The One-Sentence Summary

*Contest is closed.*

Today we’re going to talk about the one-sentence summary, also known as a logline, a hook, or a one-sentence pitch. (It is not a tagline, however.)

What: About 25 words that capture your novel, memoir, or non-fiction book.

Why: To get someone interested in reading your book.

When to use it: The start of a query, or anytime someone asks you, “What’s your book about?”

What it does: A one-sentence summary takes your complex book with multiple characters and plotlines and boils it down into a simple statement that can be quickly conveyed and understood, and generates interest in the book.

What it should include:
→ A character or two
→ Their choice, conflict, or goal
→ What’s at stake (may be implied)
→ Action that will get them to the goal
→ Setting (if important)

→ Keep it simple. One plotline, 1 or 2 characters.
→ Use the strongest nouns, verbs and adjectives.
→ Make the conflict clear but you don’t have to hint at the solution.

In your one-sentence summary, try not to pitch a theme. Pitch what happens. Examples of themes:

This book explores forgiveness.
This book looks at the thin line between right and wrong.
This book explores the meaning of independence, and asks if it’s really possible.

Here is Nathan Bransford’s simplified formula for a one-sentence pitch: “When [opening conflict] happens to [character(s)], they must [overcome conflict] to [complete their quest].”

Examples of one-sentence summaries:

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
• A boy wizard begins training and must battle for his life with the Dark Lord who murdered his parents. (Thanks Randy Ingermanson for this one.)

→ Character=boy wizard
→ Conflict=battling the Dark Lord
→ Stakes=his life
→ Setting=none
→ Action=wizard training; avoiding the same fate as his parents

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
• In the south in the 1960s, three women cross racial boundaries to begin a movement that will forever change their town and the way women view one another.

When Faith Awakes by Mike Duran
• Chaos is unleashed on a quiet coastal town when an unassuming crippled woman raises a young boy from the dead, unlocking a centuries-old curse.

Medical Error by Richard Mabry
• Identity theft becomes fatal for a patient and puts a young doctor’s reputation and medical practice in jeopardy.

Chasing Superwoman by Susan DiMickele
• A successful attorney and mother of three battles discrimination, exhaustion, and a clueless boss while balancing a career, a family, and a life of faith.

NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. Leave your one-sentence summary in the comments.

Contest specifics:
→ Write a one-sentence summary of your book.
→ Submit your entry in the comments to THIS post.
→ ONE entry per person. NO revisions or resubmissions allowed.
→ Deadline is this SATURDAY, June 5th, 11:59pm ET.
→ WordServe clients can enter and are eligible for the prize.
→ I’ll choose FIVE winners, based on which ones are the most effective and make me want to read the book.
→ I’ll announce winners next week.

Courtesy of Chuck Sambuchino at Writers Digest, author of Guide to Literary Agents and the GLA blog.

5 FREE one-year subscriptions to ($40.00 value) will be given as prizes.

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Join the fun and start crafting your pitch!

Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

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    >Betty A says–
    A woman recognizes mental deterioration in her parents and must seek a legal guardianship for them against a beloved brother based on financial mismanagement and physical abuse to their father

  14. Angela says:

    >Women today are feeling pressure on every front, battling the forces of a fast paced technologically fueled world women learn to power up to the main source that will forever change their lives.

  15. alisha says:

    >I hope I'm not too late! Just saw this.

    Swimming in Treacle

    When twenty-something activist dreamer Alisha leaps in faith to a new life in England and hits unexpected resistance, she must fight guilt, fear & cultural differences to thrive in a hurting world where coming alive isn't a luxury, but a necessity.

  16. L. L. McKinney says:

    >When an ancient war is waged on an unsuspecting modern world, Az Dunnelly must decide whether he will fight against the rising forces of Hell, or ally himself with them.

  17. L. L. McKinney says:

    >When an ancient war is waged on an unsuspecting modern world, Az Dunnelly must decide whether he will fight against the rising forces of Hell, or ally himself with them.

  18. L. L. McKinney says:

    >When an ancient war is waged on an unsuspecting modern world, Az Dunnelly must decide whether he will fight against the rising forces of Hell, or ally himself with them.

  19. L. L. McKinney says:

    >When an ancient war is waged on an unsuspecting modern world, Az Dunnelly must decide whether he will fight against the rising forces of Hell, or ally himself with them.

  20. L. L. McKinney says:

    >When an ancient war is waged on an unsuspecting modern world, Az Dunnelly must decide whether he will fight against the rising forces of Hell, or ally himself with them.

  21. Erik Bennett says:

    >Evil pursuers of men's wallets and snooty fitting room clerks are recruiting my preteen daughter to fight for their side in this battle of Dad versus the mall.

  22. J.P.Johnson says:

    >After a rookie Boston business consultant betrays his powerful and vengeful employer, his escape takes him to a haunting Vermont gorge
    where he meets the one person who can save him: a woman who was murdered there one year ago.

  23. Gary says:

    >Complacent Christians are astonished to discover how the God who seems so ‘over there’ has deeply embedded himself into the most relevant concerns of every day – marriage, family, work, nature, and even their own selves.

  24. Beth says:

    >Nothing like being down to the wire! 🙂

    After a series of devastating losses, a southern girl moves back to her home state of Georgia to take a job in the wine business, discovering that a bottle of wine, paired with her best girlfriends, can solve almost any problem.

    – Jeannie and Her Bottles

  25. Hilty Sprouts! says:

    >Four lonely years have passed since Ashley chose to please her class conscious and controlling father instead of listening to her heart, but when her former love, now a scarred and cynical soldier, returns from the war in Iraq, she has the chance to persuade him to love her again.

  26. Gwen Stewart says:

    >When her precious, stolen song flies up the country music charts, a music teacher battles the thief–a famous Nashville songwriter who threatens to steal her heart as well.

  27. Scott Alloway says:

    >Taunted by a lifetime of mini seizures, Rob “lights out” Vickers is a talented fighter quoted as “willing to die for his cause”. Can his family and fiancé stop his obsession before it’s too late?

  28. Robin March says:

    >A woman joins forces with her eccentric neighbor to protect their lovely dell against drunken students who threaten their gardens and their Amish neighbors.

  29. Larry says:

    >When Emily Jacobs wakes to the nightmarish realization that she has been abducted, she has two choices; dissolve into a puddle, or fight back, and she has never been the dissolving type.

  30. Robin Connelly says:

    >Janyce has learned not to question her past, but when she starts hearing voices and old enemies suddenly make appearances in her life, it appears her past may have caught up to her.

  31. Latoya Alloway says:

    >Following her mother’s Alzheimer's diagnosis, Sheila Howard returns home after a five year absence to find her family confronting it when unresolved issues haunt her.

  32. Natasha says:

    >17-year-old Madigan is grappling with both her Mormon faith and sexual orientation after falling for Isobel when she is forced to confront the bubonic plague.

  33. MJ Carpenter says:

    >Inaroha, modern day Joan D’Arc meets the beautiful and dark residents of Irish mythology who are in battle over the prophecy of her, the daemon.

  34. Debbie Brodfuehrer says:

    >Death Happens: A Bystander’s Guide

    When your friend’s world is rocked by a sudden death, know what to do during the initial hours, early days and months using this one-of-a-kind quick reference.

  35. Deleyna says:

    >An abused woman escapes to Paris where she learns the truth of her creation, finds her vanished champion, and battles demons to free her sisters.

  36. Lindsay says:

    >In 1908, Cossette uncovers the life changing secrets her family and best friend, Nathan, have been keeping from her as she investigates the story of the baby found on the train 16 years before.

  37. Lyn Fairchild Hawks says:

    >A teen freak obsessed with Michael Jackson discovers how to make friends and face her secret of sexual abuse so she can confront the perpetrator.

  38. Felicity Bloomfield says:

    >"Miss Adventure"

    An accident-prone missionary stumbles through an Australian party, discovering secrets about her origins and sexuality. Does she still have the courage to make a difference?


  39. MJ Carpenter says:

    >Inaroha, a modern day Joan D’Arc meets the beautiful and dark world of Irish mythology.

  40. Carol Benedict says:

    >Shades of Evil:

    Her psychiatrist calls it "sleep paralysis," a mind glitch, but the evil lurking in the shadows between wakefulness and sleep threatens more than Danni's sanity.

  41. deb says:

    >Wolfkeeper a man of honor;
    destoryed her home,killed her husband,kidnapped her son,now demanded her heart,body,soul,not necessarily in that order…

  42. kitpalmer says:

    >When a briefcase of top secret documents is taken, Chris and Carmen find themselves in the most unlikely of partnerships, following a desperate plan to save their own lives and those of 100 people they have never met.

  43. Erika Robuck says:

    >When a half-Cuban maid in Key West takes a job with the Hemingway’s to support her family, both her flirtation with the famous writer and her relationship with a WW1 vet reveal that she may be in over her head on all fronts.

  44. Angela Carlie says:

    >When a self proclaimed Jesus freak stumbles into Autumn’s life, she’s kept from drowning in the midst of dream smashers.

  45. Miriam Cheney says:

    >An accomplished sailor must battle more than high seas when he becomes guardian to the sassy, pre-pubescent daughter he never knew existed.

  46. Jennifer lill says:

    >After the death of his godson, Harry Anderson discovers that several young people have mysteriously died in their sleep while using a cutting-edge new gaming system that allows them to experience designer dreams and realizes just how deadly the combination of technology and corporate greed can really be.

  47. Elise M Stone says:

    >When Faith Andersen befriends the fiance of a grad student wrongly convicted of murder, her quest for the truth draws her into a world of drug dealers and human smugglers; and a life-changing experience in the Arizona desert.

  48. Jeannie says:

    >Facing down her 40th birthday and just final divorce, Kate Adams had no idea that meeting a thirty-year old hockey star would be the way to find the life she left behind and the love story she deserves.

  49. Jack Boyd says:

    >After serving as a silent witness to countless human evils, one guardian angel finds his faith strained as he begins to question the rules of intervention and the consequences involved for disobeying them.

  50. amy crumpton says:

    >'Your Purpose Is Love' peeks into the heart of a passionate, neurotic, self-help writer as God wakes her up to the 'true' meaning of life… and to share it, she must poke her pen inward to let the humor, hope, and Holy crap ooze out.

  51. Sarah N Fisk says:

    >When suposedly-extinct demons kidnap every adult Mage, teen Fire Mage Miranda must partner with a jaded Holy Warrior for a cross-country rescue mision.

  52. Paul says:

    >The Surface of the Deep

    You might be involved in a bizarre love triangle that could save the world. Will you requite the advances of water and Spirit? Or die never having known true love?

  53. Jillian Audrey says:

    >Life sucks for sixteen-year-old Delilah Reagan after her family relocates from Maine to Arizona, but when she befriends an eccentric elderly neighbor who has been writing letters to soldiers overseas since World War II, Delilah uncovers a deeply buried family secret and learns about the incredible power of love.

  54. AudryT says:

    >When a dangerous romance puts two teenage girls on opposing sides of a supernatural war, they must choose between their lifelong friendship and the survival of the human race.

  55. cindie geddes says:

    >When a Las Vegas beauty is found dead in an all-you-can-eat buffet cart, Mere Unger,aging queen of the Beach Bitches (girls paid to be beautiful and lounge at the pools of a Vegas megaresort) hunts a killer and finds herself the next target.

  56. chrisennen says:

    >Native American tribes must find a way to unite in a scorched earth campaign against European colonists before being overrun.

  57. Lynnette Bonner says:

    >Cool! There have been some awesome sentences here. The following is mine for my book High Desert Haven which releases later this summer from OakTara.

    Upon the death of her husband, Nicki Trent is forced to combat greedy bankers, covetous ranchers, and a mysterious arsonist to retain her ranch for her son.

