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Pitch Your Book to Carrie Lofty, Freelance Acquiring Editor at Carina Press – 2019 Horror Pitchfest

*Pitch opens: October 23 2019 9:00am*
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Pitch closes: October 25, 2019  11:59pm*   

*All times are in EST

Currently looking for:

Contemporary romance, Paranormal romance, Romantic suspense, LGBTQ+ romance in all genres.

I love snappy dialogue, cheeky humor and a dry, sarcastic wit. On the flipside, I can never resist beautifully rendered angst. No matter the tone, wrap me in the world you create. I need to be invested in characters’ dreams and desires, and why they can’t (initially) be happy together. What is important to them? “High stakes” doesn’t mean the end of the world. I’m skewing heavily toward low-angst, feel-good stories with tropes such as friends-to-lovers, bodyguards, reconciliations, and homecomings.

Some special interests: romantic comedies, adrenaline junkies, gentle bruisers, and LGBTQ+ romantic suspense.

About Carrie:

Carrie got her start as an editor in 2008 when she joined Chicago North RWA. As Manuscript Chair, she led critiques for Courtney Milan, Julie Ann Walker, Meredith Duran, Julie James, and Sarah M. Anderson. In 2016 she edited Far From Home by Lorelie Brown, the first lesbian romance nominated for a RITA™. Since joining Carina Press, her projects include Christmas Catch by Mary Shotwell (Nov 2018), New Ink on Life by Jennie Davids (May 2019), and Hour of the Wolf by USA Today bestseller Dana Marie Bell. Upcoming projects will include two titles for the new Carina Adores imprint.

Learn more about Carrie and Carina Press!


Before posting your pitch, read the Official Savvy Authors Rules for PitchingThen post your pitch in the comments section below. The Agent/Editor will read all pitches and notify SavvyAuthors of requests.

Pitch Type: 3 lines, total length of 250 words or LESS.

 

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Pitch your book in the comments on this page from

9 AM October 23 to 11:59 PM October 25.

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Title: The Salignac Legacy
Genre: Contemporary Romance, closed doors
Word count: 70K
Author: Caenys Kerr

Catriona unknowingly holds a 200-year old recipe in her head. Lachie wants the secret because his family business is depending on it, though he'll take the recipe-holder without the recipe if that's how he can keep her. Catriona is none too keen on helping the people who disowned her beloved great-grandmother but can she forget and forgive under the influence of a red-haired giant with sparkling blue eyes.
Title: THE END ZONE
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 61, 500 words
Author: Kara Wiergacz

Betrayed by her actor boyfriend, relationship expert Bree flees LA to avoid scandal and preserve her career. The last thing she’s looking for in small-town Georgia is romance, but when she meets Pee Wee football coach, former NFL baller, and current hot single dad, Ryder, all bets are off. But he has demons of his own, including an obsessed ex who will stop at nothing to get him back—even if that means destroying all of their lives.
    Hi! I'm interested, but I'm curious about the intensity of plot regarding the ex. Violent like romantic suspense? Rumors and ruined reputations? Etc. Can you tell me a little more?
      Hi and thanks for your interest! I would say there are romantic suspense elements (especially towards the end), but it isn't particularly violent. More rumor, innuendo, reputations, and baggage, with some plot twists along the way. The ex is one of the main roadblocks to the romantic relationship throughout the story, but she's shadowy for most of the MS.
        Cool. I'd like to take a look. You can use this link, and choose me as the editor you'd like to direct your submission to. Have a good week!

        https://carinapress.submittable.com/submit
Title: Coventry Downs
Genre: Contemporary Rural Romance, closed doors
Word Count: 90K
Author: Caenys Kerr

Nash wants to come home to resume his legacy but Danielle is still there with her son to another man. Danielle has tried to forget Nash, but now he's back, and she must protect her child. Confronted by another betrayal, can Nash reveal the truth to find a way forward with Danielle and his son?
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    Susan Person
  • October 24, 2019
Title: The Blood Moon Prophecy
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 80,000 words
Author: Susan Person

