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Entranced Publishing’s Executive Editor, Ashley Christman, is taking pitches and offering feedback

RU Writers – today is a chance to get your pitch noticed! Help me welcome Ashley Christman, Executive Editor and Publisher of Entranced Publishing

Hello! Let me start by saying how excited I am to be here at Romance University this week! Entranced Publishing is a publisher of quality eBooks. We are currently gearing up for our launch in the Spring of 2013 with five digital-only imprints. With lines covering all subgenres of Romance, Erotica, and YA, we have something in our lineup for everyone.

Entranced is our main line, designed for our category romance novels. Books published under our Entranced imprint will range from sweet to a little naughty and can include LGBT. For this line, I am currently looking for romance novels from 50,000 to 120,000 words, depending on the subgenre (i.e. paranormal, fantasy, contemporary). Successful novels under this imprint will adhere to proven category tropes. For certain subgenres, such as sci-fi, urban fantasy or fantasy, HEA (happily ever after) is not required, but HFN (happy for now) is preferred.

Kissed is our line for romantic novellas, from 10,000 to 49,000 words. These should follow the same guidelines as our main Entranced imprint.

Mesmerized is our imprint focusing on erotica and erotic romance novels. This includes BDSM, as well as LGBT. Books published under this imprint must be between 50,000 and 120,000 words, depending on the subgenre.

Thrills covers erotica and erotic romance novellas ranging from 10,000 to 49,000 words. These should follow the same guidelines as our Mesmerized imprint.

Blush is our YA imprint. This includes all subgenres of YA. Romance is not required, but is preferred. Books under this imprint must be at least 50,000 words and no more than 90,000 words. I am currently only accepting Upper YA, nothing geared toward lower ages (16 and under).

Content we do not accept under any of our imprints includes: rape as titilation, pedophelia, glorification of incest, beastiality (shape-shifters do not fall into this category), necrophilia, etc.

I am accepting pitches for all of our lines. That being said, if your manuscript fits our guidelines, submit a pitch with the following:

  • Title, genre, and word count
  • The imprint you feel is the best fit
  • A short description of the story (3-4 sentences)
  • The first 100 words of your MS

For more information about Entranced Publishing and our imprints, visit our website at entrancedpublishing.com.

In addition to selecting manuscripts to be submitted directly to me, I will be offering feedback on all pitches received during the pitch event. I’ll be accepting pitches starting Monday, August 6th, 2012 until Midnight on Tuesday the 7th. See you then!

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53 Responses to “Entranced Publishing’s Executive Editor, Ashley Christman, is taking pitches and offering feedback”

  1. Hi Ashley

    Thanks so much for giving us the opportunity to pitch to you here at the fabulous Romance University.

    Title: Wanderlust
    Genre: Contemporary romance
    Word count: 28,000 words
    Best fit imprint: Kissed

    After a romantic relationship with her boss comes to a crashing halt Josie Hall finds she’s lost her job, her home and her mojo.

    Josie’s plans to rebuild her career and wreak revenge on her ex-lover are put on hold when she discovers herself unexpectedly sharing the house with the disturbingly charismatic Connor Preston.

    Connor’s not interested in a relationship with someone like Josie – he’s been burned before by single-minded career-women, but after spending time with her he fails to conquer his attraction and they embark on a passionate affair.

    They both know they come from different worlds and want very different things, and a real relationship would never work – they should be able to walk away at the end of the holiday with no regrets – but their assertions don’t seem to be so concrete after all…

    ‘What the hell are you doing in my bed!’
    Josie jerked awake through the dark drag of sleep. Disorientated, she wasn’t sure if she’d dreamt the deep, angry voice.
    Her heart raced, thudding against her chest as adrenaline ricocheted through her body.
    Grabbing the thin sheet that had been barely covering her naked body, she yanked it to her, desperately scouting around in the gloom for some sort of weapon to protect herself. There was a lamp on the bedside table. She could wield that if he came any closer.
    ‘What do you want?’
    Her voice came out in a shaky whisper, her breathing quick and shallow.

