Paradise Rising

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P.G. Shriver

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An unusual encounter. A destined connection. Two superhuman teens in over their heads…


Action,Adventure,Fantasy,Young Adult

Short Summary

Cheater, a homeless superhero, awakens on a park bench to desperate cries of another. She's led by a dark power she doesn't understand to help the victim.

Cheater and Jaz, the two young superheroes, find themselves duped by a kind old man who turns out to be a follower of the villain. The story leaves off with them being thrown into darkness.


San Antonio, Texas

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Quest,Rebellion Against 'The One',Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Cheater

Age: 13

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Empathetic,Faithful,Modest,Selfless,Secretive,Complex,Decisive,Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Jaz

Age: 15

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive,Criminal,Desperate,Engaging,Leader,Masculine,Skillful,Sarcastic

Additional Character Details

Name: Tommy

Age: 10

Gender: Male

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Adventurous,Insecure,Naive,Underdog,Selfless

Additional Character Details

Name: Mrs. Wilkins

Age: 30's

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Charming,Complex,Confident,Empathetic,Gracious,Selfless,Skillful

Development Pitch

Cheater's evolution to superhero involves more than a gifted power. Her life is a tragedy, yet she remains hopeful. Cheater's power, though often assigned to dark characters, is one that reforms everyday villains--turns back time in their stories--to spread in them the hope she harbors, but she doesn't know about her power until... Jaz wears the pride of a good-boy-gone-bad. He's tried to fight the anger buried deep within and lost; then he meets Cheater. The two learn they're linked in unbelievable ways. Once they discover the truth about a destination from their past, they seek the truth of their powers, the other Gifted Ones, and the fiery monster that orchestrated their tragic lives. The characters in this teen superhero trilogy are real; they walk and talk on their own, and those who meet them instantly share their emotional quest.

About The Author

PG Shriver authored several books for younger readers, but The Gifted Ones is her first fantasy trilogy. She graduated from The University of Texas with a BA in English and an M. Ed. She’s a member of SCBWI and travels to various festivals and schools to meet readers. She currently resides in Texas with her family, both two legged and four legged, including their 85 pound chihuahua.

Target Audiences

Age: 13-17

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Gean Penny Books

Year Published: 2012

Hard Copy Available