Friday, June 14, 2013

Query Letter Available for Shredding

Here it is... the query letter for my latest manuscript. I've been sitting on it for a week, made some changes and am ready to open it up to hacking my my beloved writing community. Any and all comments welcome. (Especially the ones that say, "Perfect. Wouldn't change a thing!"... yeah, I don't think I'll get those, either!

Here you go:

REPLAY, a 76,000 word YA ghost story is Mean Girls meets A Christmas Carole. It can stand alone but also has trilogy potential.

Seventeen year old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an over-zealous arch angel, who has grown tired of the white wings and harps and the Hawaiian-shirt wearing Death Himself, who isn’t about to give up his control over the newly departed without a fight.

While she waits the decision of the Tribunal, a three-angel panel charged with determining whether her life is worth rewinding the history of the world, RJ wanders through the afterlife where she meets the Cornhole-playing St. Peter, Al, the handler for the 3-headed Hound of Hell, and her Guardian Angel who doesn’t seem to like her very much. Finally, the Angels present her with two options: She can remain in the Lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires or she can replay three moments in her life, aided by three departed souls, in an effort to make different choices that will produce a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no brainer. She’ll take the walk down memory lane. How hard can it be?

But with each moment, RJ begins to change her life until the self-proclaimed Queen Bee is a social pariah and she begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. 

Monday, June 10, 2013


I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems that every time I think life is about to settle down, an unpredictable event occurs, sending my world into a tail spin with a new adventure. And while I like adventure as much as the next gal, there is the sad realization that with new chapters in our life, we must let go of old customs. Time is never our friend. In this case, for me, it’s not the metaphorical time, but the actual 24-hours-in-a-day kind.

Recently, I went back to work out of the home for the first time in eight years. I love my jobs. I’m the Elementary Librarian for my children’s school and a Youth Services Professional at our public library. (I do the programming for the teens and I love it!) Add that to raising my amazing kidlets and continuing to pursue my career as a writer, and there’s not much time left for anything else.

Which is why I am regretfully going to discontinue my Kidletville Blog. As much as I enjoy writing about my adventures in parenting, the truth is, I can’t keep dividing my time or my life. This leaves me in a quandary. Do I blend this blog or keep it writer focused?

After much contemplation, I’m going to keep this blog mostly writing, but with a smattering of parental observations from time to time. Don’t get me wrong, but I love sharing the insanity that is my life with the world, but the world is hardly giving me time to be a mom, let alone blog about it. 

So now it’s time to start planning blog posts! I’m looking forward to taking this blog to a whole other level… hope you’re ready to come along. In the meantime, BE PASSIONATE about the time you have and how you spend it!