  58. Anonymous says:

    >Red Ginger by Judy Migliori
    A fishing guide and his former lover, a young widow reunite when his brother is killed and evidence points to her husband’s paroled murderer.

  59. Kathy says:

    >Like a butterfly, God's voice for the first time alighted on her heart, but as a question, a question He would answer by drawing her into His Word.

  60. Amy says:

    >When a stalker invades Jack Tucker’s uncomplicated life, he discovers that love doesn’t change who you are, but instead shows you why you live.

  61. Lenore Buth at says:

    >Moms who love their children best do the least for them, empowering their kids to grow strong and grounded, ready to live on their own.


  62. Christie C. says:

    >Julianne learns the abbess of her convent has been hiding startling secrets about her past—and Julianne’s—when she is sent into plague-ridden London at night on a dangerous mission.

  63. Portermaker says:

    >Peter Robertson serves on the jury for the trial of a murder that he committed.

  64. Café Lopez says:

    >The Dead Don't Cry –
    Worlds collide when an extraordinary girl determined to save her father wanders into an ancient wilderness embroiled in a life or death struggle against a legacy of tyranny.

  65. Bonnie Eckert says:

    >Henry and Anna Eckert survive their escape from Siberia to face a gut-wrenching decision: accept passage to South America and distance themselves from their pursuers, or stay in Japanese-occupied Manchuria a little longer in hopes of reaching Canada and family they'd lost. (Based on a true story; part one of a two part series.)

  66. Felix Galvan says:

    >When the Harrison family is draggedinto the mysterious and strange world of occult cooking, the family dog must save the day when things go from the frying pan into the fire!

  67. writerashley says:

    >When Grace Taylor's historical house catches on fire and her dog escapes, Grace must face her desire for control as well as her growing feelings for a local animal rescue worker in order to get her dog back.

  68. Ladonna says:

    >Here's mine.

    Blue Ghost” is a young adult Steampunk adventure set in an alternate version of Victorian Georgia, and in this tale of love, courage and betrayal one sister is forced to become the mistress of the president’s son, and the other will lose the love of her life and freedom to help her family.

  69. Joe Stinson says:

    >A Christian man dead to the church and all things religious must decide whether his daughter’s death at the foot of the altar is an act of murder or a modern-day miracle.

  70. K J Pascoe says:

    >In a good faith gesture a young prince becomes the unwilling custodian of a drug-addicted prisoner of war, who makes him question the truths he has accepted his whole life.

  71. kerry dexter says:

    >When you’re ready to explore beyond drinking songs and Danny Boy, Sing Me Home is the roadmap for your journey into the vibrant heart and soul of Irish music.

  72. Kristi says:

    >When a serial killer reels her into his dark underworld, Italian-American crime reporter Gabriella is forced to confront her own demons, even if it means picking a love life over a dead body this time.

  73. Marysue says:

    >When two angry teenagers from completely different backgrounds meet at a party, falling in love gives them each the strength they need to come to terms with the troubled relationship they each have regarding their own father.

  74. Arvael O'Tierney says:

    >My one-sentence summary:

    "When Olivia accidentally becomes part of the supernatural world, she must learn to control her chaotic life, lest she hurts people close to her."

    (24 words)

  75. Jessica Nelson says:

    >A rule-bending PI falls in love with a by-the-book cop who's determined to stop her investigation of a corrupt mayor.

  76. Tura Lura says:

    >When a group of rogue vampires begin their subtle attack on the Elven Nation, it is up to priestess-in-training Elika and former prince Kregen – now a vampire himself – to save their way of life.

  77. Vicki says:

    >When Stormy's fired (quite literally) from being a demon, she'll stop at nothing to get her job back, even if it means saving humanity from extinction and working with an annoyingly charming magician to do it.

  78. Bean says:

    >When a human serial killer ravages the dying supernatural world, young Michele Conner struggles for the key to murderer's motivation and identity.

  79. Kathleen Pooler says:

    >A nurse shows the power of hope by sharing her faith-based journey through her son's alcoholism and her own cancer diagnosis.

  80. Erica McBeth says:

    >A young woman falls in love with a modern day prince from the Middle East then struggles to fit into a tumultuous world where she doesn’t belong.

  81. Sea says:

    >After being dumped by her fiance for another woman, a mortuary worker has to hunt down her missing backbone, team up with her terrifying godmother, and overcome her prejudice against gnomes, to find out once and for all if the only safe men are dead ones.

  82. Stephanie Thornton says:

    >A woman finally rules Egypt as Pharaoh, but is forced to choose between happiness in this life or a chance at eternal glory.

  83. Jess says:

    >When Sameen learns the truth about the coup that left her orphaned, she must overcome fear and self-doubt to restore the country her parents loved.

  84. Jenny Keller Ford says:

    >Fifteen-year old, David Heiland, battles for his life and the life of his best friend, Charlotte, after he discovers his dead parents are alive and trapped within another world inside his own house.

  85. Clyde says:

    >Memoir: Over a hundred Christian families in rural Alabama watch in horror as they are branded as a notorious mafia gang on the evening news!

  86. Nicole L Rivera says:

    >When a young woman dies in the arms of a young man, the two must overcome scandalous rumors, ex’s, diabetes, and a scarred heart to let their love live.

  87. Jen says:

    >Nicole was ready for a summer complete with college applications and a trip to Paris; now Eric and a secret admirer have twisted her plans and made this an unforgettable summer.

  88. Mike Duran says:

    >A disfigured modern-day prophet must overcome his own despair in time to seal one of the seven mythical gates of hell.

  89. Diana says:

    >Stuck in a partnership neither one wants, an Earth Mother and her Companion discover a pillaged farm and must now work together to defend their country from an invader with powers they don't understand.

  90. Lyndieb says:

    >Super Tuesday primaries inspire a presidential candidate and his mysteriously gathered advisors to develop a campaign platform to change his candidacy from underdog to victor.

  91. Jordan says:

    >A former teen superhero must choose between protecting the citizens of Tokyo or living a normal life when an invisible force begins wreaking havoc around her.

  92. Shallee says:

    >When a teenage boy is drafted by his militaristic government to wield his telepathy against rebels, he must decide whether or not he’ll fight those who trained him and risk becoming one of the Disappeared.

  93. Tahlia says:

    >If last night was real then Ariel should be dead, but her mother has disappeared, there are bruise marks on her neck and that hideous beast in the photo looks frighteningly familiar.

  94. Anonymous says:

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    A little person and investigative journalist bent on payback for the death of her average-sized twin sister must go undercover at an abortion clinic to expose the doctor for fetal harvesting.

    Deb Piccurelli

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    >A woman who had an abortion reconciles a birth mother with the daughter whose existence she has denied since giving her up for adoption over 20 years ago.

  96. KJ Bain says:

    >Mica Jorgenson travels into a realm where things aren't as they seem when she chases a killer who appears able to kill within dreams.

  97. Lawrence says:

    >When Arin osh Seraiya is forced to place herself into the ke-nok, the deep sleep, she does not expect to lie there undisturbed for millennia and wake into modern day New York, lost and alone, and dependent for her survival on a young man of no interests and little direction, until it happens.

  98. Ryan Chin says:

    >Animals are loved and lost, brothers are gone but never forgotten, and a teacher transforms his life in a Maori village.

  99. Kristin Thiel says:

    >Two women, a newlywed in her thirties and the teenage embodiment of an infertility goddess, are linked through new decisions involving sexuality—and a stranger’s request that neither woman feels prepared to accept, or reject.

  100. Margaret Tanner says:

    >Mistaken identity opens the door for Martin Mulvaney to revenge himself on his mortal enemy's granddaughter.

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    >"Providential grace allies a single mother haunted by her past, with an ex-journalist searching for his future, transforming a town fragmented by failure into a color-washed harbor for the hopeless."

  102. Matt Youngmark says:

    >In an alternate present where genetics have stretched the physical boundaries of humanity, a down-and-out detective confronts the ghosts of his past and stumbles upon a corporate plot that could lead to genocide.

  103. Rebecca Cuadra George says:

    >AMBER VINES by Rebecca Cuadra George

    A divorced caterer/harpist and her winsome daughter-turned-detective with Down syndrome move to Amber Vines, where secrets, friendships, links to the past, and second chances blossom.

  104. cpeters says:

    >The lands of Fire and Earth are dying, the Daemonkind have been released from their ages long imprisonment, the Earthen Prince has been taken… and though the Elemental Lords have chosen her to set it all to rights, Kat certainly doesn’t know it.

  105. Karen Yuan says:

    >Stranded in Manhattan with early-onset Alzheimer's, a fifteen-year-old runaway must steal books for the imaginary brother of a piano prodigy in return for shelter.

  106. Gary D. Hendricks says:

    >Judge Not questions our religious acceptance and moral judgment; confronted with homosexual murders, police struggling with prejudices while a non-judgmental detective tries to find the killer.

  107. Gadfly says:

    >Judge Not questions our religious acceptance and moral judgment. Confronted with homosexual murders, police struggle with prejudices while a non-judgmental detective tries to find the killer.

  108. Gadfly says:

    >Judge Not questions our religious acceptance and moral judgment. Confronted with homosexual murders, police struggle with prejudices while a non-judgmental detective tries to find the killer.

  109. stephenisham says:

    >A cowardly miner becomes the only chance of survival for a small mining town in California.

  110. black-lavender says:

    >Strange events turn a lonely collections agent into the new sheriff of a fairytale land, where she must bring a murderer to justice.

    ~ Plain Jane in Nottingham

  111. Kass says:

    >A suicidal teen becomes a born-again Christian and clashes with pastors who test her faith — and her will to live.

  112. Jen M. says:

    >During a dreary vacation in Scotland, 26-year-old Lou realizes that her vivid nightmares of fire and death are the clues to discovering the secrets of her ancestry.

  113. rwcopywriting says:

    >Unable to move past Abel’s murder and Cain’s banishment, Eve revisits six memories to answer her heart's plea…Can Jehovah once again bring light after darkness?

  114. Anna says:

    >Adult Urban Fantasy/Women's Fiction
    Working Title: Muse Walking in Memphis

    In present-day Memphis, an exiled muse must help an obstinate musician discover his calling in order to return to Mt. Olympus.

  115. Morgan L. Busse says:

    >Here is my One Sentence Summary:

    A young woman discovers she's not human and possesses a terrifying gift that can save mankind.

    my email is

    Thanks for running this contest 🙂

  116. Callie James says:

    >An ambitious teen uses a ring created from her mother’s ashes to continue her family’s battle against gods bent on reclaiming the earth.

  117. Amanda says:

    >After fleeing the barbaric Yerning State Asylum, Hannah and a ragtag
    community of runaways must find a way to survive the wilderness and,
    more importantly, not get caught.

  118. Jane Steen says:

    >Marcus and his family have an idyllic setting in which to face his death, but loss, danger and an evasive friendship accompany him on his final journey.

  119. Designs by JoLea says:

    >A reclusive woman who is afraid of the dark faces blindness when a drug lord pursues a wounded DEA agent right through the middle of her quiet life.

  120. Hilarey says:

    >Fun contest!

    A teenage stripper in Nevada is hunted by the cops she asked for help and the only escape is a man she fears more than death, her grandfather.

  121. Erynn says:

    >Two CIA agents and the woman they both love are in a fight for their lives that will test their loyalty to God, country, and each other.

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  123. S. L. Bynum says:

    >Sixteen-year-old Abigail Wood tries to prevent her nightmares from coming true when they turn out to be horrific premonitions that bring tragedies upon her family and friends.

  124. kalincasey says:

    >When an artist loses her creative muse, she succumbs to obsessive delusions and struggles to reclaim her sanity with her dead husband criticizing every move.

