Thursday, June 13, 2013


Thanks to the folks at "Aussie Owned and Read" ( for hosting this contest.

Manuscript Title:  How to Date Dead Guys
Author:  Ann M. Noser
Age group:  NA
Genre:  urban fantasy
Word count:  93,000
250 word blurb:

The Chippewa River in Eau Claire, Wisc.
How to Date Dead Guys Query

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts.  

When Mike Carlson's family blames her for his drowning, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, Emma lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts her spell:

“Oh moon, upon me shine—

Give back his life, instead take mine.

Send back his heart, return his breath.

Please release him from his death…”

The river rages up to claim her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a young man drags himself from the water and follows her home.

But it’s not Mike. Instead, Emma brings back other drowning victims from the dead: Sam, a pre-med student who jumped from the bridge; Steve, a young father determined to solve his own murder; and Jake, a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. As she delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows, her powers grow. But the river is stronger, reclaiming Sam and ripping Jake away just as her heart finally wakes up. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma uses her newfound talents to help the others, not realizing that every time she casts a spell, she places herself in danger.

Emma is a cross between Whoopi Goldberg’s psychic in Ghost and Willow’s transformation from bookworm to witch in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders theory, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS should appeal to paranormal fans of all ages.



  1. I realize that many of you hope for pictures of hot guys when you read a NA blog posting--and I give you Willow and Whoopi! Consider it a healthy change of pace. :.)

  2. This sounds like a really interesting premise! Good luck, Ann.

  3. The opening line of your query made me smile. And I wasn't expecting Emma to bring back other drowning victims... what a twist! I would absolutely love to read this. :) Good luck in the contest- hoping you get loads of requests!!

  4. Your query is great, I really want to read this!! Good luck!

  5. First off....I love the title! I wanted to read it just from that. The premise is cool and not something I've read before. Good luck!


  6. Thanks to everyone for checking out my entry and commenting. Good luck to everyone in their writerly pursuits!

  7. Best of luck...this looks great. I would so rep you if I were an agent :-)

    1. Then I would so love it if you were an agent! :.)

  8. Hey I agree completely with Sarah! Great job, Ann. Good Luck! Love the cross between, by the way.

  9. Checking out other #pitcharama entries. :) Love this pitch & particularly your fabulous title. Hope you get picked!

  10. Congrats on making it through, Ann. I'm so glad to have you on my team :-)

  11. Thanks for picking me for your team and thanks for the query suggestions!

    1. No problem, I'm crossing, fingers, toes and everything else lol.