The Missing Spirit

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Other,Across Centuries

P. J. Maia

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A tribe of cavemen finds a divine mineral which allows them to create a paradise of abundance, knowledge and eternal life. After a group of reckless young gods discover one of their own is a refugee born in mortal territories, the hunt for the outsider will set them on a primal quest for the truth.


Action,Adventure,Apocalyptic,LGBT,Sci-fi,Young Adult,Suspense/Thriller,Fantasy,Mystery,Political,Drama,Epic

Short Summary

Captain Edmar Milfort is on an expedition far from home trying to locate ancient enemies of his realm. After an ambush, he manages to rescue a newborn and bring her home with him. Once he arrives, however, an accident renders him mentally impaired and the young girl's identity will remain a mystery.

Keana is raised as a goddess-to-be until she comes of age and the immortal begin to die. With the help of her friends, she discovers her ancestors are reapers, who make their way back into paradise after being banished for millennia. Will she choose immortality or embrace death?


Prehistoric Europe

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Rags to Riches,Quest,Voyage and Return,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Coming of Age,Meaningful Message,Philosophical Questions,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Language/Profanity,Extreme Violence

Main Character Details

Name: Keana

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Blunt,Heroic,Honorable,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Flora

Age: 15

Gender: Female

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Funny,Adventurous,Aspiring,Clumsy,Complex,Crazy,Decisive,Blunt,Empathetic,Selfless,Visionary,Honorable,Insecure,Seductive,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Clareese

Age: 45

Gender: Female

Role: mentor

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Modest,Decisive,Blunt,Empathetic,Selfless,Skillful,Romantic,Educated,Secretive,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Sophisticated,Lone Wolf

Additional Character Details

Name: Mason

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Badass,Aggressive,Narcisstic,Adventurous,Complex,Confident,Power Hungry,Funny,Sarcastic,Secretive,Romantic,Manipulative,Unapologetic,Lone Wolf,Heroic,Engaging,Empathetic,Charming

Development Pitch

Keana’s had enough of being the foreign-born outcast in Earth’s last haven for immortals. She cheats and lies her way into the Awakening ceremony with the other sixteen year olds, hoping to finally blend in. If she's lucky, she'll awaken as a telepath, an airbender, perhaps a firestarter. If she’s not lucky, a regular citizen with bills to pay, curfews to abide by, oppressive dress codes, and the loss of traveling rights. But what Keana becomes is a catalyst for catastrophe: whenever she’s around, other people's powers go haywire and they become mortal. And the city's all-knowing Wise are none too happy. They have lost their foresight, and they're on the hunt to find and destroy the source of their weakness. Keana must decide whether to abandon her once-catatonic adoptive father, who’s coming alive again at her touch, and escape Lumen entirely, or try to outsmart the Wise before they discover she’s the reason their power is waning. When she finds out that her father’s mental illness was a deliberate attempt by the Wise to silence him, she knows she must stay behind to protect him and investigate the origins of her dangerous powers. But if she fails to outwit the Wise, her family will be cast into the wilderness to die.

About The Author

Paulo José Maia was born in 1986, in Campo Grande, Brazil, to an engineer mother, a businessman father and a very imaginative older brother. As a child, he was fascinated with languages and fantastic tales. He was a fluent English speaker by the age of 15, before moving to the United States as an exchange student. None of his new American classmates were able to pronounce his name, so they nicknamed him P.J. Under the influence of his English teacher in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, P.J. joined his high school's Writers' Guild. He would later get a degree in Radio & TV Media at the Armando Álvares Penteado Foundation in Sao Paulo and then move to New York City, where he learned screenwriting at NYU and kicked off a career as a TV news producer. P.J. has been going back and forth between hemispheres and bubbling up adventures in his mind ever since.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54

Target Gender: Female Leaning,LGBT Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Kindle Direct Publishing

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available