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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: Original Sin
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 95,000 words
Author: Tanya Nellestein
Sophie Keane and P.I. Oliver Hart embark on a journey to discover whether Sophie’s real father was a convicted killer or a murdered monster. As her world unravels, Sophie’s feelings for Oliver grow, and they both must learn what it really means to love.
    Tanya,

    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: Hear My Cry
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Word Count: 78,000
Author: Roy Wood
With an atheist in the Oval Office and the culture crumbling, Cole just wants to pastor his small suburban church. But when he refuses to perform a gay wedding, protests erupt, people die, and his sister is falsely accused. To complicate matters, he may be falling for the persistent but angry TV reporter whose stories could most hurt his sister’s case.
    Roy,

    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: Unspoken Tenet
Genre: Speculative Thriller
Length: 110,000
Author: Eric Keller

Scientific advancement promises the perfect afterlife, history knows such promises bring tragedy.

When Misun Lee, a religious studies student, theorizes that new neurological discoveries at the time of death explain why humanity developed the belief that souls continue to exist after death. For millennia, the Velamentium has been secretly devoted to keeping this treacherous belief from infecting civilization and they fear Misun’s theological insights will give a Silicon Valley billionaire's research the historical basis it needs to become believable to the masses. As a result, introverted Misun becomes a pawn in the intensifying conflict.
    Eric,

    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: Cartel Continuum
Subtitle: The Search for Benton Miles
Genre: Mystery Romance
Length: 65,000
Author: Donald Diaz

Investigator Hector Rojas is charged with finding missing journalist Benton Miles, the son of a billionaire, who has disappeared while covering cartel violence in Mexico. Rojas is thrust into the superstitious and brutally violent cartel culture while finding unexpected romance with Benton's sister Meredith, a failed Hollywood actress, Together they navigate a warren of corruption, carnage and the occult that is intertwined in virtually every sector of present-day life in Mexico.
    Donald,

    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: Sandcastles in the Sky
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Rom-com
Length: 95,000 words
Author: Amy Lea (Amy Li)

Marnie is forced to spend a tension-filled week in tropical paradise with her ex-boyfriend and sworn nemesis, Josh, for her brother’s destination wedding. When their fiery passion for each other resurfaces, their happily ever after hinges on whether they can reconcile their opposing views on love and the painful unplanned pregnancy that tore them apart a decade ago.

#ReproductiveRights
    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: MOOSE RIDGE: ENDING TO BEGINNING
GENRE: Inspirational (Christian) Romance
LENGTH: 99,000 WORDS
AUTHOR: Craig Hastings

Abandoned in a small Wyoming town by the soul mate she supported through medical school, New Yorker Jazmine needs a job, a reason to live, and to forget. Having his own damaged heart, Jason understands her pain. When another crushing blow hits, Jazmine wants to run, but through his enduring faith, Jason offers her his strength and his battered heart. Is it enough to risk relighting her flame of hope?
    Craig,

    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: Finding Purpose
Genre: Inspirational (Contemporary w/very strong romantic arc)
Length: 77,500 words
Author: Carrie Walker

Pregnant and alone, Emma’s life is turned upside down at her twenty-week ultrasound. Determined to fight for the baby doctors have given up on, Emma could never predict the lives her son will touch or the love awaiting her.
    Carrie,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: THE MISSING TIME
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 65,000 words
Author: Sandra Clarke, w/a SJ Clarke

Reporter, Jordan Munroe, is obsessed with hunting down The Memory Keeper, the kidnapper who stole her away 13 years ago, but holes in her memory prevent her from making vital connections. His latest victim, Owen Carmichael, has just escaped, and Jordan is desperate to dig inside Owen’s broken mind in search of fresh clues. To do that, she has to go through his fiercely protective older brother, Lee, a Chicago cop—and the bitter ex-lover she betrayed in her single-minded pursuit of a killer.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sandra Clarke
    Sandra,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Hooked-In
Genre: Supernatural (Inspirational)
Length: 50,000
Author: Anastasia Alexander

Recently divorced Zoey Woodlands thinks her new dating app business could bring her what she wants most -- the right man to build a perfect family. But when her meddling sister mixes in a new love potion, suddenly she connected to her nemesis, the annoying neighbor across the street, leaving Zoey confused when the love potion wears off. Can Mr. Wrong actually be Mr. Right?
    Anastasia,

    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
  • Title: Love in a Headlock
  • Genre: Adult Romantic Comedy
  • Length: 69,000 words
  • Author: Kelly Ohlert
Chocoholic jiu jitsu novice Adrianna has sworn off men, until Jordan comes to her rescue in a liquor store debacle and has her swooning. But he has secrets that aren't his to tell. She wants to let herself love Jordan with the same confidence she has in the sage advice gleaned from her one-sided pet fish conversations. But, this is hard when his suspicious phone habits go unexplained. She'll wrestle through anything to uncover his secrets, including unintended YouTube fame, a wild taxi ride, and a backyard spy mission that raises even more questions.
    Kelly,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. This sounds fun. 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: Turnabout
Genre: Crime Thriller
Length: 91,000 words
Author: Michelle Rodenborn

An ambitious young attorney with a troubled past must testify about her own criminal acts to put a killer behind bars.

