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!

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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


It’s Pitch Day at Musetracks Agent Shop!

May 17, 2013

Stop!

I’ll post the pitches that made it through in the morning, and of course, the winners in our giveaway!

Thanks for coming today everyone!

Welcome, welcome, welcome!

I’ll post the word go around 10:00am EST May 18th. I have to go into work today, so I’ll try to stay on top of the day as best I can without getting fired! Actually, I have a pretty cool boss. 🙂

As always, please read the rules carefully under the A/E Tab above. I really don’t like deleting pitches. Every single pitch I receive is a potential Best Seller, and I can’t tell you how exciting it is for us at Musetracks to hear that one of our pitch shops connected an author with an agent or editor. (We’ve had a sale success story recently. I promise to share as soon as I’m allowed.)

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(Love cheezburger.com)

NOW –

Please welcome one of Becky’s authors, Jeannie Moon!

She’s here with her novel, THE TEMPORARY WIFE.

Check out this cover…

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It releases on May 21st.

Here’s the blurb:

It was an offer she couldn’t refuse…from a
man she couldn’t resist. 

Kindergarten teacher Megan Rossi is devoted to being a mother to her best friend’s five-year-old daughter, Molly. When the
child was orphaned, Meg became the little girl’s legally named guardian—over the objections of Molly’s wealthy grandparents, the Campbells. Now the Campbells are petitioning for custody, and Meg is faced with a long and expensive legal battle. The last thing she expects is for her former high school boyfriend—and the Campbells’ estranged son—to offer a solution: marriage.

Billionaire software developer Jason Campbell knows his parents don’t have Molly’s best interests at heart—it’s all about control for them. There is one way he can ensure that his sister’s last wishes are honored. He will offer Meg the protection of his name and lawyers
until the custody arrangement has been finalized , then he’ll secure his niece’s future with a very generous divorce settlement. Jason’s considered all the scenarios, except one—that the sparks that once flew between he and Meg might reignite a burning passion. And that his confirmed bachelor heart might just melt away from the heat…

Here’s what readers are saying:

“Jeannie Moon writes a sweet, sexy escape.”
~New York Times bestselling author Jill Shalvis

“Debut author Jeannie Moon immerses readers
in an emotionally engaging and sexy story of lost love and new beginnings.”
~New
York Times
 bestselling
author JoAnn Ross

“A truly sweet romance between two people offered a
second chance at true love.  Not to be missed!” ~Jane Porter, national
bestselling author

You can find Jeannie http://jeanniemoon.com/ and http://jeanniemoon.com/temporary/

A must read for any self-respecting TBR pile. 🙂

And guess what? We have prizes as usual.

1. Jeannie is giving away a an ecopy of her book to one lucky person who comments.

2. I’m giving away an ARC of STAY, my Aug release from Samhain.

3. The TOP PITCH SLOT!

All you have to do is comment for a chance to win.

Becky will be here Sunday to check out the thirty pitches that made it through, and I’ll email as soon as I hear from her. Good luck to everyone pitching, and a huge thanks to Becky for agreeing to ‘shop’ with us.

As always, if you want updates for Agent/Editor Shop dates and attending industry professionals, join our newsletter group for A/E Shop here: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EditorAgentShop/

Happy pitching!

On a personal note, I’m going to be a Grammy! (At least my four children waited until I hit forty – which I did this year!) And we just found out, she’s a girl!

We surprised my daughter by showing up at her high school, she’s a senior btw, and shocking her with the news that her niece was a niece, this was her reaction when her big brother told her that her niece would have her name as a middle name…

Kass and Reece

In October, we’ll welcome Adele Kassidi Demmons into our family. The proud Auntie Kassidi couldn’t control the tears… 🙂 Life just gets better and better.

~Candi


Agent Shop with Lit. agent Mollie Glick is 3/16!

March 10, 2013

It’s almost time for another round of Agent Shop at Musetracks!

Pitch day is March 16th, at 10:00am EST and our attending agent is Mollie Glick with Foundry Media. YAY!!!!!

Mollie’s info is here.

You can find all the rules for pitching under the tab above titled Agent/Editor Shop.

As always – read the rules carefully!

One of Mollie’s authors, Gennifer Albin, will be here with her new release, CREWEL.

Check out this cover!!!!

Crewel hi res 

Enter a tangled world of secrets and intrigue where a girl controls other’s destinies, but not her own

Sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has always been special. When her parents discover her gift—the ability to weave the very fabric of reality—they train her to hide it. For good reason, they don’t want her to become one of the elite, beautiful, and deadly women who determine what people eat, where they live, how many children they have, and even when they die.

But Adelice is forced into this powerful group, and she must learn to navigate the dangerous politics at play. Caught in a web of lies and forbidden romance, she must unravel the sinister truth behind her own unspeakable power. Her world is hanging by a thread, and Adelice, alone, can decide to save it—or destroy it.

Links to Buy: Amazon, B&N, Powell’s

Links to Author: www.genniferalbin.com, http://genniferalbin.blogspot.com/

I’ll see you all Saturday.

~Candi


Agent Shop welcomes Lit Agent Mollie Glick in March!

March 2, 2013

I’ve been on editing hell deadline for my August release STAY, the first in the Changing Tides series from Samhain!

I have to say… I LOVE THIS NOVEL!

Check out this cover! EEEEEEP!

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If you’ve already seen it, sorry. I’m just so in love with it. BWG

ANYWAY!

Pitch day for Agent Shop this month will be March 16th.

We have the awesome Mollie Glick coming as our guest agent.

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You can learn more about Mollie HERE

Hope this finds everyone happy, healthy and writing.

Best~

Candi


It’s Agent Shopping day. Welcome Jessica Alvarez!

February 17, 2013

UPDATE: I just received an e-mail from Jessica. This was what she had to say:

“Thanks so much! The pitches all looked great, and I bet many of the “pitchers” are having success with their queries.”

Yay! Way to go everyone. She requested 1-full and 3-partials. I’ll be sending e-mails out in the next few minutes, so be sure to check your in boxes. Thanks for joining us, and I hope to see many of you at a future Agent/Editor Shop date.

Good morning everyone.

My internet is spotty at best today, so I’m having trouble with my computer connection (darn storms) and WordPress is being difficult as well. If the formatting seems off its normal nice pattern, I apologize!

We’ll get straight to it this morning.

STATS:

Total pitches: 42

Pitches accepted: 29

Pitches rejected: 13

  • 10 – Too long
  • 3 – Missing info

For those of you who made it in – Congrats! For those who did not, I can’t stress how important it is to follow guidelines. By not following the rules, you’ve cost yourself an amazing opportunity.

Big huge thank you to Sharon Cullen for giving us a peek at The Notorious Lady Anne! The winner of the e-copy is… EVA GORDON! Eva, please e-mail me your contact information and what e-book version you’d like and I’ll forward it on to the publisher!

A second huge thanks to Jessica Alvarez for attending Agent Shop.

The pitches are below. If something catches your eye, simply e-mail me with the pitch number, title and what you’d like to see from the author. Have fun, happy shopping, and I hope you’ll join us again in the future!

GOOD LUCK everyone!

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#1

Miss Spencer and the Con Man

Historical romance/ American historical

90K

The year is 1900 and Tyler Browning needs money—quick. He’s a first-rate fraud with charm and charisma on his side, but his reasons for the con are his alone. All goes well until a chance meeting with a pretty but far too conscientious reporter sends his plans into a tailspin and his interest in her soaring.