  125. kalincasey says:

    >When an artist loses her creative muse, she succumbs to obsessive delusions and struggles to reclaim her sanity with her dead husband criticizing every move.

  126. Paulette says:

    >A Holocaust survivor who asks only for peace and quiet and that absolutely nothing change ever again must deal with the anxiety of being alive, a wife who intends to get on with her life, and a daughter who insists on growing up.

  127. Ellen says:

    >YA Dystopian:

    Darryl witnesses the mayor of NYC’s death, but when she can’t tell the police due to her own secrets, she is framed for the murder.

  128. sharon clemmons thomas says:

    >Fifty-something newlyweds Bill and Sharon navigate marital passages complicated by menopausal hormone shifts and evolving midlife values on a farm in Lowcountry South Carolina.

  129. Michelle says:

    >A woman able to heal anything is on the run after learning her life-giving has been used to kill and destroy millions.

  130. Kimberly Beam says:

    >God speaks all the time; by tuning your ears to His voice, you are to be sure to be on His path for your life.

  131. Heidi says:

    >At the start of WWII, a young woman must battle her parents for the freedom to chase her dreams, and her sister for the man she loves.

  132. ShopCartBandit says:

    >A man tries to remember major prophetic knowledge of a world disaster that he believes he is supposed to thwart.

  133. Chumplet - Sandra Cormier says:

    >Single parents Luke and Rebecca meet thirty years after they attended the same high school in Spain, causing Luke to rethink his tendency to run from city to city to escape the pain of losing his wife to cancer.

  134. John Betcher says:

    >When computer genius, Katherine Whitson, disappears from her Minneapolis Warehouse District condo, "Beck" — a former military intelligence operative — and Beth — his CIA code-cracking wife — are taxed to their limits to save Katherine and thwart a cyber-espionage threat of global proportions.

  135. Tina Pinson says:

    >A housewife learns her blood holds the antidote to save the world. The world she was born into, a hundred and fifty years in the future.

  136. Jacque says:

    >Well, it’s fairy-tale/fantasy so even though I love your blog, I wouldn’t pitch it to you normally. Here it goes anyway for a shot at the contest:

    Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, Katie’s attempted suicide transports her to a realm of agonizing limbo where she must travel past four seasonal fairies, physical manifestations of her own tormented heart, to rescue a love she once pushed away before they are both forever trapped.

  137. Heather Kelly says:

    >When a boy has no one left to turn to, and a star just won't accept her place in the universe, two worlds collide with a big bang.

  138. Paula Harrington says:

    >A grief stricken celebrity sees life for the first time from a Christian’s perspective thanks to a new friend who is no stranger to tragedy himself.

  139. Bev Bender says:

    >A young father turns to online pornography when depression grips his wife following childbirth and he begins a struggle with God, alcohol, porn and illicit sex but God will not let him go.

  140. Tina Pinson says:

    >Adam was ready to live without Grace, until he lost her. He thought he didn’t deserve grace then it found him.

  141. frank1569 says:


    After mild-mannered VP of Human Resources BOB is accidentally exposed to The Corporation’s secret, he’s promoted against his will by his nefarious CEO mentor to VP of ZR for Zindy Ehrlich & Associates, or ZEA, ‘The next level of office services in-sourcing.’ In-house, however, ZEA stands for something else entirely:

    The Zombie Employment Agency.

  142. Kemari Howell says:

    >When 12-year-old Fern found her genie, she'd made two of three wishes that had catastrophic consequences, and now that she is an adult, she must find a way to wish her last wish, to have her genie's love, without adverse results.

  143. cttiger says:

    >Caterer Kensing Delaney struggles to convince police that her cinnamon torte didn't poison the dead Fairfield County socialite, but the victim's past as a black market baby broker, her disgruntled stepchildren and recently paroled ex-husband all add spice to Kensing's search for the truth.

  144. Josin L. McQuein says:

    >Treat it like a logline and your life will be easier. I wrote this one way back when the concept was a screenplay instead of a WIP:

    A blind physics professor is haunted by a woman who swears he's destined to murder her in three days – unless she kills him first.

  145. Julie Weathers says:

    >Gentyl struggles to stop a civil war between her parents' people, but a pirate, demon lord and senile wizard all have other plans for her.

  146. Kat Harris says:

    >When her Prince Charming dies, a modern-day Cinderella with post-traumatic stress must return home to make peace with the estranged father in whose footsteps she has followed.

  147. Everyday Becky says:

    >A small Eastern Washington town becomes the backdrop of unseen warfare when the high school’s star quarterback confronts a local cult to save his father’s life, and the girl he wants to hate battles for his heart.

  148. Arthur Smith says:

    >Nolen's mother is dead and he's in a country he knows nothing about surrounded by people searching for a rumored two thousand year old artifact that could control time and history.

  149. Andrew Hill says:

    >One sentence pitch for "The Kingdom of Urartu" by Andrew Hill:

    "An underground Soviet faction will stop at nothing to see one of Christianity’s greatest treasures destroyed and only archaeologist Russell Grant stands in their way."

  150. Beth says:

    >A boy fights time-looting pirates while keeping Hitler's WWII conquest from succeeding and finding a way to save his army medic dad, originally killed in the Persian Gulf War.

  151. Kelly Freestone says:

    >In an America shaped by THE DISEASED CHILD ABORTION ACT, Anna must fight to protect her own unborn child from the forceful hand of the government she so adamantly helped create.

  152. Rudywg says:

    >A widowed mom faces ultimate surrender and trust when she realizes God is calling her 16-year-old, non-hiker son to hike the Appalachian Trail. . . alone.

  153. Crimey says:

    >Ninety-five percent of the world’s population perishes in the worst pandemic since the Black Plague and Valentina’s about to find out that surviving means enduring the wrath of a prophet determined to see her dead.

  154. Lucy says:

    >A KGB Colonel betrays one friend too many, and tries to make things right by changing sides. Too bad treason isn't enough.

  155. Trish Kahle says:

    >When a young Eastern European refugee appears at his parish's shelter, Ngoma must question his place in a world filled with death, poverty, and oppression and he must ask himself if faith alone can guide him.

  156. Sudam says:

    >Akash had to live with his unmarried life, taunting and loneliness and when he could not marry till 43, succumbed to death due to drinking and smoking.


  157. Ryan and Melanie says:

    >A boy coming of age during India’s violent partition attempts to guard the increasingly fragile bond with his sister in the face of separation, a hostile boarding school environment, romantic pursuits, and family tragedy.

  158. J.R. Beasley says:

    >Zeke Thorsby, an ex-military operative, investigates a suspicious congressional bill and discovers that it's part of a secret society's diabolical agenda to alter America and the world.

  159. Space Coast Conservative [dot]com says:

    >In a household of nine near-the-edge family members — eight cousins and Grandpa, Dorsel Udell Doe, who just returned from the asylum — how do they cope after Marvis Ken Jones, accidentally kills family favorite, Arsnal Sigmund Smith?

  160. Michelle Massaro says:

    >When a one-night stand results in pregnancy, newly repentant John Douglas must risk losing the woman he loves to surrender all for Christ.

  161. Jil says:

    >When a young woman arrives to help her reclusive great grandmother in Swale Hall on the edge of the Yorkshire moors, she becomes enmeshed in the old woman's imaginary world and must find the cause of her madness to save them both.

  162. Phoebe says:

    >Sixteen-year-old Gwen runs away with two Forest Creatures, Erhent and Coyote, to Scotland, where she must learn to fend off monsters if she’s going to survive a plot to take over the Highlands.

  163. Steve says:

    >An aspiring teen rock musician confronts the challenges of discovering and maintaining her individuality – supported by like-minded friends – against the pressures of mindless social conformity.

  164. heatherstarnes says:

    >When an invitation to Paris Fashion Week’s After Party arrives in her inbox, a college student vows to find a required “industry appropriate” date but must salvage her internship before the party after her “date prospects” are implicated in a career killing FBI investigation.

  165. Peggy says:

    >A young man believes he has ended three unplanned pregnancies, but the babies survive and re-enter his life when he needs a hero, a donor, and an alibi.

  166. James Ashman says:

    >Va'il, an optimistic half-human boy, adventures with his friends as they discover secrets, plots, and fend off predjudice in a fantastic creature-filled world.

  167. PicardyRose says:

    >An upper-class woman in World War I London forced to support herself as a nurse struggles to fit into her new working-class surroundings while concealing her relationship with the captain of a battalion of vampire soldiers.

  168. Gwenn Brown says:

    >It’s been 6 years since Gabrielle’s conversion, but Saturday morning the phone rings, interrupts her process, and initiates her plunge into an abyss of familiarity.

  169. justajo says:

    >Nine year-old learning disabled Richard stumbles upon a burglary investigation of wealthy Old Man Hawkins' home and to the disbelief of everyone, especially police Lt. Columbine, solves the mystery.

  170. Keylocke says:

    >Dismantling Spider Webs

    The extramarital affair with her pastor abruptly ends when her husband dies, leaving Lorelei to face a crumbling house, the small town’s scorn and an abused boy—alone.

  171. yeggy's tropical yard says:

    >When teenage girl Shannon is kidnapped and transported to the future, yet pre industrial, world of N’arth she must masquerade as the unpopular Princess Rhea and pretend to follow the wizard Nuselmir’s agenda so that, once she knows how, she can return to Earth and alert its people of their impending doom. © Val Clark

  172. Niki Schoenfeldt says:

    >His Dad is in jail, his mother is an alcoholic and his little brother is a pint-sized goth freak. Life ain't easy for Talon Cooey, so when Dad calls from prison looking for another hand-out to save his worthless life, what's a guy to do?


  173. patriarch says:

    >A gifted violinist loses his bow hand in the Civil War, and almost loses his soul, until “the enemy” helps him overcome his disability.

  174. Gayle says:

    >In turn-of-the-century Paris, a young American artist and a French detective search desperately among Satanists, anarchists, decadent poets, and sadistic doctors to find the illusive murderer who believes he’s the reincarnation of France’s most evil serial killer.

  175. Davalynn Spencer says:

    >1. In their struggle to survive a boring summer, two boys suddenly find themselves fighting for their lives when a California earthquake collapses their underground hiding place.

  176. Melissa K Norris says:

    >Emmaline James sneaks onto a California gold field bound cattle drive to escape an arranged marriage to a dangerous man, but she may be trading one danger for another.

  177. Rebecca LuElla Miller says:

    >When washed-up basketball player Jim Thompson falls into a parallel world, he must stop searching for the way home and trust his new friends in order to escape the enemy soldiers hunting him.

  178. Dara says:

    >In 1890s Japan, a biracial young woman must live in hiding from a powerful terrorist organization while she searches for acceptance in a society bound by tradition.

  179. Brandi Schmidt says:

    >When God’s cupid happens to be a girl who’s never loved, she must discover her power to fuse the sparks before the darkness devours them all.


  180. Tchann says:

    >Suddenly zapped to a fantasy world, a retail employee sets out with a journeying farmer and a prophesied princess in order to find the wizard who can save their country…and hopefully send her back home.

  181. Cindy says:

    >Guitar lessons with the deputy are only the beginning when a shy reporter is assigned to take her past advice, and report on it for her column.

  182. Rick Boyne says:

    >Here's my entry for "Jackpot!" (working title)

    Owen Rigsby won $142 million in the lottery plunging him into a life of greed, lust, revenge and redemption.

  183. Andie Pandie says:

    >A Fish Without a Bicycle is a tale of two cities—Berkeley and Porterville—in which a teen, hell-bent to choreograph a Moby Dick modern dance masterpiece, wanders off course when she falls in love with a purity-ring wearing eco-warrior.

  184. Melinda Evaul says:

    >A modern day Beauty and the Beast discover love in their fifties when a disfigured carpenter becomes a long-term guest at Mosey Inn in a western-style tourist town.