    Posted by Christy McKellen | August 6, 2012, 4:33 am
    • Hi Christy,
      Thank you for your pitch.

      I recommend practicing distilling your pitch to 3-4 lines. I know this is hard, but a litmus test for how well you know your story’s plot is: can you describe it in one paragraph?

      Also, you chose an action oriented first 100 words, but there’s no sense of the hero. For a novella, we want to know the hero almost right away. You only have one-third to one-fourth the amount of words of a novel to introduce your characters, make us like them, and root for the hero. That’s a tall order.

      So to review: Shorten your pitch and distill it to the who, the what, and the why; and more hero action.

      Thank you :D

      Posted by Ashley Christman | August 6, 2012, 9:39 am
  2. Erika Garduno

    Garduno519@yahoo.com

    Elementals is a 25,000-word science fiction novella with strong romantic elements. It is the first in the science fiction romance series Elementals.

    Line best suited: Kissed

    Abandoned on a doorstep as an infant, Esther’s life is pretty normal. That’s until she gets enraged as a child, burning a hole through her best friend’s chest and blowing up her house, killing her mother, all with one touch.

    Trying to make an average life for herself, Esther is surprised when a man named Ryn shows up with similar powers, and an explanation. But he has more to tell her than her origins. Ryn wants her dead, extinct along with the rest of her race. And he is not alone. Esther learns an entire alien fleet is looking for her, and they won’t stop until they have her life.

    Prologue
    Chi was straining, pushing with everything she had. It felt like she was about to be ripped in two. Beside her, three nurse-maids washed the sweat from her forehead, held her hand and waited for the big arrival. Chi screamed again. It could be heard throughout the village. She closed her eyes. In between the pushes were moments to relax and breathe. She took that time, allowing her body to recover before the next wave of pain.

    Bos burst through the hut, fear in his eyes. He looked at his mate, her stomach large and swollen, her face almost purple. He knelt down next to her. A nurse gave him a cloth and he dampened her forehead. Another scream erupted from her.

    Posted by Erika Garduno | August 6, 2012, 7:23 am
  3. Title: Faerie Fate
    Genre: Paranormal Romance
    Word Count: 85,000
    Imprint: Entranced

    Blurb:
    Holly Shea doesn’t believe in magic or fate, but all that changes when her long lost grandmother tries to steal her soul; when she meets Shadow, a faerie warrior, and nearly swoons from love at first sight; and when her absent faerie father shows up and tries to kill her. As if that isn’t enough, she changes into a faerie herself, then learns about a prophecy that says she’s supposedly the savior of both races.

    Shadow, on the other hand, has waited centuries to find his soul mate, and when Holly appears, he fights to protect her from the very thing that brought her to him: Fate. But it seems the only way to save her, and guarantee they have a life together, is to make a dangerous deal with Fate himself to thwart the ancient prophecy that foretells her death.

    First hundred words:
    On the other side of the hospital room door lay the grandmother Holly Shea had never met, in the last losing days of her battle with lung cancer. The door was already ajar, so Holly took a deep breath and blew it out, resigning herself to face whatever lay on the other side, then she leaned into the door, swinging it inward on its hinges. Entering the room on silent feet, she ducked inside and found an old woman sleeping peacefully in the bed. Sunshine fell bright on the floor and warmed the room, making it a degree less sterile than the white walls and linoleum of the hallway.

    Posted by Margaret Bail | August 6, 2012, 8:53 am
    • Thank you Margaret.

      My suggestion to you would be to tighten up your pitch and your prose.

      An example of how to tighten your prose:

      Original:
      Entering the room on silent feet, she ducked inside and found an old woman sleeping peacefully in the bed.

      Better:
      She ducked inside the room and found an the old woman sleeping.

      Posted by Ashley Christman | August 6, 2012, 11:41 am
  4. Title/word count/genre: River Deep, 65,000, Upper YA
    Imprint: Blush

    Six years ago, after the death of her father, Jillian Anderson left Spring Falls to live with her aunt. Now, two days before the beginning of senior year, she is forced to return and deal with the emotions she left behind. Her mother is a mental case. Her sister hates her for leaving. Her aunt is across the ocean in Europe. The only person willing to give her any attention is the boy her father died saving. Trusting him feels too much like dishonoring her father’s legacy, but the more she needs his help, the deeper her feelings for him grow until she learns the whole town is keeping the truth about her father’s death a secret.

