The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, March 10, 2011

It's Book Blurb Friday! Yahoo!

        A blogging friend of mine---Lisa Ricard Claro---has launched a new meme.  (I have no idea how to pronounce that, or what it means. Hopefully no one will ask me...) 

         Every Friday (actually, late on Thursday) she will post a photo. It is your mission---if you choose to accept it---to write a blurb that would appear on the book cover, so that readers are enticed enough to purchase the book.

       Unfortunately, when I tried to (repeatedly) save the photo (it's an interesting shot of some trees, shot by Christina Claro), I got some weird message: "server rejected," if I remember correctly.

        Check out Lisa's blog.  Come up with a blurb of your own.  Don't be afraid. Stick your toes in. The water's warm and just right...

       And without further fanfare (because the story is not trumpet-worthy), here is my blurb:

The Whisper in the Trees

         When Annie returned with rusty-red stains on her shirt, no one was suspicious. After all, it was raspberry season...

        But when her grandson Manuel was still missing four days later, suspicions swirled.  Annie was the last one to see the toddler alive.  Could she have done something to him? Impossible!

         Or was it... 

          At the end of the fourth day of searches, Annie confessed. She would take the authorities to where Manuel lay, his head crushed...on the condition that her estranged husband came along. He needed to see the horror that was on his shoulders.

          Because, according to Annie, every time she hit Manuel with the rock, it was a blow meant for Duffy. It was a pay-back for his abandonment. For his cheating. For all the lies he told.

           Unfortunately, the trees had not become silenced.  They were still whispering...still clamoring.

          But for what? (149 words)



  1. Hey Sioux - Sorry you had trouble with the photo. I was on my blog working on another post...wonder if that bumfuzzled it somehow? Anyway, love your blurb! I laughed at the "raspberry season," but then it turned deliciously dark. It is a twist that Annie confesses. I'll buy it! I want to know what really happened!

  2. Wow, Sioux! I've never witnessed your Dark Side! You must've been around JTU too much lately! :o
    Superb and masterly blurb!

  3. Sioux,
    How painful this must have been to write. Excellently done,though.

  4. OMG. How deliciously dark and twisted. Stunning!

    Book Blurb Friday

  5. Wow that's rather scary. Nice job though.

  6. Hi Sioux,
    Twisted, terrifying and terrific.
    Great job.

  7. Those trees really saw some for the rest of the story they will tell!

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  9. Hey Sioux, I read your story "Swizzle Stick" in Cuivre River Anthology that I had purchased from Becky. That was really good.

  10. I have real chills reading that - excellent blurb!

  11. Oh my - a twisted murder mystery. Did she really do it? How awful!

  12. Ooooh...[shudder]...!! Creepily haunting language and imagery. I want to read this one.

  13. Woa-I wasn't quite expecting this. Did she do it? I hope not... Wonderful writing although painful imagery.

  14. Ooh, Sioux, I hope Annie didn't really do that. No matter how mad a woman is at her husband, the idea of killing a child instead ...brrr ...very unexpected.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  15. Ooooh! Dark and twisted are definitely the words!


  16. Oh my God...this gave me chills.

  17. hi Sioux

    This promises to be a gripping story, with a great hook

    I read your memetastic post before this one and it makes it even more chilling ...


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