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PW2019 Adult #22: THE HONEST LIE (Romantic Suspense #OwnVoices LGBT)
Mentee:
Jordan D’Amico
Mentored by:
Mary Ann Marlowe
Book Title:
THE HONEST LIE
Category:
Adult
Genre:
Romantic Suspense #ownvoices LGBT
Word Count:
100,000

Pitch:

Nobody knows that NYC publicist-in-training Levi is far more interesting than the celebrities he promotes. Not yet anyway. Not until his Hollywood star mother dramatically reveals his existence as the secret love child she had with a duke 24-years-ago. Overnight, the ordinary life Levi has carefully crafted is blown apart by preying paparazzi and a dangerous stalker. Levi only wants to escape his past and forge a new future with Noah, the hot TV producer. But in Levi's dysfunctional family, fame is thicker than blood, and his parents will go to any length to make sure that some secrets stay hidden forever.

 

Excerpt:

My feet are alternating their frenzied patter while I sit—heel, toe, heel, toe. I must look like a bowler warming up. I’m singing Patsy Cline in my head to soothe my racing heart. Spoiler alert: it’s not working.

When Noah’s email had surged into my inbox just before 7 am, I nearly hurled into my desk drawer. I was the only one in the office, as I usually am, and had just put Artemis’ black, dark roast coffee on her desk. Thankfully, no one was around to hear the sound of me dry heaving.

He was cancelling the segment. The segment. My segment. The segment I, Levi Henry, junior publicist and all-around errand-runner, had secured for our highest-paying client, Sun Water. The segment that also featured their very well-paid and very famous spokesperson, Kori Jupiter. The rising Princess of Pop. The one anointed by Rolling Stone magazine as most likely to unseat Britney and Madonna for music supremacy.

Sometimes I think you’re more trouble than you’re worth. That familiar voice again, the one that nags the back of my brain like static on an old TV. It’s so cold it makes my blood feel like ice water.

8 responses to “PW2019 Adult #22: THE HONEST LIE (Romantic Suspense #OwnVoices LGBT)”

  1. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi, this sounds intriguing. Please submit query + first 3 chapters to QueryMe.online/evascalzo/PitchWars.

  2. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Mr. D’Amico,

    The Honest Lie sounds like a lot of fun, and I would welcome the chance to read the complete. You can send it to me at atuttle@dystel.com. I hope to hear from you.

    Best,

    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  3. Jennifer Unter says:

    Love this concept and want to read on! Please forward the first 50 pages as a Word attachment to jen.nadol (at) theunteragency (dot) com with PW Request in the subject line. Thanks!

  4. Emmy Nordstrom Higdon says:

    Hello! My name is Emmy Nordstrom-Higdon, and I am an agent in training with The Rights Factory! I just started building my list, and I’m so lucky to have Sam Hiyate as my mentor. If we end up working together, you’ll get the best of both worlds – the wisdom of an agent with 16 years in the biz, and my enthusiasm and attention as a new agent with just a handful of select clients so far. Part of why your manuscript caught my eye is because I am queer, and I am all-in on voice-y, character-driven, suspenseful stories. I am thrilled to request a full manuscript from you, which you can send to assistant@therightsfactory.com. Please include a query letter and write PITCH WARS in the subject line. In the meantime, you can check out my bio and what I’m most interested in at https://www.therightsfactory.com/about-us, and my blog at http://www.booksbeyondbinaries.blog, if you want to know a little more about me. Really hoping to hear from you soon, and congratulations on participating in Pitch Wars!!

  5. Tamara Kawar says:

    Dear Jordan,

    I would love to read more of THE HONEST LIE! Could you please send the full manuscript as a Word doc to tkawar@icmpartners.com? Please make sure to note “PW2019” in your subject line.

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Tamara

  6. Sharon Pelletier says:

    Hi Jordan, I’d like to read more. Would you please send your query (body of the email) and the first 50 pages (Word doc)? spelletier@dystel.com

    Thanks,
    Sharon Pelletier
    Dystel, Goderich & Bourret

  7. Jordy Albert says:

    I would love to take a look! Please send a query along with your full manuscript as a Word attachment and #Pitchwars in the subject line to me at jordy@thebookeralbertagency.com. Thanks!

  8. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Jordan, I’d love to take a look at this! If you’d like, send the full manuscript to ashley@reesagency.com and put QUERY PITCH WARS in the subject line. Hope to hear from you soon!