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 Shop Is Coming! Entangled!

June 7, 2016

Polish your pitches! (Rules are listed at the top of the blog and it will go live next week.)

Get ready to have direct access to a senior editor at Entangled Publishing!

Learn what type of manuscripts they’re looking for right now!

http://www.entangledpublishing.com/

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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.

 

 

 


Editor Shop With Boroughs Publishing

March 18, 2016

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March 27, 2016!

What’s “Agent/Editor Shop” you ask?

 

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 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 total number of requests made—no specifics or 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, March 27, 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! Hone your synopsis. Double check spelling and grammar. Strictly follow the rules. Breathe.

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MUSETRACKS wishes you the best of luck!

The number of requests made will be published April 1, 2016!! No joke.


Here are the pitches!

January 19, 2014

UPDATE: ALYCIA EMAILED AND REQUESTED FOUR MANUSCRIPTS. I’VE SENT OUT THE EMAILS, SO CHECK YOUR INBOXES.

THANKS FOR PARTICIPATING EVERYONE. ALYCIA SAID THERE WERE A LOT OF GOOD PITCHES.

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Good morning everyone!

Here are the pitches that made it through for today’s pitch day with Alycia Tornetta.

As always, the stats first.

Pitches Recieved: 23

Pitches Accepted: 15

Pitches Rejected: 8

  • 5 – Too long
  • 2- Missing info
  • 1 -Spam

For those of you who followed the rules… Way to go!

Thanks again to Alycia Tornetta for joining us today.

Alycia, if there’s anything you’d like to see more of, email me at dancillaw @ yahoo .com with the title and number of the pitch. Also include what you’d like the author to send, and how you’d like them to send it.

Here they are!

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#1

The Duke of Devonwood

Single Title Contemporary

70,600 words

Miranda is determined to keep her family together after her father’s death. She’ll use the money he left to start the hat business she’s been planning for years. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers that her money has been left in a trust controlled by a duke of England. Worse yet, he’s a modern-day, overbearing, tycoon type of duke who believes he can manage her money better than she can. She storms off to England, determined to make him see reason and, if reason doesn’t work, she’ll try whatever will.

The last thing the Duke of Devonwood needs is more dependents. He’s already the sole support of his father’s second family, and that’s more than enough for him. The arrival of a sassy American and her step-mother who seem to only want money puts him on full alert. He’s spent years dodging manipulative women and he knows all the tricks. But Miranda has a well-hidden, warm and sensuous side that attracts him like the most mysterious and flirty veiled hat. If only he can pierce the veil, he might waken the deeply buried feelings in his own heart.

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#2

Liquidation

Romance/Contemporary

80K words

As a top IRS Criminal Investigator, Alex Noonan uses his brains and brawn to bring cheaters to justice. Then his career takes a disastrous detour and his last-chance assignment is to apprehend the agency’s most elusive crook.

Mindy Reynolds is a struggling actress in the Big Apple. She’s worked hard to make it alone and distance herself from her tax-evading father. Renting out her family’s brownstone helps pay the bills and deal with her unresolved daddy issues.

When Alex goes undercover as Mindy’s new tenant, their instant attraction ignites into passion. But will the fledgling relationship survive their hidden truths?

***

#3

A Pup, A Pastry and the Prospect for Happiness

Sweet, Contemporary Romance

80 K words

Force Julia Child to cook on a remote Montana ranch, owned by a female-phobic cowboy and what would she do? Bake her way into job security by buttering up the boss? Elon Hardy proceeds in exactly that manner, earning her son’s college tuition payments and Rane Calderon’s respect.

Elon conceived twins on her wedding night, remaining married to a gay physician for family stability. Her essence is patience, but every drop’s extracted when she witnesses a dog thrown from a truck en route to her new position. She arrives willing to tolerate a bullheaded boss, until her divorce is finalized. Rane’s work hardened muscles and rugged charms aren’t an issue until his mistrust melts.

