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Adult #35: TO BURY A MONSTER (East African-inspired, Black #OwnVoices Fantasy)
Karintha Parker
Mentored by:
L. D. Lewis
Book Title:
To Bury A Monster
2018 Adult Entries
East African-inspired, Black #OwnVoices Fantasy
Word Count:


I am sorry to inform you that while one will prevail, the other must perish.

Twin mercenaries Niles and Cassia find their bond strained as every bounty drives Niles deeper into his darkness and Cas toward her faith; until cryptic letters found on a would-be assassin force them to choose what they hold onto.

Ciceria’s Prince Marcellus is not himself—whether he knows it or not. A race against the demon of time and stolen memories will determine if he loses himself completely.

As each searches the mounting bodies for answers, they find their connection to each other in Ciceria’s lore—and its lies.




Marcellus dreamt of pairs. Two boys facing each other, made of the blue wisps of memory. Twin jewels he’d inherit once he succeeded his father to the throne. A set of pulsing orbs of light, one glowing blood-red like the moon at the Pyrian Festival. The crimson orb streaked towards him, into him, and he jolted awake with a gasp like surfacing from the sea.

Pushing back from his desk, he glanced around with hazy eyes. Through his window, the sun barely dipped behind the trees separating the Palace grounds from the masaya that stretched for miles. His masaya, he reminded himself.

Marcellus sighed and stared down at the aged book he’d used as a pillow. Please, he begged the demon that stole memories and time, just give me today to figure this out. He’d only read a few lines—a Divine mistake, a disintegrating Veil—before someone knocked at the door.

He stuffed the tome into the bottom desk drawer and locked it. “Yes.”

A messenger stepped into the room and extended a solitary envelope bearing the Novaen seal.“Daily correspondence, Masaden Marcellus. The letter you asked to be delivered directly to you.”

13 responses to “Adult #35: TO BURY A MONSTER (East African-inspired, Black #OwnVoices Fantasy)”

  1. Lauren Spieller says:

    Congratulations on completing Pitch Wars! I really enjoyed this and would 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. Kat Enright says:

    I’m already fascinated by the world you’re creating, and I’d love to see more. Can you please send me the query, synopsis, and full to kat@theseymouragency,com?

    P.S. If more than one agent at the Seymour Agency requests this, please only send to one of us! Best of luck.

  3. Amy Elizabeth Bishop says:

    Hi Karintha,

    I’d love to take a look at your full manuscript for TO BURY A MONSTER! Could you send it along as a Microsoft Word attachment, with your query and #PitchWars in the subject line to abishop@dystel.com?

    I’m looking so forward to reading!

    Thanks so much!



  4. Naomi Davis says:

    Wow, I love the voice in this sample and can’t wait to see what happens next! Can you please send me a query, synopsis, and the full manuscript to ndavis@bookendsliterary.com – with #PitchWars in the subject line with your title? I would love to read this!

  5. Quressa Robinson says:


    Yes, please! I want to read the rest of this. You can send the full MS here:QueryMe.online/QueryQuressa/PitchWars2019. Just fill out the form and follow the directions. I look forward to reading more!



  6. 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.

  7. Melissa Danaczko says:

    Hi Karintha, I would love the opportunity to read more. Can you please email me (mdquery@skagency.com) the query letter and manuscript? Thanks!

  8. 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!

  9. 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

  10. Penelope Burns says:

    Hi Karintha,

    I think you know I’d love to see this! Can you send the full to penelope@gelfmanschneider.com with #PitchWars in the subject line? Thanks so much!

    All best,

  11. Nicole Payne says:

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

  12. Christa Heschke says:

    I’d love to see more! Please send the query, synopsis and first 100 to chquery [at] mcintoshandotis [dot] com with Pitch Wars request in the subject line. –Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  13. Eddie Schneider says:

    Dear Karintha,

    Your query sounds interesting—I’d be happy to look at the first 50-75 pages of TO BURY A MONSTER, along with a 1-2 page synopsis. A .rtf file for the former is preferred, and the body of your e-mail is perfect for the latter.

    Thanks, and I look forward to reading your work.