Julia Spencer may be the new journalist on the job in Indianapolis, but that doesn’t mean she can’t spot a rat when she sees one. Eager to make her mark in a male-dominated career, she throws herself into chasing down the story. Despite the acute desire she feels for him and the need to move beyond her past, she has to decide if he’s worth the risk.

As Julia hunts for not only his truth but hers, Tyler begins to regret his guilt-prompted promise to a dying friend yet is honor-bound to follow through. Meanwhile, kidnap and extortion schemes from an old foe push Julia back into her dark past plus one lie of omission on Tyler’s part has the power to destroy his and Julia’s future dreams. Only trust will unravel the tangle—and that doesn’t come in elixir form.

***

#2

The Were, the Witch and the Baby

Contemporary Paranormal Romance

30k

He was an animal in the sack…

Lyric McAvoy never expected her one night stand with Colin would result in a child. She agrees to stay with him to hide from the repercussions family and friends are sure to rain down on her but being with him only reminds her of the desire he awakened with a touch on the dance floor.

She cast a spell on his senses…

Colin, packleader of the local werewolves, knows to trust his senses but when Lyric sweeps into his life, she makes him suddenly hungry to possess her. Her claim to be carrying his child, though it seems impossible, makes him determined to protect her and the baby.

But war is breaking out in the paranormal world…

Life as they knew it is implodes around them as previously peaceful inhabitants of the paranormal world become pawns in a deadly battle. With secrets between them, keeping them apart, the two battle a raging passion while trying to figure out who is killing their people.

The Were, the Witch, and the Baby

In a world where the things that go bump in the night are real, sometimes the scariest thing is parenthood.

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#3

Magical Curves

Contemporary Paranormal Erotic Romance

32,907

Romance is all about fantasy fulfillment and who doesn’t want a magical prince from their dreams to come to life?

Emma Flowers dreams of something more. Living a humble, if solitary life, as the local librarian, she looks forward to laying her head on her pillow each night to travel to a magical place where she has adventures with a wizard prince.

Kayden, prince of Zenith, found his soulmate long ago. Her imagination, her spirit, has long fed his magic but the time has come for him to collect his bride. Can he convince her dreams are so powerful, they became reality so he can finally taste her Magical Curves?

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#4

Her Time to Die

Romantic Suspense

73,508 words

Sandra Walsh, codename Wraith, is a sniper for a covert mercenary-style agency. When her bullet misses the target and kills the young girl she’s supposed to save she realizes she can’t stay in this life anymore. But the only way she can quit the agency is to fake her death. Without telling her team her plan, she sabotages a secret meeting and makes it appear as if she was blown up in a bombing.

She establishes a new identity in a small town managing an entertainment center owned by sexy former Marine, Casper Grady. But she gets sucked back into the world she tried to escape when the agency finds out she’s still alive and comes after her.

When they discover Grady’s connection to her, she knows it could jeopardize his life. She’s kicking herself for not leaving town sooner but her heart wouldn’t let her leave him. Now she has to keep them safe while trying to figure out how to get them out of this mess. But Grady doesn’t make it easy when he has his own ideas on what they should do and only complicates things when he takes their attraction to the next level.

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#5

Chasing Symmetry

Romantic Suspense

92,000

When art professor Bianca James finds a dead woman in her studio, the Chief of Police fingers her as a suspect, but the investigation reveals something worse – she was the target. Her ex’s younger brother is assigned to the case and she’s faced with a trilogy of dilemmas: go head-to-head with the chief who seems to have a hidden agenda, try to thwart the intentions of a cold-blooded killer, or trust Finn Tierny, the irresistible cop whose brother proved untrustworthy.

Finn’s return to Riley’s Peak to care for his dying father isn’t exactly a sacrifice; he had to leave Pittsburgh or forfeit his sanity, his principles, maybe his life. But being back is bittersweet. He’s flooded with memories, good and bad, as he battles doubts about being a cop, a cantankerous father, and a drunken, combative brother.

Threats escalate, the suspect list grows, and it becomes clear – the murderer’s resolve to kill Bianca is almost as strong as Finn’s desire to keep her alive. Almost.

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#6

Above The Game
Literary Fiction
71,000

Eliot Mackenzie is on his game. On the basketball court with his brothers as teammates, he is a player. He excels as a long distance runner, leaving everyone behind. But Eliot wants more. His escape from the small New England town of Granite Harbor is just months away.

Suddenly, there is no playing, no escaping – no movement at all. Eliot Mackenzie is dead.

Tragic confrontation on a high school basketball court ends his life, but not his tale. As his parents and his twin brothers, Dylan and Dante, struggle to deal with their loss, Eliot narrates their grief, love, anger, conflict and resolution.

The twins reaffirm their private bond, but each struggles to find his own path away from rage and despair. His mother contends with a second family crisis that not only provides escape, but helps her deal with the loss of her son. Eliot’s father remains lost in the present and tied to the past as he indulges in one-sided conversations with his dead son.

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

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#7

The Gamekeeper’s Daughter

Victorian Era Historical Romance/subgenre Suspense.

108,000 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 real 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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#8

HIDDEN

Contemporary NA Romance

55,000 words

For three years Lyndsey Anderson’s hidden a secret. For two years Nick Carlisle’s hidden his heart. When they meet at college in Hawaii, it’s tough to hide their attraction. Nick knows he can’t have Lyndsey. The last time he got close to someone was in Afghanistan, when he was deployed there as a soldier. He made an error that couldn’t be erased, and the woman he cared about ended up dead because of it. Lyndsey knows she can’t have Nick because she’s protecting her identity and that of a child she’ll never know. But, as Lyndsey’s past, in the form of a dangerous ex-boyfriend, starts to catch up to her, she turns to Nick and they give in to their feelings. When she finally tells Nick her secret, he panics, afraid that he’ll fail her too.

Abandoned by Nick, Lyndsey must face the danger on her own. Nick quickly realizes that he has made a terrible mistake and searches for her, but can he find her in time, and if he does, will love be enough for her to forgive him?

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#9

Loving the Enemy

Contemporary romance

80,621

Ivey Lancaster, nurse midwife, returns to Napa Valley where she is forced to fight for the respect of the physicians at the hospital. Her ex-fiancé wasn’t supposed to be in town – if she’d known that she might have never come back – but now Ivey must face him, and the biggest mistake of her life.

When Ivey finds that not only is Jeff back in town but her neighbor, she discovers he works at the hospital where she’s lost a great job opportunity. Coincidence? Ivey doesn’t think so. And while his stare could melt glaciers in the arctic it won’t do a thing to her anymore. She won’t let it.

Dr.Jeff Garner, ER physician, can’t believe Ivey has come back. And while he longs to take her in his arms, he’s kept a secret from her. If she finds out, she may never forgive him.

Add in Jeff’s octogenarian grandfather, who insists that Jeff and Ivey’s postponed wedding take place the following month in August, “a month that doesn’t get enough attention”, and Ivey and Jeff have their hands full as they fight their rekindled feelings.

