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Adult #28: FRIED PIES AND SWEET LIES (Romantic Comedy)
Leslie Gail
Mentored by:
Susan Bishop Crispell
Book Title:
Fried Pies and Sweet Lies
2018 Adult Entries
Romantic Comedy
Word Count:



Reeds and Trumans are like gasoline and an open flame—best kept apart. Which is why Grace Reed ran from a relationship with Charlie Truman twelve years ago. That and she accidentally set his sister on fire. Now after another brush with the law, Grace is back on Truman turf and desperate to get her life on track. Even if it means teaming up with the enemy.

Charlie’s attempt to resurrect Serendipity’s defunct newspaper is going south. Fast. A fake engagement to his closeted best friend Betsy provides access to his inheritance, but it’s Grace who may be the key to the paper’s success. If he can convince her to give him a second chance.

When their feelings ignite, they’ll have to decide if following their hearts is worth risking their families’ wrath. Because small towns—and Trumans—don’t easily forgive and forget.



Speak the name of the devil and he shall appear. That’s what Nana always said. So, when an envelope with the name and return address of Cheri Truman-Young popped up in the stack of mail Grace Reed thumbed through, she handled it with the same care she’d have used with a venomous snake, or worse, a baby with a dirty diaper.

“Oh, hell no.” Grace chucked the letter into the trash, unopened. It wasn’t even fit for recycling. It should be buried in a landfill along with She-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. Grace wasn’t plotting murder so much as planning the party she’d throw if the whole Truman clan, especially SWSNBN’s two-timing brother, Charlie, just happened to disappear off the face of the earth.

Grace shoved her thoughts and the rest of the mail aside and began preparations. There was too much at stake to let thoughts of Trumans ruin her carefully planned night.

16 responses to “Adult #28: FRIED PIES AND SWEET LIES (Romantic Comedy)”

  1. Andrea Cascardi says:

    I love the pitch and the voice in this excerpt. I’d love to read the full manuscript! Please send it to andrea+query@transatlanticagency.com with PitchWars Request Fried Pies and Sweet Lies Rom Com in the subject line. I’ll be excited to see it!
    Thank you,
    Andrea Cascardi

  2. I would like to receive a Word document of the first three chapters, a synopsis, and an author bio (including all social media links) as an attachment to an email: rosenberglitsubmit@icloud.com

  3. Colleen Oefelein says:

    Dear Leslie,
    I’d love to see this! Please see my bio at JDLit.com, and if you’d like, send your query + synopsis pasted into the body of an email with your full attached to colleen@adventurewrite.com with the subject: #PitchWars – FRIED PIES AND SWEET LIES.

    If more than one JDLA agent requests your manuscript, please feel free to submit to the best fit.
    Thank you,
    Colleen Oefelein

  4. Erica Bauman says:

    Hi Leslie,

    This sounds great, and I’d love to read more! Could you please send a query and the full manuscript to ebauman@aevitascreative.com and put “Pitch Wars” in the subject line?


  5. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi! I’d love to take a look. Please email the ms. as a double-spaced .doc to medwards@stonesong.com. Thank you!

  6. Amanda Jain says:

    I’d love to see more of this! Please send your full manuscript as a Word document to ajain@bookendsliterary.com with PitchWars in the subject line. I look forward to reading!

  7. Amy Tannenbaum says:

    Hi Leslie,

    I’d love to read more. Can you send me a synopsis and the first three chapters? Please send to atannenbaum@janerotrosen.com and include “Pitchwars” in the subject line.

    Thank you!

    Amy Tannnebaum

  8. Ayesha Pande says:

    Dear Leslie Gail,

    I’m most intrigued by the description of your novel, FRIED PIES AND SWEET LIES. Could you please send me the full manuscript as an e-mail attachment? I can be reached at queries@pandeliterary.com.

    Thank you very much. I look forward to reading your work.

    Yours truly,
    Ayesha Pande

  9. Marlo Berliner says:

    I like the pitch and the beginning! I’d love to see more! Please submit your query and first 30 pages via my Query Manager: http://QueryMe.Online/marloberliner
    If more than one JDLA agent requests, simply submit to the agent you feel would be the best fit. Be sure to only submit to one JDLA agent at a time. If the first agent passes, you are welcome to try the next.

  10. Dawn Dowdle says:

    Dear Leslie,

    I enjoyed your partial and would like to read more.

    Please send a query through Query Manager at http://QueryMe.Online/1017. Please put “PitchWars” in who referred you.

    Thank you,

    Dawn Dowdle
    Blue Ridge Literary Agency

  11. Suzie Townsend says:

    Oh this sounds like the romance that I need in my life! Please send the query and full manuscript to me at suzie (at) newleafliterary (dot) com.

  12. Jana Hanson says:

    I would love to read the first five chapters of this manuscript. Please e-mail them to me at jhanson (at) metamorphosisliteraryagency (dot) com.

    Thank you, and best of luck in Pitch Wars!

    Jana Hanson

  13. Kerstin Wolf says:

    This sounds so funny! I absolutely love Christina Lauren. I’d be thrilled if you could send me the full manuscript through QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars.

  14. Elizabeth Bewley says:

    Hi Leslie,
    I’d love to read more! Can you please email me the first fifty pages as a Word doc attachment? I’m at ebewley@sll.com.
    Elizabeth Bewley

  15. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    You have a great title and the premise sounds fun. Please do send a query with the first 50 pages to me st atuttle@dystel.com. Please indicate Pitch wars in subject line. I hope to hear from you.

    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  16. Nicole Payne says:

    I’m intrigued! Please send the query, synopsis and first three chapters to nicole@goldenwheatliterary.com with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thanks!