Editor Shopping Day – Entangled Publishing

June 13, 2016

Welcome, Entangled Publishing! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us and read pitches. MuseTracks hopes you find something you like. Happy shopping!

Without further ado, we give you the correctly submitted pitches.

 

 

#1

Title: George & Gracie -The Beginning

Genre/Subgenre: Mature Adult/Romantic Suspense

Word count of manuscript: 65,000

 

George and Gracie is a romantic suspense about a very southern Houston Socialite, Gracie and by the book retired homicide detective George. Their meeting is a crashing experience when she runs over him with her bicycle.

Gracie finds him irresistible. He regards her as a stalker and her bicycle as a lethal weapon that should be avoided at all cost.

Things go downhill as Gracie involves George in a wild car chase to rescue a kidnapping victim, a fraudulent business scheme, and find proof to clear her best friend of murder charges.

Is retirement around Gracie more dangerous than working homicide with murderers and drug dealers?

 

#2

Title: Dark Knight

Genre/Subgenre: Science Fiction/Romance/Crossover

Word count of manuscript: 76,109

 

When Gabriella Woods is abducted by 5th generation vampire Eric Bloodbane, her world is turned upside down. Everything she knows about life comes into question as she realizes that things that go bump in the night aren’t just in children’s fantasy stories. What Gabriella doesn’t know is that she comes from a long bloodline of relatives that have been watched and protected for centuries.

 

Ethan St. John is handsome, strong and he is the knight in shining armor Gabriella needs. Working for a secret sector of the U.S. Government that not only helps protect the world, but also seeks to study The Shadowlands, the world these high tech, scientifically advanced creatures come from, Ethan knows Bloodbane all too well and it’s his job to ensure Gabriella’s safety.

 

An unlikely match, Ethan and Gabriella will set off on a dangerous and mind-blowing mission to teach Gabriella a crash course in warding off creatures like Bloodbane and introducing her to a parallel world: The Shadowlands.

Gabriella and Ethan can fight off Bloodbane, but can they fight the feelings they have for each other? Both strong and passionate in different ways, each can love, but can they trust each other? Time will tell.

 

#3

Title: Burned Angels

Genre/Subgenre: Dark Gay Romantic Suspense

Word count of manuscript: 88,000

 

Gabriel Gabe Rios’ struggle to keep his shattered family, broken by gang aggression, safe, always leads him to make the wrong choices. He’s almost pathological in his rejection of anything he sees as charity. LAPD officer Javier Cerveras wants to be there for him, but Gabe rejects Javier’s help and his love. When Gabe’s house is firebombed, instead of taking Javier up on the offer to stay at his place, he takes the only surviving member of his family, his sister to a homeless shelter where she is brutally raped and impregnated. While the city of drought-plagued Los Angeles burns, Gabe seeks vengeance in a final deadly confrontation that none of them may survive.

 

#4

Title: A War Like Ours

Genre/Subgenre: Adult Contemporary Romance

Word Count of Manuscript: 97,000

 

Three weeks ago, James Maxwell’s wife died in a car accident, but he hasn’t been able to tell his daughter the truth. Instead he packs them up and leaves for a summer resort in upstate New York to spend a few peaceful weeks and gradually break the news. But someone has figured out his secret.

After a violent incident, Madison Smith has turned aimless and bitter towards men. She works a dead end job at the local resort and lives with her convenient girlfriend who keeps her from completely falling apart. James’s lies stoke her anger and prove to her that men can’t be trusted.

Madison uses every chance to provoke James, threatening to expose him. Her taunts not only test his patience but invoke a visceral desire in him that feels like a betrayal to his wife. In a moment when tempers flare, a brutal kiss triggers an undeniable addiction. It blurs the lines between hate and desire, and every heated touch tries to bring them closer.

But Madison is untrusting and will crumble without her girlfriend’s love, while James is drowning in guilt and memories. For them, love is a war and surrendering is not an option.

#5

Title: Bitten

Genre/Subgenre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance

Word Count of Manuscript: Projected 70,000

 

Iris is a young woman entering her first summer out of high school. She is living with her father and intent on going to school to be a vet tech but things go haywire when she is bitten by a stray dog she is trying to rescue. The bite spurs a chain of events that will upend her life. Her best friend is a cranky vampire and her father might be dating the most horrible candidate for stepmother ever but her worries get even more real when a neighbor goes missing.

