PW #425: Adult Contemporary Romance: ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND PARKING

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Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Lady Lioness and Laura Heffernan
Mentee Name: Lisa Schunemann
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 94,000


Philadelphia Parking agent Ana spends her days dodging angry citizens. When she boots the car of business tycoon Jonathan Hadley, sparks fly. Driven and successful Jon gets what he wants—except a sassy meter maid with trust issues. Their chemistry is intense but they need to find common ground. Otherwise, they’ll have to rely on the cardinal rule of parking enforcement – lock that wheel boot and run!


Eyes closed, desperate for another few minutes of quiet, Ana Schroeder slouched against the uncomfortable plastic chair. Her stomach rumbled, revolting against the chocolate bar wolfed down minutes ago and topped with coffee. A headache threatened behind her temples.

Snippets of complaints and conversation floated around her.

“Can you believe this shit?”

“I know. Our shifts start early enough without making us come in at the crack of dawn, just for a lame publicity stunt.” A disgusted snort and grumble followed.

She felt their pain, considered it her own. Mornings were never fun to begin with, especially when they came after spring weekends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Not one shift passed where she didn’t spend a few seconds wondering how her ass landed in the Philadelphia Parking Authority. She considered herself smart and educated, within reason. Yet she wore cargo pants, a polo, and cap with the PPA logo on the front.

Four years of college and she became a glorified meter maid. Well, Parking Enforcement Officer, but the good citizens weren’t fooled. She and her peers were the enemy, the most hated figures on the streets. Second only to their reviled sister city of Pittsburgh.

She pointed out parking errors in judgment and people paid through the nose for them. Even the Catholic nuns littered around the city would have loved to show her the NY state bird, pesky conscience be damned.


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 like to read more of this. Please send the query, synopsis + the full manuscript to rachel(at)lperkinsagency(dot)com with “Pitch Wars: Title” in the subject line. Thanks!

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  2. I would love to see more. If you’re interested at all, please send the first 50 pages (as a .doc) along with your query letter and a short synopsis (pasted in the body of the email) to submissions(at)jaw-litagent(dot)com with the subject line “Pitch Wars request: ALL’S FAIR IN LOVE AND PARKING”. Thanks so much, Julia

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  3. I’d love to read the full manuscript!


    Send as an attached word document, with the pitch you used here pasted into the first page of the doc. Send to:, and put “PITCH WARS REQUEST” in the subject line.



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  4. I’d love to read more. Please send me the query and full manuscript in a word document with the pitch on page 1. Include #pitchwars in the subject line. furyqueries(at)thebentagency(dot)com
    Looking forward to reading more!

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