Pitch Contest Round 1…the polls are OPEN!

8 Oct

Round 1 of the Passionate Reads pitch contest is now closed. Awwww. But wait, you know what that means, right? It means it’s time to vote! Yay!! While our fabulous judge, Grace Bradley (Ellora’s Cave editor) is reviewing the pitches submitted and selecting ten of them to move to Round 2, YOU get to play judge too. That’s right. Take a look at the entries below and vote for your favorite pitch. The pitch with the most reader points automatically moves to the next round, even if it wasn’t one of the ten pitches our awesome judge picked.

IMPORTANT: It’s okay to vote for more than one entry BUT you may only vote ONCE for any ONE particular entry during this round, whether you’re an entrant or interested bystander. We’ll do the very best we can to ensure there’s no violation of this, but ask for people to adhere to this rule out of fairness. And if you don’t, well, we’ll know who you are :)!

So spread the word. Vote. Come on. You know you want to!

Voting  closes Tuesday, October 11, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, and we will announce the 1st round results on Wednesday the 12th.

Good luck to all who entered, and thank you for making this Pitch Contest such a great success so far. And yeah, thanks for making our editor super happy because there’s so many great entries to choose from!!!!

~Kaily & the rest of the Passionistas

If you’d like to review the pitches (again :)), they’re all posted below, just click on the ‘continue reading’ link. ENJOY!!

 

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Pen Name:   Annie Seaton
Title:    Blind Lust
Ellora’s Cave Genre:  Blush-Paranormal
Heat Level:    Suggestive

A wager between the gods can change your life…even if you are a witch.

When Venus has a wager with Cupid that prudish librarian, Lizzy Sweet cannot be enticed to love, she neglects to tell her son that Lizzy is a three hundred year old witch. Cupid’s leaden arrow strikes Lizzy, the clumsy librarian, and she must fight the lust consuming her or lose her immortality. Lizzy gapes open mouthed at Josh Deegan, the first man to cross her path as she falls instantly and blindly in lust. Josh, a famous country and western singer, has come to the sleepy little town of Silverton to rediscover his muse in an old farmhouse haunted by the ghost of his recently departed aunt. Sexy warlock, Wesley Gordon, has been hitting on Lizzy to no avail for over fifty years and is not impressed. The quirky old folk of Silver Valley watch fondly as the battle between love and lust plays out, leaden and golden arrows zing, spells are magicked, potions stirred, and ghosts hunted. Who will fall in love and who will let the other go forever?

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Pen Name:    Ann-Marie Solange
Title:       A Matter of Trust
Ellora’s Cave Genre:     Breathless

Can trust exist between a man and a woman when their relationship begins with lies, murder and a hotbed of sexual experiences on ‘Fortune’s Mistress’, the millionaire’s party yacht?

Gracie James is a shy elementary school teacher who travels to the playground of the rich in Martinique to search for her missing sister, Jennifer. A midnight encounter with the mysterious Rafe Gonzales in the dark marina, gives her the means to begin her search on Fortune’s Mistress.
Will Gracie be able to control her own hot need for this man as he ignites a fire in her, even though she doesn’t trust him, or will she be lured into the temptations of Fortune’s Mistress?
Can Rafe help Gracie solve the riddle of her sister’s disappearance even as he fulfils her wildest desires, without revealing Jenny’s hidden secret and destroying himself in the process?

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Pen Name: Ana Hart
Title: The Slave in Silk
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Xanadu

Sultan Hammad, of the kingdom Razihara, has doted on his daughter Sabriyah since birth, as she is all he has left to remind him of his first wife who died in childbed.  But the new Sultana Aminah cannot stand competition for her sultan’s affections and in a fit of jealousy, she has Sabriyah removed from the palace. Cast out into the desert, Sabriyah knows she will surely die until she is picked up by a rather notorious slave trader – which might be a worse fate in and of itself.

Taken to the neighboring kingdom of Aziza, Sabriyah is sold into slavery to the barbarian Chieftain Jalal; unable to see the kindness the chieftain paid to her by taking her before a more ruthless man could, Sabriyah sets out to make Jalal’s life miserable at his audacity to claim a princess as property – not realizing that by their queer customs, she and the chieftain have been wed. Now in a strange land filled with a language she cannot understand and customs she cannot comprehend, Sabriyah will have to learn to overcome her own pride if she is to reach an understanding with her husband and to discover a love that has been waiting there, far stronger than anything she could have ever imagined. But, when the time comes, will Sabriyah choose to remain a slave in silk or will she wish to return home to Razihara to reclaim her birthright?

