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Pitch Your Book to Char Chaffin, Acquiring Editor, Soul Mate Publishing – 2019 Hot Summer Pitchfest

*Pitch opens: June 12 2019 9:00am*
Pitch closes: June 14, 2019  11:59pm*   

*All times are in EST

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.

Char ChaffinChar Chaffin, Acquiring Editor, Soul Mate Publishing

Historical, Sci-Fi/Time Travel, Paranormal/Fantasy.

Char is looking for: Currently Char is actively acquiring the following romance genres: historical, (all sub-genres), sci-fi/time travel, and paranormal/fantasy. Char also specializes in series/trilogies. She welcomes imaginative, edgy, romantic passion that will sweep her away.

About Char and Soul Mate Publishing: Char Chaffin studied Journalism and English Literature at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has over seventeen years’ writing and critique experience, belongs to several writing groups and is a member of RWA, including Alaska Romance Writers. She is an avid reader with a fondness for horror and science-fiction as well as romance and erotica.

A multi-published author, Char writes solo under her own name and also co-writes withSoul Mate Publishing fellow editor and BFF Cheryl Yeko under their pen name, CiCi Cordelia. Utilizing multiple romance genres, she crafts strong yet flawed heroes and heroines who find each other against all odds. She is currently working on her eighth novel.

Char and husband Don divide their time between two homes: Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Coastal Bend of Texas.

Find out more about Char and Soul Mate Publishing.

Questions? Contact [email protected] 

Pitch your book in the comments on this page

from 9 AM June 12 to 11:59 PM June 14.

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Good Luck, and happy pitching.
**NOTE: SavvyAuthors will remove any pitches that do not follow these guidelines.**
Grab your flip flops and completed manuscripts and join us for three days of pitches and fun!
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    M. Lee Woeber
  • June 12, 2019
Dear Char Chaffin,
I am thrilled to present to you a completely fresh and modern concept.

Title: KROVS: Into Darkness
Genre: Dark/Sci-Fi Romance
Word Count: 112,000

Twenty-six-year-old Tristan is unaware he’s been trained to please the women of a superhuman race. When he falls in love with a human named Serene, she is ill-prepared for what he’s been trained for. Luckily Tristan is a fast learner.

When a jealous ex finds out he’s mated with a human, she turns him into a KROV, like herself. KROVS are bioengineered super soldiers who must consume humans to survive and regenerate. Tristan will be uniquely powerful, but the cost of being a KROV means that he will hunger over what he lusts causing him to attack Serene.

Tristan must stay away from Serene until he learns to control his lust for her or risk killing the very woman he loves. He will also have to train to control his appetite to avoid hurting innocent lives. Eventually, he must learn to wield his unique telekinesis-like powers if there is any chance of stopping the KROVS that plan to subjugate humanity. Into Darkness is a stand-alone book with series potential.

Thanks for reading my pitch.
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    Don Diaz
  • June 12, 2019
Title: Cartel Continuum
Subtitle: The Search for Benton Miles
Genre: Suspense/Mystery/Romance
Length: 65,000 words
Author: Donald Diaz

Private investigator Hector Rojas is charged with finding Benton Miles, a photo journalist, and son of a billionaire, who has gone missing while covering the drug wars in Mexico. Rojas is thrust into the brutally violent and superstitious cartel culture while finding unexpected romance with Benton's sister Meredith, a failed Hollywood actress. Together they uncover a warren of official corruption with possibly ties to the occult and the U.S. intelligence community.
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    Amber Hummel
  • June 12, 2019
Title: DreamCatcher
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length:139,465 words
Author: Amber Hummel

A curse locked Zane in a dreamcatcher for all eternity. When he appears in the dreams of Emma Morgan he is captivated and for the first time compelled to find a way out. Will Zane escape the dream world in time to save Emma and her son from a human monster?
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    Matt Schumann
  • June 12, 2019
Title: Temple of the Mermaid
Genre: Comedic Portal Fantasy
Length: 164,000 words
Author: Matthew Derek Schumann

