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- Introducing Robin Haseltine

June 6, 2016

We are so excited to host another Editor Shop, this time with the incomparable Robin Haseltine, senior editor of Entangled Publishing! Be on the lookout for details of this upcoming opportunity for you to submit your pitch to this wonderful publishing house.entangled-logo

  1. Tell us a little about yourself and how you became an editor extraordinaire!

    Although I’d written stories since I was 5 and hosted an award-winning non fiction column as an adult, I found I enjoyed the editing process more than getting the words on the page. Liz Pelletier, Entangled Publishing’s CEO, tweeted looking for interns shortly after Entangled opened their doors in 2011, and I came on board. I loved that Entangled opened a new and profitable venue to talented writers unable to break into traditional publishers. With fantastic guidance and shared expertise from Liz and Entangled’s other seasoned editors, I moved up from reading slush to Senior Editor. During that time, I’ve worked on NY Times and USA Today Bestsellers, 2 RITA-nominated books, and so many fine books that have hit the top of the charts and won numerous awards or have been featured on Fresh Fiction, Kirkus Reviews, and Romantic Times.

    I love my authors and I love my job.

    2. How long is the turnaround, usually, from the time an author submits to when they can look to hear from Entangled?

    We do our best to reply to authors within a two month time frame. http://www.entangledpublishing.com/submission-information/ on Entangled’s website has links to Submittable, an online system where we track every manuscript that comes in. Authors can request a particular editor, upload their work and synopsis, enter a query letter, and note the genre.

    3. What about an average for the time between signing to publication?

    There are many factors that go into establishing a release date: Editor’s calendar, Imprint calendar, and the anticipated length of the editorial process. Some category romances can be ready for Copy Edits in 2 months, Single Title might take 6. With all these variables, we like to suggest a book will go from contract signing to release within a year, with 8 – 10 months the average.

 

  1. What trends are you seeing in the market place?

    Contemporary romance, including Rom Com and Red Hot, shmexy romances, still command very strong sales, and we’re excited to see Paranormal (especially super alpha shifter heroes) and Sci Fi gaining strength. The historical market (Viking, Highlander, Medieval, Regency, and Victorian) has a very solid, devoted readership, and demand for multicultural romances is as strong as ever. We’re also seeing an uptick in YA Fantasy, although the New Adult market is retracting somewhat, possibly due to saturation.

    5. Entangled started in 2011 and has many imprints. What makes them different from other e-publishers?

I believe one of the reasons Entangled Publishing has become so successful in a few short years is due not only to the vision of Liz Pelletier, CEO, but also to our team approach in taking a book from submission to publication. Editors collaborate with each other and with publicity, along with the authors to help make their book the best it can be.

What is equally important is that we work to help shape an author’s career. We never see just one book, but how to grow an author’s fanbase, potentially moving them into another genre to develop crossover readership. Our royalty rates have always been high and our authors are important to us. Authors aren’t left to their own devices once a book releases — each has a dedicated publicity point person and team that hits the ground running, building excitement long before publication date.

As a result, our authors have hit the NY Times and USA Today Bestselling lists, have been nominated for RITAs, have won national contests like “Reader’s Choice,” and have sold foreign and film rights. We not only offer digital-first books, but release print books distributed via Macmillan that are sold in brick-and-mortar bookstores. In addition, we have a unique partnership with St. Martin’s Press.

Entangled anticipates trends instead of reacting to them and offers innovative ways to expand readership, which is tailored for each book. Liz Pelletier recently launched Entangled Music http://www.entangledmusic.com/, and several of our books have tracks embedded in them with talented new artists writing songs specifically for their characters. In a very crowded field, this gives authors another way their books can be noticed, as the tracks are also listed on pop charts.

