I'll never grow old ... and some of my other favorite fantasies!

I’ll never grow old … and some of my other favorite words of fiction!

Once Upon a Tour

LDS Fiction – COMPLETED at 88K words
Status: Querying Publishers

Query letter

Dear Publisher:

Creepy castles, exotic sights, and flirty foreign men—it’s no wonder ALINA, a starry-eyed Mormon girl, is in love for the third time in three weeks. When a guided tour of Eastern Europe repeatedly reveals her naïve choices, she must decide whether her love is real or only imagined.

Alina knows that she sees the world through fairy tale-colored glasses—after all, she writes sappy romances and collects old fairy tales. But why stifle her overactive imagination when there’s romance all around? With every new castle, Alina envisions herself in historical romances where she’s chased by delicious vampires, roguish robbers, and conspiring counts—right into the arms of intrepid heroes. But in her short stories, as well as her real life, her romances don’t end well.

Once Upon a Tour follows Alina as she first meets DANIEL, a cute Swiss frequent-flyer, and then ALEXI, an amorous Romanian tour guide who pursues her around his country, romancing her at every step. Trying to watch out for her, the young, over-protective tour company owner, ERIC, keeps getting in the way – irritating her, annoying her, but finally rescuing her from Alexi.

To mend her wounded affections, she lands in the arms of Eric, who is trying to heal his own broken heart. Unable to decide whether love or rebounding keeps bringing them together, Alina makes a clean break from Eric in order to protect him from further pain. But pain is all he feels when they reach Switzerland, and she falls back into Daniel’s lap.

Luckily, God has a plan for her; only He knows which romance that began Once Upon a Tour will finally survive.

My LDS fiction, Once Upon a Tour, completed at 88,000 words, mirrors the locations in Eastern Europe that I toured in May, 2010. My novel capitalizes on three things that LDS women love: touring/serving in foreign countries, imagining fairy tales, and reliving historical romances.

Waiting to be published,
D. Ogden Huff

I finally have some stamps in my passport. Not everyone has a mother who takes them on an all-expense-paid trip to Easter Europe. Luckily, I do. Obviously, a humongeous thank you was in order. So I decided to give mom one of her favorite things--a Romance novel. Maybe now she'll take me with her to Spain.