Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Valentine's Day Pitch the Book of your Heart contest!

It's time for the VALENTINE'S DAY PITCH THE BOOK OF YOUR HEART contest to begin!

I have 6 editors from Entangled Publishing taking pitches here from today to the 10th February.

Winners will be announced on Valentine's Day!

Pitches can be for any age-range, any genre, and lengths from 10k to 120k words.

"Entangled is a boutique publisher of romance fiction. We pride ourselves on quality stories and commercial covers, and our innovative business model offers our authors the best of indie and traditional publishing. To find out more, see our website. And don't forget to look through our current open submission calls."

Before posting your pitch, you may want to check out the Imprint Guidelines on their website.You can also check out each editor's current wish-list over the last week right here on this blog.

To enter the contest, leave the following in the comments of this post. Entries will be accepted from now until midnight EST on Feb 10th.

Word Count
1-3 line pitch
Email address

-Entries must be for a completed manuscript (novellas included.)
-Contest open to unpublished & published writers.

You do not have to indicate which editor you are pitching to; all the editors will read all of the entries. Each editor will choose at least one winner.
Winners will be announced Valentine's Day- keep an eye out on the blog here and on my Twitter account for the announcement.

You can post up to two different pitches, but each pitch must be written in a separate comment.

*Editors reserve the right to not choose a winner, based on quality and quantity of submissions.

So what are you waiting for?
Let the pitching games begin!


Stephanie said...

Genre: YA Science Fiction
Word Count: 64,000

When Clementine wins an escape from the Surface slums and poisonous moon, she learns the boy she loves but left behind will suffer a fate worse than death if she can't save him.


Alli Sinclair said...

Title: Vestige
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Adventure
Word Count: 90,000

Pitch: To stop the deadly powers of an Incan relic, a feisty flight attendant turned Indiana Jones in heels must discover if her ex husband or new lover is a reincarnation of the soul mate she lost in a past life.

Email: allisinclair@hotmail.com

Thank you for this great opportunity to pitch and I look forward to reading all the entries!

Peta said...

Title: Harbinger
Genre: Urban Fantasy with romantic elements
Word Count: 90,000 words

Pitch: An average suburban girl has to overcome tacky pick-up lines from a seductive demigod and hideous overtime at work in order to battle a putrid demon and his obsession with a birthright she knows nothing about.

E-mail: petacrake(at)gmail(dot)com

Rachel Bates said...

Title: Unwritten
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 89,000

When her estranged mother launches a vicious smear campaign against her, singer/songwriter Katherine Hayes struggles to overcome a traumatic event from her childhood to set the record straight, and discovers success is meaningless without the college professor who’s taught her how to love.

Email: rachelbates05(at)gmail(dot)com

KRwriter said...

Genre: YA/Sci-fi
Word count: 60,000

When Voya and her best friend (and crush) Zephyr are expelled to Earth for bad behavior, she's thrilled to escape the confines of the ship Ark2. But when handsome Earth native William helps them tap into a magical connection to the blue planet, Voya also feels a strong connection to him. When Ark2 declares war on Earth, Voya must decide between loyalty to her people on the ship or her new found friends on Earth as well as choose between her crush on Zephyr or her feelings for William.


Annie Rains said...

Title: The Marrying Kind
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 70,000

Pitch: Lexie Campbell runs to a small town in North Carolina, hoping her non-committal ex-boyfriend will realize what he's lost and follow her with a proposal. When a forest fire threatens her rental home, Lexie finds herself in the arms of a handsome firefighter, struggling with a desire that just might send her plans up in flames.


Heather Massey said...

Title: Iron Guns, Blazing Hearts

Genre: Western steampunk romance

Word count: 56,232 words

TRUE GRIT gets steampunk’d when Violet Whitcomb, an inventor’s daughter, joins forces with dangerous outlaw Logan McCoy and an automaton gunslinger to rescue her father from the clutches of an evil overlord known as the Iron Scorpion.


Anonymous said...

