• Courtney Diles

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THE PAIN EATER, published paranormal romance novel:

Roxie Maeda is a college senior who hears voices in her head. When she first sees the demonic creature haunting her crush, she blows it off as a hallucination, but then it shows up in her Psych class, visible to everyone.

Its appearance triggers a police search of the campus, which reveals a bag of guns right outside the classroom. Someone was planning to shoot up the school. Over time, the creature discloses that he is a pain eater—a cursed, undead human who eats pain demons that arise from injuries, taking the pain into himself.

His selflessness sways her, and she befriends him only to fall in love. Together, they resolve to break his curse and save Prometheus University from its unknown attacker.

ONE PROMISE, unpublished YA novel

Charlotte Brink doesn’t know it, but she is severely mentally ill. The guardian angel who follows her around is not real, and her dream of saving the world is not realistic. When her friends turn on her, her mind starts to darken. Only the antics of the class clown Toshihiro, a rebellious foreign exchange student, brighten her days. When he’s framed for calling in a bomb threat, however, he gets booted back to Japan.

A few months later, when she fulfills her dream of going to London for a World Scout Jamboree, Toshihiro surprises her by attending, too. They’re finally together, but Charlotte’s mental health mysteriously continues to decline. It takes 38,000 people from 158 countries camping together for twelve adventure-filled days—and one phenomenal friend—for Charlotte to learn how to save herself, and thereby her entire world.

ONE PROMISE is an #ownvoices counternarrative to the media’s heavy political implication that all mentally ill people are dangerous to others. It shows how precious psychoses can be, and how difficult it can be to choose reality over a delusion, even when your life is at risk.

NIGHTMARES OF A DAYDREAMER, unpublished adult fantasy novel:

Crystal Chelmsford is an epileptic twenty-two-year-old who spends most of her time looking after her alcoholic father and playing video games. She tends to daydream about a boy she met in a nightmare she had during a coma when she was eighteen. Her abilities to cause power outages and manipulate liquid prove that the magic from her dream-world was real, but she is convinced that the daydreams are figments of her imagination.

When her friends from that world come for her and ask for her help overthrowing their government, which is under the influence of a contagious curse, she gets the chance to track him down. Instead of the golden-hearted goofball she fell for, she finds a hateful, merciless killer. She’s desperate to protect him anyway, and as her lifelines fall away, she must transform into a relentless fighter, herself.

DEATH OF AN ANGEL, unpublished fantasy novel:

The summer before starting college, Crystal, a bratty teenager from the outskirts of Dallas, has a seizure and finds herself transported into the corpse-ridden slums of an enchanted city. After days of running from kidnappers and scrounging for food and water, she finds a home with a young teacher named Aenso. She falls in love almost immediately, but the government is hunting for Angels—spellcasting prodigies known for going on mass killing sprees—and he’s one of them.

BLISS ABLAZE, unpublished paranormal romance:

In the city of New Aspen in the North American country of Meciara, where occasional women are known to have superpowers throughout their teens and 20s, Candelaria (Candy) Espejo is a talentless celebrity born into no political or financial power. Her secret—the power to make everyone around her blissfully, meaninglessly happy. Her even deeper secret—a constant craving for pain. This is one of many factors in her breakup with her fiancée, which spurs her to go after her true fascination, a superheroine by the name of Ricochet.

Molly Kilburn works as the custodian at the downtown police station. When she catches wind of a case that the police are struggling to handle, she puts on a mask and uses her superpower to afflict criminals with debilitating pain. The catch—her powers have a recoil. All pain she inflicts, she shortly feels, herself. During one of these recoil episodes, a group of men in suits and sunglasses abduct her into a vehicle with Candy Espejo, who unmasks Molly and threatens to reveal her identity to the world unless she uses her powers to torture Candy, herself.

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