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Adult #32: OFF THE RECORD (Romantic Suspense)
Daisy Blaine
Mentored by:
Diana A. Hicks
Book Title:
Off The Record
2018 Adult Entries
Romantic Suspense
Word Count:


I’ll be Gone in the Dark meets The Crossfire Series

For freelance reporter Stella Thompson, Cole Maxwell’s sex life is not news. Most men would be offended, but Boston’s most enigmatic bachelor is intrigued by Stella’s disinterest in him. With her own set of reservations, she accepts his invitation to explore his clandestine world. But falling for him means risking her privacy and destroying her credibility and her future as a serious investigative journalist.



I picked up the pace in an effort to shake Alexis, but she stayed on my heels as I turned the corner onto Temple Street. “You have to ask him about her, Stella. Everyone will be thinking it.”

“The owner of the most successful hedge fund in Boston is giving a private lecture on international economic policy. A rumor that he may have been on a date last night is going to be the last thing on anyone’s mind.”

Alexis shook her head and dug through her oversized Louis Vuitton tote bag, muttering under her breath about me being ‘so difficult.’ She emerged with her phone, frantically typing away on the screen instead of making any effort to avoid walking into oncoming traffic. In Alexis’s mind, a rumor about Cole Maxwell was far more important than personal safety.

“Right here.” She lifted the iPhone high in the air as if she had found the holy grail. “‘Boston’s favorite (and most rarely seen) bachelor Cole Maxwell was spotted in his private box at Fenway Park last night with Victoria’s Secret Angel Amber Livingston.’”

“I saw the article.” I shoved her device away from my face. “How is that relevant to his lecture?”

“It doesn’t have to be relevant. He was seen in public. With a woman, no less. That in and of itself is news.”

5 responses to “Adult #32: OFF THE RECORD (Romantic Suspense)”

  1. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi, I’d love to see a query + first three chapters. Please send to eva@speilburgliterary.com

    Please put #PitchWarsShowcase somewhere in the subject line or query letter.

  2. Colleen Oefelein says:

    Dear Daisy,
    Oooo! I’m looking for a Romantic Suspense for my list, and this looks delicious! 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 – OFF THE RECORD.

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

  3. Melissa Edwards says:

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

  4. Marlo Berliner says:

    Interesting! I’d love to see where this is going! 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.

  5. Johanna Castillo says:

    Dear Daisy,
    I am writing to request the partial for OFF THE RECORD. Can you please send along the first 50 pages, if available?
    Johanna Castillo
    Writers House Literary Agency