Pitch Your Mate – 2014


It’s the component of Pitcharama you’ve all been waiting for … Pitch Your Mate! This is the round where we celebrate the legendary Aussie mateship–because good mates support their writer friends, through thick and thin!

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All you have to do in this last chance opportunity to have your manuscript seen by our fantastic independent publishers (escape the slush pile here, folks!) is ask a mate to comment on this post with a brief synopsis of your story, including word-length, genre and age group (YA/NA).

Pitch Your Mate will be open until midnight (Australian) EDT, Sunday June 22.

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Please copy and paste in the comments below, filling in the blanks.

Author name:

Title:

Audience age:

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Brief novel description:

*NB This is open internationally

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  1. PITCH YOUR MATE! One year ago, my cp mate, Debroah Kreiser, pitched my novel in this segment of Pitch-a-Rama. I made it to the editor’s round and landed a contract with Soul Mate Publishing. In April 2014, my debut novel, Souls Entwined AND Deborah’s debut novel, Three Wishes were released.
    Thanks Aussie Owned and Read! Good Luck to All in this year’s Pitch-A-Rama!

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  2. Author name: S.A Jeffrey

    Title: Blood Reign

    Audience age: YA

    Genre: Fantasy

    Word count: 76,000

    Brief novel description:

    Seventeen-year-old Alice never considered herself the suicidal type. That is, until she finds herself cornered between the men who killed her mother and a five-hundred-foot drop. Rather than facing the killers’ dark plans for her, Alice jumps.

    Instead of falling to her death, Alice wakes up in the middle of a blood-soaked battlefield, where men in metal armour are slaughtering peasants. Terrified, she flees from the battle and encounters an old seer, who believes Alice is destined to save this world from the evil queen and the tyranny of her army.

    Refusing to believe she can save anyone, Alice journeys to find a witch with the power to return her home. Forced to disguise as a man, she sets out on a dangerous road where she must survive the ongoing war between the evil queen and the rebels—even if it means killing people to get home.

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  3. Author name: Summer Wier

    Title: THE SHADOW OF LIGHT

    Audience age: YA

    Genre: Speculative Fiction

    Word count: 56,500

    Brief novel description:

    Eighteen-year-old Kira Sinclair hates her absent father, the unforgivable jerk who left her pregnant mother alone at the altar. But when a beam of starlight transports Kira to another earth-like world, she learns her father didn’t just leave—he was abducted and trapped inside a black hole.

    With help from Evan, an attractive boy who’s stuck in the starlit world, Kira pieces together clues connecting her father’s disappearance to the artificial planet. When they accidentally discover that the world inside the black hole was created to preserve surface life on planets threatened with destruction, Kira is thrown into a battle for her planet’s survival. She wants to warn her friends and family back home, but the starlight portal closes, trapping her inside. Desperate to save her planet, Kira has to find the black hole’s core and use its energy to cross through the boundary of the black hole to return home—assuming it still exists.

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  4. Author name: Colleen S Myers

    Title: Remember

    Audience age: NA/Adult

    Genre: Science Fiction

    Word count: 68,000

    Brief novel description:

    Nobody expects their world to end, not to a plague of madness, but that is what happens to nineteen-year-old Coree. After surviving the horror, she’s kidnapped by the Imani, the immoral race of aliens who crafted the disease. On their world, she endures years of drugs, experiments, and pain. But as they learn about her, she learns about them. And when she comes too close to the secret about their genetic code, and figures out a way to use it against them, the Imani try to dispose of her.

    They fail.

    Coree escapes their ship injured with no memory of how she got there. She wanders into the Fost, the Imani’s ancient enemy. Their war with the Imani is old and based on magic that the Fost once had and the Imani craved. Magic that she soon discovers she’s developing along with strange tattoos and disturbing memories of her past. The Fost help her and take her to their hidden home. There she’s drawn to their world of two suns, glistening lakes and olden ways; and to Finn, the Fost clan leader. Unfortunately, the Imani have not forgotten about her. Coree has to die along with anyone who shelters her.

    If Coree doesn’t master her new abilities and remember what they hell it is she knows, she may not be able to save the people she’s grown to love.

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  5. Name: Leslie
    Title: Lottery Girl
    Age/Genre: YA Contemporary
    Word Count: 75,000

    Summary:

    Eighteen-year-old Mallory has lotto fever. With her family falling apart, the only bright spot left in her life is her boyfriend—until she catches his lips attached to another girl’s at the end-of-summer party. So when she discovers a mini mart famous for selling winning lottery tickets, Mallory sees a ticket to happiness and joins the crowd of dreamers.

    Mallory develops lottery fever instantly as recurring trips to the mini mart gift her with visions of the joy that she and her family so desperately need. But while she waits for her jackpot dreams to come true, her real life worsens. Mallory can no longer keep up with her wealthy friends as her parents’ unemployment woes continue. If she doesn’t find her luck soon, her parents could lose the house, Mallory could lose her college dreams, and the distance with her friends could become permanent.

    However, amidst all the sadness is a growing friendship with Adrian Lopez, the tough yet totally hot transfer student with his own family struggles. Despite running in different crowds, Adrian becomes the one person Mallory can confide in, and their budding relationship is just the thing she needs to help her discover real luck.

