Want to pitch to Holly Atkinson from Samhain Publishing??? 4-19-2014!

April 13, 2014

That’s right!

It’s time for Editor Shop at Musetracks, and we have the wonderful Holly Atkinson joining us as our special Easter weekend shopping editor.

She’s on the hunt for a new submission to put in her basket.

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So read the rules HERE, polish those pitches, and come join us Sat, April 19th at approx 10:00 am EST.

Oh, and you can find what Samhain Publishing is looking for HERE.

 

Good luck to everyone and please pass along the news!

 

Candi


Savvy Authors – 2014 Prepare, Pitch, and Publish

February 2, 2014

I’m at Savvy Authors tomorrow, and anyone looking for pitching help should stop in.

They have a great line up of workshops!

http://ce.savvyauthors.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=683&nodeID=1

Stop in and see what they have in store, and join in the workshops.

I’ll be hosting a workshop tomorrow…

February 3, 2014

Join author Candi Wall as she covers the basics of what she’s learned running a successful monthly Agent/Editor Pitch Shop at Musetracks.

She’ll cover keeping it
P – Professional,
I – In tune,
T – Tight,
C – Clear, and
H – Hip, Hype, and Hot.

As a bonus, Candi will pick three to four random pitches to pick apart, strengthen, and discuss. Warning: If you decide to submit your pitch, be ready for the class to work on it together and discuss it in detail!

 

Hope to see some Musetrackers there!

Candi


Pitch Opp – Editor Shop coming Sat. Jan. 18th

January 12, 2014

Hi Everyone!

It’s almost time for another Editor Shop pitch date.

Pitch day is Saturday, January 18th and we have Alycia Tornetta, Associate Editor, Managing Editor, Bliss, from Entangled Publishing, LLC as our guest editor.

You can find info on Entangled HERE.

Get those pitches ready, and come join the fun.

Remember, if you don’t want to miss a Pitch Opp here at Musetracks, please join our announcement only group HERE to get all the updates on guest agents and editors.

Happy reading and writing.

See you Saturday!


It’s Editor Shopping Day!

November 17, 2013

UPDATE: Karen emailed. She requested 6 FULLS! I’ve sent emails to all the lucky pitchers, so check your inboxes!

 

Good Morning All!

And welcome to another round of Editor Shop.

This was an interesting pitch session. Here’s why. It was the first time I had to screen for genre specific pitches, beyond romance.

We’ll get the stats out of the way first as always.

Pitches received:44
Pitches accepted:18
Pitches rejcted: 26

  • 12 – Too long (One of these was by one word! Ugh.)
  • 8 – Not New Adult (And I varified this with the authors)
  • 4 – Missing information
  • 1 – No pitch
  • 1 – Spam

Now on to the pitches!

Please welcome Karen Grove. The launch of Entangled Publishing’s Embrace line is exciting. I love reading New Adult.

Thanks for visiting us today. If you see any pitches you like, please email me thepitch number, title, and what you’d like to see from the author. Happy shopping!

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#1

There Was a Boy

New Adult Romance

98,000

They met under the worst circumstances imaginable…

One night when she was just twelve years old, Bliss Hartwell witnessed the murder of her father.

But she wasn’t alone that night. There was a boy there with her. A boy who held onto her and promised her that everything was going to be all right. A boy who got her through the worst possible night of her life. A boy who also happened to be the son of the killer.

But she never forgot him…

For nine years, Bliss has wondered about that boy, about what happened to him after that horrific night. Wondered, and secretly wished to see him again, to thank him for getting her through the worst night of her life. She even wrote him letters she knew would never be mailed to him, for living under the watchful eye of her mother – who treats her like a fragile doll one step away from breaking into pieces – gives her no opportunity to do so. But all that is about to change when Bliss enrolls in the same college as the boy. And Gideon Lennox has no idea what is about to hit him.

#2

No Place in Heaven

NA Fantasy

94,000

In an aerial peacekeeping guild where students are Blessed with supernatural abilities, eighteen-year-old Quinton Petronis remains Unhallowed. Turns out that if your crazy mother tried killing the Guild Father twelve years ago, you don’t qualify for his Blessing. Who would’ve thought?

When he’s finally assigned his first undercover mission, Quinton thinks his luck has changed. He joins the Guild’s best Silencer – assassin is such an unpleasant word – on a trip to the Deadlands below the clouds, where a rebel organization against the Father has taken root. Here’s Quinton’s chance to prove treason isn’t hereditary. He just hopes he’s granted some kickass abilities to help nip the rebellion in the bud.

But the people down here aren’t terrorists after all, the Father’s not the magnanimous leader the Guild paints him to be, and the “Blessing” Quinton’s granted is actually the worst curse he can imagine. A curse that, left unbroken, will turn him into the Father’s primary tool against the rebellion Quinton has come to support.

Looks like treason will have to run in the family, or the Father’s reign will overtake heaven and earth — not to mention Quinton’s identity — forever.

#3

‘The Lady in the Mist (The Western Werewolf Legend # 1)

Paranormal/western

45K

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a wolf. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel soldier dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth? Her blood made him a werewolf.  Now vampires, masquerading as Yankee soldiers, covet her blood because it allows them to walk in the sunlight. Ty and Sonja are destined as mates and must defend against the evil vampires who’ll do anything to get her blood.

#4

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 a 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 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 2013 Faulkner Society Novel-In-Progress Award.

#5

Tell Me My Name

Romantic/Suspense

101,000

When twenty-four year old Reece Stewart regains consciousness in a small town emergency room, she discovers three critical things have happened that have altered her life forever. She doesn’t remember the bullets meant for her that killed her boss and co-worker, nor her dramatic kidnapping. She doesn’t even remember the car accident that occurred while trying to escape. She does remember that her first name is Reece, and that somebody wants her dead.

The hysterical emerald-eyed amnesiacs insistence that someone wants to kill her, has Dr. Rafe Haulster perplexed. Rafe’s indecision to believe Reece comes at a very high price when his nursing assistant is tortured, and killed, for information as to Reece’s whereabouts. The nursing assistant leaves a cryptic message for Rafe before dying; that the killer is coming for Reece, and Rafe needs to get her to safety. A deadly game of cat and mouse begins through the forests of the Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love may not be enough to save them from their unknown killer; they fear the only chance of survival, and stopping a killer, may rest on the return of Reece’s memory.

#6

Deadly Magic

New Adult Paranormal Romance

83,000

Vin Archer, a power-hungry vampire, seeks to be an Infinitis, a vampire-witch hybrid believed to be extinct. Indestructible, with magical abilities, the Infinitis make other creatures fall to their knees, begging for mercy. To become an Infinitis, Vin must drain a powerful witch and bind her essence to him. He even has a witch in mind, Lexi Brighton, but Vin’s rival, Connor Weatherstar, threatens his plan.