More detailed information is available here:
http://www.entangledpublishing.com/about-us/

6. Entangled has a wish list. What are you wishing for?

Although I edit in every imprint except Inspirational, my favorite projects are Paranormal Shifters / Sci Fi Single Title and Historicals in both Category and Single Title from Medievals through Victorian time periods. I’m also interested in near-Sci Fi. Cutting edge Dark Hunter type Sherrilyn Kenyon books with a slight Sci Fi bent, action-adventure military on the cusp of the possible. But every book must have a solid romance and romantic conflict to appeal to our readers. I also love humor and enjoy editing Rom Coms. And I’m especially looking for multicultural books in all genres except Inspirational.

7. What do you look for in submissions? How do they pique your interest?

Most of the genres I edit have a very specific tone, so voice is going to be the first thing that draws me into a story. Once I’ve evaluated whether the voice is appropriate to the genre by reading several pages, I’ll read the synopsis to ensure there’s a good premise and solid romance (or at least the potential for a romance). This means there has to be a believable conflict that can be sustained through the book and not a misunderstanding that can be cleared up in a conversation. 2 – 3 tropes lend richness and depth.

Next, is this book going to appeal to our readers? If we don’t have the readership, I’m hesitant to acquire a book no matter how exciting the voice, premise, or romance. That’s not saying I won’t take a chance, from time to time, but that’s why it’s so important to read our books, check sales rankings, to see whether a submission would fit one of our imprints.

I also look for super alpha (or sexy beta heroes for rom com) because our heroes have to be swoonworthy. Meet-cutes are important, too, and the more unique the better, since this is a great way to define the romantic conflict. We can see the chemistry — physical and intellectual — right away, which hooks our readers because they’ll root for the hero and heroine to find their HEA.

Finally, and equally important, if I love a submission or feel it has potential, I’m going to contact the author to see if we’ll be able to work together. At Entangled, editing is a partnership, a give-and-take and healthy respect for all parties involved in publication. Books always are their best when a trust relationship is the basis of the editorial process. If an author can’t trust my instincts, then I’m not the right editor for them.

8. Will you pass on a good story that may not be on your specific wish list to other editors at Entangled?

There are many times when I think there’s potential in a book, but it’s not for me, and other times when I’d love to edit a book but my calendar is full. Like all the editors at Entangled, we work as a team and will either send a solid candidate to a specific editor or will make every effort someone else picks up the book. Several authors have found a home with another editor. I have a book releasing soon that didn’t quite work for someone else, and one of my USA Today Bestselling authors was passed on to me because another editor was full.

Thank you for this great interview. Just as a final note to authors who haven’t yet sold, do your research. Read the author’s acknowledgements in those books you love, because if you like an editor’s authors and books, he/she might be the right one for you. Never give up, work with critique partners, and enter contests, which is a great way to gain an editor or agent’s notice.logo

 


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.


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

April 19, 2014

UPDATE:

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

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

GO!!!

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

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

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

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

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

ORIGIN by Dani Worth

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

The Kithran Regenesis, Book 4 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Links:

Where to buy:

Samhain

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Find Dani at:

Website

Twitter

Good luck to everyone pitching today!

Candi


Want to pitch to Holly Atkinson from Samhain Publishing??? 4-19-2014!

April 13, 2014

That’s right!

It’s time for Editor Shop at Musetracks, and we have the wonderful Holly Atkinson joining us as our special Easter weekend shopping editor.

She’s on the hunt for a new submission to put in her basket.

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So read the rules HERE, polish those pitches, and come join us Sat, April 19th at approx 10:00 am EST.

Oh, and you can find what Samhain Publishing is looking for HERE.

 

Good luck to everyone and please pass along the news!

 

Candi


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


Editor Shopping Day!

January 13, 2013

UPDATE: JENNIFER SENT ME HER REQUESTS… THIS IS WHAT SHE HAD TO SAY…

“I had lots of fun reading these. 🙂 I really wish I had the time to read them all! Thanks for having me on Musetracks, and I wish them all the best of luck with
their stories!”

