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 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!


Saturday Jan. 18th is pitch day!

January 17, 2014

Hope everyone is ready!

I’ll post the word GO around 10:00 A.M. EST. Make sure you wait until you see the word go. Anything before that gets deleted.

Alycia Tornetta with Entangled Publishing is our guest editor, and she was awesome enough to send over a list of what she’s looking for!

Here’s what she had to say:

I acquire for a variety of lines at Entangled, but here’s what I’m specifically looking for:
-Bliss: Small town category romance featuring every-day heroes. These are fun, flirty romances (think Hart of Dixie/Gilmore Girls/Sweet Home Alabama). Would love more cowboys, multicultural characters, and men in uniform.
-Strong contemporary single-title romance (80k+). Like Cindi Madsen’s Cinderella Screwed Me Over or Jennifer Crusie’s Bet Me.
-YA:-Contemporary (like Stephanie Perkins, Jennifer Echols, or Rainbow Rowell) and thriller/mystery–could be heists, film noir-like mystery, psychological suspense, etc. Must have a strong romantic element.
-Anything that combines genres in a unique and clever way. Think Holly Black’s Curse Worker series, Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles, or Renee Collins’ Relic.
-Angsty, sexy, addictive NA or adult romance. Give me anti-heroes, bad boys, MMA fighters, etc. Bonus points for revenge or blackmail plots.
-Male/Male. For adult romance, YA, NA, or novellas. Any heat level. I’m a big fan of Josh Lanyon, K.A. Mitchell, Kelley York, David Levithan.

Good luck to everyone!

On another note, I just found out that RT Book Reviews is giving away FIVE digital copies of my novel, PRIMITIVE NIGHTS!

Here’s the link to enter: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/rt-daily-blog/friday-free-all-candi-walls-primitive-nights

It recieved a 41/2 Star review and a Top Pick at RT Book Reviews.

~Candi


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

January 12, 2014

Hi Everyone!

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

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

You can find info on Entangled HERE.

Get those pitches ready, and come join the fun.

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

Happy reading and writing.

See you Saturday!


It’s Editor Shopping day!

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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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?

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#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.

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#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.

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#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?

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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


It’s Editor Shopping Day!

November 17, 2013

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

 

Good Morning All!

And welcome to another round of Editor Shop.

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

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

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

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

Now on to the pitches!

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

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

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#1

There Was a Boy

New Adult Romance

98,000

They met under the worst circumstances imaginable…

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

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

But she never forgot him…

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

#2

No Place in Heaven

NA Fantasy

94,000

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

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

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

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

#3

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

Paranormal/western

45K

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

#4

Above The Game
Literary Fiction
70,000 words

Eliot MacKenzie dreams of escaping his small New England town of Granite Harbor. Suddenly, there is no more dreaming, no escaping. Eliot MacKenzie is dead.

His life is over but not his tale. Over a several year period in the mid 1990’s, Eliot narrates a story of grief, anger, conflict, estrangement and resolution as family members struggle to deal with their loss.

Eliot’s abrupt death shatters the deceptive harmony of his family’s life. His twin brothers reaffirm their private bond, but each pursues a separate path out of the rage and confusion rising from the loss of their brother. Eliot’s mother contends with a second family crisis that not only provides escape, but also helps her deal with the death of her son. His father remains lost in the present and tied to the past as he indulges in one-sided conversations with his dead son. Eliot’s narrative follows his family members as they emerge from tragedy and anticipate futures beyond their small town and their fragmented family

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

ABOVE THE GAME was shortlisted for the 2013 Faulkner Society Novel-In-Progress Award.

#5

Tell Me My Name

Romantic/Suspense

101,000

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

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

#6

Deadly Magic

New Adult Paranormal Romance

83,000

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

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

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

#7

Kilt Over

NA Historical Paranormal Romance

10K (part 1 of 3 in a series)

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

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

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

#8

The Fairy Godmother’s Rulebook

New Adult w/ Paranormal Elements

85,000

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

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

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

#9

The Dead Days Journal

Dark Urban Fantasy

81,400

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

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

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

#10

The Found Girl

Contemporary paranormal romance

100,000

Jonas Kavanagh’s life was predetermined.

One day he will be king to a magical elf kingdom and he will also be the first in the royal line to take a human as queen. Only two complications stand in his way. First, the human woman fated to be this queen doesn’t believe in love, magic or even the prediction. Second, and far more difficult to overcome, the person assigned the task of finding this human wants nothing more than see Jonas joined with someone else and he possesses enough power to accomplish this.

Alvina McKellen’s life has been one loss after another. Orphaned and unwanted by relatives forced to care for her, then framed by a man who said he loved her, she seeks a new life far from where she began. She sure never expected that new life to involve a frightening man with strange abilities and an unexpected marriage to a supposed king.

Together, a reluctant elf king and a lost girl find passion, love and their destiny together, something not even the most powerful magic of one who would tear them apart can destroy.