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#10

Comanche Haven

Romance/Western Romance

106k

From the moment Celia, the emerald-eyed, Comanche half-breed, gets off the stage in Tyler, Texas, Seth Loflin realizes he is on a collision course with the past. She was his first love and now the Shooter Creek’s ranch boss can’t allow her to succumb to the danger that stalks her. Someone wants to kidnap her and sell her as a slave, but now that she’s in his protective arms, he intends to keep her safe. Celia can’t run back to the safety of her former life in South Carolina. And if she stays at Shooter Creek with Seth, she’ll be putting the man she has always loved and his ranch in danger of harboring a Comanche. But Seth refuses to leave her side, and his vow to protect her gives Celia the hope and courage she needs. Now she’ll fight for her new life with Seth…or die trying.

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#11

Save the Date (Book 1 in the Modern Arrangements Trilogy)

Contemporary Romance

66,176 words

AIDAN IVERSON III, old money wealthy and blatant playboy, has never felt the need to be with one woman. Why, when he has the looks, money and a family name to rule the nightlife? And, when it thoroughly aggravates Grandfather?

LILLIAN SNOWE, do-it-yourself overachiever, has a plan to keep her father healthy and living in the home where he raised her. But, how can she, when the hospital bills are piling up, the bank wants their money and she is hundreds of miles away from home?

From the moment they meet, Aidan would have to be blind not to feel an attraction, especially with Lilli’s work attire and feisty humor.

When illness, death, debt and a mutual friend, bring these two together, feelings are hurt and someone is insulted. It takes determination, sneaky actions and cockiness to secure the deal. But, even with an iron clad marriage agreement and pre-nup in place, there are those who would seek to destroy the spark threatening to engulf our couple in a happily ever after.

So, Save the Date, because you are cordially invited to the seduction of Lilli Snowe.

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#12

Not Her Mother’s Fate

Women’s fiction

90,000

Determined to beat the domestic violence survivor’s statistics, Amy Thompson spent two years building a life of independence. Then she meets the life-of-the-party favorite Robert Crane. Despite his frequent drunkenness, Amy discovers Robert has a deeply spiritual side full of compassion, honesty and strong family values that were missing from her childhood.

Within months after moving in together, Amy understands that the charming egoism she initially thought of as an appealing vulnerability in Robert has become the source of arguments, escalated alcoholism, and violent outbursts. Surrounded by love and support of their friends, family and church, Amy is pressured to make the commitment to marriage that all their loved ones believe is the ultimate cure for Roberts alcoholism.

Amy is forced to make a decision between cutting her losses to save herself, or risking it all on the strength of her commitment to the relationship.

Not Her Mother’s Fate is a 90,000 word women’s fiction that explores the cycles of alcoholism and domestic violence that test the limits of love, friendship and loyalty.

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#13

Dr. Strange Love – An Erotic Short Story

Romance/erotic romance

8K

Toni Reynolds loves her fiancé, Luke Campbell, more than anything. Still something is missing. They both recognize their love life has become predictable. Toni, realizes she’s not satisfied. She fears that she’s missing something and the closer her wedding date gets, the more unhappy she becomes.

It’s her secret though, until the night, Luke announces they’re hiring a sex therapist. Uneasy about a professional poking around in their relationship, especially one who makes ‘house calls’, Toni feels betrayed. Her love for and her trust in Luke win out as she agrees to meet the good doctor. Neither Luke nor Toni is prepared for the talents of Damon.

***

#14

The Journey of a Black Norwiccan

Women Fiction

85,000

Shannon Reilly is a non commissioned officer in the army and one event sends her on a downward spiral that changes her life. Raised protestant and her family are regulars in church, but the murder of her four year old son changes everything. She learns when you question the church you become the black sheep of the congregation. Needing to get away from everyone and especially the close minded people in her town. Shannon takes a journey to North Carolina and finds sanctuary with the most unlikely of peoples… Pagan Witches… Lost and confused she learns more about herself as well as where she headed. Shannon learns the real fight is going to take place in the bible belt of North Carolina not just within herself, but also among the masses…. She has to decided which battle to fight or if both are one in the same.

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#15

Loving Emmalyne

Erotic romance

37,000

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.

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#16

Proof of Grace

Inspirational Fiction

54,434

The bank is preparing to foreclose on Vera Carrington’s house, but she isn’t interested in accepting charity from the loving community of Harte’s Peak. She’ll make it on her own, as she has for years. She is determined to save her home without selling her café, the business she single-handedly built. A local ski contest is a Hail Mary pass, and Vera won’t let the fact that she hasn’t skied in years stop her.

Former bad boy Deputy Sheriff Ryan Colton is a new man in Christ, but he’s going to have a little trouble convincing the one woman who needs to hear his message that he has her best interests in mind. First he intends to make up for his checkered past with all the people he’s hurt in the past. But the one woman who has challenged him the most, and who needs his faith the most won’t trust him even though he could lead her to everything she needs.

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#17

In the Heart

Contemporary romance/women’s fiction
100,000

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

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#18

Forbidden Fruit

Paranormal Romance

65,000

The Goddesses of old have become the watchers of mankind and the Gods.

Gaia, Isis, Psyche, Bellona, Diana, Lilith, Rahda, and Kali ma; are the sisterhood of darkness. Pain followed them for centuries and now Lilith the leader of the sisterhood has to face her past. When Azazel, his generals, and the legion of the damned souls of Hell are released from their prison; the sisters come face to face with an aged old prophecy that could destroy them all. The sisterhood is now in the battle to save mankind and the realm of the Gods. The prophecy will reunite soul mates long lost by time itself.

Lilith is taken on a journey when she goes on a mission to locate the Goddess Kali, but she gets more than she bargains for; her soul mate Adam. Now that time is of the essence Lilith must warm her cold heart and forgive Adam for shattering it.

Can Adam survive Lilith’s intense sexual dominating desires and the coming Apocalypse?

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#19

Egyptian Heat

Paranormal Fiction

50,000

A dynasty is coming to an end and a Goddess will become a warrior. Isis will find and loss the love that completed her.

Isis Egyptian Goddess and heir to the throne will have to come to terms with her fate. Finding her way through love, loss and betrayal. Yearning to protect the ones she holds dear, but it seems like a losing battle.

Everything seems right in the world until her life comes to a shattering halt. Can she survive the pain and make a new path or will she become the monster who wants to consume her.

***

#20

The Journey of a Norwiccan

Women Fiction

85,000

Shannon Reilly is a non commissioned officer in the army and one event sends her on a downward spiral that changes her life. Raised protestant and her family are regulars in church, but the murder of her four year old son changes everything. She learns when you question the church you become the black sheep of the congregation. Needing to get away from everyone and especially the close minded people in her town. Shannon takes a journey to North Carolina and finds sanctuary with the most unlikely of peoples… Pagan Witches… Lost and confused she learns more about herself as well as where she headed. Shannon learns the real fight is going to take place in the bible belt of North Carolina not just within herself, but also among the masses…. She has to decided which battle to fight or if both are one in the same.

***

#21

Doctor Dearest – An Erotic Short Story

Romance/erotic romance

12K

Sex therapy is a complicated business. A medical professional must remain impartial while developing a relationship with a patient. The fact a man enjoys sex thoroughly means he can’t always remain completely unaffected. His primal drive can range out of control and consequences may occur.

Damon, a.k.a. Dr. Strange Love, finds himself caring more for Billie Conners than is professionally prudent. The trouble with that line of reasoning is he’s willing to put everything on the line to save what he’s found.

***

#22

Mystic Waters / Destiny / Selkie Summer

Paranormal romance

70,000 words

Two people, worlds apart, have the same vision – a mythical being surrounded by her enemies. Hurting. Tormented. Struggling to escape. Out of the mist a silver wolf leaps in to stand at her side, protecting her and vanquishing her foes.

