My current WIP (working title: LORE) is a YA Historical Fantasy set in the Black Forest of early modern Germany.
Seventeen-year-old Hannelore prefers not to draw attention to herself; after all, standing out is what got her mother burned at the stake. But when her father goes missing, Lore is determined to bring him home. The Black Forest is full of dangers, but she knows the devastation of losing a parent, and she will do whatever it takes to save him.
When a sudden storm interrupts her search, Lore stumbles into the lair of the band of lycanthropic brigands who are holding her father captive. She exchanges her freedom for his, and he reveals the truth: her mother was a witch, and she is, too. Lore strikes a bargain with the wolves: if she can use her magic to lift their curse, she will be free to leave. Lore doesn’t expect to find herself feeling more at home among the monsters than she ever did in her village, or the surge of confusing feelings for Finch, the mysteriously scarred young werewolf who captured her, or for Anna, his ex-betrothed and Lore’s closest ally.
As Lore uncovers more about her magic, her mother’s secrets, and her true self, she learns that the wolves aren’t the only threat lurking in the forest: far more dangerous are the monsters who wear the faces of men. When disaster strikes, Lore realizes that there is only one way to keep her word to the wolves…and in order to pull it off, she will have to place herself on the pyre.