18 July 2011

Deana Barnhart Query Contest

(updated July 20)
Here's the final version of the query that I can tweak to fit each agents personal tastes. Thanks for the help and feedback everyone. And those fresh from the garden, virtual strawberries I promised- here you go:


Being rescued by a movie star is the last thing widow Sophia Hunt expects when her car breaks down along the California coast. A straight-laced mother of two teenage sons who loves the calm country life on her organic farm is hardly what could be called a perfect match for reformed Hollywood bad-boy Ryan Daniels, yet she can’t resist his persistent charms.



With threats from one of Ryan’s crazed fans endangering her farm, a saboteur trying to destroy Ryan’s rebuilt career, and a bully set on revenge Sophia wonders if stepping into Ryan's sleek silver sports car that bright spring day was such a good idea. After two “accidental” dates with hometown veterinarian Bill Gordon she finds herself torn between the comfort of life familiar and the zest of life unknown.



Sweet like chocolate, tangy like citrus, with a hint of spice, STARS BRIGHT is a 90,000-word contemporary romance about what happens when the flowering hills of Cascade View Farm and the bright lights of Hollywood collide.


As requested on your submission guidelines, I'm pasting below X pages. I hope you'll enjoy it. If you need more pages or any more information, please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.


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Thank you Deana for hosting this contest and thank you Lora Rivera for being the judge and offering a great prize. I'm hopping on the bandwagon a bit late with this one so to anyone who stops on by and reads- Thank You, I'm sending you virtual strawberries fresh from my garden.

Dear Agent,

Being rescued by a movie star is the last thing widow Sophia Hunt expects when her car breaks down along the California coast. After all, a straight laced mother of two who loves her calm country life is hardly what anyone would call a perfect match for reformed Hollywood bad-boy Ryan Daniels. From the moment he offers his assistance Sophia's life is turned upside down, and yet she can't ignore his charm. When a good deed turns into a quasi-date with hometown veterinarian Bill Gordon, she finds herself with two suitors too many. With midday visits from the local Sheriff, harassment from one of Ryan's crazed fans, and her name in the weekly gossip column, Sophia begins to wonder if stepping into Ryan's sleek silver sports car that bright spring day was such a good idea. Then demons from Ryan's past threaten and Sophia must balance the swirling chaos with what is best for her teenage sons and for her heart.

Sweet, with a bit of sizzle, STARS BRIGHT is a 90,000 word contemporary romance about what happens when the flowering hills of Cascade View Farm and the bright lights of Hollywood collide.