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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: "dibs"
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 72,000 words
Author: Allison M. Hubbard

Wanted: translator for newly-divorced Olivia to properly interpret banter, signals, and body language from her male colleague. Must be able to stave off flirtation by Olivia’s perky blonde roommate and withstand hot tubs to 105˚F. Bring your own bourbon.
    Allison,

    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: WHAT YOU'VE DONE
- Romantic Suspense Thriller
- Length: 98,254 words
- Author: J.A. Schneider

A small town divorce lawyer (“I know people’s secrets.”) with a criminal law background blames herself when a client’s teen daughter is brutally murdered. She turns sleuth and finds herself the maniac’s next target.

This will be the first in a divorce lawyer/amateur sleuth series.
    J.A.,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Sing Like A Nightingale
Genre: Women's Historical Fiction with Romantic Elements
Word count: 90,000
Author: Mariah Julio

Rosemary expects cooperation at nursing school instead she finds treachery, deception and arrogance, and that’s just her boyfriend. Framed by the havoc of the 1960s, Rosemary faces obstacles with heart and wit until unexpected tragedies force her to question every decision and conquer her fears. During her journey, Rosemary discovers that while the song of the mockingbird is lovely, it can also pierce her heart.

Thanks.
    Mariah,

    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 R
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 66,348 words
Author: PG Barker

Andrea Burrows has her life in order so she thinks, her boyfriend of 5 years is about to propose and she has finally been able to trace her biological mother. She then makes a critical error at work resulting in her losing her job and her boyfriend. At the same time, her biological mother rejects her. Andrea must combine with new friends to get her life back on track again while at the same time avoiding a ruthless group of slave traffickers who want to ship her off.

Thank you for this opportunity
    PG,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
  • Title: The Narc Behind The Badge
  • Genre: Fiction Police Procedural
  • Length: 62,000 words
  • Author: Kari L Wood

Clark, a local cop is dedicated to both his family and his job. Until he witnesses one to many people succumb to the dangers of drugs and the dangerous criminals who deal them. He vows to rid his town of both, no matter the cost.
    Kari,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
TITLE: SIBERIA & BONAPARTE
GENRE: Thriller
LENGTH: 99,000 WORDS
AUTHOR: Craig Hastings

Unstoppable force partners with immovable object. Samantha, a well-crafted lethal CIA spy with a good heart, partners with Robert, Mr. GQ, who thinks women are arm candy. They’re sent to New York to ID an international assassin and the target without revealing they’re CIA. But events seldom follow plans and with less than a second, she must choose to follow orders or take the shot. While CIA Operations Officers are trained to use their assets, few ever envisioned this.
    Craig,

    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" for who referred you.

    I look forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
      Thank you Dawn and also thank you for the quick responses. I appreciate it and I'm sure the other authors do to. My query via your website is on the way.
Title: The Bike Rack Falls
Genre: Middle Grade
Length: 5800 words
Author: Jennifer Moncuse

The first day of third grade at the Baker Street Elementary School should have been a great day for Humphrey “Homes” Jefferies—until his dreams of a wind-whipping race home are smashed when he finds that the bike rack has fallen over and his brand-new, uber-cool bike has been stolen. Certain that nefarious plans are afoot, and with both ADHD and a sugar addiction, Homes needs his twin brother, Dwight Wilbur “DW” Jefferies, to help him follow clues and interview suspects. Can these African-American twins adopted into a multicultural family solve the mystery before Homes must suffer the ultimate humiliation: riding his old dinosaur bike in the town’s bike parade?
    Jennifer,

    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" for who referred you.

    I look forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Leave the Keys in the Visor
Genre: RomCom
Length: 86,000
Author: Susie Bruning

Eleanor Oliphant meets Hating Game

Trapped in a disastrous family vacation in Scotland, Natalie wants a one-way ticket from the madness, but when an errant kiss with a stoic Scottish stranger makes him a player in their family drama, everyone will face hard truths about the past and Natalie sees a chance for love in her future.
    Susie,

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

    I look forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Death and the Motherlode
Genre: cozy mystery
Length: 80,000 words
Author: Heather Z. Hutchins

Menaced by an ambitious detective who wrongly accused her of a previous murder, an overweight former English teacher must solve the killing of her snooty co-worker, the Princess, before the police arrest her gorgeous boyfriend.
    Heather,

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

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Dawn
Title: The Romanov Legacy: A Novel
Genre: Romantic Suspense with Historical Romance elements
Length: 50,000 words
Author: Marilyn Baron

Two women, born a century apart, fall in love with the wrong men, with disastrous consequences that could change the world. When a young, single mother discovers she’s descended from the last Tsar—Nicholas II—she becomes the best hope of a secret global society—Guardians of the Romanov Legacy—dedicated to restoring a Romanov to the Russian throne. Will she accept the sacrifices her birth demands and trust the estranged father of her child or turn her back on her heritage, her daughter’s legacy and the long line of women in her family who were keepers of the secret?

