When Stars Align

E. K. McCoy

Book Cover

GENRE

DRAMA ROMANCE SUSPENSE/THRILLER FAMILY ACTION OTHER

    Core Theme

    LOSS, LOVE, DESTINY

    TIME PERIOD

    2000s

    COMPARABLE TITLES

    WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, JUST LIKE HEAVEN

    CHARACTER LIST

    • AUGGIE: LATE 20S, ER DOCTOR, HANDSOME, RESPONSIBLE, PERSEVERANT

    • ELISE: 20S, PETITE, BEAUTIFUL, TALENTED MUSICIAN, AUGGIE’S GIRLFRIEND

    • MARIE: 20S, ADVENTURESOME, CONFIDENT, CARING, ELISE’S BEST FRIEND

    • OLIVE: 60S, SWEET, LOVING, GENEROUS, ELISE’S GRANDMOTHER

    • BOBBIE: 30, BEAUTIFUL, CONNIVING, WORKS WITH AUGGIE AS A FELLOW DOCTOR

    Logline

    Fate and time weave a riveting, heartwarming tale of why Dr. Augustus (Auggie) Owens was forced in her direction from the minute he laid eyes on her. Their paths were destined to cross, and there's no stopping destiny.

    Target Audiences

    Age: 18-34

    Target Gender: Female Leaning,Universal

    Setting

    Cincinnati, Ohio

    Based on a True Story

    No

    Publishing Details

    Status: Yes: self-published

    Publisher: Self- Published through Amazon

    Year Published: 2018

    Starting Description

    Trauma specialist Dr. Owens is working one fateful night when a nearly lifeless Jane Doe is brought into the ER. As he quickly works to save her life he realizes this is no Jane Doe lying before him, it is Elsie. The only women he's ever loved, that he foolishly left and has never recovered from.

    Ending Description

    The story travels back and forth between present time as Auggie fights to save Elsie’s life and seven years earlier when they first met and fell in love. Their love story develops as Elsie battles for her life. If Auggie is able to save her life will that make up for the pain he caused her?

    Group Specific

    Information not completed

    Hard Copy Available

    Yes

    ISBN

    9781727884197

    Mature Audience Themes

    Language/Profanity

    Plot - Other Elements

    Meaningful Message,Twist,Other

    Plot - Premise

    Other

    Main Character Details

    Name: Elsie McCormick

    Age: ranges from 18-25

    Gender: Female

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Selfless,Skillful,Sarcastic,Insecure,Empathetic,Complex,Charming,Aspiring,Modest

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Dr. Augustus Owens (Auggie)

    Age: 21-28 (book spans through 7 years)

    Gender: Male

    Role: Protagonist

    Key Traits: Masculine,Charming,Sexy,Confident,Skillful,Unapologetic,Leader,Decisive,Complex,Adventurous,Power Hungry,Heartthrob,Educated

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Marie Scarborough

    Age: this book spans from college -young adult

    Gender: Female

    Role: sidekick

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Sexy,Empathetic,Engaging,Faithful,Honorable,Leader,Unapologetic,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt

    Additional Character Details

    Name: Bobbie

    Age: 21-28

    Gender: Female

    Role: antagonist

    Key Traits: Adventurous,Charming,Confident,Funny,Outspoken,Blunt,Sexy,Power Hungry,Unapologetic,Manipulative,Seductive

    Development Pitch

    When Stars Align is a captivating love story with a surprising twist that will leave viewers on the edge of their seat until the very end. The story is designed to travel back and forth between present day, while Dr. Owens is fighting to save Elsie's life and seven years ago, when they first fell in love. When Stars Align would make a perfect swoon-worthy and suspenseful movie, engaging the viewers from the very first scene and leave them wondering what will happen until the very end. The characters are designed for viewers to instantly fall in love with. Dr. Auggie Owens is a charming, confident and sexy doctor, with a dark past, that every women will fall in love with. Elsie McCormick, is a kind-hearted, selfless and beautiful women who is extremely musically talented. The only thing holding her back from pursuing her dreams? Her traumatic past and lack of self confidence. Her story will leave every viewer cheering her on from the beginning. Will Auggie be able to save Elsie's life? If so, will Elsie be able to recover from all all the pain he caused her in the past?

    Genre

    ROMANCE, DRAMA

    Brief

    Two soulmates meet one night and have a whirlwind romance. A misguided attempt at trying to do what is best, results in a devastating break up. Seven years later, they are reunited when he, an ER doctor, sees his former love in front of him after a horrific accident. He saves her life and relives their relationship in his thoughts while she faces a long road to recovery.

    Overall Rating

    GOOD

    Point of View

    THIRD PERSON

    Narrative Elements

    Authors Writing Style: GOOD

    Characterization: GOOD

    Commerciality: EXCELLENT

    Franchise Potential: FAIR

    Pace: GOOD

    Premise: GOOD

    Structure: GOOD

    Theme: GOOD

    Accuracy of Book Profile

    The book profile is accurate.

