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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 #07: KILT TRIP (Contemporary Romance)
Alexandra Kiley
Mentored by:
Amanda Elliot
Book Title:
Contemporary Romance
Word Count:


One glance at Logan in a kilt and travel consultant Addie knows how she’ll save his sightseeing company—hellooo, Outlander Tour—but he’d rather drown in the North Sea than support anything “inauthentic.” Searching for a compromise, their hearts tangle like a Celtic knot, but what's best for Logan's business may destroy their chance for a future.



Addie Macrae’s internal compass was irreparably damaged. For all the traveling she did, Edinburgh’s jigsaw puzzle of gray-toned buildings and twisting streets left her head spinning.

The city was undeniably charming, with its rounded cobblestones and lantern-topped streetlights, but she’d been lost since two o’clock. She’d missed a full thirty minutes of her newest client’s city tour, the last one before her meeting tomorrow.

The thrumming in her chest slipped into the realm of heart palpitations, one tier below racing for a connecting flight. Which she’d already done today.

Striding along another street lined with red storefronts, she tugged at her collar, letting the chilled air slice through the humidity inside her plasticky yellow raincoat. Nothing in sight resembled a Staircase at the bottom of Calton Hill—the starting point listed on The Heart of the Highlands’ website.

Gigi, the irritatingly sunny voice of Google Maps, shouted, “Make a U-turn.” She was hopelessly laggy, sending Addie in the wrong direction, then two minutes later, changing her mind.

Addie ground her teeth, restarted Gigi, tripped over a cobblestone, cursed. At this rate, she’d miss the entire itinerary.

Turning the corner, she came to a stunned stop.

Edinburgh Castle emerged from the hill as if it grew from the snarly volcanic rock it perched on. A streak of sunlight broke through the brooding clouds, turning the turrets and ramparts—or whatever they were called—a glowing gold.

No wonder her mom had loved it here.

13 responses to “PW2021 Adult #07: KILT TRIP (Contemporary Romance)”

  1. Kim Lionetti says:

    Yes, please! This sounds so up my alley! I’d love to take a look.

    You can upload the full manuscript here: QueryManager.com/klionetti/PitchWars

    I hope to see it in my inbox!

    ** If more than one BookEnds agent requests, please just send to the one you think would be the best fit.

  2. Eva Scalzo says:

    Hi Alexandra,

    This sounds super fun and right up my alley. I visited Edinburgh Castle during Spring Break in grad school and it was one of my favorite things I saw that trip. For years afterward I wanted to get married in St. Margaret’s Chapel. Anyway, I’d love to see the full manuscript, if you are interested in sending it my way. You can submit the full here: QueryManager.com/evascalzo/PitchWars2022

    And if you want to know more about me, here’s a link to my website: http://www.evascalzo.com and my twitter handle is @evascalzo.

    Best of luck to you!

  3. Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong says:

    Hi Alexandra!
    This looks so good–you have no idea what a huge OUTLANDER fan I am, or how much I love a good Scottish romantic hero! I’d love to give your manuscript a read. 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! I sincerely hope this process has been fun for you, and I know you’re going to be bombarded with tons of agent requests! Enjoy every minute of it!

    Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong, Literary Agent
    The Purcell Agency

  4. Kaitlyn Johnson says:

    Oooo love me a good romance with kilts and stubborn Scots! 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

  5. Jill Marr says:

    What a GREAT title! And I’m obsessed with Edinburgh (and let’s face it, kilts…and OUTLANDER). I’d love to read this!
    Please send the full manuscript in Word (with the subject YOUR TITLE: #PW2021 Showcase) to jill@dijkstraagency.com.
    I’m looking forward to reading more!

  6. Maggie Cooper says:

    Alexandra: I’m ready to go to Edinburgh with Addie and Logan yesterday! I met my wife studying in the UK, so I am all about an international romance—and I’d love it if you would send me your query and manuscript via email to mcooper@aevitascreative.com.

  7. Danielle Egan-Miller says:

    I would love to take a look at this! Please send your query with PITCH WARS in the subject line and a synopsis + the full manuscript attached to mail@browneandmiller.com – I and my team will confirm receipt and dive right in!

  8. Andrea Blatt says:

    Hi Alexandra! Nice to connect. I think my colleague here at WME, Caitlin Mahony, might love KILT TRIP – would you send her your query and first chapter? Her email address is CMA@wmeagency.com.

    If you’ve received a request from more than one WME agent, you can either give us a heads up and we’ll work it out between us, or you can pick one of us to send to. Only one WME agent can review your work at a time since we all work so closely together.

    Hope you’re having a great experience with Pitch Wars!

  9. I’d love to see this! Please send the first 50 pages to jessica@dhliterary.com, with #pitchwars in the subject line.

  10. Johanna Castillo says:

    Hi Alexandra,
    I would love to read your book! Would you please send the full manuscript attached as a Word doc to jcastillosubmissions@writershouse.com?
    Thanks so much,

  11. Cate Hart says:

    This sounds fun! I’dl love to take a look at the full manuscript. Please send along using QueryManager.com/CateHart/REQ

  12. 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!

  13. Kelly Peterson says:

    Hi Alexandra!

    I absolutely love your voice, and this opening page is giving me flashbacks of my own Edinburgh trip! I’m adoring seeing the magic and frustration of Scotland written into your opening! I’d love to read your full manuscript, if you wouldn’t mind sending it to me. This link will lead you to my Query Manager, where you can upload your query, synopsis, and full manuscript: QueryManager.com/KellyPeterson/PitchWars

    Wishing you the best of luck, and hoping to see your manuscript! =)

    Warm Regards,
    Kelly Peterson
    Rees Literary Agency