    ——-

    “You’ll only be gone a month, Julian.”
    Aunt Bombi sat next to me in the back of her Town Car, the picture of southern perfection only she could pull off in her crisp brown and white sheath dress and Jackie-O shades.
    I, on the other hand, embraced the simple style of farm girl chic off the Nashville Nordstrom summer collection rack. Making a hundred dollar tee shirt look cheap wasn’t easy, but my normal Couture wardrobe would stick out like a debutant at the Dairy Queen in Spring Falls.

    Posted by Ann Stewart | August 6, 2012, 8:56 am
  5. Title: SEVEN TEARS,
    Word Count: 57,700
    Genre: YA, Paranormal Romance
    Imprint: Blush

    Description:
    Seventeen-year-old Bree Anderson never believed in the Scottish myth of the Selkies–at least not until her tears fell into the ocean and a dead body appeared.

    Bree is an American transplant in Scotland– thanks to her archaeologist parents– looking to have a normal senior year. But while attending a party on the shores of Orkney, Bree watches in horror as one of the local girls washes up on the shores, drowned. Then a man, beautiful, terrible, and naked, walks out of the waves. And vanishes.

    First 100 Words:

    Tonight was the night. It had to be. Liam and I had been together for one year, and I’d kept him waiting long enough. I pulled down the visor and slid open the mirror to inspect myself one last time.
    “Are you nervous?” Maggie asked.
    I let out a shaky breath and nodded. “What if I do it wrong? Or what if it, you know, breaks? Crap. I should have planned a romantic getaway or something.”
    “Right. ‘Cause your parents would totally let that happen. Just relax. You can’t do it wrong. There is nothin’ to worry over.”

    Posted by Kelly Lyman | August 6, 2012, 9:15 am
  6. Hello Ashley!Thank you for this great opportunity to pitch to you.

    Title: Cowboy, Take Me Away
    Word count: 54,000 words
    Genre: Erotic Romance
    Imprint: Mesmerized

    Naomi Stern, top features writer at Rolling Stone, has a relaxing summer planned while her son is at camp: Cape Cod, editing pieces for Annie Liebovitz’ new coffee table book and licking the wounds from her divorce.
    Sam Rhodes is on the road again with his Country band and mystery rock stars to celebrate the release of his new album, hoping to bury his sorrow in the adulation of his fans.
    Thrown together on tour in the summer of 2001, sparks fly when they finally surrender to their thinly veiled passion but can the fire of true love blaze in the barren landscape of their hearts?

    Prologue-2011
    She paused in front of the floor to ceiling windows, wrapped only in a towel. The Manhattan skyline never failed to take her breath away. Especially when viewed from her penthouse suite. Even when she knew it would delay her timely arrival at the Grammys for a few more minutes and she was already risking a strong scolding for her tardiness. So what? This was a once in a lifetime night and she was going to savor every second of the experience.
    A glittering black gown hung from the open closet door, it’s silk and sequins falling in a cascade from the tiny strapless top through the full sweep of the skirt.

    Posted by Morgan Malone | August 6, 2012, 9:25 am
  7. Title: False Impressions
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Word Count: 56K
    Imprint: Entranced

    Blurb:
    Recovering alcoholic and former party animal, Cole Tucker would be an idiot to start something with his newly hired right-hand woman, Samantha Chase. It figures he can’t seem to keep his mitts of the sexy, five-foot-nothing single mom who can toss a sack of shingles over her shoulder and rewire a house better than the crew from Extreme Home Makeover. Her incredible strength and self-confidence draw him in; something Cole has pretended to have for years. All he has to show for himself is his uncanny use of pick-up lines, a hand-me-down farm and some small-town rental properties. When he learns Samantha’s husband and daughter were killed by a drunk driver, the shame of his past experience with a DUI and near-death accident is the last thing he wants to mention to her.

