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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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?

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#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.


Pitch day at Agent Shop w/ Jessica Alvarez – Feb 16th!

February 15, 2013

UPDATE: STOP!

Hello everyone. Welcome to another round of Agent Shop.

If you plan to pitch, please read the rules under the tab above titled Agent/Editor Shop.

Wait until you see the word go posted at the top of this post in big bold letters around 10:00am EST on February 16th.

The awesome Jessica Alvarez w/ Bookends LLC is our guest agent this month, and I wish everyone the best of luck. (She’s really great.)

While the pitches roll in, I’m happy to welcome one of Jessica’s authors, Sharon Cullen with her new release, The Notorious Lady Anne.

Comment for a change to win an e-copy of her book!

I LOVE this cover!

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From rising romance star Sharon Cullen comes a tale of the fiery passion between a noble naval officer and a female pirate that’s as tempestuous and as   unpredictable as the sea.Nicholas Addison, celebrated captain of the Blackwell Shipping Fleet, has agreed to take Mrs. Emmaline Sutherland aboard the Pride and ferry the raven-haired beauty across the Atlantic on what he imagines will be a routine trip. But when the ship is attacked by pirates, the seemingly innocent passenger is revealed to be none other than the infamous marauder Lady Anne, whose name strikes fear in the hearts of sailors everywhere—and whose seductive wiles commandeers Nicholas’s affections.Lady Anne, a legend of the high seas, has spent the last eleven years plotting revenge against her father, the owner of Blackwell Shipping. She’s targeted the Pride in hopes of plundering its captain’s company secrets. But beneath her fierce courage and bitter determination, Anne has the delicate heart of a woman—a heart that cannot help falling for Nicholas. Now Anne must make a difficult choice: bring down Blackwell or surrender to love.Here’s a tasty excerpt:

London, 1749

Nicholas Addison tossed back a mouthful of flat champagne   and watched the swirling mass of people on the dance floor with a jaded eye.   If he didn’t have an important meeting in a few moments he would have left   already. Hell, he wouldn’t have attended in the first place.

“We’ve only just arrived. You can’t leave yet.”

Nicholas switched his gaze from the dizzying dancers to   his brother, Sebastian, Earl of Claybrook.

Sebastian grinned but the amusement didn’t reach his tired   eyes. “So what did Kenmar have to say?” he asked, referring to Nicholas’s   earlier appointment with the marquess.

Nicholas shrugged and looked around one more time. You   never knew who could be lurking in the shadows. Listening. And he wasn’t   taking chances. Not tonight.

He took another swig of champagne and frowned when the   alcohol hit his stomach like a round from a twenty-two-pounder. “He’s offering   me a captain’s position on one of Hamilton’s ships. I haven’t given him an   answer yet.”

“So will you do it?” Sebastian asked quietly, looking   around as well. If someone was lurking, Sebastian and Nicholas’s strange   behavior would surely tip him off.

Nicholas swirled another swallow of champagne around in   his mouth but it didn’t wash away the indecision. The anxiety. “I’m to give   him my answer in a few minutes.” He looked around for the marquess but the   crush of people made it impossible to see even a few feet beyond him.

“Don’t leave a chap in suspense, Nicholas. What will you   tell him?”

“I haven’t made my decision yet.”

When the summons arrived to report to the marquess’s   residence, Nicholas’s curiosity had been piqued. Bored, he accepted the   somewhat terse invitation even though he knew he couldn’t not accept it. What Kenmar had proposed was   the last thing Nicholas had expected and the one thing he wanted most—to   command his own ship, to be out on the ocean where he belonged.

But, as with anything in life that seemed too good to be   true, it came with provisions. The shipping company had recently been under   attack. Some suspected pirates. But not Kenmar. Kenmar suspected the owner of   the company, a man named Daniel Blackwell, was purposely sabotaging the ships   to gain the insurance money.

Nicholas had inwardly winced when he read the insurance   papers. The names scrawled at the bottom were some of the most highly placed   noblemen in the country. A few even had the advantage of the king’s ear. If   Blackwell was fleecing them of their money, the man was an imbecile.

Nicholas leaned against the wall, desperate to escape the   cloying perfume of the ladies, the boisterous boasts of the gentlemen, and   the swirling couples on the dance floor. He’d never been a decent dancer, not   even an adequate dancer, and with his barely healed leg, adequacy wasn’t a   possibility. Not that he wanted to dance. No, what he wanted was to climb   those stairs and exit the stifling house. But first he had to speak to   Kenmar. First he had to make a   decision.

