Though I am still waiting to hear on one full and one partial for Keridwen, I've decided to put it on the back burner for now and focus on Love and Texts. I'd absolutely love to get good news for Keridwen, but Love and Texts is my baby of over two years. I loved it in the beginning and I love it more now that I've for all practical purposed rewritten it. Of course, I will change what needs to be changed in the eyes of an agent or editor, but I feel like it is solid and receiving quality feedback.
For those of you who would like to know about All's Fair in Love and Texts, I've included my query letter in this blog. If you'd like to read more, please don't hesitate to ask by emailing me at jamie.handling at gmail dot com. I look forward to any of your comments - good or bad. Thanks for reading my blog, by the way. I do appreciate the readers, even if you don't follow....ADD moment, I can't stand when people spam twitter with "read my blog," "follow my blog," "be my friend." I'm just not that person. So, with that said, if you want to follow, please do and it will be appreciated. If you don't want to follow and just want to stop by from time to time, please do and it will be appreciated. We writers need to stick together. :)
And now for the query for All's Fair in Love and Texts...
What if your best friend had everything for the taking? Attention, popularity, boys, success... What if you were always used to being in your friend's shadow - and suddenly, in your senior year, supposedly the best ever, it all changes?
Audrey Brown has always been content being the polar opposite of her friend Sophie Taylor. After all, she's been able to live vicariously through Sophie who’s always had it all, and she's enjoyed being the yin to Sophie's yang. But that changes in what seems a blink of an eye when Audrey meets Lucas, a military brat transfer from
whom she falls in love with from the start. Soon, Audrey has everything Sophie's ever had - a boy's attention, a real romance, and a first kiss to dream about. Sophie's jealous, both of Audrey's newfound happiness, and of the time she spends with Lucas. California
To make matters worse, Sophie's parents are getting a divorce, and she's in dire need of Audrey's support. As her family crumbles, she'll go to drastic measures to remain the most important person in Audrey's world and get her best friend back. Meanwhile, Audrey is trying to navigate her romantic relationship, which causes her great amounts of grief as well. Together the girls must figure out how to balance their new lives, classes, and friendship in order to make it through their final year of high school. Audrey must figure out how to spend time with Lucas and Sophie or she too faces losing everything.
All's Fair in Love and Texts is a 62,000 word engaging, realistic modern high school YA Contemporary novel. Appealing to YA readers, it also has crossover potential to early twenty-something women. And it embraces teenagers' favorite form of communication, texting, as the main heartbeat to make-ups and break-ups and all that falls in between.
I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where I graduated from
California State University, Hayward with a Bachelor's Degree in English and Creative Writing and with a Master's Degree in Education. I have been published with short fiction in the Writer's Post Journal. I am also a mother, military wife, and veteran high school English teacher. Walden University