Joy, a captured Naiad with weird attire and a fresh set of gills, desperately wants to escape the sweatshops of the towering merfolk-populated Temple Eleven – not least to help her new friends find a better life with some measure of security in the mid-levels. She must, however, contend with centuries of societal norms that treat Naiads like slave labor; norms that hold until a Naiad makes her transition into full Mermaidenhood – a body morphing ceremony that can happen naturally or be forced through ritual. As the telltale signs of transformation begin to show, as Temple intrigue beckons, and as plans fly off the rails, Joy fears she might never make it back to her hometown drinking buddies and her BFF Laura in River City, Wisconsin.
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    Matt Schumann
  • June 12, 2019
Title: Temple of the Mermaid - Book Two
Genre: Comedic Portal Fantasy
Length: 83,000 words
Author: Matthew Derek Schumann

Newly minted mermaid, Joy Herringbone, returns from the wilderness with a trophy kill and a reputation for mayhem. After being recruited into the Temple Eight officer corps and awarded a plesiosaur for a mount, she finds herself betrothed to despotic King Tetra and (as a test of loyalty) charged with escorting a group of young Naiads to be sacrificed to a giant deep-sea Leviathan. But with her heart belonging to her Naiad sisters, Joy devises a plan to turn the tables on them all. (The finale: Book Three – ready in early 2020)
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    Megan Cox
  • June 13, 2019
Title: Blood After Midnight
Genre: Paranormal Historical Mystery
Length: 74,000 words
Author: Megan Cox

True Blood + Sherlock Holmes. In 1880s Boston, private investigator Vivian Harris dreams of becoming the first woman on the police force. But when the commissioner asks her to join the “Phantom Watch,” the first suspect Vivian confronts is a panther, who shifts into a familiar, wealthy businessman. Intrigued, Vivian takes on the task of solving a gruesome murder, only to discover the greatest risk of her new job may prove to be falling in love.
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      Zoe Carver
    • June 14, 2019
    Title: Elsewhere
    Genre: Sci-Fi
    Length: 100,000 words
    Author: Zoe Carver

    In a world destroyed by climate change one unlikely savior emerges: religion.

    But hundreds of years later a devout teenager learns the truth about her society and must pair with a classic group of misfits (including two dreadfully handsome members) to restore free will.

    It’s hard to face your faith but sometimes you have to sacrifice security for truth.
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    Evelyn Goldman
  • June 13, 2019
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 87,000 words
Author: Evelyn Goldman

I am thrilled to present to you a historical romance taking place during the American Revolution featuring a diverse cast, including a neurodivergent hero, with tropes: forced proximity and reunited/friends to lovers.

Widow Henrietta never wants to fall in love again but needs a marriage of convenience to escape her nasty uncle, a colonel with the British forces. Marcus, a non-literate rebel and the first boy she ever kissed, falls from her roof while fixing it and must stay while his broken leg heals. When her uncle blackmails her with eviction if she doesn’t encipher secret dispatches, Marcus unexpectedly reads one. As Marcus struggles with his intellectual self-worth and Henrietta considers love on her terms, they team up with friends to save their Connecticut town from a British attack.
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    Ada M. Stone
  • June 13, 2019
Title: The Portal to Thenitiwan: The Gateway
Book: 1 The Gateway
46,000 - 79,000 ( With Book 2 Combined)
46,000 words Book 1
Genre: Time Travel Drama

A late teen girl passes through a portal that brings her to an ancient era about 7,483 years before today called, Thenitiwan. Joie, pronounced Zhowe, is the name of the Seventeen year old misplaced in time, who soon befriends a warrior named Xuca who promised to return her home. In the midst of Joie's desperation to be back in 2009 Quebec, an undoubted romance began to brew between the warrior and the new comer that leads to drama and secrets revealed on the wild journey back home to the present.
Title: Gold City-The Forgotten Children
Genre: Dystopian/ Romance—Trilogy
Length: 52,000
Author: Cynthia Cummins

Paisley (16) is poor and bound by the laws of the council. She is betrothed to Wyatt, but falls in love with a mysterious boy named Lucas. She also helps the forgotten children who were banned deep into the forest to survive.

Paisley has broken the laws of the land. Her parents get arrested and the council is now coming for her. She flees with her lover, not knowing where he is taking her. Wyatt is heartbroken, as he watches her run off with Lucas.

Lucas takes Paisley to ‘Gold City’ where the council rule, and the place she is fleeing from. Trembling with fear and confusion, Paisley learns her life has been a lie, deceived by everyone she loves. Even her identity is a lie. She discovers her real name is Paige, presumed dead from a drowning accident when she was a toddler.

