The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Monday, November 27, 2017

Very Late Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 86

     I'm extremely late this time. Black Friday. (I was at Half Price Books all day, from 9-9, for Love a Golden Rescue.) Thanksgiving. (We just celebrated on Sunday. I cooked. For 12. In my very tiny house.)

    My NaNoWriMo word count is 20,148. Hopefully I can rack up some words in the next four days.

    If you'd like to find out what I've been writing about on The Muffin, read my latest post there. 

    And now onto book blurb business...

      Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your bookYou choose the genre. Is it a coffee table book of fashion trends? Is it a photo collection of mentally-ill patients and their clothing choices? 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.  She's quite busy these days. Not only is she a prolific writer, she also runs an editing business. (I hope someday I will have need to hire her.)
          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:

Zelda’s Zoo

          Zelda bought a quirky zoo five years ago. An animal lover, she found new homes for all the creatures in animal sanctuaries. But what to do with her investment, once all the zoo residents were gone?
          Zelda didn’t have to look too far. In her home, she found the answer--a way to fill the zoo and keep the funny signs at the same time.
          Her mother-in-law has a huge hairy, scary wart that’s big enough to require its own zipcode.
          Zelda’s eldest son is 32 and still lives at home. In Zelda’s basement. When he’s not playing his video game, he’s napping after a potato chip and beer binge.
         And Zelda’s husband Maurice’s hand is often in his pants, engaged in a scratching frenzy and his flatulence? Well, zoo visitors are given gas masks when going to see that attraction.
          Is the successful? Read to find out. (149 words)

And if you'd like to be ready for the next book blurb which will be later this week, on Friday (hopefully), here is the photo:


  1. OH MY! That portrayal of Zelda's family zoo leaves a lot to be desired. Maybe she should turn the critters loose.
    Kudos on your Nano.

    1. Linda--Let them loose? That means the rest of the world will suffer unduly.

      Thanks. I still have a long way to go before the first draft is finished...

  2. I think our protagonists share a branch of the family tree. I am duly frightened by that hairy wart and the basement son! The husband, though, I must have developed an immunity to.

  3. Ewww, I don't think I want to go to your zoo. I struggled with this one and decided the picture was of things to come in the future for my characters.

    1. Pat--Yes, keep the photo (and the images my zoo brings up) in your head. You'll have unpleasant dreams, for sure.

  4. That sign really is a good way to subdivide a small zoo. Everyone can understand it without a degree in comparative anatomy.

    1. Jono--Leave it to a man to appreciate a sign like that. ;)

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