The lovely people at Aussie Owned and Read are hosting a Pitcharama. I’m still building my query up and knocking it down, so I thought this would be good for me on the polishing-and-sense side.
Manuscript Title: When the Clock Broke
Author: Alexandrina Brant
Age group: NA
Genre: Fantasy romance
Word count: 82,000
250 word blurb:
When twenty-year-old Aidelle’s fiancé slams the door on their relationship, neither expects the act to seal her in another reality. Nor does Aidelle plan on coming face to face with a girl who claims to be her granddaughter from one possible future.
And yet, in the space of one ‘day’, her present has been frozen out of time. She can’t leave her own home, lest she face a city forever unmoving, and she certainly can’t apologise to her fiancé for throwing a timepiece at him. With her ‘granddaughter’ instructing her in the art of mechanics, Aidelle tries to fix the clock. But time, with all its bumps and eddies, doesn’t play fair.
In the midst of a temporal fissure, Aidelle catches a glimpse of her fiancé. His heart still seeks her, even from a war-torn future where their home is nothing but a bombed ruin. Fingertips touching, they are years apart. As the fissure collapses, Aidelle is more alone than ever.
At the hesitant advice of her granddaughter, Aidelle must risk her life entering the stilled city to mend the time-streams – and fix her heart. If she doesn’t hurry, she’ll be stuck in the half-reality of tea and stormy weather for a non-existent eternity. If she doesn’t rewind time – and, in the process, win back the man she adores – they could both cease to exist.