January 23, 2013

Pitch Wars Entry #18 - ENCHANTED HEART (YA Paranormal Romance)

Name: Mindy Ruiz

Mentor: Molly Elizabeth Lee
Title: ENCHANTED HEART
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 96,000

PITCH:

One step inside Las Vegas and seventeen year-old Cassandra rekindles an ancient power struggle between the ruling families: The Hearts, Diamonds, Clubs and Spades.  Her true identity is masked in riddles nobody in Vegas can afford for her to solve, and the boy she shouldn’t trust has enchanted her heart. 

FIRST 250:

New Year’s Resolution #1: Kill Malory!  Not quickly, either. The use of a calorie counter and a corn dog should be involved in her murder.

A Malibu coast line, four hours of desert for inspiration and that was all I’d come up with for my set of New Year’s resolutions.  I was either pathetic or still pissed. 

“Don’t worry about it, Cassie,” Malory’s voice played back in my mind, all distorted like she’d been drinking too much giggle juice.  “I’ve totally got your ride to Vegas covered.”

If conning my ex-boyfriend, Justin, to take me to Las Vegas was my best friend’s idea of “covering my ride,” I think I should have opted for the spend-New-Year’s-Eve-alone strategy.     

A whoosh of desert air whacked the ends of my ponytail against my cheeks.  Even the rebellious strands couldn’t obscure the contemptuous grin of Crystal Shoemaker, A.K.A the new girlfriend.  

“You’re so lucky Malory bribed us with Club ASHA opening night tickets.” Crystal shook out her hair in the wind.

My eighteenth New Year’s Eve wasn’t starting off any better than my first.  

Warm, promise filled lights flooded the car from Casino Center Boulevard, but the cold icy fingers of doubt wrapped around my heart as mom’s warning about Las Vegas echoed in my ears:  “There’s a reason it’s called Sin City, Cassandra.” Her eyes would go cold and dead serious.  “Promise me you’ll never go there.” 

I always promised, but that was before Malory moved here.

5 comments:

Brenda Drake said...

Kerry Sparks with LEVINE│GREENBERG LITERARY AGENCY, INC. has made a full request on this and I will email instructions by the end of the contest.

Brittany Howard said...

I'd love to see the first fifty pages as an attachment. Please include the query/pitch in your email. Send to brittanyh@corvisieroagency.com

Julia Alexandra Weber said...

Hi there, I'd love to see more. Would you please send your query letter, a synopsis, and the first 3 chapters (pasted into the body of the email) to j.weber (at) jaw-litagent.com? Please put "Pitch Wars" in the subject line. Thank you, Julia (J.A. Weber Literaturagentur GmbH)

Julia Alexandra Weber said...

Sorry, I managed to get the link to my twitter account wrong. It's www.twitter.com/jawlitagent. My website is www.jaw-litagent.com/home

Stephanie Garber said...

I know I already said this, but this entry was one of my favorites! I'm so excited you got requests! Please let me know what happens!

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