 

Dealing with her new hairy problem is one thing but as more animals and girls go missing from her home town she heads off on her own to investigate. What she finds will change everything and blur the lines of fiction and reality. Vampires? Check. Werewolves? Apparently she’s becoming one. The small dog she rescued in her investigation? He’s a moody Hellhound with a mouth and that’s just the beginning. Add a sexy as hell guy that has familiar eyes -She might just have a bite mark that belongs to him along with her heart.

 

#6

Title: A Mule, A Mob Hit and A Mountain of Trouble

Genre/Subgenre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense

Word Count of Manuscript: Projected 85,500

 

Miranda Whitley’s inconspicuous life involving plant care in commercial buildings implodes when she witnesses a horrific crime. The victim is a respected judge and her friend, who alerts her crooked cops are involved. Learning she’s next on a hit-list forces her to search out an FBI agent she’s had one awkward encounter with. Warned by the judge to disappear from Seattle, she impulsively chooses to disrupt Agent Grant Morley’s vacation in Emma Springs, Montana and seek his help.

The dude ranch she’s booked into near Emma Springs advertises a trail ride up the nearby mountain, perfect for her plans to find Grant, until a gunshot rips through her side. The mule she’s ridden grows into her most trusted ally while Grant receives threads of conflicting evidence, weaving Miranda into a hapless victim, or a cold-blooded accomplice.

Miranda and Grant fight their uninvited attraction while defending themselves against criminals willing to do anything to prevent Miranda’s testimony. Bureau blood courses through Grant’s veins, but Miranda carries guilt from the shootout death of her family and can’t tolerate guns or the thought of losing Grant to violence. Fortunately for both of them, there’s always room for love, if it’s properly tended.

#7

Title: Intercepted

Genre/Subgenre: Romance

Word Count of Manuscript: 99,000

 

One half of the NFL’s golden couple, Marlee is living a life that everyone around her envies. What they don’t see, however, are the secrets and lies hidden behind her perfect smile.

 

Desperate for reprieve, Marlee runs across country to her best friend. While she expected a week of dancing, drinking, and the occasional cupcake, she didn’t imagine the blue-eyed man who would come crashing into her world.

 

Gavin Pope sees straight through the plastic smile Marlee has perfected and helps her remember who she used to be. He reminds her that she deserves more than public adoration and personal shame.

 

Before she knows what—or who—hits her, her marriage goes from bad to catastrophic and the stakes rise from cheating to bruises. Marlee knows she has to leave and much to her shock, the only person left on her side is a virtual stranger that somehow knows her better than anyone ever has.

 

Although Gavin says the right things, Marlee can’t fight the urge to run. She knows it is only a matter of time before the secrets she has hidden for years are discovered and the future she has dreamed of disappears.

 

#8

Title: Once Upon A Masquerade

Genre/Subgenre: Historical Romance/Regency

Word Count on Manuscript: 114,544

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

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

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

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

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

Good Luck to all!

Want to pitch to an editor? Watch for the next Editor Shop coming later this summer.

Update:

Pitches #5, #6, #8 had FULL manuscripts requested. Congrats, authors! Keeping fingers crossed for you!

 

 


Editor Shop PITCH DAY with Entangled Publishing

June 12, 2016

And… GO!!!!!!!

Today is the day. Send us your polished pitch now!

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The first twenty pitches sent to us in the correct format will be posted to the blog tomorrow for Robin Haseltine at Entangled Publishing to “shop”. We wish you the best of luck.

The deets:

Remember to please check each agent/editor’s website for what types/genres they accept.

  1.  All entries must be submitted on Sunday, June 12, 2016
  1. You will send your entry to musetracks.blog@gmail.com
    NO attachments. All the required information must be in the body of the email.
  1. Only one pitch per email. No exceptions.
  1. The pitch must be 200 words or less. No exceptions. Word count WILL be verified before your pitch is accepted. (Contact info is not counted toward your pitch word count.)
  1. Please put Agent/Editor Shop in the subject line.
  1. The email should follow this format:

Title

Genre/Subgenre

Word count of manuscript

Your 200 word synopsis pitch

Happy green traffic light.


Editor Shop with Entangled Publishing

June 9, 2016

It’s coming! Editor Shop with Entangled Publishing!

June 13, 2016!

MuseTracks

What is this “Agent/Editor Shop”? How will this awesome event benefit me?

