Friday, June 23, 2006
Guess the Plot
Angels at Almack's
1. The Los Angeles baseball team comes unraveled in a scheme to discover which of them first caught herpes and spread it to the rest of the team via infected vaseline. When suspicions center on the rookie pitcher from Sepulveda, things take a turn toward the macabre.
2. Charlie retires and opens up a greasy spoon on I-85. When a band of highwaymen make off with the diner's safe, they get more than they bargained for.
3. While shooting for a Victoria's Secret catalogue at the site of the legendary Almack's, cover model Vianna channels the outraged spirit of an infamous 19th century courtesan who'd been banned from the tonny establishment.
4. Lady Sally Jersey thought she was issuing the Almack's voucher to Miss Jane Peabody. Turned out it was Janet Peabody, a common housemaid. Will Lady Sally ever live it down?
5. A cadre of young financiers anger King George III by secretly providing seed funding to businesses friendly to France.
6. A cherub named Nimba tries to bring the Lord of Blackmoor and Princess Adina Verbena together. But is true love worth destroying the future of Great Britain?
I seek representation for my paranormal historical, Angels at Almack’s, a 100,000 word romance set in Regency England and the Highlands of Scotland.
Highland laird Rannoch MacQuaide, Lord of Blackmoor, needs a noble English wife to further his political goals and ensure Scotland’s return to prosperity. Maltese princess Adina Verbena needs a strong, dependable husband, free of religious fanaticism, to protect her from the evil forces that caused her to flee to England. The Lord of Blackmoor is more than Adina could have hoped for. Adina is everything to Blackmoor except the one thing he needs. Their hearts are determined, as is the cherub tasked with bringing them together. When the evil that has followed Adina from Malta descends upon London to hunt her down and cause political disaster for Britain, even a cherub’s intercession looks hopeless. With the future of Britain hanging in the balance, Adina and Blackmoor face the most difficult decision of their lives: sacrifice love to attain their goals and protect Britain, or succumb to love, but lose everything that matters. [It's the same decision as in Casablanca. Except Rick and Ilsa didn't have a Cherub trying to talk them into the selfish decision.]
My novel incorporates the endearing qualities of some of the bestsellers in fiction today. [Here we go. And this was going so well.] Nimba, a whimsical cherub, provides insight into the complex lives of the characters, reminiscent of [Puck in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and] Julia Quinn’s Whistledown Series. Paranormal forces affecting human lives offer a bit of the fantasy of [Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series and] Karen Marie Moning’s fairy world Highlander series, mixed with the excitement of [an Indiana Jones movie or] a Frank Peretti novel [I always say, if you're going to compare your work to others, you may as well go with the best, because the editor isn't going to believe you one way or the other.] (minus the affiliation with any one organized religion). Angels at Almack’s delivers a sensual, intelligent hero and a strong-willed, exotic heroine who experience a lasting and passionate love together.
I have recently finaled in two writing contests with a previous manuscript. In addition, a good part of my professional life has been devoted to writing promotional copy, public relations articles, script and speeches for the Fortune500 Company where I work. I received a degree from American University in Communications.
I have enclosed an SASE for your reply.
I seek representation for my paranormal historical, Angels at Almack’s, a 100,000-word romance set in Regency England and the Highlands of Scotland.
RANNOCH MACQUAIDE, LORD OF BLACKMOOR knows that the fastest way a common Scotsman can penetrate London’s influential social circles, and bring about positive change for Scotland through political influence, is to marry the daughter of an English peer. Failing is not an option, as he’s already sold out to England, a country his forefathers died fighting against. Blackmoor’s efforts to achieve his goal include forsaking his family's Catholic Jacobite past, purchasing a home in London, and obtaining a voucher to Almack's so that he might begin his search for a proper English wife.
NIMBA, an embodied cherub, is assigned to matters of the heart. Appearing as an Almack’s patroness, Nimba issues vouchers to her assigned couple—two persons who might not otherwise have been afforded entry to the exclusive establishment: The Lord of Blackmoor and Malta’s Principessa Adina of the royal House of Verbena. Princess Adina Verbena needs a strong, dependable husband to protect her from the evil forces that followed her to England, intent on hunting her down and causing political disaster for Britain.
Adina is everything Blackmoor could want in a wife, but not what he needs to ensure Scotland’s return to prosperity. He's fallen in love, however. With the future of Britain hanging in the balance, Adina and Blackmoor face the most difficult decision of their lives: sacrifice love to protect Britain, or succumb to love, but lose everything that matters.
Angels at Almack’s delivers a sensual, intelligent hero and a strong-willed, exotic heroine who experience a lasting and passionate love together.
I have recently finaled in two writing contests with a previous manuscript. In addition, a good part of my professional life has been devoted to writing promotional copy, public relations articles, and speeches for the Fortune 500 company where I work.
I have enclosed an SASE for your reply.
Evil Editor had access to the author's synopsis (which isn't part of the deal, so don't start sending synopses), and noticed that the start of the synopsis described the situation more clearly than the query did. He also stole a few points from the synopsis, feeling additional information was more valuable than comparisons to other writers.