  185. For Your Eyes Only says:

    >Ancient law states a thousand year thirst if the vengeful vampire has the urge to take submission from the blood tie ancestor of an unforgotten lover.

  186. Andie Pandie says:

    >A Bible belt of California teen, hell-bent to choreograph a Moby Dick modern dance masterpiece, is blown off course by the true love of a purity-ring wearing eco-warrior.

  187. angus says:

    >In the wake of a crushing divorce, I struggle to understand the cause of my marital failure, discovering the most common mistakes people make that sabotage relationships and the role our hearts play in navigating our journey in the search for love.

  188. Jeanne Lyet Gassman says:

    >In first century Palestine, a troubled caravan driver plots to assassinate the one man who could expose his criminal past: a prophet named Jesus of Nazareth.

  189. CJ Parker says:

    >Tabatha Gray, psychiatrist and necromancer returns home to face finding a child killer, solving a twenty-year-old murder and a battle against an organization wanting her dead.

  190. Anita Agers-Brooks says:

    >Irreplaceable by Anita Agers-Brooks

    Today’s fearful employees, raised to look out for number one, battle to keep their jobs while businesses lay off, move overseas, and close.

  191. Linda Howell Betz says:

    >Freefall by Linda Betz
    In 1947 Kansas City, Kansas, Estelle Prebilica, the daughter of devout Croatian immigrants, justifies her forbidden romance and little white lies, until she embarks on a terrifying journey through the world of drugs, prostitution, and murder.

  192. Richard Waskiewicz says:

    >Samuel, a Royal Guard trainee, chooses between loyalty and revenge when he rescues the countess responsible for his father’s murder.

  193. Marissa Farrar says:

    >Dive into the Underlife, where one man's fight to save his son's life takes him into the terrifying world of London's underground homeless, and then on to another world completely.

  194. C. Michael Fontes says:

    >When a catastrophic event disables all forms of electricity in the United States, an Ex Black Ops NY State Trooper watches his son die, then must choose between duty, friendship, and his wife in a perilous race against technology, time and society.

  195. suz says:

    >The Adventures of Puckatoo – Early Middle Grade

    During a sailing adventure to search for their missing parents, Puckatoo, a Jack Russell Terrier, saves her boys from a monster and scheming island chief.

  196. Lynn Dean says:

    >A war-weary spinster heads west to escape her grief and runs headlong into he man who caused it.

  197. Jolene says:

    >A small town girl is set up by her best friend and falls for a famous musician which throws her repeated attempts at a carefully planned life into chaos.

  198. Melissa Eiselein says:

    >April Rose cannot ignore a wrong that needs righting—especially when an innocent man is arrested for murder and the evidence against him is a photo she snapped.

  199. Jesse says:

    >After being mugged and shot at, Thom has to get away from kidnappers who've taken him to the most dangerous mountain in New Hampshire, Wilde Mountain.

  200. This Is The Knew Me says:

    >Sixteen year old Allaura Fairchild is the most powerful magical being to ever walk the face of the earth, but her powers go on the fritz when she's betrayed by someone in her inner circle and she must find a way to master her magic before she can save the ones she loves from the fairies who murdered her mother.

  201. J9Talley says:

    >At 21, Janine was confronted with an irreclaimable choice; abandon her interracial love affair with NFL star, Darryl Talley, or face disownment by her wealthy, politically connected family.

  202. Z One says:

    >Felix Ravenna: A Mosaic

    Although he's risen to a position of great power, Argolicus maintains his idealistic attitude. His refusal to compromise his ideals has earned him numerous enemies who consider him a dangerous presence in Theoderic's Ravenna.

  203. Stella Watson says:

    >No Wings Attached
    What if an undercover angel appears and turns your life upside down?

  204. Davey says:

    >In the Amazon jungle, evil spirits and malevolent shamans need to be kept in check, and when the vulnerable Wilo tribe realize their witchdoctors are not up to the task, they seek help from a surprising source.

  205. Jerry Godsey says:

    >Jerry Godsey "The View From the Pew"

    A collection of stories and observations that reveal what happens when a pastor, crime scene investigator and all around round guy looks at Christianity and life in general.

  206. Holly says:

    >Faced with saving herself or humanity, an unrelenting teenager survives a virluent epidemic only to face conscription into the government's plan for a better future–The Immunity Project–aka: a human breeding program.

  207. Wendy Delfosse says:

    >When her best friend reinvents herself, Shawna is exposed to drugs and depression and must decide if she'll try to help or walk away.

  208. Charity says:

    >Flames devoured her beauty and mocked her life now Charity must learn to rise above her scars in a world that demands perfection.

  209. Loree H says:

    >In 1863, a young woman, unwed and with child, is forced from her home and into the heart of a country at war as she struggles with the hope of keeping her baby.

  210. Barbara says:

    >After a dimensional disaster, a blind educator and her former lover, a police detective, race to stop a demon invasion and the ensuing human conquest.

  211. Rebecca G. says:

    >An Iowa farm girl who explores cemeteries, undergoes a personal renaissance through the helpful wisdom of a Jamaican ghost angel.

  212. Rebecca G. says:

    >An Iowa farm girl who explores cemeteries, undergoes a personal renaissance through the helpful wisdom of a Jamaican ghost angel.

  213. Lauren Scanlan says:

    >A noblewoman from a race of plant-people dependent on the moon to live must solve the mystery of the moon’s impending disappearance to save her people and her world.

  214. Dianne E. Butts says:

    >Thanks for this very helpful information, Rachelle. I've printed it off AND saved it in my fiction-writing file in Word. This will help me do this for all my works in progress.

  215. Craig says:

    >A lonely, young girl finds tyranny, betrayal, and her little brother in an ancient city a mile beneath her grandfather’s farm.

  216. Martha Miller says:

    >When 18 year-old Sparrow Thibault is struck by lightning and almost dies, she awakens in the hospital one morning hearing a disembodied voice telling her she is pregnant with the next Messiah.

  217. Martha Miller says:

    >When 18 year-old Sparrow Thibault is struck by lightning and almost dies, she awakens in the hospital one morning hearing a disembodied voice telling her she is pregnant with the next Messiah.

  218. Turbo says:

    >An aging superhero set and his team fight against a coalition of feuding oligarchs that rule a city built amidst the bones of a fallen titan.

  219. February Grace says:

    >A coffee house manager who aspires to write realizes he's in love with his favorite regular customer- half an hour before the scheduled start of her wedding.

  220. Aurora says:

    >In 1890's England, a shy, intellectual Anglican priest and his agnostic militant suffragette cousin battle their attraction to each other and their opposing ambitions.

  221. Ralene says:

    >Dividing Spirits by Ralene Burke

    A resourceful amnesiac’s new gift thrusts her into the spiritual realm to destroy a demon on a mission to obliterate Christianity using 21st century technology.

  222. Krista Phillips says:

    >WOW! You have some great pitches to choose from!

    Here is mine from my current WIP:

    Her embarrassment aired eight months ago, but when her past shows up at the door, bringing the reality-TV media back with him, this down-home girl fights to keep control of her life and her heart.

  223. Cora Allen says:

    >When the man she tricked into being a father moves to town a former teacher must win his trust to help her own son overcome his reading disability.

  224. C. Bell says:

    >When chilling text messages from an unknown sender pull Judge Haley Mabry from a black tie soirée back to her home, she discovers her daughter has been kidnapped by an escaped convict; regrettably, Haley turns to the only person who can help her find Macy…her ex, Agent Travis Frost.

  225. loishudson says:

    >The Tenth Month by Lois Hudson

    Guilt-ridden inventor of artificial womb faces adulation and vilification, seeks answers to chaos as worldwide birthrate plunges to zero when God closes the womb.

  226. Angela Folds Fox says:

    >Hidden within St. Augustine's Old City Gate, Michael Brannen discovers a journalistic lead that will save his magazine; but breaking the story will break the heart of the woman who has captured his.

  227. Jannette Johnson says:

    >This is for my urban fantasy; The Saints of Belvedere Road.

    When the oldest of Amelia Saint’s children is partially transformed into a demon, her life becomes a living nightmare as she races against time to save her child.

  228. Bittersweet Fountain says:

    >A twelve-year-old former street urchin struggling with her abandonment must learn to use her "demon"-given powers to save the life of the man who took her off the streets or else end up without a family once more.

  229. Patricia Nesbitt says:

    >Over the course of her fifth grade year in 1960, PATSY faces life-challenges through her own voice, faithfully recorded in a red journal, and forges a deep connection between writing poetry and her ability to persevere through her problems.

  230. Kellie Bonifield says:

    >Suburban housewife, Liz Murdock, risks her family’s safety—and her marriage—when she trades in her twinset for a siren-red dress and recruitment as a domestic agent by sexy spy, Bill Sooner.

  231. tessaquin says:

    >Stuck in a mystical world, Eva is forced to pick a side in a deadly battle between good and evil to get home.

    (YA fantasy/adventure)

  232. Heidi Britz says:

    >I decided to play 20 questions with God when my life fell apart, and His unexpected answers took me around the world and home again.

  233. Kimberly Kincaid says:

    >For my contemporary romance novel,14 Ocean Avenue

    There are two things at the top of Jolie Parker's "never going to happen" list. Conquering her fear of the ocean is one of them. Falling in love again is the other.

  234. Sakhi says:

    >My WIP:

    What does a girl who doesn't believe in fantasy do when a coin thrown into a magical fountain reveals to her a world of vampires, shapeshifters and more?

  235. xdpaul says:

    >The aborted come back angry, and the only one with a shot at stopping them is a rural cop with a secret identity.

  236. Dee White says:

    >When 15yo Matt receives a letter from his 'dead' mother, he discovers that finding out the truth can be worse than not knowing.

  237. Jill Williamson says:

    >A girl discovers her geneticist father is covering up multiple secrets, all of which are named Jason.

  238. Sandie Hudson says:

    >Lady Josephine Mounthall's desire to take Duke Chesterfield as her lover over marriage, risks the gossip of polite society. Is she risking more? Her heart.

  239. Leanne says:

    >An old widow's quest for answers to her missionary daughter's disappearance in Idi Amin's Uganda are revealed on Christmas Day 19 years later.

  240. Laura says:

    >Meet Emily by Laura Albright

    When Emily runs into her first love years after they’ve lost touch, she watches her world shift as she is forced to question her pragmatic ideals and wonders if there are no accidents.

  241. ninidee says:

    >Sorry, I did not purposely submit that twice. There was a glitch. 🙂

  242. ninidee says:

    >Sorry, I did not purposely submit that twice. There was a glitch. 🙂

  243. ninidee says:

    >A fifteen-year-old trouble finding boy questioning the disappearance of his mother learns that graveyards are full of secrets, some of which can’t stay buried.

  244. ninidee says:

    >A fifteen-year-old trouble finding boy questioning the disappearance of his mother learns that graveyards are full of secrets, some of which can’t stay buried.

  245. Shelly Wutke says:

    >A young mother decides to lay down her life on rain soaked train tracks, setting in motion a battle for her sanity, her identity, and her family, as they struggle to find a way to make her whole again.

  246. Lilangel says:

    >Kagayaki, a man who ceaselessly loved, saved Clarence, a man he saw kill five people in Tokyo. Now Kagayaki's been murdered and Clarence knows why.

  247. Elizabeth Briggs says:

    >When the chosen one dies, her geeky double from our world must pretend to be her to stop an empire from conquering the multiverse – and Earth is its next target.

  248. Bill says:

    >An investment banker must overcome a corrupt cabal to win the freedom of his kidnapped wife and child and prevent a world-wide economic collapse.

  249. Mechelle Fogelsong says:

    >When Brisa finds herself pregnant and unwed, her old-school Latino father forces her to marry a mysterious stranger whose motives for marriage elude her.