Thank you!
    Michelle,

    Thank you for your pitch. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" in who referred you.

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Love Gone Crazy
Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance Suspense
Length: 54,000 words
Author: Susan Burdorf

The night of the annual fireman's bachelor auction brings more surprises than a roomful of jack-in-the-boxes when Amelia's ex texts mysteriously asking to meet with her outside the theater. The police show up to arrest him for the murder of his current fiancee which he swears he didn't do, but no one except Amelia believes him, especially not the cute detective assigned to the case. Detective Ted Castleman is sure he knows what happened and why, but finding the proof may put them all in danger, and Amelia most of all.
    Susan,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. 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: The Teacher’s Fireman
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 77,049
Author: Amber Hummel


One moment high school math teacher Jane Patterson is climbing a rickety “ladder” to rescue her daughter from a backyard tree and the next she is falling into the arms of the fireman next door. Hunter Cage is like calculus homework, long and hard and Jane would love to do him on her desk, but alas, she has more circumference than a circle and is convinced that he would never be interested in a BBN (Big Beautiful Nerd) like her. Hunter however, is more than interested in getting to know his gorgeous, curvy neighbor, and much to his annoyance, so are the rest of the men around her, including Jane’s ex-husband who has a sudden desire to reunite their family.
    Amber,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. 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: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
Genre: Suspense with female protagonist
Length: 104,000 words
Author: Thomas Murray

Snarky, but likable Gwendolyn, a gifted art forger, switches hers for the original painting in a private home and escapes. The next morning, she learns that the owners were found killed. Someone claiming to be Gwendolyn confesses to the crime on a 911 call. Gwendolyn must travel to dangerous foreign lands to find the real murderers and clear her name.
    Thomas,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. This sounds interesting. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitch" in who referred you.

    I look forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Dead Heat
Genre: Adult Sports-themed Romantic Suspense
Word count; 99,000
Author: Kristen Howe

Pro snowboarder Sydney Chase trains for the Winter X-Games when she loses control of her snowboard. When ski patroller Alex Townsend, her former team mate and childhood friend, rescues her from the mountain, old resolved feelings ignites between them. As he investigates the nature of her fall, Sydney deals with early retirement, a social media troll tormenting her, and a violent threat from her past.
    Kristen,

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

    I look forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
  • Title: Detective Sergeant Mermaid
  • Genre: Inspirational Paranormal Mystery
  • Tropes: Little Mermaid / Prime Suspect x Vikings
  • Estimated Length: 65,000 words
  • Author: Stephanie Spann

Detective Sergeant, and mermaid, Kimmie Hoku, loves all things sparkly, has a knack for catching suspects and a terrible sense of timing. When mysterious seaquakes and zombie hordes rattle her hometown, God cancels her mani-pedi and sends punctual and unconventional, Agent Gunnar Rock, as back-up. Can a brilliant investigator and a super spy stop the Mermaid Apocalypse by sundown? God only knows.
    Stephanie,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. I do not represent paranormal at this time.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
- Title: Spiritus
- Genre: Adult Psychological Suspense
- Length: 80,000 words
- Author: Mike Krentz

An archbishop’s ritualistic murder thrusts the lives of an ex-seminarian criminal profiler, an ex-priest cult leader, and the former nun they both loved into a twisting collision course. Robert Langdon and the Mindhunter meet The Nowhere Man and The Silent Patient in a tale of malice, vengeance, and justice. Must two die for one to live?
    Mike,

    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: Peanut Peregrinations and Other Tales of Food Travel
Genre: Food history/cookbook
Word count: 100,000
Author: Carol Kaufman

In a twist on the traditional food history/cookbook genre, Peanut Peregrinations and Other Tales of Food Travel explores the circuitous paths some of our favorite fruits and vegetables have taken from their origins to dinner plates around the world. In a conversational way, as if the reader were chopping carrots alongside me in the kitchen, I tell how each food in the book was discovered and then brought across the globe to appear in everything from porridge to poetry. Addressing the intersection of food, place, and tradition, every chapter will feature recipes from about a dozen countries that have adapted that food to their local tastes and cultures.
    Carol,

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

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Love On Cherokee Lake
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 80,000
Author: T.D. Jones

Maggie Gardens will do anything for her best friend, which is why she’s taking Jack up to their cabin on Cherokee Lake to die. She’s having a hard time coming to grips that he only has a few months to live. It isn’t until Maggie meets Wade Barker, who’s living in the cabin next door, that she starts to rethink her decision about love.
    T.D.

    Thank you for sharing your pitch. I do not feel I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Graytops and Whites
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Length: 75,000 words
Author: Mike Krentz

Outraged elderly assisted-living residents in Arizona plot to outwit the crooked owner and staff that use them for diversion and profit. Their outlandish plan takes them across the southern border where they run into some bad hombres. Can they get back over the wall?
    Mike,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle

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