Edit: Please see the revised query here - viewtopic.php?f=13&t=925&p=12128#p12128.
If you want to read the first five pages, you can find the latest version here - viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1111&p=12130#p12130
Also, if you have a few minutes to spare, I would greatly appreciate help with my 4-page synopsis, located here - viewtopic.php?f=14&t=1306
Original first draft of the query below.
Two weeks before the 2016 Olympics, Jaime Adricks quits his favorite online video game, Ages: High Seas, where thousands followed the exploits of his pirate character, Captain Bluff. He was this close to defeating his archenemy, but he can’t take the game seriously anymore since the cross-over started with Ages: World War. Nazis have no damned place in the seventeenth century Caribbean.
But when he finds out his suicidal ex-girlfriend Afiong has disappeared in a politically unstable Brazil, to bring her home safely Jaime accepts the aid of Alessandra, a Brazilian gamer who claims to have faerie powers, and whose superspy character in World War just recently smuggled her way aboard a time-traveling U-Boat into Jaime’s High Seas.
Alê guides him through a country about to break into civil war, convinces him to help her defeat video game Nazis, and falls for his daring charm in the game, in reality, and occasionally in-between. But before he can believe he can let himself fall in love again, Jaime has to come to terms with the pain he caused Afiong, and learn to accept the magical world Alê reveals to him.
Meeting of the Waters is a 113,000-word [genre] novel. I don't have any print fiction credits, but the role-playing game website http://www.enworld.org is publishing my War of the Burning Sky fantasy novel as a monthly column, and since 2002 I have written two dozen role-playing game products that have been published (some in print, most online) by companies including Paizo, Goodman Games, and E.N. Publishing.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
I have a wee problem with this book. I don’t know what genre it is. Though the focus is a love story, it’s not a romance by the way I see the genre defined. (It might count as a traditional romance; y’know, the Arthurian kind with questing and such.) It has a strong component of magical realism, but there’s a lot more action than a normal literary novel has, because I have parallel stories of them in the real world, and their characters fighting time-traveling Nazis and evil pirates. Does that make it contemporary fantasy?
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