The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, April 22, 2016

Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday # 11

This is a weekly writing exercise. But it's also supposed to be fun. Write a book blurb for the cover photo below. And you only have 150 words (or less) to do it.

  • You choose the genre of your prospective novel. Is it a mystery? Chick lit? A romance? A sci-fi story? A horror story?
  • Post your blurb on your post... and then link your blog, using the charming Mr. Linky below. (It's really easy. If I can do it, anybody can do it.)
  • Make it enticing. A book blurb is crafted to seduce the reader into buying the book. But it has to be enticing and succinct.
  • Check out the other linked blurbs, and leave a comment. You'd be surprised how different our inspiration is, given the same photo. 
  • If you enjoy writing or reading these, head to Lisa Ricard Claro's site. Lisa was the brainchild behind this book blurb idea many years ago. However, don't expect her to reply if you leave a comment and say, "Thanks," because she's on an international romance writers' conference tour right now. Her keynote address--each time she speaks--is called, "They Don't All Have to Have Brimming-Over Bosoms On the Cover, Do They?"

      The photo for the next week is also included, so you have some think-time...



Dusty's Last Trail

         Dusty had been a cowgirl all her life. She rode. She roped. She strung barbed wire with the best of 'em. Her callouses, her sore joints, her skin as breeze-browned as an acorn... they were all proof that a woman's as good as a man. Most of the time.

         But when she celebrated her 35th year of life, Dusty wondered. What else did life have in store for her? When she got too stiff to climb into the saddle, what would she do?

          One day, her uncertainty overwhelmed her. She slid off Beckett--one of her favorite horses--and swatted his rear end playfully. "Go on Beck. Go home." Dusty jammed her hands into the pockets of her blue jeans, looked around, hung her hat on the first fence post she passed... and headed out on the biggest adventure of her life. (141 words)



       This is the photo for next week. It's from morguefile, just like the picture above. (Thanks, Cathy C. Hall). Hopefully some blurb will bubble up in your brain about this character...











15 comments:

  1. Absolutely LOVE this blurb. Dusty is an interesting character and the idea of following her around as her adventures unfold is a great idea. You ought to do something with this one! (My current WIP is rooted in one of my old Book Blurb Friday posts.)

    How did you know about my dislike for over-brimming bosoms on book covers? My one and only *NO!!!* for my covers was exactly that kind of stuff. No boobs, no half-naked men, no XXX clenches of hero & heroine. Which is how I ended up with a gazebo on every cover. lol Maybe sales would spike if there was at least one bare-chested guy...maybe Caleb with the tool belt. :)

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    1. No Fabio? Sigh. (Just kidding.)

      I know one writer friend who shall be nameless (but her name rhymes with beLINDA) who would LOVE to have Caleb on the cover... with nothing but a tool belt.

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  2. Very good. I wonder if your Dusty is going to meet my Sander???

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    1. Claudia--That is a possibility...

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  3. Monty Python meets Back to the Future.

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    1. Michael--Oh, you think the guy is dressed in an odd way?

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  4. I hope, wherever Dusty is headed, that hat-hair is a sought-after sign of beauty.

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    1. Val--I'm sure she'll encounter a "dry bar" on the trail, and will get her hair blown out.

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  5. That's a right interestin' book blurb there, Sioux. But my money's on the chain-mailing wearin' dude in glasses. Now THAT's a story. :-)

    (Glad you liked Morguefile, Sioux!)

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    1. Cathy--I think that guy is going to inspire some weird stories. (By the way, I saw several episodes of Dexter today, which stars your half-brother, half brother-in-law, Michael C. Hall. ;)

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  6. As soon as I saw the picture I thought "Monty Python". Men in tights? Jolly good fun!

    Pat
    Critter Alley

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    1. Pat--I thought so too, as far as odd and fun.

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  7. I'm not sure what happened, but I plan to participate in all of these. I'll just be doing them all at once, once I catch up. And the linky thing is not showing up, but maybe it's on my end - or did you do away with it?

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  8. Okay, finally got around to it and will be doing #12 as well!

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  9. I love all the different takes on all these pictures. It's really quite interesting to see what folks come up with. I'm glad I don't read any until I've posted.

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