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Pen Name: Avril Ashton
Title: Love The Sinner
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Spectrum

NYPD Detective, Gabriel Ashby would love nothing more than to bust Angelo Pagan’s ass and lock him up, so why is he seeing the bastard in his erotic dreams at night? Never having looked twice at another man, Gabriel doesn’t know how to deal with his sudden and intense desire for one of the force’s Most Wanted. Everyone close to Angelo somehow ends up dead, with the smug gang leader standing alone amid the rubble.

Angelo Pagan can’t figure out the cop undressing him with his eyes and pushing him away with his words. Attraction to Gabriel is suicide and Angelo resolves to ignore the fierce chemistry…until a police raid goes wrong. He critically injures Gabriel, changing the trajectory of both their lives. Now, despite anger and resentment on both sides, the two can’t get close enough.
Their forbidden affair is threatened from the onset by lies and betrayal. They live on different sides of the law, unable to find a way of breaching the huge gap between them. With the authorities looking to make an example out of Angelo, Gabriel has to decide if it’s really worth it to hate the sin but love the sinner.

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Pen Name: Mahalia Levey
Title: Indulgence
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Fusion

Zoey Gray sole owner of Indulgence, a popular sweet shop draws in customers far and wide. She lives for the artisan chocolate recipes she creates. In a short span of time, her thriving business has surpassed her wildest dreams. While she waits for the right man to come along and tickle her taste buds, life couldn’t be better.

Khristos Trakis loves his sister. When she begs him to buy her the spot next to a trendy chocolate shop to open a Greek pastry bakery, he’s prepared to tell his darling sibling no, until he catches a glimpse of a chocolate goddess. Mesmerized, he recants his decision, if only for the opportunity to meet the breathtaking woman and be the recipient of her sunshine smile.

Who says rival business neighbors can’t mix competition and pleasure. All that’s needed are the right ingredients.

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Pen Name: Dawn Marie Hamilton
Title: Sea Panther
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Blush-Paranormal
Heat Level: Sensual

After evading arrest for Jacobite activities, Scottish nobleman Robert MacLachlan turns privateer. Some might say pirate. A Caribbean Voodoo priestess curses him to an eternal existence as a vampire shifter torn between the dual natures of a Florida panther and an immortal blood-thirsting man. For centuries he seeks to reverse the black magic whilst maintaining his honor. Cruising the twenty-first century Atlantic, he becomes shorthanded to sail his 90-foot yacht, Sea Panther. The last thing he wants is a female crewmember and the call of her blood.

Although she swore never to sail again after her father died in a sailing accident, Kimberly Scot answers the captain’s crew wanted ad to escape a hit man. She’s lost everything, her fiancé, her job, and most of her money, along with money belonging to her ex-clients. A taste of Kimberly’s blood convinces Robert she is the one woman who can claim the panther’s heart. To break the curse, they travel back in time to where it all began—Jamaica 1715.

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Pen Name: Dawn Marie Hamilton
Title: Just Once in a Very Blue Moon
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Blush-Paranormal/Fantasy
Heat Level: Sensual

Believing women only want him for his wealth, Scottish historical reenactor Finn MacIntyre doesn’t trust any woman to love him. When unusual events send him back in time to avenge the brutal abduction of his time-traveling cousin, he learns he’s the subject of a fae prophecy.

Elspeth MacLachlan, seer of her clan, is betrothed to a man she dislikes and dreams of the man prophesized at her birth, only to find the love of her heart in the most unexpected place—face down in the mud at the edge of a stream.

With the help of their fae allies, Finn and Elspeth must overcome the treachery that seeks to destroy them if they want to share a future together in the 21st century.

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Pen Name: Kacey Hammell
Title: Lonely Souls
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

Set up on a blind date at an elegant and posh hotel located by the majestic Niagara Falls, Jodie is determined to end her pattern of dating boring men. Fascinated by old newspaper clippings she finds in her room, she discovers something magical right in front of her.

Sebastian is sophisticated, tall, dark and gorgeous–everything a girl fantasizes about. But he’s also dead. He haunts the halls of the hotel, seeking the one true love who can help him find peace.

In one night of sizzling, hot passion Jodie learns more about the pleasures of the flesh, than she ever imagined existed, thanks to Sebastian’s gentle hands. These two lonely souls only have one night to be together. Will it be enough to dispel Jodie’s frustrations in love and end Sebastian’s curse?

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Pen Name: Jinx Smith
Title: A Suitor’s Kiss
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

After the Great Revelation, the vampire race becomes just another minority, for better or for worse.  The precarious balance between vampires and humans is upheld, however, due to a little misinformation.  The Blood Council – the vampire ruling body – presents the race as basically human, proven by the ability to procreate.  None mentions, though, that said ability is due to a phenomenon called the Suiting that is capable of altering the biological makeup of humans and allow crossbreeding, simultaneously instating an unavoidable emotional and physical bond.

