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Pitch Your Book to Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency – 2020 Sweetheart Pitchfest

*Pitch opens: February 12 2020 9:00am*
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Pitch closes: February 14, 2020  11:59pm*   

*All times are in EST

Dawn Dowdle, Owner of Blue Ridge Literary Agency

Currently looking for

Amish Romance, Rom-Com, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance (esp. Regency, Historical), Inspirational Romance (many subgenres), Cozy Mystery, Suspense, Mystery, Middle Grade Reader Mysteries, True Crime & Cookbooks.
Within Mystery, we are particular interested in cozy mysteries, domestic suspense, private investigators, trillers within series potential and stories featuring women sleuths and police procedure. As for Romance, we are looking for fresh takes on romance tropes, strong, savvy heroines, witty dialogue, stories with series potential, romantic comedies and rural, small town settings. Tule is always seeking diverse stories that feature diverse characters written by diverse authors.

About Dawn

Dawn Dowdle began Blue Ridge Literary Agency, LLC (www.blueridgeagency.com) in Virginia in 2009 to help authors, especially newer authors. Prior to establishing her agency, she was a freelance copy editor. Murder at Redwood Cove by Janet Finsilver is a Cozy Mystery she represents that is a USA Today Bestseller. Recent books she represents: Knot My Sister’s Keeper by Mary Marks, A Killing By the Sea by Kathleen Bridge, Liza’s Second Chance by Molly Jebber, Gown With the Wind by Stephanie Blackmoore, One Night With the Army Doc by Traci Douglass, K Street Killing by Colleen Shogan, The Novel Art of Murder by VM Burns, Death Overdue by Alison Brook, and Ditched 4 Murder by JC Eaton. Querying instructions on website. Wish List: Amish Romance, Historical Romance, Rom-Com, Romantic Suspense, Inspirational Romance of all subgenres, Cozy Mystery, Mystery, Suspense, and Middle Reader Mysteries.

 

Questions? Contact [email protected]


Pitch your book in the comments on this page from 9 AM February 12 to 11:59 PM February 14.

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Title: Three-Oh-Five!
Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Fantasy & Mystery
Length: 22,063 words
Author: John Obi
Maxinee and her friend’s black culture are stolen from their bodies, now they neither act nor look the same. So they hire a fake wok scammer and P.I. to search for the Culture Vulture(Thief).
    John,

    Thank you for the pitch. Unfortunately, I don't represent any fantasy.

    Good luck with your other pitches!

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Murder in the HOA
Genre: cozy mystery, humorous
Length: 71000 words
Author: Shelley Marsh

In a quirky seaside community, a wisecracking misfit must help her perfectionist best friend get off the hook when she’s accused of a crime she didn’t commit—murdering the despised president of the homeowners' association.
    Shelley,

    Thank you for the pitch. I already have a query from you that I am looking forward to reviewing. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Looks great.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Fit for Love
Genre: romantic comedy
Length: 74,765
Author: Jill E. Van Horn
During an arachnophobia-related incident, celebrity personal fitness trainer, Vince Hollister, injures his ankle. He calls upon his completely opposite Marine biologist twin brother to take the reins for Fitness Week at the beach, not realizing he’d find love with one of the new clients, a recently dumped daughter of a fashion icon with something to prove.
Thank you for your consideration!
    Jill,

    Thank you for your pitch. I am always looking for Romantic Comedy. I would love to read more. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and put "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" in who referred you. I look forward to reviewing.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: The Orphan’s Gift
Genre: YA Historical Romance
Length: 96,000 words
Author: Tracy Koppel

The Orphan’s Gift is an homage to Cinderella, with a heroine who doesn’t have a fairy godmother to help her. In 1802, just before the Napoleonic Wars, a 17-year-old orphan struggles for freedom from her oppressive guardian. When her psychic power shows her his treasonous plans to hand secrets to the French, she has to risk all by begging to see the crown prince—but she’s already lied to him.
    Tracy,

    Thank you for your pitch. Unfortunately, I do not represent any YA.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
The Haunting on Palm Court
Paranormal Suspense, with romantic elements
70,000 words
Stephanie Edwards

