QUICK UPDATE: JILL MARSAL HAS COME AND GONE AND SHE REQUESTED MORE MATERIAL FROM 7 PITCHES!
HOPE TO SEE MANY OF YOU NEXT MONTH!
Good Morning everyone.
Thanks for all the great pitches.
Here’s the quick stats:
Pitches ditched:3 (THAT’S A NEW RECORD – WELL DONE!)
1 – Missing info
2 – Too long
Our top pitch winner is: Mary Anne Landers (Congrats!)
The winner of a copy of .38 CALIBER COVER-UP is: Kristen (Please e-mail me your e-mail and post address so I can let Angi know.)
So here they are. Good luck!
Welcome Jill and thank you so much for sending Angi our way. .38 CALIBER COVER-UP is on my TBR list. Can’t wait to read it.
The pitches are below. Please e-mail me the number of any pitches you’d like to see more of, and what you’d like to see at Candi_Agent_Shop@yahoo.com . As always, thanks for coming and happy shopping.
#1 ((Top Pitch slot Winner))
WHEN TIME STOOD STILL
In 2076, 3-D artist Beryl Hesketh falls in love with astronaut Roger Kemp. But he leaves on a dangerous mission—lasting forty years. He will not age due to time dilation, but much goes wrong. He returns one hundred and sixty years later. On an intrigue-ridden moon colony, he spots a woman who looks exactly like Beryl. But how can she?
He discovers this is indeed Beryl—now Hildegard Heidt. She went into suspended animation to await his return. But her memory of her past is gone, replaced by a disgruntled scientist’s programming in a plot against the authorities. Even so, Hildegard falls in love with Roger.
It takes all of Roger’s might to rescue her from both sides. But even that cannot save their relationship. He insists on seeing Hildegard as his lost love, not the woman she now is. They break up.
When Hildegard is nearly killed in an earthquake, and he saves her, she has a near-death experience. Her life passes before her; she finally learns of her lost years. Again she wants Roger; he can now love all of her. The two are married, and depart for a new life on an Earth-like exoplanet.
A Haunted House , hidden wealth and a murder all these things combine to make Anna’s life more complicated than she thought it ever could be. Returning home after discovering her fiancée doing the horizontal tango with a museum board member, she decides to convert the home her uncle left her into a bed and breakfast. As she and her contractor peel back the layers of grime, they discover clues about the gruesome murder of the former owners. Can they solve the mystery before they meet the same fate?
Trouble in the Brew
After, Jake’s mother was vanished into another world; he came to live with his grandmother. He has no idea that his grandmother is going to try to defeat RayAnn to get her deceased mothers objects back. Once he lays eyes on RayAnn for the first time, it was love at first sight.
Cindy and RayAnn are best friends; Cindy is with her friend throughout the defeat between her and Mrs. Ghoul. Find out how Cindy deals with reject spells that her friend and Mrs. Ghoul duel between one another. Nevertheless, the conflict between the three of them will intensify, throughout the story.
After the duel RayAnn’s trunk awaits them in her bedroom. They were in a situation the trunk was using its prevailing magic to vanish the girls into a world, they never knew existed.
The Dating Game
As she approaches middle age, widow JENNETTE RILEY believes all she needs is work and her long term relationship with her late husband’s best friend…until her brother infers the man is running from commitment like an escaped convict desperate to remain free. When her lover rebuffs her suggestion she spend an evening watching his band play at a nearby club, she realizes she needs to know if he will ever move their love affair forward and contacts her brother to accept his unconventional offer of help.
When his fiancée’s high-powered career takes precedence over their relationship, TYLER MORGAN decides he needs a diversion from his problematic personal life. When a co-worker tells him of a classic car that sits in his sister’s garage collecting dust, Tyler is determined to meet her and make an offer to buy it. When he steps into what turns out to be Jennette’s backyard to ask if she’s willing to sell, what he gets instead is a case of mistaken identity and an intriguing offer he can’t turn down.
What Jennette and Tyler don’t expect is for a chance meeting and one simple date to grow into an all-consuming passion and love neither can deny.