Title : Lavender Boys
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Contemp
Word Count 78k

Dumbest thing to do when you meet the girl of your dreams? Introduce her to the boy of HER dreams.


Marisa said...

Wow, Nicola, thanks for hosting this!

Title: Live to Tell
Genre: YA
Word Count: 70K
Pitch: A girl, an oath, and a secret she may not live to tell. They were just dreams, until she crafted them on canvas. Then, they became evidence.

Email: marisa@marisacleveland.com

DeenaML said...

Genre: YA
Word Count: 51k

Sixteen-year-old Lily is determined to attend FIT for college and is terrified of being on camera, but when she's invited to star on the teen version of Project Runway, "Passion for Fashion," she must decide if her future or her fright is more important.

deenaviviani AT hotmail DOT com

Rachel said...

Title: Project Shadow
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 80,000

A feisty Defense Intelligence Organization analyst meets her match when paired with a retired Navy SEAL to investigate a global conspiracy that threatens to bring down the entire DIO. Is he protecting her from danger or leading her further into the shadows?


Yael Levy said...

Genre: Mommy Lit/ Humorous Romp
Word Count: 52k
All Abby Miller wants is her husband's love and to be a star. But as an Orthdox Jewish homemaker in an arranged marriage, her goals seem as elusive as ever. Until her life (literally) collides with a soap opera star and nothing is ever the same.
E-mail: jdytlevy@gmail.com

G. Donald Cribbs said...


Genre/Sub-genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Word Count: 82K

1-3 line pitch: Sixteen-year-old Joel Scrivener has two choices: continue to run from his problems, or man-up and face them, and only one choice will keep Amber Walker in his life.

If he retreats to his books and poetry now though, he’ll lose everything, including Amber, the girl he’s secretly loved since he was a kid. If he faces his problems, he’ll uncover the root cause of his recurring nightmares and a secret from his past so terrible, it may prevent him from being the man he realizes Amber needs.

Email address: g.donaldcribbs@yahoo.com

Bethany Griffith said...

New Adult/ YA Crossover
Paranormal Romance/ Rural Fantasy
Bethany Griffith bethanylgriffith(at)gmail(dot)com

When cloaked they look like us, love us, and live their lives- happy to enjoy nature, make art, and just be and when uncovered they are other- telepathic, telekinetic, potion makers, artisans and enchanters. They call themselves Wanderers, you would call them Elves. Oryan Bonner, a new girl in town doesn’t know what to call Dai other than broody and weird… and intensely attractive, as well as unbelievably talented…and maybe the one...

Bethany Griffith said...

New Adult/ YA Crossover
Paranormal Romance/ Rural Fantasy
Bethany Griffith bethanylgriffith(at)gmail(dot)com

“You want us to fall in love?” She asked with a delicious thrill.

“Why would I want to fall into anything, when we can craft it with care?”

Anne Van said...

Title: Teaching Celebrity
Genre: New Adult
Word Count: 70,000

Angela Brooks had taken a solemn oath—starve to death before resorting to teaching kids. But when she's faced with a zero balance in her bank account, she accepts a job at Woodbridge Academy teaching art to spoiled children of celebrities. Angela soon discovers a world she's only read about at the check out stand.

Email: anne.van.1111@gmail.com

Nicola thanks for running the contest!

Louise Rose-Innes said...

Title: The Rebel Photographer
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary
Word Count: 49000 Words

1-3 line pitch: City girl, Georgina McKellar's life is about to get wild... when she's sent to interview Taj Andrews aka "The Rebel Photographer" on board a research vessel bound for the Antarctic!

Email address: louiseroseinnes@gmail.com

Annie Quinn said...

Title: Reborn by Blood
Genre: Paranormal romance
Word count: 120,000

“Reborn by Blood” is the story of Clementine Collins, a woman with a broken heart, a writing block and a job that is getting her nowhere. Gifted with an unusually intense intuition, Clementine meets Ichiro, a fictional character she created years ago, a man now haunting her most intimate dreams. The synchronistic encounter opens a new chapter in Clementine’s life, one filled with intrigue, dangerous attractions and several bites.

email: callaghan57@gmail.com

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!

