MG Historical Fantasy: A Matter of Mummies


Genre: MG Historical Fantasy

Word Count: 49,000

Special Question: If your main character could be any Star Wars character, who would they choose and why?: If Liadan could be any Star Wars character she would probably be Rey. Because Rey is self-sufficient, brilliant and a total bad-ass.

35 Word Pitch: When mummified murder victims pop up all over Victorian Dublin, girl genius Liadan’s on the case. It’ll take a devoted inspector and some werewolves to help solve it—before Liadan ends up a murder victim herself.

First 250 Words: 

Breakfast was oatmeal. Watery. Hateful. Oatmeal. Eating, however, was a far less unpleasant idea than being fed. They would put their hands on her. Force her to eat. Bruising pale skin and laughing. She didn’tlike to be touched. The horrible click of silverware against plates and the dull murmur of the genuinely mad echoed around her with none of the pleasantness she’d once associated with meals taken in company.

After oatmeal, an orderly—with his hand on her shoulderInsufferable lout—shoved more than led her to her appointment with Dr. O’Toole, a man she had been on precariously equal footing with up until the day she’d woken up to find herself trapped in this place. She couldn’t even remember what happened that night.

She wasn’t really paying attention to what he was saying. The chair she was in was dusty, the fraying fabric far more interesting than he was. Though his bright red mustache did catch her eye. Like a bird to a bit of ribbon. The curly edges flopped as he spoke. Droned. Liadan corrected. He drones. Worse than Sir Andrew, for certain. But a word caught her attention from the stream of dullness.


She blinked, bright green eyes flashing from boredom to alertness. “Excuse me?” she interrupted.

His mustache drooped as he frowned. “I said,” he explained, “I’ve decided a course of electrotherapy would be appropriate for your condition. I’ve scheduled one for you today, in fact. The sooner we start, the sooner you can—”

About the author: PitchSlam

11 comments to “MG Historical Fantasy: A Matter of Mummies”

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  1. Bridget Smith - September 21, 2016 at 12:20 pm Reply

    It’s a trap!! Please send the full manuscript, including a one-page synopsis, to query[at]dunhamlit[dot]com, with “Pitch Slam for Bridget Smith” in the subject line and your query in the body of the message.

  2. Lauren Spieller - September 21, 2016 at 3:02 pm Reply

    The Force is strong with this one! Please send your query and full manuscript to, and include “Query” and “PitchSlam” in the subject line. I look forward to reading!

  3. Stefanie Lieberman - September 21, 2016 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Battle Stations

  4. Moe Ferrara - September 23, 2016 at 3:43 pm Reply

    It is I, Moebi-Wan Kenobi. My, my, my… The Force is strong in this one.
    It’s a trap!”

    Thanks, Admiral!

    [Of course I’m the geek who’d find gifs. It IS Star Wars after all… It’s a Trap/Full request — please send your manuscript to I look forward to reading!]

  5. Sean McCarthy - September 26, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply

    You have the reflexes of a Jedi!

  6. Susan Hawk - September 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm Reply

    You have the reflexes of a Jedi!

  7. Rena Rossner - September 27, 2016 at 7:00 am Reply

    Anger clouds your mind: Query and first 50 pages attached as a word doc
    To: rena (at) thedeborahharrisagency (dot) com
    – Rena

  8. Melissa Nasson - September 27, 2016 at 8:41 am Reply

    It’s a trap! Please send me the full manuscript as a Word doc or PDF at Thanks!

  9. Rebecca Podos - September 27, 2016 at 12:45 pm Reply

    Somebody has to save our skins 🙂

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