Lexi has no knowledge of vampires or her Wiccan heritage. She isn’t looking for love, but Vin has a hypnotic effect on her, and she can’t shake her need for him. As their relationship evolves, peculiar things happen. She rationalizes everything, until Vin reveals he’s a vampire, then betrays her, inverting her world and nearly making her favorite place her grave. But Connor saves her.

Lexi has been drawn to Connor since the day they met, but after learning he’s also a vampire, her feelings become uncertain. But Connor’s kind-heartedness earns her affection. Vin won’t stop until he possesses Lexi, and Connor will do anything to protect her. If Lexi is to hold on to Connor, she must acknowledge her Wiccan heritage and fight to save the one she loves, or lose everything.

#7

Kilt Over

NA Historical Paranormal Romance

10K (part 1 of 3 in a series)

Totally broke college student, Brenna Sweetwater inherits a vintage clothing store from her great aunt in Scotland.  Having survived a recent series of bad luck experiences, she hopes that this new business venture will be just the change of luck that she’s been searching for.

When she tries on an old Scottish kilt that she finds hidden away in the back of the store, she unwittingly opens a portal to ancient Scotland.  After falling through the portal, she awakens to find herself in the chambers of one sexy…naked Scot!

What happens when a twenty first century shop girl is transported to the sixteenth century Highlands on Christmas Eve?  Will her holiday season be ruined?  Or will this be the Christmas blessing that she’s been dreaming of?

#8

The Fairy Godmother’s Rulebook

New Adult w/ Paranormal Elements

85,000

“Being a fairy godmother isn’t all ‘bibbidi bobbidi boo,'” according to Aviana Willowbrook. “It’s hard work, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. We don’t handle cash, jewelry, real estate or revenge, and we can’t get you or your mother a date with Ryan Gosling.”

Aviana is an underachiever struggling to find her way in the world until her 25th birthday when she learns that she’s the last of an ancient family of fairy godmothers.  Aviana thinks she’s found her purpose helping people find their Happily Ever After until she falls in love with a man destined to be someone else’s Prince Charming.

Aviana’s story is about finding yourself and the courage to be true to who you really are. Will she follow the rules and use her fairy godmother magic to make someone else’s dreams come true, or will she break the rules and use her magic to win the man of her dreams? And if the man of her dreams falls in love with her, is it just a bit of fairy magic? Or is it true love that will last forever?

#9

The Dead Days Journal

Dark Urban Fantasy

81,400

The end of the world is a blessing for Vincent Marrok, a Doomsday prepper prepared for the worst Mother Nature has to offer. Vincent’s family, along with several other survivors, are alive because of him. Together they form a strong family unit, the kind needed to survive mankind’s extinction.

Twenty-two year-old Leo Marrok understands survival is everything in a post-apocalyptic world. She will do whatever she can to protect her home and family, until her father orders her to do the unthinkable. Fearing for her safety, Leo flees, but does not get far when a blood-thirsty creature that was only rumored to exist takes her prisoner.

When Leo learns her home is under attack by a ravenous Horde, she escapes captivity. On her own, the odds are insurmountable. Leo lacks the power to save her family. However, there is one viable option: her recent captor. Leo’s courage and strength will be tested when her uneasy alliance with the one she calls “Halloween” results in alienation from the people she is trying to save. In the end, Leo must decide who the real danger is to her family — the hungry beast outside their door, or the father she always trusted.

#10

The Found Girl

Contemporary paranormal romance

100,000

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.

#11

Urquhart Plight

Paranormal Romance/Sci Fiction

103,987

“Alice is the key to set Nessie free. From loch Ness comes the tale of hope, love and a girls need to save her true love. The Urquhart Plight has been coming for thousands of years and Alice could end it all.”

#12

Switch

Dystopian New Adult

78,000

Becoming a soldier to protect her nation from rebels isn’t the way twenty-year-old Allesra92 expected to spend her birthday. Heck, she’s as far from a kick-ass heroine as she can get. So acting like a soldier while posing as her twin brother borders insanity. But she’ll do anything to keep her mentally challenged brother out of Asylum – a place where those who aren’t ‘normal’ are sent and never return.

Pretending to be part of the male fart-belch-fight club is a piece of cake compared to finding out her entire nation is nothing more than a higher government’s biological testing dome. Outside the dome isn’t much better when a rebel attack places her under the control of a bipolar(ish) rebel leader who wants to sacrifice her and her brother to the authorities to further his own cause.

And the government wants her brother – badly. Enough that anyone she comes in contact with becomes a target as well, and she’s faced with the ultimate decision between her brother’s safety and the freedom of a nation. With rebels who lie, authorities who kill, and a handsome rebel she doesn’t want to like, any direction she chooses looks like a deadly end.

#13

Marie’s World

Contemporary Romance/Drama

75,957

“Exposed and with no where turn. Marie must face the aftermath of her sister exposing her secrets to the world. Lies, betrayals, dance and the past are about to collide, will Marie find a way to survive.”

#14

Norse Gods Immortals: Carla

103,585

“Carla was a normal girl, now she is one of the Norse Gods Immortals. She must fight for her

life or lose all those she cares about.”

#15

A Heart Trapped Inside A Highlander

Timetravel/Paranormal

40,566

“Born in the wrong time, thrown back to the right time. Adrian was about to get his first love,

only she isn’t like any other woman he’s ever met and he can’t let her die.”

#16

Winning the Player

New Adult/ Contemporary Romance/Sport

82,200

Aubree Taylor has spent the past two years travelling overseas after an injury obliterated any hope of playing basketball for Australia. Growing up Aubree felt like a freak being tall and athletic, taunted for her tomboy ways. Basketball was her resolve, and fleeing her way of coping with the disappointment.

Returning to Adelaide she bumps into Hunter Stone, star Australian Rules football player, her best-friend’s cousin, and the guy she ran out on the night before her flight overseas.

Twenty-five year old Hunter is famous, for his ability as a player on and off the field, which is why Aubree ran. Her gut tells her she should run now.

Bitter about life and the cards dealt to her, a relationship with Hunter is the furthest thing from her mind.

Yet after dinner dates, hiking in the hills, and unexpected intimacy, Aubree uncovers another side other than the arrogant footballer. She lowers her guard and begins to trust him, despite his past that keeps rearing its ugly head in the form of jealous girls who didn’t run from his bed like Aubree. To feel special again, Aubree must open her heart and take a chance on life and love.

#17

All or Nothing

New Adult

89,900

Chase Embry had it all. A full boat scholarship, a girlfriend every guy wanted, and an epic inheritance.

That was before one night of partying. One night that ended when he crashed his car, killed his girlfriend, and ran from the only life he’d ever known.

