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PW2020 Adult #45: THE FERRYWOMAN OF SOULS (Contemporary Fantasy / Paranormal Romance #OwnVoices)
Caila Coleman
Mentored by:
Denny S. Bryce and L. Penelope
Book Title:
2020 Adult Entries
Contemporary Fantasy / Paranormal Romance #OwnVoices
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When Grim Reaper Daria saves the life of her forbidden soulmate, she unleashes a rogue Darkness hell-bent on gaining heavenly powers and becoming a god on earth. She’ll need the protection of her band of reapers to prevent a descent into madness, rescue the love of her life, and save the souls of her city.



Mid-afternoon, with a soft breeze and a light blue sky, is the perfect time to die. The soul seeps from the pores in a melodic lilt, rises toward the heavens, and hovers just above its host. The body, having lost its connection with the physical world, loses its luster. Skin darkens, the temperature falls, limbs harden. Life ends. The world goes on. Trees breathe, branches sway, and leaves rustle. It’s a glorious moment.

Then I come and fuck things up.

When it’s your appointment time with death, a burn sears in my skin, humming, and vibrating until I pay heed. To make matters worse, it’s always at the most inconvenient times, like when I’m showering. A golden glow will rise from my flesh. I’ll roll my eyes, because death never comes at the right time, and swipe a hand down my forearm, where a map lies just beneath the skin.

Unlike your normal map with streets or lines or hills or lakes, it’s made of Light and looks like a tree. It shows energy, spirits, souls due to fade. Nearby someone’s appointment is any day now. Another life passing on, going from here to the next place, never to live again.

Then here I come, from wherever, ready to take a hand in mine. Ready to reap.

5 responses to “PW2020 Adult #45: THE FERRYWOMAN OF SOULS (Contemporary Fantasy / Paranormal Romance #OwnVoices)”

  1. Mary C. Moore says:

    I would love to read more! Please use this link to send: QueryManager.com/Mary_C_Moore_KCA/PitchWars

  2. Ashley Blake says:

    Hi Caila, this beginning is so intriguing! I would love to read more. If you’d like to query me, please include your query letter and upload your full manuscript to the link below. If you decide to query more than one agent at Rees, that’s totally fine, just let us know you did so in the query. Thanks and congrats on Pitch Wars and all your hard work!


  3. Nalini Akolekar says:

    I’d like to see the complete and a synopsis. Please send to nakolekar@spencerhillassociates.com.

  4. Renae Moore says:

    Please send your query, synopsis, and first two chapters of your book using the following link: QueryManager.com/renae/PitchWars

  5. Jennifer Herrington says:

    Hi Caila,

    You have a great pitch! I am intrigued. I would love to see more.

    I hope you’ll consider submitting to me. You can send query, synopsis, and the first three chapters to QueryManager.com/JenniferHerrington/PitchWars2021

    Thanks! I hope to see your submission!