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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 #18: NOT SO CORDIALLY INVITED (Contemporary Rom-Com)
Chris Vonderhaar
Mentored by:
Paris Wynters
Book Title:
Contemporary Rom-Com
Word Count:


40-year-old Summer Hart’s MomSquad has one objective: find her an impressive date to her ex-husband’s wedding. The handsome horse veterinarian meets all their strict qualifications. But running into her still-smokin’ hot college flame (who doesn’t meet the aforementioned qualifications) forces Summer to decide if she’ll keep living by everyone else’s expectations, or finally stand up for who she really is.



The dripping humidity suffocates me like one of those hot, steaming towels rich people get served with tongs on a first-class flight, except zero percent enjoyable. I wipe the sweat from my forehead then onto my third-favorite pair of yoga pants as I trudge down Mom and her husband’s freakishly long driveway to the kindergarten bus stop, questioning all my life choices. Like why am I living with my mother at age forty? Why in the actual hell do I live in Ohio?

And as I’m passing by it, why’d I claim the mom-mobile (read: minivan) in the divorce while my ex got the newer, smaller car? I kinda regret that decision.

I kinda regret marrying him.

He was in such a rush to start a life with my ex-friend – which is just tragically cliché – he didn’t bother fighting me during the divorce. Too bad. Screaming might’ve been therapeutic.

My chest tightens. There should be a warning somewhere: excess caffeine and thoughts about ex-husbands lead to chest pain. I should cut down on both.

At the end of the driveway, I swipe over to Twitter to read what I’d drafted earlier. Yup. Accurately depicts my current mood. I click the blue Tweet button.


Summertime · @DefinitelyDivorced · Aug 23

Oops, forgot to send the Ex-Husband and Ex-Friend a Congratulations on Your Engagement card. Can I find one that says Fuck You and Your Stupid Wedding instead?

5 responses to “PW2021 Adult #18: NOT SO CORDIALLY INVITED (Contemporary Rom-Com)”

  1. Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong says:

    Hi Paris!
    I’d love to take a look a look at this! 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 know you’ve worked hard these last many months, so take a deep breath and enjoy the fun you’re about to have!!

    Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong, Literary Agent
    The Purcell Agency

  2. Cathie Hedrick-Armstrong says:

    Oops…my apologies. I meant to address the above to Chris but got too excited. Sorry!

  3. Mollie Glick says:

    Hi Chris,
    This sounds great! I’d love to take a look. Please upload your material to booksubmissions.caa.com with “Pitch Wars Request” in the subject line.
    Best wishes,

  4. “I’d like to see more— please send query letter, full manuscript, author bio, and synopsis to EWRquery@mcintoshandotis.com. Please attach all materials as Word documents, and include “Pitch Wars” in subject line. Thanks!”

  5. Jordy Albert says:

    I would love to read more! Please follow submission guidelines here https://QueryManager.com/JordyAlbert