Love and Cats and the Whole Assassin Thing
This writer is looking for an agent.
Lee Allan is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife collaboration. Over their 35 years of marriage Dennis and Debora have partnered in tag team parenting (they have three children), raising and selling painted lady butterflies and caterpillars (a successful business for 15 years, with 200,000 caterpillars sold to schools), and now producing novels.
Dennis has published eight magazine articles/stories, and attended ten conferences/retreats. He served five years as the Alberta director for the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). He’s a member of Romance Writers of America, their Kiss of Death Chapter, and an associate member of the International Thriller Writers. Dennis has been with the same critiquing group for the past fifteen years. Governor General Award winner Gloria Sawai critiqued his work during a nine-day Banff Centre workshop, as have agents and editors at California’s Big Sur Children Writer’s Workshop. In his gritty work rehabilitating slum housing he’s liaised with law enforcement when encountering criminal sociopaths . . . and a few cats.
Being the first-born grandchild, Debora was reading before kindergarten through the efforts of her tiger grandmothers. By grade four the librarian introduced her to the adult section, since she had read all the junior literature. Some of the chapters in Debora’s life include food service, teaching elementary school, practicing massage therapy and reiki, raising a family, and shipping butterfly larvae across Canada. Her least favorite chapter was cancer, and she’s happy to be in remission. Through it all Debora has always found time to read.
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LOVE AND CATS AND THE WHOLE ASSASSIN THING (Romantic Thriller, 80,000 Words)
Widowed FBI agent turned private investigator Peter Truman wants to date and find love again, yet he must keep his children hidden from Vespid, the master assassin who has vowed to kill them.
Peter triple-locks his doors. Orders groceries delivered. Folds dirty laundry. When he takes on a baffling case for Brenda Boniflora, her whirlwind ebullience upends his mundane routine, and he likes it. Thieves have stolen all her Savannah tomcats, worth $90,000, from her Virginia cattery. As Peter and Brenda follow clues together their mutual attraction deepens into love. They find the catnappers have been murdered, and their mouths stuffed with giant Asian wasps—Vespid’s calling card.
Peter alerts the FBI, which wants to rehire him to help stop Vespid’s latest conspiracy. But Peter and his adult children have been in witness protection ever since he shot Vespid’s terrorist sister. Instead he suggests heightened security during the President’s summit with Vladimir Putin—whose troops killed most of Vespid’s family.
Peter is unaware that Vespid saw him via a hidden camera in the thieves’ hideout. Vespid kidnaps Brenda. He tells Peter over her phone to come alone or he’ll strangle her. If Peter complies, he’ll blow his cover and endanger his children. But if he joins the FBI’s manhunt to thwart Vespid’s plot, then the woman he loves could die.
THE FABERGE CODE (Upper Middle Grade, 58,000 Words)
Lara Hunter’s obsessive-compulsive need for tidiness is tested when she’s forced to stay with her grandmother, a hoarder, who claims that a priceless Fabergé egg is hidden in her cluttered home.
Fourteen-year-old Lara is a self-proclaimed house elf and the “Queen of Clean.” Her urge to bring order out of chaos disorder is channeled into her hobby as an amateur cryptologist. When her uninsured father falls into a coma after a car accident—an accident Lara believes she caused—her family teeters near bankruptcy. Her mother Helga, also struggling to cope, sends her quarrelsome daughter to stay with her grandmother, Baba.
Not only is Baba a compulsive hoarder, but she insists her father left clues to a missing Fabergé egg hidden within her house. Helga thinks Baba is losing her mind, and has secretly booked her into a nursing home in a month. But Lara believes Baba, and sees a way to her own redemption by finding the egg and convincing her grandmother to sell it and pay the family’s debts. Lara discovers the first message in a hidden compartment behind a framed photograph. She decodes the writing, which points to other clues.
But Baba refuses to relinquish her pack-rat possessions. Lara cannot find the last clues buried within Baba’s hundred-year-old house when the rooms are filled to the ceiling with her clutter. Events come to a head when a snoopy neighbor learns of the egg and uses nefarious means to snatch the Fabergé egg for herself.
THE SASQUATCH KID (Lower Middle Grade, 22,000 Words)
When Ricky Romero befriends a young Sasquatch he doesn’t expect that six days later he’ll end up resorting to burglary.
Eleven-year-old Ricky is an outdoors enthusiast with a propensity for rescuing injured animals, such as his pet raccoon. When he discovers a poacher’s trap line, he bribes his sister Lisa to help set free the animals. After driving their snowmobile to the Cascade Mountains, they find a trapped young Sasquatch. Once freed, its leg is so mangled by the trap’s jaws that it can’t walk. Ricky must choose whether to take the critter home or let the poacher kill it.
He convinces Lisa to help him nurse the animal back to health, then release it. Of course they must hide the Sasquatch from adults—because grown-ups always mess up. Ricky hones his skills at creative storytelling as they dash from one deception to another. The Sasquatch Kid becomes Ricky’s friend, but is hard to hide. The boy’s widowed father finds the animal and gives it to the district ranger, who cages it inside an alarmed building.
Then Ricky overhears a scientist say he’ll use the child Sasquatch as bait to capture the rest of its family. Ricky knows only one way to rescue his imprisoned primate friend from the Sasquatch-snatchers. He hires the school bully, an incorrigible burglar nicknamed Rattler. When Rattler sets in motion his master plan, things go wrong. Terribly wrong.