The Hitman's Mistake

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Sally Brandle

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The Hitman's Mistake-While a witness and FBI agent escape mobsters, they can’t escape falling in love.


Action, Romance, Suspense / Thriller, Adventure, Drama, Crime,,Romance,Suspense/Thriller,Adventure,Drama,Crime

Short Summary

Miranda Whitley's forced to work after hours caring for plants in a Seattle municipal building. She's the hitman's mistake, when the foliage hides her during an attempted mob hit on a federal judge. She saves the judge and flees to a small town in Montana, hoping to locate a vacationing FBI agent.

Miranda realizes she's strong enough to handle Grant's dangerous job, not knowing he's left the FBI. He brings Red, the mule, to Seattle with his proposal for life together in Montana. Grant and Miranda overpower the crooked cop still hunting Miranda and make plans for their future in Emma Springs.


Seattle, Emma Springs, Montana-picturesque rural town

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise

Overcoming Monster/Villain,,Internal Journey/Rebirth

Plot - Other Elements

Happy Ending, Meaningful Message,,Meaningful Message

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Miranda Whitley

Age: 25

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Naive, Strong Moral Code, Underdog, Complex, Faithful, Perseverance, Romantic, Aspiring, Desperate, Funny, Beautiful, Empathetic, Heroic, Insecure,Complex,Desperate,Insecure,Romantic,Selfless,Modest,Faithful,Heroic,Strong Moral Code,Skillful,Sexy

Additional Character Details

Name: Grant Morley

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Heroic, Honorable, Masculine, Sexy, Strong Moral Code, Complex, Decisive, Confident, Faithful, Patriotic, Badass, Blunt,Adventurous,Masculine,Selfless,Skillful,Strong Moral Code,Unapologetic,Leader,Faithful,Confident,Sexy,Honorable,Complex

Additional Character Details

Name: Venom-the hitman

Age: 58

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Desperate, Faithful, Complex, Skillful, Villainous, Aggressive, Badass, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Perseverance, Secretive, Blunt, Confident, Unapologetic, Criminal, Decisive,Skillful,Unapologetic,Romantic,Criminal,Complex,Lone Wolf,Greedy

Additional Character Details

Name: Big Red-the mule

Age: 8

Gender: Other

Role: emotional

Key Traits: Empathetic, Faithful, Heroic, Badass, Confident,Skillful,Confident

Development Pitch

Suspense, romance, action. Friday night. 6 PM. An eerie stillness pervades shadows in the empty Seattle Federal Building. An inconspicuous woman pruning lobby plants awkwardly meets a buff FBI agent she's watched from afar, and learns he's headed to a mountain vacation. Moments after he leaves, she's "The Hitman's Mistake", as an attempted mob hit unfolds before her hidden eyes. The victim she rescues tells her to flee-a cop instantly on scene now knows she's involved. Who'll help? She escapes to Montana in search of the agent, the person she must trust. A dude ranch sits closest to his family home. She books a room and catches a Greyhound. Miranda's journey to locate Agent Grant Morley continues while she trail rides a mule up the mountain. It ends when Grant finds her in the woods with a bullet hole in her side. To him, she could be a hapless victim or a devious accessory to a heinous crime. While they battle to survive and untangle the layers of deceit masking police cover ups, an undeniable attraction between Miranda and Grant pulls them together, and then thrusts them apart. A family would hinder his career goals, and she longs for a husband and children. Arresting the mobster earns Grant a promotion to ASAC in Reno, but Miranda's lost her own family and knows the danger of his job. In Reno, Grant concludes he can do more good by mentoring. He brings Red, the mule, to Seattle. In the final confrontation, they fight the crooked cop and plan a life together in Montana.

About The Author

Multi-award winning author Sally Brandle weaves slow-burning romance into edgy suspense stories. Sally left a career as an industrial baking instructor to bring to life stories motivating readers to trust their instincts. Her rescue Aussie is her companion during long spells of writing or afternoons spent riding on the wind with her twenty-nine year old Quarter Horse. Sign up for her newsletter at for freebies. The Hitman’s Mistake opens her Love Thrives in Emma Springs series of stories (without intimate scenes). Torn By Vengeance, Book 2, continues showcasing friendship, courageous women, and the men who deserve their love. The Targeted Pawn, Book 3, releases 3/20.

Target Audiences

Age: 18-34,35-54,55+

Target Gender: Female Leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: with a Publisher

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Year Published: 2018

Hard Copy Available