When Wolfe, a brawny forestry consultant with a talent for dream walking 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 in the forest while mercenaries search her home. Wolfe vows to find a way to neutralize the danger to her while convincing her that he is destined to be her mate. Descended from Druids of ancient Celtic origin, he knows his grandfather’s vision is about to come true.

Nikki has an independent streak and doesn’t believe in ancient prophecies. She reluctantly agrees to join forces with Wolfe and they learn to rely on each other as they work to find out who is stalking Nikki and why.

Meanwhile, they discover that love comes when you least expect it with a force that shakes them both to the core.

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#23

The Heathen’s Kiss

Historical Romance

75,000

Threatened with marriage to a heartless man, Mary Catherine Charming escapes her abusive father and seeks refuge with a traveling circus. Knife thrower Dominic McCarthy tends to her lacerations and broken soul, but what kind of life could she expect to have with a man who sleeps on a bed of nails?

After his sister died on his operating table, Dominic gave up medicine and hunted down the man responsible for her injuries. He served five years in prison for assault then found sanctuary with a freak show. When Mary Catherine barges into his wagon, she awakens his protective instinct and soothes his tattered spirit. Now, Dominic wishes he was the man he used to be – a man worthy of her love.

Can a reverend’s daughter and circus freak find their happy ending or will past mistakes and a vengeful father ruin any hopes of a future together?

***

#24

Chasing Jasmine and Butterflies

Erotic fantasy

110,000

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..

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#25

If You Can See Me

Contemporary/Historic with Paranormal Elements

130,986

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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#26

Slice of Betrayal

Romantic Suspense

100,000

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 and irresistible, 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.

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#27

Deceptive Cadence

YA Contemporary Romance

85,000

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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#28

Souls Entwined

YA Paranormal Coming-of-Age/Romance

56,600 words

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Wells’ world is turned upside-down as she is exposed to things she never knew existed when her new friend Billy links his mind to hers. He takes her places she’s never seen before, teaching her about trust and awakens her desire. They can communicate telepathically. Their souls are connected, entwined.

Rachel hears spirits, delivering messages from the dead and Billy taps into the minds of the living – what a team! Together, they form ‘The Psychic Circle’, a secret group to explore the paranormal without ridicule from their classmates.

When Melody, Rachel’s BFF, gets involved, her jealousy of Rachel’s chemistry with Billy, coupled by her obsession with black magic are a lethal combination. It’s more dangerous than they know – Billy gets attacked. Not realizing the proper protocol for protection, they open the door to some nasty spirit contact as they experiment with things like Ouija Boards and candle magic, lending an opportunity for a spirit to attach itself to Rachel.

Torn between believing her best friend (who’s been exhibiting some bad behavior lately) and defending her possible soul mate, Rachel’s choice will determine the direction her life takes and if she will ever get another chance to find love.

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#29

Promise Me Eden

Contemporary Western

55,000

Adam Pelletier is at the end of his rope. He can’t figure a way to help his wife recover from the tragic stillbirth of their son. He hasn’t forgotten their boy, but he’s pushed his sorrow deep and is coping the only way he knows how—by refusing to focus on his loss and burying himself in work.

Eden Pelletier is lost in grief. Her pain is unbearable. So much so she’s in a deep hole of depression she can’t climb out of. Unable to do anything but mourn for her dead son, she can’t understand why Adam is able to put him aside and carry on.

Adam knows he has to lay it all on the line if he’s going to win his wife back. He forces Eden to go to Ty’s grave where he pours out his heart. He tells them both he loves them and always has. Eden knows it will be a long road to complete recovery, but she finally sees how much Adam loves her and their son and agrees to move home.


Agent Shop w/ Jessica Alvarez of Bookends LLC.

January 27, 2013

Good Morning Everyone!

I’ve had one of those super busy weeks, but it’s at its end today. YAY! And since things are a bit slow at work, I have THREE days off next week. Anyone wanna guess how I plan to spend those days while kids are at school? 🙂 Big wordcounts planned!

Anyway, I’m happy to say that Agent/Editor Shop is becoming something of a buzz. I’m constantly amazed by the amount of people who know about it, and have participated. We’ve even been getting e-mails from agents/editors interested in being guests for future Shop dates!

So thanks to everyone who’s participated, blogged about us, mentioned us to writing/professional friends and such. Musetracks was based on the concept of giving back to the writing community for all the help we all received and continue to receive over the years.

February’s Agent/Editor Shop will be Feb. 16th around 10:00am EST. and as you can see from the title, we have Jessica Alvarez with Bookends LLC as our guest agent, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’ve spoken with Jessica several times via e-mail, and she is not only a super nice person, but it’s easy to ‘hear’ the love she has for what she does.

Here’s the link to Jessica’s information:

Jessica Alvarez

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After ten years as an editor, Jessica Alvarez joined BookEnds in April 2011. She began her publishing career in 2001 as an editorial assistant at Harlequin Books. There, she had the opportunity to acquire and edit a wide array of fiction, specializing in historical romance, romantic suspense, and inspirational romance. Jessica left Harlequin in 2008 to pursue a freelance editing career, and completed projects for Harlequin, Scholastic Books, Thomas Nelson, and independent writers. She uses her editorial background to help writers hone their skills and develop strong, marketable stories. Jessica is actively building her client list and is proud to work with a wonderful group of clients. She is a member of AAR.

Jessica read her first romance at the age of nine when she pilfered from a friend’s mother’s Harlequin Presents collection and was instantly hooked. Though her pilfering has passed, her weakness for alpha heroes and exotic settings remains.

A New Jersey native, Jessica still resides in the Garden State. She is perpetually over-caffeinated in an attempt to keep up with her young son and two energetic wheaten terriers.

You can contact Jessica via email or follow her on Twitter

Jessica’s areas of interest include historical romance (particularly 18th and 19th century!), inspirational romance, contemporary romance, category romance, erotic romance and smart, female-focused erotica, women’s fiction, and cozy mysteries.

Her authors include Andrea Laurence, Jennifer Delamere, Lorrie Thomson, Melissa Cutler, and Stacy Henrie.

Hope to see you all here! Until next weekend, happy writing, reading and life.

Best~

Candi


It’s Agent Shopping Day – Did YOU make it in? by Candi Wall

November 18, 2012

UPDATE: MS. JEGLINSKI SENT ME HER REQUESTS. THERE WERE THREE REQUESTS, AND I’VE SENT OUT E-MAILS TO THE AUTHORS WHO GAINED A REQUEST.

MS. JEGLINSKI SAID SHE ENJOYED READING ALL THE PITCHES (SHE ACTUALLY SAID “WHAT A GREAT BUNCH OF PITCHES”)

Good Morning All!

Thanks for participating in Agent Shop.

Business first: As always, I like to remind every one of the importance of following submission guidelines. We started Agent Shop with the idea of helping others. We were all, or are still, struggling artists at some point. We all had to learn, refine, submit and get rejected, often NUMEROUS times, to move forward as writers. But I constantly impress upon anyone willing to listen, the importance of submitting what you are asked for. In other words, following the agent or editor’s submission guidelines to the letter. You need to come prepared! You need to show that you are willing to be a team player. And being prepared, being a team player means following the rules of the treehouse you want to play in. 🙂

Okay, now that we have that out of the way…

Number of pitches received: 48

Number accepted: 29

Number rejected: 19

Why were they rejected, you ask?

