Writing is like being able to put life into a snow globe. It takes the things that are too big and scary and reduces them into a form that I can put away when I want and look at from a distance. It also takes all that’s good in life and captures it into something I can take out when I want and look at close up and keep forever. It makes the bad things into something I can hold…and the good things into something I can hold onto. Both help so much that I need that little souvenir of life.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #16

It’s time again for Book Blurb Friday!  Each week, Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing inthe Buff posts a picture of a fictional book cover.  The challenge is to come up with an accompanying blurb of 150 words or fewer.  This week’s blurb has been whittled down to 150 words (not counting the title).  Happy weekend!

~Worth a Chocolate Mint~
by Candace Barr
Dr. Cheri Van Illa was considered one of the country’s foremost experts in language and communication, called in to help determine what it was the alien wanted.

She had been prepped, vaccinated and briefed all week. She knew he was humanoid, but what they hadn’t told her was that he was possibly the most gorgeous creature in the Milky Way with skin like milk chocolate and eyes a soft mocha that glowed under the rich, dark semi-sweet curls of his lashes. His hair was the palest green.

Her heart pounded as he wasted no time approaching her. His hand reached out and brushed her hipbone, then disappeared inside her pocket and withdrew the candy bar she’d brought back from her last study in France. She’d been saving it for her lunch.

Just before she tackled him to the ground, she heard herself scream, “NOT…THE…CHOCOLATE!!!”

Hadn’t his people heard of PMS?

Any reviewer who expresses rage and loathing for a novel is preposterous. He or she is like a person who has put on full armor and attacked a hot fudge sundae. ~Kurt Vonnegut


  1. I love the names, Tammy, and the PMS was a surprise!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Aw, geez...you crack me up. The description of the alien is awesome: dark semi-sweet lashes. Hehehe...and the hand-in-the-pocket, heart pounding teaser and then...PMS! LOL And the names are brilliant.

  3. I agree with Kay and Lisa. The names are wonderfully clever.

    I guess like Elaine (in Seinfeld) had deemed some men not "sponge-worthy," this woman had decided this alien was not "chocolate worthy."

    I love the final bit of comic relief.

  4. As Lisa says - a teaser with great names. But yes - stealing chocolate makes it a horror tale par excellence

  5. I get it-"cherry vanilla" LOL! You had me going at first Tammy until I read your line about "semi-sweet lashes," and then I knew you were reeling me in for a bigger laugh at the end. Loved it!

  6. HA, the descriptions and the names are so creative. Loved this.

  7. ROFLMAO!!! Gotta love it. And the indication and connection to chocolate is her name....Cherri Van Illa? Gotta love THAT too.

    Now the PMS. Oh, well. Forget that noise...he should NEVER had even thought of stealing chocolate from a lady. Period!!! [period, no pun on the word]

  8. Excellent! I love the word play and the delicious alien. Shame he wasn't thoroughly prepared, though;-)

  9. That sounds so much more approachable than my big-foot dream :) Alien PMS, that has promise! Your grasp of names just rocks!!!
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  10. Even alien woman have PMS!! Tammy, you are sooooo clever at this! Brava!

  11. If he takes her candy, there's only one thing for her to do - take a bite out of him. He sounds yummy.

    Who better to write this delicious tale than my close friend, Candy Barr!

    Your blurb is a winner!

  12. Wow! Interstellar sexual tension!! Who'd'a thought!! Great idea!!


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