Query Saturday: No. 3 Canned Heat
Welcome to Query Saturday. Individual authors anonymously send a query to be read and critiqued by the Dear Author community of authors, readers and industry others. Anyone is welcome to comment. Published authors may do so under their own name or anonymously. Readers, though, the way that I look at it is this: If the hook were on the back of a book, would you buy it? If you would, what interests you? If not, what would make you pick it up?
Canned Heat is a chewy mainstream tale approximately 97,000 words and is the first of a trilogy that retells Hamlet. It’s chock full of all the things polite people don’t discuss in public and a whole lot of it:
sex, religion, money, and politics–with a little nude art thrown in for good measure. What, sex isn’t spiritual?
A woman with a Glock. A man losing his faith. Two disreputable cousins and one engaging villain. Lives and a family inheritance at stake.
Giselle Cox is a linchpin in the fight to regain her family’s inheritance. She’s survived two attempts on her life and is on constant alert for another, determined to see that justice is served. All she really wants is an ordinary life with an extraordinary man who exists only in her memory and in the pages of a book. Torn between her strict religious upbringing and her increasingly demanding sexual appetites, she walks a tightrope between the sacred and the profane-‘then she meets a man who forces her to make a choice.
Bryce Kenard is a scarred man, body and soul. As a young man intent on following what he believed was God’s will, he lived for years in denial of and paying penance for his savage desires-‘until tragedy took his family and his face. Five years later, he has embraced who he is and what he wants. With one look at a woman who will fulfill every one of those dark cravings, he’s willing to sacrifice his pride, his fortune, and his salvation to have her.
Giselle and Bryce meet and instantly know each other for who they are and what they want. Bryce takes Giselle on an odyssey of sexual discovery even as Giselle draws Bryce into the fight to regain her family’s inheritance
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