Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PitchSlam #2: Aere, NA Paranormal Romance

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance
Title: Aere
Word Count: 64,000

Song: Imagine Dragons, Demons. Because nothing says God of Destruction like a bunch of dragons singing about their inner demons, dontcha think?

Pitch: When the God of Destruction falls for Mia, all Helheim breaks loose. His enemies want revenge, and Mia’s terrified -- of the mythological monsters hunting her, and of losing her heart to an immortal assassin.

First 250: “Cheese and crackers!”

A sharp explosion rocked the back of the Audi. The sound reverberated along the quiet country road, bouncing off the cathedral of oaks that lined the five-mile drive leading to my parents’ house. I clung to the steering wheel with stiff fingers, slowly navigating the wobbly vehicle to the narrow shoulder. The Audi limped feebly until I pulled completely off the road. Then I killed the ignition and jumped out to examine the damage.

“Language, baby sister.” Jason maintained his impeccable posture as he climbed out of the passenger seat. He walked to the back of the car and squatted next to me. “It’s only a flat tire.”

Only a flat tire, sure. I’d chosen today to break in my brand new mid-calf riding bootsthe ones with the shiny silver buckles and the baby-soft leather exterior. The ones I’d failed to weatherproof before landing my car smack in the middle of a mud puddle. 

I loved my brother. But Jason knew diddly-squat about shoes.

“And what would you have said?” I asked.

Jason let loose with a stream of expletives that would have made our southern mother blush.

“Classy.” I rolled my eyes. “They teach you those words at the fancy Ivy League school?”

“In an extracurricular capacity.” Jason shrugged. “Why do you think I joined Kappa O?”

“Oh, I don’t know. The networking opportunities? Practical experience? It is a business fraternity, isn’t it?” 
“Not everything has to be so serious, Mia. Some things are just supposed to be fun.”

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