  • 9 – Too long (some by ONE word. Ugh, those were hard deletes.)
  • 7 –  Missing information (title, name, wordcount… Head-desk.)
  • 2 – Spam/promo (visit-my-site-to-find-out-about-me-type pitches)
  • 1 – Made a comment meant for the blog

 

The winner of a copy of Wolfishly Yours is: MARGAY

The winner of one of the novels in the series is: ANNETTE SNYDER

The winner of A Lady and Her Magic is: SHEILA JAWORSKI

Ladies, please send me your e-mail and physical contact information at dancillaw@yahoo.com and put WINNER – Musetracks in the subject line. I’ll get your information to Ms. Jeglinski.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by.

And now we welcome Melissa Jeglinski.

Melissa, the pitches are below. If you find anything that you like, simply e-mail me (dancillaw@yahoo.com) the number, title and what you’d like to see from the author. Please also include how you’d like them to submit it.

Thank you so much for coming and for giving us the opportunity to get to know Lydia Dare.

Happy Shopping!

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#1 – TOP PITCH SLOT WINNER

Her Unreasonable Doubt

Romantic Suspense with Thriller Elements

91,000 words

Assistant District Attorney Madison Montgomery has a choice: work with an accused killer to save her life, or die.

When Madison is stalked and threatened by some crazed person bent on revenge, she turns to Joshua Baldwin for help, the former violent crimes detective she just prosecuted for murder.

Although he was acquitted, this man she once loved and the only cop she ever trusted is still trying to prove to Madison and the world that despite the evidence the jury was right.

Amid accusations of police corruption, deep mistrust, and unrelenting passion, Madison and Josh navigate a dangerous road toward finding the real killer and the person threatening her and, perhaps, alleviating her unreasonable doubt.

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#2 –

Once Upon a Masquerade

Historical Romance

115,997 words

Cordelia Clarke has waited over two years for her brother’s best friend to see her as more than a sister to him. The night of the masquerade ball is her chance to show him just how much she has grown, that she is a very desirable woman, and not a dear girl. Wearing a colorful costume, she produces a false French accent, and absolutely leaves her quarry quivering and wanting more.

Absolutely sure that he would laugh at her if she revealed her true identity, she gives him a tremendous set-down, immediately regretting her mistake when he leaves her presence in a huff.

Andrew Daventry, Viscount Sutton is no usual aristocrat. He is polite, gentlemanly, and eager to please those around him. The night of his family’s masquerade ball he meets an enchantress that sets him aflame then rejects his offer to know one another without costume.

Bitter, annoyed and confounded by lust, he takes his mother’s guess list, determined to find the beauty that turned his ordered world upside down. The search leads him to his one and only love, the woman he never knew that he even wanted, until they share a tender unexpected kiss in her parlor.

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#3 –

A Demon’s Redemption

Paranormal Romance

89,000 words

Lorelei is your typical college student – who happens to have a talent for sniffing out demons and sending them back to hell, kind of like a psychic bloodhound. But once a year, she must help one of the fallen earn their way back into heaven. How do they do that? By atoning for their sins. And so far, everything is working out for her – until she meets Azazel, son of Azazeal, a member of the Underworld hierarchy. Does the demon fall far from the seed? She has a month to find out.

Azazel has always lived in the shadows of his father’s misdeeds. But redemption is his one chance to break free of his father’s sins. If only he hadn’t promised to bring down Lorelei for his bid for freedom. Will he keep his promise to his father – or to the woman he comes to love?

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#4 –

The Year After

Women’s Fiction

125,000 words

Young, unflappable English professor Maddie has lived her life under her bipolar mother’s shadow. Her world turns upside down when her mother dies and she must choose between the hometown she loves and the cowboy artist who steals her heart.

Maddie returns to her childhood home in the Colorado mountains to find her father posting his profile on singles websites and her sister planning a wedding worthy of a bridal magazine. When a childhood friend shows up to her boozy thirtieth birthday party and looks at her in a way he never did in high school, Maddie jumps at the chance for love. But when her new boyfriend turns into a rogue worthy of a Victorian novel, Maddie finds consolation in her friendship with the mysterious artist Jackson. She determines not to fall for him, even though her eccentric aunts remind her that she’s the only one not getting married. As Maddie adopts the unlikely role of maid-of-honor to both her sister and soon-to-be stepmother, she is forced to confront her mother’s memory. Only then can she embrace love and claim the home and family she’s always wanted.

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#5 –

My Celestial Love

Historical Romance

85,000 words

Railroad entrepreneur Jack Whitney has staked his family’s fortune on completion of the transcontinental railroad and the land grab that would mean financial security for his family.

Chinese immigrant Bai Yu Hsu faces a bleak future when her father’s death leaves her with his enormous gambling debt – one that must be repaid to the Chinese mob. Forced to sabotage railroad construction to win her freedom and restore her father’s honor, she has no choice but to put her life, as well as the lives of others, in jeopardy. But her resolve weakens when she finds herself falling in love with Jack, a forbidden love with a man she could never have.

Amidst racial tensions and cultural clashes, Jack and Bai Yu find love where they least expect it, but can their love survive when achieving their goal means destroying the other’s dream?

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#6 –

Sixth Sense

Paranormal Romance

90,000 words

Reluctant psychic Katherine Crystal, dubbed “Crystal Ball Kate,” is thrust into the national spotlight when she accurately predicts that the young son of movie actor Vince Rivers will die in a private plane crash. Skeptical Atlanta police detective Jack Hale—who harbors a deep-seated distrust of psychics—is the by-the-book officer who ignores Katherine’s warnings when she calls to report her premonition. Jack is forced to partner with Kate, who uses her eerie sensitivity to evil to help him catch a serial killer. Their investigation into a mystery surrounding Kate’s birth leads to murder and romance among a secret society of psychics in the quaint spiritualist community of Casa Spirito, Florida.

Sixth Sense just won the Georgia Romance Writers 2012 Unpublished Maggie Award of Excellence in the Paranormal/Fantasy category.

***

#7 –  

Going Twice

Romance/Contemporary

80,000 words

Dana Packard, hater of loose ends, leaves her thieving groom at the altar and becomes an auctioneer.

Bruce Levinger, insurance adjuster, tries changing up when former kinky girlfriend considers him boring.

At a farm auction Bruce attends in place of his brother, the unlikely pair meets but not before Bruce nearly runs Dana off the road during her morning jog. During the sale, Dana makes sure Bruce pays for his mistake of inattentiveness while driving.

Stubborn Dana and heart-hardened Bruce surprise even their meddling families when they become business partners.

Cooperation teaches them both to look beyond opinions formed in previous relationships and move on to find love again.

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#8 –

THE CHANNELS

YA paranormal

58,000 words

Sixteen-year-old Hannah Clare can hear people’s thoughts, but a family history of mental illness creates a fine line between what is delusion and what is paranormal. Only Colin’s touch can make the voices melt away, but Hannah’s already heard the one secret she can’t keep:

Colin’s cousin is stalking his next prey.

Small-town secrets and family lies can kill, but it is Hannah who is the huntress now …

***

#9 –

Hand of Miriam

Steampunk Gothic/Paranormal Romance

105,495 words

On an archeological expedition, Bayla Gideon is widowed by the supernatural force that branded her with the Hand of Miriam or knowing eye. Threatened by evil and paranormal creatures, she escapes London to her country estate.

