees the tragic future of her companions. She also learns one of the boys ridiculously views her as his soul-mate because of a vision he'd been shown. While she knows her powers derive from the secret diamond in her possession, her companions do not, and Calli dreads the fast-approaching day when they will discover the truth--the day she hands the diamond over to the terrorists and parts with her powers.
Readers who enjoy teen fantasy, paranormal, science fiction, and action and fantasy adventure will like A Diamond in My Pocket, book one in The Unaltered Series. Many readers say the romance in the book is similar to Divergent by Veronica Roth. The fast-pace and action feels like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and readers especially respond well to the underdog rising up and succeeding, as in Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling.
What readers are saying:
"The last time I remember reading a book this suspenseful is when I read The Hunger Games series a couple years ago." - JohnstonLife (Amazon)
"I am a high school English teacher and am always looking for books to recommend to my students. This book goes to the top of the list!" - Robynne Leighe (Amazon)
"Lorena Angell has the formula for young adults and oldsters like me." Gary R. Casebeer "Montessorian, Retired"
"Great story, similar to the Percy Jackson series only with a female lead." -Amazon Customer
"I was swept away on a journey of mysteries and powers and young love. I feel the books are ageless even if it focuses on teenagers." - L. Fuqua (Amazon)
"I felt like it was a cross between Hunger Games & some Harry Potter. I have been recommending it to all the teens I coach & to some open minded adults. I couldn't put it down, the twists & turns keep you turning the pages. I loved the fantasy world it took me to, & how the real world blended." - Beth (Amazon)