Twenty years prior a woman Rane loved like a sister ruined his life, and it won’t happen again. Blistering mad his new cook’s ­female–sporting a man’s name–he fights attraction he feels for the curvy brunette cook while thwarting rustlers stealing prized Wagyu cattle.

As Elon battles for a fair divorce settlement, she and Rane realize love doesn’t have a “best used before date” and happiness is theirs to discover.

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#4

Wolfen Secrets

Romance/Paranormal

50k words

Not only do our dreams hold secrets to our future, but as Sonja Brooks discovers they also hold the keys to immense danger for her kind. Sonja finds the westernwerewolf pack in great peril when she and her mate, Tyler Loflin have to take on the vampires and their undead magic.

When confronted with vampires that won’t ever die, Tyler Loflin has to formalize a plan to protect the woman he loves as well as the men who are like brothers to him. The only problem is keeping the plan a secret from Sonja, who is the alpha she-wolf of their pack.

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#5

Waking Up Dead

Romance/Paranormal

54k words

The truth, Sonja Brooks understands is relevant. She’s a werewolf with a special ‘gift’ and faces danger at every turn. Now, the bloodsuckers stalk her family and the man she loves.

He vowed to protect his men despite the cost. Tyler Loflin must save them and Sonja from the threat of Yankee vampires. Seeking help from one of them will test his faith in the human he once knew and his own strength as a newly born werewolf.

Escaping to a better place, Ty and Sonja set out for Texas, but will the freedom and safety they seek elude them?

***

#6

The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend series #1

Romance/Paranormal

44k words

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel soldier dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

In Book 1 of this new series by Award-winning author Catherine Wolffe, the Western Werewolf Legend weaves a new blend of western romance with paranormal elements involving werewolves and vampires.

***

#7

Comanche Haven, The Loflin Legacy series #1

Romance/Historical

106K words

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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#8

The Duke of Devonwood

Single Title Contemporary

70,600 words

Miranda is determined to keep her family together after her father’s death. She’ll use the money he left to start the hat business she’s been planning for years. But her world is turned upside down when she discovers that her money has been left in a trust controlled by a duke of England. Worse yet, he’s a modern-day, overbearing, tycoon type of duke who believes he can manage her money better than she can. She storms off to England, determined to make him see reason and, if reason doesn’t work, she’ll try whatever will.

The last thing the Duke of Devonwood needs is more dependents. He’s already the sole support of his father’s second family, and that’s more than enough for him. The arrival of a sassy American and her step-mother who seem to only want money puts him on full alert. He’s spent years dodging manipulative women and he knows all the tricks. But Miranda has a well-hidden, warm and sensuous side that attracts him like the most mysterious and flirty veiled hat. If only he can pierce the veil, he might waken the deeply buried feelings in his own heart.

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#9

A Man, A Mule and A Mountain of Trouble

Sweet, Contemporary Romance

80 K words

Miranda Whitely puts the death of her family behind  her by focusing on plants she provides in building entrances and dreaming about a dude ranch vacation she’s booked in Montana. Foliage becomes her ally when it hides her as she witnesses an attempted mob hit.  Trusting the FBI agent who comes to her rescue is a thorny business, she has a well-earned aversion to guns.

Grant Morley has bureau blood coursing through his veins. Finding Miranda on the side of a mountain with a bullet  hole in her side is bad enough, learning she’s involved with the crime boss he’s tracked for years cracks the armor he’s built around his heart.

Miranda and Grant fight their attraction while defending themselves against criminals willing to do anything to prevent the testimony of Miranda. Miranda can’t tolerate guns and Grant lands the position he’s wanted for years, cleaning up the worst city in the West. Fortunately for both of them, there’s always room for love, if it’s properly tended.

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#10

Who Are You?

Contemporary- May/December

89,505 words

Jazz Dawson belongs to an elite code decription unit with the terrorism task force, and when she’s been partnered with the uber-sexy Bryce Shelton, her structured, staid life is thrown into a whirlwind of chaos. He’s the youngest member of their team, ten years her junior, which should make him off limits. But each hot touch, smile, caress… Breaks down her resolve. And when work forces them to spend time together, and his estranged father joins the team, Jazz finds herself drawn into the two men’s struggle for supremacy, and a dangerous web of deciet where no one is her friend, and everyone is her enemy.