GOOD JOB EVERYONE! SHE MADE A TOTAL OF 9 REQUESTS! AND INVITED THE OTHERS TO SUBMIT THROUGH SAMHAINS STANDARD SUBMISSION PROCESS IF YOUR MS FALLS WITHIN SAMHAIN’S GENRE AND WORDCOUNT GUIDELINES. (HERE’S WHERE I SAY CHECK, CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK!)

I’M GOING TO START SENDING OUT THE REQUESTS, SO WATCH YOUR EMAIL.

Good morning everyone.

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Thanks for visiting with us yesterday! And best of luck to anyone who made it into this pitch session. I have to say a huge thank you to all the wonderful Samhain authors who came to hang out with us, tell us about their books, and offer up a prize. Ladies – YOU ROCK!

As always, we’ll get the business out of the way first.

Pitches received: 59
Pitches accepted: 30
Pitches rejected: 29 (10 were over the 30 pitch limit)

• Missing info: 5
• Too long: 12 (The pitch)
• Attachments: 2

As always, thank you to those who followed the pitch rules and took the time to make sure your pitch was right! This is a business, even if our writing is personal, and we need to remember to treat it that way. How we present ourselves is as important as what we produce.

Okay – Now that we have that out of the way!

The WINNERS are:

• WATERFALL………………………………Fedora
• KINDRED OF THE FALLEN…………B.L. Foxxe
• SOUL DEEP………………………………..Cynnara
• FALLING FOR FINN……………………GailHart
• PRIMITIVE NIGHTS……………………fionadruce
• COWBOYS DOWN……………………….Catherine Wolfe
• GOD OF FYRE MOUNTAIN………….Suzanne
• REVVING HER UP……………………….Ellie Heller
• WINTER’S THAW………………………..Annabelle Ambrosio

Please send me your e-mail information and the format you’d like for your prize to dancillaw(at)yahoo.com. Please put winner in the subject line and the title you won somewhere in your e-mail. Thanks!

Now, let’s give a big, warm welcome to Jennifer Miller, editor at Samhain Publishing.

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Thank you so much for coming Jennifer! I know how busy you are. The pitches are posted below in numerical order. If there’s anything that catches your attention, simply e-mail me the pitch number, title, and what you’d like to see from the author. Also let me know how you’d like them to submit the requested information.

Happy shopping!

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#1
WARDER
Paranormal/Contemporary Fantasy Romance
108,000 words

Someone is setting death-spells targeting mortals and elf blood alike. With her mentor out of commission, it’s up to half-trained Warder Mona Lisa Kubrek to stop the magic. Despite being told repeatedly her job is to nullify spells and not go after the source, too many people are at risk for her to not track the spell-caster down. Even meeting a sexy half-elf shifter who may well be her mate won’t distract her from her goal.

Except Cart Dupree, called in by a high-ranking elf, is fully trained and has the team to search for the evildoer, so she’d be stupid to not use his expertise. Stupid is something she can’t afford to be, not with her enemy’s henchmen after her. Later she’ll deal with Cart and his questions about her special abilities and the non-standard training her mentor has given her. Right now, they need to unravel where the magician is, and who he is, before he builds enough power to decimate them all. First, though, they need to stay alive.

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#2
CONFESSIONS OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST SHOTGUN BRIDE
Contemporary
58,000 words

Business executive Katie St. John has given up on love, which she stinks at, to focus on her red-hot career. All she wants from Steve Tyler, an amazingly sexy, surprisingly sweet, and younger Air Force pilot, is help making her vacation one to remember (and perhaps a little help crossing off a few things on her secret to-do list of sexual fantasies). Sure, the chemistry between them is hotter than the Cayman sun, but once this vacation’s over, she’ll say good-bye and go back to plotting corporate coups.

But Steve won’t settle for being her temporary boy toy. He’s lusted after Katie, the glamorous older woman who lived next door when he was a kid, since he was old enough to know what lust was. Now that she’s finally moved from his fantasies to his bed, he’s not about to let her go without a fight – especially once he learns she’s returned home with the mother of all souvenirs.

