UPDATE: MS. JEGLINSKI SENT ME HER REQUESTS. THERE WERE THREE REQUESTS, AND I’VE SENT OUT E-MAILS TO THE AUTHORS WHO GAINED A REQUEST.
MS. JEGLINSKI SAID SHE ENJOYED READING ALL THE PITCHES (SHE ACTUALLY SAID “WHAT A GREAT BUNCH OF PITCHES”)
Good Morning All!
Thanks for participating in Agent Shop.
Business first: As always, I like to remind every one of the importance of following submission guidelines. We started Agent Shop with the idea of helping others. We were all, or are still, struggling artists at some point. We all had to learn, refine, submit and get rejected, often NUMEROUS times, to move forward as writers. But I constantly impress upon anyone willing to listen, the importance of submitting what you are asked for. In other words, following the agent or editor’s submission guidelines to the letter. You need to come prepared! You need to show that you are willing to be a team player. And being prepared, being a team player means following the rules of the treehouse you want to play in. 🙂
Okay, now that we have that out of the way…
Number of pitches received: 48
Number accepted: 29
Number rejected: 19
Why were they rejected, you ask?
- 9 – Too long (some by ONE word. Ugh, those were hard deletes.)
- 7 – Missing information (title, name, wordcount… Head-desk.)
- 2 – Spam/promo (visit-my-site-to-find-out-about-me-type pitches)
- 1 – Made a comment meant for the blog
The winner of a copy of Wolfishly Yours is: MARGAY
The winner of one of the novels in the series is: ANNETTE SNYDER
The winner of A Lady and Her Magic is: SHEILA JAWORSKI
Ladies, please send me your e-mail and physical contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org and put WINNER – Musetracks in the subject line. I’ll get your information to Ms. Jeglinski.
Thanks to everyone for stopping by.
And now we welcome Melissa Jeglinski.
Melissa, the pitches are below. If you find anything that you like, simply e-mail me (email@example.com) the number, title and what you’d like to see from the author. Please also include how you’d like them to submit it.
Thank you so much for coming and for giving us the opportunity to get to know Lydia Dare.
#1 – TOP PITCH SLOT WINNER
Her Unreasonable Doubt
Romantic Suspense with Thriller Elements
Assistant District Attorney Madison Montgomery has a choice: work with an accused killer to save her life, or die.
When Madison is stalked and threatened by some crazed person bent on revenge, she turns to Joshua Baldwin for help, the former violent crimes detective she just prosecuted for murder.
Although he was acquitted, this man she once loved and the only cop she ever trusted is still trying to prove to Madison and the world that despite the evidence the jury was right.
Amid accusations of police corruption, deep mistrust, and unrelenting passion, Madison and Josh navigate a dangerous road toward finding the real killer and the person threatening her and, perhaps, alleviating her unreasonable doubt.
Once Upon a Masquerade
Cordelia Clarke has waited over two years for her brother’s best friend to see her as more than a sister to him. The night of the masquerade ball is her chance to show him just how much she has grown, that she is a very desirable woman, and not a dear girl. Wearing a colorful costume, she produces a false French accent, and absolutely leaves her quarry quivering and wanting more.
Absolutely sure that he would laugh at her if she revealed her true identity, she gives him a tremendous set-down, immediately regretting her mistake when he leaves her presence in a huff.
Andrew Daventry, Viscount Sutton is no usual aristocrat. He is polite, gentlemanly, and eager to please those around him. The night of his family’s masquerade ball he meets an enchantress that sets him aflame then rejects his offer to know one another without costume.
Bitter, annoyed and confounded by lust, he takes his mother’s guess list, determined to find the beauty that turned his ordered world upside down. The search leads him to his one and only love, the woman he never knew that he even wanted, until they share a tender unexpected kiss in her parlor.
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?
The Year After
Young, unflappable English professor Maddie has lived her life under her bipolar mother’s shadow. Her world turns upside down when her mother dies and she must choose between the hometown she loves and the cowboy artist who steals her heart.
