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, May 6, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #10

This week I am especially grateful for Writing in the Buff’s Book Blurb Friday, in which Lisa Ricard Claro presents her readers with a fictional book cover as a challenge to come up with a blurb of 150 words or less to go with it.

This is my second blurb for this picture. The first one I wrote went with a children’s series I (literally) dreamed up years ago. And now, thanks to Ms. Ricard Claro, I am seriously thinking about getting back to it. So many, many thanks to her already! Whether I really do get back to that book or not, it’s been a lot of fun to think about again.

Anyway. I put that one away for now and came up with this one, trimmed and chopped and hyphenated to a mere149 words (not counting the title):

~The Miracle of Esterbrook Pond~
Ten-year-old Ray-Hope Fenwick made a discovery out by Esterbrook pond: a lady that only she could see appeared in the fountain every morning. What’s more, the lady told Ray-Hope that she would perform one miracle on May 6, 2011. Ray-Hope was so convincing that the crowds began to gather. Who would receive the miracle? And what’s more, who should?

Would it be Milos San Raphael, wealthy businessman seeking a cure for his Lou Gehrig’s before the disease progressed? Or the humble Grady family, hoping to heal their child? Would land-owner Elmore Esterbrook cash in on the water? And if the waters were miraculous, why didn’t little Ray-Hope cure her own brother of his autism?

Or had the child simply made it all up?

Follow twelve families in this masterpiece of good and evil as they struggle in the fountain’s waters…and discover for yourself the true miracle of Esterbrook.

(P.S. May the miracle today be yours!)

Our whole business therefore in this life is to restore to health the eye of the heart whereby God may be seen. ~Saint Augustine


  1. Hi Tammy,
    What an intriguing beginning for a story. Please finish it. I want to read the whole thing!

    And I love the quote from Saint Augustine.


  2. Like Donna says - I'd want to read it too, please write this one! What a fascinating idea involving faith and morals.

  3. Great idea - loads of scope for conflict, intrigue and character exploration. I'd read it.

  4. Tammy,

    What a great idea for a story! Awesome. I can't wait to read more. Will they all get their wishes granted for their faith, or will only one get healed?

    God bless,

    Kathy M.

  5. This sounds like a really meaty read, full of heart-wrenching stories.

  6. I cannot get over how great your are at these and your character names... you sure have a gift!!

    And thanks for the miracle wishes, I do wish the same for you. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  7. Tammy--I would love to read this story. One of these days, people are going to bug you enough that you will---merely to shut us up---write a book.

    (I just know it's gonna happen sometime soon...)

  8. What an idea! Fabulous start to a book, that's for sure.

  9. When you publish your book I'd like to be on your "I'd like to thank..." page, please. Also a box of Godivas and a pint of coffee Häagen-Dazs. (It takes so little to please me.) :)

    Your blurb is wonderful, as always. I'm drawn into the story by the paranormal aspect and love that the protagonist is a child rather than an adult. A child's perspective is so different from an adult's that it would be interesting to follow her process of decision, especially with so many worthy beneficiaries. Great concept!

  10. This sounds wonderful. I love that you were actually inspired to begin working on your long-ago idea. It would be something if a real book ended up coming out of Book Blurb Friday!

  11. Tammy...you really need to write a book, or two, or three, etc!!!! Another intriguing book blurb! LOVE it!!!!

  12. An interesting take on this - want to read more!

  13. I love this. What a great idea and fantastic build up!

  14. Nice job, Tammy. You've made me want to dive in to those miracle waters!


  15. Wow! This could be one heck of a book! I would read it!!

  16. Thanks so much to all of you! Lisa, if that book makes it to publication, you will DEFINITELY be featured on the thank-you page. And since chocolate and ice cream melt, I will personally deliver them to your doorstep because I'll also have to take you out for a drink.


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