Sebastian slapped Nicholas on the back. “I’m certain   you’ll make the right decision, brother.” He made to move away, hailing a   friend across the room.

“Sebastian.”

His brother turned and raised a brow in inquiry. Nicholas   was taken aback by the fatigue on Sebastian’s face. Small lines etched the   corners of his eyes and deep grooves creased the sides of his mouth. A mouth   that smiled little lately.

“Thank you,” Nicholas said quietly.

Sebastian smiled, erasing the serious expression that   seemed to be a constant lately. “That’s what families are for, Nick.” His   gaze flickered behind Nicholas. “Kenmar’s approaching.” Then he disappeared   into the crowd, giving Nicholas only a few moments to prepare himself.

“Addison.” Kenmar stopped beside him. An older gentleman   who clung to the tradition of wearing a white wig in public, the man was well   respected and a close acquaintance of the king.

Nicholas nodded. “Kenmar.”

“Have you given my proposal any thought?”

“I have.”

Kenmar took a sip from his glass. “Before you give me your   answer, I’ll have you know I received more information after you left this   afternoon. Inside sources tell me Blackwell is launching a shipment of gold   that’s to leave the colonies in a month or so. If you choose to accept this   mission, I’ll need you to discover more about the gold. Where it’s headed and   what it’s being used for.”

“You don’t believe Lady Anne is behind the attacks?”   According to Blackwell, the notorious female pirate, Lady Anne, was behind   them.

“I don’t believe Lady Anne exists.” Kenmar swirled the   wine in his glass.

The London papers were full of the lady pirate’s exploits.   Young girls wanted to be like her. Men claimed to have bedded her. The elite   whispered about her in their ballrooms and she was the major source of   entertainment in what would otherwise have been an ordinary season of soirees   and balls.

Nicholas didn’t know anyone who’d actually seen Lady Anne,   let alone met her. Whether she existed or not had been little concern to him.   Until now.

The prospect of the gold fascinated him. Hell, who was he   kidding? The entire proposal intrigued him. He’d been away from the sea for   two long years. It was time he regained his sea legs and this was the perfect   opportunity.

“I will do it,” he said. And the weight that had settled   on his shoulders after his injury shifted.

Kenmar nodded, his expression unchanging, as if he’d   expected no other answer. “Be ready to sail in five days.” He put his glass   on the tray of a passing waiter. “Now I’m off to the club. Have a good   evening, Addison.” And he disappeared into the crowd, leaving Nicholas alone   with his newfound trepidation and anxiety. But also with anticipation.

“Do you find these things as boring as I?”

His gaze collided with eyes the color of the sea on a   clear day, a combination of blue and green. They smiled at him, those eyes.   Crinkling at the corners and dancing with merriment.

Slowly his startled gaze swept over her, taking in shiny   black hair piled high. One curled, ebony lock rested seductively on the top   of a firm, golden breast encased in an off-white gown.

With all that dark hair and glowing skin, she reminded him   of a Gypsy.

But what fascinated him the most, what caught his attention   more than the curve of her breasts and the bewitching color of her eyes, were   the dimples peeking out at him when she smiled.

The stunning vision held out her hand. “Emmaline   Sutherland. And you are?”

He hesitated. He might disdain society, preferring the   open ocean to a stuffy ballroom, but he knew the rules, and one of the   biggest was that a lady did not introduce herself to a gentleman. Intrigued,   he smiled, bowed over her hand and kissed it.

“Captain Nicholas Addison.”

“Well, Captain Addison, why don’t you ask me to dance?   Maybe a sarabande will alleviate our boredom.”

If women didn’t introduce themselves to men, they   certainly didn’t ask men to dance. Who was this   woman? The fear of making a fool of himself kept his feet rooted   to the gleaming wood floor. Would his leg withstand the complicated dance   moves? If it didn’t, did he deserve the captain’s position just offered to   him?

He held out his arm for her to take. “Would you prefer a   stroll instead?”

She tilted her head, studying him while his elbow remained   crooked for her hand.

Finally she took his arm. “I’d be delighted.”

As he guided her through the crush of people, he recalled   his brother mentioning something about this ball being held for an Emmaline   Sutherland. “So, Miss Sutherland, to what do we owe the honor of this route?”

She grimaced, her gaze glancing over the dancers. “No   honor. Aunt Dorothy will take any excuse to give a ball. I happened to be in   town at the moment.”

“You are not from London?”

