Saturday, October 20, 2012

Spooktacular Pitch #30: FREE AGENT

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Title: Free Agent
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 89K

3 line hook:

As an agent of the Fairy Godfather, Marissa Locks spends her days making wishes come true by any means necessary, and her nights dreaming of freedom. When a series of cross realm kidnappings ignite a war between the Fae and the government, Marissa seizes the opportunity. If she can find a Realm Seal that doesn’t seem to exist, return a prince no one in their right mind would take, and survive the deadly wishes of a rival fairy, Marissa might just claim her own piece of happily ever after.

First 250:

The New Year’s Eve Countdown told me I had five minutes until the ball drop. That gave me six minutes until somebody got killed. I spotted the shoplifter in line at the theater, and worked my way across the street, through the teeming crowd. She had no idea what she was wearing, which made her both stupid and dangerous. Stupid was dangerous enough by itself.

“Marissa, I might remind you of the time,” said a man’s voice. It came right out of the store window beside me, the dry voice with its not quite English accent. He watched me with critical eyes.

“I got it, Grimm.” I walked along the theater line.

His image followed me, reflecting from the windows and even the brass banister knobs that held the velvet rope. “I’ll believe that when you actually do.”

Call it women’s intuition, or maybe the slippers tipped her off, but she turned and looked right at me. Our eyes met, and she knew why I was there, if not who I was. As the crowd surged forward, she ducked into the theater, disappearing into the throng.

“God Damsel-it.” I spat out the faint taste of soap. “Doesn’t count, not a real curse.”

“Watch your language, young lady. Only proper women live happily ever after. Now, go get those slippers back.” Grimm appeared in the ticket window, beckoning me on.

If I had enough Glitter to buy a happily ever after, I wouldn’t have spent all day chasing a thief. There were easier ways to make a living, and definitely safer ways.

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