    First 100 words:
    Cole watched the sparkly, carbonated amber liquid in his glass dance and pictured it topped with a foamy, frothy head.
    It wasn’t that being sober sucked, but it was a constant reminder of what a loser he was. Cole had been a social drinker. And while he’d admit he was quite social, he never relied on alcohol to provide him with a good time. His humor, good looks and charm took care of that. A nice brew was simply the icing on the cake.
    Or a glass of Pumpkin Ale toped with a shot of Jim Beam.
    But that party came to a crashing halt four months ago when he smashed his truck into a tree that refused to budge.

    Posted by Marianne Stephenson | August 6, 2012, 9:52 am
    • Thank you for allowing me to review your pitch, Marianne.

      I would recommend tightening you your pitch and your prose. The economy of words can make a big difference in move a story along.

      An example:
      Original:
      Cole watched the sparkly, carbonated amber liquid in his glass dance and pictured it topped with a foamy, frothy head.

      Better:
      Cole watched the amber liquid in his glass dance and pictured it topped with a frothy head.

      Posted by Ashley Christman | August 6, 2012, 12:05 pm
  8. THE LEGACY OF THE EYE, complete at 81,000 words, is a work of science fiction with strong romantic components. It is based on Plato’s Republic.
    Inprint: Entranced

    Pitch:
    David and Catrine were more than friends and schoolmates – they were a team. At least until the day he kissed her and saw the tiny tattoo that designated her as next in line for a throne that should not exist. To make matters worse, David discovers his parents are conspiring to make him king by marrying him to Demia’s secret princess. He flees to the other end of the galaxy because he does not want to be part of a hypocritical government. His goal is to thwart his parents’ plan, but he knows one more kiss is all it would take for him to change his mind. How long can he evade those who are determined to lure him home when the bait is more than he can resist?

    Chapter 1: Proposal
    “Stop, Cat. We can’t just walk into our future this casually.”
    Catrine almost lost her balance when David grabbed onto her arm all of a sudden. She had been so engrossed with their conversation that she had not noticed they had reached the gates of the Academy.
    “Our future doesn’t start for another couple of weeks,” she said.
    Graduation was still two weeks away and they were only outside because the Academic Council had granted them an audience.
    “You’re wrong. This is it. Today we make history.”
    She laughed. “We should wait until the council approves the Tutor Program before we celebrate.”

    Posted by Patricia Moussatche | August 6, 2012, 10:18 am
    • Thank you, Patricia.

      I would suggest adding more conflict to the pitch. As it reads right now, it sounds like a character synopsis rather than a story pitch. I’m sure there are also external factors influencing the story, so I’d suggest revealing some of those.

      Posted by Ashley Christman | August 6, 2012, 12:11 pm
  9. Thank you for this opportunity.

    Title: Time Changes Everything
    Word Count: 60,000
    Line: Entranced Category
    Category Trope: Friends to lovers

    Description:
    Amanda Larson has a new mantra: no interference – from a man or a bossy mother! That is until she meets up with her childhood crush, Jake Edwards, now a sexy big-shot lawyer in New York City. Jake enjoys the bachelor life and believes commitment is not in his blood, thanks to his dead-beat father. But, when Jake sees his little Mandy again, he realizes he might be wrong.

    First 100 words:

    Amanda’s priority for the evening did not include a night of playing hide-and-touch boy toys with her friends. But, her roommate’s birthday became a ritual over the years, so she couldn’t back out.
    Plus, she had some exciting news to share.
    Taking a deep breath, she walked down the steps and into the newest after-work hotspot – Manahatta’s Bar and Grill. Music rushed to her ears, and she wound her way around the web of bodies. As she passed the bar counter stacked with shot glasses and alcohol bottles, she saw her friend trying to shimmy herself into a booth at the back.
    Laughing, she made her way to Chloe. “How can you squeeze into the booth with that tight skirt of yours?” She placed her purse on the seat and slid in.

    Melinda Dozier (Hildebrand)
    mrs.hildebrand@gmail.com
    http://melindadozier.blogspot.com

    Posted by Melinda Dozier | August 6, 2012, 10:52 am
  10. Hello Ashley!Thanks for the opportunity to pitch our stories to you.