Vampire Gaya Hawks had lost her Suitor a century ago, consequentially blinding herself on an oath to never make another one.  Once, a member of the Blood Council, skilled in political manipulations and subtle social oppression, she had been penalized for her emotional weakness with banishment.  But when a brutal serial killer with clearly vampire strength appears, murdering exclusively during daytime, the Council must enlist her capabilities to tackle this mystery.

Dale McCrae is a cop, a human, and the last thing he needs is for the higher ups to pair him up with some bloodsucker as part of their Coexistence Bill reforms.  But, with a vampire killer on the loose, and the chief shoving this partner down his throat, he has to bite his tongue and play nice.  As soon as his eyes land on Gaya Hawks, however, playing nice becomes the last thing on his mind.

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Pen Name: Sarah Bella
Title: 14 Days of Oh
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Moderne

She’s hiding, he doesn’t want to be found and together they must find their way home. But can fourteen days of bliss erase thirty years of heartbreak?

Three years ago, Grace Stevens packed up, left home and hasn’t looked back since.  Now she gives snorkeling tours at an exclusive resort on a private island in the Caribbean, filling her days with fun and sun and her bed with the occasional nameless stranger.

Logan Shayde could use a healthy dose of losing himself and the Azul Isle is just the place to do it.  Grace seems like a nice distraction until, after one explosive argument, she kicks Logan out of her cabana.  Logan’s a man who’s used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is Grace.  Now he’ll do anything for one more night with her.

Paradise hides many secrets and when the paparazzi show up and no one knows why, someone has to do some fast talking or risk losing the other forever.

Sex sells, but not as well as a tragic love story.

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Pen name: Tianna King
Title: Saving Meredith
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

Meredith Irving is a reformed hacker with a shadowy past and a taste for kinky sex. Now the technical manager for a local paranormal society, she handles the technology for the ghost hunting team’s investigations. Usually boring stuff, particularly since she doesn’t believe in anything paranormal. But the team’s latest invitation to investigate the Jamieson House has grabbed her attention. The spooky Antebellum mansion was originally owned by a man whose sexual exploits allegedly rivaled those of the Marquis de Sade. But his story ended with insanity and murder. Add to that the gruesome demise of each person since who had the misfortune to possess the house and you have an investigation that piques Meredith’s curiosity. If there’s no such thing as ghosts or spirits, what’s happening to these people?

Tate Solomon is a demonologist invited to the investigation of the Jamieson House by the frightened owner and he’s not happy with the situation. First off, the dark skinned beauty who’s the new technical manager for the investigation team is a luscious distraction he doesn’t need. Secondly, it doesn’t take him long to discover that there’s far more than a few strange noises and cold spots in the house. It’s not a simple residual haunting. A presence resides there, a great evil. And whatever it is, it makes no secret that it’s interested in Meredith.

Danger closes in on them as a connection between the infamous house and Meredith’s past is revealed. Tate works for the church and in his line of work, distractions like lust and love will get you killed. He has a job to do — vanquish the dark spirit in the Jamieson House forever. Will Tate be able be able to resist the powerful lure of the woman who tempts the very devil haunting the Jamieson House? Will he be able to save their souls?

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Pen Name: Chelsea Finch
Title: Advance and Retreat
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Blush Contemporary
Heat Level: Sensual

Self made billionaire Jackson Reynolds views women as disposable commodities. His conglomerate is everything to him, his dealings above reproach, until his scheming ex wife buys him a sex retreat. If details of his latest acquisition are leaked, it’ll jeopardise a deal that has been a decade in the making. One his estranged father died trying to secure. Whatever it takes, he’ll succeed where the old man failed. He’s desperate to discreetly offload the property, but the deed bearing his name is at the retreat. He’ll have to risk exposure by posing as a married guest to gain access.

Amber Collins can’t afford a divorce on her dance instructor’s salary, especially since her ex is a master at draining her finances. Trapped in a depressing state of limbo, she hides behind a façade of sassy indifference. Money and men are the root of all evil, no doubt about it. But her cousin’s boss has extended an offer that could buy her freedom. He needs someone to masquerade as his wife at a sex retreat, and he’s willing to pay handsomely for the privilege – no sex required. The man’s so damned uptight, though. So stupidly rich. And so sure she can’t tempt him. Proving him wrong, repeatedly, will be her pleasure. It is, until she starts falling for a vengeful workaholic who’s accustomed to taking whatever he wants and discarding it when he’s done. Her advance certainly had the desired effect, but how will he react when she retreats?

