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Monday, September 9, 2013

Queries that worked - West of Paradise

As some of you may know, I signed a contract with WiDo in June to publish my Historical Romance. Here's the query that got me the deal:

Dear Agent;

Katherine Kennedy has it all; she’s beautiful, she’s wealthy, and she’s engaged to the perfect man. There’s just one problem. She can’t marry him. Worse yet, she can’t say why. All she knows is there is suddenly nothing she wants.

Jack McCabe has little in the way of possessions, less in the way of wealth, no where to go and no one to go anywhere with. All he has is a vague sense of discontent, a restlessness that will not abate.

Both are drawn to Cristobel Island and Louis Cade, a man who offers them the unimaginable, something neither can quite believe until they actually find themselves over 100 years in the past, 1881 to be exact.

For Jack McCabe it’s the adventure he always dreamed of – until he meets a beautiful but deadly train robber. Katherine can't believe an ignorant bounty hunter has mistaken her for a criminal – until she sees the picture, which looks exactly like her. Neither of them can imagine how the past has a way of catching up with the present.

Set in the old west, this is a tale of mistaken identity, romance, and murder.

West of Paradise will be available next year from WiDo publishing.


L.G. Smith said...

Definitely set the hook with that one. Can't wait to read it. :)

N.Scott said...

Thanks for the post! Very informative. Are the guidelines for novel query the same as for short story?

Em-Musing said...

Great query letter. Bravo!

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

Hooked! Definitely a Must Read on my To Do list