PW #131: Adult Contemporary Interracial Romance (#ownvoices): #INTERCEPTED

Manuscript Status: Finished

Mentor Name: Kara Leigh Miller & Meredith Ireland
Mentee Name: Alexa Martin
Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Interracial Romance (own voices: biracial)
Word Count: 85,000


When Marlee Harper learns her NFL-star boyfriend is wide-receiving other women, she swears off athletes, but new quarterback Gavin proves irresistible. Unfortunately, between the teammates’ wives and the rabid fans, their love may not last the season when REAL HOUSEWIVES meets ANY GIVEN SUNDAY.


For the first three years, it’s fun being a pro-football player’s girlfriend.

“Marlee, let me see your hand! Did Chris propose yet?” Amber asks.

I’m in year ten.

“Still naked.” I wiggle my fingers in front of her the same way I did last week and the week before that…and the week before that. #HeDidntPutARingOnIt

Sometimes, I like to hashtag my life. #CheaperThanTherapy

I sip my margarita. “When it happens, I promise to let you know.” Or you know, keep asking every time you see me.

“Marlee.” Courtney sighs. She stands at the head of the table clutching a glitter-coated gavel. “We made exceptions for you to join the Lady Mustangs. Try to acknowledge that and save your little side conversation until we’ve finished.”

“Sorry, Court.” Every time I call her Court, she strains her Botoxed forehead and glares my direction, so obviously, it’s the only thing I call her. Well, sometimes I call her bitch, but she doesn’t know about that.

“As I was saying, the Annual Lady Mustangs Fashion Show is in three weeks. Everyone must attend the next meeting so we can discuss the outfits for you and your husbands.”

I catch her eye again. She raises her chin, and her fat-injected lips form an actual smile. #HoldOntoYourButts

“Oh, I’m sorry. In your case, Marlee, you and your boyfriend.

See? Bitch.

“Thanks for the clarification, Court, but I understood.” My fingernails dig into my palm as I fight the urge to ask if one of her husband’s girlfriends will be joining the festivities.

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 take a look at the first 50 pages! Please send the query pasted in the email and the pages attached as a word document to: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com


    – Rena Rossner

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  2. Please send a query and the first 100 pages in a word doc to laura [at]!

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  3. Please send a query and the first 100 pages in a word doc to querymichelle [at] fuseliterary [dot] com.

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  4. This sounds right up my alley! I’d love to read the first 100 pages of this if you would please send as a Word attachment. You can email me directly at carrie(at)prospectagency(dot)com. If you would put PITCH WARS in the subject and the query in the body of the email that would be great. Excited to read more!!

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  5. Ooh, I’ve been looking forward to this one. Could you please send the query in the body of the email and the first 50 pages attached as a Word doc to queryjennifer[at]lizadawson[dot]com? Thanks!

    – Jennifer Johnson-Blalock, Liza Dawson Associates

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

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  7. I’m really liking this so far! Will you please send the full (Word doc attachment strongly preferred) to query [at] handspunlit [dot] com, with “Pitch Wars” in the subject line? Thanks so much– looking forward to reading.

    Courtney Miller-Callihan, Handspun Literary Agency

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  8. I am so confused! This sounds AMAZING but aren’t you already represented? If this is a carve out book PLEASE SEND full ms to – I love football background books – just take a look at my THE PROF series by Robert Bailey :-)…

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    • Lisa, I think you’re reading my bio at the end of the page, which says I’m represented. That bio is just because I posted the entry. Our writer does not have an agent, yet.

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  9. I’d love take a look at the full manuscript! Please feel free to send it along as a word document to andrea [at] with “PitchWars Requested Manuscript” in the subject line. Thanks! I’m looking forward to reading.
    Andrea Somberg
    Harvey Klinger Inc.

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  10. Wow! I’d love to look at the first 50 pages. Please feel free to send it along with the query, synopsis and chapter summaries to nicole [at] goldenwheatliterary [dot] com.



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  11. Ninja request! I’ve been waiting for a great sports romance and this sounds super intriguing. Please send the query, synopsis, and first 50 pages to I look forward to reading it!

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