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Adult #8: FIRST COMES MARRIAGE (Contemporary Romance #OwnVoices)
Nam Patel
Mentored by:
Farah Heron
Book Title:
First Comes Marriage
2018 Adult Entries
Contemporary Romance (#OwnVoices)
Word Count:


All Maya’s dreams of a love match walked out the day Nirav left her in a tropical paradise. Years later, with no intention of following his mother’s plans for him, Nirav arranges his own marriage— to Maya. Can Maya accept a loveless marriage with a man she still loves?



Maya Patel lived in constant fear of the Orange Sadhu who had told her she would never find happiness in marriage. She would prove him wrong. Today, Maya planned to change her destiny and she wouldn’t let the gray door discourage her. Maya resisted the urge to fiddle with the zipper of her puffy coat and squared her shoulders. She had practiced answers to all possible questions and rehearsed how to be deferential to Sita auntie while not letting her intimidate Maya. It was going to be tough.

Maya focused on the goal. This was for herself. Even her parents didn’t know about this meeting with Sita auntie.

With a deep inhale and a silent prayer of Ohm Namah Shiva, Maya pressed the glowing disc of the doorbell. She’d been in this house hundreds of time, running in and out of the garage since she’d been four. But Sita auntie’s instructions were clear. This meeting was not because Maya was a family friend or even a fellow Gujarati. Maya was granted this meeting for business.

And marriage was business.

Maya was glad for that. No more relying on wishes. No more wallowing in the pain of a long-ago broken heart. No more praying and fasting for God to bring her the perfect husband. The curse was real. Now, the Orange Sadhu was about to meet his match. Mrs. Sita Desai was one of the most successful and exclusive matchmaker in their Gujarati community, and she was terrifying.

8 responses to “Adult #8: FIRST COMES MARRIAGE (Contemporary Romance #OwnVoices)”

  1. Kim Lionetti says:

    Yes please! This sounds great. I’d love to take a look! Please upload the synopsis and full manuscript here: QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars

  2. 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.


  3. 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

  4. Ayesha Pande says:

    Dear Nam Patel,

    I’m most intrigued by the description of your novel, FIRST COMES MARRIAGE. 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

  5. Stacey Donaghy says:

    Dear Nam,

    I love everything about this! I would love to read the full MS.
    Please send your query to http://queryme.online/Stacey_PITCHWARS
    Be sure to add #PitchWars In front of your book title on the query form. Once your query arrives, I will request the full!

    All the best,

  6. Devin Ross says:

    Hi Nam- I’d love to read the full manuscript. Please send it to dross@newleafliterary.com with “pitch wars request” in the subject line. Excited to read!

  7. Lisa Rodgers says:

    I’d love to take a look at the first 50 pages and a 1-2 page synopsis! Please send to querylisa[@]awfulagent[.]com, and put “Pitch Wars: First Comes Marriage” in the subject line. Looking forward to it!

  8. Laura Bradford says:

    Yum! Love me some second-chance-at-love/reconciliation romance. This sounds so fun! I’d love to see more of this. Please email me the full ms + synopsis at laura@bradfordlit.com and put Pitch Wars in the subject line. Can’t wait to read it!