Losing himself in New York City, Chase finds out how easy he’d had it, how hard others have it, and how hard it is to go back and set things right.

#18

I Am The Bigot

New Adult

72,000

Twenty year old Dawslyn’s Sociology project starts out fun. She’s supposed to study human behavior, reactions, and outcomes when her ‘subjects’ are faced with a difficult topic.

She could have settled for abortion, politics, or war, but when a public service announcement about racism catches her attention, she knows what her topic will be.

Setting up twelve different websites, each that portrays a group working to help only a certain race, Dawslyn starts sending out emails as advertisement and keeps open chat boards for each site.

At first the data is great. But as more and more people find out about the sites, tempers flare, public figures start taking sides, and the campus is rocked by a division in reactions, Dawslyn’s identity is revealed.

Now she has to defend her beliefs, her project, and the fact that she’s been labeled a bigot.


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

September 22, 2013

UPDATE!

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.

WINNERS:

TOP PITCH SLOT – Look below!

WHAT SHE WAS MISSING – Tracy James Jones

AUTUMN IN THE VINEYARD – S.M.Nystoriak

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!

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#1 TOP PITCH SLOT WINNER!

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?

#2

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.

#3

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.

#4

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?

#5

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.

#6

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?

#7

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.

#8

Winter Song

Mystery/Suspense

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.

#9

Spellbound

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

#10

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.

#11

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.

#12

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.

#13

Slice of Betrayal

Romantic Suspense

100,000words

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.

#14

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..

#15

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.

#16

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.

#17

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.

#18

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.

#19

Juxtaposition

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?

#20

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

#21

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! 

#22

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.

#23

Bounce

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.

#24

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.

#25

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…

#26

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.

#27

Bugworld

Suspense-thriller.

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.


Pitch Day at Musetracks is Sept 21st and we welcome Jill Marsal!

September 20, 2013

STOP!

As much as I hate to stop before I have 30 viable pitches (27 viable pitches so far)… I needs sleep.

I’ll post the pitches that made it through in the morning! Good luck!

Welcome to another pitch session at Musetracks.

We have the awesome Jill Marsal with Marsal Lyon Literary Agency as our guest agent. You can find out more about her HERE.

Remember to wait for the word GO to be updated in big green letters (at 10:00 AM EST) at the top of this post BEFORE you send your pitch in to me @ candi_agent_shop (at) yahoo (dot) com. I’m posting this tonight, because I have to work tomorrow, and will have little time to update the blog in the morning.

For now, please welcome two of Jill’s authors with their new or soon-to-be released novels…

AUTUMN IN THE VINEYARD by Marina Adair

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Blurb:
Frankie Baudouin has a hundred reasons not to trust Nate DeLuca. First, he’s a DeLuca. Second, he kissed her—in front of the entire town—and then never called. Oh, and he’s after her land. Sorrento Ranch is Frankie’s last chance to prove to her family—and to herself—that she has what it takes to be an award-winning winemaker. And she will stop at nothing to ensure her success—even if it means playing nice with the starched, sophisticated, and oh-so-sexy Italian.

For Nate, Sorrento Ranch is more than just soil and grape vines; it was his father’s dream—a dream Nate is determined to make a reality. So when he finds himself forced to cohabitate with a hot-headed, irrational, and incredibly gorgeous Baudouin, Nate is surprised to discover that chaos could be so much fun—especially when she sleeps in nothing but lace.

Excerpt

It had taken three years, some tricky negotiating, her entire life savings, and a lot of ball busting—but Francesca Baudouin was finally a vineyard owner. Well, she was the owner of ten acres of prime St. Helena appellation soil, which would take another five years of sweat and, quite possibly, selling off a few of her vital organs before it fully became a quality producing vineyard.

But Sorrento Ranch, the most sought after property in the valley, and all of its belongings, was hers. She bought it right out from under the DeLucas’ noses. In part because the owner, Mrs. Sorrento, had played darts with Frankie and Frankie’s great aunt every Friday night for the past fifteen years, so her loyalties were clear, but mostly because Mrs. Sorrento knew that selling the land to either family involved in the great DeLuca-Baudouin feud would piss off her ex-husband.

“One more inch and I’ll shoot,” Frankie said to the alpaca in front of her, a four-legged garbage disposal whose mouth was currently wrapped around the plastic casing of the water tank. She stomped her ball-busting, steeled-toed combat boot in his direction for added emphasis.

The alpaca’s beady eyes narrowed and dropped to her feet. Extending its lips in her direction, he made a loud raspberry sound, stomped an aggressive hoof and then went back to nibbling. Yeah, ball-buster or not, hooves beat boots.

But Frankie wasn’t about to let some hardheaded alpaca with shaggy hair and buck teeth stick it to her on her first week in business. Being the youngest of four, and the only girl, Frankie was a pro at dealing with stubborn males who excelled at ignoring her completely, while messing with her life wholeheartedly.

She cocked her rifle.

“The only thing separating you from becoming a pair of next season’s mittens is my trigger finger, Camel Boy.” Because the only thing separating them from ten-thousand gallons of well water was the thin plastic seam-binding on the water tank, which “Mittens” had managed to chew loose. She didn’t want to deal with the cleanup and couldn’t afford a new irrigation tank. “I mean it, one more bite and the only identifying male trait you’ll have left is stupidity.”

That got his attention. In fact, the animal straightened and fluffed out the fur around his face, making him look like a cross between a camel, a koala, and Clifford the Big Red Dog. When he wasn’t destroying her property, he was kind of cute. In a big, dumb, oafy kind of way.

Mittens was the sole remaining alpaca from Mrs. Sorrento’s farm. The rest of his hooved brethren were living it up at Alberta’s Paradise Alpaca Farm and Pet Sanctuary. Mittens hadn’t even set one hoof in the back of the moving truck when the rest of the heard gathered their spit and took aim. Poor Mittens had been kicked out of his own family and before Frankie or Alberta had been able to catch him, his fluffy-butt disappeared, and Alberta had left instructions to call when Frankie secured the runaway. That had been four days, two patio chairs, and a motorcycle tire ago.

“See.” Frankie lowered her rifle to the ground, picking up the cushion from Mr. Sorrento’s old recliner in one hand and a rope in the other. “That wasn’t so bad. Now just come over here and I’ll give you a treat.”

Eyes glued to the nubby avocado-green cushion, the alpaca took a tentative step forward.

“Then you can go to your new house.” Another step. “Where they feed you gourmet hay and mud tires, and there are kids around all the time to play with you.” Step. “And you’ll get to see your family.”

The alpaca stopped, squared its body, and let out an ear-piercing bleat, which sounded like a cross between “wark” and Chewbacca screaming, right before he sank his teeth in the plastic casing and pulled. Hard.

“Mittens!”