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Pen name- Sienna Lachlan
Title- Finding Redemption
Ellora’s Cave Genre- Blush Contemporary, Sensual

Steph Zebrinski has three rules. Keep moving, don’t get involved, and don’t get hurt. Being good got her nowhere, so why not be bad? Family means nothing to her since her ex-husband dumped her the day her father died; love is a fairy tale that doesn’t exist for a tall skinny redhead like her. She’s reinvented herself as a travel blogger, no fixed address, cruising the US on her Harley-Davidson.

When Steph finds the tiny Nevada town of Redemption, the spirit of the people there, battling closure of the mine they depend on, touches her closed-off heart. She sees the opportunities they don’t, and she has the marketing savvy and contacts to make it happen. The flare of desire she feels for gorgeous local cop Mason Woodall clinches her decision to stay just a few days longer before moving on.

Mason can’t keep his hands off her, can’t stop thinking about giving her pleasure, can’t imagine his life without her in it. This is more than great sex. Steph is nothing like he expected the woman he’d fall in love with would be, she’s wild, reckless, and ten years older for starters, yet he knows she’s The One. He’s looking for forever, and the longest she’ll commit to is a two week fling. He’s willing to give up his job and his home to travel with her, but she won’t let him. Can his love and sensual persuasion convince her restless heart to stop running and truly find Redemption?

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Pen Name: Yelle Hughes
Title: Triton
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Xanadu
Heat Level: Sensual

Ariadne “Ari” Phillips, phlebotomist and lover of Greek mythology goes about her days hanging out with her girlfriends and drawing blood. After reading an ancient Greek journal inherited by her grandmother, she is unknowingly brought to the attention of her reincarnated ancestor, Chris Dugan. Since Ari is a descendant of those who killed him, he attempts to kill her to extract revenge. Luckily, it also summons her family’s protector, the Greek lord of the sea, Poseidon. Not wanting to be bothered with a trivial mortal, he sends his son in his stead.

Triton “Taz”, immortal leader of his father’s army, begrudgingly goes to deal with this silly human he suspects is dipping where she shouldn’t have been dapping. One look into her hazel eyes changes his decision to ship her out into the middle of nowhere. This great warrior bumbles and fumbles over his courtship with the mortal and is mocked by his friends while trying to figure out who was about to attack his woman.

As they search for her deranged would-be killer, Taz finds himself facing the most tremendous battle of his existence…his mortality. Love blooms between the two despite being from different worlds, until the rules of becoming immortal governed by the Fates has Ari fighting for her mortal soul.

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Pen Name: Lisa Whitefern
Title: Wicked Wonderland
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Xanadu OR Spectrum

Nick is a dark and dominant alpha with a penchant for BDSM.  Kris is a golden haired, Adonis. What Lillian Rudolph doesn’t know is that both men are genetically half fae, who live with Santa at the North Pole.
When Lilly reunites with these two old college friends they take her for an erotic ride in Santa’s Sleigh. They make love in the sleigh and on roof tops around the world while delivering sex toys to adults. Nick and Kris are bisexual, and Lilly finds their three way love making to be her every sexual fantasy come true.
To Lilly this is one perfect magic night that can never be recreated. She has reasons for believing neither man could ever seriously commit to her, reasons that she is unaware are linked to dark magic.
And unbeknownst to the threesome a magical force of terrifying evil has been stalking Lilly all the twenty eight years of her life, attempting to erode her spirit and her self esteem. Can Nick, Lilly and Kris unravel the secrets of Lilly’s past and her connection with the Dark Fae in time to save Lilly from a fate worse than death?

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Pen name: Annie Quinn
Title: Reborn by Blood
Ellora’s Cave genre: Blush/paranormal

Clementine Collins is a woman on her thirties with a broken heart, disillusioned with her job and a frustrating writing block. Gifted with an unusual and keen intuition and haunted by vivid dreams, Clementine meets Ichiro, a man she thought she had created as a character a year before and one she had been dreaming about. A mundane encounter in a subway station leads Clementine into a world she only suspected existed until now. Set in Montreal, Reborn by Blood is the story of Ichiro, a vampire DJ with a trickster side, and Clementine, a woman who gets a new chapter in her life with a jolt, new energies and several bites.
Clementine, fascinated that she may have foreseen the existence of Ichiro and that he may have been more than a creation of her imagination, crosses several lines to discover more about the mysterious stranger. Ichiro already seems to know much about Clementine’s passions and dreams, including her ultimate dream of publishing.
Ichiro offers Clementine an adventure; writing his biography, telling his story and impressions of life and the city where they both live; Montreal. But Ichiro may have more in store for her than she can imagine.

