After losing her parents and surviving The Reckoning, a catastrophic earthquake that nearly destroyed all of North America, young Thecla survived on her own against all odds in the remains of the destruction, known as The Wastelands. Seven years later, now a fiercely, self-trained warrior and hunter-gatherer, Thecla is suddenly introduced into a new order of civilization known as Carpathia, a pious community where the prominent Bishop Kato governs. As her morals are challenged and innocence slowly falls by the wayside, Thecla quickly discovers that her survival skills and instincts that kept her alive in the brutal, wild and untamed Wastelands is no match for her new life in Carpathia.
Z. Exie, aka Zorina Frey is a spoken word performer moonlighting as a copywriter for a digital marketing technology firm in Coral Gables, Florida. Hailing from Indiana, she was inspired to write Thecla based on her Midwest religious roots. Frey first published Thecla under her pen name, D.M. Mooney and submitted it to Readers’ Favorite afraid it would fail. After getting a 5-Star rating followed by great reviews, Zorina republished the work as Thecla, A Dark Romance under her spoken word stage name, Z. Exie.