A Demon’s Redemption
Lorelei is your typical college student – who happens to have a talent for sniffing out demons and sending them back to hell, kind of like a psychic bloodhound. But once a year, she must help one of the fallen earn their way back into heaven. How do they do that? By atoning for their sins. And so far, everything is working out for her – until she meets Azazel, son of Azazeal, a member of the Underworld hierarchy. Does the demon fall far from the seed? She has a month to find out.
Azazel has always lived in the shadows of his father’s misdeeds. But redemption is his one chance to break free of his father’s sins. If only he hadn’t promised to bring down Lorelei for his bid for freedom. Will he keep his promise to his father – or to the woman he comes to love?
Beacon and Loss
The Fortress is a modern romance without the graphic romantic encounters. The opening book of the series finds two remarkable ladies and their journeys to find love.
Fort Beacon is an unusual modern romance which takes place in a 17th century fort in modern day New Jersey. Jenevia Werden is an unusual woman whose life revolves around her love of history. Unexpectedly the fort’s financial support is in jeopardy when its benefactor Herbert Mann passes. Jene finds herself suddenly in the public limelight struggling to keep her heart and mind intact.
Fort Loss is a complex story for the battle of when to let old loves go. Jessie is the daughter of Gavyn Mann and a youthful protégé. At the age of seventeen she completed college and now finds herself as an underappreciated college professor. A chance encounter with an old flame brings back painful memories of what could have been. Years later she finds herself battling new relationships, old loves and an understanding of why the desire of one man keeps her from moving on with her future.
The Mischievous Lady Moorecroft
“The sacrifice of one spoiled heiress for the good of many…” at least that’s how tarnished war-hero Major Vicks Geale quiets his conscience. Newly returned to England, Vicks finds his pay and commission forfeited, he’s inherited a crumbling estate, worthless title and a mountain of debt. With a band of wounded men depending upon him, Geale chooses the feckless and rich Lady Evangeline “Mischief” Moorecroft.
Gorgeous, over-indulged Lady Evangeline delights on dancing the razor’s edge between scandal and infamy. Unable to resist Geale’s bait of a notoriously naughty masquerade, Evangeline awakens to discover she’s been ambushed into marriage.
As an uneasy alliance forms between them, Evangeline has second thoughts about dissolving the marriage. Their fierce attraction is put to the test when Evangeline’s treacherous and well-connected mother, the Duchess, gives Evangeline an ultimatum: end the marriage or the Duchess will use her connections to end Geale’s life.
A LESSON IN TEAMWORK
Single Title Contemporary Romance
English teacher, Emma Dawson, is not a team player. She depends on no one, stays out of the fray, and blends in with her surroundings. Until she’s thrust into a position she neither wants nor knows how to handle, and her control on life starts slipping away.
Nate Campbell is the ultimate team player. From the Major Leagues to his new job as high school coach, he’s all about working with others to make things happen. Until he meets one stubborn English teacher who refuses to let him in the game.
Caught in the classic battle between sports and academics, Nate and Emma face off against each other, an unscrupulous principal, and an attraction neither of them can deny. But when these enemies become lovers, the rules of the game are changed, and there’s more at stake for Emma than just her heart.
Women’s Fiction – Paranormal
Encounters with mortals brought Lura nothing but grief. All the same, when the mermaid sees a man drowning in the Gulf of Mexico off St. Pete Beach, the words of the Law of One ring through her mind and she swims out to save him. Seven Sacred Laws rule the mer world; ignoring them leads to corruption and self-destruction. Mermaids have stopped following these laws to their own detriment. As Lura learns the forgotten laws, they test her at every turn.
Before the moon cycle ends, she must mate with a human in hopes of conceiving – her only chance to preserve her ancestral memories.
The slim, muscular man found in her waters has the genes she seeks for her offspring. Lura shape shifts into a leggy blonde to seduce him. Tyler isn’t about to get careless, though, not with an accidental pregnancy and a failed marriage behind him.