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  6. Author: Laurie Litwin
    Title: Gripped
    Audience age: YA
    Genre: Contemporary
    Word Count: 60,000
    Brief Description:

    Seventeen-year-old Taylor is supposed to be the homecoming queen, not the girl who shows up drunk at school and barfs on the vice principal. She’s spent three years climbing the social ladder at her prestigious private high school, snagging the hottie tennis star boyfriend, and landing the head cheerleader spot, all while maintaining a perfect GPA. So what if she needs a few drinks to cope with the pressure of maintaining her Miss Perfect image.

    But that was before the hottie dumped her and she walked in on her dad banging a blonde bimbo in her own home. Now, not only is she without a boyfriend, but her family is falling apart. And nothing terrifies Taylor more than being alone and unloved.

    Suddenly, a couple of harmless drinks a week become a few dozen. Several benders later, Taylor is showing up at school drunk, tanking exams, getting into drunken fistfights at house parties, and sabotaging the chance at a relationship with the intriguing college guy in her advanced calc class.

    One frigid December night, drunk and pissed off after an argument with her arch-frenemy, she gets behind the wheel of a car and slams into a tree – and the truth. She’s doesn’t know how to survive without alcohol and she’d rather die than give it up.

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  7. Author name: Sarai Henderson
    Title: The Last Artican
    Audience age: YA
    Genre: Fantasy
    Word count: 91k
    Brief novel description:
    Nineteen years ago, Tabor showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Articans running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings – and now the Dominion have come.

    The monastery is no longer safe for Tabor. But the Articans have disappeared. Tabor grows desperate as the path to her people becomes cold, the Dominion is on her trail, and her magic is on the fritz. To make things worse, Tabors guide has completely lost her mind.

    Tabor knows that the only people who can save her from the Dominion are the Articans, but when she finds them, she is the only one who can save the Articans from the Dominion. But the biggest flaw in her plan, one that might destroy her people – and her heart – is something she never considered: She must die to save her people, or risk becoming the last Artican.

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  8. Title: The Last Artican
    Author: Sarai Henderson
    Genre: YA Fantasy
    Word count: 91K

    Brief novel description:
    Nineteen years ago, Tabor showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Articans running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings – and now the Dominion have come.

    The monastery is no longer safe for Tabor. But the Articans have disappeared. Tabor grows desperate as the path to her people becomes cold, the Dominion is on her trail, and her magic is on the fritz. To make things worse, Tabors guide has completely lost her mind.

    Tabor knows that the only people who can save her from the Dominion are the Articans, but when she finds them, she is the only one who can save the Articans from the Dominion. But the biggest flaw in her plan, one that might destroy her people – and her heart – is something she never considered: She must die to save her people, or risk becoming the last Artican.

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  9. Author name: Sarai Henderson
    Title: The Last Artican
    Audience age: YA
    Genre: Fantasy
    Word count: 91k
    Brief novel description:
    Nineteen years ago, Tabor showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Articans running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings – and now the Dominion have come.

    The monastery is no longer safe for Tabor. But the Articans have disappeared. Tabor grows desperate as the path to her people becomes cold, the Dominion is on her trail, and her magic is on the fritz. To make things worse, Tabors guide has completely lost her mind.

    Tabor knows that the only people who can save her from the Dominion are the Articans, but when she finds them, she is the only one who can save the Articans from the Dominion. But the biggest flaw in her plan, one that might destroy her people – and her heart – is something she never considered: She must die to save her people, or risk becoming the last Artican.

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  10. Author name: Sarai Henderson
    Title: The Last Artican
    Audience age: YA
    Genre: Fantasy
    Word count: 91k
    Brief novel description:
    Nineteen years ago, Tabor showed up in the mountains an orphaned child with the magic of the Articans running through her veins. She survived the bitter winter, the wrath of a yeti, and mutinied on the flying pirate ship Stallings – and now the Dominion have come.

    The monastery is no longer safe for Tabor. But the Articans have disappeared. Tabor grows desperate as the path to her people becomes cold, the Dominion is on her trail, and her magic is on the fritz. To make things worse, Tabors guide has completely lost her mind.

    Tabor knows that the only people who can save her from the Dominion are the Articans, but when she finds them, she is the only one who can save the Articans from the Dominion. But the biggest flaw in her plan, one that might destroy her people – and her heart – is something she never considered: She must die to save her people, or risk becoming the last Artican.

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  11. Title: The Heart Song

    Author: MeriAnn Boxall

    Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

    Word Count: 87,000

    Synopsis:

    After 400 years, Hania, a Golem, is the last of her kind. She is alone and hiding from her painful past. She meets Caleb, a runaway from New York City, and is forced to look at the world from an entirely different perspective. Through Caleb, she learns that the lack of love and compassion in her world is stemming from a rogue shaman. Angry at his treatment and loss during the trail of tears, he has vowed vengeance on the country and leaders involved. To get his revenge, he has been creating Golems without souls, buying out the government, and bending the highest powered individuals to his will.

    The realization that she is not the last of her kind ignites pride in her own heritage, causing her to re-examine her painful Native American history. As a result, she finds her personal totem and gifts that will help her identify the shaman at the heart of the corruption. Hania, along with her new friends, Caleb and Dakota, a free-loving musician, finds great danger and is forced to search out Abiaka, a Medicine Man to save her life.

    Seeking the answer to bringing back love and compassion, the trio takes a lesson from one of history’s greatest mysteries, the Amazonian Army, and creates an army of Golem women. Finding her own inner heart song, she is able to lead her army to a victory. By giving the soul-less Golems souls and freedom from oppression, Hania begins the process that will bring love and compassion back to the world.

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