Despondent, she doses herself with a potent mixture of absinthe and laudanum. After a near fatal attack by a demon, she opens the Gemmatridon, the box that confines the golem, a clay man that will protect her. Feeling pity for the enslaved golem, she destroys the box. The golem takes the corporal form of a powerful looking man, a fallen avenging angel.

Amidst their growing attraction, they must stop Jack the Ripper. Especially in danger of mob violence is the poor Jewish community of East London as locals accuse that the ripper is a Jew. The story twists to dangerous levels when inventor, Nimrod Healy’s angel/demon-capturing machine, Solomon’s Lexiconometer, releases the demon king, Asmodeus. The powerful demon once defeated by angel Gesher intends to sacrifice Bayla. The death of a veillier will allow him to mimic the form of Queen Victoria’s son, Prince Edward. If Asmodeus aided by a Grigori traitor is not stopped, demon legions will control humanity.

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#10 –

Singularity

YA sci-fi

61,000 words

Romeo and Juliet meets Battlestar Galactica: Jules is a Singular, the last of the cyborgs, and an incomplete one at that. Scientists hadn’t finished programming her when the Stellans attack Verona, her spaceship home. After the aliens wipe out her commanding officers, Jules is left to secure the bridge and defeat the Stellans by herself. Without knowing where anything is, how to pilot, or how to conquer the aliens, the outlook appears grim.

Clusters of survivors retreat to the safety of the wards. Jules is determined to do whatever it takes to save Verona, but several run-ins with the charming Meo challenges her human emotions. He’s the son of laborers—noble, brave, and the only person from the eastern wing who doesn’t hate her kind. Unfortunately, love doesn’t fit into the big picture when it comes to Singulars. Directed by master programming, Jules slips onto the invading alien ship to destroy it from the inside.

Her chances of returning to Verona are slim, but when she discovers the truth, she must choose between hard-wired duty and compromised emotions, between accomplishing her mission and risking everything to save those she loves.

***

#11 –

The Invisible City

Historical

98,000 words

Two Irish immigrants, Caitlín Walsh and Jack Doss face a harsh, unforgiving world when they land on the shores of New York City in 1887. Forced to live in Five Points, enduring animals roaming the streets alongside packs of delinquent children and shady adults. Babies crawl in streets of unspeakable filth. Diseases like typhus and cholera are endemic. After being robbed of most of their money their first day, Caitlin and her father have no choice but to take a closet-sized room with a family of five other immigrants. Jack agrees to work as a bodyguard for a dangerous underworld figure and nearly dies twice at the hands of his employer.

He escapes with a price on his head. Raped by her employer, Caitlín is left pregnant. In March, 1888, the great white hurricane roars up the coast, shutting Manhattan off from the world, leaving its residents on their own. The storm of the century traps a very pregnant Caitlín, Jack and Finn, an unscrupulous, acerbic 10-year-old street urchin, in a half-empty stable. Imprisoned, they will only survive by putting aside their differences and working together.

***

#12 –

The Good Girl’s Rebellion

Contemporary Multi-cultural Women’s Fiction

84,000 words

Priya’s a good girl, the kind who obeys her parents because of fierce loyalty, but when rebellion in the form of romantic love throws a wrench into her life, lives will be changed and lost.

Though raised in America, Priya keeps the traditions of her family’s native India and expects to marry her intended. Life is perfect until she meets Tyler—a cocky, sexy Irishman who will do anything to capture her heart. As Tyler wins over Priya, her family’s secrets intensifies her loyalty to her parents. But Priya caves to an equally intense love for Tyler, and her decision to decline her arranged marriage shatters the close relationship with her parents and shoves her into the outskirts of Indian society. The pain of her parents disowning her is a bitter balance to love and liberation, until the scale tips. Her mother is dying, and her final wish is for Priya to marry her intended. In a heartbreaking turn of events, her entire life crumbles.

Torn by guilt and grief, Priya must make the hardest decision of her life.

***

#13 –

Guitar God

YA—Contemporary Fantasy

195,000 Words

Polly’s moment had finally arrived, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Barely a teenager, Polly had reluctantly accepted the role of human guardian of the Green. Now, about to begin college and leave her hometown and all the weirdness behind, fate calls her, except to save the Green she must defeat Isaac, the boy she loves.

Isaac was the kid nobody liked until a mysterious faerie granted him his greatest wish. Now bestowed with incredible musical prowess, Isaac is loved and admired by all. But there’s no such thing as a free lunch. Polly is the only one who can save Isaac’s soul, but her first responsibility is to the Green. Can Polly save the Green and save Isaac as well?

Guitar God is a Jewish, suburban rock and roll fantasy with a 1970s soundtrack. It’s urban fantasy in the suburbs. It’s War For The Oaks meets Portnoy’s Complaint. It’s crossover YA for teens and their parents. It’s a world where the faerie folk walk among us, but we don’t know it. It’s about the magical places where we grew up. Maybe we knew about them or maybe we walked by them every day without even noticing.

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#14 –

Falling Stars

Hot Rocker Romance(currently self published)

131,357 words

Christopher Mason is a six and a half foot tall lead singer of The Forgotten. He is a groupie loving man whore that is fighting deep dark secrets from the past that resurface as nightmares. Nightmares from a horrific night that changed his life forever. The pain from his night terrors cause him to rely heavily on pills and alcohol to subdue the trauma. But it never does.

Business brings Hushed mentality an up and coming all female band on tour with The forgotten. A well known all male band with top charting hits. A tension filled meeting ensues with the bands but it does not last long. Because honestly how long can a group of sexy men and women last without trying to rip each other’s clothes off? Not long.

Chris is instantly drawn to Hushed Mentality lead singer Mia. Just not in the way you’re thinking. Bottom line. He can’t stand her. In fact he sets out to destroy her and her band mates. Which turns out to be useless because we all know there is a thin line between love and hate.
When his fueled rage turns in to lust, lines are crossed.

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#15 –

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.

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#16 –

Loving Emmalyne

Paranormal romance

34,000 words

Growing up in a gothic royal castle, young Emmalyne has been in love with the handsome wizard Donovan for as long as she can remember, never believing he is aware of her affections. She watches from afar as he trains to one day take his position beside her cousin, the prince.

Donovan is dedicated to becoming a wise and powerful wizard so when the time comes to serve his friend, Prince William, he will be the best there is. He has more important things to worry about than a small girl’s infatuation with him; namely, exacting his revenge on the vampire Keiron who killed Donovan’s family almost a century before.

When Emmalyne returns to the castle after two years away, now grown, captivating and beautiful, Donovan can no longer ignore what she stirs inside him. However, before he can make Emmalyne his, Keiron again shows up to steal the life of someone he loves.

Keiron is fascinated by the beautiful Emmalyne and instead of killing her; he changes her, making her into a being Donovan hates the most. Years later, Donovan must decide whether his love for Emmalyne is stronger than his hatred of the creature she’s become.

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#17 –

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

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#18 –

Misty With A Chance Of Shooting Stars

Young Adult

70,000 words

Misty Blake is a girl with big dreams, but her friends are more interested in the catching the newest teen heartthrob or the next episode of Jersey Shore than school or what to do after graduation. She has a plan, win a once in a lifetime college scholarship and get out of this small town before she ends up pushing fries out of a drive-thru. The only thing standing in her way is passing the dissection part of Biology.

