Welcome Jill Marsal to Agent Shop! Congrats to all the pitches that made it in.


Jill requested six partials from this group of pitches!

Good luck to everyone submitting and keep at it for everyone else.

See you all soon.


Good morning everyone!

Good luck to everyone pitching.

Here are the stats as always…

Pitches Received: 45

Pitches accepted: 27

Pitches Rejected: 18

  • Over 200 word pitch – 12 (Some by only one or two words!!! Follow rules peeps.)
  • Missing info – 4 (This is just sad)
  • Pitching for a project ‘In the works’ – 1 (Um, yeah, no.)
  • No pitch – 1 (This was basically spam. The author merely listed their attributes.)

As always, all I can say is follow the rules, directions, guidelines anytime you submit. It’s a good rule o’ thumb to live by. It’s hard enough to get into the writing world. Don’t do yourself harm by refusing to take the time to ‘do it right’. Rant done.

Now on to the fun stuff.


TOP PITCH SLOT – Look below!

WHAT SHE WAS MISSING – Tracy James Jones


Winners please email me your information and I’ll either e-mail you your copy, or send the info on to the author.

Please welcome Jill Marsal!

Thanks so much for coming to visit with us again Jill. The pitches are below, and as always, if you see something you like, email me at dancillaw (at) yahoo (dot) com. Please include the pitch number, title, what you’d like to see from the author, and how you’d like them to send it.

Have fun!



If You Can See Me

Paranormal Romance

132,022 words

Some curses stay with a family for generations…

Nate Bentley is a man on a mission. To rid himself of a house h considers a monstrosity before he falls victim to the curse that strikes all the men in his family before their thirty-fifth birthday. But two things stand in his way: a headstrong sister and a woman who can see spirits of the dead.

…it just takes the right combination to break them…

Phaedra Delaney is the woman with the gift. To communicate with the dead. She is also the key to breaking the curse that has bound her family to the Bentley’s for over a century. All she has to do is get a Bentley man to fall in love with her before he turns thirty-five. If only he didn’t take an instant disliking to her upon their first meeting.

Destiny and determination collide when these two powerful people meet and their lives become inextricably entangled with those of their ancestors. Can they break the curse before Nate reaches his next birthday? Or will he fall victim to the same fate that claimed his father – and every male in the family for the past one hundred plus years?


Words in the Windowsill

Historical Fiction/Time Travel with Romance

60,000 words

200-year-old music, love letters, and the Time Train bring 21st-century Hans face to face with his destiny. But falling in love with a 19th-century Viennese beauty wasn’t part of the plan.  When he realizes that meddling with the past has altered his future, Hans must find a way to set it straight, or risk a non-existent future.  Letters To Juliet meets Back To The Future.


Loving the Enemy

Single title contemporary romance

87,345 words

A midwife returns to her small hometown and is unexpectedly thrown together with her ex-fiancé by an octogenarian matchmaker.

When Ivey Lancaster returns to her home town of Napa Valley to temporarily care for her eccentric Lottery-winning Aunt, and to accept her new position at the local hospital, she doesn’t expect to come face to face with the biggest mistake of her life: Dr. Jeff Gardner, her ex-fiancé.

She’s never forgiven him for the way things ended between them. When the job offer suddenly falls through, Ivey can’t help but wonder if Jeff has something to do with it.

Jeff Garner can’t believe his ex-fiancée has finally come back home. Not that his pride would let him admit it, but the sight of her makes him want to take her in his arms and pick up where they left off. If only he wasn’t keeping an unforgivable secret from her. He should stay away, but between their overwhelming passion and his octogenarian matchmaker grandfather, it’s proving impossible. Each time he pulls Ivey into his arms, he draws a little closer to revealing the secret that could ruin everything.


Just Desserts

Contemporary Romance

55,000 words

Sadie Maxon’s almost done baking desserts and waitressing at her father’s trendy diner in Lake Geneva. She’s anxious to leave the resort town to finish grad school in Chicago. When Quinn Laughton, a contractor renovating the Wrigley mansion, offers to buy the crumbling diner, she can’t resist his deal or sexy, down-to-earth sweetness. But Sadie returns to Chicago and discovers Quinn is really a member of the prestigious Wrigley family. Sadie’s unsure if it was her or her family’s legendary diner that attracted Quinn. To convince Sadie of his intentions, Quinn mixes up a batch of passion and romance for her. But will Sadie’s small town sensibilities be swayed by Quinn’s big city charm?


