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

PW2019 Adult #29: ANYONE BUT YOU (Contemporary Romance)

CHRISTINA LAUREN MEETS TOP CHEF Pastry chef Aubrey Dennison can't hide her crush on #hotchef Liam Linley when they're thrust into a competition for restaurant space. She must focus on the prize, not Liam's stupidly handsome face. The last thing Liam needs is to catch feelings for his annoyingly adorable opponent, since he desperately needs to expand his restaurant. As they battle through challenges, neither can ignore the heat that blazes between them. But this competition has real-world stakes, and the only clear outcome is a broken heart.

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PW2019 Adult #30: SANGUINE AND STYGIAN (Fantasy Romance)

A PROMISE OF FIRE meets THE WITCHER. After a band of mercenaries kills her family and attempts to kidnap her, curse-marked Kara joins up with a rival mercenary clan in hopes of exacting revenge, not expecting to fall for her deadly commander. But when Kara learns her brother is still alive and has been taken captive by her clan, she must choose between saving him and betraying the man she’s grown to love.

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PW2019 Adult #31: HISTORY LESSONS (Contemporary Mystery Black #OwnVoices)

Professor Daphne Ouverture knew her job was killing her dating life—she never thought it could kill her, too. But when her colleague is found murdered, Daphne realizes she might be next. With the begrudging help of two local cops—including one intriguingly well-read detective—Daphne must race to solve the murder before the killer strikes again, even if it means confronting the one past she’s vowed never to study: her own. STEPHANIE PLUM meets INSECURE.

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PW2019 Adult #32: PRAYERS FOR THE RED CITY (LGBTQ+ Science Fiction)

A haven for the wealthy but a nightmare for the poor, Ecthellion is a lumen-powered city of technological dreams. When a power-hungry billionaire reveals an invention that could tear the world apart, three unlikely allies — an anxious social worker, an exiled gangster, and a soldier determined to prove herself — must set aside their entangled histories to fight back.

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PW2019 Adult #33: THE FAITHFUL DARK (Fantasy)

In a city where touch reveals holiness, soulless Csilla is worthless in the eyes of the Church that raised her. When a serial killer threatens their divine protection, she sees a chance to earn her place—and a miracle—by catching the murderer, even though it means helping a heretic. But when the conspiracy they uncover pits her against the faith she’s trying to save, her personal salvation may destroy everything she believes in.

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PW2019 Adult #34: EACH ENDLESS FALL (Fantasy)

Ambitious and fiercely independent, Magdalena is fixed on becoming the strongest Wielder of her generation. When her arch-rival stoops to using forbidden death magic in pursuit of the same goal, Magdalena sets out to expose his wrongdoing. But first she must reconnect with an old friend whose prophetic dreams may help her avoid falling victim to the evil she's trying to destroy—if they can be interpreted in time.

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PW2019 Adult #35: UGLY & DELICIOUS THINGS (Queer contemporary romance)

As the first openly non-binary contestant on America's favorite cooking show, Chef’s Special, London wants to focus on food, but the competitor stationed in front of them is too damn distracting. Dahlia has unruly hair, disarming honesty, and a tendency to trip over her own feet. Their on-screen chemistry makes them fan favorites—and they give in to their attraction off camera. But as a finale only one can win draws nearer, Dahlia and London must prove their steamy fling can stand the heat outside the kitchen.

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PW2019 Adult #36: THE HANGMEN (Literary Thriller)

On a secluded island ruled by a puritanical cult, where hangings of sinners are concealed as suicides, one cop struggles to free himself and his son from his family’s dark legacy as hangmen. Only Killers and Thieves x The Gods of Howl Mountain

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PW2019 Adult #37: SUBURBAN ANIMALS (Suspense – Queer #OwnVoices)

Sharp Objects meets The Secret History. Ava Montgomery is on the run, from her ex and a dark past eager to pull her back. But when her troubled teen becomes obsessed with an infamous murder in a forest that "eats children," Ava must confront her own role in the forest's violent history before her daughter becomes its next prey.

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PW2019 Adult #38: BLOOD AND STARDUST (Science Fiction)

Alien medical mysteries? All in a day’s work if you’re a human xenophysician like Loke. But when her “species-unknown” girlfriend develops a mysterious ailment, can Loke find its cause—and cure—before it’s too late?

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PW2019 Adult #39: THE FRAILTY OF MATTER (Thriller)

TESS GERRITSEN meets MICHAEL CRICHTON Freshly-minted surgeon Hope Kestrel will take any edge she can get, especially if it means saving lives at PRIMA, Seattle’s experimental new healthcare facility. Skeptical intern Jacie wants only to save her teen sister, denied treatment by the algorithm that was promised to save them all. When unexpected patient deaths force a reluctant partnership, they unearth a dark world lurking just beneath our own—where Big Data enables Big Medicine. They must weigh technology against humanity…and discover the hope we need to survive.

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PW2019 Adult #40: THE WEDDING RINGER (Women’s Fiction)

When Willa’s offered a job as a professional bridesmaid, she seizes the chance to save up and leave the memories of her cheating fiancé and best friend in the rearview. Developing a friendship with the bride—and a flirtation with the hotshot best man—is not part of her exit strategy. Now she must decide if some people just might be worth sticking around for.

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PW2019 Adult #41: THIS DARKNESS IS MINE (Women’s Fiction #OwnVoices)

A black woman’s SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK. When a bipolar diagnosis rips her out of her cozy city life, Michelle Delphinia is forced to retreat to her dysfunctional family. She’s desperate to avoid stigma, but she must accept her reality before denial destroys her relationships and hard-won career.

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PW2019 Adult #42: LOVE, DRAG & PANCAKES (Adult RomCom)

Soon-to-be-divorced September has thirty days to renovate herself at her parents’ Floridian retirement home before she can return to Boston and hope to avoid her cheating ex. Falling for the hot, bi bartender at the Iris—the local drag haven—certainly wasn’t on her agenda. But when rumors circulate of the Iris closing, September must act fast to save her new home and budding relationship, or risk having to start over, all over again.

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PW2019 Adult #43: OFF FIELD CHEMISTRY (Contemporary Sports Romance)

Halley lost out on a coveted grant and needs a source of income before she’s broke. She’ll have to rely on her jock-whispering tutoring skills to survive the semester financially. Quinton knows every move on the football field but has to ace Organic Chemistry to keep his pre-med dreams alive in case his body breaks. Together, their sexual chemistry sizzles, but their future paths point opposite directions.

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