The glitter of the jet-set. High-speed car, helicopter, and rickshaw chases. Explosions, dirty secrets, and high-stakes casino games. Lone wolves like James Bond and Jason Bourne save the world from international conspiracies and dastardly villains. And let’s not forget the ladies, like Mallory Kane or Evelyn Salt, framed and fighting back.

Show us the ultra-competent operative, spy, soldier, hacker, or double-agent fighting against huge odds for the greater good, for a paycheck—or to clear their names. Show us tough men or women who know their poker, guns, high-performance cars—and are as adept at love as they are at killing. Whether they’re seducing an enemy operative or faced with an intriguing outsider who may be clueless about their true nature, allow your agent to fall in lust, or even love—which is the game with the highest stakes of all.

Note: We also welcome thrillers set in historical, fantasy, or sci-fi settings.

Length: 15,000 to 100,000+
Genres: Romantic thrillers in the following sub-genres: contemporary, historical, SF, fantasy, cyber/steam/dieselpunk. Other genres may be considered; please query first.
Heat Levels: Steamy to smokin’ hot
Ending: HEA or HFN
Orientation: Any LGBTQ
Submissions Due: Friday, March 1, 2013
Acceptance Letters Sent By: April 15 for novellas, May 1 for novels
Anticipated Release Date: December, 2013

Royalty Rates: Book royalties start at 50% of net, regardless of the length of your project. Once you cross a certain sales threshold, royalties increase to 60% of net, and once you cross the final sales threshold, royalties increase to 70% net. Royalty rates for print-on-demand, traditional offset printing, and various subsidiary rights are a bit more complex, but ultimately designed to split net profits 50/50 between the author and the publisher. All terms are fully detailed in our contract, and we’re happy to answer any questions a prospective author may have.

Submission Info: All manuscripts should be complete, and edited and polished to the best of your ability. Please send the following submission package to

-A query letter containing the title, genre(s), word count, and orientation of your story; a one- to two-paragraph “sales pitch” (like the blurbs you see on the back cover of a book); and a brief history of your publication, if any.
-A two- to three-page synopsis of your story from start to finish. Do not leave out the ending!
-Your completed manuscript.

Please paste the query letter directly into your email, and attach the synopsis and manuscript as .rtf files. We have no specific formatting requirements, but please be sensible and remember that if the editor has a hard time reading your submission, he or she simply won’t. The subject line of your email should read: Manuscript Submission: [Call Title].

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