The Pyrenees---Southern France

The Pyrenees---Southern France

Friday, June 9, 2017

More Turkey Talk and Back-of-the-Book Blurb Friday # 62

        I still feel like I'm in Turkey... like a part of me remained there.

        Here are a few more photos from my trip:

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque--also known as the Blue Mosque--in Istanbul

One inside view of Ayasofya, which was built in 532 A.D. It was
first a church, later a mosque and now a museum.

One of the Turkish vets who  helps rescue street dogs

Mt. Ida/ the Devil's Footprint

My Turkish friends currently have 63 dogs and I don't know how many cats.

This is a street dog that hasn't been rescued yet.
He's not growling. He's smiling, despite his horrible life.

And now--onto to book blurb fun.

Look at the photo below. That is the cover of your book. You choose the genre. Is it a mystery? Is it a romance? Is it historical fiction 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. Currently, she's super busy. She and her hubster are setting up their new house in Florida.

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:

No More Men

Florence had been married and was now a widow.

Her departed husband, Cecil, left her enough money to live on for the next 70 years, which meant that a steady stream of gentleman callers kept pestering her.

‘I don’t have any need for a man,’ she thought, and graciously gave each one of them their walking papers.

‘But I am a bit chilled at night…’ so she got a pair of Boston Terriers to keep her company.

Lily and Rose never left her side. Because she was so happy, Florence started writing a column for the Philadelphia Observer.  Each week, she’d write essays on the pros of dogs when compared to men.

Will Florence ever get remarried? Or will she slowly but surely turn into the crazy Dog Lady? (129 words)

And here is the photo for next week. (And Val, you can stop your whining about only having a couple of days to write a string of reviews and a blurb. What else do you have to do during the day?)

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The Good, the Not-Bad-at-All and the Ugly

Well, I got back from Turkey late Sunday night/early Monday morning, and I'm just now getting back to St. Louis time.

I will post more about the trip on Friday, but I wanted to share a few pictures and observations now.

Turkey is a gorgeous country. I'm not sure what I expected--I think a huge expanse of desert and nothing else--but it was beautiful and green and the ocean was an incredible blue.

We spent a couple of evenings exploring the area. Mt. Ida (also known as the Devil's Footprint) is a beautiful area. At night it was enchanting.

The food was not bad at all. In fact, most of it was delicious. Every day when in Istanbul, I had this omelet. Delicious and spicy...

The ugly side of Turkey is the stray dogs and cats. They're everywhere. On the sidewalk. In the streets. On the shoulder of the highway. In the middle of the highway, terrified and not sure in which direction they should go. In the fields, thirsty and hungry.

I'll post more about my trip and the dogs we rescued on Friday. And speaking of Friday, here's the picture for this Friday's Back-of-the-Book Blurb. (Sorry Val, that you have such little time to write the reviews and the blurb. I'll get back on my normal schedule next week.) 

photo by pixabay