CONFESSIONS OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST SHOTGUN BRIDE was a finalist in the Textnovel.com America’s Next Best Celler Contest and several RWA chapter contests.

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#3
SIXTH SENSE
Romantic Suspense with Paranormal Elements
65,000 words

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

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

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#4
URGENT: ONE NANNY REQUIRED
Sweet Romance
48,345 words

NICHOLAS TRENTON: Widowed, devoted father first. Hollywood director second. Yes his job called him away from home a lot but his son was safe at home with a nanny. Well he was supposed to be! Although his recent shenanigans had left Nick struggling to keep anyone to look after him. He had a shoot coming up in LA for 3 weeks, what was he going to do?!

RANIA GEORGE: Proud sweet shop owner. Yes it was run down but it was hers. Her mother had grand dreams of becoming an actress and would have been disappointed in her daughter’s career but she was fine with this. After all, unlike her mother, she knew if she ever started a family, she would put them first.

Rania was used to children outside her sweet shop but one alone on a dark night was a first. What parent would let their child wander the streets at night!

Nick was surprised to find his son contentedly spending time with a stranger. Why not hire her as the nanny for LA and bring Theo along? He’d pay of course, and judging from the state of her shop she needed all the help she could get.

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#5
DEVOTED
Contemporary/Sci Fi/Fantasy Romance
80,000 words

Matthias of Linley loves spending time with Vivian Redwood. He adores watching her prepare for her day, cooking dinner and laying in bed with her at night. He shivers at her touch, stroking him softly, cherishing him.

But the trouble with this story is that Matthias isn’t real, he is a character in her favorite novel. See humans do not realize that each novel is actually alive; the characters can see, hear and feel us. Each is unique and most are content with their lot; but not Matthias. Matthias wants Vivian and he’s found a way to have her…

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#6
FLAME
Hot Romance/Erotica Romance
50,000 words

“Becky finds herself being chased by three men. Each moment gives her another intense, erotic encounter. With tension and heat rising fast, what will happen when they all find out she’s been having fun with them. Will she be able to choose Mr Right?”

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#7
MAISIE MCGRANE: METER MAID
Humorous Thriller
95,ooo words

Unsinkable Maisie McGrane is desperate to join her Irish family’s cop fraternity. Expelled from the police academy, she takes a job as a meter maid to weasel her way back on to the force. When she over-enthusiastically boots the mayor’s limo and the ensuing scuffle goes viral, Maisie becomes a target with little more to protect herself than her ticket gun.

Similar in tone to: Stephanie Plum meets Blue Bloods

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#8
SWEET SANCTUARY
Contemporary romance with paranormal elements
120,000 words

Kate’s twentieth wedding anniversary plans never included discovering her husband’s long term affair. She quickly takes steps to rid herself of the man, while keeping her children and recovering a fraction of everything he has stolen from her life. Determined to make a fresh start for her kids, Kate follows her heart and buys the farm of her dreams in the North Georgia foothills. Sweet Sanctuary comes complete with an ancient and unusual Victorian house, a fish-stocked lake, and a reclusive handyman who not only lives on his own island in the middle of it, but cares about her children, and steals her breath away every time he looks at her.

Alone, Ian Stuart has walked the familiar paths of this old farm for more decades than he cares to count. Now, for the first time since an angry mother’s curse banished him to this place, he wants a normal life. He foolishly allows himself to fall in love with Kate and her children, knowing he doesn’t deserve them and will never have anything to offer. But he needn’t worry. His age-old secret will one day soon destroy everything he holds dear, and leave him with nothing.

Again.

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#9
AMBUSHING THE HEIRESS
Historical/Regency romance
100,000 words

Bored and gorgeous Lady Evangeline ‘Mischief’ Moorecroft delights on dancing the razor’s edge between scandal and infamy.

Cynical, duty-bound Major Vicks Geale returns to England to find he’s inherited a title, the family’s crumbling estate and a mountain of debt. To free a fortune held in trust, he must restore the estate’s land sold off by previous heirs, the bulk of which is attached to the Duke of Moorecroft’s feckless daughter’s dowry. Pragmatic Geale, who finds love irrelevant, is certain she’ll suit.