    Draw of Story

    The suspense of finding out if she will be able to recover and if so, will they rekindle their love affair.

    Possible Drawbacks

    It felt as if it was going to go off the rails when she is seemingly jealous unjustly. However, this is qualified later in the story and therefore, fixes itself.

    Use of Special Effects

    THE STORY DOES NOT RELY ON SPECIAL EFFECTS

    Primary Hook of Story

    A chance of reawakening a long lost love is an appealing notion.

    Fanbase Potential

    This has such a romantic angle that it is most likely going to skew towards a primarily female audience. However, it will also serve as good date movie.

    Awards Potential

    This is probably not epic enough to have awards potential.

    Envisioned Budget

    MEDIUM BUDGET

    Similar Films/TV Series

    WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING, JUST LIKE HEAVEN

    What’s New About the Story

    It is already an original story. Making the ending hopeful, but not a completely "Hollywood" style resolution makes it unique too.

    Lead Characters

    The in-depth physical description makes the characters seem more real and relatable.

    Uniqueness of Story

    It's hard to qualify this as a rare gem as it is, but it certainly has great potential. It's emotional and very believable.

    Possible Formats

    Film - Studio, Film - Streaming, Film - Indie, TV Series - Limited Run / Mini-Series

    Analyst Recommendation

    CONSIDER

    Justification

    This is definitely a sweet story with a lot of potential for adaptation. It is marketable and would be too terribly expensive to produce.

    Brief

    A trauma doctor realizes that the catastrophically injured young woman in front of him is the only woman he has ever loved. As he fights to save her life, flashbacks of their relationship flood his memory and his heart.

    What We Liked

    Romance, romance, romance. The story is very sweet, emotional and engaging. The suspense of learning what happened to break up the relationship and wondering if it can be rekindled keep the reader riveted.

    Film: The strong character development makes this a good candidate for adaptation into a film feature. The story structure is compact enough to be translated easily to big screen.

    TV: The unfolding of the relationship in flashbacks while Elise fights for her life could be made into a television miniseries.

    Key points: Character driven; Musical element; Strong female lead; Romantic; Hopeful ending

    Synopsis

    Elsie, is a petite young woman who lost her parents way too young. Though she was raised by her loving grandmother, Olive, her tragic past still holds her back and saps her self-confidence. The one constant in her life is her dear best friend, Marie. On a dark night just immediately after serving as Maid of Honor at Marie’s wedding, Elsie is crossing the street when she is hit by a drunk driver. As her broken body lies bloody in the street, Elsie slips out of herself and no longer feels any pain. Dr. Auggie Owens is the doctor on duty in the ER on this rainy night. A catastrophically injured Jane Doe is delivered to the hospital. It will be a miracle if he can save her. As he works to stabilize her, he notices a familiar scar and is shocked when he realizes that the critically hurt woman is Elsie McCormack, the only woman he has ever loved. He broke her heart seven years ago and now he has the chance to give her the explanation she deserves. He works tirelessly and her life is ultimately saved.

    As Elsie is undergoing multiple surgeries and fighting for her life, flashbacks of their relationship narrate the story. Auggie remembers being immediately drawn to Elsie seven years ago when he sees her at a college frat party. They begin a whirlwind romance. They both share the tragic loss of their parents at a young age and it draws them even closer together. Marie and Olive have the pleasure of meeting Auggie and are both thrilled that he makes Elsie so happy. After Elsie graduates from college and Auggie finishes his residency, they plan to relocate to Nashville so Elsie can pursue a career in the music industry. The night before they are supposed to move in together, Auggie disappears without a trace. He even erases all evidence of him from her life. Elsie is devastated. Marie and Olive try to console her, but Olive passes away unexpectedly leaving Marie as the only person Elsie has left in the world. Elsie ultimately pulls herself out of her crippling depression and goes to Nashville for her music. She started out writing songs for others, but she soon becomes a recording artist, launching a career as a country music singer. Auggies reason for deserting Elsie is revealed. Auggie wasn’t awarded the job in Nashville that he hoped for. It was given to Bobbie, his friend and colleague. Bobbie was secretly in love in Auggie and she stole the job out from under him so he wouldn’t go to Nashville with Elsie. Though Auggie doesn’t want to be with Bobbie, he thinks she might be right that he is holding Elsie back, so he decided to leave her for her own good. Since the way in which he did it was so cruel that he wants to be able to give her the explanation.

    After Elsie is released from the hospital, she still has a long road to recovery. She has no memory of Auggie when he visits her at her home. She knows him only as the doctor who saved her life. He leaves her his contact information just in case she ever wants to be in touch with him. After he leaves, memories of their romance begin to flood back to her. She realizes that the reason they were brought together in the first place was so that they could fulfill this destiny.

    About The Author

    E. K. McCoy is the award winning author of Surviving McCoy. She was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, where all her novels take place. When she's not writing you can find her working as an Ultrasound Technician or teaching at Cincinnati State. She enjoys volunteering with her church, spending time with family and friends and supporting her two fun-loving daughters in all their endeavors.