QK AGENT ROUND: 7. The President and Me, MG Contemporary

Title:  Dear Mr. President Entry Nickname: The President and Me Word Count: 34,000 Genre: Middle Grade Contemporary Query: President William Shepherd is a terrible president.  At least according to eleven-year-old Spencer Dunlap, who writes those exact words in a letter to the President after he receives a letter from the White House offering condolences following his father death […]

QK AGENT ROUND: 8. The Order of Black, MG Mystery

Title: The Order of Black Hollow Lane Entry Nickname: The Order of Black Word Count: 57,000 Genre: MG Mystery Query Letter: Ginny’s mom is a world-renowned parenting expert with no parenting skills of her own. She doesn’t even give Ginny any warning before shipping her off to a boarding school right before her thirteenth birthday. […]

QK AGENT ROUND: 9. Mustache Head, MG Contemporary

Title: Split Down the Middle Entry Nickname: Mustache Head Word Count: 46,000 Genre: Upper MG Contemporary Query: As a veteran Child of Divorce, twelve-year-old Becca has developed a highly specialized set of coping skills, such as the ability to negotiate ceasefires and to maneuver between houses without losing her math books…or her marbles.   It isn’t […]

QK AGENT ROUND: 10. Play Chess, Not Checkers, MG Historical

Title: The Chess Girl Entry Nickname: Play Chess Not Checkers Word count: 66K Genre: MG Historical Fiction Query:  To win her family’s freedom, Ruchel must play the greatest chess match ever. As World War 1 begins, 7 year old Ruchel’s father is forced into the Austrian Army just before the Russian Army invades her border […]

I HAVE A BOOK DEAL!

If you were on Twitter or Facebook last week, you may have already heard the news. If not, I am ecstatic to announce that I’ve signed a three book contract with Kensington’s Lyrical Press for my debut novel, REALITY STAR and two sequels! The first book will be available in March 2017, but you can […]

Query Kombat ’16 Winners 1st Round

Well, Round 1 of this crazy contest officially ended Saturday night. We promised blood, and blood there was. Also tears, nail-biting, and some hair-pulling. Congratulations to all of you who fought hard and came out victorious. Please have your revised entries to us by MONDAY, June 6th at 6 pm EST. Use the same format […]

QUERY KOMBAT 2016 IS HERE!

Get that thick skin in place because here we go! Round 1 Hop on over to Mike’s and Michelle’s blogs to see the rest of the match-ups and entries! They are spread all over the place. Some here, some there. We’ve got a little bit of everything: Adult, NA, YA, and MG! This round lasts until June 4th at […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: CUDDLES AND COUPS vs. INSERT SHAKESPEARE JOKE HERE

Title: The Dictator’s Wife Entry Nickname: Cuddles and Coups Word count: 82K Genre: Adult Dark Romantic Suspense Query: A military dictatorship governs Britain. The First Lord of the Treasury, Julien St John Helmsley, is charming, charismatic, and utterly ruthless, particularly towards the resistance group known as the Treaty. Melanie Bonham, an officer of the Treaty and enemy of the state, […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: BLOOD AND BAGUETTES vs. CROISSANTS KILL!

Title: Postcards of Ruin Entry Nickname: Blood and Baguettes Word count: 80K Genre: Adult Thriller Romance Query:  Paralegal Bri Fortes quits her job and moves to France to pursue her deceased father’s footsteps. If she passes the fluency test at the end of a summer program in Rouen, she’ll clinch entry to the same law school […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: BLACK HOLES vs. WATER UNICORNS AND ARMADILLOS

Title: The Pull of Gravity Entry Nickname: Black Holes Word Count: 122,000 Genre: Adult Science Fiction Query: Iari Lenerian wanted to help make the galaxy a better place. He was supposed to be a small cog in a big machine–an informant posing as a palace guard, that’s it. He didn’t mean to attract the Emperor’s attention, […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: SAMBA AND SURRENDER vs. DEFINITELY NOT ABOUT DONALD DRUMPF

Title: Radiant City Entry Nickname: Samba and Surrender Word count: 100K Genre: Adult Erotic Thriller with Paranormal Elements Query: Brazilian federal enforcer, Ana Mendes, doesn’t have the heart—or the time—for relationships. After losing her father at a young age and watching the world crash down around her because of Radiant, she’s devoted her life to […]

QUERY KOMBAT ROUND 1: GREEK OUT WITH ME vs. ESCAPE THE FATE

Title: The Blind Sculptor Entry Nickname: Greek Out with Me Word Count: 95,000 Genre: YA Fantasy Query: When Medusa discovers her head is worth a king’s dowry, she knows she’s in trouble. She’s been in trouble before—the gods call her monstrous, gorgon—on account of her mortal form. And when they can’t kill her for being […]