The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, December 16, 2016

Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday #39

        This weekend I will be at the University City Half-Price Book store all day on Saturday and Sunday. If you live in the area, stop on by. I'm wrapping gifts, so if you think presents should be wrapped with duct tape and a staple gun, come on by, buy some books/DVDs/LPs and I will gladly wrap them up.

      And now, onto book blurb business--
  • Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your book.
  • You choose the genre. A screenplay? A graphic novel? A biography? 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. She's a dynamite writer (she even sucked me into reading three--yes, three--romance novels, and I enjoyed them) and a has her own editing business for those writers who need some help with their manuscript/synopsis...
  • 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:

Cayla, Caught
Trapped. She’d been trapped, stuck with her crazy family for forever.
Her hair. Her makeup. Her clothes. They controlled all of it, with so many stupid rules. No tattoos. No piercings except her boring earlobes, and then only one in each lobe. Her rear end had to be completely covered at all times. Her shirts had to be so conservative, she felt like she was wearing a turtleneck… even in July.
But this was the worst: a trip across the country, trapped in a car with her parents. They were excited about getting to see the Grand Canyon, but to Cayla, it was just some big hole in the ground.

Will Cayla jump out of the moving car, to avoid having to listen to any more oldies from the 90s, or will seeing the Grand Canyon transform the family in a positive way? (143 words)

And for those folks who like to work ahead instead of by the seat of their pants, here's the photo for next week:

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016


          As a writer, I have to set priorities. For example, my NaNoWriMo project has sat, gathering dust, for more than a week. I've got to let it sit in its juices for a while.  


          However, I've got a few days free between Christmas and the beginning of the new year... and I hope to get some writing done. Perhaps even finish the first draft. Right now I'm working on other writing projects along with my day job (teaching), and those are my priorities...

       Now our 78-pound baby boy, Radar, has his priorities straight. While we're gone during the day, working our fingers to the nubbin earning money to spend on his premium dog food and costlier-than-caviar dog treats, he meanders back and forth... between his crate and our bed.

       Naps. Drinks of water. Occasional barking at the squirrels outside. Those are his priorities.

       And in case you missed my post on Sunday's The Muffin, where I explain why you should make lemonade (something positive) out of lemons (sad experiences), you can check it out here

        Now that we're knee-deep into a crazy season, what are your priorities? In the next few minutes? Today? This week? Already-frazzled minds want to know...