Her hand felt nearly weightless on his arm, yet he was   well aware of its warmth beneath her glove.

“Originally, yes. But I live abroad now and return   infrequently. And you, sir? Are you from London?”

“Yes, but like you, I am rarely here. I’m a sea captain   and will set sail in a few days for Boston.” Not completely the truth. He was   rarely in town because he preferred the family’s country home, where he   didn’t have to encounter pitiful stares and whispers behind his back. If not   for Kenmar’s summons, and Sebastian’s plea to attend this ball, Nicholas   wouldn’t be here now.

Miss Sutherland raised an ebony eyebrow. “Boston. How   exciting.” Her tone lacked the aforementioned excitement, as if her mind was   far away. “And who do you sail for?”

“Blackwell Shipping.” Pride welled in his chest. Pride   that he was once again doing   something. Sailing instead of rusticating, as his brother called it. Sailing   instead of recuperating. Sailing instead of feeling sorry for himself. “Where   do you live, if not in London?” he asked.

“Barbados.”

“Barbados?” He turned to look at her.

Amusement lurked in those curiously colored eyes. “Does   that shock you?”

More like fascinated. While Nicholas was well traveled, he   didn’t know many women who were. In fact, he didn’t know any women who were. “No,” he lied.

“My husband and I own a sugar plantation on the island.”

Disappointment washed through him at the mention of a   husband even though he had no right to his disappointment. It wasn’t as if he   was able to pursue a courtship with Miss, or rather, Mrs. Sutherland. He was   leaving in five days, after all.

“And is your husband present tonight?” He glanced around   the room, searching for an angry gentleman staring holes in his back.

“He’s in Barbados overseeing the plantation. He never   travels to London.”

“I see.” But he didn’t see. If he   had a wife as beautiful and charming as Emmaline Sutherland, he wouldn’t let   her out of his sight. Definitely not to travel from Barbados to London alone.   “Are you frightened traveling alone?”

A smile touched her lips. “What would I be frightened of?”

He shrugged, his discussion with Kenmar still fresh in his   mind. “Pirates.”

“Pirates are the things of fairy tales, are they not?”

“Pirates are a very real threat, I’m afraid.”

“Are you speaking of a certain lady pirate who attacks   ships and eats men?”

Nicholas chuckled. “Lady Anne they call her.”

“Ah, yes. Lady Anne,” Emmaline said with a slight smile.

“I’m afraid tales of her are most likely exaggerated.   Especially the man-eating tales.”

“You don’t believe in Lady Anne?”

Nicholas hesitated, recognizing the same question he’d   asked Kenmar. “I’m afraid not. Sailing is difficult enough for men. It’s not   a lifestyle a woman would become accustomed to.”

“But I sail frequently.”

He detected a note in her voice warning that he was   treading on unstable ground. Yet, a little devil stood on his shoulder and he   felt an unholy need to goad this woman. Not a very gentlemanly thing to do,   but that what-the-hell attitude took root again.

“As a passenger. Not as a crewman. The work is strenuous   and taxing. Not to mention dangerous.”

“And you don’t think a woman is able to engage in such   dangerous work?” Her voice was tight, her shoulders even tighter.

He bit back the urge to smile. What a virago this woman   was and what fun it would be to debate with her. He’d met very few men, let   alone women, he’d had the pleasure to clash verbal swords with.

“I believe a woman has her place in a man’s world, but not   on the sea.”

Silence stretched between them as they completed a circuit   of the room and stopped where they’d started. Mrs. Sutherland looked up at   him, seeming to assess him. He was relieved to see she wasn’t angry, merely   interested, as if she were studying a bug pinned to a board. Or, better yet,   an unknown creature pulled from the sea. Her gaze drew him in, made him think   thoughts that were entirely inappropriate.

He cleared his throat and stepped back. She’s married,   Addison. You don’t dally with married women.

She curtsied, although he had the impression the move was   less etiquette and more mockery, which delighted him and had him forcing back   a smile he was sure she wouldn’t appreciate. “Thank you for alleviating my   boredom, kind sir. Your conversation was . . . enlightening.”

He bowed, finding it more and more difficult not to smile.   She certainly was peeved with him, and he found to his chagrin that he wasn’t   at all pleased she was taking leave of his company. He would have liked to   debate with her for the rest of the night. But that would be inappropriate.   Besides, he was sailing in a few days and had to prepare for it. “My   pleasure, Mrs. Sutherland.”