Maddie returns to her childhood home in the Colorado mountains to find her father posting his profile on singles websites and her sister planning a wedding worthy of a bridal magazine. When a childhood friend shows up to her boozy thirtieth birthday party and looks at her in a way he never did in high school, Maddie jumps at the chance for love. But when her new boyfriend turns into a rogue worthy of a Victorian novel, Maddie finds consolation in her friendship with the mysterious artist Jackson. She determines not to fall for him, even though her eccentric aunts remind her that she’s the only one not getting married. As Maddie adopts the unlikely role of maid-of-honor to both her sister and soon-to-be stepmother, she is forced to confront her mother’s memory. Only then can she embrace love and claim the home and family she’s always wanted.
My Celestial Love
Railroad entrepreneur Jack Whitney has staked his family’s fortune on completion of the transcontinental railroad and the land grab that would mean financial security for his family.
Chinese immigrant Bai Yu Hsu faces a bleak future when her father’s death leaves her with his enormous gambling debt – one that must be repaid to the Chinese mob. Forced to sabotage railroad construction to win her freedom and restore her father’s honor, she has no choice but to put her life, as well as the lives of others, in jeopardy. But her resolve weakens when she finds herself falling in love with Jack, a forbidden love with a man she could never have.
Amidst racial tensions and cultural clashes, Jack and Bai Yu find love where they least expect it, but can their love survive when achieving their goal means destroying the other’s dream?
Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts that the young son of movie actor Vince Rivers will die in a private plane crash. Skeptical Atlanta police detective Jack Hale—who harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics—is the by-the-book officer who ignores Katherine’s warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial killer. Their investigation into a mystery surrounding Kate’s birth leads to murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the quaint spiritualist community of Casa Spirito, Florida.
Sixth Sense just won the Georgia Romance Writers 2012 Unpublished Maggie Award of Excellence in the Paranormal/Fantasy category.
Dana Packard, hater of loose ends, leaves her thieving groom at the altar and becomes an auctioneer.
Bruce Levinger, insurance adjuster, tries changing up when former kinky girlfriend considers him boring.
At a farm auction Bruce attends in place of his brother, the unlikely pair meets but not before Bruce nearly runs Dana off the road during her morning jog. During the sale, Dana makes sure Bruce pays for his mistake of inattentiveness while driving.
Stubborn Dana and heart-hardened Bruce surprise even their meddling families when they become business partners.
Cooperation teaches them both to look beyond opinions formed in previous relationships and move on to find love again.
Sixteen-year-old Hannah Clare can hear people’s thoughts, but a family history of mental illness creates a fine line between what is delusion and what is paranormal. Only Colin’s touch can make the voices melt away, but Hannah’s already heard the one secret she can’t keep:
Colin’s cousin is stalking his next prey.
Small-town secrets and family lies can kill, but it is Hannah who is the huntress now …
Hand of Miriam
Steampunk Gothic/Paranormal Romance
On an archeological expedition, Bayla Gideon is widowed by the supernatural force that branded her with the Hand of Miriam or knowing eye. Threatened by evil and paranormal creatures, she escapes London to her country estate.
Despondent, she doses herself with a potent mixture of absinthe and laudanum. After a near fatal attack by a demon, she opens the Gemmatridon, the box that confines the golem, a clay man that will protect her. Feeling pity for the enslaved golem, she destroys the box. The golem takes the corporal form of a powerful looking man, a fallen avenging angel.
Amidst their growing attraction, they must stop Jack the Ripper. Especially in danger of mob violence is the poor Jewish community of East London as locals accuse that the ripper is a Jew. The story twists to dangerous levels when inventor, Nimrod Healy’s angel/demon-capturing machine, Solomon’s Lexiconometer, releases the demon king, Asmodeus. The powerful demon once defeated by angel Gesher intends to sacrifice Bayla. The death of a veillier will allow him to mimic the form of Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Edward. If Asmodeus aided by a Grigori traitor is not stopped, demon legions will control humanity.
Romeo and Juliet meets Battlestar Galactica: Jules is a Singular, the last of the cyborgs, and an incomplete one at that. Scientists hadn’t finished programming her when the Stellans attack Verona, her spaceship home. After the aliens wipe out her commanding officers, Jules is left to secure the bridge and defeat the Stellans by herself. Without knowing where anything is, how to pilot, or how to conquer the aliens, the outlook appears grim.
