Alythia Brown (alythiabrown on QT) has signed with agent Moe Ferrara of BookEnds, LLC.
The inspiration came to me from... wait for it... a country song. The premise of the song was that the singer was going to enjoy watching her ex's philandering ways come back around to him. And I thought, 'Hey, people would pay good money for that. Someone could make a killing from being the heartbreaker...'
The thing that kept me on course this time around--and while I was at my darkest point as a writer--was participating in contests. I'd never done it before and it was a welcomed distraction. I met other writers and gained great feedback on my novel, which inspired another round of edits and made it even stronger. And, actually, I wouldn't have connected with Moe had I not taken the chance and participated in one particular contest! She was so new to the industry, that I'd already queried one of her colleagues and closed out the attempt a month before she began. I had mentally crossed BookEnds off my list. And then there she was, a perfect fit for me and interested in my submission on The Writers Voice three months after I began querying!
Twenty-year-old Kaia Featherfoot is a professional heartbreaker. Turns out, there are plenty of scorned maidens eager to send ex-lovers a taste of their own medicine for a reasonable price.
She bounces from one kingdom to the next, charming the likes of philandering knights and barkeeps only to orchestrate traumatic breakups. (Her clients throw in bonuses for public humiliation.)
When she stumbles into the Kingdom of Zelthenway and places her ambiguous ad with the local sewing circle, she receives a reply from clients unlike any she’s had before: a group of men, led by the local innkeeper, Ronan Greenly. They want her to win the heart of the tyrant King Xorian—to lure him from the castle while the rebels search for the key to his undoing.
Enticed by the large sack of gold, Kaia gladly accepts the job only to realize it’s more than she can handle. The king isn’t some self-absorbed flirt like the men she’s played before. He’s a controlling and powerful man who’s becoming dangerously obsessed with her. And her secret romance with Ronan only makes the charade more difficult to pull off.
Should the king uncover the conspiracy brewing under his nose, the rebels are dead. Should he catch Kaia kissing Ronan behind his back, she’ll wish she were...
Racially diverse and complete at 70,000 words, HEARTBREAKER FOR HIRE is a stand-alone fantasy novel with series potential.