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Please note: These are the entries for the Pitch Wars season beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2022. Please note that our Agent Showcase ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on Monday, February 14, 2022. Agents will not be able to leave comments requesting material after that time.
PW2021 Adult #15: DEMON HUNTER PHOEBE (Paranormal Romance)
Chelsea Marie Ballard
Mentored by:
Laura Elizabeth and Mary Ann Marlowe
Book Title:
Paranormal Romance
Word Count:



Demon hunter Phoebe slays her way into Hell to rescue her best friend. Plot twist, he’s a satanic prince destined to kickstart the end times. To save everyone, herself included, she makes a deal with the enemy–infuriating, hotter-than-hell Saturn. What’s the worst that could happen? The apocalypse?



Bass thrums through the metal scaffolding, shaking bottles, vibrating hearts. Light shifts in tandem to the beat, illuminating random features–sharp nose, full lips, long fingers. And despite the sheer perfection of the scene, a dude at the bar is still way too close to an obviously disinterested woman. 

A streak of blood-red light hits the Casanova right in his smirking face, revealing leering eyes and blown pupils. No way is this Chad taking a ‘thanks but no’.


I disengage from the throng of dancing bodies, a few hands grazing across my skin as I ease away. Slipping onto the barstool next to her, I swirl around once, twice.

Casanova picked the right girl. She’s pretty. Big eyes, bigger eyelashes. Cutest space buns. Dangling silver body harness over a leather crop top. Shit, she’s even rocking platform sneakers.

Like I said: right girl, wrong night.

Tony slides a light-up glass of clear liquid across the bar to me with a nod. I raise my eyebrows and down the water in one gulp. It took a few nights throwing up into trashcans to figure it out, but my motto is: look drunk, party smart.

See, I’m full of good advice.

Casanova gives up the whispering tactic when Space Buns almost falls off her stool and into my lap. His rage switch flips. Snarling lips, furrowed brows. One of those tanned arms flashes out and black veins ripple right before he grabs onto Space Buns’ wrist.

Bingo Bango.

“Hey, asshole!”

3 responses to “PW2021 Adult #15: DEMON HUNTER PHOEBE (Paranormal Romance)”

  1. Ernie Chiara says:

    Hi Chelsea Marie,

    This sounds great! If you’d like to query me at QueryManager.com/ErnieChiara/PitchWars and include your full manuscript and synopsis, I would love to read it!

    Thanks so much, and best of luck!

    Ernie Chiara,
    Fuse Literary

  2. Haley Casey says:

    Hi, Chelsea.

    I have been WAITING for a kick-ass paranormal romance heroine like Phoebe. If you’re willing, I’d love if you sent your full manuscript, synopsis, and author bio to me at haley@cmalit.com!

    As a note, if another agent at Creative Media Agency requests your manuscript and you’re interested in working with us, please only send your materials to whoever you feel is the best fit. (Though I do hope it’s me, I hope even more sincerely that you make the choice that feels best for you and your writing.)


    —Haley Casey

  3. Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong says:

    Hi Chelsea!
    I’m so intrigued–This looks fun! Please check me out at http://www.thepurcellagency.com and, if you think we’d make a good match, I’d love it if you’d send me the full manuscript as a word doc attachment with a simple blurb pasted above the first chapter so I can remember what I’m reading when I dig in.

    Please send to QueryCathieH@gmail.com.

    SUBJECT: #PitchWars Request / “TITLE OF YOUR MANUSCRIPT” / Your Name / Word Count

    That’s all I need!

    Best wishes with #PitchWars!

    Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong, Literary Agent
    The Purcell Agency