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Pen Name: Ursula Blake
Title: The Witch Bitch
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

Cassie was a bitch, and she knew it. You’d be cranky too, if you were cursed by an old family enemy to have near-orgasm – always oh so close but no dice – since the age of nineteen. Worst, it wasn’t like if she never experienced it and would never miss it. She did – at eighteen with sparks-flying, bane-of-her-high-school-existence Jason Foxsworth. Just thinking about the arrogant warlock and his obvious last name was enough to make her want to cast a lightening bolt.

One moment Jason was having way too much fun with Cassie the summer after their graduation, the next he could not give her pleasure even if his life depended on it. Ten years onward, it was still humiliating enough to make a man reach for a bottle of Viagra – if that stuff actually worked on magical folks. Jason returned home, only to find that Cassie’s pent-up sexual frustrations were now translating into constant broody weather for their formally happy little town.  And somehow, the bitchier Cassie gets, the more Jason could feel his own power draining away…

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Pen Name: Callie Croix
Title: Covert Seduction
Ellora’s Cave genre: Moderne

For weeks Becca’s hasn’t heard from the active duty SEAL she’s been dating, and she’s done with spending her nights alone, praying for word from him. When she reluctantly goes on a date with another man, the last thing she expects is for Reid to call out of the blue, saying he’s back in town and wants to see her that night. But if he thinks he can drop out of her life then pick up right where they left off whenever it suits him, he’s got another thing coming. Returning home from her date, she gets the scare of her life when an intruder suddenly appears in her bedroom doorway. In the hours that follow, Becca learns first hand exactly how focused a SEAL on a mission can be.

Reid could kick his own ass for almost blowing it with Becca. Things were ugly in Afghanistan, but it’s no excuse for cutting contact with her. He waited too long to stake his claim. It might already be too late. He’s got one last chance to make things right. SEALs fight to win, so he’ll use every weapon in his arsenal to make her surrender to him, including bringing her most erotic fantasy to life. Reid’s planned a covert op that will take Becca into the heart of her submissive fantasies and show her just how far he’s willing to go to claim her heart.

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Pen Name: AJ O’Donovan
Title: Vigilante
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Blush-Sci fi/futuristic
Heat Level: Sensual

Dresdon Cole is a man on the run from his past. The Ex-Enforcer has taken the law into his own hands and now hunts down the growing number of pirate ships roaming his galaxy. He works alone with only his sentient ship, Ace, for company.
Mariana Crystabella will do anything to protect her home planet from pirates and slavers. Her only hope is an offer for an alliance marriage from a far off ruler even though it means sacrificing her freedom. With bodyguards in tow and a cover story for protection, she sets out to meet her future husband. When Mariana’s ship breaks down, Ace forces Dresdon to take Mariana and her crew to their destination.
With Mariana hiding behind her cover story and Dresdon pretending he’s still an Enforcer they struggle to stop their growing attraction. They soon realize that a few lies are the least of their problems when it becomes apparent that the pirate attacks are more organized than anyone thought.

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Pen Name: C.M. Torrens
Title: In the Heart of Darkness
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Shivers

Mitch Banos lives in a world where nightmares and monsters are real. Death surrounds him and he knows it’s pointless to rely on or get invested with others. During a battle he lands in the lap of a handsome stranger whose smile is as contagious as his fresh outlook on life.

Devonn knows far too much about the monsters of the world. The only thing keeping him free of them is a single soul and one demon who will stop at nothing to have the power it contains. But his struggle to avoid the madness that comes with protecting such power is eased by Mitch’s presence.

But Devonn can’t share his secrets. With a demon closing in and Mitch’s life at stake he must decide if he’s willing to risk the only freedom he’s ever had for a man who may not love him back.

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Pen Name: Envy Augustine
Title: Wolf’s Ward
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

Former ballerina, Isabelle Tunskill, wants her life back. Four years ago she lost her arm, and her career, to a brutal wolf attack at Keene Lodge. She returns to the campground looking for catharsis, but gets Curtis Keene instead. She doesn’t remember the grounds owner at all, though Curtis claims he stayed with her until emergency response arrived. She certainly doesn’t understand his intense interest in her. At first, she resists his inexplicable advances, but he won’t take no for an answer.

Curtis Keene can’t take no for an answer. He’s the werewolf that defied his Alpha’s word for Isabelle. His disobedience kept her alive and a crazed pack mate at large. She’s haunted his memories ever since. Now she’s back and Curtis wants her. Unfortunately, so does his Alpha. Curtis’s orders: gain Isabelle’s trust and keep her at the lodge no matter what. There’s no better bait for a rogue wolf than the prey that got away.