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#11

Undercover

Contemporary Romance

76,000 words

Animal Welfare agent, Jade Devlin, plans to photograph the abuse happening at a puppy mill to help convince the D.A. to grant her a search warrant. She’s as far from a kick-ass heroine as a body can get, and when she’s discovered by one of the mill workers, she’s forced to play along as her captor’s girlfriend, or risk certain death in the backwoods of Virginia’s forgotten countryside.

F.B.I. agent Mason Gardiner has been under cover for nearly a year. As much as animal abuse sucks, the illegal weapons the mill owner is running, and finding their supplier, are his biggest concern. Smart, stubborn and incredibly sexy Jade is the last thing he needs, but removing her from the danger, without blowing his cover, is impossible.

With different missions on the line, and an insatiable hunger for justice, mistrust and desire are constant companions for both Jade and Mason.

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#12

Commitment Issues

Contemporary romance

89,000 words

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

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

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

***

#13

Call Me Casanovette

Erotic romance

99,500 words

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

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

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

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

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

***

#14

Juxtaposition

Romantic Suspense

86,000 words

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

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

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

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

***

#15

Switch

Dystopian New Adult

78,000 words

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

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

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

***

Good luck everyone!


It’s Editor Shopping day!

December 15, 2013

UPDATE: Candace requested four FULL manuscripts today. I have sent out all emails, so check your boxes!

 

Good morning everyone. I apologize for posting the pitches so late, but we’re under about a foot and a half of snow up here in Maine, and my internet has been spotty at best – when we’ve had power. Fun times.

Anyway – quickly to the stats:

Pitches received: 29

Pitches accepted: 17

Pitches rejected: 12

  • 8 – Too long
  • 2 – missing information
  • 1 – Off genre (Childrens fiction)
  • 1 – No pitch

Please welcome Candace Havens! Thank you so much for joining us here at Musetracks. I hope you find something you like. If you do, simply e-mail me the number, title and what you’d like to see from the author.

Happy shopping!

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#1

The Elder Race

YA Urban Fantasy

85,000 words

Seventeen-year-old Carri Helms is not the first person to be attacked by the Goetia, a legion of Fallen Angels and demons, but she is the first to survive.

After walking away from an accident that should have killed her, Carri soon learns she is their primary target. They track her to her senior prom party where, Riker Irin, a Watcher with a troubled past, ignores his Commander’s standing orders of no mortal interference and saves her.

In an effort to find out how to stop the attacks, Riker leads Carri deeper into his world. They discover she is the last obstacle standing between the Goetia fulfilling an ancient plot to unite the earth with the heavens and the only way to destroy them is by working with the enemy. Now Carri must decide how much she will sacrifice to free Riker, and herself, from the past to ensure they have a future.

THE ELDER RACE is an 85,000 word YA urban fantasy. Although it is a standalone novel, I have already outlined a sequel.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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#2

Final Notice – Book 1 in the Damaged Goods Series

Mystery with Strong Romantic Elements

75,000 words

Jackie Parker has had enough of her butt-grabbing lawyer boss. Sexual harassment lawsuits aside, there’s got to be a better way for a certified process server to earn a living in Miami. When her husband asks her to join forces with him and his brother to start up their own property management company, it seems like the perfect solution. Until they find an unidentified young girl’s body in the first home they visit and no sign of the tenant.

Just another day on the job for the Damaged Goods team.

***

#3

Seething Jealousy – Book 1 of Conniving Cocktails Series

Mystery with Strong Romantic Elements

70,000 Words

When bar and nightlife expert Lorelai Lake agrees to help turn around the failing bar Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, she’s sure she’ll regret it. But Lorelai has never been able to say no to Grant McTavish, and beverages are her business even if Grant’s love life is no longer any of hers. More than the whiskey turns sour though when one of the bartenders is found murdered in the bar basement and Grant becomes the number one suspect. Now Lorelai must save Grant’s reputation as well as his bar in an epic turnaround that could either exonerate the man she loves or cost her everything.

