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, October 21, 2011

Book Blurb Friday #34

It’s Book Blurb Friday! Thank you to Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff for hosting this marvelous challenge to write a book jacket blurb of 150 words or fewer to go with her picture. The goal is to get potential readers to buy the book.

This week I have 150 words.

~The Road Taken~

High school freshman Mackenzie (Mac) found her entire world shaken by her family’s move from Chicago to the town of Greenwood, IL. At a time in her life when she was struggling with who she was, now she had to deal with where she was as well. And Mac felt like a complete outsider in this rural area.

Everything changed when Mac bought a bike and began exploring the woods. When she rode down the path, she was inexplicably transported back to Chicago—to her old life—for the rest of the day, as if the move had never happened. The next day she was back to Greenwood and reality.

Desperately lonely Mac rode to her old life again and again. Until it became clear that her old life led to a disaster of tragic proportions. The question was, was it too late now to get back home to Greenwood?

“No matter how far you go down the wrong road, you can always turn back.” ~Poster in high school classroom


  1. And if you keep going it will soon seem like the right one and when that happens... you'll get a flat tire. :)

    Happy weekend.
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  2. Very very interesting idea, Tammy! I would have to buy this book to find out what happens.

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

  3. You came up with such an intriguing book idea from the photo, Tammy. Well done.

  4. Hey girl, you should write this book.

  5. Wow, what a great story idea! I would love to read this book.

    Have a wonderful weekend,

    Kathy M.

  6. Great work on this book blurb, Tammy! Too bad it isn't a real book, or you could be rich by now!!! Think about it!!

  7. This has the makings of an excellent YA novel, with universal themes that kids can relate to. You've also hinted at something edgy to come, decisions to make, troubles to get out of, and all those things that make a great book. Well done!

  8. Thanks to all of you. Jules, I often find myself nodding at your wisdom as I'm laughing hysterically.

  9. Hi Tammy, I enjoyed reading this blurb. A young woman trying to cope with changes, and there is nostalgia. Then, there is the question: "What I do with life, and what life does to me?"...very good!


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