  250. --Deb says:

    >Oh, fun. Here's mine:

    Sara Morgan survived the Titanic disaster, but now she faces an even worse ordeal—convincing her skeptical friends and family that a grieving widow can raise a ten-year old orphan, one who has inherited a fortune and may not need her help after all.

  251. Carolyn says:

    >Memoir: A woman with a passion for Paris overcomes emotional and geographic obstacles to journey there at critical turning points, causing the City of Light to become irrevocably intertwined with her family, career, and intimate relationships.

  252. Jessica Peter says:

    >A sixteen-year-old girl remembers something she shouldn’t be able to and when it brings the focus of the Wild Hunt down on her, she must fight to keep her life – and the lives of those around her.

  253. Andrea McLaren says:

    >When the enemy strikes, Aylilya is forced from the euphoria known as her life, and with the help of Nathriel, sets out to regain her stolen kingdom and life.

  254. Remo says:

    >An American couple embraces West Indian superstitions and Islamic mysticism in the battle to save the life of the newborn they have adopted from British Guyana.

  255. Kathy Floyd says:

    >"I DIED LAUGHING: Lessons Learned From a Life Lived Around Death"
    Although you might not expect to find mirth around the mortuary, this author's stories of growing up in a family of undertakers demonstrate that there can be fun around the funeral home and a few profound points to be gathered as well.

  256. KC Frantzen says:

    >An imaginative young Schnauzer escapes abuse through adoption into the country home of a grouchy Labrador, and becomes a K9 spy. (Middle Grade Adventure)

    Thank you. Great to read all the entries so far! What fun! 🙂

  257. hollywoodclown says:

    >An Inside Look At The Highly Competitive and Political World Of Children’s Birthday Parties In Los Angeles.

  258. Alli says:

    >To end the destructive powers of an Incan artifact, Tess Garibaldi must discover if her ex-husband or new flame is a reincarnation of the lover she lost in a past life.

  259. Tiffany says:

    >After her bitter heart begins to soften only to be broken once again, a college student must learn what love really means by discovering the One who created it in the first place.

  260. Joel Q says:

    >Color of Gothic
    Spec Christian Fiction/horror

    Bounty hunter, Jonathan Blair, tracks a member of his former gang to a Rocky Mountain coal-mining town as it succumbs to an assault by demons, masquerading as vampires.

    (Your brain is going to get fuzzy looking at all these.)

  261. Rob says:

    >A single father of two teens must prove his son innocent of his daughter's murder.

  262. Rinda Hahn says:

    >Unspeakable Journey by Rinda Hahn Isabella is stolen from her perfect life and forced to become a foreign prince’s wife, and surviving may cost her everything she loves.

  263. Alli says:

    >To end the destructive powers of an Incan artifact, Tess Garibaldi must discover if her ex-husband or new flame is a reincarnation of the lover she lost in a past life.

  264. Alleged Author says:

    >Life's not all it's cracked up to be when you're eggheads, and a run-in with the school bully is going to show the Nerd Herd just how true this statement is.

  265. Brittany says:

    >When a high school freshman gets thrown onto another planet and finds out that she’s supposed to be the elf savior of a magic race, she must save herself and her new family and keep them from the wrath of the immortal king Acho, no matter the cost.

  266. Stephanie says:

    >When Isabelle's husband is murdered only one man can keep her from becoming the killer's next target—the assassin she once loved and cruelly betrayed.

  267. Aimee LS says:

    >Dani Hayes uncovers a supernatural war, hidden since creation, and realizes she must lead the world to the truth, even if it kills her – or the man she loves.

  268. Kathy Harris says:

    >A brain aneurism leaves a Christian entertainer’s wife on the brink of eternity, and guilt from the past threatens to push her over the edge.

  269. Kristin T. (@kt_writes) says:

    >A woman stuck in a cornfield town is dismayed by the turns her life has taken, until she learns to embrace true love, friendships with exes, the complexity of a blended family, and a God who can love a not-so-good-girl.

  270. Gary J. Borgstede says:

    >Make It Happen Team Values create a culture of empowerment that reaches people and unleashes their extraordinary God-given potential to make a difference in life, one person, one encounter at a time.

    The Make It Happen Journey by Gary J. Borgstede

  271. John says:

    >Vic Anderson must protect his wife Emily from the billionaire sociopath intent on destroying her, and seducing Vic for herself.

  272. clairegillian says:

    >A cynical vampire must groom his lovely but inept creation to live independently or she'll be staked, except she's a one of a kind hybrid.

  273. trishaleighkc says:

    >Seventeen-year-old Althea must find the courage to stop hiding and delve into her mysterious past if she's to survive the upcoming interrogations with the brutal Wardens and unlock the secret potential of her unusual powers.

  274. Tonya says:

    >The OG Man by Tonya Rene

    In beautiful Appalachia, a well-loved teacher falls in love with the enemy,who has come home to die, and changes everything.

  275. W.J. Howard says:

    >When FBI Agent William Knox is sent to Denver to investigate a rash of missing persons, he meets indentured vampire, Regina Todd, and together they unravel a dark maze of crime syndicates, secret blood running,
    and humans turning on their own kind.

  276. Peppi Vecchio says:

    >A young genetic scientist discovers the holy grail of DNA science and is hunted by a Global Empire.

  277. Chris Kraft says:

    >When the wallflower daughter of an influential Christian family brings her social-climbing college roommate home for a visit, disaster ensues when the roommate ends up marrying into the family, wreaking havoc on the nominal faith of the family, especially their ability to forgive when the girl sincerely repents.

  278. patriciazell says:

    >Because Christ obliterated the dividing wall between God and human beings, we have the power to understand and manifest God's absolute love in our world.

  279. Chris Kraft says:

    >Sibling rivalry between sisters leads to a tragic car accident that leaves one sister's charmed life forever altered by a brain injury, and the other ostracized from their bohemian Irish-American family.

  280. Shannon Dittemore says:

    >When Jake gives Chase his guardian angel's halo, neither expect it to show them the Celestial Realm—a realm seen only by angels and their kind—nor do they expect to unravel a mystery including a friend's murder, the abduction of a child, and a diplomat involved in the child slave trade.

  281. Lisa K. says:

    >When his estranged wife promises their dying daughter to The Program, a technology that channels souls into clean and limitless power, beloved singer, Sheppard Lorren, must travel through a changed world to stop a technology out of control.

  282. Heidi Mannan says:

    >When a young woman's infiltration into a secret society comes to light, she must choose between committing her worst sin or her life.

  283. Heidi Mannan says:

    >When a young woman's infiltration into a secret society comes to light, she must choose between committing her worst sin or her life.

  284. Heidi Mannan says:

    >When a young woman's infiltration into a secret society comes to light, she must choose between committing her worst sin or her life.

  285. Monotreme says:

    >An escapted laboratory virus gives Jennifer Blake brains but takes away her beauty — and Sylvie Bercu is the only researcher who can set things right.

  286. Camille Eide says:

    >A bitter young widower's second chance at love means marrying a dying woman.

  287. Care says:

    >A vulnerable woman caught in the cross hairs of her predatory pastor must learn how to outsmart his dark ways,in order to survive.

  288. Kelly Bryson says:

    >A young woman, kidnapped back to Eden when she was a child, has returned to the fallen world. When she finds love with the FBI agent investigating the cult that stole her, she must decide between an immortal, single life in Eden and the chance for true love in the fallen world.

  289. John says:

    >When twelve year old Bobby Wright is mistaken for the child named in an ancient prophecy, he embarks on a dangerous quest eerily similar to that of the hero in his favorite fantasy novel.

  290. Nicole MacDonald says:

    >BIRTHRIGHT THE ARRIVAL, four independent, sassy friends land themselves on another planet where magick and myth are norm and the ultimate weapons to end an eons old war lays in their hands.

  291. Lynn Mitchell says:

    >A teenage girl grieves her best friend’s suicide as she battles self-esteem issues caused by her estranged father.

  292. Chantal says:

    >When Calista wakes to find her servants gone and her money drained, she must balance her need to keep her family well and a town that expects her to act like the wealthy lady she once was, all the while renting the empty rooms in her manor to handsome Nathan and his mute younger brother.

  293. Kate C Neal says:

    >Emilie moves into her famous friend's LA guesthouse with a plan to make over her stagnant life in time for her high school reunion, but things go awry when she becomes the tabloids' favorite new victim.

  294. Stacy says:

    >With the aid of her strong willed future self, battered Anna fights for her life to escape the wrath of her abusive boyfriend. "Anna, Wake Up!"

  295. REG says:

    >Randi Green and former NSA agent, Kai Hemming fight to prove their innocence and find her husband’s killer through changing beliefs and biotechnology.

  296. Cynthia Schuerr says:

    >During the Depression Era, a twelve year old Alicia grows into the responsibility of caring for her siblings when Father is forcibly taken away from them.

  297. anna black says:


    After receiving magical powers from a dying woman, Becca must now face the murderer who has set his sights on her new found powers.

  298. Becca Whitham says:

    >Nora fled home and lied to establish and new life in frontier Wyoming, but when an angry bull and kidnapping expose the truth, her reluctant husband must decide if she’s worth reclaiming.

  299. Cson says:

    >Led by a genetically modified demon, legions of monsters are recreating the behemoth of legends to rid the earth of lesser beings.

  300. Shelli says:

    >Jane, the perfect wife and mother, receives an anonymous note from a stranger that leads her on a wild adventure that makes her question if perfection is what she really wants after all.

  301. Psuedo Nym says:

    >As seventeen-year-old Jade's life spins out of control, the wise words of a coffeehouse owner and the philosophies of a dying child soften her heart enough to realize the God that she thought had abandoned her was really hard at work in her life all along.

  302. Rita Lorraine says:

    >A seven-year-old orphan joins the colored troops near Chattanooga, survives imprisonment in Dalton, and drums on the front lines in the Battle of Nashville.

  303. Diana Symons says:

    >When Tam dismisses culural fear of the great temple Premana-Natan, he unknowingly challenges the rule of the Regent and unleashes a wave of death.

  304. Daryl Sedore says:

    >A victim of trichotillomania, Sarah Roberts is an Automatic Writer who has been thwarting kidnappings and saving lives against her will.

  305. Messy mommy says:

    >After they are sucked into a video game, can siblings, Danny and Emily, stop fighting to discover treasure or will they be stuck forever?

  306. Jennifer AlLee says:

    >When a car accident leaves her stranded in a bizarre roadside diner, a trivia expert must answer the ultimate question… life or death?

  307. Bobbi Carducci says:

    >When her ill father-in-law moves in after the death of his wife Bobbi quits her job to care for him, unaware that he’s schizophrenic and off his medication.

  308. Kat Zhang says:

    >In a world where it is the norm for two souls to be born in one body–one with total control of the limbs, the other nothing but a paralyzed voice–Eva struggles for command of her own hands and feet.

  309. Glenn Sasscer says:

    >As an adopted child, Eric Shayman has no idea of the sins his father passed down upon him until he is forced into a battle with the sinister evil of "Legion".

  310. Elena says:

    >The most disturbing realization surrounding my father’s mysterious death wasn’t how oblivious people had been regarding his scheming girlfriend, but the revelation I had suddenly inherited this sociopath.

  311. Julie Rowe says:

    >A vampire at the bottom of the food chain is forced to protect the alcoholics he feeds from when a serial killer begins ripping their throats out one by one.

  312. Nikki Hootman says:

    >A reclusive programmer must overcome his crippling fear of intimacy to win the heart of a small town girls' basketball coach.

  313. Nick Daniels says:

    >As a religious war engulfs the Middle East, an Islamic commander questions his faith and tries to end the jihad while two armies pursue him.