“Wark!”

“No—”

The tank split at the seam and before either could move, a wall of water came crashing out with enough force to topple Mittens into Frankie and send the two of them skidding back several feet.

When Frankie stopped moving and the water had receded into a pool of mud, she shoved the hair out of her eyes and took stock. She was flat on her back, with a stick poking into her right butt cheek and a drenched Mittens sprawled out over the top of her.

“Move.” She shoved at the animal.

“Wark-wark!”

“I warned you! But did you listen?”

Mittens let out an apologetic nicker and dropped his head to Frankie’s chest, his big brown eyes looking up at her through long lashes.

“You could be half way to Paradise right now,” she said, giving him a little rub behind the ears. “Just think, in a few months it will be grooming season and all the ladies will be prancing around in nothing but sheered skin. Plus, you’ll have your family.”

This time the nicker was almost sad so Frankie, ignoring that he smelled like wet dog, called a temporary truce and dug both hands in his thick fur to scratch his cheeks. “Yeah, I get it. Family sucks, but I can’t let you stay here. Come spring, I’ll start planting my vines and you’d eat them.”

Mittens huffed, a burst of hot air hitting Frankie in the face.

“Liar.” She worked her fingers around his temples and behind his ears. The animal’s eyes slid closed in ecstasy. “You already cost me a water tank, which I can’t afford to replace by the way.”

His only response was to nuzzle Frankie’s chest and hum loudly.

“So, there is no way I have the budget to keep replacing everything you decide to sink your teeth into.”

Hum. Hum. Hum.

“I hope he bought you dinner first,” a voice said.

With a groan, Frankie turned her head and, wishing she were standing so she could glare at him without having to shield her eyes, swore. Upside down or not, there was no mistaking the man who was currently towering over her—or the way her stomach gave a lame little flutter when he lifted his mirrored glasses and delivered a heart-stopping wink.

“Afternoon, Francesca,” he said with enough practiced swagger that it made not rolling her eyes impossible.

Nathaniel DeLuca was six-plus feet of solid muscle, smug-male yumminess and he smelled like sex. He was also extremely Italian, annoying as hell and, for whatever reason, every time he entered Frankie’s space she felt all dainty and feminine. Which pissed her off even more because at one time she’d trusted Nate with her heart and a promise of keeping her deepest secret.

And he’d broken them both.

Thank God she had on her ball-buster boots today. Too bad they were currently covered in mud, alpaca fur, and pointing at the sky.

“Go away, Nathaniel,” she said by way of greeting.

Mittens hummed louder, arching into her hand as Frankie scratched down his spine.

“And leave a lady in need?” Nate asked, coming forward and squatting down to pluck a maple leaf off of Frankie’s forehead. “Nonna ChiChi would have my ass.”

“I know you’re used to your women poised and proper. But I’ve got this handled.”

“I didn’t know you paid that much attention to my women, but now that you mentioned the difference…” He plucked a branch from her hair and flashed his perfectly straight teeth in her face. His smile, like his personality, was lethal and his entitled attitude was one-hundred percent DeLuca. “That’s great,” he continued, “because I won’t have to worry that you’ll cry when I tell you to stop exciting my alpaca and get the hell off my property.”

You can find Autumn in the Vineyard here:

AMAZON
B&N

*** The author will give away a signed paperback to a US or Canada resident when they come in!***

AND!

TARGETED by Katie Reus

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Blurb

Hidden in plain sight…

Former Marine sniper and current NSA agent Jack Stone has a new face to go with his new identity. But he still has the same tortured memories—which include the woman he let get away years ago, when they were teenagers. Now his new assignment in Miami will put him so close to the woman he’s never been able to forget, he could reach out and touch her—if only she weren’t under suspicion.

When Sophie Moreno uncovers evidence linking the medical supply company she works for with arms smuggling—and worse—she doesn’t know who to turn to. After a shocking betrayal, she realizes the only person she can trust is a mysterious new person in the company—a man with hauntingly familiar eyes.

As Sophie questions her intense attraction to this man and Jack struggles not to blow his cover, the two of them must race against the clock to stop terrorists from killing scores of people—starting with them.

Excerpt

“Good morning, Sophie.” Ronald gave her a tired smile as he looked up from his desk. Deep lines etched the grooves around his mouth.
There was no one in his office, so whoever they were meeting with must have stepped out. Which gave her the perfect opportunity to talk to her boss in private. “Ronald, we need to talk. Didn’t you get my calls last night?”

He shook his head, but the guilty flush spreading up his cheeks gave him away. Sophie reeled back as if slapped. He had been ignoring her. What the hell? She gritted her teeth, quickly moving past the hurt. “I discovered something . . . important.” She nearly snorted at that understatement.

His face paled. “Can it wait?”

“No, it can’t.” As she stared at the man in front of her, she tried to find the right words to just come out and say what she’d found. Something about his expression was just off. He looked almost haggard, so unlike the man she’d come to love and trust. She’d been twenty-two and right out of college when he’d given her a job. Not to mention that the company had paid for her master’s degree. She didn’t have any family and he’d always been like a father figure to her. Anyone would have been better than the asshole foster fathers she’d endured over the years, but Ronald was truly kind. Even with the panic humming through her, seeing him this way pulled at her heartstrings.

Ronald sighed and his eyes flashed with something she couldn’t define. Pain? “We’ll talk, but not here. Just wait—”

He abruptly stopped talking and his gaze trailed over her shoulder at the sound of the door opening. Sophie shifted in her seat and glanced behind her.

She blinked once as she made eye contact with the stranger entering the room. Staring into those eyes made her feel as if she’d been punched in the stomach. A raw sort of awareness stirred inside her, making her throat tighten and somewhere a lot lower heat up completely against her will. Mandy’s description of “yummy” was so very incorrect. A cupcake was yummy. This man was like a decadent triple-chocolate truffle cake with chocolate shavings sprinkled on top. Considering the crap she needed to deal with, noticing someone in such a sexual way—someone she clearly couldn’t trust—was beyond stupid. And definitely not like her. Only one man had ever had this raw effect on her. Though he hadn’t been quite a man. He’d been growing into a very handsome one and—damn it. She shook herself, trying to squash this strange sexual awareness that had erupted inside her.

Here are some review links & quotes:

“Nonstop action, a solid plot, good pacing and riveting suspense…” —RT Book Reviews (4.5 Stars)

“Fast paced romantic suspense that will keep you on the edge of your seat!” —New York Times bestselling author, Cynthia Eden

“Sexy suspense at its finest!” —New York Times bestselling author, Laura Wright

“Fast paced romantic suspense, action packed, brimming with sexual tension.” —Lea, HEA USA Today blog

“…this is what romantic suspense is all about.” —Amy, So Many Reads Book Blog

Publisher’s Weekly Review- http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-451-41921-7

Here’s where you can find Targeted:
Amazon

BN

Kobo

iTunes

Book Depository

Find Katie here!
http://www.katiereus.com
http://www.facebook.com/katiereusauthor
https://twitter.com/katiereus

And here’s some great giveaway info!