Clusters of survivors retreat to the safety of the wards. Jules is determined to do whatever it takes to save Verona, but several run-ins with the charming Meo challenges her human emotions. He’s the son of laborers—noble, brave, and the only person from the eastern wing who doesn’t hate her kind. Unfortunately, love doesn’t fit into the big picture when it comes to Singulars. Directed by master programming, Jules slips onto the invading alien ship to destroy it from the inside.
Her chances of returning to Verona are slim, but when she discovers the truth, she must choose between hard-wired duty and compromised emotions, between accomplishing her mission and risking everything to save those she loves.
The Invisible City
Two Irish immigrants, Caitlín Walsh and Jack Doss face a harsh, unforgiving world when they land on the shores of New York City in 1887. Forced to live in Five Points, enduring animals roaming the streets alongside packs of delinquent children and shady adults. Babies crawl in streets of unspeakable filth. Diseases like typhus and cholera are endemic. After being robbed of most of their money their first day, Caitlin and her father have no choice but to take a closet-sized room with a family of five other immigrants. Jack agrees to work as a bodyguard for a dangerous underworld figure and nearly dies twice at the hands of his employer.
He escapes with a price on his head. Raped by her employer, Caitlín is left pregnant. In March, 1888, the great white hurricane roars up the coast, shutting Manhattan off from the world, leaving its residents on their own. The storm of the century traps a very pregnant Caitlín, Jack and Finn, an unscrupulous, acerbic 10-year-old street urchin, in a half-empty stable. Imprisoned, they will only survive by putting aside their differences and working together.
The Good Girl’s Rebellion
Contemporary Multi-cultural Women’s Fiction
Priya’s a good girl, the kind who obeys her parents because of fierce loyalty, but when rebellion in the form of romantic love throws a wrench into her life, lives will be changed and lost.
Though raised in America, Priya keeps the traditions of her family’s native India and expects to marry her intended. Life is perfect until she meets Tyler—a cocky, sexy Irishman who will do anything to capture her heart. As Tyler wins over Priya, her family’s secrets intensifies her loyalty to her parents. But Priya caves to an equally intense love for Tyler, and her decision to decline her arranged marriage shatters the close relationship with her parents and shoves her into the outskirts of Indian society. The pain of her parents disowning her is a bitter balance to love and liberation, until the scale tips. Her mother is dying, and her final wish is for Priya to marry her intended. In a heartbreaking turn of events, her entire life crumbles.
Torn by guilt and grief, Priya must make the hardest decision of her life.
Polly’s moment had finally arrived, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Barely a teenager, Polly had reluctantly accepted the role of human guardian of the Green. Now, about to begin college and leave her hometown and all the weirdness behind, fate calls her, except to save the Green she must defeat Isaac, the boy she loves.
Isaac was the kid nobody liked until a mysterious faerie granted him his greatest wish. Now bestowed with incredible musical prowess, Isaac is loved and admired by all. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Polly is the only one who can save Isaac’s soul, but her first responsibility is to the Green. Can Polly save the Green and save Isaac as well?
Guitar God is a Jewish, suburban rock and roll fantasy with a 1970s soundtrack. It’s urban fantasy in the suburbs. It’s War For The Oaks meets Portnoy’s Complaint. It’s crossover YA for teens and their parents. It’s a world where the faerie folk walk among us, but we don’t know it. It’s about the magical places where we grew up. Maybe we knew about them or maybe we walked by them every day without even noticing.
Hot Rocker Romance(currently self published)
Christopher Mason is a six and a half foot tall lead singer of The Forgotten. He is a groupie loving man whore that is fighting deep dark secrets from the past that resurface as nightmares. Nightmares from a horrific night that changed his life forever. The pain from his night terrors cause him to rely heavily on pills and alcohol to subdue the trauma. But it never does.
