The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, August 28, 2017

Some Cheese and Whine.... and Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 73

        Grab some brie or some Velveeta... Make yourself comfortable.

       Over the weekend I received 146 no emails from throngs of people nobody wondering why I didn't post on Friday. My followers were angry thrilled. They decided to protest it was now safe to cruise the blogosphere, since I thankfully had no new post floating around.

        I meant to write my Friday post on Thursday evening. I really did. At 8:00 I flopped on the couch to watch "Love Connection" (I know, it's inane TV but I love Andy Cohen and he's a St. Louis boy and I only wanted to veg out for an hour, so what can I say?) and saw Cohen come onstage and not the first guest yet... The next thing I knew, it was 10:30 (which means I fell asleep in less than 15 seconds).

       Friday I worked until 7:30 (part of that time was spent chatting with a neighbor couple who live across the street from school) and Saturday was taken up with a foray into Washington, Missouri. Sunday morning I worked a pancake breakfast at my school, and just finished my lesson plan for Monday. 

       Tonight is a Game of Thrones night, so I will be MIA until later this evening. (Spoiler alert: One of the dragons now has blue eyes. It's now going to be wreaking havoc for the white walkers! I hate using exclamation marks, but in this case, it's appropriate.) 

        I figured I'd better combine Friday and Monday's post and stop my bellyachin'. (And before I get into what I should have covered on Friday, if you haven't seen what I wrote about what people think about writers, here is the post.)

       Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your bookYou choose the genre. Is it a romance about a boy and his rat named "Ben"? Is it a guide for animal lovers? You decide.

         Write an enticing blurb--150 words or less. (The title doesn't count in the word count.) Blurbs are those enticing bits that prod you into buying the book. Sometimes they're on the back cover of the book. Sometimes they're on the inside front cover. What they always try to do is lure you into purchasing the book. 

          Lisa Ricard Claro was the original creator of this writing challenge. She moved to Florida, and is too busy to host a weekly book blurb, so you're all stuck with me. She took a class by James Patterson and now has 35 people working for her. (From now on, she's gonna be churning out a couple of bestsellers every year.)

          Okay, back to book blurb stuff.
          Include your blurb in a blog post. Include a link to this post. Also, link your post to Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky is easy. If you've never done it, you'll be impressed with how simple he is. And then, check out the other blurb(s). It's interesting to see the different directions writers take, given the same photo.

        Here's the book cover, along with my blurb:

Dat Man’s the Rat Man

       Edgar wasn’t repulsed by the prospect of crawling through mucked-up sewers. He thought he’d enjoy battling rodents and stray dogs in the underbelly of the city. He relished getting covered with new odors--smells that could part a crowd with a single whiff.
        So when he lost his job as a trash collector, ol’ Edgar started his own business. He became a  rat catcher.
        When he could trap them, he sold the rodents to those herpetological freaks. They were always looking for mice and rats to feed to their slimy snakes. When he had to shoot the suckers, he skinned ‘em and tanned the tiny pelts.
        A vest made from rat fur would be so stylin’.
        Will Edgar stumble, business-wise, and step into something that is so horrific, even he’s disgusted? Or, will he squeak by all the authorities and come out on top? (143 words)


Since I whined so much earlier in this post, perhaps you'd like to subject me to some whining? Have at it. And for those who think there's a slim chance I'll post on time this Friday, here's the photo for the next blurb:



  1. Edgar sounds like the subject of a fantastically horror-inducing short story. I am so serious. Consider it! Pretty please?!

    Alas, I do not have 35 people working for me. It's just moi and my cat, and occasionally the dogs, making stuff up. The hubster would rather watch YouTube videos about how to change the a/c compressor on a Ford. Go figure.

    1. Lisa--I deal with nothing but the facts. Do not try to cover up your sweet deal. ;)

  2. Really. You shouldn't have! So many details that make my skin crawl, and my nose twitch. The vest of tiny pelts was a nice touch.

    1. Val--Perhaps Hick would be interested in investing in a rat-vest factory? He could even supervise it.

      Oh, I guess not. If he did that, it would mean he couldn't spend every waking minute with you.

      Sorry for even suggesting it.

  3. Replies
    1. Mama Zen--I just saw it tonight. Little Finger! Yes!

  4. There probably was tons of business for him! He could get rich on this business!

    1. Pat--I don't know. I think whatever Edgar tries, he'll fail at it.

  5. I'm one of those people who have never seen even one episode of Game of Thrones. Not my cup of tea, I guess.


    1. Pat--Is it a cup of tea you've tried? The writing is not stellar, but the story line keeps me hooked, and the scenery is often breathtaking.

  6. There probably was tons of business for him! He could get rich on this business!


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