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PW2019 Adult #42: LOVE, DRAG & PANCAKES (Adult RomCom)
Mentee:
Brooke Abrams
Mentored by:
Katie Golding
Book Title:
LOVE, DRAG & PANCAKES
Category:
Adult
Genre:
Adult RomCom
Word Count:
84,000

Pitch:

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.

 

Excerpt:

“You royally fucked up.” Myra, my newly hired attorney, massages her temples. “You might as well have taken a dump on your divorce.”

I guess it matches my marriage then?

I don’t say that out loud. Myra is fresh out of fucks to give after having spent every last one negotiating with all the cops and lawyers in Boston to keep Madison, my soon-to-be ex-husband’s mistress, from pressing charges against me.

“That seems a little extreme.” My best friend Chloe rubs her hand across her very pregnant belly. “Crimes of passion happen all the time, right? Plus, September’s never had so much as a parking ticket to her name.”

“Neither do most serial killers until someone finds the dead bodies,” Myra deadpans.

Well that’s a pleasant thought.

“I’m really sorry that I messed everything up, Myra.” I cover my face with my hands and sink down into the worn leather chair. “In my defense—”

“You beat a car to a pulp. You have no defense, September.” She rolls her eyes as she thumbs through one of a dozen or so piles of legal papers—all of which represent some shitty aspect of my new reality. “Not that we want to advertise that to Chad’s attorney, of course. And you should be sorry, but not to me. You’re the one that has everything to lose right now.”

“Haven’t I already?”

11 responses to “PW2019 Adult #42: LOVE, DRAG & PANCAKES (Adult RomCom)”

  1. Tara Gelsomino says:

    I like a woman out for revenge! This has a lot of fun potential. I’d love to see query, full synopsis and first 3 chapters if you’d like to send. Please email tara@onetrackliterary.com with word doc attachments and Pitch Wars referenced in the subject line.

  2. Kim Lionetti says:

    Hi Brooke: This sounds great! I’d love to see the synopsis and full manuscript. Please upload them here: QueryMe.online/KimLionetti/PitchWars. Look forward to reading! -Kim

  3. Marlo Berliner says:

    This is off to a great start and I’d love to read more! Please send the full with Pitchwars Adult in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  4. Andrea Cascardi says:

    I love this opening! It immediately brought to mind the Carrie Underwood song “Before He Cheats”–and who hasn’t envisioned a little reckless revenge on someone who’s burned us. I’d love to read September’s story as I’m definitely in her corner already! My email is andrea@transatlanticagency.com. Fingers crossed I’ll see this in my in-box!

  5. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Hi Brooke,

    This sounds like so much fun! I’d love to see the full. Please upload to QueryMe.online/KaitlynJohnson/Contests. Looking forward to diving in!

    Best,
    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Literary Agent
    Belcastro Literary Agency

  6. Kelly Peterson says:

    YASSSSS QUEENS! Brooke, I’d love to read this!

    Can you send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript to Kelly@reesagency.com? Make sure you put “Pitch Wars Requested Submission” in the subject title and attach your manuscript as a Word document! =)

    Looking forward to reading and wishing you all the best of luck!

    -Kelly Peterson

  7. Naomi Davis says:

    Absolutely fantastic sample; hooked me right away. I want to read more! (Also I’d kind of like to take September out for coffee or a martini and hear WHAT HE DID to make her want to mess up his car like that.) Anyway, I’d love to see this. ndavis@bookendsliterary.com – Please attach the full manuscript and synopsis along with your query, and include #PitchWars in the subject line.

  8. REBECCA STRAUSS says:

    Oh, I love September already! This is the RomCom I need in my life right now! Please put ‘Pitch Wars Requested’ in your subject line and send the full manuscript and query letter to me at rebecca@defliterary.com. Ms can be an attachment. I look forward to reading more. Thanks so much!

  9. Rebecca Podos says:

    YES for bi rep in adult romcom! I would so love to see the full MS at Rebecca@reesagency.com 🙂

  10. Hi Brooke, I so love the voice here – it’s raw and honest and captivating. I’d love to read the full manuscript. Could you email it to me at QueryMe.online/1353/PW20192020
    Thanks,
    Joanna

  11. Laura Bradford says:

    Sounds so fun!

    Please email me the full ms + synopsis and make a note in the subject line that this is a Pitch Wars entry. laura at bradfordlit dot com.

    Laura Bradford
    Bradford Literary Agency