Eve said...

Title - Destination: You

Genre/Sub-genre - Heartfelt Contemporary Romance

Word Count - 53,000

A smidgen 'Unstoppable' with a hint of 'An Affair to Remember' and sweet sassy Ellie and fix-it Flynn (never thinking they'd meet again), must learn to dissociate their attraction from the twisted carnage of the train wreck in order to work together. But as their chemistry burns bright, with courage, they turn what could have been the end of their connection into the beginning of a journey back to each other.

Email: inkwell925-entp@yahoo.co.uk

Thanks for this fantastic opportunity!

Erica R. said...

Title: Grave Digger
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 77,000

Romance wasn't on the menu the night Stephanie went into anaphylactic shock in a small-town bakery. Falling for the apologetic owner was an accident, and knowing she was still to be engaged was problematic. Realizing both men may actually be dead is a bombshell she can't ignore.

Email: AcireRo @ ymail . com

Julie Rowe said...

Molly Gets Her Man
Romantic Suspense
50,000 words

Las Vegas translator, Molly McLaren, just wants to stay alive. Too bad she’s overheard a Russian mobster’s plan to assassinate an American congressman, blowing up Hoover dam in the process. On the run from assassins and a dirty cop, Molly hitches a ride out of Vegas with trucker Bernie Wilson, who might be more dangerous than all the rest combined.


Cheers, Julie Rowe

DL said...

Mustang Sassy
Contemporary Romance
85,000 words

Growing up in the family’s auto body shop in Greenview, Colorado, Sass Hogan has an exterior as tough as the muscle cars she drives, and a temper as fiery as the flame licks tattooed on her backside. When city-boy, Jordan Carlyle, turns up at the shop with a busted-up ’67 Mustang Fastback, Sass is determined to fix his car, but vows (unsuccessfully) to stay far, far away from the too handsome blond Goliath. After all, she was the one who accidentally—on purpose—smashed his car and any sort of relationship would surely set them on a crash course for disaster.


Thanks for the opportunity!
DL Snow

Eve said...

Title: The Waiting Game

Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense

Word Count: 57,000

With psycho stalker Andre Spinks released from prison, Brooke Bennet's life is back to balancing on a knife-edge and she's desperate to prove she can conquer her fear. But that doesn't mean letting her former protector, sexy security consultant Cam Dexter, call all the shots.

Email: inkwell925-entp@yahoo.co.uk

This is a great opportunity - thank you so much!

Jamie Haden said...

Secrets, communications with the spiritual worlds, dangerous desires, and deep-rooted beliefs are the back drop to Illuminate—Alive, She Cried, the story of Native American shape-shifters.

Illuminate-Alive She Cried
YA Paranormal Romance/Fantasy
92,000 words

Steena Holmes said...

Losing Control
Contemporary Romance
17,000 words

Knowing what she wants and how to get it is Elizabeth's specialty, except when it comes to men. Losing control is never an option, so when the blind date she's set up on disregards her long list of "wooing" requirements and does what he pleases, she discovers it's not only exactly what she's always desired, but also what she's always needed.


Annie Rains said...

Title: Breathing Lessons
Genre: Category Romance
Word Count: 54,000 words

Dana Willis returns to the place of her daughter’s drowning death two years earlier, but when she meets Charlie King, the man who desperately tried and failed to save her little girl, Dana realizes how broken he is by his failure. Instead of revealing her identity, she finds herself taking swim lessons and falling in love with a man who, if he knew the truth, could never love her back.


Bronwyn said...

Title: Mixing Business with Pleasure
Genre: Contemporary/Hot Romance
Word count: 55,000 words

The only way for Allison Marcum to pay her brother’s gambling debts is to transform herself from boring social worker to experienced model. She gets more than she bargains for when she surpasses model and heads straight for flaming hot temptress. As her lies start to unravel and the loan sharks get impatient, will Allison risk the best thing that’s ever happened to her by telling more lies? Or will she learn to trust the man who makes her toes curl, the man who teaches her that sometimes trust is all you have left.