  314. onetarot says:

    >A grandfather discovers chunks of his life are missing after a mysterious trauma traps him in a haunting, yet increasingly familiar landscape.

  315. John M. UpChurch says:

    >Trace Hollister knows he'll be caught for the murder of his ex; he just needs to chase a myth first.

  316. MK says:

    >With humanity at the mercy of the Underworld, the gods, previously slain by Hades’ hand, seek the help of an ordinary man to dethrone him.

  317. Caleb Breakey says:

    >When two societies demand the allegiance of Dakota Huntley and his two companions, the powerful threesome must conquer their emotive wrangles to save the world from a second Armageddon.

  318. Heather Sunseri says:

    >A young missionary returns to Costa Rica to unlock memories masking the brutal murder of her first love’s father.

  319. Deborah K. White says:

    >The new, teenage Queen of Norida must discover who's trying to kill her when her councilors are more interested in controlling her than protecting her.

  320. SB says:

    >Here's my pitch for "Psychopomp", the paranormal YA novel I'm currently trying to get represented:

    A bickering brother and sister are hired as Reapers, and must work together to save their home town from a dark entity that steals souls.

  321. Missy says:

    >A self-conscious young woman finds her worth when she meets the immortal artist who painted her into being and becomes the only person who can save her school from destruction.

  322. Heather says:

    >Here's the logline for one of my YA fantasy novels (in the plotting process):
    An Elvish Gift-Bearer is assigned to protect two nobles–but how can he do so when his deadly past is hunting him?

  323. Kimberley Troutte says:

    >When two old voodoo priestesses accidentally alter the future, an American philanthropist determined to pull the funding from a failed clinical trial, and a beautiful Haitian doctor struggling to save her patients lives, are plunged into the epicenter of the largest earthquake Haiti has ever known.

  324. BiMbyLaDs** says:

    >A married woman's faith is tested to breaking point when she falls in love with an illegal immigrant with a shady past.

  325. John Harris says:

    >A veteran and jadded CIA agent begins to lose his memory, and he and the woman doctor helping him must quickly discover the cause before the man assigned to neutralize him succeeds in a coverup that could revive the agent's fading and disappointing career.

  326. leenietwins says:

    >Becca is barely holding things together when the discovery of her husbands infidelity pushes her to flee to a cabin in the mountains where she is forced to discover the truth about her past, and find herself, before it’s too late.

  327. - Jennifer Swan (In Wake of a Following) says:

    >When a neighboring farmwife claims messages from the Virgin Mary, Florence Swan must follow her husband’s bizarre fanaticism or remain dedicated to her chosen faith.

  328. Rachel says:

    >Demons and dead werewolves are just the first layer of dust on the coffin for Lilah, who's conflicted about pretty much everything-especially her heart, and she has to make a decision before her home is destroyed by demonic magic.

  329. erinschultz says:

    >Seventeen-year-old Brynja must escape from the Ice Palace and its depraved beast-king before she too becomes a beast.

  330. kentsageek says:

    >In his struggle to escape a serial killer's twisted gift of salvation, Aleck Capstain reconciles his painful past and realizes angels among his fellow homeless, watched over him all along.

  331. Jen says:

    >A commercial fishing family suffers a tragedy on board their vessel that threatens to end four generations of making a living by the sea.

  332. TraciB says:

    >Thanks for the challenge, Rachelle! Here is my entry, for my novel Chantal's Call:

    Returning to the town founded by her family, Chantal finds her sister entangled in a cult and struggles to free her from its leader’s hold.

  333. Katie Ganshert says:

    >Came to check out the loglines. 164 and day one's not even over yet! I don't envy you, Rachelle! So many of these are awesome (and clever).

    P.S. Kudos to Peg. Your hot-boy-turned-step-brother line made me laugh out loud. I don't know if that predicament would be awesome or horrible.

  334. SquirlGirl says:

    >After a secret, seven-year affair with the prince, a Chicago woman must prove that their relationship and her life are no threat to the illegitimate queen.

  335. SoloTraveler says:

    >One Lap, No Jetlag by Michael Hodson

    On his 42nd birthday Michael cast aside his normal life and started his quest to backpack around the globe in a year using no airplanes or advance reservations.

  336. Valerie says:

    >When Sophie's boyfriend vanishes, she sets out to find him and discovers plenty of other things in the process; a child, a murder, the mafia, and a bit of herself as well.

  337. Heidi says:

    >A struggling teen falls for a handsome plane crash survivor, only to discover he might be an alien and she might not be exactly human herself.

  338. T. Anne says:

    >A woman falls for the detective she hires to find her best friends killer, but his secrets get in the way.

  339. Kate says:

    >Traumatized by a childhood in which the people closest to her disappeared, Casey acknowledges her demons through writing an assignment and finds the courage to pursue a relationship with the equally scarred Mark.

  340. Tracy says:

    >Wry, wrung-out suburban mom doggedly pursues her dream of visiting all 50 U.S. states before her 50th birthday without going broke, abandoning her children or divorcing her husband.

  341. Terri says:

    >The Making of Angels by Terri Michel
    "What happens when an angel faces evil and the salvation of the world is on the line?"

  342. Botanist says:

    >Great post, Rachelle, and look at all those entries already! You didn't mention any genre guidelines so I hope a sci-fi offering is OK…

    An assassin, determined to exact revenge for the destruction of her home world, is compelled to help those she has spent years trying to destroy.

  343. ggdouglas says:

    >Susana Cavares flees her husband during a deadly hurricane only to be falsely imprisoned for manslaughter in its aftermath crushing her hope for freedom.

  344. Lena S. says:

    >After Prince Nine awakes in an underground castle as one of twelve enchanted princes, he must escape the cycle of nightly dances to save an innocent beast and stop the world from collapsing.

  345. Megan DiMaria says:

    >The discovery of an ugly secret compels a woman to travel to her hometown to unravel a mystery that could destroy her family.

  346. K Simmons says:

    >When a strange man appears in April Singer's dreams, she ignores him with the same determination that helped her out of a paralyzing past – but her determination becomes problematic when her dream man shows up in the flesh and has been dreaming of her, too.

  347. Sylvie says:

    >This is for Darkness Awakens, my fantasy novel.

    To save her home and the eleven other Webbed Worlds from being destroyed, Ayana must journey to far off lands to discover the secrets of the Dark One and break the enchantment that is siphoning the magic of the Web.

  348. Ryan Crafton says:

    >Deamostyns our benefactors called them in their harmonic language, but we used a fouler term, one closer to our hearts and the fables of our youth. We surviving humans called them "Deamons"…

  349. Dana says:

    >Contest entry:

    Shiloh's art career was just taking off when two things happened – she was given guardianship of her sister and a widower came to town.

  350. GRGreene says:

    >Against the backdrop of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast, a struggling young woman marries a dying man for money, but the lessons she learns about love, faith and grief will force her to choose between following her heart or her new-found faith.

  351. Lynda Elkin says:

    >Just For Show (A memoir)

    From Spandex clad demo model and ultrasound guinea pig to riding in a blimp high over the Las Vegas strip, a "Booth Babe" looks back at surviving the Trade Show industry.

  352. Linda Yezak says:

    >Fun contest! Here's my stab at it:

    New York City socialite Patricia Talbert inherits a Texas ranch where she learns about faith and love from the back of a bull.

  353. Jaimie says:

    >When Ares, God of War, regrets his life of senseless slaughter, he leaves Olympus to live as a single father in America.

  354. Daron D. Fraley says:

    >On the planet Gan, the heir to the throne and a young enemy soldier covenant to stop a war between their tribes, unaware that the sign of Christ's birth on an unknown world, Earth, is about to appear in the heavens.

  355. Ricardo Bare says:

    >Jack of Hearts, by Ricardo Bare

    Guilt over the death of his sister forces a boy to surrender his broken heart to the Lady of Twilight and become her enchanted assassin, but when a girl trapped in a mirror makes him feel again he rebels.

  356. Virginia McGarity says:

    >Seventeen year old Samantha McGuire gets caught up in a high stakes game of biological weapons intelligence, espionage and zombie classmates.

  357. Kendra says:

    >A few drinks have always done the trick to help Marisol forget her brother’s suicide, but when her newly sober mother begins to deny he existed in the first place, she embarks on a quest to unearth the truth that takes her through the dark underbelly of North Miami and ultimately forces her to face her own demons.

  358. Adam Heine says:

    >A cowardly bookworm receives a package from his supposedly-dead mother, and he joins a crew of air pirates to find her.

  359. Liberty Speidel says:

    >When Amanda's real estate tenants turn up dead, she realizes she can't ignore the past since it's come back to haunt her.


    Interestingly enough, a writer's site I belong to recently had a challenge to do your summary in the size of a Tweet!

  360. Nicole says:

    >In the dawn of World War II, Hollywood's newest "It" girl returns home after twelve years to discover concealing her dark secrets and deteriorating health the most challenging act of her career.

  361. The Napkin Dad says:

    >A father, using simple napkins to teach profound lessons to his teenage daughters, finds them touching the world in ways he could have never imagined.

  362. Sarahsalt says:

    >When Ella’s grandmother claims Ella literally walked on water when she was four, the younger woman begins a journey to discover the truth that includes romance with a preacher; lessons in dying; and a very special child on the way to learning what it means to have faith.

  363. Jennifer says:

    >Emma Carter must fight for sanity and life against both seen and unseen enemies when she and her friends are kidnapped by a sick, game-obsessed stranger who is bent on transforming them into real-life characters from an online game.

  364. Kiley says:

    >When her brother the Lord Highest of Sorenne is forced into banishment for becoming Wolven, Illara Tevaren struggles to conceal her own dangerous lycanthropy while searching for a cure to the Wolven curse – only to fall into a trap that threatens the very foundations of the world itself.

  365. Nicole Zoltack says:

    >A magical pen unleashes a young teen's power to control a fantasy land, a realm only she can save from evil.

  366. Bluestocking says:

    >English born but Norman blooded, Isobel Dumont struggles to keep her home and heart intact when William the Conqueror sends his knights to her father's holding after the Battle of Hastings.

  367. Lisa_Gibson says:

    >When Nigh gets banished to Earth by a jealous rival, Zenith finds her and together they search for a portal home in order to restore Nigh's existence on Galaxia.

  368. kathy taylor says:

    >When a 1950’s Seminole Indian family embraces the love of Jesus, they discover the harsh realities of resistance to their newfound faith and a deacon whose hypocrisy and control extend beyond the sanctuary doors.

  369. Erinn says:

    >To win back his high school girlfriend and to get his life on track, Colin launches his band to rock stardom, seeking revenge in the process.

  370. Neil Ostroff says:

    >An alien invasion isn’t always preceded by breaking news reports and world-wide military reaction, sometimes the only person who knows is a thirteen-year-old boy.

  371. Teresa says:

    >A Rose for Guillermo – A re-telling of Beauty and the Beast where Beauty isn’t beautiful, the castle is haunted, and Guillermo must solve the mystery of the rose or become a beast forever.

  372. Shelley Watters says:

    >BLUE LOTUS by Shelley Watters (YA Paranormal Romance)

    Anna’s life is turned upside down when she meets a stranger that she has been dreaming about for months, and discovers a past that she didn’t know she had.

    FYI – the mss is not finished yet, not sure if this disqualifies me. It's currently at 60k words

  373. E. L. Schneider says:

    >Undead isn’t the problem for sixteen-year-old Kat, nor is being hunted by the Romulaires for her soul – but surviving the bond to an arrogant celebrity, might kill her, again.

  374. Amanda G says:

    >In an alternate United States, independent contractor and recovering alcoholic Marcus Brenner risks his freedom to protect friends and strangers from the police division that enforces Christianity's criminalization.

