The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, October 7, 2017

A Dog's Dream Come True... and Back-of-the-Book Blurb #79

         One night Winnie's dream came true.

          Winnie is a three-year old golden retriever from Turkey. She's been living on her own for most of her life, probably. She's had at least one litter of pups, and came to the U.S. starved. She's been here a week. (You can feel all her ribs, and every time we open the refrigerator, her head is inside the fridge, nosing around. When we open the dog food tub, her head in buried in the food, in a helpie-selfie all-you-can-eat-in-two-seconds buffet.)

         Winnie's eating three meals a day in an attempt to get some meat on her bones.

         One night this week I was filling the dog food tub. I guess I wasn't quite calculating (correctly) where I'd cut the bag open, because a couple of cups of dry dog food spilled out onto the floor. The pieces skiddled all over the place.

         Winnie was on clean-up patrol immediately. Since I was about to feed her dinner anyway, I let her enjoy herself.

          As far as Winnie's concerned, it was a perfect night... And now onto book blurb stuff.

            Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your bookYou choose the genre. Is it a love story about a feline and the bus driver? Is it an insider's tale, exposing the horrors of the lives of feral cats? Is it the true crime story of a cat stalking Morris the cat? 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. Her first romance novel, Love Built to Last, just came out as an audio book. Her newest project? A writing retreat center on the beach. Writers rent beach cabanas, unlimited drinks are included, and the cabana boys either look like Viggo Mortensen or Jason Momoa. Therefore, Lisa doesn't have time to host this anymore.

          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: 

Enough is Enough is Enough

Marvin Hall’s wife needed him. If he wasn’t around, she’d feel useless.
He left dirty dishes in the sink. She enjoyed scrubbing the plates after the food had turned to concrete. He dropped his towel onto the bathroom floor showering. Melissa, his wife, would invariably pick up the towel and hang it up where it belonged. Marvin’s slobby ways made the little woman felt necessary.
His favorite thing to do, however, was to smear his fingerprints all over the windows. Each time Mrs. Hall saw some smudges on the panes of glass, she’d get out the vinegar and start wiping away.
Ahhh. Making a woman happy is easy… Or so Marvin thought.
One morning, a message on the bathroom mirror, written in lipstick, greeted Marvin.
“I’ve had enough. I’m not gonna take it anymore.”
How will life change for Marvin? Will he ever see the light? (146 words)

And for those who need an entire week to come up with hilarious reviews, here is the photo for the next blurb:


  1. Poor Winnie is blessed to have you. So, Marvin is every misled man?! And is there a wood chipper in your story?

    1. Linda--There is ALWAYS a wood chipper in the wings...

  2. Winnie is a lucky dog. If she lived here, I expect she'd have enjoyed a couple of bacon sandwiches by now.

    That Marvin is such a selfless guy! He'll have no trouble finding a new gal to take care of him. As we used to say in our round table discussions at the Semi Weekly Meeting of the Newmentia Lunch Time Think Tank: "Any man can get a woman." Locked up for life, no possibility of parole? No problem. Some woman will marry the convict and send him money. On second thought...maybe such a woman is smarter than we think.

    1. Val--Yes, Winnie will gladly come to your mansion for a couple of bacon sandwiches. However, she's quite bold. I think she'd shove Juno, Jack and Copper Jack out of the way in her quest for food and water.

      Yeah, I've seen some jobless, snaggly-toothed men... and they still manage to snag a woman. I can't understand it.

  3. Winnie sounds like a delight, and a chow hound after my own heart. We're both foodies! :) As for Marvin, he sounds like one that will never change, though it would be fun to read his character arc.

  4. Lisa--His arc? I think most people would like to see him flatline...

  5. Thanks for taking care of Winnie. I wish I was feeling more creative lately, but I am not. Great blurb!

    1. Jono--I think you manage to keep busy with other activities... and some of them ARE creative. (And thanks.)

  6. I can imagine Winnie's delight. Food, food, everywhere! (Kind of like me at the all-you-can-eat buffet table.)


  7. Oh, I'm sure Winnie's dreams are also filled with you! What a lucky dog. (Libs the Tiny Terror would like to come for a short visit. And by short visit, she means forever. :-) )

  8. Winnie is such a lucky dog. I bet she will be in great health in no time, with you feeding and taking such good care of her. I hope Marvin has learned his lesson!

  9. I'm sorry but Marvin seems like a jerk!! She needed to write that on his forehead while he slept so he could see it in the mirror when he woke up!! I hope he learns some cleaning strategies so he doesn't lose his wife!


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