* * *

A mere hour later, Emmaline observed Nicholas Addison   leave with his brother, the Earl of Claybrook. Both men climbed the stairs,   twin specimens of masculinity that had every female eye riveted to their wide   shoulders and full heads of black-as-sin hair. Neither wore the wigs that   were so in fashion. Emmaline had a feeling that others would soon follow in   their footsteps, because the two were decidedly delicious looking without   them. Each moved with an animal-like grace, although Nicholas had a hitch to   his step that had her wondering what happened to him. The limp was his only   physical flaw, although she didn’t consider it a flaw, just another   fascinating aspect of a man who captivated her attention.

Inside she was still smiling at their conversation. So,   Captain Addison believed sailing too strenuous for women. She couldn’t help   herself as she laughed out loud, causing a few heads to turn her way.

Even though she disagreed with his assessment of females,   she thoroughly enjoyed their verbal sparring, but something about him   bothered her. Normally she was good at sizing up a man’s character. He’d been   interested, but the interest in those deep navy eyes definitely cooled when   she mentioned a husband. So he had morals.

He’d been a gentleman, sincerely concerned for her safety   when he spoke of pirates in that smooth-as-velvet voice. Which meant he was   caring.

He firmly believed a woman had no place on the sea, yet he   wasn’t harsh about his belief. Merely naïve, as most men were. Unlike most of   the gentlemen at the ball, who’d gone soft with drink and too much fine food,   she felt his strength in the muscles of his arm, and in his wide shoulders   unpadded beneath his coat. He was lean, the bones in his face finely   chiseled, the pale skin stretched taut. There was no excess about him, as if   he’d gone to hell and back, and the journey had taken everything from him,   leaving him with nothing but what he needed to survive.

There were shadows in his blue eyes, a weariness and deep   grief. Yet when he spoke of sailing she glimpsed a man who commanded   authority and demanded respect. No doubt he was a very good captain.

No doubt she had her work cut out for her.

Kenmar had picked his spy well.

Chapter Two

Nicholas spun away from the sight of yet another ship   leaving port, only to come face-to-face with his motley crew.

Bumbling fools, the lot of them.

Apparently word had spread that Blackwell ships were being   targeted by pirates. No competent sailor would set foot on the Pride. And no amount of walking the wharf and   entering the lowliest of taverns to unearth better men helped.

He feared these drunken louts didn’t know the difference   between a spanker sail and a foresail.

This was not at all going to plan.

His hope was that this would be the first voyage of many.   That success on this sailing would resurrect his career so that he would   later captain larger ships. But that hope was slowly disintegrating.

He ran a hand through his hair, feeling his dreams slip   away with the ships leaving port. They were far behind schedule but,   surprisingly, their tardiness had nothing to do with his crew. Rather, their   lone passenger hadn’t arrived.

A passenger. He hadn’t expected a passenger on this   voyage, but apparently this person paid quite a sum of money to sail on the Pride. It wasn’t unheard of, but it was an   unexpected wrinkle in what was quickly becoming a mess.

Damn.

Nicholas glanced at the sun high above his head. If they   didn’t leave soon, they’d be far behind the other vessels. The first ship to   make port always received the better prices.

Not that Nicholas needed to make a profit—that wasn’t the   point of this voyage—but the sailor in him still strained at the bit, wanting   to be the first in port.

“Passenger’s here, Cap’n.” A young, fresh-faced boy of   about fifteen bounded up the companionway like an unbroken colt, all spindly   legs and arms and endless energy. A pleasing contrast to the others.

“Make sail, Samuel.”

“Aye, aye, Cap’n.” Samuel cupped his hands around his mouth   and leaned back to yell, “Away aloft!”

Men scurried up ratlines to the rigging. At the command   “Let fall” they loosened the ropes holding the sails. Nicholas kept a keen   eye on the topmen, ensuring they released each sail in the designated order,   first at the yardarm, then at the bunt. To release them any other way would   cause the sail to fill too soon, knocking the man off the yardarm, causing   him to fall to his death.

Much to his relief, no one fell and the sails quickly   filled.

The ship jumped forward and Nicholas’s heart jumped with   it. With the sun beating down on his head and the screeching gulls circling   the ship, he’d almost forgotten the horror of the hospital and the paralyzing   fear that he might never walk again, let alone sail a ship.

He smiled for the first time in days. If those doctors   could see him now.

“Good day, Captain.”