A botched plan to ensnare the rogue forces Curtis to reveal his nature and Isabelle discovers her seduction was commanded. Budding trust between them shatters and Curtis can’t repair the damage if Isabelle ends up dead, which is exactly what his pack leader wants. Obedience defines a Beta, but if he doesn’t usurp the Alpha, the woman he loves is lost. Only with control of the pack can Curtis keep Isabelle alive long enough to get her back.

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Pen Name: April Vine
Title: Unleashed
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

Staid and straight-laced, Michelle Stein had two thoughts fueling her mind. One: floor the first thing to enter her antique shop. Two: throttle her three witch-practicing aunts. They promised her a tiny spell to fix her ridiculous inhibitions. Instead they mischievously delivered a full-blown, sanity-squashing lust spell. But the temporary curse abides by no boundaries either since the man who walks through her door is the same man who unknowingly broke her heart ten years ago. Despite her vociferous resistance, he becomes the only man who can appease the unending physical hunger growing inside her.

Thirty, heirless and restless, Sebastian Gray is drawn back home to claim the only girl he ever loved. What he finds in her place is a hotly bewitched erotic seductress. Now with the reparation spell her aunts cast gone awry, Sebastian might be on the losing end of a futile battle against a strength-ascending hex, no matter how hard he tries to keep Michelle satiated, alive…or even just human.

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Pen Name: Carrie Clark
Title: Beneath the Surface
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight
Heat Level: Sensual

It was the second chance she never asked for and didn’t deserve.

One good deed, saving a man from drowning, does not wipe out years of her life where lying was a way of staying hidden,stealing a form of survival and letting herself be abused by some was a way to survive the others. If Atlantis knew what Alayna was capable of, the things she had done, they would have let her drown.

Instead, they gave her a home where being dead is a practicality and mermaids have ugly tails.

They called her a hero.  A hero would have left as soon as she was able. A hero would have stayed when Atlantis was threatened.  It is Alayna who must find the strength to return…

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Pen Name: Ella Gray
Title: Roxie’s Will
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Blush, Contemporary (Suggestive)

In contradiction to the stripper namesake she despises, Roxie’s life is stuck in ordinary, floating in neutral. Another failed relationship highlights the fact she repels love as long as she clings to the memory of Will. She left him and her tainted, prominent, socialite family behind when she traded suburban life in for a cubicle prison in downtown Milwaukee. Memories of her last meeting with Will, longtime friend and confidante, further sicken Roxie as she continually relives the embarrassing day she professed her unrequited love.

When an unfortunate attack outside Maggie’s Bar leaves Roxie scared and alone, she turns to her estranged friendship with Will for comfort. Reuniting under stressful circumstances only confuses Roxie further as Will’s affection grows with the realization he almost lost her forever. Even though Roxie falls back into comfortable, old patterns with Will upon their reunion, the sting he left when he let her walk away proves far more difficult to lessen than either of them imagined.

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Pen Name: Isabella Jordan
Title: The Last Selwyn Witch
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

A powerful warlock, Colin Rush has used magic to sustain him while he watched evil gather around the descendants of a woman he once loved. A curse dictated that a Selwyn witch will be the sole possessor of one of hell’s most powerful demons. Each generation struggled, barely able to keep the dark spirit from unleashing great evil on the world. Finally one witch tried to stop it, thwarting the curse — or so she thought. Using a powerful spell of her own, she declared the thirteenth Selwyn witch would be the true heir of the demon. Then she intended to see to it that her line ended well before that generation, trapping the demon forever. But evil robbed her of a life with Colin as punishment and her line continued, the curse forgotten.

Colin is now the only hope of stopping the demon as it awaits its unsuspecting mistress, the thirteenth Selwyn witch. And what a mistress she is. Delilah is a dark beauty with dangerous curves and an attitude that commands attention. Can Colin convince her of the truth in time to save her — and all humanity — from the powerful demon? Can Colin keep his hands off her long enough to teach her the things she needs to learn? Can Delilah convince her “man witch” that being wicked in bed doesn’t make her more vulnerable to anyone but him?

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Pen Name: Morticia Knight
Title: The Secret of the Djinn: Ecstasy’s Curse
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

If you could wish away the pain of heartache, and only have pure ecstasy from that moment on, would you do it? Fara, a young widow mourning the loss of her husband, inadvertently does just that.  What she doesn’t know is that the djinn – an evil genie –  do not take such wishes lightly, and that there is always an eternal price.