Unable to resist Geale’s bait of a notoriously naughty masquerade, Evangeline awakens to discover she’s been ambushed into marriage. Smugly certain her father will pay her way out of the unequal marriage, she’s horrified when he won’t.

Evangeline wages a campaign of secrets, flirtation and seduction to win her freedom from the hardened soldier. The trouble is, matching wits with her brooding new husband is proving to be the most fun she’s ever had.

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#10
DARKNESS UNDONE
Paranormal Romance
105,700 words

Bound to a vengeful goddess, immortal warrior, Reynner, has little time for the fairer sex. The last thing he wants is to be aligned with another female, even if she is the key to finding an artifact and saving his realm. His stone-cold resistance is tested, his attraction undeniable for the feisty mortal. But she demands the one thing he cannot give her…his trust.

Eve Leighton keeps away from intimacy of any sort after an accident in her teens left her with a painful gift—the ability to see into another’s soul through physical contact. When an ice-cold warrior claims she is his world’s savior, she’s intrigued, until she dares a look into his soul and sees a man who’s been cruelly betrayed. She agrees to help him and loses her heart. But the man is an unassailable fortress. With quiet determination, she chips away his barriers and a passion darker than night pulls them under.

But Reynner must overcome his own personal demons as battles are fought to claim the woman he loves or lose her to a vicious goddess. And Eve has to face her own mortality and fight for a love of a lifetime.

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#11
FIRE ANGEL
Suspense/Romance
69,697 words

Criminal profiler, Jake McKenzie, volunteered to go to Afghanistan and came home minus a leg. Concerned that he can’t do the work the way he did before, he only takes on cold cases. When a pyromaniac serial killer terrorizes Paradise, he agrees to return to police work and prove to himself, once and for all, that he can do the job.

Sixteen years ago, Alexis Michaels escaped Paradise and an abusive uncle, and after surviving a deadly fire, became one of the country’s leading fire and arson investigators. She reluctantly returns home to lead the hunt for the killer. Her uncanny ability to put herself in the arsonist’s place is the skill they need to find this maniac.

After a threatening note, she grudgingly agrees to partner with Jake. Their past history intensifies their attraction, and sparks fly, but Alexis mistakenly believes that he’s married, and withdraws from him, leaving Jake frustrated and confused. They must set aside their differences and work together to catch the killer who sees Alexis as a threat to his agenda. Lives are at stake, and according to the killer, Alexis is next.

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#12
LOVE & VENGEANCE
Historical Fiction with Romantic Elements
100,000 words

Back during the reign of Trajan, c. 108 AD, at the pinnacle of Rome’s power, Marcus, a fine Roman citizen, is stripped of his position to be condemned as a slave to fight in gladiatorial games. Sentenced to die in the Colosseum, he lives and excels at the blood sport, becoming Champion of Rome, possessed by a demon to win his freedom to exact vengeance against his accusers.

Gustina is a Roman slave, never tasting the joys freedom, serves her owner, her domina, but when she finds the woman dead, poisoned by her husband, Gustina is accused as the killer and sentenced to die in the Colosseum.

Marcus saves her by using the coin he wins to buy her life. He will protect her from death by his status as champion and she will save him from the dark demon of vengeance but together, their love is tested by the very Romans who condemned him to slavery – his family – the same people he must rescue her from before they kill her.

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#13
GREAT & UNFORTUNATE THINGS
Historical
87,000 words

Operating as a British spy, Tristan St.James, the new Marquis of Wrenworth, barely escapes Afghanistan with his life in the spring of 1869. He plans to seek vengeance against the traitor who exposed him and for the agent he’s forced to kill. Returning to England, as a lord, he must marry. Haunted by guilt from the horrors of war, he avoids love at all costs, but finds himself drawn to the only woman who is disinterested in him.