***

#4

Arty Smarty

Single Title Contemporary Romance (Romantic Caper)

80,000 words

Museum curator Claire Raffen must retrieve the keystone piece for her art exhibit from reclusive artist Sinjin Reid. When she arrives at the sexy Brit’s estate on the shores of Lake Michigan, to collect the sculpture, it’s missing. Claire discovers that Sinjin has hidden his masterpiece from his greedy ex-wife and her lover–Claire’s smarmy boss–the director of the Lafferty Museum.

Since the success of her show hinges on the star attraction, Claire reluctantly agrees with Sinjin’s crazy plan. He will gladly display the piece in Claire’s exhibit only if the exhibit is hanging at his gallery. Claire and Sinjin uncover allies who help them move the exhibit under the nose of the museum’s crooked director. Working together, Claire gets a glimpse of the real Sinjin beneath his iconic image.She resists his genuine charm and shakes off her squishy feelings.

Sinjin’s only using her to get back at his ex-wife. With her reputation and exhibit at risk, Claire musters up enough trust to rely on Sinjin.  Pulling off a museum heist, Claire might wind up jobless and in jail. But worse, if she falls in love with Sinjin, her heart may be stolen.

***

#5

Waking Up Dead

Romance/paranormal

45K words

The Western Werewolf Legend series continues

The truth, Sonja Brooks understands is relevant. She’s a werewolf with a special ‘gift’ and faces danger at every turn. Now, the bloodsuckers stalk her family and the man she loves.

He vowed to protect his men despite the cost. Tyler Loflin must save them and Sonja from the threat of Yankee vampires. Seeking help from one of them will test his faith in the human he once knew and his own strength as a newly born werewolf.

Escaping to a better place, Ty and Sonja set out for Texas, but will the freedom and safety they seek elude them?

***

#6

Wolfen Secrets

Romance/paranormal

50K words

Not only do our dreams hold secrets to our future, but as Sonja Brooks discovers they also hold the keys to immense danger for her kind. Sonja finds the westernwerewolf pack in great peril when she and her mate, Tyler Loflin have to take on the vampires and their undead magic.

When confronted with vampires that won’t ever die, Tyler Loflin has to formalize a plan to protect the woman he loves as well as the men who are like brothers to him. The only problem is keeping the plan a secret from Sonja, who is the alpha she-wolf of their pack.

***

#7

Comanche Haven, The Loflin Legacy # 1

Romance/western

100K words

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.

***

#8

The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend # 1

Romance/paranormal

45K words

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a pack of wolves. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel soldier dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

***

#9

Daimones
Science Fiction, alien post-apocalypse
93,500 words

Dan Amenta wakes up one morning to discover the world has changed…the Apocalypse has arrived.

Death, destruction, and disaster are spreading around the globe. Yet Dan and his family remain untouched. He begins to fear they are the only three people left alive on Earth. They are not.Efforts to survive and make contact with others reveal disturbing truths about the human extermination. Dan finds Laura who discloses even more. Her presence – a young, sexy, disruptive girl – adds questions about what is moral and ethical in this new reality.

Then supernatural experiences reported by other survivors force Dan to seek explanations from his own past. Memories of childhood hallucinations strike him with sledgehammer force, bringing him face-to-face with a secret millions of years old. Planet Earth is in the hands of an older power, one Dan never envisioned and dares not disobey…

A first contact and an alien colonization set the seeds in the trilogy for a galactic upheaval and space wars with aliens.

***

#10

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.

***

#11

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

***

#12

Chasing Jasmine and Butterflies

Contemporary Urban  Fantasy

85,000 words

Raghnall is enchanted by a beauty with face painted like a butterfly and hair braided with Jasmine. However, if he knew she was a member of fae royalty, he might’ve thought twice.

Princess Comyn seeks adventure in the human world. Instead, adventure finds her, in the form of a passionate encounter with a handsome druid priest.

