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, July 8, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #19

Welcome to Book Blurb Friday, a meme from Writing in the Buff. Each week, Lisa Ricard Claro 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 I counted141 words.

~Dead Lines~
Jonathan and Emma congratulated themselves. In spite of being young newlyweds, they were smart enough to be able to buy Seabaugh Farm, a place they never could have afforded if it weren’t supposedly haunted by Audrey Seabaugh, the town’s legend who had murdered her sister’s fiancĂ© in a fit of jealousy and then killed herself.

But after Jonathan set up an office in the barn as a place to work on his novel in his spare time, the letters began appearing in the old typewriter he found in the loft. “My Dearest Johnny Boy….” It had to be a joke, of course, but the letters were so juicy and enticing that Jonathan played along. Did his wife really have such a raunchy side?

But it became clear that the letter-writer not only wasn’t Emma, it was someone who wanted her dead….

The biggest thing separating people from their artistic ambitions is not a lack of talent. It’s the lack of a deadline. ~No Plot? No Problem, by Chris Baty


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  2. Eeeek! I'd only read this in daylight ... but read it I most certainly would.

    (previous entry had a typo)

  3. I'm not sure I'd read it at all (I'm such a coward) but I know plenty of people who would line up at the book store for a chance at it. (And another title I wish I'd written. Way to go.)
    — K

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

  4. Okay, I was oohing and aahing, just looking at how you made the one letter in the title appear as if there was drippage going on. AND you put a piece of paper in the typewriter. That is beyond me...

    This would appeal to mystery lovers, to lovers of the "racy" stuff. And I agree with Kay. The title is brilliant.

  5. Outstanding blurb, starting right from the perfect title. This sounds scary as all get-out, something I'll read, but only during the day with all the lights on and my back to the wall so no one can sneak up behind me. This blurb rocks.

  6. Great title. You creative people - how do you do stuff to those photos? You have paper in there and others have put the photo in actual books. Good grief, I'm lucky to post the photo! Nice job on the blurb!

  7. Ooh, a good haunted thriller, I'd buy it for sure! ~ Calico Contemplations

  8. This is shivery - but enticing:-)

  9. A scary, creepy tale. Gotta be a bestseller!


  10. Ooh, the book blurb gave me chills! I like the Chris Baty quote, too. Years ago, when I was working on my first novel, I didn't acquire speed until I put ME on my client list (I am an independent grant writer, and that is mostly about deadlines). Once I was on my list, I got the novel drafted in nine weeks!

  11. Sounds like my kind of book. :) Great blurb! As to the quote... I might add temp. day jobs. Which is why I have been so MIA.

    Soon though I will be back to simply unemployed :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow


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