the Lilliput Project created Lina – the first six-inch-tall winged girl – as
the solution to a worldwide energy and food crisis. Isolated in a compound
amidst the forests of Denmark, Lina has grown up aware of only one purpose:
learn how to survive in a world filled with hawks, bumblebees, and loneliness.
However, on the eve of her sixteenth birthday, she discovers that she’s not the
only teenager her size. Six ‘Toms’ were created shortly after Lina, and now her
creators need to prove to the world that tiny people are the next logical step
in human evolution. In other words, they need to prove that reproduction is
possible.Um. No thanks. Lina’s already fallen in love with a boy she met online named
Jack. Only he has no idea that thumbelina1847 could literally fit inside his
heart.When her creators threaten to hurt Jack unless she chooses a husband from among
the ‘Toms’, Lina agrees to star in a reality TV series. Once the episodes begin
to air, the secret of her size is out. Cut off from any contact with the
outside world, Lina assumes Jack is no longer interested. After all, what guy
would want to date a girl he can’t even kiss?
Slowly, very slowly, she befriends the six young men who see her as their only
ticket to happiness. Perhaps she can make just one guy’s dream of love and
companionship come true. But her creators have a few more twists in store for
her that she never thought possible.
She’s not the only one playing to the cameras.
He breached the space between us far too quickly for comfort. I needed time to figure out what do with him, how to meet those eyes without blushing. But there he was, standing in my space, looking at me. Looking at me.
A grin spread across his face, easy as breathing. I didn’t want to look too eager. Then again, I didn’t want to turn him off either. I certainly didn’t want him to go away.
“Hi,” he said. White teeth, crinkling eyes. “You must be Thumbelina.”
The words wrapped around my throat, choking me. How did he know? “What?”
“Thumbelina1847? I really thought I’d guessed it right.”
“Oh. Oh.” I held the relief from my face as much as possible. “How did you figure it out?”
“Well, let’s see here. You don’t look like an ‘aragornnn20’ or a ‘woodchuckman’ or a ‘nosteroids.’ Shall I continue?”
“So which one are you?”
“Kinda creepy name.”
“Yeah. I didn’t realize it until it was too late to change it. I should have made it ‘beanstalk’ instead. Do you mind if I park my chair here?”
“I guess. Since you left your stalk at home.” Oh, me of little wit.
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and at night I don my author cape and pen stories for the YA crowd. I love a
good fairy tale, especially if there’s a creepy twist, so that’s what I write.I met my husband in the World of Warcraft and we live in Los Angeles with our
cat. We spend our time playing video games, reading, hiking, sweeping up cat
hair, and cursing the terrible traffic.I have a bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Hillsdale College,
and some of my past jobs have included: swimming lessons teacher, lifeguard,
furniture salesperson, barista, and loan officer. I was especially terrible at
the loan officer bit and that’s what prompted me to make a major change and go
off to Canada to get a diploma in 3D Animation and Visual Effects. After that,
I moved to Los Angeles by myself and roomed with two crazy sisters I found on
Craigslist. But that’s another tale.