Business brings Hushed mentality an up and coming all female band on tour with The forgotten. A well known all male band with top charting hits. A tension filled meeting ensues with the bands but it does not last long. Because honestly how long can a group of sexy men and women last without trying to rip each other’s clothes off? Not long.
Chris is instantly drawn to Hushed Mentality lead singer Mia. Just not in the way you’re thinking. Bottom line. He can’t stand her. In fact he sets out to destroy her and her band mates. Which turns out to be useless because we all know there is a thin line between love and hate.
When his fueled rage turns in to lust, lines are crossed.
The Found Girl
Contemporary paranormal romance
Jonas Kavanagh’s life was predetermined.
One day he will be king to a magical elf kingdom and he will also be the first in the royal line to take a human as queen. Only two complications stand in his way. First, the human woman fated to be this queen doesn’t believe in love, magic or even the prediction. Second, and far more difficult to overcome, the person assigned the task of finding this human wants nothing more than see Jonas joined with someone else and he possesses enough power to accomplish this.
Alvina McKellen’s life has been one loss after another. Orphaned and unwanted by relatives forced to care for her, then framed by a man who said he loved her, she seeks a new life far from where she began. She sure never expected that new life to involve a frightening man with strange abilities and an unexpected marriage to a supposed king.
Together, a reluctant elf king and a lost girl find passion, love and their destiny together, something not even the most powerful magic of one who would tear them apart can destroy.
Growing up in a gothic royal castle, young Emmalyne has been in love with the handsome wizard Donovan for as long as she can remember, never believing he is aware of her affections. She watches from afar as he trains to one day take his position beside her cousin, the prince.
Donovan is dedicated to becoming a wise and powerful wizard so when the time comes to serve his friend, Prince William, he will be the best there is. He has more important things to worry about than a small girl’s infatuation with him; namely, exacting his revenge on the vampire Keiron who killed Donovan’s family almost a century before.
When Emmalyne returns to the castle after two years away, now grown, captivating and beautiful, Donovan can no longer ignore what she stirs inside him. However, before he can make Emmalyne his, Keiron again shows up to steal the life of someone he loves.
Keiron is fascinated by the beautiful Emmalyne and instead of killing her; he changes her, making her into a being Donovan hates the most. Years later, Donovan must decide whether his love for Emmalyne is stronger than his hatred of the creature she’s become.
In the Heart
Contemporary romance/womens fiction
After a tragic shooting claims the life of her fiancé, Celia Bailey returns to her small hometown vowing one day to find love again. A year later, she’s finding it difficult to keep that vow when the man occupying her thoughts and haunting her dreams is a man she knows shouldn’t get involved with.
Toby Colton is about to find his new life turned upside down. He has a steady job as a prison guard and is forming ties in the close-knit community he recently moved to. However, one chance meeting on the side of a road brings a string of complications he never counted on.
For the ex-rodeo rider, Celia is one sad cliché after another: the boss’s daughter…his best friend’s sister…and love at first sight. While the two fight a losing battle to resist their attraction, a scheming and dangerous inmate by the name of Vince Monroe sets his sights on escape—and Celia.
When Toby must risk his own life to save a kidnapped Celia, they learn love doesn’t always play by the rules
Misty With A Chance Of Shooting Stars
Misty Blake is a girl with big dreams, but her friends are more interested in the catching the newest teen heartthrob or the next episode of Jersey Shore than school or what to do after graduation. She has a plan, win a once in a lifetime college scholarship and get out of this small town before she ends up pushing fries out of a drive-thru. The only thing standing in her way is passing the dissection part of Biology.
Eddie Godwin is what most cool kids consider a nerd. He and his friends are in advanced classes, collect comics, and love online gaming. When a pretty girl with a reputation for being a brainless flirt asks for his help to pass an assignment she already calls stupid he has his doubts.
While Misty does her best to show Eddie she is serious, Eddie finds her reputation is just a front to fit in with her friends.
If the TV show Big Bang Theory collided with the movie Can’t Buy Me Love, you would end up with the cute story called Misty With A Chance of Shooting Stars.
Just because you’re soul mates doesn’t mean you’re meant to be together.