  375. K.L. Brady says:

    >After breaking up with her most recent “the one,” a late thirty-something realizes she’s suffering from chronic Wrong Men-itis and searches her nightmares of boyfriends past for the cause—and the cure.

  376. Kaye George says:

    >As the dark seasons become colder and longer, mammoth herds flee before the approaching glacier and Enga Dancing Flower knows her telepathic Neanderthal tribe is in trouble.

  377. Jeremy says:

    >Color Me Crazy – by Jeremy Bustin
    Diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to St. Dympna Mental Hospital, a young painter uses art to fight for his sanity and his life.

  378. Valerie says:

    >Love and Kudzu:
    Four Georgia residents take a whack at revitalizing their town and their love lives with a killer-weed festival, Victoria's secrets, Dr. Phil's Relationship Rescue rules, and a local cop's tough-love tactics.

  379. Michael Ford says:

    >Troubled Times by Michael S. Ford

    Six friends run for the mountains, surviving in the wild and dodging a corrupt government that is now headed by a General who has dreams of total power.

  380. Karen Adair says:

    >After a fire robs Kate of her beloved father, she finds herself struggling to let go of the past before it can literally destroy what’s left of her future—and the boy who goes with it.

  381. Mac says:

    >When the king names seventeen-year-old Lord Justen regent and heir over powerful dukes, his life depends upon leveraging his growing arcane powers, and quickly building a power base.

  382. Alisa says:

    >When 10-year-old Sadie Marie’s grandparents’ farm faces foreclosure, she must find a way to save the only home she has left with the help of a boy, a cow and her dead father’s treasure map.
    -House of Pennies

  383. Kay Bigelow says:

    >A Bishop, a Rabbi, and thirteen women have been killed and the only evidence is blood, lumps of flesh, and two right hands belonging to the same person.

  384. Melissa says:

    >A wayfarer finds redemption in familial bonds when he’s drawn into his nephew’s quest to fulfill his late father’s dream of turning an injured retriever into a field champion.

  385. Daniel Smith says:

    >After an assassin begins stalking his family and kills his detective father, a thirteen-year-old must uncover his family’s secret past to survive.

  386. Margaret says:

    >Camellia Stafford finds that going home again gets complicated when she gets caught between the sexy ghost haunting her bedroom, and a gorgeous neighbor encouraging her to chase her dreams.

  387. mary bailey says:

    >Grieving for her mother, Sabrina flees home for a life on the road with her dangerous boyfriend, who grapples with pain from his own past.

  388. Thomas Dowler says:

    >Victor Bartleby is so desperate to get his coming-of-age novel published that he'll do *almost* anything.

  389. Lena Nelson Dooley says:

    >A wounded travel magazine writer heads to Australia to discover why the father she’d long believed dead had really deserted her when she was five.

  390. Sara Richardson says:

    >When a pastor’s daughter is murdered, he vows to protect his granddaughter from the evil still lurking in their small town no matter what it costs.

  391. jamesbcarroll says:

    >Reviewing the origins and impact of today’s dichotomy, a new paradigm is offered for the relationship between social action and evangelism in 21st century Christianity.

  392. Tammy Plunkett says:

    >A kick-ass heart surgeon, hung-up on a terminal patient, is thwarted by a hot researcher who is not sharing his discovery until it is stolen and they are fighting for their own lives.

  393. shellie says:

    >When seventeen-year-old Robyn Stanley is challenged by a reporter, she must defend her team's right to pray without people's permission while battling an ambitious demon.

  394. goldchevy says:

    >Magically transported to the wilds of Africa, an unmotivated high school freshman must save a species on the brink of extinction, without becoming extinct himself.

  395. P.A.Brown says:

    >In 1929 LAPD the only difference between the cops and the gangsters were their badges and Billy Brewster must decide which side he's on.

  396. J. Nelson Leith says:

    >"When the ship carrying Marcus Reider sailed into Lemaigne, the city's Observer had no idea this would overturn his loyalty to the Security Corps, and his sense of reality."

  397. Emmaserene says:

    >After being catapulted to fame as an assassination suspect, chef wannabe Tommie Apple opens a chain of restaurants with a mute island-esque bodyguard who not only saves her life, but shows her the meaning of it.

  398. Aimee Laine says:

    >Great contest! 🙂 Here are my 26 words. 🙂

    Fate brought Cupid’s Psychotherapist and the god of War together, but her disbelief of fairy tale love and his meddlesome kin could shelve their happily ever.

  399. Wendy Paine Miller says:

    >My women’s fiction, Noble Efforts to Engulf the Moon

    Cocooned inside a Nantucket cottage, one woman must decide whether she’ll risk every emblem of security in her life to protect her precocious young neighbor suffering the same abuse the woman endured as a child.

  400. Shelli (srjohannes) says:

    >When tween angel Gabby is assigned to protect her school nemesis, she quickly discovers what can happen when you hate someone to death.

  401. The Spirit Guide says:

    >With tuition fees looming, Cassia Tiponi is forced to offer herself as a guinea pig to the science department which, after learning her blood is one of a kind, triggers her abduction and eventual manhunt by a secret sect of the government.

  402. D L Rivermoore says:

    >Irinia has found the perfect hiding place from the chaos of the world, an asylum, however when her father blows his brains out on a commentator's lap on national television, Irinia has more than a few obstacles to navigate before she can discover what, exactly, she is escaping from.

  403. Jessica Nelson says:

    >I really love reading these! So many stories…

  404. Joan Ball says:

    >A highly rational, successful woman who had it all candidly shares the story of her radical life change as she moved from Christ-bashing atheism to the unexpected moment when, at age 37, she was dramatically and unexpectedly “struck Christian."

  405. Arlene says:

    >As reluctant winners of a cable TV network contest, a painfully shy woman and outgoing man — neither of them seeking a spouse — must marry and live together for 90 days, learning true love — not cold, hard cash — is the real prize.

  406. Elizabeth Flora Ross says:

    >A generation of women struggle with the most important decision of their lives, and learn there is no one "right" way to be a good mom.

  407. catehart says:

    >A self-determined teenage girl falls for the enigmatic singer of a local band, only to discover their forbidden love breaks Heaven's law and brings Hell after them.

  408. Atom says:

    >After a breakup, a man dates a hundred girls in one hundred days, in an attempt to recapture the butterflies.

  409. Jo Parfitt says:

    >The Windtower by Jo Parfitt
    In the expat melting pot of Dubai, Maya and her international friends explore their misplaced identity, tragedy and fantasy as dreams are built and laid waste beneath the desert sun.

  410. Annie McMahon says:

    >When nature-loving Emilio and athletic Hans get lost in the mountain during a school field trip, they must put aside their enmity and combine their personal skills to find their way out.

  411. Jm Diaz says:

    >A killer finds the perfect place to hide: within the mind of the man chasing him.

  412. Andrew Hamilton says:

    >After finding his dead mother's secret diary written in a foreign language, an emotionally closed man embarks to not only reveal her tragic life story and his father’s potential identity but also attempt translating the love, sin, and pain of his past into a roadmap for his future.

  413. LB says:

    >Salvation-obsessed vampires led by a reluctant human unbeliever embark on a fast-paced quest to avoid vampire hunters and find the key to "vampire redemption."

  414. Kerri says:

    >When Quinn Parker starts an innocent Question of the Day blog, she has no idea that the biggest question of all will change her life.

  415. Dr. Michael G. Tucker says:

    >Learn how to be a noble leader in the Age of Celebrity; let former Dallas Cowboy head coach Tom Landry show you the way to genuine and effective leadership ar any level.

  416. Noel says:

    >In 1823, one freed slave surmounted the seemingly impassable barriers of gender, marital status, and race to become the first single woman missionary of the American Missionary Movement.

  417. Jaycee says:

    >Title of Book: Light of Sorbonne

    When Eva encounters a sudden mandate to move to Paris at the age of 8 her world breaks down, up until one generation later when her own daughter battles with her identity too in this foreign land and finds out the main reason why she came to be there.

  418. Nancy Naigle says:

    >OUT OF FOCUS by Nancy Naigle

    A community comes together after an accident leaves a renowned photographer widowed and looking for her son who was missing from the wreckage.

    Nancy Naigle
    Love stories from the crossroad of small town and suspense.

  419. K. Robert Campbell says:

    >A country lawyer risks his life outmaneuvering terrorists, an approaching hurricane, and possibly the FBI, trying to prevent a national catastrophe.

  420. mememememeee says:

    >Two PhD students win a competition and find themselves in a French Chateau with a diamond, a thief and a murderer and the sneaking suspicion that maybe they shouldn't save the day.

    (Btw, thank you very much for running such a brilliant competiton. Really got me thinking! Roshni)

  421. raymondmasters says:

    >After awakening in a house sideways of reality, Kade Truth searches for answers to his death, rebirth, amnesia, and newly acquired flight and energy-based abilities.

  422. RJ says:

    >Ilian loses his home, his father, and his very soul when a red-haired woman steps into his life, forcing him on a journey that will shake the foundations of the world.

  423. Olga says:

    >In a world where partners are chosen by sexual compatibility, and nobility is chosen by blood (literally), can love blossom between a blue-blood and a sneaky, troublesome, stubborn Commoner?

  424. Richard Mabry says:

    >Rumors that she’s a mercy-killer follow a young doctor to a new town, and she finds it’s hard to fight them when she’s not sure they’re untrue.
    –Diagnosis Death

  425. Katt says:

    >He intends to stop her, using trickery and seduction, but she twists him up like a pretzel and he can't derail her from her mission.

  426. David says:

    >They're mean, they're green, they're a baseball team–the Ivy League All-Stars.

  427. David says:

    >They're mean, they're green, they're a baseball team–the Ivy League All-

  428. T.J. says:

    >When a wizard kidnaps his sister, 14-year old Elijah Harrison steals a magical jewel that can help rescue her and enters a world like the ones in his favorite fantasy series.

  429. Queen Mab says:

    >A self-serving ghost seeks penitence by drawing two people together; hoping their happiness will absolve her guilt.

    Note: I have read it needs to about 12 words.

  430. marynoel says:

    >A cannibalistic death priest tries to beat the gods at their own game before his prince becomes the catalyst for the apocalypse.

  431. Charity Bradford says:

    >When a lonely scientist’s nightmares become reality, she must embrace her magical abilities to save her planet from an invading alien force.

  432. Terry Shames says:

    >Small-town lawyer Jenny Sandstone says, "Rodell wouldn't know how to investigate his way out of an outhouse with two doors," so ex-Police Chief Samuel Craddock knows he has to come out of retirement to find out who murdered his old friend Dora Lee Parjeter.

  433. mzmackay says:

    >I apologize for the double entry. I must have pressed send twice.

  434. Lynnda - Passionate for the Glory of God says:

    >The Trip of a Lifetime
    When culture shock hits a person born into God’s kingdom, a Christian journeys best with a travel guide to read along the way, identifying pitfalls and detours, smoothing out naive expectations, and pointing out God’s marvelous provisions as he passes through each stage of growth on the road leading to Spiritual Maturity.

  435. mzmackay says:

    >Lovers, Robert and Rebecca, allowed their insecurities tore them apart, only to find out who they truly are.

  436. mzmackay says:

    >Lovers, Robert and Rebecca, allowed their insecurities tore them apart, only to find out who they truly are.

  437. Pam Harris says:

    >Sassy Savannah and quiet Alicia have nothing in common–until they find out their boyfriends are lovers.

  438. Laci says:

    >Being the new girl in school and where first impressions can haunt you forever, seventeen-year-old Rachel Bronson does a hell of a job attracting the killer guy.

  439. Katy McKenna says:

    >When a hospice worker's own frail mother turns annoyingly chatty about the past, the nurse must choose whether to kill her softly (and not with her song!) or to live with the horrible consequences of the old gal's mouth gone mad.

