Sunday, September 6, 2015

Query for Nightmare City

It's finally here: Query Time. 

This is the version I'm entering the race with. Hopefully, it's compelling enough to entice an agent to ask for more. 

Deep breath.

Et voilà...

In 2042, dreams come true. So do nightmares.

Ever since a shift in reality thirty years ago, peoples' dreams and nightmares come alive, bringing with them chaos and destruction. Monsters ravage cities, bottomless chasms split roads, houses shrink, and gold rains from the sky. The possibilities are limitless, unpredictable and often deadly.

Eden Maybrey is a Los Angeles based dream hunter whose job is to eliminate these ’shades’. When longtime friend Sean tasks her with hunting down an evil doppelgänger of himself, Eden soon finds she is outmatched. She teams up with Vaughn Taylor, a hunter who goes to dangerous lengths to kill every shade he encounters.

Before they can apprehend him, the doppelgänger kidnaps Eden's sister. He threatens to kill her unless Eden publicly exposes her deepest, darkest secret: she herself is a shade. If this information comes to light, being chased by every shade hunter in the city will be the least of Eden's problems. Her 'sister', the young woman to whom Eden owes her very existence, will be sentenced to life in prison for harboring a shade.

To save her sister and keep her own secret under wraps, Eden must pit her hidden inhuman abilities against the doppelgänger. Her only ally is Vaughn Taylor - the man who won't hesitate to put a bullet in her head should he find out the truth.

NIGHTMARE CITY is a standalone urban fantasy novel with series potential, complete at 95.000 words. 

I'm a bilingually raised German whose dreams thankfully don't manifest in reality, but do occasionally come true in the more original sense: I recently had the good fortune of having two German short stories included in BACKNANG STORIES (publisher: Leseratten Verlag), an anthology with stories of my home town, Backnang (Germany), published in October 2014.

Thank you for your time and consideration. 

Pia Newman

Neuköllner Strasse 8
71229 Leonberg

Phone: 0049 / (0)1578 - 77 66 818

1 comment:

  1. As someone who's read the manuscript I can vouch that it's as well written as this query letter. Pia, you remain my inspiration!