    Title: Too Good To Be True
    Word count: 90,000 words
    Genre: Erotic Romance
    Imprint: Mesmerized

    Description: Five years of remaining focused on her career pays off when Melanie Gordon gets a huge promotion. But the new job means she must return to her Midwestern hometown to face the family she’s distanced herself from and leave behind quiet, philanthropist, Raine Mason, who just might be the man of her dreams.

    When Melanie begins to peel back Raine’s layers (starting with that bicep-hugging cashmere sweater) she discovers that he has a dark and troubling past and a terrible secret she may not be able to overcome.

    First 100 words:

    Damien Jasper is brilliant and asshole in equal amounts wrapped in one stunningly handsome, well-dressed package. And he is headed directly toward me.

    This cannot be good.

    There are only two reasons Damien Jasper visits the peons this early in the morning. He’s in hot pursuit of a new female employee or the building is on fire. We haven’t hired anyone new and the building isn’t on fire. So I’m pretty sure I’m screwed.

    His intense eye contact is unnerving. Especially since Damien’s idea of eye contact usually lands somewhere in the vicinity of my boobs.

    Posted by Roxanne | August 6, 2012, 12:13 pm
  11. Title: Sanctuary
    Word Count: 70,000
    Genre: Dystopian
    Imprint: Blush (YA Older)

    Jennie’s parents won’t let her return to college for her sophomore year. Alien ships have been hovering over major cities and military bases, but they’ve been there for months, and nothing has happened, until now. In this dystopian/sci-fi story, Jennie will find faith, love, and her stronger self in a world falling apart.

    First 100: When Liza Smith decided to go see the UFOs for herself, she dragged Jennie Ransom with her. “I hear that the sleek metallic ships were clearly visible from the highway,” Liza said, hitting the lock button on the doors. “And I really want to see them before we leave.”

    “What am I going to do? Jump out? You’ve got me in this car; we’re already on I-64. But we do a drive-by and that’s it. Are we agreed?” Jennie clenched her jaw after saying it. She wasn’t sure she wanted to see them, but she was at Liza’s disposal. Whatever her crazy red-haired neighbor wanted to do with her, she’d be stuck for the ride.

    Posted by Pauline | August 6, 2012, 12:27 pm
  12. Ashley, thank you for this opportunity.
    Title–Sugarwater Ranch
    Genre–Contemporary Romance
    Word Count–68,000 words
    Best fit Imprint–Entranced

    Description–Sean O’Connell’s life was perfect, until drinking got in the way of his bull riding, and he had to get a job. When he meets Catherine, he realized that in order to have the woman he loves, he has to change the life he craves.
    When her father’s drinking causes her parent’s deaths, Catherine Silvera is raised by her uncle, the owner of the Sugarwater Bar. She doesn’t suffer drunks lightly, but she can’t shake the undeniable attraction to the party cowboy. She’s given her heart to a man she can’t have.

    First 100 words–“Ten, nine, eight . . .” The voices rang in his ears, but as he poured the cold liquid down his throat, he lost count of their meaning. “Seven, six, five…” One of the few people present who could down a complete beer in less than fifteen seconds, he held the dubious title of Chug Champ. Usually a happy drunk, he often found himself surrounded by a group of friends who wouldn’t miss their Saturday night drinking parties. During the summer these took place every weekend at which ever rodeo they were competing at that night. It was now February and very few rodeos were happening in the icy Northwest.

    Posted by Stephanie Berget | August 6, 2012, 12:56 pm
  13. Title: Making it Right
    Word Count: 15,000
    Authors: Margaret Bail and Merissa Muery
    Imprint: Kissed

    Blurb:
    Nina Osborn is an adrenaline junkie; she never misses a hockey game or an MMA fight on TV. But when the storage facility she owns is burgled, and one of her favorite MMA fighters shows up and blames her for his missing stuff, she parlays the meeting into a first date and burgeoning relationship, which comes with an introduction to the exhilarating world of live MMA.