* I’m giving away two signed copies at Goodreads, ends 10/1: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17707657-targeted

*I’m also doing a 2 week blog tour and NAL is giving away books at each stop. Virtual tour info here: http://events.litconnect.com/romantic-suspense-virtual-tour-targeted-by-katie-reus/

*Twitter party on release day: http://events.litconnect.com/twitter-party-targeted-by-katiereus-romantic-suspense/

*FB Party event all day 10/3 with book giveaways: https://www.facebook.com/events/219549264870772/

Okay, so now I have two more awesome sounding reads to add to my TBR pile!

For fun, let’s do a competition for the top pitch slot, the signed copy of Autumn, and I’ll giveaway a copy of my new release What She was Missing as well.

All you have to do is leave a comment using the words Autumn AND Targeted.

Good luck to everyone pitching!

Candi


Agent Shopping day at Musetracks! Welcome Becky Vinter!

May 18, 2013

UPDATE: BECKY REQUESTED PARTIALS FROM FIVE PITCHES AND WANTED ME TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR BEING BRAVE ENOUGH TO PUT YOUR WORK OUT THERE! GOOD LUCK TO THOSE WHO RECEIVED A REQUEST AND I HOPE TO SEE EVERYONE AT ANOTHER AGENT/EDITOR SHOP SOON!

~Candi

Good morning Everyone!

As always, we’ve had another successful Agent Shop. I’ll keep the same rhythm here as any other Agent Shopping day…

My thoughts, Stats, Winners, Pitches.

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So, here we go!

I kinda expected a big turnout, and yes, I got it. Not complaining, but on pitch days like this, I like to remind everyone that I do not CHOOSE which pitches make it in. I simply start at the first pitch that came in after I posted GO, and weed out the ones that don’t follow the rules until I hit #30.

It’s nothing personal. It’s all a matter of how the email hits and if YOU, the author, followed guidelines.

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If you can’t follow my simple guidelines for pitching, and need to send hate mail because of it, you’re in for an even loooooooonger road in the writing world. Please, if you take anything from this pitch session, let it be this: Agents and editors are SWAMPED. There are enough factors already working against you! A good story CAN win out, but shooting yourself in the foot by doing the opposite of what an industry professional requests is only hurting yourself.

If you want to ‘your baby’ to have a chance, follow the guidelines!

(BTW – Most guidelines are in place to streamline an agent/editors process. I ask for specific information so that when I get 30-100 pitches, I can keep up. Imagine an agent/editors daily submissions! Once again, I am amazed by what they must see through their inboxes on any given day!)

Okay – on to our stats.

Pitches Received: 71

Pitches Accepted: 30

Pitches Rejected: 41

  • 13!!!! – Missing information (Title, wordcount, contact info etc.)
  • 2 – SPAM (Really? Yep.)
  • 9 – Too Long (200 word pitch peeps. Wagging finger. One of these was the second in my inbox after I posted GO! Shooting self in foot exampli-perfecta)
  • 1 – NO PITCH! (Sending me a list of your previous novels and an idea for a new, unwritten novel is not a pitch.)
  • 16 – Over the 30 pitch limit (Sorry folks. You didn’t do anything wrong, as far as I know. Your pitch just came in a bit late. L Having a limit is hard.)

Now that we have the deets out of the way, we also have WINNERS!

Ecopy of Jeannie’s The Temporary Wife…………….. IndianaWanderer

ARC of STAY…………………………………………………………Marilyn Baron

Top Pitch Slot……………………………………………………….Here There Be Witches

Indiana and Marilyn – Please contact me via candi_agent_shop @ yahoo.com with your choice of e-book format and I’ll get you your prize! Here There Be Witches – Congrats!

Now, please welcome Becky Vinter! Woot!

welcome

Hi Becky. 🙂

Thanks so much for participating in Agent Shop, and for letting us get to know a little about Jeannie and her May 21st release The Temporary Wife! I know how busy you are, and I hope you find something to your liking in the pitches listed below. If you do, simply email me at dancillaw @ yahoo.com with the pitch number, title, what you’d like to see from the author, and how you’d like the information sent.

Happy shopping, and I hope you’ll join us again in the future.

~Candi

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#1 – Top Pitch Slot Winner

Here There Be Witches

YA paranormal

62,264 words

Cali French, a seventeen year old witch-in-training, is ostracized by her friends for refusing to assist them in casting a spell to turn Jami into a James. Cali’s fear of their using bad magic angers her friends. Alienation accelerates into aggression. Now Cali has a target on her back. And her three former pals take deadly aim.

The terrible trio, that Cali calls the Evil Triumvirate, must have Cali—alive or dead—to change a girl into a guy. But their first attempt to grab Cali is thwarted by the arrival of Cali’s guardian angel, Alastair. Cali learns two things in their botched attempt: there are such things as guardian angels, and hers is very handsome.

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#2

Ink Pool Lullabies

Young Adult Suspense Horror

68,000 words

Sixteen-year-old Jackson Hart would rather put in overtime at the funeral home putting makeup on the dead than socialize with the in-crowd at school. When she finds out her new crush is only dating her for a bet, she’s devastated—but she’s not so wounded she’d seek revenge by killing him … would she?

After a car crash leaves him dead, Jackson tries to piece her memories of the wreck together, but each time she gets close to solving the puzzle, her mother shoves another pill down her throat to make it all go away. Despite the sheriff’s firm report, there was another girl on the scene—Jackson is sure of it—and now the apparition won’t leave her alone.

The spirit needs something from Jackson, and she won’t stop hurting people until she gets it.

With the body count rising, and evidence piling up against Jackson, if she is to prove her innocence and prevent the next brutal murder, Jackson must confront the vengeful spirit and decipher the ghost girl’s cryptic message.

But what if everyone is right and the ghost girl doesn’t exist at all?

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#3

Seal Of Awakening

Paranormal Romance

65,000 words

Formula for imminent disaster:

Take one techno-savvy immortal warrior and give him the honor of heading his first covert mission—go undercover in a genetics lab to protect the unwitting human host of the third Seal of the Apocalypse. He’s driven by equal measures of professional duty, pride in his alpha-geek abilities, and a secret personal vendetta for the ancient half-breed enemy who threatens his success.

Add the woman he’s duty-sworn to protect—a prickly female bioengineering researcher who’s close to making the discovery of a lifetime, a serum capable of eradicating worldwide famine. She’s beyond prim, happy in her solitude, and more than a tad suspicious of this new lab assistant who claims to want to help her achieve her life’s work. He’s too cocky, too good looking, and much too masculine and enigmatic for her own good. She wants nothing to do with him… until he becomes her only solution.