*Potential for sequel
    Marilyn,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. Unfortunately, I do not think I am the right agent for this work.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Blintz of Thieves
Genre: MG Contemporary #ownvoices
Word count: 50K
Author: Hanna Rabb

12-year-old Carly is forced to spend her school vacation in a retirement community - with the grandfather she's never met. The gruff-looking, rough-speaking ex-cop investigated the country's biggest heists, and when Carly finds a clue to that very case right in her new Gramps' garage, she's convinced he's hiding more than millions in stolen art. When Carly starts to bond with her grandfather, the lines between the good guys and the bad guys blurs and Carly's convinced telling the truth could jeopardize the new bond she's formed with an old man eager to make amends with his family.
    Hanna,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Remains
Genre: Crime Thriller with series potential
Length: 91,000 words
Author: F. M. Rolan
Pitch:
After Cecilia refused to out their relationship, Felicia went missing and eventually her body parts surfaced.
When Cecilia finds evidence showing Felicia was kidnapped, only revenge can redeem her guilt and regret.
But what if she got ahead of herself and killed the wrong men?
    F.M.,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: On the Backs of Butterflies
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 82,600
Author: Erica Dansereau

In 1975, Linzie Conner goes missing and her sister is found dead. Ten years later, Colorado newcomer Russ Beck purchases the old Conner family home in hopes of a fresh start at life and romance, soon falling in love with the town’s veterinarian. As he’s finally settling into his new life, Russ finds a not-so-missing Linzie hiding on his property, and as the pair form an unexpected bond, Russ is wrongly blamed for crimes he didn’t commit, facing life in prison and losing all he’s struggled to rebuild.
    Erica,

    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 End of the Road
Genre: Tragic Sci-Fi with LGBT representation
Length: 89,000 words
Author: B.M. Valdez

Plath Kauffman wants to keep his impossible rally victory going in order to indulge his narcissism and keep his illegal investor happy but he is prevented by the betrayal of team member Devereaux, who disappeared without a trace at the start of the new season, until he gives up everything—fame, fortune, his humanity—to take his revenge. Devereaux Weisz wants to achieve his father’s legacy and see the night in order to validate his father’s abandonment and mother’s suffering but he is prevented by a city of people who shouldn’t be there who need his help until he is willing to sacrifice his second chance at family to overcome the roadblock between him and the stars. Plath and Devereaux have both reached the end of the road but only one can turn tragedy into an opportunity, failure into success, and a cold night into a heated future.

Ms. Dowdle: thank you so much for taking the time to review my pitch!

(Pitch=148 words)
    B.M.,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. I do not represent Sci-Fi.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Twisted Bets
Genre: Adult romantic comedy
Length: 65,000 words
Author: M. K. ROZE

On New Year’s Eve, a group of handsome millionaires plays a twisted game where the loser must accept all bets placed, or pay the consequences and lose part of their fortune.

Damon Bailey, an egotistical high-end attorney, takes a shot of a foreign drink - a true-self serum - and finds out his bets are going to be hilarious, raunchy, and potentially cruel to the victims. Pride pushes him to complete each task until he is ordered to invite the struggling mother, Natalie Richardson to stay with him in a dumpy trailer.

Forced together in the tight quarters, she begins to fall for Damon’s strange behavior. But Natalie is blind to the reality that she is nothing more than a victim of one of Damon’s many bets, and he refuses to forfeit his money this time.
    M.K.,

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

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Help Wanted: Prince Charming
Genre: Fantasy
Length: 97,000 words
Author: Andrew Adams

The reverse of Disney’s Enchanted, with a detective.
After living in a literal fairy tale world for six months, Brooklyn detective Sam Faraday isn’t surprised by much, except for his newest client: a fire-breathing dragon. The dragon’s got an uninvited guest, a cheerful, singing princess, who must be rescued by her Prince Charming, whom Sam has to recruit. In exchange, the dragon will help Sam find a way home as long as Sam can slip through the traps of a wicked witch and keep the prince from slaying the dragon.
    Andrew,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. I do not represent Fantasy.

    Good luck with your other pitches.

    Dawn Dowdle
  • Title: Finding Hope
  • Genre: Adult Inspirational Contemporary Romance
  • Length: 70,000 words
  • Author: Katie JP Bishop

Family is particularly important to Abby, having raised her siblings and now a widowed mother of two. Battling his own PTSD, Carter is his own worst enemy when it comes to vulnerability. But they both have chance to choose hope, together.
    Katie,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch with me. I'm always on the lookout for good Inspirational Romance. I would love to read more. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" for who recommended you.

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Soup Can be Murder: A Murder at Gracie's novel
Genre: Adult, cozy mystery (series potential)
Length: 73,000 words
Author: Susan Burdorf

Opening day at Gracie's, a local soup and sandwich shop goes perfectly according to plan until Grace discovers the body of Mayor Thornton in her freezer and Police Detective Ian Moore is certain she is the killer of her ex-boyfriend. Now she's juggling potato soup and her growing attraction to the handsome officer while trying to solve the murder before she becomes a victim. And then another ex shows up dead, this time in her dumpster, and she begins to wonder who has it in for her former boyfriends and who might be next.
    Susan,

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

    I look forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Madame Mayor's Surprise Twins
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Length: 70,000 words
Author: Stephanie Spann

Marcy is a breath away from winning her hometown's Mayoral seat. Erik, the new Sheriff in town, has happily adjusted to life as surrogate father to his twin nieces. To sway the campaign, a local paper reveals that Marcy privately donated her eggs years ago and that Erik, following a tragedy, has been raising her daughters. Through the scandal, they'll find that family and faith can weather any storm.
    Stephanie,

    Thank you for sharing your pitch. I am always on the lookout for Inspirational Romance. Please follow the instructions at www.blueridgeagency.com and mention "Savvy Sweetheart Pitchfest" for who referred you.

    I look forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle
Title: Betwixt
Genre: Inspirational Mystery
Length: 65,,000 words
Author: Stephanie Spann

Blythe has returned to her hometown for her mother's post-op care and Gavin has one chance to get it right. This time, he won't choose to solve the case or win her heart. He'll do both.
    Stephanie,

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

    Looking forward to reading more.

    Dawn Dowdle

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