    Drew “Juggernaut” Warner has no idea when he brings Nina into his life that she’ll rock the foundations of his carefully planned career. But when she blurts his secret passion for gardening in a room full of opponents anxious to capitalize on any weakness, she does just that. But after Drew lets her go he finds her harder to forget than he anticipated, especially when she shows up at his gym and proves she has an iron grip of her own, and it’s firmly on him.

    First 100 words:

    While I talked to the Harris County police officer, my customers clamored for their turn to blame me for their losses. Those who weren’t waiting to yell at me sorted through their belongings trying to decide what was missing.

    “Just a couple more questions, Ms. Osborn,” Officer Perkins said, eyeballing me like he’d rather be anywhere else.

    “Please, call me Nina. And I already told you everything I know, Officer. I did my rounds this morning and found it like this. Locks snipped, boxes, and tubs of stuff spilled everywhere.”

    “And no sign of forced entry?”

    “No. I walked the fence myself while I waited for you. The fence wasn’t cut, and no holes underneath. I suppose someone could have climbed over, but I doubt it. That’s razor wire up there.”

    Posted by Margaret Bail | August 6, 2012, 3:18 pm
  14. Title: THE ALMOST ADULTS
    Genre: Upper YA
    Word count: 90,000
    Imprint: Blush

    Blurb:

    After dropping out of college, cynical but good-hearted Jordan leaves New York and moves back into her parents’ drab Seattle suburb. Unsure of her future, she waits tables at a failing Indian restaurant to pay off her student debt. But there’s more wrong with India Palace than broken dishes, and Jordan can’t resist fixing the restaurant — or romancing a sweet customer.

    First 100 words:

    I knew that face. Unblinking eyes. Stiff jaw. Brows parallel to the line of his lips.

    The customer was recalculating my tip. He’d whittle it from eighteen percent to ten, or maybe down to an insulting fistful of coins that had attracted lint in his pocket all day. Quarters if I was lucky, nickels and pennies if I wasn’t.

    “Doesn’t this come with chapatis?” he asked before the thali plate touched down at his table, like I had already ruined his dinner.

    Someone had told me what a chapati was. In fact, I was certain several someones had, probably followed by a list of ingredients.

    Posted by Rachel Solomon | August 6, 2012, 6:12 pm
  15. Title – Somerset Cove
    Word Count – 50,000
    Genre – Contemporary Romance
    Imprint – Entranced

    When Barrett Landry returns to Somerset Cove to help renovate his parent’s home, he has no intention of rekindling the relationship he had with his high school sweetheart, Jenna Dawson who still lives there.

    But when Jenna solicits construction bids for someone to renovate the local animal shelter, Barrett’s anonymous bid wins the contract and, in time, Jenna’s heart.

    First 100 words:

    “Okay, so I understand the fondant is on backorder for two weeks, but you DO realize that this is a bakery, right?” Jenna fumed as she ran a hand through her long brown hair. It was clear there was nothing she could do about the situation; she’d just have to change her game plan until it was available. At least luck was on her side and she didn’t have any weddings cakes to prepare in the next couple of weeks.

    She finished placing her supply order, hung up the phone and popped her hair into a pony tail before returning to chopping the pecans for her signature turtle cupcakes.

    Posted by Karen C. | August 6, 2012, 6:24 pm
  16. Title: BROKEN HEARTED
    Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
    Wordcount: 50,000
    Author: Karen Duvall
    Imprint: Mezmerized

    Larissa is a sylph, an air spirit, cursed at birth with a broken heart and she depends on the broken hearts of others to survive. The curse can only be broken by true love, so when Larissa meets Aaron, a street-tough tattoo artist whose enchanted ink makes his skin art come to life, she thinks she’s found her cure. He tattoos her with an eternal flame of passion to symbolize his love, but the living fire consumes the air of Larissa’s spirit and now she’s dying. Either he must take his own life to stop his magic from killing her, or deny his passion so the flame has no reason to burn. However, bargaining with another elemental spirit could put out the fire if they can convince it to take a risk that will threaten its very existence.