Evelynn Brierre and Sam Derevenko are soul mates. Not in the “you complete me” sense, either. Evie literally has the other half of Sam’s soul. Souls are recycled each lifetime, giving mates a chance to find each other over and over again. While this seems like the makings of a romantic comedy worthy of John Cusack, the repercussions more resemble something Guillermo del Toro would create.
A few centuries ago, Sam became a vampire and brutally killed Evie in a fit of bloodlust. Every life since, history has repeated itself, each time more gruesome than the last. This life time is their last chance to make things right or they will be banished to the Wasteland, a place far worse than any mythological hell.
Saving Grace is a humor-infused tale of love, redemption, and sacrifice. Evie and Sam don’t have a traditional love story, which makes them all the more real to me.
Their happily-ever-after isn’t instant, and there will be much blood, heartbreak, and tears before they reach it.
The King’s Mistress
Bethina Lydia Fortescue, the Lady Godwin, adored her king as no other for twenty years. But the king is dead, and as his mistress she is no longer wanted at court, or so she thinks.
Honorable Sir Arthur Jeffries, newly appointed to the Princess Meredith’s corrupt council, needs help. He begs Lady Godwin to return as the princess’ tutor, hopefully to lead the gawky teenager through the political and romantic minefield of suitors that will attend her Birthday Ball in just a few days.
Sir Arthur’s brilliant mind and body attracts Bethina, but before she can permit herself the indulgence of another grand affair, she must first uncover plots to assassinate the princess, expose treason within the Council and do something with all those dreadful gowns. Sir Arthur manages his obsession with Bethina’s outrageous wardrobe, cunning wit and voluptuous body while he interviews an aging prince, a young duke and the evil Lord Hunley as potential grooms for his princess.
Bethina and Arthur come together as servants to their country’s crown, joined through a lifetime of bitter and shrewd experiences and discover that when the princess takes a husband, they will have only one thing left to live for: love.
Of Ice and Ashes
Years after a toxic explosion disfigures hundreds of survivors, a town leader declares they are diseased, dangerous, and must all be purged. Seventeen-year-old Wren knows she’s the only truly dangerous survivor, and must brave brutal guards and the malicious leader herself to find the others. If she fails, she’ll burn with them.
Pandora Mavros is on the hunt for one of her own. A high ranking Siren has gone rogue, murdering innocent men. Her mission is to locate the rogue and the artifact she has stolen. If she fails; the destruction of her people will follow. The licentious and dashing Alexander is a complication she is definitely not looking for. Could he be working for the rogue?
Alexander Knight is searching for his business partner who mysteriously disappeared and with him the ancient map of the elusive island of Eudora. Alex doesn’t need the impediment of his desire for the mysterious and guarded Pandora, but something or someone is forcing them together. Is she his salvation? Or the destruction of everything he holds dear?
Contemporary/Sci Fi Romance
Sofia was having the worst day. First her car seems to have finally given up the ghost and gasped its final breath. After a grueling commute through slush and frigid temps she walks in on her boyfriend becoming intimately acquainted with Stephanie, her Supervisor. To add insult to injury, Stephanie then explained that she was being downsized. Finally home she finds a large cat-like creature half frozen and injured on her balcony. What else can go wrong?
The people of Felinus are in jeopardy. Havardr is chosen to investigate an uninitiated planet where a comrade had disappeared. Ensnared, he awaits his fate till the most delicious scent empowers him to escape the trap. Severely injured, he follows the scent to a tiny house. There he discovers the most delightful surprise of all……
YA Science Fiction
Set in a poverty-stricken barrio in Los Angeles, Piper Girl offers a modern twist on The Pied Piper fairy tale. When an explosion at Dyna Research Labs releases crazed rats into the slums, seventeen-year-old Marisa offers to help rid her neighborhood of the rodents. As a former circus performer, she was known for her magical ability to charm animals with her silver flute. Marisa not only succeeds in luring the rats, she discovers she can control people with her music. Intrigued by her powers, a high-level scientist offers her a tempting reward if she’ll come to Dyna and serve as his personal lab rat. But when Marisa learns the truth about his research, she realizes her sanity–and even her life–could be at risk.
