PW #409: Adult Dark Contemporary Romance: KILLING JUNE

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Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Jami Nord
Mentee Name: May B Bridges
Title: KILLING JUNE
Category: Adult
Genre: Dark Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 75,000

Pitch:

Nights of whips and sweat-slicked skin collide with Sunday church, pecan pie, and cultivated appearances. Cade blasts through the partitions of Alex’s life, seeing her as a whole. But lowering her walls risks Alex’s heart, career, even life, when her criminal ex won’t let her go.

Excerpt:

I’d thought about killing June before, but never with the determination I felt while sitting in Joe’s bar waiting to meet new clients. I hated her—who she was, the things she did, and mostly, that I needed her. I hated the tension tightening my gut, and the nausea I fought waiting for a stranger to slide onto the stool beside me.

I glanced around, trying to spot my would-be client. Nothing but bikers and half-dressed, strung-out women. It would’ve been a rough crowd in my neighborhood, but that far south of Dallas’ I-20, it was spot on.

My nerves coupled with sticky Texas heat, pushed my discomfort over the edge. It was September, 10PM, and a solid 85° in Dallas. 95° easy in Joe’s smoke filled, sweatbox.

“You’re nursing that one, doll.” Joe pointed to my half-full glass. He pulled a bar towel across his damp, dark brow.

“Here for a quick chat with a friend, then I have to drive. Being responsible.”

“Sure ya are.” Joe winked and strolled across the bar to help a string of spandex and leather clad ladies.

We’d never discussed it, but I was sure the old man knew the guys I met weren’t friends, and that I wasn’t hanging out to chat.

Letting ice from my drink linger against my lips, fizz tickling my nose, I watched Joe pour tequila and pass out salt. My view was obstructed by the mass of a man that settled on the stool beside me.

This was the awkward part.

 

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. I’d love to read more of this! Please send the first 50 pages attached as a word document to:

    rena(at)thedeborahharrisagency(dot)com

    Thanks!

    Rena Rossner

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  2. This sounds fantastic! Please send the full ms as an attachment to jlindert@newleafliterary.com and include “Pitch Wars Request for Jackie” in the subject line. Thank you!

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  3. I’d love to see this. Please send query (in the body of the email) with synopsis and full manuscript (attached as Word documents). Please send those to ESubmissions at SarahJaneFreymann.com. Thank you!

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