Divide by a group of banished heavenly rejects hell-bent on liberation through control of both the scientist’s untapped power and her top-secret invention. With a new leader at their helm, they intend to stop at nothing on their rise to power.

Synthesize conflicting components.

Let the reckoning begin.

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#4

Alien Contact for Idiots 

Science Fiction Romance 

93,000 words

Seattle biologist Ell Harmon leads a team to investigate a duplicate Vancouver Island that mysteriously appears overnight in the Pacific.  Discovering intelligent aliens is Ell’s dream, and it comes true when she encounters Tro Eaglesbrood: human, gorgeous, and a prince.  Seeking an uninhabited Eden, Tro directed his kingdom’s high-tech escape from environmental collapse on their alternate Earth.  Unfortunately, his 23rd century nation lands instead in our world, which bristles with weaponry.

Because Ell and Tro shook hands, they are quarantined together for three weeks.  While the world holds its breath, they broadcast a simple interview show that Ell sarcastically names “Alien Contact for Idiots”.  People around the world are fascinated as Ell and Tro learn to care about each other … until disaster strikes, and Tro’s darkest secret.  Can they salvage the love and passion they yearn for—and guide Tro’s people to a peaceful welcome?

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#5

Everything She Wants

Contemporary romance

90K words

Alyson returns home from years away at boarding school, undecided on what to do with her future. Michael is the manager of her estate and her legal guardian. They haven’t seen each other in years, but share an instant mutual attraction. While she doesn’t have a problem with their fourteen-year age gap, he does. Michael also has a bigger problem – aside from despising and avoiding relationships – with his photography business, scandalous pictures and pending lawsuit. Alyson considers waiting for Michael to get past his issues, but then he invites Christopher into their home. She loses sight of her initial goal (Michael) and takes a convenient and blissful detour into Chris’ arms. She happy having someone who wants her for her. But once Michael realizes what’s going on behind his back, he makes her feel guilty, dirty, and wrong for having feelings for someone else. Chris might not be perfect, but Alyson isn’t looking for perfection. She’s just looking for someone to love. Now she has two men to deal with and she can’t choose between them. She doesn’t want anyone to get hurt, especially herself. She figures out a way to get everything she wants

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#6

Seducing the Courtesan’s Wife
Historical Romance
100,000 words

The daughter of an illustrious duke, sheltered Lady Violetta never imagined she’d wind up as a brothel madam, whoring out her husband to the rich wives of Montana.

Against her father’s wishes, she married dashing, debonair—penniless—Charles Ashford. She traded in satin slippers and sumptuous ballgowns to follow her new husband on his quest for gold in the wild frontiers of America. Their fortunes plummet instead, sending them down a harrowing course where morals are a bygone luxury. A cruel twist of events tears them apart and Violetta returns to England, shattered and alone. She vows to atone for her sins. And she’ll never forgive him.

Seven years later, her respectable life is upended when Charles abruptly returns. He’s hell-bent on charming his way back into her good graces—and into her bed. More darkly potent than ever, his carnal sensuality provokes her. Tempts her and unnerves her hard-won peace. Haunted by past demons, she refuses to succumb to his wicked games of seduction. When a dangerous enemy threatens to expose their sordid history, they must each choose their own path to redemption. Can Charles win her heart before her thirst for revenge destroys their chance for everlasting bliss?

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#7

A Ghostly Undertaking

Cozy Paranormal Mystery

60K words

Another day.

Another funeral.

Another ghost.

Another average day in the life of young funeral home director, Emma Lee Raines.

After a perilous run-in with a plastic Santa Claus, Emma Lee, co-owner of Eternal Slumber Funeral Home in Sleepy Hollow, Kentucky, sees the ghost of town gossip Ruthie Sue Payne, who is proving to be a real pain, more so in death than while living. Recently deceased, Ruthie reveals to Emma Lee that her demise wasn’t caused by accidentally falling down the steps at the Sleepy Hollow Inn as everyone believes—she was pushed…murdered.

In order for the ghost to cross over—and for Emma Lee to be rid of Ruthie for good—she must find a desperate killer…or risk being haunted forever.

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#8

Once Upon a Masquerade
Historical Romance-Regency
155,771 words

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

Andrew Daventry, Viscount Sutton does not see 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 changed. Annoyed and 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 knew he even wanted.

Their lives become complicated when another suitor vies for her affection. Nosy relatives, secrets and misunderstandings keep them apart. Yet, they have the most powerful means to live out their happily ever after, a very close friendship.

#9

The Colonoscopy Club

Humorous Women’s Fiction

90,000 words

A 90,000-word humorous coming-of-middle age novel. A woman desperately seeks closure by trying to reconnect with her first love, who is unaware he is also the father of her son, on the eve of their son’s wedding.

Colonoscopy Club finaled in the Georgia Romance Writers Unpublished Maggie Award for Excellence in the Single Title category.

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#10

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?

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#11

Tell Me My Name

Romantic-Suspense

100,000 words

When twenty-five year old Reece Stewart regains consciousness in a small town emergency room, she discovers three critical things have happened that have altered her life. She doesn’t remember the bullets meant for her that killed her boss and co-worker, nor does she remember her kidnapping, and the car accident that occurred while trying to escape. What she does remember, is that her first name is Reece, and somebody wants her dead.

Dr. Rafe Haulster doesn’t know what to think, she says someone wants to kill her, but doesn’t know who. Rafe wants to believe the hysterical emerald eyed amnesiac, but is hesitant because she stirs in him an emotion he has no right ever to feel again. His indecision comes at a very high price when his nursing assistant is tortured, and killed, for information as to Reece’s whereabouts. The girl leaves a cryptic message for Rafe before dying; that the killer is coming for Reece and Rafe needs to get her to safety. A deadly game of cat and mouse begins through the forests of the Grand Teton Mountains of Wyoming. Against their unknown killer, they’re afraid the return of Reece’s memory, is their only chance of survival.

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#12

The Wanderers, Book One in the Soul Divisions Trilogy

YA paranormal romance

65,942 words

Evie Michaels would say she’s a typical teen growing up in podunk Riverview , Indiana . Well, typical except for the fact that she met her guardian angel in a brush with death eleven years ago. And that she and said angel just might be breaking a rule or two by staying in touch.

When her parents died in a freak fire, it was Gabe who helped keep her sane. But now that dreamy Trevor Jones has arrived in town, Gabe is acting a bit overprotective. Annoyingly so. Evie chalks it up to jealousy and ignores his warnings in her pursuit of Trevor. Only, she should have listened to her angel, because Trevor’s affections aren’t completely his own—he’s an unsuspecting pawn in a battle of souls, sent to lure Evie out as bait. Because the Wanderers have discovered Evie and Gabe’s ongoing breach between realms, and they’re eager to gain entry into a more rewarding eternal resting place. The cost of admission: one reckless angel.