Lady Evelyn Hurstine has waited over two years for the return of her love, a man who left for war in the East. But during that time, she suffered a brutal assault, resulting in a child and fear of any man touching her except for the man she once knew. The pursuit by the marquis scares her but her excuses against his proposal dwindle.

Their marriage strengthens into love until she discovers her husband isn’t the safety she believed but the one who killed the man she once loved. Caught in a world of intrigue and mayhem, Tristan must prove his love to her before the traitor destroys them both.

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#14
COMANCHE HAVEN
Romance – western romance
106,416 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 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. If she stays at Shooter Creek with Seth, she’ll be putting the man she still loves and his ranch in danger of harboring a Comanche. Seth refuses to leave her side. His vow to protect her comes with a price. Yet he 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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#15
SUGARWATER RANCH
Contemporary Western Romance
84,400 words

Sean O’Connell’s life was perfect until drinking affected his bull riding, and he ended the season too broke to leave the Northwest for the warm southern rodeos. Worse, yet, he had to get a real job.

After a wild night with his buddies gets out of hand, he wakes up naked in a strange house, staring into the intense blue eyes of a woman he’s never met. Turning to his infallible O’Connell charm, he’s dumbfounded when it leaves her cold. It’s obvious she’s not his usual good-time girl, so how did he get here?

When bar manager Catherine Silvera finds a waterlogged, unconscious cowboy in danger of freezing to death in front of the Sugarwater Bar, she saves his life–then runs away faster than a jackrabbit with a coyote on its tail. Any man who makes his living following the rodeo circuit is not for her, especially if he thinks partying is part of the competition. Since he’s everything she doesn’t want in a man, why can’t she shake an irresistible attraction to the rugged cowboy?

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#16
THE DEVIL’S IN THE DELTA
Thriller
90,000 words

My name is Lolita Vette, a seventh generation seventh daughter of a long line of witches. And I’m a fake. A charlatan. While telling fortunes and selling love potion in the Delta isn’t as sexy as running a grift, it’s a lucrative and steady business.

I’m not a witch. Just a girl with an elevated Kinesic ability. My brain processes a person’s microscopic tics and tugs so clearly, I’m a human lie-detector. Combine my God-given curse with a decent ability to cold read, and you’d be surprised how many rational people start believing in magic.

So when hard-ass ex-Army Ranger Collie-Roy Souther asked me to find his no-good brother–last seen working for crime lord Queenie Trent–my answer was no. As in no way in hell. But the man’s persistent. So much so I started nosing around where I shouldn’t.

And now, before I’d decided on whether Collie-Roy belonged in a shallow grave or in my bed, he’s disappeared. Vanished into the ether, unless you count his little finger and a helluva lot of blood.

Now even I can’t help but search for a little backwater magic in this mess of a world.

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#17
ACES WILD
Paranormal Romance
62, 806 words

A simple life’s all fun and games until you become the target of fire breathing dragons. So much for simple.

When Val Draig saunters into Ace’s Southern occult bookstore she accidentally almost emasculates the tall, emerald-eyed hunk. Just as well, he’s the type she knows she’s better off avoiding. What she finds out too late is that he’s a dragon and a simple phone call placed her humdrum life in danger. And not just hers: dragons and humans alike will fall if the long drawn-out war hits a crescendo. Suddenly, all Ace wants is her boring old life back: a return to a time when she wasn’t falling out of helicopters and unsuccessfully dodging bullets.

Val can keep Ace safe, but she won’t accept anything less than safety for everyone. To stop the rival clan, she and Val will have to rely on each other’s strengths and wits. They’ll unravel a past fraught with lies only to discover a future together is the key to their survival. Ace may not have it all, but who she is may just be wild enough to make it work.

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#18
SEASTRUCK
Women’s Fiction – Paranormal
92,500 words

Encounters with mortals brought Lura nothing but grief. All the same, when the mermaid sees a man drowning in the Gulf of Mexico off St. Pete Beach, the words of the Law of One ring through her mind and she swims out to save him. Seven Sacred Laws rule the mer world; ignoring them leads to corruption and self-destruction.