The only problem—this druid is the immortal messenger between the gods and the fae. It isn’t until after they discover eternal magic in each other’s arms she learns who he is and he figures out what she is.

Believing she’s angered the gods with the liaison, she engages him in a game of cat and mouse until fate steps in to right the wrong.

This is the first story in a series that will rewrite the history of the fae. The gods created them to replace humans on earth. However, now the fae are on the brink of extinction. To survive in today’s world, someone must reunite the many realms across the earth.

What better place to begin, than with two who already found their destiny? Then they can play matchmakers to the rest of the supernatural world.

***

#13

Once Humans

Science Fiction, alien post-apocalypse
75000 words

In a dark future, aliens are regenerating a new, transgenic species of humans called the Selected. But when sabotage and conspiracy threaten — and a divided humanity risks destroying itself — can one human save his species in time?

Mankind is undergoing rebirth, the new arrivals closely watched by the Selected: the transgenic beings created by the Moîrai. The new communities thrive with the aliens’ support and peace and security reign on Eridu, as the planet Earth is known by the Moîrai and in the galaxy.

But peace and security of the cradle are suddenly shattered by acts of sabotage set to disrupt the fragile balance of the fledgling communities.

From the coldest climes to the deepest ocean floors, a cosmic conspiracy full of betrayal and fear is being hatched with the hope of pushing the world perilously close to the brink of self-destruction.

A first contact and an alien colonization set the seeds in the trilogy for a galactic upheaval and space wars with aliens.

***

#14

Under Covers

Contemporary Romance

76,000 words

Animal Welfare agent, Jade Devlin, plans to photograph the abuse happening at a puppy mill to help convince the D.A. to grant her a search warrant. She’s as far from a kick-ass heroine as a body can get, and when she’s discovered by one of the mill workers, she’s forced to play along as her captor’s girlfriend, or risk certain death in the backwoods of Virginia’s forgotten countryside.

F.B.I. agent Mason Gardiner has been under cover for nearly a year. As much as animal abuse sucks, the illegal weapons the mill owner is running, and finding their supplier, are his biggest concern. Smart, stubborn and incredibly sexy Jade is the last thing he needs, but removing her from the danger, without blowing his cover, is impossible.

With different missions on the line, and an insatiable hunger for justice, mistrust and desire are constant companions for both Jade and Mason.

***

#15

Commitment Issues

Contemporary romance

89,000 words

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

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

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

***

#16

Call Me Casanovette

Erotic romance

99,500 words

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

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

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

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

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

***

#17

Juxtaposition

Romantic Suspense

86,000 words

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

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

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

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


Editor Shop is Saturday with Entangled Publishing’s Candace Havens!

December 9, 2013

Well, in the midst of the holiday season craziness, I hope you’ll be able to visit us for another Editor Shop. The last of 2013. Yes, another year has almost come to an end.

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We’ve had another amazing year here at Musetracks, and look forward to another fun, crazy year in the writing world we all love so much.

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Our guest for Saturday’s Pitch Day is Candace Haven with Entangled Publishing. You can check Entangled out HERE and here’s a little about Candace:

Candace Havens, Editorial Director of Covet, Edge, and Select
Bestselling author Candace Havens has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is the author of the biography Joss Whedon: The Genius Behind Buffy and a contributor to several anthologies. She is also one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists and has interviewed countless celebrities including Tom Hanks, Nicolas Cage, Tom Cruise, George Clooney and many more. Her entertainment columns can be read in more than 600 newspapers across the country. And she is the Editorial Director for the Covet, Edge and Select lines at Entangled Publishing.

Candace also runs a free online writing workshop for more than 2200 writers, and teaches comprehensive writing class. She does film reviews with the Hawkeye & Dorsey on 96.3, and is a former President of the Television Critics Association.

Good luck to everyone, and please pass this along. Pitch day is Saturday starting at 10:00 A.M. E.S.T.

Check the rules under the tab for Agent/Editor Shop above.

Good luck and happy writing!