Boy meets girl except he’s a vampire and she’s a witch/vampire hunter. Brie’s new power comes with consequences and a required sacrifice of love. Nick’s father sent him to spy on the beautiful witch, but spying on her isn’t enough for him. Is their love impossible?
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    Susan Person
  • October 24, 2019
Title: In Blood & Ice
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 75,000 words
Author: Susan Person

The modern ice age ushered in a golden time for vampires. A century later, they are starving. Josie and Vin embark on a journey for new blood sources. Instead, they find her home and a way to reverse the ice age if her father’s vampire army doesn’t kill them.
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    Kelly Lyonns
  • October 24, 2019
Title: Where Angels Fear
Genre: Paranormal romance
Length: 86,700 words
Author: Kelly Lyonns

Elite operative Sam Karelson’s life is already complicated by his paranormal ability to sense evil, without an unexpected visitor arriving ahead of pursuers from Earth’s unseen parallel world. While childhood friend, Toni Scarleri, burns through his defences finally igniting mutually unspoken feelings. Now they’re all running from powers who judge him a dangerous aberration, in both worlds.

Thank you for this opportunity.
Title: Off The Record
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 85,000 words
Author: Daisy Blaine

I’ll be Gone in the Dark x The Crossfire Series

Freelance reporter Stella Thompson has a standard of newsworthiness. Government scandals, social injustice; and most recently, trying to uncover what really happened to those three girls who were murdered in the summer of 2006. But Cole Maxwell’s sex life? It could not register lower on Stella’s radar. Until a chance meeting brings her face to face with the man she argues is not worth the page space.

Most men would be offended, but Boston’s most enigmatic bachelor is intrigued by Stella’s disinterest in him. With her own set of reservations about getting involved with a man who’s personal life has been headline news since boyhood, she accepts his invitation to explore his clandestine world. When a rogue photo of Stella and Cole goes viral, she has to choose - Write the story of her career, or become the story of the year.
    Hi! I'm interested in your project. When you're ready to send it my way, please use this submission link and choose my name from among the editors. I look forward to taking a look!

    https://carinapress.submittable.com/submit

    Best,
    Carrie
      Hi Carrie,

      Submitted to you this morning via the website link provided. Please let me know if you need any additional materials. Thank you for taking the time to consider my work!

      Best,

      Daisy.
Title: Love Is a Filing Cabinet
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 67000
Author: Jeanne Kern

Named for states their parents had never been arrested in, Minnesota Evans’ sister Connecticut snags every man Minn ever wanted. Minn escapes her family and finds a new town, a great job, but the wrong man. When Conn and the vagabond parents arrive to derail everything, Minn must discover what she wants isn’t what she really needs.
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    Mick Arnold
  • October 25, 2019
Title: Sealed With a Kiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 99,000 words
Author: Mick Arnold

After being diagnosed with Crohns disease, Petina Wallace, in need of a new perspective on life buys a toll bridge in South Wales, taking her best friend, who's hiding a big secret, with her. A mix-up of surnames leads to an exchange of letters with an elderly gentleman seeking his long, lost first love and leads to a slow-burning romance with his son. Her life becomes entwined with an eccentric posse of village ladies and twists and turns abound before love is, 'Sealed With a Kiss'.

