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Rewrote the query letter AGAIN

August 25, 2010

Tried to keep the voice while adding some details. Now, though, I’m afraid the novel sounds funnier than it is. I guess that’s what the revision process is for. LOL But the more I work on the query the more frustrated I feel with the novel itself.

Potter and Illinois native Zeva Couran is really tired of the starving artist shtick. She still loves the art side of it; it’s the starving she has a problem with. When she’s attacked in the street and finds herself swept off to her rescuer’s castle, it feels a lot like a fairy tale.

Trouble is, fairy tales always have a villain.

The Far Dorocha is a nightmare creature who serves the Unseelie queen. Commanded to destroy the binding treaty with the mortals who own the castle, he has focused on Zeva as the tool he will use. Apparently Zeva is a Shaper, someone who can touch fate and alter it according to her will. Emphasis on the apparently, because she has no idea how to use her powers.

With the help of her new friends, Zeva tries to figure out how her magic works. Her early attempts lead to menacing encounters with the Far Dorocha, misplaced attraction from a shadowy loner, and being chased through a thunderstorm by the Fae huntsman and his hounds. Zeva will have to find a way to control her powers without winding up dead or in thrall to the Unseelie queen.

And she’d better find a way to pay her car insurance while she’s at it.

Shaper is a complete urban fantasy at 105,000 words. It stands alone, but I have drafted plots for three related novels. Thank you for your time and consideration.

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