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PW2019 Adult #30: SANGUINE AND STYGIAN (Fantasy Romance)
Sara Sellers
Mentored by:
Paris Wynters
Book Title:
2019 Adult Entries
Fantasy Romance
Word Count:



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.



The molten heat of the forge buffeted Kara’s face as she reached into it with her tongs. She gripped the glowing horseshoe and pulled it out, transferring it to the anvil. Kara yanked the hammer from the pocket of her leather apron, choking the wood in her fist as she began striking the shoe into shape. The fires of the forge growled low behind her. A fat drop of rain fell from the sky and struck the metal, sizzling out of existence. Kara glanced up and scowled. The horizon was pregnant with dark grey clouds.

Da and her brother Wesley had left at dawn to go hunting. Now she was stuck shoeing her former lover’s horse, a task Da usually did so she could avoid Sean after he’d broken things off between them.

‘We’re just different people,’ he’d said, by which he meant that she was cursed and he wasn’t, that he got to have a normal life and she didn’t. He was fine to fuck her when no one knew about it, but once the villagers started gossiping, he’d dropped her like a hot coal.

Kara would’ve canceled the job altogether, but her family sorely need the coin. She swung the hammer again as the sky began to spit harder, striking the soft metal too hard and bending it out of shape. “Fucking hell.”

4 responses to “PW2019 Adult #30: SANGUINE AND STYGIAN (Fantasy Romance)”

  1. Naomi Davis says:

    This sounds so moody (in the best way) and these characters seem fascinating. 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.

  2. Laura Crockett says:

    This sounds great! Please send an email with subject line containing “Pitch Wars,” your official query in the body of the email, and the first 50 pages in an attached Word doc to laura(at)triadaus(dot)com. Looking forward!
    -Laura Crockett, TriadaUS

  3. Sabrina Taitz says:

    “Fall for her deadly commander” is exactly what I want to hear. Can’t wait to read. Please send the query + full manuscript to staitz@wmeagency.com – thank you! Sabrina Taitz @ WME

  4. Samantha Wekstein says:

    I’d love to see the first fifty pages of this! If you are interested, please send them as an attachment to samantha@thompsonliterary.com with your query in the email body and #pitchwars in the subject. Thank you!