#11

Urquhart Plight

Paranormal Romance/Sci Fiction

103,987

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

#12

Switch

Dystopian New Adult

78,000

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

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

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

#13

Marie’s World

Contemporary Romance/Drama

75,957

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

#14

Norse Gods Immortals: Carla

103,585

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

life or lose all those she cares about.”

#15

A Heart Trapped Inside A Highlander

Timetravel/Paranormal

40,566

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

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

#16

Winning the Player

New Adult/ Contemporary Romance/Sport

82,200

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

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

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

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

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

#17

All or Nothing

New Adult

89,900

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

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

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

#18

I Am The Bigot

New Adult

72,000

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

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

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

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

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


It’s Pitch Day at Editor Shop with Karen Grove of Entangled Publishing.

November 13, 2013

Good Morning and welcome to another round of Editor Shop.

Make sure you follow the rules for pitching. You can find all the details under the Editor/Agent Shop tab above.

Good Luck!

GO!

We have the awesome Karen Grove with Entangled Publishing as our guest Editor, and she coming with a BANG!

Entangled just launched it’s New Adult line Embrace, and they’re doing a mega give-a-way! Here is the link to the Embrace Launch Giveaway. It is open to everyone (whether you’re pitching or not) and it will run through the end of the month:

http://www.entangledinromance.com/2013/11/11/10365/

They’re giving away a Kindle Fire, an iPod Shuffle, and a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card.

And even more… Entangled is doing something special for some of our ‘pitchers’. They’ll be giving away some advance reading e-galleys of Embrace’s upcoming December releases!

• Forged by Fate by Reese Monroe (NA paranormal)

• Sneaking Candy by Lisa Burstein (NA contemporary romance)

• Ruined by Jus Accardo (NA paranormal)

*FROM KAREN: [Please note that these are early peeks at upcoming books, and they may have errors in them as galleys are made from uncorrected proofs…but a few tiny errors are worth getting a first look, aren’t they?]

AWESOME!

And here’s some information about what Karen is looking for:
Embrace is seeking fresh, strong voices that capture the emotions and complexities of characters straddling the line between high school and the adult world of work and family. Our ideal protagonists are from 18-24 years old; these characters are legally adults but are still finding their way to adulthood, separating from their parents, heading off to college, experiencing full-time employment, searching for love, and even beginning families. For these characters, it’s a time of experimentation and metamorphosis. Embrace novels are digital first and priced from $2.99 – $4.99.
At Entangled, we believe New Adult is an extension of Young Adult fiction—dealing with many of the same issues of identity and exploration but with a more focused perspective toward breaking away from parental supervision and the impending responsibility that goes with adulthood. We are looking for books told from the point of view of the emerging adult, defining a critical period of decision making and growth. There should be an element of romance in every Embrace title, though it does not need to be the main focus of the story.

Entangled New Adult publishes across genres, and we are looking for engaging voice and bold, fresh stories in
• Contemporary
• Romance
• Mystery
• Suspense/Thrillers
• Historical
• Fantasy
• Science fiction
• Paranormal

And here’s a bit about Karen!

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Karen Grove, Editorial Director of Embrace (New Adult) and Senior Editor

Karen Grove has been an editor for 28 years, working with authors at Harcourt and then Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, concentrating in young adult fiction. She has worked with such prestigious authors as Han Nolan, Carol Plum-Ucci, L. A. Meyer, Ann Rinaldi, Adele Geras, Kathryn Reiss, Gary Paulsen, and New York Times bestselling author Susan Beth Pfeffer. The majority of her books have earned starred reviews from major review journals and such prestigious awards as the National Book Award, Michael L. Printz Honor, multiple Edgar Allen Poe Awards (Mystery Writers of America), and a RITA Award (Romance Writers of America). In addition to her editing, she owned and operated a local business newspaper for 10 years. She resides in Southern California with her husband and college-age son.

Karen looks for stories with quirky characters, compelling voices (even snarky ones, if there’s heart behind it), and settings that are so strong they become characters themselves. She adores small-town and Southern novels, with their strong sense of community and personal relationships, as well as stories with deeply flawed characters that she can both love and hate. Karen reads across a wide range of genres and enjoys gritty contemporaries, dark urban fantasy, apocalyptic stories, suspense/thrillers, mystery, romance, and tales that contain elements of the supernatural as well as sports (hockey, soccer, football, equestrian)—though maybe not together. Although Karen edits both Adult romantic fiction and YA, she is especially interested in stories that feature protagonists grappling with life after high school…those 18-24 year olds embarking on their first foray into independence. The only topics that don’t particular interest her are high fantasy (she prefers her fantasy to be firmly grounded in the real world) and deeply rooted science fiction. No matter what the age group or genre, Karen wants a story to move her—to make her laugh, cry, tense in fear, or cause her to think in some way she hasn’t considered before.

Good luck everyone!

I’ll see you Saturday morning around 10:00am E.S.T. Wait until you see me post the word GO!

Happy reading and writing.

~Candi