The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #14

It's Book Blurb Friday. Every week there is a great photo to get your imaginative juices flowing. Your challenge: write a blurb for a book to match the picture on the front cover, and keep it at 150 words or less...Go to Lisa Ricard Claro's blog to get a much better explanation than I have here...

Virginie was dying. Having given up on life, not even Nutella slathered on a croissant could tempt her. All she did was lie in bed all day and look out the window.

With her friends and family huddled around her, she pointed her finger towards the window and proclaimed, “I will only last as long as the geranium. When the last petal is gone, I will be gone as well.”

But the last few petals clung on all summer, into the fall and winter, and were still there the next spring. By that time, Virginie had regained the will to live, and no longer even gave the red flower a second thought.

Was the geranium magical? Or was some prank responsible for the ever-lasting petals refusing to budge? (The answer will surprise and move you.)

"I'm going to sue you!  This sounds suspiciously like a story I wrote."  --O Henry

"Did you know you can make a papier mache humidor out of those fallen geranium petals? Watch my show on Thursday to find out how..."  --Martha Stewart

135 words not including the "reviews"


  1. I really wanted to use that geranium but couldn't think how - you have done it proud - and the reviews are brilliant.

  2. LOL, I love the quotes at the end!

  3. Great job, and your quotes made me laugh so hard I woke my husband.

  4. Oh my gosh!!! This one is incredibly filled with fantasy and dreams. Perhaps!!

    5 rue Balard is my book blurb for the week.

    Have a great Friday!!!

  5. Now this is a heartwarming story to move the most cynical reader to tears . . . I love the 'reviews':-)

  6. Your story is great, but the reviews cracked me up ... I am laughing out loud.

    Mind over matter works a lot, and I think that is what we have going on here.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend,

    Kathy M.

  7. Excellent use of the geranium, which really should have been long gone by spring.
    I agree about the reviews. Hilarious.
    — K

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

  8. I cracked up when I got to the quotes at the end, because as I was reading I thought, "This sounds like an O. Henry story!" LOL This is great. I love the Nutella bit. Haha...she's in dire straights if neither Nutella nor croissant can budge her. I'm ready to be "surprised and moved," and Virginie sounds like a hoot!

  9. This mystery would certainly be worth reading-what an idea! I even see the movie that would surely follow... What kind of surprises would be in store for us?

  10. The remark by Martha Stewart was hilarious! Loved the fact that the geranium lasted all year and our heroine improved in spite of herself. Love it!


  11. Love the way you made the geranium so important! Great tease - a hint of the supernatural with a light touch, great!

  12. I'm with Lisa--giving up on nutella + croissant = giving up on life. So tragic!! But those reviews cheered me right up and will cause spontaneous giggling for the rest of the night. Well done!

  13. I want to know who has been playing Switch The Geranium. Please write this story and include instructions for the geranium petal humidor. :D


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