Title: Four Meets Fortune
Age Category: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy LGBT #ownvoices
Word Count: 109,000
Pitch: OCEAN’S ELEVEN meets all-girl crew when Zoya ransoms a princess to exact vengeance on her parents’ killer. But if she doesn’t find the traitor in her gang, she’ll be the one to pay–with her life.
First 250 Word of Manuscript:
This morning would probably end with the Royal Accountant dead somewhere.
That was how things usually turned out.
Kaia’s gut churned with adrenaline as she waited for her mark to fall into the trap.
The streets of Barvikha smelled like the underbelly of a fairytale – curdled milk in a crystal goblet, rotten candy apples sitting on a witch’s palm, wicked monsters lurking in the shadows.
And the girl with a heart-shaped eyepatch turning the corner of Andorra’s Church was just another one of those monsters bred in this city.
Zoya Mendeval, her partner. Kaia caught her eye and flicked her hand twice. The accountant is two steps behind you. Backtrack.
Zoya pivoted – and ran right into the woman they were about to fleece.
Miss Rhysa Llewelyn tipped forward, her feathered hat sliding off her curly swath of brown hair. “Watch where you’re going, crip!”
Zoya, the she-devil in question, raised her brows but didn’t drop the façade. “I’m sorry,” she babbled, brushing her fingers over Rhysa’s shoulder to distract from the other hand that picked a gilded key from her coat pocket. “I’m just so clumsy, you know? It makes for bad luck on the streets.”
Kaia leaned against the dank stone wall, grinning.
Zoya pulled at her eyepatch band, drawing Rhysa’s attention to the heart shape; her other eye glinted like the shiny edge of a whetted blade.
The woman’s face slackened and she rasped, “Oh, but you’re…you’re the Blackhearts’ gang leader. The Queen of Hearts.”