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Adult #34: THE MONSTER THEY MADE (Dark Contemporary Fantasy)
Mentee:
Jason Beymer
Mentored by:
Natasha Raulerson
Book Title:
The Monster They Made
Category:
Adult
Genre:
Dark Contemporary Fantasy
Word Count:
99,000

Pitch:

No matter how many times Adeline kills her sister, the bitch won’t stay dead. But everyone Adeline conjures turns against her—even the Prince Charming husband she thought she needed. Now, on an anniversary cruise intended to save her marriage, Adeline is trapped with her most dangerous creations: an unkillable sister hell-bent on destroying her life, and a handsome stranger with the key to saving it.

 

Excerpt:

Tonight, I would kill my sister for the third time.

I walked into the Roasted Beanery, a claustrophobic cafe packed tight with locals. She sat at the farthest table on that Saturday night, waiting for me, her bright red sweater a beacon in a sea of coffee-scented beige. My sister had ruined my life. Ending hers would fix everything.

I clutched my purse, and the straps dug deep into my shoulder. The gun inside was loaded, heavy, and the only thing keeping my anxiety in check.

With a shaky breath, I pushed through the arms of strangers. My oversized sunglasses slipped to the edge of my nose, but I didn’t dare take them off. Someone would recognize me.

Halfway in, I brushed against a book display stocked with my sister’s latest tell-all. I looked up, and my chest froze at the sight of my own face.

The blown-up poster hung above the rack of hardcovers, giving everyone my patented shove-that-camera-up-your-ass scowl. I grabbed a copy of Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth—The true story of Adeline Graves and slapped it against my hip. Yet another bestseller exposing secrets. Secrets I’d shared with my sister after I died and came back to life at eight years old.

“God damn it.”

I bulldozed through the crowd and slammed the hardcover on the table.

7 responses to “Adult #34: THE MONSTER THEY MADE (Dark Contemporary Fantasy)”

  1. Jim McCarthy says:

    I’d love to have a look at this! If you could send along to jmccarthy@dystel.com, I’ll happily review! And if you want more information about me or DGB, feel free to check us out at http://www.dystel.com.

    Thanks!
    Jim

  2. Ginger Clark says:

    Hi, I would love to see this. Please send the full manuscript as an attachment (a PDF, RTF, or Word Document is fine) to my email address which is gc@cbltd.com . Please include “Pitchwars 2019 Request” in the subject line. Thank you very much.

  3. 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!

  4. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Hi Jason,

    I’d love to see the first 50 pages of this! Please submit your query, synopsis, and first 50 to http://QueryMe.Online/KaitlynJohnson/Contests. Looking forward to the read!

    Best,
    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Corvisiero Literary Agency

  5. Abrams Artists says:

    This is a great pitch! We’d love to see a sample. Please send the first 50 pages to books@abramsartistsagency.com

    -Abrams Artists Agency

  6. Kerstin Wolf says:

    This sounds fascinating! I don’t think I’ve seen something quite like this before. I’d love if you could send me your full manuscript at QueryMe.online/kerstinwolf/Pitch_Wars.

  7. Hillary Jacobson says:

    Hi Jason,

    I would love to read this! Please send the full manuscript as a word document to hjacobson@icmpartners.com.

    My best,
    Hillary