Thank you very much for your time.
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    Jayne Colridge
  • October 25, 2019
Title: Circle Circle Dot
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 100,000

Lulu Santiago fell in love with Samira Wells years ago, but Samira's always been too caught up in her messy life to notice that her best friend's been crushing on her since they were teenagers. Things might change now that Lulu and Samira have teamed up for a dream vacation to England. With a little luck, maybe Lulu will be able to tell Samira how she really feels - and Samira will wake up to her own simmering feelings about Lulu.
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    Jayne Colridge
  • October 25, 2019
Title: The Best Cakes in Carral County
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 100,000

College dropout Suzanne Jackson has always been the best baker in her closely-knit family, Ellen Arcola, struggling under the weight of her restaurateur family's expectations, dreams of breaking free and starting her own catering business. When these two women collide at the Carral County Fair's baking competition, flour isn't the only thing flying through the air as they try to decide what's more important - their blossoming love for one another or the possibility of a fresh start.
    Hi, Jayne! I'm interested in your project, The Best Cakes in Carral County. When you're ready to send it my way, please use this submission link and choose my name from among the editors. I look forward to taking a look!

    https://carinapress.submittable.com/submit

    Best,
    Carrie
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        Jayne Colridge
      • November 4, 2019
      Hello, Carrie!

      Oh my, I'm so excited! I'll be sending it to you by the second week of December, if possible - I just want to edit it perfectly to make the best impression! If not, let me know and I'll send

      Also would you like the full manuscript or just a piece plus a synopsis?

      Thank you so much again,
      Jayne
        No worries about timing. Just mention in your query where I'd requested it from. And please send the full MS and synopsis. Thanks!
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        Jayne Colridge
      • November 4, 2019
      Oh my goodness, this posted early by mistake before I could edit it! I meant to finish that with 'I'll send it sooner!'
Title: Loving Laney
Genre: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Length: 70,000 words
Author: Charlotte Michaels

After a season ending injury and divorce, a pro QB wants a fresh start in a new city. Instead he comes face to face with the one that got away but this Jersey girl isn’t interested in a replay. He's looking for a comeback, on and off the field, and this time he's playing for keeps.
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    "KC" Susan Cramer
  • October 25, 2019
Title: LACHRYMATORY
Genre: Women’s Fiction and Romance; Contemporary Romance
Length: 85,439 words
Author: KC Cramer

It wasn’t the first time she’d felt a whimsy, yet being older and an established attorney in her father’s firm now, Laura’s capricious nerve was pushed aside. When those thoughts kept reappearing often enough to catch her, beckoning her serious attention, she jotted its entries and watched the whimsy initiate. Eventually, she was forming a second company, engaging just the right partner, then welcoming an unconventional stranger and some life changing news that heaved her heart.
Title: D'Vine Intervention
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 65,000 words
Author: Diane Moore


Public relations executive Jade Pezzaro is determined to gain acceptance and financial independence from her loving and wealthy, but overbearing family. When her top client retired military dentist, Patrick Morsey, is charged with murder, Jade discovers evidence that clears her client's name, but will destroy her and her family's name and reputation. The truth may set her client free, but will it hold Jade in bondage forever?
Title: Dirt.
Genre: YA Futuristic Urban Fantasy.
Word Count: 75 K
Author: Marija Salapanov

Case Nine virus destroyed half the world; A new species of advanced human emerged and are now hunted by the Republic formerly known as the US government. To avoid being recaptured, Syn, Kish and Kandy Hawke, a trifecta follow four rules: study, don’t draw attention to yourselves, don’t use your powers, and above all—blend. Then Saydi Frost comes along, a human; she can detect emotions, yet, none flow from Syn. Sparks explode like polar opposites between them until the two meet an unlikely common enemy; can Syn and Saydi work together to defeat Agent Core or be executed.
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    Gabrielle Ash
  • October 25, 2019
Title: The Family Cross
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy (with slow burn romance)
Length: 89,000
Author: Gabrielle Ash

Business heiress Matilda Ashby has dedicated her life to her demanding father and his business empire, and she wants nothing more than to earn his respect. However, when she finds herself as the target of a kill contract, one being fulfilled by supernatural hit men no less, Matilda is forced to hire a mouthy telepath ousted from the very organization seeking to take her life to help her find the contract buyer. But when evidence indicates that a member of Matilda's family may have purchased the contract to have her killed, the choice is clear: she can destroy the empire her father built and survive, or she can die before knowing what it truly means to live.
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