Eddie Godwin is what most cool kids consider a nerd. He and his friends are in advanced classes, collect comics, and love online gaming. When a pretty girl with a reputation for being a brainless flirt asks for his help to pass an assignment she already calls stupid he has his doubts.

While Misty does her best to show Eddie she is serious, Eddie finds her reputation is just a front to fit in with her friends.

If the TV show Big Bang Theory collided with the movie Can’t Buy Me Love, you would end up with the cute story called Misty With A Chance of Shooting Stars.

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#19 –

Saving Grace

Paranormal Romance

90,000 words

Just because you’re soul mates doesn’t mean you’re meant to be together.

Evelynn Brierre and Sam Derevenko are soul mates. Not in the “you complete me” sense, either. Evie literally has the other half of Sam’s soul. Souls are recycled each lifetime, giving mates a chance to find each other over and over again. While this seems like the makings of a romantic comedy worthy of John Cusack, the repercussions more resemble something Guillermo del Toro would create.

A few centuries ago, Sam became a vampire and brutally killed Evie in a fit of bloodlust. Every life since, history has repeated itself, each time more gruesome than the last. This life time is their last chance to make things right or they will be banished to the Wasteland, a place far worse than any mythological hell.

Saving Grace is a humor-infused tale of love, redemption, and sacrifice. Evie and Sam don’t have a traditional love story, which makes them all the more real to me.

Their happily-ever-after isn’t instant, and there will be much blood, heartbreak, and tears before they reach it.

***

#20 –

The King’s Mistress

Historical/Fantasy

70,000 words

Bethina Lydia Fortescue, the Lady Godwin, adored her king as no other for twenty years. But the king is dead, and as his mistress she is no longer wanted at court, or so she thinks.

Honorable Sir Arthur Jeffries, newly appointed to the Princess Meredith’s corrupt council, needs help. He begs Lady Godwin to return as the princess’ tutor, hopefully to lead the gawky teenager through the political and romantic minefield of suitors that will attend her Birthday Ball in just a few days.

Sir Arthur’s brilliant mind and body attracts Bethina, but before she can permit herself the indulgence of another grand affair, she must first uncover plots to assassinate the princess, expose treason within the Council and do something with all those dreadful gowns. Sir Arthur manages his obsession with Bethina’s outrageous wardrobe, cunning wit and voluptuous body while he interviews an aging prince, a young duke and the evil Lord Hunley as potential grooms for his princess.

Bethina and Arthur come together as servants to their country’s crown, joined through a lifetime of bitter and shrewd experiences and discover that when the princess takes a husband, they will have only one thing left to live for: love.

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#21 –

Of Ice and Ashes

YA Fantasy

86,000 words

Years after a toxic explosion disfigures hundreds of survivors, a town leader declares they are diseased, dangerous, and must all be purged. Seventeen-year-old Wren knows she’s the only truly dangerous survivor, and must brave brutal guards and the malicious leader herself to find the others. If she fails, she’ll burn with them.

#22 –

Bright Star

historical/paranormal Romance

98,000 words

Pandora Mavros is on the hunt for one of her own. A high ranking Siren has gone rogue, murdering innocent men. Her mission is to locate the rogue and the artifact she has stolen. If she fails; the destruction of her people will follow. The licentious and dashing Alexander is a complication she is definitely not looking for. Could he be working for the rogue?

Alexander Knight is searching for his business partner who mysteriously disappeared and with him the ancient map of the elusive island of Eudora. Alex doesn’t need the impediment of his desire for the mysterious and guarded Pandora, but something or someone is forcing them together. Is she his salvation? Or the destruction of everything he holds dear?

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#23 –

Amorous

Contemporary/Sci Fi Romance

80,000 words

Sofia was having the worst day. First her car seems to have finally given up the ghost and gasped its final breath. After a grueling commute through slush and frigid temps she walks in on her boyfriend becoming intimately acquainted with Stephanie, her Supervisor. To add insult to injury, Stephanie then explained that she was being downsized. Finally home she finds a large cat-like creature half frozen and injured on her balcony. What else can go wrong?

The people of Felinus are in jeopardy. Havardr is chosen to investigate an uninitiated planet where a comrade had disappeared. Ensnared, he awaits his fate till the most delicious scent empowers him to escape the trap. Severely injured, he follows the scent to a tiny house. There he discovers the most delightful surprise of all……

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#24 –

Piper Girl

YA Science Fiction

75,000 words

Set in a poverty-stricken barrio in Los Angeles, Piper Girl offers a modern twist on The Pied Piper fairy tale. When an explosion at Dyna Research Labs releases crazed rats into the slums, seventeen-year-old Marisa offers to help rid her neighborhood of the rodents. As a former circus performer, she was known for her magical ability to charm animals with her silver flute. Marisa not only succeeds in luring the rats, she discovers she can control people with her music. Intrigued by her powers, a high-level scientist offers her a tempting reward if she’ll come to Dyna and serve as his personal lab rat. But when Marisa learns the truth about his research, she realizes her sanity–and even her life–could be at risk.

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#25 –  

You Know My Name

Dark romantic thriller

60,113 words

Facing certain death on a cold winter night, Gemini Michaels seems to have used up her nine lives. The victim of violence perpetrated by her own father Jacob, when she is thrown over bridge she is certain her time has come. Aidan Wells is a rogue operative haunted by the face of a child from his past. And when he sees grown up and going over the side of the Kennedy Bridge he dives in after her in a desperate attempt to rescue her.

Jacob Michaels is an evil man who touch reaches high into corridors of power. He serves the dark desires of men with the women he enslaves. And his daughter is not immune from his touch. Enraged by his daughter’s survival and Aidan’s interference he makes it his mission to end them permanently.

As Gemini and Aidan race towards safety and a mission of their own to take Jacob down can they survive long enough to find their happily ever after? Or will Jacob succeed in smothering out his daughter’s last hope of a free life.

#26 –

Grand Duchess

Contemporary Romance

100,000 words

  • On August 12, 1904 Alexei Romanov, the last recognized heir to the Empire of Russia was born.
  • Two weeks before his fourteenth birthday, he was apparently murdered. Many were unconvinced he had been murdered along with his family.
  • Rumors of Alexei’s survival began to circulate when the bodies of his family and the royal servants were located. Alexei’s remains were missing, along with those of one of his sisters.
  • On 23 August 2007, a Russian archaeologist announced the discovery of two burned, partial skeletons at a bonfire site near Yekaterinburg that appeared to match the site described in Yurovsky’s memoirs.
  • This revelation did not convince everyone, however, and some still insist that Alexei survived somehow.

Ana Federova is a princess. She just doesn’t know it yet. When Yuri Vasilev, the Russian president, realizes the solution to his image problem rests in the twenty-two year old American school teacher Ana, he puts plans in motion to bring the last Grand Duchess of Russia home. What he doesn’t count on is Ana being a young woman with a mind of her own and plans that don’t include being his perfect princess.

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#27 –

Saving Sarah

Contemporary YA

60,000 words

When Sarah was five, her older brother, Ed was abducted trying to protect her.

Now he has disappeared again, and 16 year-old Sarah will do anything to get him back, even if it means risking her family, her friendships and her life. As she slips deeper into her brother’s world of drugs and crime, Sarah discovers that Ed isn’t the only one who needs saving.

