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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 #22: HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT (Contemporary Romance)
Jessica James
Mentored by:
Heather Van Fleet and Jessica Calla
Book Title:
Contemporary Romance
Word Count:


Maggie’s determined to prove she can handle the heat of the family coffee business—but trouble brews when a trendy espresso bar opens across the street, managed by arrogant (and inconveniently sexy) hipster Seth. When their rivalry boils into undeniable chemistry, letting their guards down means risking their jobs, families, and hearts. A PNW rivals-to-lovers romance perfect for fans of The Ex Talk and Simmer Down.



Fine, I’ll be the one to say it—pumpkin spice is better than sex.

For the record, I’m not saying the sex I’ve had was bad, but I need to emphasize how serious I am about pumpkin spice. It was love at first sip. Nothing makes me swoon harder than the sweet, spicy perfection of the best drink ever invented. Bonus points if there’s a nice fall chill in the air.

Just wrap me up in flannel and stick me in a pile of leaves.

Naturally, the first Monday in September is the best day of the year, because it means seasonal drinks have returned to Brew it Again. There’s a bright-eyed joy in the shop laced with cinnamon and cardamon. People smile as they wait in line, chatting and shrugging off their dripping North Face jackets. The rain-soaked Spokane streets feel like a good omen today: it’s like the universe is bringing me autumn a few weeks early.

Before joining my employees behind the counter, I take another rich sip of my own pumpkin latte, savoring the pleasure spreading down to my toes.

Years ago, when my parents opened our first store, I became smitten with the near-manic hustle of a café in the morning. Buzzed on a blend of adrenaline and caffeine, I pull shot after shot with a grin. We’re all in sync, running as smoothly as this well-calibrated espresso machine.

16 responses to “PW2021 Adult #22: HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT (Contemporary Romance)”

  1. Amanda Rutter says:

    I would love you to submit your Pitch Wars entry to me, using my Query Manager form: QueryManager.com/Amanda_Rutter/PitchWars

    Please send through the query letter and the full manuscript.

    If more than one Azantian agent requests materials, please pick the one you feel would fit you best.

  2. Ann Leslie Tuttle says:

    Dear Jessica,
    Your opening excerpt immediately drew me into HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT, and you have a compelling premise. Please do send me the first 50 pages, and I look forward to reading further. My email is atuttle@dystel.com, and please note that this is a Pitch Wars request. Also, if you receive a request from more than one DGB agent, please approach the agent you feel might be the best fit and notify us of other requests in the agency. We’ll work it out on our end. I wish you success in Pitch Wars and with your writing and will hope to hear from you.
    Ann Leslie Tuttle

  3. Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong says:

    Hi Jessica!

    I love the writing on this already and I’d love to take a look! Please check me out at http://www.thepurcellagency.com and, if you think we’d make a good match, please 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! You’re in the home stretch now, so sit back and enjoy the fruits of all your hard work! This should be a really fun time for you, so enjoy every second of it!

    Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong, Literary Agent
    The Purcell Agency

  4. Paige Wheeler says:

    This sounds amazing. I’d love to take a look at more of your work. Please email me the synopsis and first 100 pages to me at paige@cmalit.com. Please write “Pitch Wars Requested Material” in the subject heading. Thanks so much!

  5. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Yessss. Rivals to Lovers ala The Ex Talk? And COFFEE? Sign me up! I would love to see the full manuscript. If you find us a match, please send query, synopsis, and pages to QueryManager.com/KaitlynJohnson/Contests

    Kaitlyn Johnson
    Belcastro Literary Agency

  6. Jen Nadol says:

    Hi Jessica,
    Great premise & voice – I’d love to take a look! If you think we’d be a match, please forward a query & first 50 pages as a Word attachment to jen.nadol@theunteragency.com

  7. Jessica Alvarez says:

    Hi Jessica,

    I love your opening line! Please send me the full and synopsis. You can upload them here as Word docs: http://www.QueryManager.com/JessicaAlvarez/PitchWars. If someone else at BookEnds has also requested, please choose whichever agent you think is the best fit and only submit to one of us. Thanks so much. Looking forward to reading.

    All best,
    Jessica Alvarez, BookEnds Literary

  8. Jessica Errera says:

    Dear (fellow) Jessica, I’m so captivated by your voice in this excerpt and would love to see more. Please send your synopsis and first three chapters (if you have a query letter, also welcome) to jerrera(at)janerotrosen(dot)com at your convenience. Pitch Wars in the subject line would be appreciated!

  9. Analieze Cervantes says:


    I’m digging your pitch/excerpt and would love to request the query, synopsis, and the first 3 chapters of your manuscript!

    Submit here: QueryManager.com/AnaliezeCervantes/PitchWars

    Can’t wait to see this in my box soon! Have a great day!

    Analieze Cervantes

    Literary Agent
    Harvey Klinger Literary Agency
    300 W 55th St. 11V
    New York, NY 10019


    Hi Jessica!

    This is SUCH FUN! I’d love to read more of HIT ME WITH YOUR BEST SHOT. If you’re interested in sharing it with me, please do send the full ms to: rebecca@defliterary.com. Please label the subject: PITCH WARS REQUESTED.

    Thanks so much! And, good luck in this process!

    Rebecca Strauss
    DeFiore and Company

  11. Allison Hunter says:

    Great concept! Please send me a query via our submissions guidelines at http://www.trellisliterary.com and mention PITCH WARS. Thank you! xAllison Hunter

  12. Ameerah Holliday says:

    Hi, I’d love to see more! Please feel free to send your query and first 50 pages to Ameerah@serendipitylit.com

  13. Claire Draper says:

    I’d like to read the full manuscript. Can you send it and a query letter to claire@thebentagency.com. If you are submitting to multiple agents at our agency that’s more than okay, just let us know in your email. Thanks!

  14. Jill Marsal says:

    Dear Jessica,

    This sounds interesting, and I would love to read your full manuscript. Please send it to Jill@Marsallyonliteraryagency.com

    Jill Marsal

  15. Christa Heschke says:

    Hey, Jessica! 🙂

    As you know, my assistant Daniele and I are huge fans of your YA writing, and we’d love to read this! Your voice is phenomenal as always!

    Please send your query, synopsis, and full manuscript via Query Manager at this link: QueryManager.com/christa_heschke/PitchWars2122

    Thank you!
    -Christa Heschke, McIntosh & Otis

  16. Alyssa Reuben says:

    I’d like to read this! Please send your query + full MS via email to Areuben@wmeagency.com. Please include “Pitch Wars” in the subject line. Also, if anyone else at WME has requested your material, please let me know!