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Adult #18: REKINDLED (Romantic Suspense)
Rochelle Karina
Mentored by:
Laura Brown and Tif Marcelo
Book Title:
2018 Adult Entries
Romantic Suspense
Word Count:


After a traumatic injury, D.C. Fire Investigator Drea Hidalgo returns to her rural hometown to care for her ailing grandfather, never expecting sparks to reignite with her high school sweetheart, Danny Parsons. When a series of deadly fires rocks the town, pitting Drea against local law enforcement, she’s forced to choose between the man she loves and her duty to catch the arsonist before they kill again.



Flames leapt and crackled, tearing up the side of the makeshift building inside the Fire Research Lab, casting shifting orange and yellow light on the walls of the warehouse. Drea swallowed against the lump in her throat. Even through her respirator, the ashy air was sickly-sweet from starter fuel mixed with the scent of burning pine. She clenched her fists and forced herself to watch as the ATF fire crew hauled out hoses. When the first hiss of water produced a cloud of steam, a tendril of panic coiled in her chest. She sucked in a sharp breath, refusing to give in to the rising tide of fear.

Hey, Hidalgo! The shout came from her side and she tore her eyes away from the flames to Gabe Mattix who had her mask pushed back, brows knit together. I called your name three times. You okay, kid?

Drea flipped her off—she’d known Mattix for years; their communication ranged from high fives to the bird—and shoved her mask back. 

“I’m good.” She steeled herself, and turned to the group of trainees. The purpose of this little exercise, aside from giving those hose jockeys an excuse to impress us all, is to encourage observation. Youll see things during the active phase of a fire that are clues.

6 responses to “Adult #18: REKINDLED (Romantic Suspense)”

  1. Melissa Edwards says:

    Hi! I’d love to see this. Please send a double-spaced .doc to medwards@stonesong.com. Are any other agents currently reading it?

  2. Jennifer Unter says:

    I’d love to read more. Please forward the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to assistant@theunteragency.com. Thanks!

  3. Marlo Berliner says:

    Great beginning, I like the action here! 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.

  4. Amanda Jain says:

    Drea definitely sounds like someone I want to know more about. Please send your full manuscript as a Word document to ajain@bookendsliterary.com with PitchWars in the subject line. I look forward to reading!

  5. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Ms. Karina,

    You have an engaging voice, and I would welcome the chance to read further. Please send the first 50 pages to me at atuttle@dystel.com. Please also indicate this is a Pitch Wars submission in the header.


    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  6. Weronika Janczuk says:

    Please send to weronika@d4eo.com:
    + query letter in email body
    + first 10-15 pages in email body
    + subject line, PARTIAL REQUEST – PITCH WARS – TITLE