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, August 18, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #25

Time for Book Blurb Friday, a meme from Lisa Ricard Claro’s Writing in the Buff. This fun challenge offers a picture for inspiration. Our job is to write a book jacket blurb of 150 words or fewer that makes potential readers feel compelled to buy the book.  This week I came up with 126 words.

~Grand Land~
Decker “Deckhead” Worthingless was a spoiled trust fund baby who decided that the best way to get his parents’ attention was to ignore them. Going home for Christmas vacation with his Princeton roommate, the brilliant and eccentric Larry Squirell from Grand Island, Nebraska, seemed just the thing.

Despite the name, Grand Island is neither grand…nor an island. Yet Larry affectionately referred to his small, prairie-grass-roots home town as “Grand ’Land.” What Decker found in Nebraska surrounded by the Squirell clan—Helen, Chuck, Grandpa Winslow, and Larry’s quirky sister Evelyn—was indeed something grand that would change more lives than just Decker’s…especially when Decker made a mistake that no trust fund could buy off.

Fortunately for everyone, what happens in Grand Land doesn’t stay in Grand Land.

The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing. ~John Powell


  1. How intriguing! What the heck did he do? I laughed along with this one (mainly because of all the funny character names), but it would make a good read!

  2. Ooh, what fun you could have, fleshing this out into an entire book. Like Susan, I love the names, too.
    Really have to wonder what happened. I'd buy this book!
    Meanwhile, we're reaching the end of our Russia trip, and I'll be home in a few days and hopefully awake by Friday to participate in BBF myself.
    Keep up the good work!
    -- K

  3. I am intrigued with what mistake could not be erased with scads of money from a trust fund.

    Tammy, I'd buy the book.

  4. Born in Nebraska, I have to disagree with it not being an 'island'...there is a huge island on the Platte River...so be the area of settlers named it that. But...also, on the other hand, NOwhere in Nebraska is grand in my opinion. LOLOLOL

    My book blurb: Midnight Monarch

  5. Deckhead...hahahahahahaha. You need to go forward with this story. You are on to something.

  6. Tammy, you have my attention! I love your names, location and that you leave us wondering what in the world is going to happen. It sounds like a fun read to me.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

  7. LOL, I love the names, in fact I'm still laughing at "Deckhead Worthingless."

    I have something for you on my blog.

    Have a great weekend and watch out for storms. :)
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  8. Hee hee...love the names and the premise. Very cute!
    Edge of Your Seat Romance

  9. I would love to know the rest of the story..esp. since it is set in the Midwest!

  10. This sounds like a lot of fun. I'd pick this one up for sure ~ Calico Contemplations

  11. This sounds like it would be a blast to read. The names are perfect and a riot (I'll be giggling over Deckhead Worthingless for a while), and I know the dialogue would keep things moving, snap, snap, snap! And I want to know...what does he do? (I bet you don't even know! That's the problem with these blurbs!) LOL

  12. Hootin' Annie, I had no idea that's why Grand Island was so named!! Thanks for the history lesson. I still think good ol' NE has some grandeur to it. Like lots of places, you just have to know where to look. Okay, you caught me--I couldn't really think of any horrible-yet-redeemable act that couldn't be bought off with scads of money, though. :-o


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