You Know My Name
Dark romantic thriller
Facing certain death on a cold winter night, Gemini Michaels seems to have used up her nine lives. The victim of violence perpetrated by her own father Jacob, when she is thrown over bridge she is certain her time has come. Aidan Wells is a rogue operative haunted by the face of a child from his past. And when he sees grown up and going over the side of the Kennedy Bridge he dives in after her in a desperate attempt to rescue her.
Jacob Michaels is an evil man who touch reaches high into corridors of power. He serves the dark desires of men with the women he enslaves. And his daughter is not immune from his touch. Enraged by his daughter’s survival and Aidan’s interference he makes it his mission to end them permanently.
As Gemini and Aidan race towards safety and a mission of their own to take Jacob down can they survive long enough to find their happily ever after? Or will Jacob succeed in smothering out his daughter’s last hope of a free life.
- On August 12, 1904 Alexei Romanov, the last recognized heir to the Empire of Russia was born.
- Two weeks before his fourteenth birthday, he was apparently murdered. Many were unconvinced he had been murdered along with his family.
- Rumors of Alexei’s survival began to circulate when the bodies of his family and the royal servants were located. Alexei’s remains were missing, along with those of one of his sisters.
- On 23 August 2007, a Russian archaeologist announced the discovery of two burned, partial skeletons at a bonfire site near Yekaterinburg that appeared to match the site described in Yurovsky’s memoirs.
- This revelation did not convince everyone, however, and some still insist that Alexei survived somehow.
Ana Federova is a princess. She just doesn’t know it yet. When Yuri Vasilev, the Russian president, realizes the solution to his image problem rests in the twenty-two year old American school teacher Ana, he puts plans in motion to bring the last Grand Duchess of Russia home. What he doesn’t count on is Ana being a young woman with a mind of her own and plans that don’t include being his perfect princess.
When Sarah was five, her older brother, Ed was abducted trying to protect her.
Now he has disappeared again, and 16 year-old Sarah will do anything to get him back, even if it means risking her family, her friendships and her life. As she slips deeper into her brother’s world of drugs and crime, Sarah discovers that Ed isn’t the only one who needs saving.
Adult/Young Adult Fiction: Science Fiction
Buried secrets. A lifetime of lies. A stranger and the girl who will save them all. In GameChanger: The Truth twenty-two year-old Zoelie Page uncovers the truth about her past, her family and her future as she works with an FBI agent to pull off the mission of the century.
After of a decade of cryptic dreams Zoelie Page meets a man who promises to help her find Gabriel, who has been missing for a year and is a man only Zoelie can remember.
Weeks after meeting the man in the grey hat Zoelie finds herself at his home. He reviles the truth about Gabriel, her dreams and top-secret government mission to start a colony on the distant planet, Maia and destroy Earth.
In the next few months, Zoelie and Nikolai fight each other, the government and attempt to uncover her family inheritance. It’s a race against the clock for the unlikely lovers. Even with help from Nikolai’s friends and the ghosts of Zoelie’s family the mission is near impossible.
When push comes to shove, the two are forced to make a tough decision: stay together risking the world or separate to secure save it.
Judas in Heaven
Can Judas receive forgiveness for all that he has done?
Judas in Heaven follows the life of Judas Hooker as he makes one terrible decision after another. All the while, Jesus stays in the periphery of his life, thanks to his best friend, Charlotte. During the course of his youth, Judas got into drugs and the addiction lasted into his adulthood. As he advanced in age, Judas’ transgressions advanced in complexity and he was often left in very compromising positions. To boot, his best friend Charlotte was living a story-book life married to a great guy who had very strong Christian values.
Eventually, when he hit rock bottom, Charlotte and her husband are able to convince Judas to attend church and his life begins a slow transformation. However, he never understands the love and grace of Christ until catastrophe strikes, caused by another one of Judas’ bad decisions. However, just as Jesus remarked that Judas Iscariot had to do what he did so that prophesy could be fulfilled, perhaps Judas Hooker did what he did so that God could work through his life as well. After all, God is able to work all things together for good.
Hope to see you all again at a future Agent/Editor Shop!