Candi


Editor Shopping day at Musetracks. Welcome Debby Gilbert with Soul Mate Publishing!

April 21, 2013

UPDATE: ALL REQUESTS FROM DEBBY HAVE BEEN SENT.

SHE REQUESTED SEVEN FULL MANUSCRIPTS! WAY TO GO!

 

It’s Agent Shopping day! Welcome Debby Gilbert!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to shopping day at Editor Shop.

As always, I’ll start with the stats, winners, and my thoughts on this ‘Shop’, and then we’ll get to the pitches.
Pitches received: 22
Pitches accepted: 18
Pitches rejected: 4
• 3 – Too long
• 1 – Missing info

Not bad, and not great. I’m only posting 18 out of a potential 30 pitch slots for an editor! Where was everyone this weekend?

ON TO OUR WINNERS ARE!
• The ARC of STAY goes to: Tracy James Jones
• The three $10.00 giftcards go to: GirlDrankDrunk, Gina Danna, and Katie Teller
• The Top Pitch Slot goes to: SECOND THOUGHTS

Please contact me at candi-agent-shop @ yahoo .com to claim your prizes!!! 🙂

Congratulations to our winners and to those who made it into this pitch session. Good luck!

Welcome Debby! Thanks so much for taking the time to come and visit with us. I hope you find something you like. If you do, simply e-mail me the pitch number, title and what you’d like to see from the author. Also, if you’d include how you’d like them to send it, that would be helpful. Please send them to dancillaw at yahoo.com

Happy shopping and thanks for spotlighting Rescuing Lacey! It’s now officially on my TBR pile. I. Can’t. Wait.

Here are the pitches!

~Candi

TOP PITCH SLOT WINNER

Second Thoughts

Women’s Fiction

11,000 words

What would you do if the past you thought you left behind suddenly paid you a visit? What would you do if the child you thought was gone from you forever suddenly showed up on your doorstep one day? This is the dilemma that faces Sadie Foster when she opens her door one morning and literally trips over the daughter she gave birth to when she was just a child herself – the child her parents ripped from her arms to give away to someone else.

Now Sadie is left to confront her past – and the moody teenager on her doorstep – and reconcile, with herself at least, what happened all those years ago. But the past couldn’t have returned to test her at a worst time, for Sadie is in the middle of an estrangement with her husband, Patrick – an estrangement brought on by her reticence about starting the family he so desperately wants. What will happen to their relationship when Patrick discovers that she already has a child? A child she had with someone else. Will he have Second Thoughts about a reconciliation with Sadie?

***

#2
Souls Entwined
YA Paranormal,Coming-of-Age with Romantic Elements
57,000 words

Sixteen-year-old Rachel Wells’ world is turned upside-down when her friend Billy links his mind to hers. Through telepathy and astral travel, he takes her in and out of the spirit world, develops her trust and awakens her desire for more spiritual adventure. It all feels so natural; their souls are connected, entwined.
Rachel hears spirits, and delivers messages from the dead. Billy taps into the minds of the living. Together with a teenage shaman, a healer, and a witch, they form ‘The Psychic Circle’ to secretly explore the paranormal.

When BFF Melody’s jealousy of Rachel’s chemistry with Billy is coupled with her obsession for black magic, it becomes a lethal combination. Melody attacks Billy during meditation, robbing him of his free will. Romance blossoms between Rachel and Billy as they dabble in psychic experimentation, helping to break the karmic ties with Melody, while the circle opens the door to dangerous entities that they don’t know how to handle.

Torn between forgiving her best friend who’s betrayed her, and protecting her possible soul mate, Rachel’s choice will determine the direction her life takes and the sacrifices she makes – either loosing Melody or ruining her chance to find love.

***

#3
Missing
Romantic Suspense
82,000 words

When Liah Henley’s daughter is kidnapped, she’s forced to work with the grumpy detective assigned to her daughter’s case. His callous disregard is easy to handle, but the sparks that fly when he touches her are anything but.

