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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2019 and continuing through 2020

PW2019 MG #17: NOTES FROM THE OTHER SIDE (Contemporary Fantasy)

Twelve-year-old Ivy loves acting but has panic attacks whenever she tries to perform on stage. When her recently deceased cousin starts offering encouragement from beyond the grave, Ivy must decide whether to follow the ghostly guidance or give up her dream of starring in the school play. GHOSTS x UMBRELLA SUMMER.

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PW2019 MG #18: THE FUTURE STRIKES BACK (Contemporary Science Fiction)

An anxious, asthmatic boy gets recruited by a girl from the future to launch a climate strike big enough to rewrite history.

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PW2019 Adult #01: A PERFECT MESS (Contemporary Rom Com, #OwnVoices OCD)

THE HATING GAME meets THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. When a quirky consultant goes undercover for the Cruella de Vil of men’s luxury fashion, she tumbles into a steamy romance with a CEO candidate she’s hired to spy on. Now she must find a way to mend her reputation—and heart—before her perfectly planned life unravels.

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PW2019 Adult #02: THE TRACKS END AT VICTORY (Epic Fantasy)

DRESDEN FILES meets RED DEAD REDEMPTION The town of Victory’s a frontier haven for mystical outcasts. Sheriff Val Rivers keeps the peace, but a railroad worker’s murder ignites a powder keg of violence between the superstitious laborers and ‘monstrous’ locals. To find the killer, Val must bargain with the goddess who screwed her over decades ago. If she can’t pay the goddess’ horrifying price, the corpse on the tracks won’t be lonely for long.

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PW2019 Adult #03: CHEKHOV’S HAMMER (#ownvoices Mystery/Suspense)

Dr. Raeya Patel had it all. The two kids. The house. The career. Everything but the white picket fence. Then her husband died in a hit-and-run. Now Raeya seems to be the only one in her Massachusetts town who cares what happened. She launches her own investigation, but finds her family stalked by a sinister patient when she links her husband’s death to a conspiracy involving a string of brutal homicides. Harlan Coben’s Tell No One meets The Good Widow by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.

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PW2019 Adult #04: THE BUTCHER (Speculative Fiction)

TRUE GRIT x BLACK MIRROR x THE REVENANT: When Deputies murder her mother for refusing to harm a convicted child, Lady Mae inherits her role as Settlement Five’s Butcher—a court-appointed torturer of criminals. As her inner rage grows, she endures scorn from all but her childhood love, the bastard of the meanest man in town. But when Deputies arrest her love next, Lady Mae must choose: does she escape the settlement for redemption, or seek vengeance—even if it kills her.

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PW2019 Adult #05: THE WITCH OF SHADOW GAP WOODS (Mystery)

True-crime junkie Avery Tensley wishes life were as easy to predict as an episode of Forensic Files. After botching her law school application, she finds work at a used bookstore, only to be consumed by a murder mystery surrounding its former occupant. As suspects emerge and small-town secrets unravel, Avery finds herself on the trail of a killer—while reckoning with her role in the death of a childhood friend.

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PW2019 Adult #06: THE XENOLOGIST (Science Fiction Thriller)

DISTRICT 9 X SILENCE OF THE LAMBS When aliens launch brain-scrambling attacks, world-class neurologist Enid Penfield is hired to mentally protect special forces from the strange mind-altering powers. But her loyalty shifts after she’s kidnapped by rogue aliens and discovers the true threat is a human terrorist organization bent on genocide. Trapped between two sides, Enid must decide whether saving the alien civilization is worth her family’s lives.

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PW2019 Adult #07: SONG OF THE SOPHOS (#OwnVoices Fantasy)

Water, Land, Aer, Fyr. Once allies, the great clans of Erthos now regard each other with suspicion and scorn. A prophecy sends Jorkka, exiled son of a Fyrclan chief, on a journey home to stop his uncle from butchering his people. On the way, he makes an unorthodox pact with a Waterclan chieftess: his hand in betrothal for her warriors to fight by his side. But love complicates his loyalties; Jorkka must overcome an ugly truth or lose all to his uncle’s bloodlust.

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PW2019 Adult #08: THE CORN DOG PACT (Women’s Fiction)

New Girl meets I’m Fine and Neither Are You. Discovering she’s pregnant with her ex-husband’s baby is the cherry on top of Josie’s disastrous year. Desperate for change, she teams up with her long-lost best friend and former high-school crush to improve their adulthood woes. If she can’t stabilize her chaotic life, she risks losing rights to her son in divorce court.  

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PW2019 Adult #09: WALKING THROUGH NEEDLES (Crime Fiction)

MY DARK VANESSA meets DARK PLACES in this lyrical, unsettling crime novel about forbidden desires and family secrets that won’t stay buried. Sam thinks she’s come to terms with her past trauma and the masochistic sexuality it sparked. But when her stepbrother is accused of murdering their mutual abuser, her obsession with clearing his name plunges her back into her hellish Oklahoma childhood.

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PW2019 Adult #10: ISLE IN THE FLOOD (Fantasy – High/Romantic)

Seer Mona Arnett—brash, spoiled, and severely agoraphobic—hasn’t gone outside in ten years. When the royal council recruits her to predict the king's future bride, her reading returns the worst name imaginable: her own.  Opalvale’s vital magic will die without a queen. Now, Mona must decide: how much chaos and ruination will she risk to keep herself off the throne?

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PW2019 Adult #11: ILYA’S GAMBIT (Fantasy Romance)

Espionage and seduction—not skills Ilya honed to lead her people, but ones she'll need to free them. Held hostage by the emperor’s captain, Lucien, Ilya employs her wits and wiles to source information for a growing rebel movement. But Lucien isn’t the monster his fearsome helm depicts, and as Ilya unearths the truth about his beloved father-figure, the emperor, Lucien struggles with a reality more terrifying than the magical illusions he weaves. Each will have to determine where their hearts and loyalties lie—if the emperor doesn’t kill them first. A PROMISE OF FIRE meets THE BRIDGE KINGDOM.

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PW2019 Adult #12: HOW TO BURY THE LIVING (Literary LGBTQ #OwnVoices)

Memories of his dead family haunt grieving archaeology student Jasper, whose only solace lies in unearthing the burials and artefacts of prehistoric Britain. When a charming yet emotionally unpredictable Irishman tries seducing him back to the present, it will take all of Jasper's heart to finally bury his dead and start curating a new, chosen family.

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PW2019 Adult #13: EDGE OF A SAVAGE LAND (Historical Fiction)

Italy. 1392. Béa, daughter of a volatile feudal lord, seeks stability after her fiancé’s death, but her father’s erratic behavior destroys her marriage prospects and poisons family relationships. As a dormant vendetta awakens, Béa must find a path to peace in her patriarchal world or risk losing her beloved brothers and her future.

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