    First 100 words:

    The second Larissa held the suicide hotline’s phone to her ear, the caller’s desperation clung to her like a second skin. The woman’s heartbreak leaked through the receiver and trickled down Larissa’s spine. She felt the caller’s pain like it was her own, and she relished it.

    “Please…” The woman gasped. “Help me. I took the pills because he left me, but now I don’t want to die. My broken heart…”

    “Is healed,” Larissa whispered into the phone. She sighed in relief even as sorrow wrapped around her so tight she almost couldn’t breathe. “I will help you.”

    Posted by Karen Duvall | August 6, 2012, 6:29 pm
  17. Title: Pulled
    Word Count: 61,000
    Genre: Contemporary/YA romance
    Imprint: Blush

    PITCH:
    Accustomed to emotional numbness, Naya Adams enters her first acting class, unaware of what was waiting on the other side of the door: her Twin Flame. Rarer and more intense than soul mates, Twin Flames search for centuries looking for their other half. It is in another student, an olive-skinned and terribly scarred sophomore named Etash, that Naya will discover what being loved really means. But how will Naya’s boyfriend and abuser, Seth, react to her new flame?

    FIRST 100 words
    Naya

    My heart is fluttering as I walk toward the brick building that will house the majority of my four years of college: Stanley Hall. Even though I’ve seen the building a million times on-line, seeing it in person leaves me breathless. I actually have stop in mid-stride to take in its beauty. The worn red brick coupled with crisp New England charm make the theatre complex nothing short of intimidating.

    Tucking a stray strand of my too-straight, too-black hair behind my ear, I take a nerve calming sip of my coffee mug and march toward the door, determined to not let my fear of not measuring up get the best of me.

    Posted by Danielle Bannister | August 7, 2012, 8:30 am
  18. Hi Ashley. Thanks in advance for your time and for any suggestions you may have.

    Title: A Sorta Fairytale
    Genre: contemporary
    Word count: 90,000
    Imprint: Entranced
    Description: Lexi Montebello is on the run. That’s what you do when the Mafia is after you, right? You run? Lexi acquires a terrible accent, gets a haircut that cost less than a latte and stows away on a train only to be discovered by the suspicious, arrogant, and too handsome for her peace of mind Crown Prince Ben Stuart. It’s not love at first sight but neither are immune to the sparks that fly between them. All too soon Lexi’s secrets catch up with her, threatening to turn a fairy tale into a nightmare.
    First 100 words:
    Shit.
    The epithet, although unspoken because Lexi Montebello was in a train car hurtling towards the northern United States border, perfectly summed up the situation, her decision to run away in particular and her life in general.
    Lexi, otherwise known as Antoinette Alexandra Montebello, had realized within twelve hours why running away from home was something only children did. It was bloody, a word Lexi had picked up from her ninth nanny, a dour British woman who scowled and swore like it was a sport, inconvenient. And it was childish. But she had run away, had run for her life.

    Posted by Tara | August 7, 2012, 1:13 pm
  19. Title: Thrill Seekers (HersheyPark Series)
    Genre: Contemporary
    Word count: 50,000
    Imprint: Entranced

    Description:

    Callie McCallister is a working single gal with commitment issues. Red Fairclow is a rich-boy roller coaster engineer. When a one-night stand isn’t enough for Red, he gets creative to win over his sassy prey.

    +++++++++++++
    Callie took the elevator up—the binders were cutting into her flesh. Why hadn’t she asked someone for help? Because she was pig-headed, that’s why. Nothing new there.

    There was one chair left when she got to the meeting room, so she claimed it. Callie was wearing a skirt in honor of her first presentation at HersheyPark, so she was wearing heels, which she wasn’t used to walking in. She wobbled a bit as sat and…the stack of binders she’d slaved over was now off balance.
    All 15 binders fell on the man sitting next to her.
    “I.am.SO.sorry,” she wheezed in mortification. “I think I had too much coffee today.”
    And found herself looking into a pair of calm hazel eyes.

    Posted by Noel McLish | August 7, 2012, 1:59 pm
  20. Ashley, I apologize if this comes through more than once. Chrome and Firefox kept refusing to send, and it appears that the previous ones didn’t go through. Arrgh!