This isn’t a contest… there aren’t any winners… just a chance to put your pitch in front of acquiring agent/editors(s). They’ll read the pitches and request more if your pitch grabs their attention. What they request is up to them. We do not make guarantees.

Agent/Editor Shop will only be “open” one day, per quarter, and we only take the first twenty pitches.

After the pitches go live on the blog, the agent/editor reads and decides, like shopping, if they want more. They will then contact us and we will forward on information to the author(s) who received requests. We will also post results after the agent/editor contacts us. Just the requests made—no names.

The rules are simple and easy to follow. They must be adhered to in order for you to be considered by our guest agent or editor.

**Very Important**

Please check each agent/editor’s website for what types/genres they accept.

 

  1. We will post a big green GO! on the HOME page the Sunday morning of the Shop. All entries must be submitted on that day. (1 Day Only) Sunday, June 12, 2016
  1. You will send your entry to musetracks.blog@gmail.com
    NO attachments. All the required information must be in the body of the email.
  1. Only one pitch per email. No exceptions.
  1. The pitch must be 200 words or less. No exceptions. Word count WILL be verified before your pitch is accepted. (Contact info is not counted toward your pitch word count.)
  1. Please put Agent/Editor Shop in the subject line.
  1. The email should follow this format:

Title

Genre/Subgenre

Word count of manuscript

Your 200 word synopsis pitch

  1. We will take the first 20 pitches. A big red STOP! will be posted when we have 20 viable pitches. (Please note that we will not contact you if these rules are not followed. They simply will not be used.) If your pitch was one of the first twenty to reach our inbox, you’ll see it posted the next day, on the main page of the MUSETRACKS blog, for the shopping agent/editor to peruse.

This is a great opportunity to get in front of an agent/editor, so most important of all—polish that pitch until it shines! Double check spelling and grammar. Strictly follow the rules. Breathe.

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MUSETRACKS wishes you the best of luck!

The requests made will be published no later than June 20, 2016!


Editor Shopping Day! Boroughs Publishing

March 28, 2016

Welcome Boroughs Publishing! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us and read pitches. MuseTracks hopes you find something you like. Happy shopping!

Without further ado, we give you the correctly submitted pitches.

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#1

Title: The Perfect Tree

Genre/Subgenre: Historical Romance

Word count of manuscript: 85,500

In the latter part of the 19th Century, ten-year-old Logan Gallagher was plucked from the streets of the Lower East Side and adopted by Conn and Deirdre Callaghan. For 16 years Logan’s lived a good life, even though he’s always at loggerheads with Conn. At least life would be good if Logan wasn’t an ass and a magnet for woman trouble. This causes nothing but grief for everyone. Bad enough when Logan goes after ranch hands’ daughters and wives. Getting involved with Lupe, the recently widowed daughter of Conn’s ranch manager, can bring nothing but trouble. To keep Logan from making a mistake that would ruin his life Conn sends him to deliver four horses to a man who claims to be making moving pictures in the desert outside of Los Angeles. The trip could prove Logan’s downfall or his salvation. Especially when he convinces Lupe to run away with him. No mistake, it will change his life forever.

 

#2

Title—Stumble Stones

Genre/Subgenre – Romantic Thriller

Word count of manuscript – 50,000

A cache of priceless diamonds hidden in World War II sparks a hasty wedding on the high seas and a dangerous chase through Europe that holds the key to an unsolved mystery and a promise of lost love in this dark and humorous Romancing the Stones-style thriller.

Stumble Stones, set alternately in contemporary and 1940s Europe, tells the story of HALLELUJAH (HALLIE) WEISS, a writer for the steamy sudser, As the Planet Spins, who gets a second chance at love when she flees to Italy to get over her recent divorce. She meets lonely Berlin hedge fund manager ALEXANDER STONE, a number cruncher who puts his faith in numerical data, on a connecting flight from Berlin to Rome, and they face danger from a shady organization when they team up to solve the mystery of the missing diamonds and travel documents hidden in Alexander’s house during World War II.

The beginning of most chapters in Hallie’s POV opens with a snapshot of dialogue from her soap opera characters, Parker and Polly Winthrop. Parker and Polly’s adventures inform how the normally cautious Hallie lives her life. Will these unlikely soulmates survive long enough to solve the mystery and fulfill their destiny?