  440. Cherie says:

    >Memoir: A mom trying to reconcile her Midwestern sensibilities with her Manhattan surroundings learns she has advanced cancer and vows to raise her toddler son her way as long as she can.

  441. Susie says:

    >Astrologer Di Darwin solves a murder in DownEast Maine using a horoscope chart as guide in "Lobster Red Aries." the first of twelve Zodiac Mysteries.

  442. Heidiopia says:

    >As a new and unwilling owner of a ramshackle USVI hotel, divorced mother of two Holly Thompson must confront her own demons and an island crime ring that threaten her fragile family.

  443. Timothy Fish says:

    >To provide protection when near fatal accidents on a movie set are directed at a friend, a waitress disguises herself as her friend’s assistant.

  444. Jen J. says:

    >When a single human bone is found on a lonely stretch of coastline, a determined homicide detective and a reluctant scientist agree to join forces to bring a serial killer to justice.

  445. JamesBrett says:

    >Colonel Bradford's Crush by James Brett

    A decorated World War II veteran falls madly in love with Cheetos — I mean madly in love.

  446. Shmologna says:

    >One word shy of 25. That was hard!!!

    "In the 19th century Great Smokies, Cora Proffitt marries a widower whose mountain of bitterness casts a shadow on Cora's dreams of true love."

  447. Ken Hannahs says:

    >Southern Hospitality (working title)
    By: Ken Hannahs

    Two best friends must escape from a decrepit southern plantation by unveiling its mysteries, all while keeping their own dark secrets hidden from each other.

  448. Peg says:

    >Here's mine:

    What happens when the hottest boy in school becomes your stepbrother?

  449. apolson says:

    >An eighteen year old girl finds out she is pregnant with the child of her much older, illegal immigrant boyfriend, and must somehow reconcile her new future with her faith, her family, and her dreams.

  450. David A. Todd says:

    >An American couple's rocky marriage is stretched to the breaking point as they become embroiled in a CIA operation in Red China.

  451. Christine says:

    >A radio star’s celibacy vow is challenged when her station hires her ultimate fantasy man to guard her while she embarks on a promotional tour.

  452. Terri Tiffany says:

    >An unemployed CEO and his wife receive a letter on Christmas Eve claiming a farm awaits them in rural PA, even though they aren’t the lawful heirs.

  453. Kersley Fitzgerald says:

    >Sana's heartbroken when her new Sea Swimmer grandmother treats her more like a servant than family, but terrified of the day the woman will discover Sana is growing wings like her father–and rightfully so.

  454. Kathy Grubb says:

    >Two grown siblings, Pastor's kids, reluctantly return to their hometown in northeastern Oklahoma with a message of grace which revitalizes their congregation and destroys their father's ministry.

  455. Jim Marr says:

    >A husband learns valuable lessons about love, forgiveness, and God’s perfect timing, when his dying wife confesses a thirty-year deception and rededicates her life to Jesus Christ

  456. Christine Hammar says:

    >"After Mrs. Rask literally stumbles over a body, she unravels an old secret and must find the killer before her sister becomes the next victim.”

  457. Shelby says:

    >In the fall of 1973 in Alabama, nine year old Addie Campbell, vexed with ancient memories and guided only by starlight and stones, unearths long buried secrets along the banks of the Tennessee River.

  458. J.K. Coi says:

    >Failing to escape the witch’s oven, a young girl falls through a portal to a dangerous world and spends years searching for the trail of breadcrumbs that will lead her home, despite the interference of the goblin king who would claim her for his own.

  459. Amanda Acton says:

    >A 12 year old girl’s fight to prove that her cousin is more than just an imaginary friend leads her into the peculiar world of Nowhere Place.

  460. Emily Casey says:

    >A ghost comes back from the dead to save the girl he loves.

  461. Amy Sue Nathan says:

    >When a pink-haired, multi-pierced, eighteen-year-old college student flies across country and meets the starched-and-pressed father who doesn't know she exists, she grapples whether to return to the family and life she knows, or stay with the family and life she thought she always wanted.

  462. Lynn says:

    >A young woman is keeping a secret from her new love, but it is his secret that will save her life.

  463. A. Grey says:

    >Here's what I've been using for my dystopian YA EVERNOW:

    After the world she grew up in is irrevocably altered, a girl named Evernow determines to live by her own rules in the fractured world she’s been left with, even if that means treading a fine line between species and the battles taking place between them.

  464. Nikki says:

    >Woot! Here's the pitch for Blessing in Disguise, a middle-grade novel:

    Just moved to Luling, "the armpit of Texas,"because of her Dad's job, a preacher's kid with a reputation for accidental miracle-working decides to break all 10 Commandments to get him fired and her family sent back to their old hometown, where her best friend is waiting.

  465. Martina says:

    >Plunged into a world of forgotten power and forbidden love, 17-year-old half-mortal Michaela fights to keep a vengeful goddess from unleashing the evil children Michaela's father banished.

  466. Phoenix says:

    >SECTOR C, a near-future thriller

    When a cloning project reintroduces the pandemic that wiped out the Ice Age megabeasts, a veterinarian and a CDC investigator battle to keep humans from becoming the next target for extinction.

  467. Richard Mabry says:

    >Hey, I may not enter the contest, but my agent just wrote the logline for my forthcoming novel, Medical Error! Thanks, Rachelle.

  468. Betsy Ashton says:

    >“Mad Max” Davies gets a do-over in life, a chance to heal the rift with her estranged daughter who is near death following a accident.

  469. Anonymous says:

    >Abigail Hardy is convinced she is the last 18 year-old virgin alive. One summer at the shore and one boy from Dublin is all it takes to change her life, forever.

  470. Judith Mercado says:

    >Angelica’s Pentecostal family emigrates from Puerto Rico to Indiana, where as she matures she bristles against the strictures of her faith, testing her allegiance to her family.

  471. Todd says:

    >Fifteen-year old Rick pulls Hollywood's hottest actress from the wreckage of a plane, spurring a deadly race through America's last frontier.

  472. The Price of Tea says:

    >The Ficus – A Memoir

    A near-death experience forges a strong bond between Jennifer and Robby, but their self-destructive ways prove to be the biggest obstacle in their path to happily ever after.

  473. scarlettprose says:

    >Rescued (kidnapped) by the United Nations, a smart-mouth civilian doctor must help find the cure to the most recent form of biological warfare—while resisting the advances of a tantalizing but engaged captain of the warship where she’s being held.

  474. Chazley Dotson says:

    >When Nicole decides to become an apprentice wandmaker, she must face dangerous beasts (and the other, dumber apprentices) to gather materials for her first wands.

    The Wandmaker's Apprentice by Chazley Dotson

  475. Amy K. Sorrells says:

    >Like the unfurling of a flower, a fragile woman struggles to believe in friendship and fights to resuscitate hope in a heart long dormant from pain and betrayal.

  476. Susan says:

    >When a staircase portal opens in Madison's backyard cavern, she is drawn into a strange new world where a haunting family mystery begins to unravel and she must defeat the evil Mourgla bent on destroying this beautiful place.

  477. annie-jean says:

    >Sassy Ann deals with death and dying as part of her daily routine, she transitions the departed into their new existence in the plane beyond the one we refer to as life.


  478. Joyce Chng says:

    >Jan Xu has to deal with sibling rivalry, the primal forces of change and need… and being a werewolf in Singapore.

  479. Lynda Schab says:

    >When bodybuilders start turning up dead, a crime-show fanatic and her gym-owner friend set out to uncover why the strong don't survive.

  480. Buffy Andrews says:

    >A young girl learns to live again when her grandma, who dies, leaves her 365 notes, one for every day of the coming year.

  481. Katie Ganshert says:

    >I read the title of your post and thought, "HA! There's no way I'm entering that contest. I'm dreadful at those one-liners." Your prize has forced me to eat my words.

    Here's my attempt at a one-liner for my current WIP:

    When a talented photographer-turned-construction worker reenters the fashion world for a noble cause, an insecure model’s seductive attention challenges his good intentions.

  482. strangexgirl says:

    >Ever-aristocratic Vincent must finally dirty his hands (along with channeling the other three elements) to save the girl from another bloodthirsty vampire, James, while trying to remain undiscovered himself as she investigates the appearance of strange creatures in his suburb.

  483. J. L. Jackson says:

    >Fifteen-summer-old Princess Nitokerti finally breaks free from the sheltered life she’s been forced to live behind the palace walls and finds herself in a world she never before imagined forcing her to choose between the family she’s loved from birth and the man that’s swept into her heart unexpectedly.

  484. Jessica Nelson says:

    >Wow, a subscription would be awesome!!! I'll be back.

    Thanks for the rundown here, too.

  485. Toby Speed says:

    >The murder of her ex-boyfriend’s new sweetie in pancake batter yanks EmmaTrace from her quiet life and forces her to confront her fear of flying.

  486. Jay says:

    >A young, insomniac woman works a day job to save her rock club from financial ruin, while dealing with an old grudge, the blossoming relationship with her new boss, and her arrogant disposition.

  487. Ian says:

    >Twelve-year-old Sarah, journeys into a world full of magic and danger to rescue her kidnapped little sister from an Old God who turns children into books.

  488. Lydia Sharp says:

    >Summer Hoax by Lydia Sharp

    Too-honest Diana plays the fake girlfriend of a still-in-the-closet gay classmate for one summer and must face the truth–she's fallen in love with him.

  489. Phoebe says:

    >When Sofya Cyprowski is accused of killing her husband in 1930s Alaska, she vows to find the real killer–before the hard justice of the Last Frontier is meted out upon her.

  490. Shannon Nicole Wells says:

    >After choosing alcohol over his faith, widower Deric Christy gets more than he bargained for: accused of murder, a shotgun wedding, and a new beginning.

  491. Kim McNiel Smith says:

    >When things are not what they seem, Kimberly must overcome many obstacles in her life, to find herself again…at any costs.

  492. Ri True says:

    >When the old man suddenly appears in her car, Jobie’s infinite connection to inner spirit explains the dreams and doubts that have haunted her life.

  493. lexcade says:

    >When a successful geneticist wakes up as her own experiment's newest success, she must battle her amnesia and new animal instinct to find the truth about why she's involved–but she won't like the answers.

  494. Wen Prior says:

    >A boy who remembers his past-lives finds the girl who’s always shared them, but this time she doesn’t remember him and he must earn her love before she forgets him forever.

  495. Jullie Jordan a.k.a. @Writers_Cafe says:

    >Janelle and Richard have an unusual courtship/marriage in the 1830’s, with time travel, ancient ‘powers,’ kidnapping, amnesia, betrayal and more conspiring to keep them apart.

  496. The Diary Of a Girl says:

    >The Cage; the most brutal battle of them all. The race for power had driven Tija's parents to killing themselves. When Rourke arrives, would her fate be the same?

  497. Layren says:

    >Living Hearts is the true story of my congenital heart defects and the extraordinary generosity of the community around me in helping me to live.

  498. Higley Browne says:

    >Half-angel, half-demon, Alexsi Marks must use her unique bloodline to even the battle between heaven and hell without losing her soul in the process.

  499. Julie Kibler says:

    >When girls sexually assault a deaf teen, his decision to report it jeopardizes his greatest passions – playing football and his relationship with the girl he's loved forever.

  500. Gehayi says:

    >25 words:

    When his best friend Jack shoots himself, Tony is shocked; when Jack's widow insists that he was murdered, Tony knows he must discover the truth.

  501. Weronika Janczuk says:

    >When the Polish communist regime arrests seventeen-year-old Anna Sokolowska's father–among ten thousand other underground revolutionaries–Anna must either betray the freedom for which he fought or risk her life as part of the pro-Solidarity movement.

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