The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Dog Stuff, Turkey Stuff and Back-of-the-Book Blurb # 100

For the past week we've been fostering Sasha (who will be Bella in couple of weeks, when she's adopted). This sweet golden mix is getting used to being a pet. She's never been in a house before, and has not yet had a single accident. We tried putting her in a crate when we were at work, but that only lasted a few hours... My husband came home at noon and found her shaking with fear, and let her out. She hasn't chewed anything, and is (so far) not letting Radar aggravate her too much.

This is Sasha (Bella) in the foreground, in our combination living room-dining room-
entertainment center-family room.

This is Sasha when we first saw her. She had a hole dug into the dirt
next to the house where a family was looking after her.

This is Sasha (Bella) on the porch of our Turkish friends.

I posted a bit about my trip to Turkey, so if you'd like to find out how I ate my way across the country, from Istanbul to Gomec, check out my piece.

And now, onto book blurb stuff (and yes, I skipped the 99th one due to my travels).

And now, onto back-of-the-book blurb business. Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your bookYou choose the genre. Is it a coffee table book on why Speedos and skimpy suits for men are bad fashion choices? Is it a photo collection of deranged old men? 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. Check out her blog, along with her books. Anything she writes is wonderful, and not only is she a gifted writer, she's also a generous friend.
          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:

Club Dead-No-More

Henry was stuck in what his kids thought was a wonderful resort-style senior citizen community. Club Dead. His daughter loved the show The Walking Dead and fell in love with the place just because of the name.

Yeah, there's somebody taken away in a slow-moving ambulance every week, but Henry's determined it's not him... at least not for a while.

Spending his days sunning on the beach is boring, until he opened one of the abandoned oil drums. Floating in a green liquid was a baggie full of blue pills.

After taking one, Henry discovered an alertness he'd been missing for decades. Suddenly parts of him were attentive that had been slumbering for so long. 

Henry's sudden zest for life, combined with the botox-ed beach biddies who were so pumped with silicone they could be used for life rafts... well, let's just say the beach is now a busier place. (150 words)

For those who are curious, what Lisa Ricard Claro promised to happen did happen. After doing a hundred of these blurbs--even if they're silly and not for real blurbs--they've gotten easier. And for those who'd like to play along, here is the photo for the next back-of-the-book blurb:


  1. That blue pill popper reminds me of some guy we saw on the beach once with a tattoo of a pair of red lips on his exposed right cheek (yeah THAT one) and the pout was droopy! I love that sweet puppy. Thank goodness he is going to a good home.

    1. Linda--That guy with the tattoo? How were you able to pass him without gagging? Yikes!

  2. "Foster" might be Australian for beer, but I think "foster" is UnitedStatesian for Sioux! What a sweet doggier you've brought home.

    As for your blurb...I love the life raft reference!

  3. It's amazing, the resilience of animals. But it's a lucky dog that gets you and your family to lend loving support.

    1. Cathy--That's for sure. If we (well-cared for humans) had to deal with what many animals have to endure... well, we'd have surrendered a long time ago.

  4. I missed the boat on this one! I didn't see the Club Dead and the barrels. But I think my eyes were already burned from the old men in speedos on the cruise ship I got off of yesterday.

  5. Sasha aka Bella, looks adorable. I'm so glad you rescued her. And loved your WOW piece. Wow!

  6. Sasha is such a sweet-looking girl. Bless her heart, I hope she finds a wonderful home!

  7. Sasha/Bella has such an angelic face. She looks . . . grateful. How rewarding it must be for you to do this work.

    Love your blurb. I laughed out loud. :)


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