 

#3

Mystery of the Crystal Skull – 26,200 words

Genre/Subgenre – Romance Mystery

A story was passed down by generations of Incas of a mystical crystal skull in the rainforest high up in the Andes. It’s power was great because it came from ancient wisdom and mystical religion, a spiritual culture now longer practiced. Only the few gifted were able to tell and teach how to use this power. All through the years, the government suppressed the existence of the crystal skull. The power of this folklore and its belief created great concern and remained damaging to the strength and leadership of the authorities. Yet, the saga never disappeared. Rather, it surfaced again and again. This story tells of the gripping adventures of four research scientists high into the Andes mountains, in search of the crystal skull. It speaks of relationships, disappointments, fears, betrayals, and murder. But, also speaks of joy, love, and commitment. One asks, is the Mystery of the Crystal Skull a parable filled with vital truth, or just a story like all stories lost in the translation of time.

 

#4

Title: Going Twice

Genre/Subgenre: Contemporary/Romance

Word Count: 70000

Auctioneer, Dana Packard works to forget mistakes of her past. Moving forward quickly is the only way she can move past a failed relationship. Her quiet life of small town living makes progress forward easier.

Bruce Levenger, insurance salesman, has no interest in small towns or auctions but his brother, an antique store owner, needs that china. For Bruce, canceling his weekend plan and instead wasting a day at a sale isn’t his idea of fun but what can he do? The store needs that piece of glass and after helping survive a disaster relationship, Bruce knows he owes his brother more than a day standing around.

Just outside of small town Nebraska, Bruce almost collides with Dana and their personalities repel. At the auction, Dana knows Bruce wants that tea pot and assures he gets it, for a price. Bruce knows Dana wants the auctioned land and, without a plan, finds himself the owner of 20 acres in the country.

Making the best of an unplanned situation, they become partners. Under protest, sparks between Dana and Bruce turn to love. Gaining that final bid proves best for both in Going Twice.

 

#5

Title: Bet On IT

Genre/Subgenre: Contemporary Romance

Word count of manuscript: 52,000

“Are you trying to talk me into bed?” Cat Warner asked breathily. “Or into your business deal?”

Catherine “Cat” Warner has problems. The profits from her inns are down. The pressure from her parents is up. Her love life is non-existent. But Cat did manage to get the attention of tough, powerful, gorgeous hotel magnate Ty Orland. Unfortunately, his interest in her is for all the wrong reasons. Instead of wanting Cat, this debonair CEO only wants her land—a parcel he desperately needs for his next big development deal. Too bad it’s not for sale. A pleaser by nature, Cat knows to stand strong. If she caves to this sexy, alluring man, it will be her own neck on the line.

Ty Orland has a lot of things going for him. Success. Power. Respect. He’s also got an old chip on his shoulder and a new financial nightmare. His development deal is tanking—and fast. His only way out is if Cat sells him her strategically located parcel. But romancing the land from her is not easy when love gets in the way. The woman is as beautiful as she is beguiling. Which prize is more valuable?

 

#6

The Deathlands

Fantasy

88,000 words

Within the fading remnants of a dying world, four travelers meet in common cause to retrieve their stolen property from the clutches of a fleeing wizard.

Bound together against this mutual enemy, they must set aside their misgivings of each other as they chase the wizard Mathias across the Deathlands of Staldrung, a region blighted by the effects of ancient wars, and face its dangers along with the traps Mathias has left behind him. Shared adventures reveal their secrets to each other, sometimes increasing understanding but often also increasing distrust. Yet only together can they hope to overcome Mathias.

And even if they succeed, is this unlikely band ready for what answers they might uncover about the nature of their world?

 

#7

Dance With Destiny

American historical romance

70,000 words

Susannah Myers wages a daily battle with herself. She has pride that her husband, William, was one of the first to volunteer to fight the Civil War. But she also feels anger and abandonment at being left to care for their four children by herself.

Raoul Lone Wolf Lafontaine, half Ojibwa, half French-Canadian, flees the Indian camp where memories of his dead wife haunt him daily. His nightly dreams are filled with a fair-haired white woman. But he has vowed never to love again.

Their worlds collide on a small spit of land in southern Ohio. When their friendship escalates into love, Raoul and Susannah both realize the best course of action is for him to leave. William will return to his homestead and they’ll once again be a family. One in which Raoul has no place. Or does he?

