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Adult #12: ARC10 (Science Fiction)
LL Montez
Mentored by:
Marty Mayberry and Léonie Kelsall
Book Title:
2018 Adult Entries
Science Fiction
Word Count:


Battle: Los Angeles meets The Handmaid’s Tale

Militia gunslinger Captain Janika Lorn’s primary duty is to blast Earth’s invaders out of orbit. However, being a fertile, healthy woman makes her a different enemy’s target. A stranger offers her a dangerous position commanding a refugee starship evacuating the planet—but if Janika snatches the opportunity to escape her government’s eugenics program, it will mean abandoning the unexpected love she’s found with her contracted partner.



My team scrutinized the stars, searching for enemy movement. Disguised in our ashy battle dress, we echoed the last moments of our ancestors who gaped in ignorant awe at their imminent annihilation. Surrounded by blackened trees and Before Days relics, we stood in their corpses’ scorch marks.

“It’s bright tonight.” My black half-mask muffled my words. “I don’t like it.”

Over the mountains of the moon,” Dean murmured. “Down the valley of the shadow… Ride, boldly ride,’ the shade replied, ‘if you seek for El Dorado.”

I twisted around, raising a skeptical brow. “What was that?”


“You’re reciting poetry now?”

“It’s fitting.”

“Books again?” I shook my head. “Shit’s contraband for a reason.”

Moonlight illuminated the crumbled road. I shifted my weight, restless as we waited for the convoy to roll through. We expected fifteen scavengers. Fifteen official government-designated civilians in two armored vehicles, the VRAPs, who’d paid hefty fees to join the biggest scrap-hunt of the decade. Fifteen asses I needed to cover. Rumors said this site would be a gold mine—a treasure trove of building metals. They called it Operation El Dorado. Despite Dean frequently explaining its significance, I didn’t get it.

This was a Topside mission—another opportunity to become cinders. I didn’t care about a good haul or poetry or lore.

My mission was to keep everyone alive.

6 responses to “Adult #12: ARC10 (Science Fiction)”

  1. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I’d love to keep reading. Please send your query in the body of an email, plus your full manuscript and a synopsis (attached). I look forward to reading!

    Lauren Spieller
    TriadaUS Literary Agency

  2. Rena Rossner says:

    Hi there! This sounds fantastic! I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages. Please send them attached as a word document to rena@thedeborahharrisagency.com.


    – Rena Rossner
    The Deborah Harris Agency

  3. This sounds amazing. Please send me your query letter, synopsis (not longer than 2 pages double spaced), and the first 50 pages of the final manuscript. Please send it directly to me at marisa@corvisieroagency.com so I can prioritize it. 🙂 Thanks!!

  4. Zabé Ellor says:

    This looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t wait to see more! Please send the query, synopsis, and first 30 pages to me via QueryManager (http://queryme.online/ZabeEllor)

    If more than one JDLA agent requests your project, please submit to the one you feel will be the best fit!

  5. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi LL,

    Your pitch has caught the eye of my brilliant colleague Tamara Kawar. She would love to read. Please do send the full manuscript as a word document to tkawar@icmpartners.com.

    My best,


  6. Weronika Janczuk says:

    Please send to weronika@d4eo.com:
    + query letter in email body
    + Word .doc with first 50-75 pages
    + subject line, PARTIAL REQUEST – PITCH WARS – TITLE