Nicholas’s head snapped around to the husky, very female   voice behind him. Emmaline Sutherland stood in a shaft of sunlight,   absolutely beautiful and sensuous in deep green, her hair precariously piled   on top of her head, the sun beating down on her golden skin.

“Mrs. Sutherland.” How he managed to execute a bow without   falling on his face was beyond him. Much to his chagrin, he hadn’t been able   to erase her image from his mind since the night of the ball. And now,   suddenly, she was standing before him. On his   ship.

“Shocked to see me, Captain?”

“Very. I wasn’t expecting our lone passenger to be . . .”

She raised a brow, her lips curling into a smile. “A   woman?”

He cleared his throat. “Well, yes.”

And damn it, why a woman? Why this   particular woman? In his   experience women were notoriously bad passengers, prone to seasickness and   frightening easily. Exactly what he didn’t need. Of course, in hindsight, he   should have known. Only a woman wouldn’t understand the concept of being on   time.

Boldly, almost daringly, she stared at him. Her eyes were   more green than blue today, matching her shimmering gown. At any other time,   in other circumstances, he would have admired her beauty, but his frustration   wouldn’t allow it. Not when she was an interloper on his ship.

“You are aware we are sailing to Boston?” he asked.   “Boston is nowhere near Barbados.”

Her smile didn’t dim. In fact it appeared to brighten, as   if she knew he was irritated and it pleased her. Which only served to drive   his irritation straight into anger. Emmaline Sutherland was a distraction he   could ill afford. Good God, they would spend five weeks together on this   ship.

Impossible. He simply could not take her to Boston.

Except they’d already left port and if he was to stay on   schedule, he couldn’t possibly drop anchor now.

“I am aware of the location of Boston on the map,   Captain.”

“And what business have you in Boston, Mrs. Sutherland?”

He swore her jaw muscles tensed, but more than likely it   was the shadow cast by the sails.

“Personal business, sir.”

What possible “personal business” did a woman have in   Boston? If her husband were any sort of man, he wouldn’t allow his wife to   gallivant around the world unprotected, on some mysterious “personal   business.” His irritation now encompassed Mr. Sutherland. For allowing his   wife to travel alone, for not protecting her. For not being here. Because if he were here, Nicholas   wouldn’t be responsible for her.

“I admit to being away from society for some time. I   wasn’t aware that the best dressmakers are now in the colonies rather than   England and France.” What the hell happened to him when he was around this   woman? His tongue had a mind of its own, it seemed. He was about to apologize   for his lack of manners, but her narrowed eyes stayed the words and suddenly   he wanted to see that back straighten again, and those eyes flash fire at   him. Because she was exquisitely beautiful when angry.

“Not all women are concerned with fashion,” she said   between clenched teeth.

He barely stopped himself from grinning. Damn but she was beautiful. “I can’t imagine what other   personal business a woman alone would have in Boston.”

Did she bare her teeth at him?

“That’s why it’s called personal   business, sir. It’s personal. I wasn’t aware a sea captain need be informed   of a paying passenger’s reason for   travel.”

As much as he enjoyed their conversation, she was correct.   It wasn’t his business, nor did he want it to be. His job was to get her to   Boston. Period. “I trust your cabins are adequate for you and your companion,   Mrs. Sutherland?”

“I travel alone, Captain.”

His gaze flew to hers. “You travel without a companion?”

She raised her arms out at her sides, her smile now   full-blown. “Only me.”

“But . . .” Such a thing was unheard of.

She stepped back. “I’ll leave you to whatever it is   captains of ships do. If you’re not too busy later, would you do me the honor   of showing me around your fine ship?”

His jaw muscle worked. The last thing he wanted to do was   escort her around his ship. “I would be delighted, Mrs. Sutherland. However,   it might be a day or two.” Because he had to whip his sorry crew into shape.

He paused, disliking what he had to say next, but ’twas   only proper and expected of a captain. “Won’t you join me for dinner   tonight?” His mother, God rest her soul, would be ashamed of him. While the   words were correct, his tone conveyed his annoyance.

She was an unwanted distraction, with that mass of ebony   hair threatening to fall loose, those eyes that mocked him and appraised him   at the same time and the quick wit he admired despite his resolve to stay   impartial to her.

Leave it be, Addison. She’s married.

“Thank you for the offer, Captain, but I prefer to dine in   my cabin.”

He fought to conceal his relief. As much as he enjoyed   their dueling conversation, he didn’t want the distraction. “Of course. If   there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask. As always,   I am at your service.” He steadfastly ignored the images that sprang to his   mind of services he would like to render.

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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