Bronwyn said...

Title: Blind Passion
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 55,000 words

When American construction tycoon Brandan McAllister is injured in a building accident, he finds himself stranded on foreign soil. Temporarily blinded, his care falls into the unwilling hands of a flight attendant with more baggage than a 747.

Sophie Wright is stalked not only by a tragic secret but also her ex husband. When there is nowhere to go and no one to turn to, she’s forced to accept Brandan’s offer to be his ‘eyes’ and stay with him in his penthouse suite.

But as their vulnerabilities push them closer together, can they find peace and safety in each others arms or will her past catch up before he has a chance to make the wrong things right...


Jen said...

Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary YA
Word Count: 62,000

Pitch: Bruised and beaten, but not down for the count; Zach doesn't just fight for himself, he takes the black eyes so his mom doesn't have to. The constant abuse wears him down until Zach can't find a way to control his temper and encounters a fight he never saw coming; the fight to regain control or let it ruin his life. With the help of a caring psychiatrist and a girl he's willing to share his darkest secret with, Zach hopes he can regain what's just out of reach...happiness.

email: jenduffey81@gmail.com

Suzanne said...

Title: 'Saving Savannah'
Genre/Sub-genre: Suspense/Thriller with Romantic elements.
Word Count: 80.000 words.

1-3 line pitch:
Her life is in jeopardy. It's time to run.
With an abusive husband in her wake, a bitter, resentful next door neighbour, and a sexy, headstrong jackaroo—her worst nightmare is about to unfold.

Email address: suzportmac at msn.com

Sue said...

TitleBeloved Jailer
Genre/Sub-genre Contemporary
Word Count 52000 words
1-3 line pitch
Laura is arrested as an accessory in the robbery of Paolo’s bank just hours after meeting him. The playboy financier and bank owner bails her out and she finds herself under house arrest in his home.
She challenges him on every subject and he discovers that arguing with her is a real aphrodisiac but, warring with her desire for him is Laura’s fear of becoming like her mother – any man’s mistress. And how will they deal with his manipulative and powerful ex-fiancée who wants him back and Laura gone?

Email address susanrees7@gmail.com

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Nic,
Thanks for this opportunity.

Ruthless Seduction,
90,000 words
Australian Historical Romance

Explosive results and tragedy follow Josephine Saunders and Luke Campton when they cross the fine line dividing love and hate.


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Nic,
Thanks for this.

Savage Possession
Australian Historical Romance
90,000 words

Wuthering Heights in Australia, where a mistaken identity opens the door for Martin Mulvaney to take his revenge on the grand daughter of his mortal enemy.


S. J. Bickford said...

Synchrony’s Call
Romantic Suspense w/paranormal elements
110K word count

When the owner of the Ferrari blocking Abby’s SUV won’t move it, she steals his keys and does it for him—an unusual move for her, but one a bad boy like Nicco finds irresistible. Now she’s in for the ride of her life, and he’s in hot pursuit, on a bumpy road to romance that only gets rougher when the past he’s fleeing threatens to destroy them both.


Thanks for the opportunity!

Annie Quinn said...

Title: Reborn by Blood
Genre/subgenre: Paranormal romance
word count: 120,000

Set in Montreal, Reborn by Blood is the story of Clementine, a woman with a broken heart, a writer’s block and unusual psychic talents and Ichiro, a vampire DJ with a passion for chaos, music and blood. When Clementine agrees to work for Ichiro it’s only the first step of her journey in a world of intrigue, magick and seduction.

email: callaghan57@gmail.com

Jodie said...

Title: His Bargained For Bride
Genre: Category Romance
Word Cound: 50000
To reclaim the company stolen from his father ten years previously, Jack Csrlton must make a deal with the devil and seduce the daughter of his enemy, Mia Carmichael.