When the mermaid is captured by a treasure hunter, he triggers an ancient curse that keeps her in his power. It’s Tyler she wants.
Only unlocking the secret of the last Sacred Law allows her to use the power of love against the curse and accept Tyler’s help in her escape.
Upmarket women’s fiction
In 1720 England, a remote village is beset by floods and disease after a fertility ritual goes wrong. Blame falls on tapestry weaver Clarinda Asher, who performed the sacred marriage with Benjamin Keane despite not being virginal. Outcast to a hilltop cottage, Clarinda weaves in solitude until the day Benjamin returns from his self-imposed banishment. Old wounds reopen as the two attempt a tortured reunion. When Clarinda defies her 12-year exile to attend the midsummer bonfires, she sets in motion events and revelations that test even Benjamin’s faith in her, and it is this last blow that Clarinda may not withstand.
The ritual vanishes from memory until, 300 years later, an American tapestry weaver, Jessamine Barlow, arrives in Maidenvale. She falls for Owen Calder, the “king” of the village’s May Day festival, a diluted version of the long-ago celebrations. A different form of imprisonment confines Owen: a soured marriage. When he oversteps his own boundaries to rediscover – and ultimately re-enact – the ancient rite with Jess, his life is ripped apart. Still, he chooses to stay with his abusive wife, and Jess is left stunned and adrift. But the ritual’s potency has been revived, and events take an unexpected turn.
The Earl, the Pirate & the Vampire
Historical Romance with paranormal influences
Alexander inherited a title with no income so he secures a position in the Royal Navy. His ship is taken by pirates who ransom him with no payment thus he is forced to join them. As a pirate, he becomes unwittingly involved with a vampire who turns him. As an imortal, he excells at pirating, becoming the scourge of the seas thus exiling him from ever returning home and the Society he was raised in. He considers himself damned for eternity and refuses to drag anyone else into his dark world.
Laurel, the only heir of a Viscount, is kidnapped by villians in the West Indies and Alexander, sentenced to hang as a pirate (a fate he must avoid or be discovered as the undead) seizes the opportunity to rescue the girl only to find he must return her back to England, a place he’s avoided. She is betrothed to another (Alexander’s half-brother) and he considers himself damned and unworthy of love. The longer they are together, the more they can’t fight the attraction between them even though evil awaits them in England. Can Alexander risk everything to protect her from this evil and from himself?
ASHES TO SKY
Women’s Fiction, Fantasy
Kadriel Montague is practical, realistic, and mule stubborn. Settled in a small coastal valley, she’s determined to enjoy a stable lifestyle. Her remaining relatives helped her run a small café, she has one problem, her daughter Mariah. The woman turned psycho on her and the rest of the family they possessed. Kadriel’s nephew Ira and two nieces Dorsey and Jessie became targets of assassination when they came to her café one morning.
Kadriel has a secret past. Once a Demiod, a demon subspecies, and high ranked General, and since outlawed and exiled. She had excelled in rising through ranks where cannibalism ran rampant and determined who survived and didn’t. She chose to leave that life behind, but committed a terrible crime to achieve that separation.
Now her past returns to haunt her.
In that moment, she, three relatives, and a couple of visitors faced supernatural reality that takes hold with vengeance and a prophecy fulfilled. Donovan Rangoon saves them through simple measures. He flies them to a Sanctuary.
Kadriel faces a choice. Assume control or die, it was as simple and complicated as that.
In the end, she chose to take responsibility, with Donovan and relatives standing at her side.
The Some Day List
Single title contemporary
After finding out that her irresponsible ex-husband is going to be a father, Quinn Adams is determined to change her life to get the thing she wants most – a family. She tosses aside her practical nature and allows her friends to put together a list of frivolous adventures for a summer of fun. Methodical and sensible, Quinn demands organization and detailed directions, but this list blows her out of her comfort zone. If she can complete this list, she is sure she will either find The One or at least be prepared to become a single mother.