Detective Brian Lane hates his job. He hadn’t always, but the blundering idiots running the department have broken his beliefs his grandfather and father passed along to him. Liah’s daughter’s case rejuvenates the embers of the spark that once carried him through each case, but it’s the mother that strikes the cords of humanity buried deep in his scarred heart.

***

#4
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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#5
“Secrets & Lies,”
Interracial/Multicultural Romantic Drama
60,000 words

“Sometimes a need for keeping secrets can be just as intriguing as a reason for telling lies…”
Logline: A secretly engaged young bank executive has one last fling with a sexy, smart younger woman, who turns out to be the best friend of his fiancée’s daughter. This is a story about real life, real love, and real drama.

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

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#6
Before I Was
Erotic Romance
67,000 words

Emily was married for fifteen years. In that time, she had about a 2% real orgasm rate during her tenure, and most of those were by the BOB.

With an ex-husband, who left her for a younger version, still chasing her skirts, she’s about to embark on the ride of a lifetime in search of the perfect package. A man who can kiss, tantalize and screw the way he says he can.

Finding him, now that’s the real fun.

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#7
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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#8
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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#9
Loving Emmalyne
Erotic romance
37,000 words

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

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

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

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#10
Where the Wild Things Ride
Romantic suspense
82,000 words

Creole Daniels has crazy ass parents, crazy ass siblings, crazy ass relatives all the way around. But they’re harmless. She’s been their watchdog, their source of right and wrong from the time she was two. Sometimes she swears she was adopted.

When three of her crazy relatives are framed for a crime they didn’t commit, Creole sheds her not-at-all-crazy-ass and partners with a detective who might as well be one of her family.

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#11
Chasing Jasmine and Butterflies
Erotic fantasy
110,000 words

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

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

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

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#12
Slice of Betrayal
Romantic Suspense
100,000 words

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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#13
Sin On The Strip
Romantic suspense
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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#14
Branded
NA Romantic Suspense
95,000 words

Sydney is invaded. Allison King barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. She and her siblings flee into the bush, but watch as their parents are killed by firing squad.

Ali is captured while searching for other survivors by the General, who led the invasion. When she refuses to submit to his whims, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. She is taken out to join the rest of the captives in front of the firing squad. But she escapes, barely, and flees back into the bush.

She finds a group in hiding who nurse her back to health physically and emotionally. While among them, she falls in love with the young man who found her – Damien Rogers.

But the General is hunting her. When he discovers their location, and finds her with another man, his wrath is kindled and his obsession is inflamed. Allison discovers that his hunt for her may break her and Damien. She must put herself on the line or the General could kill her family, those who help her flee, and most significantly, the man she loves.

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#15
The Lady in the Mist, The Western Werewolf Legend #1
Romance
44K words

The Civil War took Sonja Brooks’ husband and left her alone. Unprotected and scared, she runs headlong into a life changing event when she’s attacked by a wolf. Her fate as a werewolf is sealed. When she stumbles upon Ty Loflin, a Rebel solider dying of his wounds, she nurses him back to health. He’s the perfect mate, but will he want her once he knows the truth?

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#16
Comanche Haven
Romance/Western Romance
106k words

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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#17
Loving: A Man I Can’t Have
Contemporary Romance
50,000 words

“Trace was the man of Katie’s dreams. She was the woman he never expected to meet. There’s just three people standing in there way. When these two get tangled up in each others lives, they might just break a lot of hearts.”

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#18
When We Met Again
Contemporary Romance
91,000 words

Abigail Parson’s has everything she could want. Money, power, a booming family grown business. But what she wants most, is a child. And that she can’t have. It’s why her fiancé left her. It’s why she feels like less of a woman.

But Andy is an old fling. The one that got away. And when she runs into him at an important, high society fundraiser she’s running, he takes her back to the old days when life was simple and all that mattered was what she felt when she was in his arms.

But a madman is in the house. Determined to kill the man scheduled to appear at the fundraiser, this assassin kills without prejudice, and it’s up to Andy to protect his client and the women he’s spent years trying to forget.