Through Lee, the head chef at the L.A. catering business she and her husband once shared, Fara discovers that real ecstasy begins in the heart, and sometimes the secret comes from believing that true love can live once again.

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Pen name: Marianne Winning
Title: Midnight Master
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Taboo (BDSM)

Am I a submissive? Megan Priestley needs this burning question answered. She agrees to meet her friend at the New York Midnight Club. There she hopes to discover her truth by mingling with the fetish community at play. Of course she’s counting on doing so as a spectator from the safety of shadowy sidelines. What starts off as a tantalising journey of personal liberation soon escalates into a nightmare. She flees back to the safety of home, wanting to forget the very existence of the world of BDSM. Except for Master Nick – the one redeeming factor she can’t get out of her mind.

When virgin sub Megan is attacked at his club, Dom and business owner Nick Anderson jumps to her rescue. Taking the assault personally, he makes the decision to become her training Master. Through online chat and Skype sessions he builds her shattered confidence, turning up the heat until Megan finally agrees to visit him for a weekend of submission. Unleashing and fulfilling her darkest sexual fantasies, he introduces her to a world of leather cuffs, chains and orgasms. It only takes forty-eight hours to complete her training and for him to come to the conclusion he’ll never be able to hand her over to another Master.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Pen Name: Scarlett Jameson
Title: Dark Dreams
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Twilight

A lonely vampire struggles to protect the human he loves from the monsters who created him.

Jonas had it all – a job he loved and Mara, a woman he adored more than life. His world upended when a rogue vampire tore out his throat and left him bleeding out in Wilkes Park. Now his maker insists he’s the one that makes her heart beat again, the sign of a true bloodmate, but her touch repulses him.

Mara lives a half-life as she struggles to get over her boyfriend’s death, only going to work and waiting for him to show in her dreams. At first a comfort, the ghostly visits now leave her feeling more alone than ever. The night she sees her dead lover on the street leaves her so shaken, she vows to let go and move on.

Jonas realizes too late that he’s brought danger to her door. As he races to eliminate the threat, he soon learns the rogue is the least of his worries. Forced together again, he and Mara fight to defeat the true menace.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Pen Name: Margo Diamond

Title: The Reluctant Submissive

Ellora’s Cave Genre: Taboo

Newly divorced marketing exec Claire is a classic Type-A personality, but deep down she has always harbored a secret desire to forfeit control to a loving masterful partner. One boring Friday night she discovers the Casual Encounters ads listed on a popular social networking website. She is simultaneously shocked and intrigued by the graphic invitations. One commanding stranger n particular catches her attention and after battling her inhibitions, she responds via email to his invitation to explore the passionate pleasures of submission.

Dominick and Claire begin an intense relationship that, for Claire, crosses all her boundaries – mental, physical, emotional and intellectual. For Dominick, however, dominance is about more than his sexuality – it’s a barrier against the risks that come from trusting and caring for a woman.

Is it possible for this submissive to teach her reluctant master how to submit … to love?

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Pen Name: Amy leBlanc
Tittle: The Promise of Paradise
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Taboo

Over the past few years Nicole Salotti’s self esteems has taken a harsh beating at the hands of her abusive ex-boyfriend.  So with nothing left to lose she takes the trip of a lifetime to Ondine, a private BDSM island resort, in the hope of having a little well deserved fun.  What she didn’t expect was to catch the attention of Adam Taylor and Justin Alexander, two experienced Masters with talents more exquisite than she could have ever dreamt possible

As the owners of Ondine, Adam and Justin are accustomed to getting exactly what they want and the instant Nicole sets foot on their island they want her… for keeps. With only seven days the two men weave an intricate web of seduction and domination that would ensnare even the most cautious submissive.

But will the painful marks of Nicole’s past prove to be more than the three of them can handle or will she risk everything for the promise of paradise?

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Name: Tina Vaughn
Title: No Sweeter Love
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Blush – Contemporary
Heat Level: Sensual

Welcome to Union
Population: 994
Town motto: Where no secret goes untold

His father’s death forces Dr. Ryan Williams to return to the home – and the woman – he’d left behind ten years earlier.
Ryan knows it’s best to avoid Union sweetheart and police officer Emily Winters during his visit.
But how?
Stuck in this small town, fighting an attraction that hasn’t diminished over time, the sparks are unavoidable – and so are the rumors.
The same rumors that made him leave Union in the first place…

Experience taught Emily to keep her guard – and her panties – up. Until Ryan returns as suddenly as he left, tempting her with promises she already knows he can’t keep.
Or can he?
This new adult Ryan is one capable of forever and, God-willing, forgiveness.
Because even as they learn to trust and love each other again, Emily knows that once she reveals her secret, heartbreak is inevitable.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Pen Name: Lisa M. Collins
Title: Chevron
Ellora’s Cave Genre: Blush (Futuristic & Scifi romance)
Heat Level: suggestive

Doctor of Psychology and matchmaker extraordinaire, Margaret Morris, leaves her stale academic career on the Moon and trades it for a posting on Earth’s only colony outside of the Sol system. As a professional in relational psychology Maggie is hired by Western Federated Military to help colonize the planet Chevron.