Thank you for your consideration
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    Jake Schaffer
  • June 14, 2019
Title: The Elementals: Before The Fall
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Length: 50,000 Words
Author: Jake Schaffer

Elementals: a term coined for those who have the ability to create matter at will in the form of one of five elements. Brand Eldant is one such Elemental, who lives his life using the flames he wields to protect those he holds dear and help them grow stronger in turn. But when old rivals rear their heads, and new enemies emerge from the shadows, Brand's life on the battlefield leads him into a fight with stakes far higher than any he's faced before.

Thank you very much for your time!
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    JM Ledwell
  • June 14, 2019
Dear Char, thanks for the consideration!

Title: A Tulip in Winter

Genre: Historical Fiction/Historical Romance
Length: 75, 000 words
Author: JM Ledwell

Anything she wanted was hers; anything but freedom; the daughter of a Dutch gambler sails into the land of snow and pine as the sole-survivor of a shipwreck in the twilight era of the samurai.

Here she must change everything about herself, even her name and become Miyako to adapt in a hostile land where dishonor is a breath away.

She quickly learns that a samurai is a man first but the blade is his lover as she grows to womanhood to become a warlord’s mistress, and risks death for freedom to love a Russian explorer and rises as Edo's greatest courtesan. Book 1 of 2 Madame Butterfly meets The Last Samurai
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    Margo Carey
  • June 14, 2019
Title: WATCHER CLAN, The Convent House
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Length: 91,000
Author: Margo Carey

Alexandra Ryan wants a do-over: her mother alive, a happier introduction to her newly discovered family, and her dream-walking enemy erased, although she’d like to keep the psychic abilities promised for her birthday.

She fights her attraction to the one man who can protect her in her dreams and ignores her Clan’s warnings as she tries to downplay the danger. After her selfish rebellion puts the entire Clan at risk and loses the trust of her family, she begins to understand the importance of loyalty, but it may be too late as she nears a deadly showdown she’s unprepared to face or perhaps even survive.
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    Susan Payne
  • June 14, 2019
Title: From Irish Slave to English Countess
Genre: Historical Romance
Length: 55,000
Author: Susan Payne
Engeline finds herself without friends, funds and freedom upon her father's death. Brought up as a pampered daughter of a rich plantation owner in Antigua, she finds she is in fact the daughter of an Irish slave and as such has no rights to anything she thought she owned. Now sent to the auction block to face what would be her future, she must depend on a benefactor who has no obligation to help. Finding the truth about her mother, her family and the man who saves her brings its own rewards.
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    Mariah Julio
  • June 14, 2019
Title: Sing Like a Nightingale
Genre: Historical with romantic subplot
Length: 91,000 words
Author: Mariah Julio

Portrays intense relationships between nursing students in the social turbulence of the 1960s. Tongue-tied Rosemary’s terror that she will lose her scholarship leads to fear of failure that borders on anorexia. Aided by a shadowy mentor and companion loved by all, she endures a crushing workload, bitter classmates and dangerous patients until, blinded by inexperience, her world upends when unexpected tragedies force her to question every decision.
Thanks for considering this novel.
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    Susan Payne
  • June 14, 2019
Title: The Bride Wagon
Genre: Western Historical
Length: 48,500
Author: Susan Payne
An unscrupulous minister brings a wagon of "mail order brides" to a mining town and auctions them off. Most of the women know what they are there tp steal their husband's stash but Maddy thought she was going to become a wife - finally. After her husband saves her from a vicious drunk, she finds she likes being a miner's wife. .Now, she fears for her husband's life if she doesn't do what the minister wants so tries to pan enough gold to make the man satisfied and leaves her new home behind as the wagon moves on.
Title: Project Adam and Evelyn
Genre: Adult Science Fiction Romance
Length: 96,300 words
Author: Eliza Fyre

Sergeant Adam Edison and interior decorator Evelyn Lively have nothing in common. Except they were both saved from a near-death experience by cybernetic technology at Eadhun Medical. Evelyn befriends her cold counterpart with charm and apple pie, but their growing love for each other will be threatened when Adam remembers the classified information he was never meant to learn.
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