PW #430: Adult Contemporary Romance: LOVE ME LIKE A LOVE SONG

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Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: 
 Brighton Walsh
Mentee Name:
 Suzanne Marie
 Love Me Like A Love Song
 Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 87,000


Alex “A.J.” Bryan is a former bad boy, on hiatus from his crazy rock star life. Bronte Loughlin’s a teacher ruled by responsibility and forethought. He makes her a little wild. She gives him hope. Their connection is instant and all consuming, but they can’t hide in a Pennsylvania town forever. Soon Alex’s star status encroaches on their lives and has Bronte questioning if love is really enough.


It was 2:16. Exactly fourteen minutes before take off, and Alex was cutting it close. He couldn’t recall the last time he had a layover, let alone travelled on a commercial airline. The days of private jets were out. Sprinting from gate to gate was in.

He was still trying to catch his breath as he walked down the jetway toward the plane, fixing his well-worn baseball cap lower over his brow. Reaching the entrance of the plane, he adjusted the guitar case over his shoulder and took a calming breath as he passed those really tempting first class seats to the cramped and overcrowded ones behind. He scanned the rows laid out in front of him. Almost everyone was already in place with heads bowed over a book or cell phone, while some inspected their small surroundings, but no one took any extra notice of him.

No one stared. No one made a fuss, pointed, asked for a picture. Nothing.

Between the gate attendant not recognizing him and this, he was sure his star status had not only fallen, but imploded in on itself and turned into a black hole.

Was he just so egotistical he expected to stand out, be treated differently?

He shook the thought from his head. This was what he wanted, what he needed.

To avoid attention.


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. Ooh, this sounds like lots of fun! I would love to see more. Please send a query and the first 100 pages as a Word doc attachment to, and make sure to put “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line of the email. Thanks – I’m looking forward to reading on!

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  2. This sounds so good! I would love to see the first 50 pages, sent as a Word attachment, to querycaitie(at)lizadawson(dot)com, with the words “#PitchWars request” in the subject and your query pasted in the body of the email!

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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 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 Thank you!

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