After writing the great American novel of the 21st century, Katrina Ludlow develops a chronic case of writer's block. Though she has quit her day job to pursue writing fulltime, once it becomes obvious that her much-anticipated second book is nothing more than fiction (and not the good kind) she decides something has to change. Katrina enlists the assistance of bestselling romance novelist, Lynette Hughes, who agrees to mentor her in the literary world and her love life.
Katrina begins to start dating again, something that a normal twenty-four year-old should do, regardless or not of their has-been status. This leads her to meeting pharmaceutical tycoon, Steven Shaw, who ultimately turns her world upside-down.
While Steven has charisma, wealth and political ambitions, it is the fact that he accepts Katrina for who she is, not who she once was, which sets him apart from previous boyfriends. Unfortunately, there is a dark side to their romance, one that Katrina ignores because great power and wealth are great motivators.
Despite that Steven is nearly twice her age and is cheating on her, Katrina stays with him. Though Katrina realizes something will have to give pretty soon, it's not until her stepson, Seth, comes for a late night visit, which she realizes that her days are numbered. When Seth turns up dead, no one seems to bat an eye that Steven was one of the last people to see him alive. Katrina soon realizes that no one leaves Steven, at least not alive.
It doesn't take much to get me to stop reading a query letter. Sometimes I'll let one howler go by on the off chance it's inadvertent, or the author just didn't know something. Two is my max. Here are yours:
"great American novel" at age 24
"enlists the assistance of a romance novelist"
"has been status" at age 24
"great power and great wealth are great motivators"
"no one leaves Steven, at least not alive"
If you don't understand why these are howlers, pay attention to the comments column. You're going to probably hear some things you don't like. Get over it and pay attention.