Query Hack: Critique #18 – YA Fantasy

Dear Query Hack, Sixteen-year-old high school track star Ember Meadows gives up on normal after her dad disappears into the river from their car wreck. Ember hopes to hide in the basement of her dad’s coffee shop. Instead, she uncovers a hidden door that opens to Espereva, a realm familiar to her from a childhood … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #18 – YA Fantasy

Query Hack: Critique #17 – Adult Thriller

Dear Query Hack, SOUVENIR is an adult thriller complete at 101K words. A Jewish-American attorney in Atlanta, Hannah jumps at the chance to close a highly lucrative deal in Syria. It was supposed to be a seventy-two hour trip resulting in a promotion. But the allure of the Old City of Damascus, its ancient Souk … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #17 – Adult Thriller

Query Hack: Critique #16 – YA Contemporary

Dear Query Hack, Lulu is the girl with all the answers. She has to be. It’s the only way to keep from being crushed by her parents’ wàng nǔ chéng féng—hope their daughter become a phoenix. You know, provided she were allowed to fall into any ashes in the first place. If only there was … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #16 – YA Contemporary

Query Hack: Critique #15 – Adult Thriller

Dear Query Hack, Peter Poole finds himself in the afterlife as the newest contestant on The American Afterlife Network’s biggest show, Who’s Your Murderer?!. In order to find out who killed him, Peter must relive key memories of his life via the network’s Magical Memory Machine. The clock is ticking: by the end of the … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #15 – Adult Thriller

Query Hack: Critique #14 – MG Urban Fantasy

Dear Query Hack, Obsessed with his father’s murder, Leonidas discovers he’s a descendant of the legendary monster hunter Abraham van Helsing. And therefore, a target of the monsters responsible for his dad’s death. Neato story premise! I like that we're quickly acquainted with Leonidas' abilities/family history, but I found myself wanting a hook about Leonidas … Continue reading Query Hack: Critique #14 – MG Urban Fantasy