Progenie, Scions of Darkness (Book 1)

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17th Century or Earlier,Contemporary

Mack Little

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“Progenie” features a beautiful doctor who tries to discover not only who she is, but what she is. The answer draws her into a world of vampires and djinn. Progenie provides a rich tapestry of characters set in present-day Texas and Louisiana, as well as in the ancient world of kings and prophets.


Action,Adventure,Epic,Fantasy,Historical Fiction,Gothic,Horror

Short Summary

Chaz, white and privileged, honeymoons in Paris. He is mourning the loss of his lover, Zen, whom he believes is a poor black girl. Chaz and his wife enter a gallery with images of one subject, Zen. Joseph, the mysterious owner compels Chaz to buy a portrait, a clue to Zen's true identity.

Zen's quest to learn what kind of creature she is, now completed, has cost her everything that has helped her to hold on to her humanity. The last of her family is dead, murdered by Joseph, leaving Zen to contemplate becoming the monster she was born to be.


Houston, TX; New Orleans, LA; Milstead, GA; Paris, France; Trois Moutiers, France; Yemen; Dollol Crater, Ethiopia; Jerusalem; Egypt

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Internal Journey/Rebirth,Overcoming Monster/Villain

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Philosophical Questions

Mature Audience Themes

Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Nudity

Main Character Details

Name: Zenobia (Zen) Grant

Age: 23

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Educated,Sexy,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Romantic,Sarcastic,Seductive

Additional Character Details

Name: Albert

Age: 19

Gender: Lgbt

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Underdog,Modest,Insecure,Naive,Lone Wolf,Secretive,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Nikaule

Age: 3,000 year old

Gender: Female

Role: protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Aggressive,Charming,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Gracious,Heroic,Leader,Sexy,Power Hungry,Skillful,Visionary,Seductive,Unapologetic,Strong Moral Code

Additional Character Details

Name: Joseph

Age: 5,000 years old

Gender: Other

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Crazy,Criminal,Decisive,Desperate,Faithful,Greedy,Educated,Insecure,Leader,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Secretive,Skillful,Power Hungry,Villainous

Development Pitch

Progenie features a woman of color as the main character while having a diverse cast representing a broad range of demographics. A story of Zen's origin, Progenie spans scores of centuries, from antiquity to the present, and sprawls across the globe from the Middle East to Paris to New Orleans and Houston. A breathtaking array of creatures know or want to know Zen's essence - characters from the Bible and the Quran, fallen angels, djinns, dhampyrs, Scions (a form of vampire), and more. Meticulously researched, creative beyond words, packed with romance, passion, jealousy, and violence this is an epic tale which has the potential to attract a broad, active, and international fan base. It has complex characters, story, scope, and production value.

About The Author

Mack was born in Conyers Georgia. She studied International Politics in Seville, Spain. She lived for several years in Germany. After leaving the Army, Mack worked as a medical librarian and an adjunct professor at Texas Woman’s University. Mack has authored and co-authored several articles for professional journals such as the Journal of the Medical Library Association, Medical Research Services Quarterly, and the Journal of Electronic Resources. She has presented at the Medical Library Association Conference, the Texas Gulf Coast Healthy Communities Partnership, and the Special Libraries Association Conference. She co-authored the book, Disaster Planning: a How-to-do-it manual, published by Neal-Schuman Publishers in 2005. Mack performs occasionally in Community Theater. Her studies and service in the Army have taken her all over the U.S. She travels to Europe regularly for research. Mack is currently on the Board of Directors of the Houston Writer’s Guild. “Progenie” is her first novel.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Universal,LGBT Leaning,Male Leaning,Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Ellysian Press

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available