The Wanderers is book one in the Soul Divisions trilogy, and follows Evie as she begins to grapple with the age-old questions of ‘who am I?’ and ‘where do I fit in?’.

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#13

Just Desserts

Contemporary Romance

53,000 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?

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#14

Where’s My Underwear Anyway?

Contemporary Romance with erotic elements

108,000 words

An uptight American lawyer cuts loose in an Edinburgh pub, tempted by her sexy Scottish ex–lover to rekindle old passions – but he not only displays her underwear as a trophy, he’s a shrewd courtroom rival!

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#15

Sin On The Strip

Romantic Suspense, single title

100,000 words

Sin on the Strip is a romantic suspense about Maggie Anderson, a televangelist’s daughter and street counselor. Years earlier a violent near miss with a human trafficker destroyed Maggie’s confidence forcing her to use her strip club as a means to reach women in need. When a serial killer kidnaps her friend, Maggie must finally face her old demons and runs to the rescue, hoping to God this time she’ll do whatever is needed to defend herself.

Search and rescue investigator, Christian Beck has been on too many ‘damsel in distress’ missions to stomach another one. But when his latest assignment leads him to a reckless club manager determined to put herself in danger, professional distance no longer seems to be his motto. As the serial killer sets his sights on Maggie, Beck can’t risk losing her to the same psycho he believes killed his kid sister, twenty years earlier.

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

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#16

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?

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#17

Promised Blood

Paranormal new adult explicit romance

50,000 words

Trinity lives in a world ruled by ancient tradition.  As a shifter, she knows her community is a safeguard against the human world.  Her parents have always existed on the fringe of their community and she never understood why until the king’s private police show up at her door.

Her life is forfeit until the king feels her parent’s debt is paid. Her service belongs to his three sons.  Her blissful days of college and her part time job are over and her time as a slave in the king’s house begins.  She’s a guest in his home until he uses her to control his family. Then she feels the force of his brutality. When two of the McCade boys want her for a mate, her emotions stretch between the brothers.  Her heartaches as the close friendship between the brothers crumble.  As the king manipulates the game by giving Trin to one of his sons, the other McCade boys call upon an ancient rite and face their paranoid father in a battle to save their community and the woman they both love.

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#18

Bard’s Lair – The Book of Ruins

Young Adult

129, 877 words

Not everyone is pleased with the new resort.

Bard’s Lair is the keeper of a secret, an old one.

The six-hole Gnome Course, the lake with its water faery, the spiffy cottages and pristine walkways are eye candy to the VEEPS and VIPS who visit to relax and eat the many mouthwatering delicacies from the Woodie the re-defined fine dining restaurant.

For those who like a challenge the Gnome Course with its spitting tee can send one to spittle for the antidote and if the be-speckled balls don’t bite you first a gnarly Gnome or one of the gaggle of geese certainly will.  It’s a losing game but one which brings visitors from afar.

Now the good stuff.

There’s a ghost name BeJewelled, the Dark One who has been summoned by a new master, the after math of a nasty War Between the States of service and servitude and even a forbidden romance between Murfle and numah.

Will Uran save the property from ruins? Will Julius find his lost treasure?  Will the Dark One find a new master?

Bard’s Lair is both beguiling and bewitching; a fabled (I mean fated) mess.

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#19

To Stand A Lifetime
Historical Romance – Regency
105,000 words

When wealthy rakehell Nicolas Thornton sees Lady Imogen Bonhaven across the opera halls, he approaches her with an indecent proposition: her body in exchange for his silence on their torrid past. He hasn’t forgiven her for denying his love, denying him, so consumed is he with thoughts of revenge.

Years ago, he was a lowly smithy’s son. Beaten and tortured by an abusive father, he had only a lifetime of endless toil to look forward to. Starved for love and affection, when an impetuous fey blackmailed him for a kiss, he succumbed to her enchanting allure.

All Imogen ever wanted was one measly kiss from him, the village sex god. But his tawny charisma overwhelmed the sheltered country miss, and she succumbed to him. When their illicit passion was discovered, Nic was booted from the county believing she betrayed him, and she was banished from the country.

Now, given an unexpected chance to rejoin high society, the menacing brute is all that obstructs Imogen from respectability. Wills clash as they embark on a tempestuous affair so scorching it incinerates everything in their path…but a mysterious marquess threatens to destroy their last chance for ever after.

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#20

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 alone exists above the game –confined to Granite Harbor forever. ABOVE THE GAME presents adult issues narrated by an eighteen year old and renders teenage characters and their struggles as engaging subjects for the adult reader. The book was shortlisted for the 2012 Faulkner Society Novel-In-Progress Award.

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#21

Wild Temptation

Contemporary Category Romance

54,000 words

They’re stranded together in the wilderness, and things are getting…wild!

To inherit her father’s estate, Hanna Berlet travels into the rugged wilderness of Northern Minnesota. She thinks falling for her sexy guide is her only risk, but she’s wrong.

Wilderness guide and ex-Marine Cord Samuels can handle this simple mission, and he should be able to keep his hands off Hanna, except she’s determined to share his sleeping bag.

But someone is lurking in the forest, sabotaging their trip, and Hanna and Cord may not make it out alive!

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#22

Son Of A (Hired) Gun
YA Contemp
86,000 words

Yesterday, 16-year-old Bixby Darwin had a different name, wrote a successful blog and was dreading the get-to-know-my-son lunch with his mother’s new beau—a man Bix was pretty sure might be a terrorist.
Today, he’s been relocated—via Witness Protection—because said boyfriend was blown up and they believe Bix’s absentee assassin father is responsible.

Plagued by secrets he can’t tell, Bix is determined to infiltrate the tight ranks at the small-town school and navigate himself into a successful junior year. Unable to blog for security reasons, Bix becomes a reporter where he does battle with the editor-in-chief and mayor’s daughter, Caitlyn Storm.

In the paintball-militant town of Cypher, Indiana, Bix learns to stand-up and take aim—at bullies, targets, and control of his future. Uncovering a conspiracy big enough to take down the town, Bix will have to decide between the truth and the fabrication that holds the town together, and whether he can live with the choice he makes.

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#23

Message in the Roses 

Romantic Thriller

82,500 Words

My recently completed novel, Message in the Roses, is loosely based on a murder trial I covered as a journalist in Atlanta. It’s also a love story.

Protagonist Carrie Sue Justice, 25, is a fearless and tenacious journalist with a chaotic personal life.

Marcus, 35, is a seasoned newspaper man and decorated war veteran unable to forgive himself for the accidental death of his late wife.

