No new writing today, but I did write the query for Bell-Men. It is, if I may say so, a marvel of obfuscation. The bald, ugly truth of Bell-Men is that it's about an elf who goes into the world of scary monsters that turn out to be humans in order to save another elf from vampires. Also, there are fairies. No one in the universe would want to read a book described that way, though, not even me. Thus, my query (which still needs polishing, but you get the idea):
When security guard Cam Reeves is hired to trace an abducted woman, she thinks it will be a straightforward job. Instead, she finds that the woman has been taken to the world of the bell-men--nightmare creatures from old legends. Cam's always been a little superstitious, but she never really believed in the bell-men. Now she's not sure what else might be true.
The more she digs, the more she discovers that her world isn't as peaceful as it seems. The ruling Thanes maintain a spell to keep the bell-men exiled, a spell that requires blood sacrifices on each full moon. Worse, one of the Thanes has turned rogue and is behind the abduction Cam is investigating.
With the ruling Thanes willing to kill Cam to keep their secrets, and the rogue Thane wanting to take her captive for his own schemes, Cam reluctantly crosses into the bell-men's world to escape both and find the abducted woman. But even here, things aren't what Cam expected. The bell-men are victims, not monsters. Cam has to choose which side to fight for--assuming she can survive to fight at all.
See? No mention of elves, fairies, or vampires. Now I just need to write the synopsis.