Identified: The Maya Price Story
by Faith A. Rice-Mills
Series: The Maya Price Story series, #1
Publication date: December 3rd 2012
Genre: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Maya Price is a typical eighteen-year-old girl without much going on in her life. Her biggest problems include getting ready to leave her hometown for college, figuring out how to avoid her ever-so-strange stepmother, and trying to muddle through her feelings for her best friend, Pete. Yet, on one of her last nights in her hometown, she and Pete are in a car accident. A stranger pulls Maya from the accident, leaving Pete behind, and takes her out of this world and into another dimension.
Maya soon discovers that she has been taken to a dimension called Leets by a group of people that call themselves shifters. Shifters are of mixed human and onyx blood and have various abilities. These shifters are able to travel between dimensions and control the four elements (fire, earth, wind, water) and the five senses (sight, sound, smell, touch and taste). Their leader, Victoria, informs Maya that she, too, is a shifter and that she must choose to join them or risk being sought out by their greatest enemy, a shifter named Leonas.
Maya joins Victoria and her ragtag group of rebel shifters in Leets, where she is teamed up with a group of seven other shifters. Her new "teammates" include a street-smart girl named Luz, who is especially adept at controlling fire, her twin sister Espy, and a nervous boy named Lamar, who can manipulate sound better than any other shifter. Together, Maya’s team trains for the battle that will soon be inevitable.
However, Maya soon learns that her purpose is not to just move the earth or send water flying into the air. There are rumors of a hidden prophecy and that the prophecy mentions Maya by name. Supposedly, the prophecy says that Maya will one day have to choose a side and will be essential in bringing her chosen ally to power...
5 Things I Could Give My Character for (His/Her) Birthday
I really wish I could give Maya a birthday party. Don’t get me wrong, she grew up with a very loving family and I am sure her mother threw a birthday celebration for her every year. She and her family may have even gone to Chuck. E. Cheese. But, I really think I know Maya pretty well and would love to see her reaction to some of the gifts I would give her.
Maya’s birthday gifts
A pair of dangly earrings. I know that Maya likes to dress down, but come on! Dress up those t-shirts and jeans a little bit.
Two tickets to a movie of her choice at the one movie theater in Diamond, with strict instructions that she takes Pete as her date. Those two need stop dancing around this whole “are we friends or more?” question and get it together.
A photobook (that I would make myself) of all of her close family and friends.This is something she could take with her on her many travels to other dimensions and whatnot. I thought about giving her a puppy, but puppies aren’t portable.
A chicken friend steak, because she loves it. I would not, however, make it myself, because I suck at cooking.
Leonas’ head on a platter! Just kidding. I would buy her yet another moleskin notebook. She loves to write in them and this is, after all, the Maya Price story.
Now, readers, what would you give Maya for her birthday?
Faith A. Rice-Mills is the author of Identified: The Maya Price Story and a handful of short stories. She moonlights as a Spanish teacher, but has wanted to be a writer since she wrote the poem “The Jackowhipp’s Wail” as an eight-year-old. Her writer’s spirit resides somewhere between Narnia and Mount Doom, but her physical body lives in Texas with her family. Besides writing, she loves reading (and will take recommendations!), yoga, coloring with her daughter, and watching Parks and Recreation with her husband. She dislikes snakes, the word “literally,” and teaching double object pronouns in Spanish. She is currently working on Burdened, the second book in The Maya Price Story series and is writing whatever short story she has to get out of her brain.
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