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Melissa Poettcker
Mentored by:
Lindsey Frydman
Book Title:
2019 Entries
Magical Realism
Word Count:


Sending good vibes: a kind but useless sentiment—unless you’re the Deluca triplets. When the brothers root for each other, they briefly amplify their natural talents.

It’s ruining Kai Deluca’s life.

Thanks to his brothers’ encouraging thoughts, Kai owes a debt after his illegal fight: one only a high-stakes poker game can settle. Worse, the fallout endangers the cute but painfully shy London, who appears to share their gift.

When they’re pitted against a drug kingpin, a night of poker becomes a game of cat and mouse. Hunted for their gift, the triplets find their brotherhood tested as the price of freedom is a sacrifice of one of their own.




Looks like I’ll be pissing blood later.

I gasp in pain and dance out of the way of another kidney shot, then throw a right hook. It plows into the Irish Headstone’s jaw with a crack. His head snaps to the side. He stumbles back. Amazed, I drop my fists a little. Huh. He didn’t even try to block it.

Angry taunts and jeers grow louder in the hotel’s packed, smoky banquet room. Someone throws their beer at the octagon cage, splashing my bare chest.

I glance at the crowd, now on its feet. For real? That’s allowed?

My undefeated opponent—an absolute beast of a man way above my weight class—runs at me, rage corkscrewing his mouth. His arms serve up a flurry of punches I narrowly dodge. Block. Duck. All except the last one, which lands above my nose, bulldozing me back.

Pain explodes in my head. Hot liquid runs into one eye, blurring my vision. Crap. My eyebrow must be split. I blink and wipe it with the back of my glove, but the river of red flowing down my face is unending.

I’m blind.

7 responses to “PW2019 YA #30: RECKLESSLY EXTRAORDINARY (Magical Realism)”

  1. Megan Manzano says:

    I love Kai’s voice and absolutely need to see more! Please send your query, synopsis, and first 30 pages to https://querymanager.com/query/MeganManzano/PitchWars

  2. Marlo Berliner says:

    Great opening! I’d love to read more! Please send the full with Pitchwars YA in the subject line to marlo.jdlit@gmail.com. Looking forward to reading!

  3. Samantha Fabien says:

    Hi Melissa,

    First of all, congratulations on successfully completing Pitch Wars! You did it and deserve to celebrate this huge achievement.

    My name is Samantha Fabien and I’m an agent at the Laura Dail Literary Agency (LDLA). So, I’ve been constantly complaining about how I want to see more siblings in books, but especially twins and TRIPLETS! It’s such a weird interest to have, but it immediately caught my eye. I love the high stakes already featured in the pitch and added magical realism elements.

    With all of that in mind, I’d love to read the full manuscript. Would you please send me your query in the body of an email, with the full manuscript attached as a Word doc? The subject of the email should be “PITCH WARS REQUEST: RECKLESSLY EXTRAORDINARY” and you can reach me at sfabien(at)LDLAinc(dot)com. Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you 🙂

    If more than one LDLA agent requests your book, you are welcome to send to as many or few of us as you like. Just tell us in the query, and we’ll chat amongst ourselves.

  4. Carlisle Webber says:

    I’d like to see this! Please send 10 pages and a query letter to carlisle @ fuseliterary .com with the subject PItch Wars – TITLE. Thanks!

  5. 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!

  6. Cortney Radocaj says:

    Hi Melissa,

    I adore your premise and your first pages and would love to see more!!

    Please submit the first 50 pages of RECKLESSLY EXTRAORDINARY, along with your query and synopsis, here:


    Please also make sure to put “Pitch Wars” in the referral line or mention that I requested here in your query.

    I look forward to reading! 😊

    Warm Regards,

    Cortney Radocaj
    Associate Agent
    Belcastro Agency

  7. Melissa Nasson says:

    I’d love to see more of this! Please send the first 50 pages as a Word doc or PDF attachment to melissa@rpcontent.com with Pitch Wars in the subject line. Thank you!

    -Melissa Nasson, Rubin Pfeffer Content