Ryan O’Leary is the person his large family relies on for everything, so when his friend Quinn struggles with her list, Ryan naturally steps up to help. As they tackle Quinn’s list together, Ryan’s involvement shakes up Quinn’s life more than the adventures themselves. When their relationship evolves beyond friendship, Quinn fears losing a great friend while Ryan struggles to find a balance between the demands of his family and his desire to have a life of his own.
Commercial Women’s Fiction
Tina Alton’s husband, Hank, is presumed dead from a Hawaiian surfing accident but without a body, hope won’t die. Gory hallucinations have the Maui scuba shop owner terrified of the ocean as her dive business perches on the brink of bankruptcy. When portentous life-like dreams blur the edges of reality, Tina fears sleepwalking at best and insanity at worst.
Jamey Dunn arrives from Afghanistan where he’s part of a secretive paranormal unit in which he visits prisoners’ dreams for information. A near fatal jump has depleted his ability and he’s on Maui to recharge. An ex lover, Jamey feels partly responsible for Tina’s anguish but she won’t let him close enough to help. Both her domineering parents and ill-intentioned friend, Noble, insist she leave Maui to recuperate in Seattle and when Tina’s resolve disintegrates Jamey kicks into action. He resurrects his dream jumping skills to enter Tina’s precognitive dreamsand together they dive the perilous caves of Hawaii in search of Hank’s body. But what they uncover about Hank’s nasty past and Jamey’s real reason for leaving her ten years earlier has Tina questioning all she knew to be true.
The Bruised Sky
A damned pirate captain lures ships to the treacherous reefs off the coast of
Florida, plundering their wreckage for valuables. Rescuing a beautiful castaway
from drowning may save his blackened soul, but not before the madman chasing her
threatens to collect his debt and kill them both.
Middle Grade/Young Adult fantasy fiction.
The main characters are thirteen year old Timit, an orphaned runaway who must live by her wits alone in the wilderness, and fifteen year old Connor, a boy whose body is a map of mysterious scars. Their chance meeting and subsequent friendship begins a chain of events that will force them to confront their greatest fears, and that will change them both forever.
I have been offered a full publishing contract by a US publisher for The Scarmap, which is the first in a trilogy; and a separate contract by a UK publisher for my Crime Fiction novelBiteMarks, the first in a series. So far I haven’t signed either contract, but each publisher is ‘blown away’ by the strength of my marketing plans and by the quality of my writing.
Fifteen-year-old Alexia loves the colorful pen the mysterious Artex, a recent transfer student, gives her. The pen is special – anything it writes comes true. When the pen writes of its own accord about a mystical Land of Imagining, Alexia learns she’s not just an ordinary girl, she’s an All-Knower. So is Artex, and her mother.
The rest of the magical All-Knowers are in terrible danger. The Head Demon seeks to enslave and kill them, determined to rule the Land of Imagining. Alexia is able to control the All-Knowers with her pen, but the power comes at a cost – each time she writes with the pen, an All-Knower becomes a demon. After the Head Demon kidnaps her family, Alexia must find a way to go to the Land of Imagining. She will do anything, even if it means giving up her power, to save her family and her people, including Artex whom she might be falling in love with.
Lost in Mumbai
Contemporary Series Romance
For Hollywood screenwriter Daci Bishop India has been a dream all her life. When her latest script is optioned and she is given the chance to join the production in Goa, she looks upon it as astroke of fate. Little does the curvy redhead know she is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime.
Ramu Khanna is Daci’s ultimate idea of a hero. Little does the naive American know; he is all of India’s as well. Ramu is known as the Ram of Bollywood and is the reigning box office king. The fact Daci has no idea of his hero status provides Ramu with a refreshing break from his life in the spotlight. He is more than happy to play tour guide for the beautiful Daci.
But when Ramu’s fans found out about his tryst with the pretty American tourist, the Bollywood star ends up in hot water. Can Ramu keep Daci in his life and still be the Ram of Bollywood? Can Daci come to grips with the fact her perfect man is really a star and splashed all over billboards? Anything can happen in Bollywood!
