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PW2021 Adult #33: DIAL C FOR CARNOTAURUS (Mystery/Science Fiction, #OwnVoices Neurodiversity)
Loro Gold
Mentored by:
Anna Kaling
Book Title:
Mystery/Science Fiction, #OwnVoices Neurodiversity
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Neurodivergent Kassie Hummingbird has a mask for almost everything. So when her boss asks her to time-travel from 2215 to a Mesozoic settlement to fix its crops — and earn enough money to buy her dream home — she agrees. There's just one teensy-weensy problem: she has no idea how to fix prehistoric crops because she might have fibbed about her qualifications. Paleobotanist? Phlebotomist? Same difference. But when someone destroys the time portal and murders the only man who can fix it, Kassie needs more than a mask. Stranded in the past with man-eating dinosaurs and rapidly-depleting food stores, Kassie must find the culprit before the future she’s fought for goes extinct.



Strolling into work an hour late had never been a problem for Kassie Hummingbird. A coffee for herself and a green tea for her boss in hand, she stepped into the greenhouse with desperation — or what she hoped was desperation — on her face. A mask.

One of several carefully-constructed facades built to make her appear normal. Normal people running late to work looked distraught. Right?

Her boss, Smith Calcott, settled a tray of wheat seedlings into a crate. A slim man with thinning blonde hair, he had deep bags under his eyes that darkened with every passing day. Today, his steps dragged, and his pale skin had a yellow tinge that gave Kassie pause.

“Morning! Roommate flooded the bathroom.” Lie. Kassie didn’t have a roommate. She just didn’t want to pack fifty heavier-than-a-dinosaur crates for Smith’s impending work trip. Stealing from her energy reserves to reinforce her mask, she wobbled her lip and modulated her voice to near breaking. “It started leaking into the unit below and—”

“It’s okay.” Smith steadied himself on the planting table.

2 responses to “PW2021 Adult #33: DIAL C FOR CARNOTAURUS (Mystery/Science Fiction, #OwnVoices Neurodiversity)”

  1. Sarah N. Fisk says:

    I’m intrigued. Please submit the query, synopsis and first three chapters here: https://querymanager.com/query/sarahnfisk/PitchWars

    If multiple agents at Tobias request your materials, please submit to the one you think would be the best fit.

  2. Dani Segelbaum says:

    I would love to read! Please send your query and first 50 pages to dani@carolmannagency.com.