The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, December 23, 2016

A Harried Holiday and Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday # 40




        This has been a busy week or so. Working until Wednesday meant I only had a few days before the holiday really got into full swing. And tomorrow is... well, tomorrow is the beginning of a fun week. Christmas Eve. Christmas. New Year's Eve... and then we begin 2017.

       Speaking of new things... Last night my son got engaged. His fiancee is a delightful young lady and they make a cute couple. From what he planned, she was going to go through a scavenger hunt at the zoo--in the evening, with all the holiday lights surrounding her--and at the end, he was going to propose. They had gone ring shopping a while ago, so barring an escaped tiger running amok and requiring the zoo to close, I'm assuming everything happened as planned. (I'll find out today.)

        Do you have an interesting proposal story? Or a funny break-up story? 
    
  • Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your book.
  • You choose the genre. A children's book? A playful cookbook? A memoir? You decide.
  • Write an enticing blurb--150 words or less. (The title doesn't count in the word count.) Lisa Ricard Claro was the original creator of this project  and this past summer, her third novel Love to Win debuted. Now she's working on her fourth novel. Check out her website. Right now, she's dreaming of a black and white Christmas... a holiday surrounded by her published books as she basks in all the pages--black ink on white paper--that she's written.
  • Include your blurb in a blog post. Include a link to this post. 
  • Link your post to Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky is easy. You don't have to buy him a drink or anything. If you've never done it, you'll be impressed with how simple he is.
  • Check out the other blurb(s). It's interesting to see the different directions writers take, given the same photo.
  • And have fun with it. Think of it as a way to take a break from the truly important writing you do... like a bit of a warm-up.
      Here is the book cover and my blurb:




A Mother’s Tale

Ida Ho Tater had enough children to fill a bushel basket. She did her best with them. She really did. Ida kept them well-scrubbed and in a cool, dark place at all times, turning them on a regular basis so none of them went bad.  (Her sister’s kids went au gratin! Shudder! She never wanted that to happen to her spudlets.)

But when the whole bunch of them fell in love with all things French, Ida tried to mash down on their obsession. She beat them. She whipped them, but nothing worked. The spudlets held tight to their love of the French language. The bread. The cheese. They refused to listen to their mama.

And when the fingerlings all decided to leave the family home and totally embrace the French lifestyle, Mama Tater knew that the end would not be pretty.

In fact, it ended with tragedy… (150 words)



And for those who like to work ahead (and I mean you, Val), here is the photo for next week's blurb:




10 comments:

  1. Congratulations to your son and his fiancee. And to you for making me laugh with the tater tots. Oh my, you have an imagination.

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    1. Linda--They make a darling couple. And right back at ya--YOU make ME laugh all the time.

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  2. That's hilarious! Congratulations to the kids!

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    1. MZ--Thanks. You make me open my mouth--gaping wide--in amazement over your poems. If I can make you occasionally smile, that's great.

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  3. Congrats to your boy and his gal!

    As for Ida Ho...The mashing, the beating, the whipping! I couldn't get a grip on that angle, though my mind was humming along in the background toying with the possibilities. I am also quite jealous of the well-scrubbed and turning references, and while I DID think of the fingerling, I couldn't fit it in without it sounding pervy.

    Well done, Madam!

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    1. Val--My tally marks--as far as puns--are still far less than your tally marks. Thanks--as always--for playing along. Most weeks, it's just you and me. I guess we don't play well with others?

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  4. Congratulations on the engagement!

    I feel sorry for poor Ida Ho. Sometimes our kids don't go the path you want them to and they have to pay the consequences of their actions. :)

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    1. Pat--Thanks.

      Those pesky little tots. Sometimes they DO get themselves into a pickle. Or a frying pan...

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  5. Sounds like some exciting stuff is happening in your family. So much fun. Congratulations!

    Pat
    www.patwahler.com

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    1. Pat--Yes, it's gettin' exciting around here.

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