Arty Smarty

Single Title Contemporary Romance

80,000 words

Museum curator Claire Raffen must retrieve a sculpture for her Steampunk art exhibit from artist Sinjin Reid. When she arrives at the sexy Brit’s estate tucked in the wooded shores of Lake Michigan, there’s no metal masterpiece. She discovers that Sinjin has hidden the keystone piece from his greedy ex-wife and her lover, Claire’s smarmy boss–the director of the Lafferty Museum.

Sinjin will bring the sculpture out of hiding if Claire opens her exhibit in his gallery and nowhere near the Lafferty. Since the success of her show hinges on the star attraction, Claire reluctantly agrees with his crazy plan.

As they relocate an entire gallery of art, Claire and Sinjin uncover allies who help them move the exhibit under the nose of the museum’s crooked director. Working together, Claire gets a glimpse of the real Sinjin beneath his iconic image and resists his genuine charm. She can’t shake the feeling that Sinjin’s only using her to get back at his ex. With her reputation and exhibit on the line, Claire musters up enough trust to rely on Sinjin. But if she falls in love with Sinjin, she might wind up jobless and worse, heartbroken.


The Gamekeeper’s Daughter

Historical Romance with Elements of Suspense

109,000 words

Queen Victoria’s top assassin, Lord Alexander Stokes harbors his fair share of dark secrets. Chief among them is his love of bondage and discipline. When a damsel-in-distress appeals for his help, he ponders the consequences, yet her similarity to his first love intrigues him. He offers to help her with a single condition: that the beauty consents to play his games of dominance and submission for an entire year.

Given no choice, Mrs. Julia Foxworth agrees to his indecent terms. Anything is better than serving time for a murder she did not commit, especially when the killer is stalking her. Despite her misgiving about being the mysterious masked man’s chattel, his raw masculine power lures her in like a hawk to her falconer.

Alexander learns she is his beloved Julia, the former gamekeeper’s daughter, he thought long dead. He’s been betrayed by her and his manipulative father. His heart darkens. Combating their deceptions, the lovers fight for the passion they once shared, amidst the threatening danger of Alexander’s nefarious enemies and her husband’s killer. Can they learn to trust one another and live long enough to know true love again?


Sin on The Strip

Romantic Suspense

97,000 words

As the daughter of televangelist, reaching out to help is in Maggie Anderson’s blood. But a violent confrontation with a human trafficker steals her confidence and paralyzes her with fear. Saving a strip club from seedy owners, she uses it as a means to reach women in need. When a serial killer stalks her dancers, Maggie must finally face her old demons, praying her courage doesn’t fail her a second time.

Search and rescue investigator, Christian Beck has been on too many ‘damsel in distress’ missions. But when his latest assignment leads him to a feisty, but reckless club manager determined to put herself in danger, professional distance is no longer an option. As the serial killer sets his sights on Maggie, Beck fears losing her to the same psycho he believes killed his runaway sister twenty years ago.

Maggie and Christian discover that on the strip, sin is a relative term and to have a future they must conquer their pasts.


Winter Song


83,000 words

Detective Noah Daugherty is a grieving widower, marking time, trying to stay busy enough to make it through each day while waiting for a date, one year in the future when he’ll  decide if he’s ready to join his wife. Meanwhile, he focuses his energy on winning over his late wife’s resentful Yorkie and taking scumbags off the street.

A hero can be only as strong as the villain he faces. In Winter Song, the villain is a hit man known as The Driver, a brilliant yet deliciously twisted teenager who advertises on Craig’s list and takes jobs to pay for his college tuition. When The Driver feels Noah coming steadily closer to unmasking him, he decides to strike first and remove the detective, and, since she barked a warning, the little dog has to go, too.

Noah might not be sure he wants to go on living, but he doesn’t plan to let some no good punk make that decision for him. And he certainly doesn’t plan to let him take out the dog he’s finally learned to love.  The Driver better watch out, because now it’s personal and Noah’s coming for him.



Paranormal Romance

70,000 words

Sexy Druid meets sassy Selkie with a secret fear of commitment.

When Wolfe agrees to find Nikki and warn her of the danger she’s in, he has no idea that she’s a Selkie, or that she’s so damn sexy he’ll have trouble keeping his hands to himself. He finds her hiding from a band of mercenaries and is shocked to realize he can communicate with her telepathically. He immediately recognizes her as his destined mate, but convincing her of the fact proves to be tougher than he expects. He vows to find a way to neutralize the danger to her while he works on binding her to him

Deserted as a child, Nikki vowed that she would remain single rather than putting her own children through that type of emotional hell. When she meets Wolfe though, all bets are off and the sexual tension sizzles out of control. Mercenaries keep cropping up, so they retreat to Wolfe’s ancestral home in the mountains. Just as their relationship deepens, Nikki is kidnapped and Wolfe is forced to mount a rescue mission.