Mia's life is perfectly mapped out: promotion to head curator at Brisbane's museum and an impending marriage to her best friend. What she doesn't bargain for is the intense attraction to the museum's newest benefactor, Jack Carlton.

Email: jmor72@bigpond.com

Thank you. :)

YT Levy said...

Genre: YA
Word Count: 22k

Pushed and pulled in every direction by his warring parents, sixteen year old Brooklynite Joseph Tiktin spends a summer in Israel. What happens on this trip will change him forever.

E-mail: jdytlevy@gmail.com

Lisa B. said...

Genre/Sub-genre: YA Paranormal
Word Count: 67,000

When sixteen-year-old Rayna “Ray” Evans spots two angels—one with midnight black wings—shortly after her release from the Sunflower Sanitarium, she thinks she’s going crazy again, until she discovers her classmate dead from a supposed suicide. With all signs pointing to the angels, Ray must uncover the truth to save the rest of her school from the same fate, but protecting her friends—and enemies—means not only working with the angels but also trusting them; jeopardizing her heart and her sanity.

Email address: LisaMarieBasso(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shay Lacy said...

Title: Grave Secrets
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary RS/Mystery with Paranormal Elements
Word Count: 55,000

A murdered undercover cop who hid evidence in a coffin before he died confides his secret to Analise Angelotti. Despite her vow of silence to protect her psychic gift, the urgency of his message compels Analise to tell Detective Rick Ziffkin, who is driven to solve his friend’s murder. With the dead disturbed by the murderers searching new graves for the buried evidence, and Rick and Analise fighting the sizzling attraction they feel for one another, can each rise above the grave secrets that haunt them to find the evidence…and an everlasting love?

Email address: shay_lacy(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thanks for this opportunity!

Lynn Marie said...

Title: Epic Force
Genre: Romance
Word Count: 80k

After having her heart broken by a fellow pro-wrestler, Trinity refuses to admit what she feels for her mentor, Derek.

All she wanted was a contract with the national federation, but when she gets her chance to try out Trinity sees how lonely it is at the top.

She’s already distanced herself from her dreams once over a boy; admitting her feelings for Derek will have to balance out with her goals or she might be forced to tap out.


Thanks for such a great opportunity!!

Stephanie Feagan said...

August After Everything
Women's Fiction/ Romance
120K words

August is blown away when an ex-con shows up in her small Atlanta stationery shop and tells her that her husband of three years tried to hire him to kill her for insurance money. After the divorce and her husband’s conviction, August loses everything, including herself, and as she struggles to regain confidence and trust, she and the ex-con become unlikely friends, then lovers. While she wanders across the country from job to job, distancing herself from friends and family, hoping to lose the notoriety she believes now defines her, he falls more in love with her, but doesn’t know how to convince her it’s real and true until finally, inevitably, she has to face what she’s been running from.


Ann B Harrsion said...

Ann B Harrison
Quincy Station
Genre - Contemporary Romance
word count - 50,069

Put a city gal with two troubled kids next door to a wealthy bachelor cowboy and watch the sparks fly.
Will Libby Holland meet the terms of her uncle’s will and gain her inheritance and a new family in the process, or will Nathan Miller get his way and force her back to the city?

Thanks so much for the opportunity.

Michelle Smart said...

Title: A Quirkey Affair

Genre: Contemporary

Wordcount: 50,116

When runaway-mouth Meghan Quirke moves to Tuscany to embark on a new life of travel and adventure, romance is the last thing on her mind. Marriage and babies are most certainly not for her. But a short-lived affair? And with the rich, gorgeous Massimo Vadini? What girl could say no? And what possible consequences could there be...?

email: mlsmart @ tiscali.co.uk

Lynn Crain said...

Title: Where's My Underwear, Anyway?
Genre/Sub-genre: Erotic Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 90K
1-3 line pitch: An uptight American lawyer cuts loose in an Edinburgh pub, tempted by her sexy Scottish ex-lover to rekindle old passions – but he not only displays her underwear as a trophy, he’s a shrewd courtroom rival!
Email address: oddlynn3@gmail.com

Michelle Smart said...

