I had the brilliant idea to submit queries to UK literary agents instead of just those in the US.
“Maybe I’d have a better chance with them, since the story takes place in England!” I thought.
“That’s using your brain,” I said.
“Well, hell, if I’m going that far, why not rewrite my synopsis/back cover, just to make myself suffer that many more rejections!”
“That’s fucking brilliant!” I told myself.
I give you the re-revised version, removing the more than a hint of ‘romance novel’ and focus more on the ‘women’s fiction/sports’.
It’s mid-June as the Women’s Elite team of Innovative Design Cycling prepares for the Aviva Women’s Tour, beginning in Bury St. Edmunds, England. American cyclist, Loren Mackenzie reluctantly accepts her new role as team captain and uses her tenacity, heart and spirit to inspire her team after a disappointing showing in Philadelphia’s International Cycling Classic.
While out on a training ride near Enfield, England, the Fates intervene with a bang, and the ball of Loren’s tightly wound life begins to unravel. After a seemingly chance meeting with a Knight in a Shining Jaguar, British actor Graham Atherton, each feels the undeniable draw toward the other, and their touch holds a sense of familiarity. As the whirlwind romance between Loren and Graham intensifies, so does the media attention, much to Loren’s chagrin. The physical separation caused by both their careers doesn’t diminish their bond, and they discover just how deeply their souls are connected.
The World Tour continues with races in Italy, France, and Germany, where Loren and her IDC team face struggles and loss, but also achieve victory together. But an insidious obsession stalks Loren, culminating in a horrific confrontation, taking her out of contention for the World Cup. Her injuries propel her into the darkness of her past, as Loren begins to recall memories she had long buried – for good reason.
With Graham at her side, can Loren face the trauma of her past and vanquish the demons within, or will betrayal and obsession defeat them both?
Wheeler races across the genres of romance and women’s fiction, while reeling in the newly emerging genre of sports fiction.