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.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Book Blurb Friday #59

Could it be? It is! It's Book Blurb Friday! Every week, Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff posts a meme with a picture for a pretend book jacket. Our challenge is to write a blurb of 150 words or fewer to go with it. My blurb has 150 words.

~Riley was Here~

Sweet little Riley Kiley was not like other nine-year-old children. From the time he stopped breathing when he was five, he began talking to an invisible friend named Bosco. And when Riley talked to Bosco, he always seemed to slip out somehow and disappear. For three minutes and fourteen seconds at a time. Always left in his place was his penguin, Gwen. Riley said Gwen was Bosco’s promise that he was coming back.

How did he do it? No one—even the child psychologist assigned to work with him—could figure it out. Cameras in his vicinity at the time always seemed to go dead.

Then one day Riley told his parents that Bosco had something important to say…and he wasn’t back in three minutes. Or three days. Where was he? The press caught wind of his story, and the people began to gather, hoping for more than one miracle.

The unkown is something not yet found. ~James Van Praagh, Talking to Heaven


  1. For 3 minutes and 14 seconds each time, huh? Is this a story about pi?

    I love Gwen the penguin.

    Tammy, your blurb made me curious. Just what is that silly Riley up to?

  2. Aha, more of the supernatural this week, and yours is a mystery as well. Way to go, Tammy, I'd have to buy this book.

  3. Clearly, Riley Kiley found his way to the other side of the wall. No. Not the side you see if you walk around the wall. The OTHER side. His friend wasn't invisible. He was simply on the other side when he talked to Riley.

    But the other side is a tricky place. It's easy to get over there once you know how - but very difficult to find your way back. Riley took a wrong turn in an unexplainable direction.

  4. Okay, whisper in my ear, WHERE did Riley go?

  5. This story plays out more like poetry. I really like it's flow and the emotion you create. I comes across sad at the outset yet there is this ongoing mystery of hope. It's plays like a good meal with hints of all different flavors and textures with promises of something good. ;D

  6. Oh, Tammy, this is awesome! Perfectly executed. I'd buy this book and not be able to put it down. You packed a lot into this blurb.

    Have a fun weekend,

    Kathy M.

  7. Terrific hook, right from the start, and a mystery to keep me hanging on. Love your last line, and I'd read it to find out.

  8. Could this become a time travel tale?

    Critter Alley

  9. Great premise. This supernatural thriller would be a best seller for sure.

  10. Your imagination just fascinates me. :) And I don't know that cute penguin is sort of disturbing. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow


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