#28 –

The Truth

Adult/Young Adult Fiction: Science Fiction

73,000 words

Buried secrets. A lifetime of lies. A stranger and the girl who will save them all. In GameChanger: The Truth twenty-two year-old Zoelie Page uncovers the truth about her past, her family and her future as she works with an FBI agent to pull off the mission of the century.

After of a decade of cryptic dreams Zoelie Page meets a man who promises to help her find Gabriel, who has been missing for a year and is a man only Zoelie can remember.

Weeks after meeting the man in the grey hat Zoelie finds herself at his home. He reviles the truth about Gabriel, her dreams and top-secret government mission to start a colony on the distant planet, Maia and destroy Earth.

In the next few months, Zoelie and Nikolai fight each other, the government and attempt to uncover her family inheritance. It’s a race against the clock for the unlikely lovers. Even with help from Nikolai’s friends and the ghosts of Zoelie’s family the mission is near impossible.

When push comes to shove, the two are forced to make a tough decision: stay together risking the world or separate to secure save it.

#29 –

Judas in Heaven

Christian Fiction

50,250 words

Can Judas receive forgiveness for all that he has done?

Judas in Heaven follows the life of Judas Hooker as he makes one terrible decision after another. All the while, Jesus stays in the periphery of his life, thanks to his best friend, Charlotte. During the course of his youth, Judas got into drugs and the addiction lasted into his adulthood. As he advanced in age, Judas’ transgressions advanced in complexity and he was often left in very compromising positions. To boot, his best friend Charlotte was living a story-book life married to a great guy who had very strong Christian values.

Eventually, when he hit rock bottom, Charlotte and her husband are able to convince Judas to attend church and his life begins a slow transformation. However, he never understands the love and grace of Christ until catastrophe strikes, caused by another one of Judas’ bad decisions. However, just as Jesus remarked that Judas Iscariot had to do what he did so that prophesy could be fulfilled, perhaps Judas Hooker did what he did so that God could work through his life as well. After all, God is able to work all things together for good.

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Hope to see you all again at a future Agent/Editor Shop!


It’s Pitch Day at Agent Shop! by Candi Wall

November 17, 2012

OKAY – WE’RE NO LONGER ACCEPTING PITCHES. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE! THE PITCHES THAT MADE IT THROUGH ALONG WITH THE WINNERS OF THE BOOK GIVEAWAY WILL BE POSTED IN THE MORNING.

Good Morning everyone!

It’s pitch day at Agent Shop. Re-read the rules! I HATE deleting pitches because of foolish mistakes, I really do. The tab above has all the rules! Pitches aren’t posted here. You HAVE to send them to candi_agent_shop@yahoo.com or they don’t count. They have to be 200 hundred words or less, not counting the info you HAVE to include. Please, please, please, follow the rules!

Now that we have that out of the way…

I’m super excited to welcome Melissa Jeglinski, literary agent with The Knight Agency as our guest agent this month. She’ll be here tomorrow to look at the pitches that make it in today!

But today, while we’re waiting and crossing fingers, we have her clients (Lydia Dare is actually a writing team.) Lydia Dare as our spotlight author.

Check out this cover!

Regency England Has Gone To The Wolves!

It Takes A Beast…

Grayson Hadley is in his own special hell-being treated like a wayward pup by the tutor employed to turn him into a true gentleman. So when he meets a hot-blooded American beauty with the mark of a Lycan, he’s only too glad to slip his leash.

To Bring This Lady To Heel

Accustomed to running wild in the swamps of Louisiana, Miss Liviana Mayeux is shipped off to her grandfather’s in London to learn a thing or two about polite society. At first she scoffs at the English Lycans’ apparent tameness. Little does Livi realize how very close she is to unleashing the passion that lies just beneath the surface…

Here’s what they’re saying about Lydia Dare’s novels:

“A fast-paced, sweet story…the sensuality attains just the right level to make a gal want a wolf of her own.”-Booklist

“A true enchanting delight…I swear Lydia Dare just keeps getting better and better.”-Yankee Romance Reviewers

“A sensual, fun, witty romance.”-Night Owl Reviews

“Completely entertaining and fun.”-Long and Short Reviews: Best Book of the Month

You can find Lydia Dare here:

Links to author’s website: www.lydiadare.com

FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lydia-Dare/125491317473003

Twitter: @lydiadare

 

As always, we’ll be giving the Top Pitch Slot to one lucky comment that uses the words WOLF and DARE, but there’s more! If you use those words in your comment, you’ll also be entered into a random drawing for Wolfishly Yours, a couple others in the series and a copy of Tammy Falkner’s A Lady and Her Magic!

Good luck to everyone, a huge thanks to our visitors, and this means….

GO!

Happy pitching to you all,

Candi


Pre-Agent Shop Weekend – by Candi Wall

November 10, 2012

I’m super excited about this month’s Agent Shop, because Melissa Jeglinski with The Knight Agency is our guest and she’s super excited! She told me so!

Please be sure you check her profile at The Knight Agency to find out what kind of books she’s interested in.

I hope you’ve been working on your pitch and have read all the rules. Pitch Day is Nov. 17th at approx. 10:00am EST. Once I post the word GO, you are free to send me your pitch at candi_agent_shop@yahoo.com . Only the first thirty viable pitches will make it, but send your pitch in until you see me post the word STOP on the home page of Musetracks. I always accept more than the first thirty because as you’ll see, I often have to delete pitches that didn’t follow the rules. And I don’t give second chances.

We’re spotlighting one of Melissa’s clients, Lydia Dare and her (their – they are actually a writing team!) newest release WOLFISHLY YOURS. Lydia Dare will be giving away a copy of WOLFISHLY YOURS along with several others in the series, plus Tammy Falkner’s A LADY AND HER MAGIC!

Check Lydia Dare out here:

www.lydiadare.com

FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lydia-Dare/125491317473003

Twitter: @lydiadare

As usual, we’ll be giving the top pitch slot to one lucky reader if they leave a comment on pitch day. The only rule? The comment HAS to have the words WOLF and DARE in the comment in some form. 🙂
See you all next weekend!


Pitch to an agent… Wait, we’ve added editors too! by Candi Wall

October 21, 2012

I’m seriously late!

I had every intention of having this post up this morning. I planned to be up before everyone else and get this sucker up and running for my Sunday morning slot. That was before I overslept, found out I needed to help my son move into his new place, realized I’d neglected my laundry, needed to do some grocery shopping (what? nobody wants peanut butter, ham and pickles for lunch?), and ended up building models with both my boys until 9:30 at night.

That’s my life. Hope you still love me.

Anyway, I have news! First, I’m happy to announce that I signed with Samhain for another novel. This one is titled STAY and the plan is to write a series about the brothers we meet in this first novel. Stay tuned….

Second, we’ve undergone some construction…

And IT’S OFFICIAL.

We have now introduced editors to our ‘Agent Shop’ pitch days. That’s why that handy-dandy tab at the top now reads Agent/Editor Shop.

SQUEEEE!

That’s right. That means you’ll have opportunities to pitch to agents and editors. WOOT!

While I still have several invitations out with both editors and agents, the response thus far has been very positive – as you can see from the bar at the right.

I’ll keep updating the sidebar as I receive confirmations, but we have a stellar lineup thus far.

I’ve updated the rules/directions as well, (THE BIGGEST BEING PITCH DAY IS NOW ON SATURDAYS) so make sure you check out the Agent/Editor Shop tab above, spread the word and get ready.

Happy writing!

Candi