The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, March 4, 2016

Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday # 4

           Well, Lisa Ricard Claro started it, years ago, but then she got too busy jetting from continent to continent with her soon-to-be three novels, and she had to give it up.

         Recently, I finally decided to revive it. I've been limping along, sweating the technology of Mr. Linky every week (worried that I'll screw it up) , but you're in luck (next week, that is. This week, you're stuck with one of my lame-o photos.) Lynn Obermoeller sent me (several times, due to my technical nincompoopdom) some great photos. So be on track with us this week, and check out the photo for 3/11 (you'll find the photo for that blurb at the end of the post).

       Here's the low-down on Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday:

  •        Use the photo that's posted every Friday. Consider it the front cover          of your book.
  •        You choose the genre. Perhaps your book is a romance. Perhaps it's a        a YA novel. Maybe it's historical fiction. It's your book. You decide.
  •        Write an enticing "blurb" for your book, in 150 words or less.
  •        Post your blurb on your blog. And then link your blurb to Mr. Linky.            (Mr. Linky is extremely easy. Even my very-blonde dog can do it.)
  •        Of course, feel free to check out the other blurbs. You might be                  surprised with another writer's take on the same picture...
Here's the photo for this week's Back-of-the-Book Blurb:

Terror on the Tracks

Out in Monette County, you can hear the plaintive wail of the train's whistle three times a day. The folks that live in Cabool can set their watches on it. The 10:03, the 1:27, the 5:18... The trains clack through the hilly countryside right on time every day. Folks that live near the tracks used to find solace in the whistle and the rhythmic rumbling.

That's all in the past.

Now, something strange is going on... and it's tearing the folks in Cabool apart. In the past three years there's been seven tragedies. Seven people mowed down by a train. Seven lives cut short by a choo choo. And it's always happened when the 5:18 is flying through.

Is there an engineer at the switch who's got his own evil agenda? Will the town pull together to figure out the mystery...

… before tragedy strikes again? (147 words)

If you're playing along with us, please post your blurb on your blog, and link your blog here, with the help of Mr. Linky.

        And now, here's the photo for the 3/11 book blurb. I'm really excited about this one because I already have an idea... and unlike my blurbs  so far, this one will be a bit more whimsical. A bit more quirky.

      If you're still wondering why you should participate in Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday, think of what a stretch it is. Genre dabbling. Word reducing. Who knows? You might even come up with a real book idea...

photo by Lynn Obermoeller



  1. This sounds like a spooky Stephen King kind of book! An evil train...would be an interesting book to read for sure.

    1. Claudia--I'd like to read a book like that too. But to write it? Not so much...

  2. I made the mistake of reading your blurb first before posting mine, although I had it ready to go - thank goodness - otherwise I would've skipped after reading yours. I love it. And Bookie is right, it does sound like a Stephen King kind of tale. (Ha, I just caught up with reading last Friday's blurbs.)

    1. Lynn--I think the cool thing about the blurbs is they're all different. Some are more humorous, some are more mysterious, some are more historical.

      Same photo, different take.

  3. Let the record show that my first year of teaching was in the town right next to Cabool, and my best friend that year taught IN Cabool. Of course I'm sure your Cabool is fictional, what with the different county and all.

    Ah, Cabool. You may think you know, but you have no idea...

    1. Val--My half-sister grew up in Monette, and her ex-husband grew up in Cabool. I thought each were funny names to use.

  4. Wow, next week's picture is a doozy!

    Critter Alley

    1. Pat--I think so, too. It's one from Lynn, and even though I know what the photo is depicting, my blurb is going to go in a completely different direction...

  5. Here is the link to my blurb:


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