PW #123: Adult Contemporary Romance: THE MOMENT I FALL

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor: Laura Brown
Mentee: R.R. Baker
Title: THE MOMENT I FALL
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 73,000 words

Pitch:

Tattoo artist Knox falls for recovering aerialist, Genevieve, the moment she throws him off balance at physical therapy. Already losing the use of his legs; he can’t afford to lose his heart. His only definite plan for the future includes a wheelchair, but the Moroccan beauty is determined to prove that all of him is worth loving.

Excerpt:

“You almost died, Genevieve.”

My jaw clenches as I squat into my fifteenth lunge. “That’s something I’m reminded of every day.”

Brennan’s eyes cut toward me. “I want you to really think about that before you swing through hoops and tangle yourself in silks again. Being a safe aerialist is serious business. Now, steady your right foot and bounce on your toes.”

I focus on the white wall in front of me and do as I’m told. My physical therapist Brennan has the power to clear me and I intend to end this session—my last session—on a happy note.

“Your improvement has been substantial, especially with your knack for disobeying orders. I’m surprised we’ve made it to this point so soon. Switch feet and repeat.”

I switch feet and feign interest on the clock above me. Brennan continues to circle me, prodding my back with his pen to correct my posture.

He taps my arm. “That’s enough.”

I sneak a peek at the guy doing leg exercises on a bench on the other side of the room. He arrived twenty minutes ago on crutches looking like he’d rather lay hot coals on his eyeballs than be at physical therapy. Dark brown hair pulled into a messy, man-bun looks like something I’ll enjoy loosening and getting my hands all tangled up in while nuzzling his telltale shadow of a beard.

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’m intrigued! Please send an email with the query in the body and the full ms attached as .doc to mallory@triadaus.com, please. Thank you!!!

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  2. I love the set-up here! Please send a query and the entire MS in a word doc to laura [at] redsofaliterary.com!

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  3. I’m interested in seeing more of this! Please send the query + the first 50 pages (as a word document) to rachel(at)lperkinsagency[dot]com with Pitch Wars: TITLE in the subject line. Thanks!

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