Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ruby Lioness Press Editor in the house!

Welcome to my blog!

Today, I'm excited to welcome  my editor, Ruby Lioness Press Co-owner, Marissa Dobson.  She has graciously agreed to take 1-5 line pitches today!

She is mainly looking for short stories and novellas, but is open to novel-length pitches as well.

The rules are simple:

1. Contest opens at 8:00 A.M. EST and runs through 8:00 P.M EST April 26, 2012

2.   Title
    Word Count
    1-5 line pitch

Good luck!

About Ruby Lioness Press:

Ruby Lioness Press is a semi new publisher, but all of our staff has been in the business for years. We are here to help authors reach their goals. Our release schedule is growing rapidly; be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to be a part of the Ruby Lioness Press family. Ou rstandard royalty percentage is 50% of the sale price of your e-book and 40% for print.

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Marissa's bio:

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area, I now reside about an hour from Washington, D.C. I am a lady who likes to keep busy, and am always busy doing something. With two different college degrees, I believe you are never done learning.

Being the first daughter to an avid reader, this gave me the advantage of learning to read at a young age. Since learning to read I have always had my nose in a book. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I started writing down the stories I came up with.

My first experience in publishing was reviewing and then marketing. It wasn't until I was in the business a year or more that I had enough courage to submit something to be published. Now between writing, marketing, and running Ruby Lioness Press my days are full.

Marissa Dobson

Co-owner of Ruby Lioness Press

Owner of Sizzling PR

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  1. 'Taking Chances'
    Romantic Suspense/Targeted for Melting Hearts Anthology
    15,000 expected (7k complete)

    Scarred by loss, former CIA agent, Nora Ashford, vowed never to take a chance on love again. When Lucas Stone's plane crashes on her property during an ice storm and he is forced to stay with her, Nora's vow is put to the test. Will Lucas's charm and patience melt her heart and allow Nora to take a chance on love? Or will a piece of her past destroy that chance forever?

    Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to pitch today!
    Jennifer Kamptner

    1. Jennifer Lowery (Kamptner) I like the pitch for 'Taking Chances'. I want to make sure you are away that the Melting Hearts Anthology is part of the Clearwater multi author line and has to take place in Clearwater Wyoming. You can find out more about the series on here

      If you are away of that and have included that in the story. I would love to read a sample of it to familiar myself with your writing style. Please send the synopsis and sample to me at

      I look forward to hearing from you.

    2. Yes, I certainly am familiar with guidelines and have followed them to the letter :) Thank you!

    3. Wonderful. I look forward to reading it.

  2. Title: Dark Moon Magic
    Genre: romantic suspense with paranormal elements.
    Length: 52K

    Practicing wiccan Regina Moon is starting over in the tiny town of Groves, Arkansas, hoping her New Age shop will succeed despite her friends objections. A ritual-type killing of a local man transforms the quiet little community into 1692 Salem, with all eyes on her, and has the sheriff, Trace Langston not only trying to solve a murder but disbanding a mob of angry townspeople hell-bent on burning her at the stake. In all the upheaval, a cold case, sealed within a circle, is unearthed and an evil no one knew existed revealed.

    Thank you for the opportunity to pitch!

    Jerri Drennen

    1. Jerri,
      Is Dark Moon Magic complete? If so please send the complete manuscript to for consideration.

    2. Marissa, yes, the book is complete, and thank you so much for the request.

    3. I look forward to reading it.

  3. 'Open House'
    Contemporary Romance/Paranormal
    15,000 expected
    Real estate agent, Rebecca Carol, is surprised to find she has a showing with an old high school crush. Determined not to make a fool of herself, Rebecca resolves to show the open house without bringing up the fact that they were classmates. It has after all been nearly ten years. Robert Corvin couldn't possibly remember her, the freshman girl he helped tutor in algebra. But then, why out of all the realtors in Houston did she get an appointment to to show him a ten million dollar home? Is it a coincidence or is fate intervening on her behalf?

    Thank you for this opportunity to pitch today!

    Krystal Shannan

    1. Krystal,
      Please send a partial and synopsis of Open House to

    2. I am looking over the guidelines and writing the synopsis. I will get it to you this weekend. The story is in outline form right now, but I will try to get a few pages written so you can get a good feel for it. Thank you so much for the request. I am thrilled to have the opportunity.