Maggie’s quiet life is turned on its head when newly stationed Lieutenant Mac (Toro) Castoro literally crashes into her office and into her heart. Toro is a no frills uber-Marine. He sees what he wants and takes no hostages, and what he wants is Maggie.

How hard could it be to become the matchmaker for Earth’s only colony in the outer-system? The only thing Dr. Margaret Morris has to do is pick the perfect Eve for every Adam. Keeping her clients at arm length has never been a problem, until Toro. Maggie must deny the passion building between them. Her job is to match Toro with his perfect Eve.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Pen Name:  Keira Kohl
Title:  Nice and Naughty
Ellora’s Cave Genre:  Blush (romantic suspense),
Heat Level: Sensual

When an informant turns up dead a by-the-book cop goes undercover in a sex toy shop to uncover a prostitution ring, but the owner is hiding something he never expected.

An anonymous tip about the death of an informant leads Grant Gray to a sex toy shop. The new owner is hiding something and he vows to seduce the secret out of her.  A parade of women enter the store but Grant never sees them leave. Then there’s the secret door no one except the owner can open. He doesn’t want to believe Laura Nolan would kill to keep her brothel hidden but his dead informant haunts him.

Laura was shocked when her aunt left her the sex toy shop. But not as shocked as she was when she found out what goes on beneath the store. Hidden in plain sight, her aunt ran a shelter for abused women. Dealing with abusive men and their victims has made it hard to trust men or accept help. Now to protect one woman from her ex-husband, a police officer, she has to keep Grant at arm’s length though she yearns for his touch.

In a final showdown with the woman’s abusive ex-husband Laura learns to accept help and fall in love.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

Pen Name:  Keira Kohl
Title:  Changing Scales
Ellora’s Cave Genre:  Blush (paranormal),
Heat Level: Sensual

To break out of tabloid journalism an investigative reporter searches for the truth about a missing TV crew but he uncovers a secret he’s not sure the world is ready to know.

Len Corrado arrives in Finland determined to find the TV crew that disappeared a year ago while filming a show about myths.  If he can find the real story he can finally become a real investigative reporter instead of playing one on a show about proving myths don’t exist.

Rúna thought her clan’s troubles were over when the TV crew agreed to stay with them but it turns out the station never got their last message.  They were declared missing. After search parties found nothing because the clan migrated they’re now looking to shoot a one year later special. And she’s met her match with Len. He turns her on like no one ever has before. The problem is when she loses control she can’t keep her human form. And she can’t let her inner dragon out in front of a television crew.

She hopes to have history repeat itself and convince Len to stay with them. But she’s not sure she can convince him to give up his investigative nature. Len isn’t sure the world is ready to know dragons exist. But he’s not sure he should keep it a secret either.

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*

70 Responses to “Pitch Contest Round 1…the polls are OPEN!”

  1. Kacey Hammell October 8, 2011 at 7:48 am #

    Thank you for this opportunity, Kaily & Grace.

    • Kaily Hart October 8, 2011 at 7:51 am #

      Thanks, Kacey and good luck!

      • Annie Seaton October 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

        Yes…a big thank you from me also. It is wonderful to be able to get our work out there!

  2. M.K. Elliott October 8, 2011 at 9:06 am #

    Good luck to all the entries!

  3. Carrie Ann Ryan October 8, 2011 at 10:42 am #

    Voted and Good Luck everyone!!!!

  4. Ana Hart October 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm #

    This is an awesome idea for a contest, I have to say. Thanks for offering it and I can’t wait to see who makes it into Round 2!

  5. Kaily Hart October 8, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Thanks everyone and best wishes!! We have a great collection of pitches this time :)!

  6. Yelle Hughes (@YelleHughes) October 9, 2011 at 10:40 am #

    Thank you everyone and thanks for giving me this opportunity to put my work out there and good luck to all the entries! Yelle

  7. Annie Seaton October 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    I’ve written a little piece on my blog called Contests, Pitches and Opportunities about some of the side roads we take on our journey to getting published. Come along and have a look!
    http://annieseaton.blogspot.com/

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