Iris Before the Storm

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19th Century

S.L. Vaden

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Iris is a bounty hunter who becomes hunted while trying to protect the ones she loves.


Romance,Suspense/Thriller,Drama,Adventure,Action,Historical Fiction

Short Summary

It begins with Iris coming to a small town to find a bounty. She stands out among the town-folk. Which brings trouble to her. This is where she meets her love interest, the town doctor.

Iris comes to a small town to find her bounty. She stands out, which makes people think she's a witch. This brings her trouble and brings her love interest, the town doctor. Finding her bounty, she gets hurt, and the doctor helps her. During that time, their dreams start to connect.


Old west 1800's

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,Internal Journey/Rebirth,Tragedy

Plot - Other Elements

Meaningful Message,Twist

Mature Audience Themes

Nudity,Substance Abuse,Extreme Violence, Language/Profanity,Incest

Main Character Details

Name: Iris

Age: 28

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Adventurous,Badass,Complex,Blunt,Outspoken,Skillful,Heroic,Honorable,Leader,Lone Wolf,Strong Moral Code,Faithful,Decisive,Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Garrett

Age: 35

Gender: Male

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aggressive,Complex,Confident,Decisive,Selfless,Romantic,Educated,Honorable,Leader,Strong Moral Code,Masculine

Additional Character Details

Name: Cole

Age: 20

Gender: Male

Role: sidekick

Key Traits: Underdog,Charming,Selfless,Funny,Skillful,Honorable,Romantic,Faithful,Empathetic,Aspiring,Obedient

Additional Character Details

Name: Rune

Age: 40

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Crazy,Narcisstic,Villainous,Masculine,Criminal,Power Hungry,Greedy,Unapologetic,Leader

Development Pitch

This book would be a good fit because it shows a side to a story that not too many people see: the dark side, the emotional side of what happens when people isolate themselves. Also, dream connecting, action, romance, action, and high pace make it attention-grabbing. It shows different sides to men and women, which needs to be seen more in media - strong women, and men being okay showing emotions. It also highlights depression and how it feels going through it. This is taken from the back of the book. Thank you for reading. For those who suffer from depression, it can feel like a shadow, never leaving your side. A torturer that lives within your own body that you can’t escape from. Know that you are not alone, that you are strong and there is help out there. Keep fighting towards the light, no matter how dark it may get. Because, one day, the storm clouds will clear, and a new day will dawn. To those who may know someone that suffers from the pain of depression. Know that it’s not something easily dealt with. It takes time, days, even years, for some, like Iris a life time. Many suffer in silence. Be there for that person. Be the light in their darkness, help them see the sun, the moon and stars. Because they are worth the fight. Let us all speak and hear, to heal.

About The Author

BIOGRAPHYS.L. Vaden started writing short stories when she learned how to write and read. Taking inspiration from nature, and the world around her. Growing up on a small farm she learned how to take care of the land she lived on and to not take this world for granted. In the back of her mind S.L. Vaden had always hoped to become an author, never really telling her dream of becoming one to those around her, in fear the dream would be shattered. When S.L. Vaden moved from a rural town in NC to a larger city in San Diego, her imagination took flight. As she started a new job in a new city she started writing. S.L. Vaden writes in two genres. First is high fantasy. Her first series: The Legend of Zelkova: Elementum and Umbras that will expand into its own literary universe. The first and second installments are now available. The third installment is in the works. She also writes dark romance. These use strong language and intimate scenes that cannot be found in her fantasy novels. These books tend to be an outlet for pain she feels and to shine a light on depression and other invisible illness in an adventurous way. S.L. Vaden invites you to come and take a look within the worlds that she has created. You might be surprised at what you find there

Target Audiences

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

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

Information not completed

Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Publisher: Amazon/my-self

Year Published: 2019

Hard Copy Available