Title: BLUFF, RAISE, FOLD
Age Category: Young Adult
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 86,000
Pitch: The Godfather meets Mean Girls in Vegas with magic. Seventeen-year-old Sierra Redstone would kill to rule her brutal clan of sorcerers. But when she infiltrates her enemies, an unlikely friendship throws her loyalties into doubt.
First 250 Words of the Manuscript:
I tossed my keys to the valet and strode up the casino’s palatial red steps. When I turned to look for my date, he was trailing behind me. Clearly, this was his first time in Vegas. What was his name again? Lawrence? Lee? Lucas? Probably Lucas.
“Sierra, wait.” Probably-Lucas caught up to me and offered his arm. I shifted my leather clutch to the other hand and gave him my precisely polite smile.
This was a waste of time. I should be managing the family casinos, or fighting sages, or negotiating mercenary contracts—anything but dating useless pretty boys from old money clans. But I had to keep Grandfather happy until he officially gave up on my cousin and named me the heir.
My date tried to guide me through the crowd of normals, and I gritted my teeth as my arm brushed against the protruding belly of a tourist. The whole casino reeked of stale cigarettes and sweat.
Probably-Lucas stepped beneath the imitation Chinatown gate into the Shanghai Casino. He stopped and glanced around like he was lost. The main floor was a jumble of “authentic” Eastern culture: Chinese lanterns dangled from the ceiling, Mongolian armor stood on display, and a Japanese fan hung on the wall above the Korean symbol for luck. The waitresses wore tight red cheongsam dresses with collars that came up to the neck and skirts that barely reached the thighs.
What could I say? We gave the people what they wanted.