  4. Title: Boxes
    Genre: Contemporary/Paranormal Romance
    Word Count: 50-100k

    Pandora Argyris, direct descendant of the original Pandora, current keeper of the infamous box, and high school Latin teacher, is in desperate need to figure out what all the strange things popping up are all about. Nothing exciting ever happens in her small VA town. So, why is it when Xander Manion takes over as the new principal all Hades breaks loose? And, why does he trigger memories of a past she shouldn't remember?

    Thanks for the opportunity to pitch today.

    JM Nare

    1. JM Nare,
      Please send a synopsis of Boxes to

  5. "Finding Flight"
    Paranormal Romance
    79,000 (finished)

    When Ledger Arnault, an Enforcer for a secret society of shapeshifters, is offered a chance to retrieve his wayward brother before the ruling council issues a warrant for his arrest, he needs to bring him home fast. He enlists the aid of Corinne Winters, who can find any missing object--except her own. It's just her luck to finally find love while tracking Ledger's brother across the country only for both men to disappear without a trace. She must stretch her talent beyond its limits to follow Ledger's trail, convince his friends that he is alive, and face down the Council to free him.

    Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to pitch today!
    Heather Sharpe

    1. Heather,
      Please send the complete manuscript of Finding Flight to for consideration.

    2. Wahoo Heather! You go girl!! Congratulations!

  6. Title: Love, Lost & Found
    Genre: Contemporary Military Romance
    Word Count: 70,000 (finished)

    What could a Marine Sergeant in Afghanistan and a News Magazine journalist in New York have in common? Broken hearts. Both were engaged and are now alone. An accidental meeting on a plane to St. Thomas, sparks a mutual attraction. Temporarily stranded on a tiny deserted island, they fall in love. The roller coaster ride of loving a Marine on active duty challenges Mick and Tara. Separation, danger and a kidnapping push their devotion to the breaking point as they struggle to keep their love alive.

    Thank you for the chance to pitch.
    Jean Joachim & Benjamin Tanner

    1. Jean,

      Please send the complete manuscript for Love, Lost & Found to for consideration.

      I look forward to reading it. I am a fan of military romance.

  7. Title: The Exchange
    Contemporary Erotic Romance

    After meeting Blake at her local bookstore, Chloe is drawn to his natural dominate side. As she helps him get in touch with this, Blake learns things about himself and about love he never imagined possible. But can he be the man that Chloe so desperately craves?

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Laura Pink w/a Scarlett Metal

    1. Laura,
      Please send a synopsis of The Exchange, as well as a sample (if you have started writing) to

  8. "Heartstrings"
    Contemporary Western Romance
    62,000 words (complete)

    All country music superstar Seth Kendall ever wanted was not to end up trapped on a ranch like his dead mother. After he discovered Abigail Crawford was pregnant with his baby, he wanted her to go with him to Nashville. Abby feared her Native American heritage would hold him back from achieving his dreams, so she lied about her feelings to make him leave to compete in the talent show. Now fifteen years later, Seth is back in McAllister, Texas, for his father’s funeral, and after discovering how empty his stardom is, he wants what’s his. Two things stand in Seth’s way—Abby’s manipulative ex-husband and her determination to have nothing to do with the only man she’s ever loved. Seth wants to spend time with his daughter, and to do so, he chips away at Abby's years of hurt and loneliness until she falls in love with him all over again. But no matter how much Seth loves her, can he forgive Abby for marrying their mutual best friend?

    Thank you for this opportunity...

    1. Sara,

      Please send the completed manuscript of Heartstrings to me at

      I look forward to reading it.

  9. "The Healing Club"
    Psychological and/or African-American Fiction
    I am uncertain of length at this time.

    Mikhy and Lana are the best of friends, and have been practically since birth. But, there is a secret that comes to light, and causes a great strain on the friendship. Lana is well aware of the fact that Mikhy has been raped since they have no secrets; however, Mikhy is devastated to find that Lana's father, the well respected Henry Jacobs, has been raping his daughter. Will the friendship last? They both seek counseling at "The Healing Club", the ministry of Evangelist Louvania Gresham. Will they purge the inner demons, and recover from the horrors of their childhood? Will they do it together as friends or separated?