Plus-sized beauty Blake reunites with her first love, Clint, among the Spanish-moss-draped oaks in coastal South Carolina. As their relationship develops, her late fiancé’s malevolent spirit threatens their HEA. Just as Parker didn’t give her due credit in life, his spirit doesn’t anticipate her will to fight, her inherited gifts and her receiving help from an unexpected source.
    Stephanie,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: The Robber
Genre: Inspirational/Christian Fiction
Length: 98,500
Author: Hallie Lee

Steel Magnolias X Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood - A poignant story of friendship set in the south about two alienated girls who form an unlikely connection. Together they navigate weight hang-ups, an evil stepdad, finding Jesus and losing Him again. As the journey into adulthood old insecurities surface and a shocking betrayal threatens their lifelong bond.
    Hallie,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. While it sounds interesting, I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
      Thank you for your time, Dawn. I appreciate your consideration!
Title: A Cupid Christmas
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 96,000 words
Author: Alexandra Slone

Betrayed by her heart, Clara has decided to leave romance to her favorite movies until the heavens sing to let her know she's found "the one." But then a cupid named Jack appears, promising to quicken the search. Bubbly, spontaneous, and attractive, Jack pushes all of Clara's cautious buttons, so she's surprised when she finds herself falling for the matchmaker instead of her potential soulmates.
    Alexandra,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. This sounds interesting. I would like to read more. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" in who referred you.

    Looking forward to reviewing.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: A Wing and a Prayer
Genre: WW2 Saga/Mystery/Historical
Length: 110,000 words
Author: Mick Arnold

The Air Transport Auxiliary Murder Club; four ladies of the Air Transport Auxiliary bond over solving the mystery of who was responsible for the death of one’s sister. Battling both internal forces and those of the country’s mutual enemies, the women find that both love and dangers are cousins cut from the same ilk. This is a sweeping story of love, death and betrayal set against the backdrop of war when ties of friendship are exceptionally strong.

Thank you very much for your time.
    Dear Mick,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting, but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Sealed With a Kiss
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 99,000 words
Author: Mick Arnold

Love, Letters and Lies; 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.
    Dear Mick,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Curing a Broken Dream
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense (bodyguard trope)
Length: 80,000 words
Author: Amy Craig

Devastated after the death of her academic mentor, Piper tries to pick up the pieces of her CBD research and get the alternative painkiller she discovered to market. When a marksman highlights her vulnerability, her mentor's nephew, Johann, vows to protect her. In a war between two brothers, she has to decide if she’s the prize or the bait, but family turns out to be a much scarier threat than she knew.
    Amy,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Lost in LA
Genre: Contemporary Romance (fake relationship trope)
Length: 85,000 words
Author: Amy Craig

Wylie’s beachside yoga practice feels like the California dream, but an eviction notice sends her scrambling for a new apartment and a job with benefits. Food vendor Nolan offers to rent her a room, but an impromptu kiss proves she wants more than a side of fries from him. Knowing she can’t handle a relationship, she pretends to be his girlfriend to mask her feelings and help him close the deal on a commercial kitchen, but their rules don’t mention Nolan’s secrets or the allure of building a partnership to fulfill more than their dreams.
    Amy,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Beneath the Destiny Stone
Genre: Time-slip RomCom
Length: 120,000
Author: Sarah Charles

Fiona always wanted to open her own bar; she just never expected she'd be doing it in medieval Scotland after being pushed through a time-portal. Nor did she imagine being hunted down by time-soldiers, or falling in love with a grumpy blacksmith who's more stubborn than she is. But Fiona's ready for the challenge, even if the medieval world isn't ready for her.
    Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: All Good Things
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Length: 62,000 words
Author: Kat Hart

Ileana Garcia changed her appearance and name to hide from a stalker a year ago. Now she is trapped in those lies when she falls in love with a handsome Veterinarian, and the Bible verse "Be sure your lies will find you out" keeps running through her mind. But it is God's love that gives her the strength to overcome the stalker, her fear, and to save her new love from murder.
    Kat,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. This sounds interesting and I'd like to read more. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" in who referred you.

