Query Letter #22
Name: Stina Lindenblatt
Title: Lost in a Heartbeat
Genre: YA romantic suspense
Dear Ms. LaPolla,
Most seventeen-year-olds keep secrets, but Calleigh’s could cost her best friend her life.
A guy assaulted Calleigh at a party. There’s no way she can tell anyone why she quit competitive swimming. He threatened to kill her best friend if she did. After looking over her shoulder for the past ten months, Calleigh finally thinks she’s safe—until she and her friends visit the local Renaissance festival. A stranger passes her a message given to him by a masked guy: “Hope you haven’t forgotten your promise, Calleigh. I haven’t.” She’s afraid to tell the cops because the psycho might strike before they can track him down, and she doesn’t remember what he looks like (dissociation, anyone). The only person she can tell is her new friend, Aaron. He kinda figures things out— never a good idea to approach a girl who has pepper spray and not give her some kind of warning first.
Aaron comes up with a plan: pretend they’re dating so he can keep an eye on her and figure out who the stalker is, then they can go to the cops. But as she falls for Aaron, she discovers they’re linked in a way she could never have imagined—a connection that could be deadly for Calleigh.
LOST IN A HEARTBEAT is a 77,000-word, YA romantic suspense. It will appeal to readers who enjoy the character-based stories by Sarah Dessen and Sarah Ockler, which deal with healing and moving on. It will also appeal to those who love the romance and danger in PERFECT CHEMISTRY and THE BODY FINDER.
I’m a member of the SCBWI and YALitChat. During the past four years, I’ve attended New York City and Los Angeles annual SCBWI conferences, and recently completed two online fiction writing courses through Writer’s Digest, including one on writing for teens.
Thank you for your time and consideration.