    Thank you so kindly for the opportunity!

    1. Lolita,

      Please send me your synopsis for me to look over. Thank you

    2. What is the best e-mail address to use? Thanks

    3. You can email me at

  10. My pitch is a lot longer than 5 lines, as it is a full novel that could lead to a series. Ok to post here, or should I send direct?

    1. Feel free to post it here or you can email it to me.

  11. Title: "Love, In Reverse"
    Genre: Young Adult (Drama/Romance)
    Expected Word Count: ~30-35,000

    'Love, In Reverse' is a novella which can be read from first chapter to last, or last chapter to first. When 16-year-old Teresa Harding and her family move to a new state, grieving the loss of her friends and everything familiar, she buries herself in her photography--the perfect way to capture moments in time forever. She never expected that it would lead her to a new best friend or her first love, but it did. Rick Hale cocooned her in a world of romance she believed only existed in movies and helped her understand that it was all right to move forward. But the closer they grew and the tighter Rick held on to her, the more Teresa questioned the true meaning of love and devotion.

    1. J.D,
      Please send a synopsis of Love, in Reverse, as well as a sample (if you have started writing) to

    2. Thank you, Marissa. I'll get the synopsis and sample out to you ASAP. :)

  12. Title: The Closest Encounter
    Genre: Paranormal/Contemporary Romance
    Word Count: 7,000

    A UFO crash jolts Maddie and Andrew Starr out of their long-awaited desert retreat intended to heal their fragile marriage. The crash leaves them temporary custodians in of a toddler space alien, in The Closest Encounter, a 7,000-word short story, when the dying mother alien entrusts them to care for her daughter until the next available ship can retrieve her.

    Can the young troubled couple keep the alien toddler safe from the US military that is aggressively searching for her? And will their marriage survive the added pressure?

    Thanks to everyone who made this opportunity possible!

    Terry Newman

    1. Terry,

      Please send the completed manuscript of The Closest Encounter to me at

      I look forward to reading it.

  13. Here is mine. Sorry for the length!

    The Resurrectionist
    Alternate title: Living Dead Girl

    Genre: Steampunk Paranormal

    Length: 100k (Novel)

    London, 1830

    In the emerging field of medicine, Florentia Palmer is a firm believer in science. She has no patience for the simple beliefs of an earlier age, or the tenants of religion based on faith alone. She also does not care for the limits society places on her womanhood, and is determined to carve her own path in life. As a noblewoman with a substantial trust, she is able to follow her passion with complete impunity.

    Unfortunately women of her era aren't allowed to attend med school, which pushes Florentia to take a desperate risk: to disguise herself as a young man. Her deception, thus far, has gone undiscovered and Florentia is a top student and promising surgeon. But hiding her unfortunate gender isn't the sole obstacle this young student faces. In order to study anatomy, she must acquire stolen corpses, a highly illegal and dangerous measure.

    Her current subject turns out to be the victim of a strange murder. But that's not the only thing Florentia is about to discover. In fact, she is shocked beyond reason when he revives during the autopsy!

    Probing the miraculous event, Florentia learns he isn't exactly alive. The young man, Andrew Waterston, is one of the undead; a vampire. As science and superstition clash, Florentia delves deeper into the mystery of how Andrew became “infected” with what must surely be a strange new disease. Excited by the prospect of discovering the source, her search for the truth plunges her into London's dangerous underworld, where creatures of nightmare walk fog shrouded streets in search of victims they need to feed hellish hungers. There, she will encounter a darkly fascinating being, the ungodly beast Marcellus Harlowe Haslam ~ who is also a master of seduction. Drawing Florentia in as a spider lures the fragile fly, Marcellus threatens to steal not only her heart, but drain away her very soul…

    Notes: Before 1832, the Murder Act 1752 stipulated that only the corpses of executed murderers could be used for dissection. By the early nineteenth century, the rise of medical science, occurring at the same time as a reduction in the number of executions, had caused demand to outstrip supply. As early as about 1810 an anatomical society was formed, to impress on the government the necessity for an alteration in the law. The Act provided that anyone intending to practice anatomy must obtain a license from the Home Secretary. As a matter of fact only one or two teachers in each institution took out this license and were known as licensed teachers. They accepted the whole responsibility for the proper treatment of all bodies dissected in the building for which their license was granted. Before this time many students often acquired cadavers through illegal measures in order to pursue their studies.