    Title: Always
    Genre: Contemporary Romance
    Word count: 101,000
    Target Imprint: Entranced

    Description:
    When her husband is killed in the line of duty, young police widow Rendie Nielsen tries to pick up the pieces of the safe, happy world that’s been shattered forever by a single bullet. Her rock through this difficult time is her brother-in-law and good friend, NYPD detective Mike Nielsen, but their friendship is tested when she discovers he’s been in love with her from the start. Will Mike’s guilt over loving his late brother’s wife, and Rendie’s reluctance to let go of the past, threaten their chance to find happiness again?

    PROLOGUE
    “Hey, Hotstuff. Listen, I won’t be able to make it.” Delete.
    “Rendie, I’m sorry, but guess what…” Delete.
    “Dee? Babe, are you still mad at me?” Delete.
    I sighed as I went through four more old messages from my husband Jake, all telling me he wouldn’t make it to wherever he’d planned to meet me that particular day. Dinner. His dad’s birthday party. The baseball game. The appointment to view the apartment. Different days, same shit. Delete, delete, delete, delete.
    I paced–well, as much as I could in a four hundred square-foot apartment littered with moving boxes–and willed my phone to ring or light up with our pre-arranged text signal.

    Posted by Linda Fletcher | August 7, 2012, 6:25 pm
  21. Title – Job Open: Billionaire’s Wife
    Word Count – 60,000
    Genre – Contemporary Romance
    Imprint – Entranced

    LUKE DALLAS’s Silicon Valley start-up made him one of the wealthiest men in America – and left him with no time or patience to date.

    CASSIE LAURENS is an executive search assistant whose boss shut down the business and ran.

    When Luke approaches Cassie with a plan to search for a potential wife as he would any top executive, Cassie takes the unusual assignment. And before long they both suspect Cassie is the perfect candidate…but only if Luke learns that love is not a trophy, and Cassie learns to fight for what is hers.

    ***

    “What the…” Cassie Laurens said, and only the doorknob gripped in her hand convinced her the scene before her was real and not a vision from “Cassie’s Nightmares: Greatest Hits, Volume One.”

    Three weeks ago, the office suit was a case study of kinetic energy. People, computers and various mobile devices interacted in a ceaseless ballet. Rinaldi Executive Search prided itself on filling hard-to-find positions at Silicon Valley’s most exciting technology start-ups. And after only two years of operation, demand was high for the firm’s services.

    But today the office was empty. As in, not only were the people missing from their desks, but the desks were missing, too.

    Posted by Alexa Bennett | August 7, 2012, 6:34 pm
  22. It didn’t specify a timezone and it’s only 10:20 here – hopefully this makes it in.

    Title:
    The Truths About Dating and Mating

    Genre:
    Upper-YA Contemporary Romance

    Word Count:
    90,000

    Imprint:
    Blush

    Description:

    Lifelong best friends Ian and Ivy have become campus sensations with their call-in radio program, The Truths about Dating and Mating. Giving advice is easy. Practicing what they preach is much harder when they begin to fall for each other.

    First 100 Words:

    “Where is he?” I demanded of Matt Frye as I barreled through the front door of the second floor suite of Seligman Residence Hall.

    Matt, one of the four residents of 236, looked up at me from his perch on the shabby, midnight-blue couch with dull, bloodshot eyes. Stoned off his ass, as usual. “Ivy, hey.” He gestured to the wall behind him with the white Wii controller in his hand. “I don’t think he’s alone.”

    “Even better,” I said as I stormed by him. Turnabout is fair play, after all, and after the crap he pulled today…

    Posted by Jaycee DeLorenzo | August 7, 2012, 11:22 pm
  23. Thanks to everyone who submitted a pitch. To those I didn’t choose for full manuscripts, please keep writing. I hope to see more from you in the future

    Posted by Ashley Christman | August 8, 2012, 12:06 am
  24. Thanks everyone for your pitches! Some absolutely awesome stories out there! And thank you Ashley for your input!

    carrie

    Posted by Carrie Spencer | August 8, 2012, 5:19 am

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