The story ends with a happily ever after, and subsequent books in the same world are set up during this one


Moving on Nightfall

Urban Fantasy

70,000 words

For Jenny, surviving on the city streets is her reality. Living in the darkness of an abandoned subway station is the transgendered prostitute’s normal. Then she meets a stranger, Robert, who is with her for a night, and her world turns to chaos.

There is another reality that coexists with our own, and Jenny has been tapped into it. On the run, she meets a cop, Tom, who gives her refuge, and teaches her how to teleport between realities. Tom also teaches her about the two major power players in that reality, the law and the mafia, although she finds the line between the two are blurry.

Betrayed by Tom, Jenny reconnects with Robert, and is soon enmeshed in his plan to bring down both of the major power players, The plan is successful and soon Jenny is being hunted: by the law, by the mafia and by Tom who has his own reasons for wanting to find her. Now Jenny must unravel her blood connections to the past to understand her new found abilities, and she is running out of time.


Above The Game
Literary Fiction
70,000 words

Eliot MacKenzie dreams of escaping his small New England town of Granite Harbor. Suddenly, there is no more dreaming, no escaping. Eliot MacKenzie is dead.

His life is over but not his tale. Over a several year period in the mid 1990’s, Eliot narrates his story of grief, anger, conflict, estrangement and resolution as family members struggle to deal with their loss.

Eliot’s abrupt death shatters the deceptive harmony of his family’s life. His twin brothers reaffirm their private bond, but each pursues a separate path out of the rage and confusion rising from the loss of their older brother. Eliot’s mother contends with a second family crisis that not only provides escape, but also helps her deal with the death of her son. His father remains lost in the present and tied to the past as he indulges in one-sided conversations with his dead son. Eliot’s narrative follows his family members as they emerge from tragedy and anticipate futures beyond their small town and their fragmented family.

Eliot alone remains above the game – a spectator, confined to Granite Harbor forever

ABOVE THE GAME was shortlisted for the 2012 Faulkner Society Novel-In-Progress Award.


Souls Entwined

YA Paranormal Romance

60,000 words

Sixteen-year-old Rachel’s world is shaken when Billy links his mind to hers. Through telepathy and astral travel, Billy helps her visit the spirit world, awakening a desire for more spiritual adventure. Feeling so natural, their souls are connected, entwined.

Rachel hears spirits, delivering messages from the dead. Billy taps into the minds of the living. Together with a teenage shaman, a healer, and a witch, they form ‘The Psychic Circle’ to secretly explore the paranormal.

But when Rachel’s best friend Melody becomes jealous over Rachel’s chemistry with Billy, delving into black magic for a remedy creates a lethal situation. Melody attacks during meditation, robbing Billy of his free will. Romance blossoms as Rachel and Billy dabble in psychic experimentation to break Melody’s invisible ties; meanwhile, the circle encounters dangerous entities they don’t know how to handle.

If Melody continues to cast her spells on the Psychic Circle, the team is in danger of being controlled. Torn between salvaging her kinship with Melody and cutting perilous ties threatening both her romantic interest and the circle – is Rachel willing to sacrifice an enduring friendship to discover a karmic bond between soul mates? It’s a tough choice to make when the heart’s involved.


Slice of Betrayal

Romantic Suspense


Caleb Hartson, is a successful businessman and philanthropist but with a not so upstanding reputation. Whether deserved or undeserved depends on the person sitting in judgment. Policeman Nathan Flannery only sees an unrepentant criminal. The fact his father, also a policeman, was inadvertently killed while trying to arrest Caleb as a juvenile taints his conclusion. He will stop at nothing to see Caleb’s empire fall in ruin.

When his estranged sister, actress Jayne Colliaire, is set to film inside one of Caleb’s businesses he pretends to reconcile with her to use her to get close to Caleb and find out about his illegal dealings. Jayne finds Caleb desirable, irresistible, and yet wants to believe the horrible things her brother tells her about the handsome man.

Caleb knows there is a traitor close to him, but is it the woman he is falling deeply in love with or someone else dear to him? To find out, he sets a trap that will leave one person he loves in danger but only time will tell who is revealing his secrets to the cop.


Chasing Jasmine and Butterflies

Erotic fantasy

110,000 words

As a young fae princess, Comyn wants some adventure in the human world. She finds it during an ancient pagan celebration with a druid priest. With her face painted in a butterfly pattern and hair braided with Jasmine, the druid is enchanted with her; he can’t resist getting to know her better. If he knew she was a member of the fae, he would’ve thought better. He has been commissioned as protector to the fae realms from the human world. Upon realizing who she has mated with, she runs away, but not without taking a piece of the druid with her.