Before the moon cycle ends, she must mate with a human in hopes of conceiving – her only chance to preserve her ancestral memories. The slim, muscular man found in her waters has the genes she seeks for her offspring. Once on land, Lura shape shifts into a leggy blonde to seduce him. Tyler isn’t about to get careless, though, not with an accidental pregnancy and a failed marriage behind him.

When the mermaid is captured by a treasure hunter, he triggers an ancient curse that keeps her in his power. It’s Tyler she wants. Only unlocking the secret of the last Sacred Law allows her to use the power of love against the curse and enlist Tyler’s help in her escape.

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#19
IMMORTAL BLOODLINES
Paranormal Romance
88,000 words

Kila’s mother severed their relationship in hopes of keeping her lineage a secret. When Kila meets Ethan, a charming and lethal man from the bayou, things take a passionate but bitter twist. Their illicit love affair acts as a catalyst to her birthright. Bringing her destiny to the forefront awakens the Sepulturans, riling unprecedented anger from shape-shifting clans, and reveals the truth behind the voices in her head. One act of forbidden romance shatters the carefully sculpted facade on reality, one where shape-shifters prey on humans, creatures of the grave distort minds, and an unknowing hunter walks among the immortal bloodlines.

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#20
PRIYA IN HEELS
Contemporary multicultural romance
88,000 words

Priya is the epitome of an obedient Indian daughter. Her loyalty to her parents is carved by their love and sacrifice, but the manipulations of her aunts pushes her to forge an even tighter bond. Priya will fiercely uphold her family’s honor and has done so by becoming a medical resident, remaining a virgin, and agreeing to marry her intended. Life is near perfect, her fiancé is tolerable, and her friends are the intervals of excitement she needs. The only thing that can derail her world is the sexy Irishman down the hall, the one who wants to get into her bed and shatter her walls. Logic is clear. Tyler is no good for Priya’s life plans. Love, on the other hand, is unreasonable and clashes with the carefully sculpted life her parents gave her. Maybe going after her heart isn’t such a big deal, or maybe it’s the thing that will unravel her world and leave her an emotional wreck.

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#21
WINTER SONG
Mystery/suspense
82,000 words

Grieving widower, detective Noah Daugherty, focuses his energy on winning over his late wife’s resentful Yorkie and taking scumbags off the street. Scumbags like The Driver, an honest to God hit man who advertises on Craig’s list. Noah has never believed in hit men, at least not ones that offer their services to the public, and he certainly never envisioned The Driver, a teenage killer who professes to take jobs to pay his college tuition, but in fact, simply loves his work.

When The Driver senses Noah closing in on his true identity, he takes steps to eliminate the detective and his annoying little dog. That’s when it gets personal. But Noah isn’t that easy to kill. After his first attempt fails, The Driver is left wondering–what’s it going to take to kill this man, silver bullets? A stake through the heart? He’d better think of something quick, because Noah is now aiming for him.

Winter Song is the first book in a four part series

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#22
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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#23
DR. STRANGE LOVE Short Story Series #1
Erotica/ Erotic Romance
8,000 words

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

It’s her secret though, until the night, Luke announces they’re hiring a sex therapist. Uneasy about a professional poking around in their relationship, especially one who makes ‘house calls’, Toni feels betrayed. Her love for and her trust in Luke win out as she agrees to meet the good doctor. Neither Luke nor Toni is prepared for the talents of Damon. This story is 8,000 words.

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#24
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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#25
LOVING EMMALYNE
Paranormal romance
37,000 words

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

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

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

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

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#26
TRUTH BE TOLD
Single Title
90, 570 words

Jill Barlow has come a long way—Texas to Vermont—in search of a safe haven after her husband, and then her father are murdered. A letter she receives from him after his death suggests he was killed because of his fight to keep the Texas Legislature from adopting casino gambling. Jill wants nothing more to do with politics despite the attraction drawing her to the son of the woman whose crystal shop Jill wants to buy.