Some say that dreams are the doorway to the soul. Willow is no stranger to that doorway. Each night she shares a silent dream with a stunning blue-eyed boy. With each new moon she’s haunted by a nightmare shared with a different boy, who is always hidden by the shadows.
In her waking hours she must battle her sixth sense. The one that allows her to feel others emotions as if they were hers. This insight is exhausting, causing her to draw inward, only trusting a few close friends. Oddly, this sense also attracts ghostly images that seem to appear out of nowhere. With a touch, they take her to wherever they may be, allowing her to change their emotion. This alone would cause most to go insane, but Willow filters her aggression by painting, capturing the emotion.
One August night, a nightmare came days after the new moon. In this dream the shadowed boy marked her wrist with a star, leaving her father no choice but to share a family secret that would tie all of the odd attributes of Willow’s life together. Now, she has no choice but to outrun the fate that is closing in around her.
THE HOUSE ON FOREST BEND
Paranormal Romantic Suspense
What does a by-the-book homicide detective do when he discovers the serial killer he’s tracking is really a ghost?
When Detective Adam Skelton learns an antique gun is connected to several murders he’s investigating, he believes tracking down the killer will be as simple as tracing the gun’s history. When he meets Jillian Whitmeyer, an intriguing gun store owner with spiked hair and tattoos, the case becomes anything but simple. Skelton soon learns that people who get close to Jillian have a habit of turning up dead. The more he investigates, the more deaths there are— both past and present—that lead back to her. Skelton can’t resist her, but as strange accidents befall him, Jillian “confesses” that her sister, who died many years ago in an accident with that same gun, is the true cause of the current mayhem. Skelton’s been a bad judge of women in the past and this one’s obviously a nut case…or is she? When the truth becomes dangerously clear, Skelton must find a solution or more people will die. But how does a just-the-facts detective deal with a ghostly serial killer and the sexy-as-hell sister she won’t set free?
A TALE OF TWO SISTERS
Scarred by her governess’ suicide, debutante Julia St. Claire must marry to save her family from financial ruin, so she seeks to guard her heart in a civilized, sensible union. When such an arrangement is offered by the man of her sister’s dreams, Julia must either betray her sister or risk giving her heart to childhood friend, Benedict Revelstoke. But Benedict, a second son, fears he has destroyed her trust by revealing his love for her–until she turns up at his townhouse with a scandalous proposal.
Alida is an amateur collector of unusual artifacts. She has stumbled upon the discovery of a lifetime, that of an angel. But since its discovery, she has had a rash of break-in’s and strange occurrences. Now that her assistant has disappeared, she must decide to either run herself or trust the handsome stranger who claims to be an interplanetary monitor. Will this tall and handsome stranger be the death of her? Or the chance of a life time?
What She was Missing
Someone once said, “Running from your problems never solves anything.” That someone – was a liar.
At least that’s how Alisa Leighton sees it. She ran away from her problems and opened a shelter for battered women. Life was great until Donovan Marshall showed up. Now she’s rocked by long dormant desires, not to mention the realization that she turned his little sister away from the shelter – a week before her brutal murder.
When the deadly intentions of a madman put all their lives in danger, Alisa and Donovan have to set aside their mistrust and anger to work together.
Man of her Dreams
When Leslie Stone discovers her fiancé in bed with her bride’s maid, she heads to her cabin in Sleeping Falls, planning to toss aside those good-girl values. Her car breaks down and the scrolling marquee above the biker bar is a blessing. Maybe she can win the cash to repair it by riding the mechanical bull.
Jay Westfield grew up in a carnival where his mother was the star attraction and knew women used their body to distract a man. When she ran off, he learned to fend for himself. Unfortunately, since he’s the mechanic fixing Leslie’s car, he feels an obligatation. But the last thing he needs is an involvement with a skimpy-clad woman on a mission. Things heat up when he sees her on the back of Old Iron and is forced to protect her from the unwanted advances of burly biker named Spike.
New-found friend, Sally Cooper, convinces Leslie in order to find real happiness; she needs the advice of an expert, who happens to be Madame Luella. Renowned tarot card reader and Jay’s long lost mother.