They begin a steamy love affair at a time when the community is in turmoil. Four black boys have been accused of shooting and killing a white boy. Before the trial begins, one of the boys allegedly hangs himself in his jail cell. Another boy pleads guilty. The two remaining youths are to be tried as adults. Tatum’s defense attorney calls Carrie Sue’s best friend and “black brother” to testify. Freemont swears he spotted Tatum blocks away from the crime scene during the time of the shooting death. As a result of Freemont’s testimony, Freemont and Carrie Sue become targets.

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#24

Meant To Be Mine

Paranormal Historical Romance

90,000 words

Reincarnated goddess Raven LeFevre was raised as a human in New Orleans with her mother, grandmother and brother. Make that raised in a crazy, magical version of the witness protection program. Frustrated by the veil of secrecy surrounding her upbringing, she spurned her powers, vowing to live as normally as any other woman obsessed with real estate and shoes.

When Raven receives a mysterious packet of letters supposedly written by the father she’s never known but always longed for, she breaks that vow and hurls herself back in time.  She’s a bit rusty with the supernatural shenanigans and things don’t go quite as planned on her journey back in time. Not only does she hit her head and not remember how she came to be in 1808, or how to return to the present, she lands at the feet of Simon Durand, the ancestor and lookalike of her modern lover, Alexander Durand.

Raven doesn’t realize until it’s almost too late her rashness unraveled the thread of protection, woven by her family, that’s encircled her for so long.  Now she’s in danger no matter what time period, and will need all her powers to get back to the one she loves.

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#25

Without Borders

Women’s Fiction

80,000 words

While in Hungary researching her grandpapa’s childhood, Amanda falls in love with a Gypsy and discovers a shocking secret involving his family and hers. The Gypsy family rejects

Amanda, and even her fiancé walks away because of clan loyalties. Now she questions everything she knew about her beloved grandpapa and must repair the wounds she didn’t intend to open.

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#26

Deceptive Cadence

YA/NA Crossover, Contemporary Romance

85,000 words

Cadence awakes in a hospital to find her husband and daughter dead, killed in an earthquake. So when her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time with all the knowledge she has, she accepts, desperate to prevent their deaths.

She shoots back eleven years to her fourteen-year-old self, and faces high school all over again. She is determined to do everything better, including preventing the loss of her best friend and not dating any of her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. Her main focus is on her future husband, who she won’t meet for several years.

But James Gordon crosses her path. While she wishes to remain single, the bad boy pursues her.

He threatens to disrupt everything that is to come as she begins to develop unwanted feelings for him, and distract her from her original goal: to save her future family.

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#27

Sheik’s Ruby

 Romantic Suspense 

74,900 words

Born and raised in a typical small town, Shelby is trying to break the mold, and make a name for herself in the journalism world when she meets Hakim, a mysterious stranger who she believes to be simply a handsome tourist.  But Hakim is actually the prince and only heir of the Middle Eastern kingdom of Khali-dar. Unfortunately, princes rarely have casual relationships that go unnoticed, and when his enemies learn of Hakim’s connection to an American girl, they know exactly how to get his attention. Shelby becomes the target of terrorists who seek to hurt Hakim, and Hakim vows to protect her at all costs. Fleeing to the safety of Khali-dar, Shelby finds herself falling deeper in love not only with the prince, but with his country. As she struggles to survive terrorist attacks, withstand the Sheik’s prejudice and find her place in a world she doesn’t understand, she realizes that she must choose which life she is willing to sacrifice—the comfortable life she has worked so hard to create for herself, or the life with the man she loves.

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#28

Power Struggles

YA Speculative Fiction

88,000 words
Melody’s first power brought her to boot camp, but it’s her second one that could land her in prison.

Sixteen-year-old Melody Vander wants to master her telekinesis so she can defeat Psyfons, the power-draining monsters who killed her father. Although focused on her Psyfon-destroying goal, she catches the attention of Jonas, the gorgeous junior trainer whose very presence makes her feel dizzy and distracted.

Boot camp is beyond frustrating. She’s out in the middle of freaking nowhere with kids who only care about which powers rank highest, not how to use them better. A few trainees collapse, and Melody fears Psyfons have infiltrated the camp.

Before she can figure out who to trust, a bunkmate goes into anaphylactic shock. Despite the risk, Melody uses her healing power to save the girl’s life. Jonas witnesses the rescue and swears to keep Melody’s secret so that she won’t be branded a Psyfon and taken away.

But he already knew about her other power. Melody’s been their target since his leaders killed her father.

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#29

Desert Rose

 Romantic Suspense 

74,963 words

Rebecca Blake has it all: designer clothes, elite education, and successful law career. But when a former client is arrested for murder, she feels responsible, and the perfect life she’s built in Chicago starts to unravel fast.  To keep her out of the press’s sites, Rebecca’s boss sends her to a dude ranch in Arizona, where she finds herself reluctantly wearing sensible shoes while birthing cows, shooting guns, stepping over manure, and battling unexpected feelings for Ty, the ranch foreman who has a low tolerance for high-maintenance tourists, especially when they insult his lifestyle and make no mystery of their feelings toward the small town life he loves. When Rebecca finds a clue and begins investigating the mysterious disappearance of Ty’s mother—against his wishes, she discovers that secrets kept in a small town aren’t easily revealed. Once Ty overcomes his own prejudice against Rebecca and her designer boots, he is amazed to find that she may be the key to his past, and Rebecca realizes that cheesy belt buckle and all, Ty may be the key to her future, if only they can survive the evil that lurks in the Doo’ya-tehwe Mountain.

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#30

Winter Song

Mystery

83,000 words

Grieving widower, detective Noah Daugherty, focuses his energy on winning over his late wife’s resentful Yorkie and taking scumbags off the street. Scumbags like The Driver, an honest-to-God hit man who advertises on Craig’s list. Noah has never believed in hit men, at least not ones who offer their services to the public, and he certainly never envisioned The Driver, a teenage killer who professes to take jobs to pay his college tuition, but in fact, simply loves his work.

When The Driver senses Noah closing in on his true identity, he takes steps to eliminate the detective and his annoying little dog. But Noah isn’t that easy to kill. After his first attempt fails, The Driver is left wondering─what’s it going to take to kill this man, silver bullets? A stake through the heart? He’d better think of something quick, because now it’s personal, and Noah is aiming for him.

Winter Song is the first book in a four part series. I am currently published through Soul Mate Publishing, but this series is in a different genre. My writing has won awards in the TARA, IDA and Dixie first Chapter contests.

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Thanks to every author brave enough/willing to put their work out there. It can be terrifying, and incredibly rewarding! Keep at it, learn, learn, learn, and above all else, KEEP WRITING!

~Candi