Thursday, July 14, 2011

I'm Back At It

I thought the second time around I was immune. Ha! Fooled me.

What am I talking about? Querying – and constantly checking my e-mail – that's what!

I laugh at myself. How pathetic can I be? I mean, I just sent out the queries. I know how busy agents are. I know it will take several weeks before they get back to me (if they respond at all, that is). Yet, as soon as I hit "send", all reason flies out the door.

I know it's unrealistic to think every agent will love my story, but I hope it anyway. And I know it only takes one "yes", so am I wrong in wishing for more than one? Am I greedy? Or just normal?

I so much want this book to be the one for me. The one that starts the ball rolling. So I'll post my query here and you tell me – would you want to read it?

When Committee Member Jack VanAllen wakes up in a snow bank with no recollection of how he got there, he's a little concerned. Vampires don't black out and they don't forget anything. When he discovers the woman who resembles his late wife lying beside him in the midst of turning, he's outraged. Unauthorized turnings are punishable by death.

Sunshine Petersen's New Year's resolution did not include immortality, but that's what she gets whether she likes it or not. She could come to love her new life if it included Jack. If only she hadn't accused him of turning her. It was an honest mistake. How was she supposed to know the difference between a bite for feeding and a bite for turning? Unfortunately, she doesn't remember who turned her.

While Jack is almost certain he didn't turn Sunshine, his lack of memory, her resemblance to his late wife, and his growing attraction to her isn't helping his case any. Could he have turned her or is someone setting him up? Should he do the honorable thing and turn himself in, hoping for leniency or take Sunshine and run, ensuring the death penalty if he's caught?

MY SUNNY VAMPIRE is a paranormal romance of 98,000 words.

I welcome all honest opinions!


James Garcia Jr said...

Stacy, you don't have to apologize. We all do it. I recall checking my personal e-mail at work; that's how crazy I got.
Good luck to you, my friend.


Stacy McKitrick said...

Ha ha! I always check my personal e-mail at work. If I didn't I'd end up with over 100 e-mails to filter through by the time I got home. It's amazing how writers groups and classes can fill up my in box!

Thanks for stopping by, Jimmy! It's much appreciated.

Jennette Marie Powell said...

Stacy, this sounds really good! But since you asked...

My first question is that I'd like a little more hint of what the Committee is, but I hesitated saying that because your query is already just the right length - more might make it too long.

I'm also a little confused over "She could come to love her life if it included Jack." Yet the fact that they're waking up together sounds like it already does (if not in the way she hopes).

You do a good job showing us who the characters are, their conflicts, and the stakes. The second sentence is fantastic, and hints at what makes this book different from all the other vampire romances out there.

Now go work on something else and quit checking your email. :) And good luck!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Hi Jennette! I doubt I'll quit checking my e-mail, but I am checking it less frequently (at least, I'm pretty sure I am!).

Thanks for the critique. Sometimes it just takes another set of eyes. Now I can see where I need to punch it up some more.

Thanks for stopping by.

Jemi Fraser said...

Checking for those emails is part of the fun ... and the craziness! Good luck with it.

sounds like a fun story!

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thank you, Jemi. It was a fun story to write!