59. CALAMITY – Adult Romance

Assorted_Uzi_Water_Guns_lgMentor Name: Jaime Loren

Mentee Name: Mary Ann Nicholson


Category: Adult

Genre: Romance

Word Count: 78,000


Mallory usually has the luck of the Irish Potato Famine, but when a string of disasters culminates in a proposal from a dreamy millionaire, she thinks her fortune’s changed. Unfortunately, getting everything she’s always wanted might cost her the one thing money can’t buy — the friend who’s loved her all along.


I was ten when I picked up my aunt’s copy of Name Your Baby and discovered my name means “the unlucky one.” It explained so much about my life to date — the lost cat, the bad grades, the car accident. Later, I found out my family name, Pech, is the actual word for “bad luck” in German, and I desperately wanted to ask my parents why they named me Mallory. Unfortunately, they’d died years before.

When I met my best friend, Benji Chance, I joked that I should marry him for no other reason than to upgrade my last name.

He scoffed at my superstitions. “You make your own fortune, Mallory. Luck is nothing more than ignorance of all the factors.”

But for me, misfortune always had a way of getting the last laugh, all the factors be damned.

Open-minded to the possibility I could control my own destiny, I decided one mid-May morning to put Benji’s philosophy to the test, hoping to catch the eye of one unsuspecting suitor.

I called this experiment: Operation Eye Catch. In retrospect, that might’ve been my first mistake.

On the morning in question, the debonair Jean-Luc Chevalier, son of the CEO, was coming to NYC. Setting aside the slight obstacle that he lived in France, I focused on the bigger problem that he’d visited our office twelve times without noticing me. I manhandled my clown curls, popped in new filtered contacts, and confidently strode into work.

Maybe thirteen was my lucky number.

Author: Brenda Drake

New York Times bestselling author of Thief of Lies (Library Jumpers #1), Guardian of Secrets (Library Jumpers #2), Touching Fate (Fated Series #1), and Cursing Fate (Fated Series #2) available now, creator of #PitchWars, #PitchMadness, and #PitMad, fueled by coffee and Goldfish crackers (but not together), and represented by Peter Knapp with The Park Literary Group. @brendadrake

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  1. Hi Mary Ann, I’d love to see the first 50 pages of this. Please send a query, a short full-plot synopsis, and the sample pages (as a .doc) to submissions(at)jaw-litagent(dot)com, mentioning PitchWars in your subject line. Thanks so much, Julia

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  2. I’d happily take a look. Send the first 50 pages along to jmccarthy@dystel.com. A Word attachment is most preferable if possible.

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  3. Hi Mary Ann–this sounds great! I’d love to see more. Could you please send your first 100 pages to query@newleafliterary.com as an attachment, with the subject line Pitch Wars Request–Danielle? Thanks!

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  4. I’m intrigued! I’d love to see the first three chapters. Send them in an attachment to laura@redsofaliterary.com with a query in the body of the email.

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  5. I’d love to read more! Please send the query plus first 100 pages as a word doc attachment to rachel(at)lperkinsagency(dot)com with “Pitch Wars Request: Title” in the subject line. Thanks!

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  6. I’d love to read the first 50 pages of this! Can you send them attached as word document to: rena(at)thedeborahharrisagency(dot)com – and please reference PITCHWARS in the subject line.


    – Rena

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  7. Hi Mary Ann,

    I’d love to read some more of this! Please send me your full query along with a synopsis and the first 10 pages pasted in the body of the e-mail. My e-mail is cassiesubmit[at]waxmanleavell [dot]com; please also mention “Pitch Wars request” in the subject line of the e-mail.

    Warmest wishes,

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