    Looking forward to reviewing more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: The Pages We Burn
Genre: Contemporary Romance (with elements of mystery/suspense)
Length: 80,000 words
Author: CT Danford

It's been eleven years since their untimely last kiss. His wheelchair is new, but the way he looks at her is exactly the same. Falling for each other all over again is easy, until Emi and Aidan uncover the truth about the night he was paralyzed by his father's hands--an unimaginable family secret which will force them to forgive and forget, or risk exposing the truth and ruining their second chance at the life they've longed for together.
    CT,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: House of Second Chances
Genre: Contemporary Sweet Romance
Length: 81,000 words
Author: Heather Van Syckle

A fiercely independent city girl seeks help with her late mother’s estate from a small-town antiques dealer in order to expedite her return to life in Charlotte, North Carolina. A strong friendship blossoms with the antiques dealer, who helps her come to terms with the shocking discovery of her adoption, giving her reservations about selling the home. As she is deciding whether to commit to life in the small town or leave it behind, the man’s ex-wife arrives in town, complicating matters of the heart.

Thank you for your time and consideration!
    Heather,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Past Grief
Genre: Police Procedural/Thriller (series potential)
Length: 88,000 words
Author: Ed Leahy

Kim Brady, a determined yet compassionate detective, must solve a mass shooting by resisting the pressures of her lieutenant and cajoling the only eyewitness, a transgender woman, into overcoming her fears and testifying. The mastermind behind the attack knows Kim's soft spots, including her recently deceased father, a former detective who committed suicide, and presses them to gaslight her and obstruct her investigation. She can identify him but proving his guilt and unraveling the elaborate criminal conspiracy behind the shooting forces her to apply the lessons from her father’s experiences.
    Ed,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. This sounds interesting and I'd like to read more. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" in who referred you.

    Looking forward to reviewing more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Reunited with Her Rescue Doc
Contemporary Romance
55,000
Shannon M. Dougherty

Journalist Sabrina Anderson has avoided her small hometown of Devil’s Paw, Oregon ever since her mother's tragic death twelve years ago. But when search and rescue doc, Drew Spencer, needs her help to save his team, she can’t refuse, even if it means facing the crush she left behind. Can love—the best medicine—heal her grief and open his heart to love again?

Thank you for this opportunity!
    Shannon,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Gin’s Tonic
Genre: Multicultural-Contemporary Romance
Length: 75,000 words
Author: Olivia Owen #OwnVoices #POC #Diversity

Former workaholic and mother, Asian-American Gin, now has all the time in the world while holding two life insurance policies, and a tenuous grasp on her will to live.

Gin won’t talk about her past, and Roman can’t talk at all.

Spiraling from depression, Gin must war for both her sanity and heart, but how can she find happily ever after with the small-town hero if she can’t even be near his son without triggering a panic attack?

Thank you for your time and this opportunity for consideration.
    Olivia,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
      Hi Dawn,

      Thanks so much for your reply. I think it really means the world to everyone that you're personally answering each pitch.

      Olivia
Title: Potion Magic (Book 1 of 3)
Genre: Romantic Suspense with a Paranormal Twist
Length: 82,000 words
Author: Jennifer Mason
Potion Magic is a romantic suspense that takes place in a world where potions have replaced pharmaceuticals. When two magic users from different sides of the tracks are forced to work together, each plans to obtain their own justice. They could end up winning and in love—or they could end up dead.
    Jennifer,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. It sounds interesting but I don't feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: The Uninvited
Genre: Mystery
Length: 60,000 words
Author: Tanya Nellestein
A disgraced Australian detective moves to the U.S. to escape her past, only to be drawn into a missing person investigation by the town’s only cop. As they get closer to the truth - and each other - a killer in their ranks will stop at nothing to keep his secret.
    Tanya,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. While the word count is a bit low, I liked the pitch and would like to read more. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" in who referred you.

    Looking forward to reviewing more.

    Dawn Dowdle

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