Jerrod Phillips, a Vermont State Assemblyman, has come a long way in the twenty some years since his wife abandoned him and their two children. He’ll do anything to keep his family from being hurt again, especially when the threats come packaged in the attractive form of Jill Barlow who he suspects is involved in murder.

Jill and her friends are physically threatened. The possibility of justice for her husband and father’s murders pales beside the need to keep her grown kids and her friends safe. If she survives, what chance can she and Jerrod have when he holds her responsible for his brother’s death, and she fears the consequences of involvement in the life of another politician?

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#27
BIG BAD WOLFE
Contemporary Category Romance
55,000 words

When desire comes head-to-head with feelings from the past, sparks are bound to fly.

Sarah never planned on seeing Falon Wolfe ever again. The he walked into the conference of her grandfather’s company. Falon was the one thing in her life she couldn’t forget. And she’d tried. For nine years she tried forgetting the scent of his skin and the way his body felt.

Falon’s overbearing ego, coupled with his dark good looks and undeniable charm grate on Sarah’s nerves. The cold cynicism that replaced his quicksilver spontaneity had Sarah devising a plan of her own: seduce the man who didn’t know he held her heart, and make him remember who he really was.

Returning to Chicago after fifteen year, Falon learns that things weren’t as simple as his cynicism had him believing. Faced with their strong attraction, Falon vows to have Sarah until he gets her out of his system.

When feelings change from cold agendas to blazing passion Sarah and Falon must come clean about their motives or risk losing everything. Sarah must move past her insecurities and Falon’s frigid walls if she truly wants to tame the Big Bad Wolfe.

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#28
HER UNREASONABLE DOUBT
Romantic Suspense/Thriller
90,000 words

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

When some crazed person bent on revenge stalks and threatens Madison, she turns to Joshua Baldwin for help, the former violent crimes detective she just prosecuted for murder. Although the jury acquitted him, this man she once loved and the only cop she ever trusted is still trying to prove to Madison and the world that despite the incriminating evidence the jury was right.

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

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#29
BRANDED
NA Suspence Romance
97,000 words

Allison barely escapes her brother’s wedding reception alive. When the invaders raid the party, she and her siblings flee, avoiding the massacre.

Three weeks later, Ali is captured by the heartless General, who led the invasion, as she and her siblings search for other survivors. When she refuses to submit to him, he brands her for death. In a wild act of defiance, she snatches the branding rod and sears the mark onto his face. Furious at the humiliation she forced upon him, she is taken out to join the rest of the captives in front of the firing squad. But she escapes, and flees again.

She finds a small 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 obsession is inflamed. Allison discovers that his hunt for her may not kill her, but his mind games may break her and Damien apart. She must put herself on the line or he could kill her family and the man she loves.

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#30
KOMODO KABOOM
Paranormal,Sub-genre: Horror, Romance
25,000 words

Set in a series of valleys named Hekati’s Wrath, a corrupt family, Matriarchal Oriane, seeks to overpower the ruling queen and council of Hera’s Paradise Kingdom. What stands in the way of those plans is one not so innocent female, Trestle Oriane, and a recruiter rebel, Clink Doggerel, seeking an inside weapon in taking it down.

Trestle despises her family, grew up abused and disdainful of the lcientiousness her dame and sire fostered to control outlying subjects and family members. She had no problems accepting the bargain Clink offered her, take down the power seat, and gain freedom.

Deep within Hekati’s Wrath is a labyrinth that the Oriane stronghold surrounds. That is the rumored power source of the entire set of valleys. Remove the power source, remove the threat, and lastly remove the corrupted family members came the orders to Clink. Only one problem resulted, he’d recruited Trestle from a very early age and then fell in love with her.

Trestle is aware of treachery lurking everywhere and trusts no one, except perhaps Clink. She carries his child, she has a secret ability that only Clink knows about. She shape shifts into a komodo dragon, one that goes Kaboom upon reshaping.