 

#8

Once Upon a Masquerade

Historical Romance/Regency

115,012 words

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

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

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

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

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

 

#9

A Mule, A Mobster and A Mountain of Trouble

Romantic Adventure/Suspense

88,000 Words

Miranda Whitley’s inconspicuous life involving plant care in commercial buildings implodes when she witnesses a horrific crime. Learning she’s next on a hit-list forces her to search out an FBI agent she’s had one awkward encounter with. The victim is her friend, a respected judge, and he alerts her crooked cops are involved. Warned by him to disappear from Seattle, she impulsively chooses to disrupt Agent Grant Morley’s vacation in Emma Springs, Montana and seek his help.

The dude ranch she’s booked into near Grant’s ranch advertises a trail ride up the nearby mountain, perfect for her plans until a gunshot rips through her side. The mule she’s ridden grows into her most trusted ally while Grant receives threads of evidence, weaving Miranda into a hapless victim, or a cold-blooded accomplice.

Miranda and Grant fight their uninvited attraction while defending themselves against criminals willing to do anything to prevent Miranda’s testimony. Bureau blood courses through Grant’s veins, but Miranda carries guilt from the shootout death of her family and can’t tolerate guns or the thought of losing Grant to violence. Fortunately for both of them, there’s always room for love, if it’s properly tended.

 

 

 


Link of the Week – MuseTracks Agent/Editor Shop

March 22, 2016

It’s been a long hiatus but MuseTracks is bringing sexy back. Er, I mean Agent/Editor Shop.

Here are the quickie deets. Got a great polished, ready-to-go story? Want to fast track it in front of an agent or editor? Send it to MuseTracks during a predetermined limited time. We post it on MuseTracks for an agent or editor to “shop”. Just like in a supermarket or atrociously lit dressing room,  after squeezing for freshness or trying on the latest fashion, if the agent or editor finds something they like, they will let us know. We, in turn, will contact you with the details—where and what (full or partial) to send. It’s no fuss, no muss, no cost, and a nothing to lose approach.

It’s been a long time since we hosted an Agent/Editor Shop. We are pleased to announce Borough Publishings will be our editor guest March 27th. Get those pitches ready!bpg-badge

For more info, click HERE or just click the above Agent/ Editor Shop tab in the menu bar.


It’s Pitch Day! Holly Atkinson with Samhain is our guest editor!

April 19, 2014

UPDATE:

There were only six viable pitches for Holly this editor shop. I’ll be sending them on directly to her, and I’ll send any authors whose pitch made it in an e-mail.

Thanks for participating, Happy Easter, and good luck to the lucky ones who made it in.

GO!!!

It’s been a while since our last pitch session!

Welcome everyone. Holly will be here tomorrow to look at the pitches that make it through today.

Remember to read the rules before you pitch. I really don’t like deleting pitches for foolish mistakes, but rules are rules. If you look back at past Agent/Editor Shops, I do delete if you don’t follow the guidelines. Even for something as simple as going over the pitch word count by a word.

SO now that that’s out of the way. Please wait to send your pitches in when you see the word go posted at the top of this post in big green letters! If you send it before that, I will delete it. I’ll post the word go around 10:00 am EST.

While you’re waiting, check out one of Holly’s authors:

ORIGIN by Dani Worth

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In the race for freedom—and love—there’s no holding back.

The Kithran Regenesis, Book 4 

After fourteen torturous years as a slave on a galaxy roving entertainment ship, Siri carries only vague memories of parents who loved her, Gwinarian food, and her beautiful home planet of Kithra.

When two space pirates burst into her owner’s room, the choice they offer her is all too easy: stay and face government questioning about the two intruders, or take a chance and go with them.

Claybourne and Anders had planned to help expose the pleasure ship owner’s involvement in Kithra’s destruction. But when they happen upon Siri, saving one of the last—and most beautiful—of the Gwinarian race takes precedence. 

Siri tastes freedom long denied…and temptation to succumb to the deep sexual tension vibrating between her and her two liberators. Clay and Anders take pleasure in letting her take the lead in rediscovering the power of intimacy. 

But there are more secrets to uncover, and Siri senses that the closer they come to the truth, the closer she comes to the most painful choice of all—to let her pirate lovers go.

Warning: Sexy human space pirates. An acerbic-tongued crew. A beautiful wounded alien woman. M/M/F sparks galore, and interplanetary intrigue.

Links:

Where to buy:

Samhain

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Find Dani at:

Website

Twitter

Good luck to everyone pitching today!

Candi