Davis & Elkins College graduate Sasha Hibbs recently debuted her novel "Black Amaranth."
In the novel, 18-year-old Ally Watson arrives home from high school graduation, more than a little annoyed that her Uncle Argyle-Ally's legal guardian and only surviving relative-didn't even bother showing up. But instead of berating him for his forgetfulness, Ally finds him in a life-or-death battle with a monster. Argyle manages to kill the creature, and gives Ally a parcel containing a destiny she never knew existed.
Ally, along with her best friends Michael, Jessica and David, hurry to Georgia to uncover the truth of Uncle Argyle's secrets, and the meaning of the mysterious marks that Ally bears. Are the marks related to the blacksmith mythology of her ancestors? Who are these heavenly warriors who show up in the oddest of places?
Black Amaranth: A simple flower, a symbol with an ancient legacy, a conduit for prophecy ... while faith and hope are essential to the journey, Ally soon discovers that love is the most powerful force of all.