Title: Blackmailed to Paradise

Genre: Contemporary

Wordcount: 49,209

When feisty environmental activist Siobhan Quirke wages war on sexy Russian Oil Tycoon Pascha Virshilas, she is furious to be blackmailed into leaving the country with him. And all to prevent her revealing his secrets. But revenge will be hers...

email: mlsmart @ tiscali.co.uk

Carol Silvis said...

Title: Taking a Fall
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Word Count: 55,500

When Mallory Steele’s older brother is badly hurt in a building collapse she confronts Clayton Colby, the man she believes responsible. While Mallory and Clayton look for clues to the disaster, they find themselves drawn to each other, but can they overcome guilt and another’s treachery to find love.


Pauline Weiss said...

Not entering - Just want to say what a great opportunity this is for writers. I love the pitches. I would definitely read a few already, like Reborn by Blood, Grave Digger, and Breathing Lessons.

Can't wait to see who the winners are!

Good luck, everyone!

Patrice Kavanaugh said...

Genre: Thriller with romantic elements
Word Count: 98,000

When she aborts a mission in order to spare a young girl, Anika Washington earns an ultimatum from the counterterrorist agency that owns her: take on a mission that requires betraying her fellow operative, and lover, or forfeit her own life.

After discovering that her lover has chosen another, Anika accepts the mission; too late, she learns that she was tricked about Gianni’s changed feelings and almost dies in an agency double-cross.

Now she must run—battling time, former enemies and the agency itself to stay alive and save the man she loves.

Email: pmkavanaugh(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

Thanks for this great opportunity and best of luck to all!

Danielle Dreger said...

Head Over Wheels
Contemporary Romance

The first time they met, Lola kicked Evan out of the library. The second time they met they nearly had sex in a parking garage in the middle of the afternoon. When Lola, a roller-derby librarian, seeks counsel from Evan to get custody of her dog back she doesn’t expect to fall hard for her lawyer, but when the case doesn't go as planned Lola has to risk losing it all.

Rose Moriarty said...

Her Final Life
YA Paranormal Romance/Thriller
65K words

The life of seventeen-year-old DOMINIQUE WELLS is at stake in a war between the PURE and the TAINTED, factions of a race of ancient TRANSUMANS, a war she's waged for eight lifetimes but has no memory of. Now on her FINAL LIFE according to numerology, Dominique must accept who she is and discover the secrets of the past before confronting the Tainted leader, TAVION.



Rachel said...

Title: Lila's Corner
Genre/Sub-genre: Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 80,000

Lila May enjoys her quiet life in small town Milburn, Georgia, as the local advice columnist snuggled up with her dogs and cats and any animal that needs her help. Lila is caught off guard when Detective Colt Esposito arrives in town, and sparks begin to fly. But a murder in Milburn changes everything, and Colt's dark past comes back to haunt him. Will they find the murderer before it's too late?


Anonymous said...

Is this competition still open, as I read it closed on the 10th. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

To enter the contest, leave the following in the comments of this post. Entries will be accepted from now until midnight EST on Feb 10th.

Rules say midnight est on 10th

Lynn said...

Title – A Member of the Council
Paranormal Romance
Word Count 25000

Powerful human lawyer by day, the Magic Council's rogue witch hunter by night, Ty isn’t looking for a change, a life, or anything else that would upset his world, until he does a favor for his secretary and all hell breaks loose. Parris McCall, dive bar owner, has finally constructed a life where her little problems didn’t really matter—and she’s determined to stay underground, until her grandmother’s home is threatened. Can Ty help Parris save her grandmother’s home and find out who she is before her long lost relatives kill her?


Nicola Marsh said...

Thanks to everyone for their fab pitches.

The contest is now closed and the judges are scrutinising.

Stay tuned for the announcement of winners on Valentine's Day!