This story is the first in a series that rewrites the history of the world of the fae and elves. The Great Mother and Father created these beings to one day replace humans on earth.

But the centuries have not fulfilled this plan. They must reunite the many realms to keep the species alive. This plot begins by reuniting Comyn with the druid priest Raghnall. From there, the two will play matchmakers to the rest of the supernatural world..


Loving Emmalyne

Erotic romance

37,000 words

Growing up in a royal castle beside her cousin, the future king, young Emmalyne believed she’d have a perfect life. Well, perfect if she could only catch the eye of the wizard who would serve her cousin when he took the throne.

Several years away from the castle, she returns as a beautiful young woman and does just that. The wizard, Donovan, falls hard and fast now that she’s no longer the child he remembers.

However, their perfect life is snatched from them when the vampire who has slaughtered all of Donovan’s family arrives and takes Emmalyne’s life as well. Only he doesn’t kill her, he changes her and keeps her for himself. Fifty years later, Donovan learns she is not dead-but is one of the monsters he hates and has devoted his life to ending. Is the love they shared strong long ago enough to overcome his hatred and her doubts. He has only one day to find out.


Commitment Issues

Contemporary romance

89,000 words

Alexis has never committed to anything. Ever. Color her a vagabond like her dad, but she likes life with no ties. But when her sister Emma dies, leaving behind two young children, Alexis can’t walk away. They don’t have any family, and If Alexis doesn’t take them in, the state will.

Known child advocate, Assistant District Attorney, Allen Gates doesn’t think the vagrant younger sister of Emma’s shoud have the boys. He’d fallen hard for Emma and her children, and he’d be damned if those boys were going to be dragged all over the country and beyond by their un-grounded aunt.

Anger, attraction, and much more erupt as Alexis and Allen knock heads over the boys well-being.


The Found Girl
Contemporary paranormal romance

100,000 words

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.


Call Me Casanovette

Erotic romance

99,500 words

Marriage isn’t the fairytale Gemma’s mother made it out to be.

Sixteen years worth of matrimonial agony, an ex-husband that walked out to bang his twenty-nine year old secretary, and having to start over at the ripe-young-age of forty is just the proof Gemma needs to affirm that thought.

So now it’s her turn. She has sixteen years of wasted time to make up for. She just doesn’t know how. But her best friend does. She wants Gemma to kiss 16 men in six months and let the sparks fly as they will.

The catch? Each man has to be a different age. No repeats. She has to start with twenty four years old and working her way up to forty.

Gemma accepts the challenge and quickly learns that what she’d considered taboo might be her thing, and that what she’d always dreamed about is all wrong for her.



Romantic Suspense

96,000 words

Tally Martin came from nothing but abuse. When she was ten, she was saved by a kind older woman named May who taught her to love life, smile often, and kick ass when needed.

Now Tally’s twenty two, and her mentor is gone. But May’s sudden death reveals a side of her Tally never knew existed. A darker side. A cool-as-hell-vigilante-side. And taking over where May left off is just the focus Tally needs. The sexy as hell agent that keeps showing up at her door is a tempting inconvenience, one she finds harder and harder to resist, even if he could put her in jail for a long, long time.

Agent Sumner Chapman has worked the ‘Outer’ case for years. It’s his obsession. He doesn’t care of the do-gooder ‘Outer’ leaves enough evidence to put his victims in jail, he’s doing it illegally. Somehow, spirited knockout Tally Martin keeps cropping up in his investigations, and damned if he doesn’t suspect she’s not telling him everything she knows about the ‘Outer’.

Attraction is one thing. But  he’ll put hot as hell Tally in jail for interfering with his case. He’s just that much of a hard ass. Isn’t he?


In the Heart
Contemporary romance/womens fiction
100,000 words

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


Going Once,  Going Twice, Dead

Romantic suspense

50,000 words

Gruesome murder rocks art world.

Denver homicide detective Dane Reynolds has met his match in up-and-coming sculptress, Simone Preston, the prime suspect in his current murder case. After digging into her past and uncovering another dead ex, he’s wondering if he has a Black Widow on his hands. Yet, he finds himself caught up in Simone’s web—a tangled obsession that could either leave him suspended from his job or dead—whichever comes first.

Heroes packing more than just handguns! 