    Florentia is based on Dr. James Barry (1799-1865), a woman who posed as a man in order to become a physician.

    The title refers to medical professionals who worked on corpses, as they were literally snatching –resurrecting—the dead.

    The traditional vampire as outlined in the original Dracula, by Bram Stoker, will be employed. As this novel is set before the events of that novel, the Count himself will not be referenced, though the origins of the creatures will remain the same in a nod to Stoker’s world-building.

    @2012 by Devyn Quinn. All Rights Reserved.

    1. Devyn,
      Thank you for your pitch. Ruby Lioness Press would like to offer you a contract for this. I will be contacting you via email shortly.

    2. Awesome possums! :) *happy dance ensues*

  14. This is Angie Mroczka, the other co-owner of Ruby Lioness Press. Just wanted to let you all know that I am very much enjoying looking over your pitches. Also, a big thank you to D'Ann for having us.

    Have a wonderful day and keep those pitches coming!!

    1. Hi, Angie! Thank you and Marissa for making this possible! You're getting some great pitches!

    2. D'Ann thank you for hosting us for this pitch session.

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    1. Sorry, I posted in the wrong comment box, LOL

  16. Marissa~
    This is from an author who could not access the site.

    Nancy Perry
    Shift That Shape
    60,000 words, easily reduced

    He had scared me, I’m sick, my skin seems to be stretching, ripping my clothes, knocking off my Reeboks. Searing pain brought me to my knees. What had happened? I rose looking into the dark, store window. I saw a dragon in the store front display. I turned toward it, it turned, too. I moved my head, it moved its head. I gasped and coughed and fire hit the sidewalk. I fainted, all twelve feet of me, stretching across the empty road, the smoke still curling out of my mouth.

    1. D'Ann,

      Could you please ask her to contact me via email? If it is complete have her send the full manuscript for consideration. If not ask her to send me a synopsis. Email is

      Thank you

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  18. Title: The Last Gangster
    Genre: Crime Fiction
    Word Count: projected 50-60,000 words
    Author: Amy McCorkle

    Liam Ramsey is coming off a brutal and public divorce where he was taken for a good chunk of change by his goldigging ex-wife and former stripper, Lacey, he's just looking to get laid the night Alyssa Scott literally comes barreling into his life.

    Alyssa is a rising star in the athletic world, words like Olympic hopeful are whispered in her wake and while out on a training run she is attacked by a stranger wearing a badge. It is her skills as a runner that save her life, but it is her grit and vulnerability that put her in Liam's life, and when she takes his help things get complicated for them both-fast.

    Liam's the last of the old school gangsters, he runs his business with a ruthless efficiency that leave his enemies trembling in his presence, but something in Alyssa speaks to him, and as the danger around her tightens the more compelled he is to protect her. And when it comes time to choose, Alyssa's safety or his empire, can he be depended upon to make the right decision?

    1. Amy,

      Please send me a synopsis and a sample of your work to consider. Thank you.

  19. Title: McKenzie's Gift
    Genre: Romance
    Word Count: Approx 80,000 to 100,000, but it can be trimmed or lengthened

    Pitch: Catherine McKenzie's is a young gifted pediatric surgeon who is at a crossroad in her life. She has struggled with coming to terms with her twin sister's tragic death. Samuel Ethan Taylor is a Pediatric Physician whose family is close friends with the McKenzie's, who is in love with Catherine McKenzie and has been for years. In order to move forward with her life with Samuel Taylor and coming home to her family, Catherine has to learn to let her sister's haunting death go and accept Sam's hand in marriage.

    Thank you for giving me this opportunity.

    1. Thank you for your pitch for McKenzie's Gift. Please send me a complete synopsis and at least a sample of it (if you have started writing it).

  20. Marissa~
    Thank you for being here today! I appreciate it so much!

    1. Thank you for having me today D'Ann. I am very excited about all the wonderful pitches recevied today.

      If anyone didn't make it here in time to pitch you can always email it to me at