The Long Way Home

Erotic Romance

92,000 words

Alexandra Benson is a soft hearted journalist working for the local paper. She’s tired of reporting all the bad news in Phoenix and is determined to do something positive with her writing. Unlucky in love, Alex is about to give up on dating when she meets Chief Clay Nichols, a Navy SEAL with a dark side.

Despite the warning signs, Clay’s charm gets the best of her and Alex finds herself attracted to a man who vacillates from sweet and supportive to hedonistic. Burned from his divorce, Clay isn’t ready to be anyone’s hero, but he can’t help wanting to protect Alex when life gets tough.

Stuck somewhere between friendship and love, Alex tries to resist Clay’s heated advances. When her past collides with her present and her first love is thrust back in her life, Alex must face the consequences of youthful mistakes. She is determined to heal those old wounds and write a happy ending in her own life story.



New Adult Time travel – Series

60,000 words

TK’s grandfather leaves a small box in his care, tells him not to open it – then disappears.

The cops are asking questions. So are his parents. TK gets the feeling he’s being followed every time he moves. Once he confides in Haley, his closest friend, they decide to open the box.

Thrown in a dizzying bounce through time, TK and Haley have to fight, steal, and possibly kill to get back to their own time.

And heck, they only have to do it without disrupting time, history, or screwing up TK’s grandfather’s incredible, deadly secrets.


Dancing in the Athenian Rain

New Adult Historical Romance (Time Travel)

84,000 words

When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she is furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife.

She is forced to learn a new language and culture, and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.

But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. Although against her best judgment, she allows him into her heart. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.


Secrets & Lies Book 1

Multicultural Romantic Drama

60,000 words

“Sometimes a need for keeping secrets…

Can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”

“Secrets & Lies” is a provocative, uncensored, character-driven, emotional journey into the private lives of four central characters and their desperate struggles to survive in the shadows of life-altering secrets and lies. At the heart of the story is a beautiful, different kind of woman with a connection to everyone, who questions her personal worth as she fights to keep the life and love she has always wanted. Even the elements of true confessions get lost in translation as the details of who these people really are brings them together in a surprising, yet necessary finale that will change their lives forever…


Once upon a Masquerade

Historical Romance-Regency

112,211 words

Cordelia Clarke waited two long years, in vain for her brother’s best friend to view her as more than a sisterly acquaintance. The night of his family’s masquerade, she produces a false identity and wears a costume in colors she knows he adores. She proceeds to show him she is a desirably lady and not as he had called her numerous times, a dear girl. Her wildest dreams come true when he kisses her upon the balcony. Alas, she leaves him quivering and wanting more.

Andrew Daventry, Viscount Sutton does not view himself as a usual aristocrat. He is a gentleman in every sense of the word. But, on the night of his masquerade, he meets an enchantress who beguiles him, sets him aflame. After the encounter, he is completely changed. Bitter by her rejection to become acquainted with one another out of costume, he sets out to find her identity.

His search leads him to a woman he never even knew he wanted.

Their lives become complicated when another suitor vies for Cordelia’s affection. Nosy relatives, misunderstandings and secrets tear them apart.

Yet, the most powerful means to live out their happily after ever, resides in their close friendship.




95,000 words

Frankie Campbell is young woman watching over her dad’s rural Wisconsin farm while he is away. When a strange vehicle pulls crazily into the driveway one morning, she has no idea it really is the end of the world.

After mysteriously declining in population for years, all of the world’s insects are re-emerging—in sizes ranging from eight to twelve feet long. As everything collapses, Frankie becomes part of a group attempting to reach presumed safety in a remote cabin in Michigan’s Upper Pennisula.

With the voracious giant insects growing in numbers, size and cunning with each passing hour, things get even worse when the survivors discover they are on a collision course with a rampaging, unstoppable army of Solenopsis invitca—the Red Imported Fire Ant—led by “The General,” a bloodthirsty soldier ant who strategizes and attacks with an eerie, human-like intelligence. And then, there are the enormous spiders in the caverns….

BUGWORLD is a 95,000-word thriller, which will appeal to people who like fast-paced, suspenseful adventures, as well as the 92% of the population who indicated they either “hate” or “fear” insects.  Plus, it’s a lot of fun. Sort of like JURASSIC PARK by way of E.O. Wilson.

3 Responses to Welcome Jill Marsal to Agent Shop! Congrats to all the pitches that made it in.

  1. I’m jumping up and down in my skin. Thank you so much! I love it! :o)


  2. smnystoriak says:

    This is such a fun format! Thanks for hosting these!


  3. Something like this would work on occasion for many writing submissions in place of a query. It would allow the Agent/Editor/Film Producer a quick overview of the work, which is basically the first thing they want to see anyway.


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