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, January 27, 2012

Book Blurb Friday #48

Not only is it Book Blurb Friday, but gracious Southern hostess and Belle-of-the-Blurb herself, Lisa Ricard Claro of Writing in the Buff, has chosen my picture to use as this week’s cover! It’s an extreme close-up of ‘Miami Rose’ plumeria that bloomed for the first time this fall and has been brightening up my sunroom ever since, so it’s been fun to play with possible plots for it. The weekly BBF challenge is to “write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.” My blurb this week has 150 words.
~It Also Means Goodbye~

They couldn’t have been more different. But Connecticut accountant Charlotte Wilder and Hawaii nursery owner Mimi Rose Ebert began their internet friendship with a similar passion for plumerias.

Perhaps because they felt safe at such a distance, the unlikely friends began to share more than plumeria cuttings with each other. Mimi knew how much Charlotte hated her job…and Charlotte knew that Mimi was planning to leave her controlling husband.

When Mimi unexpectedly killed herself, Charlotte was shocked to find her friend had willed her a gift: a one-way ticket to Maui. Mimi’s grieving husband insisted it was Mimi’s last wish to have Charlotte come to the funeral and choose a plumeria to plant near her grave.

But when Charlotte arrived and met Mimi’s handsome brother Scott, she learned she wasn’t alone in thinking that Mimi’s death was suspicious.

Now that she was in paradise, was her life in danger, too?

Real friendship is shown in times of trouble; prosperity is full of friends. ~Euripides


  1. Hmmm. Should we infer anything from the fact that Plumerias are poisonous?

  2. They're not poisonous, are they? Just the white sap stuff makes people itch or something?
    Nice mystery plot. I'd buy this book!
    You really are terrifically talented, by the way. I didn't just make that up because I love alliteration.

  3. Ahh...a juicy romantic thriller in a lush setting. *sigh* I'm so there. Would love to open this tonight with my hot cup of Constant Comment.

    (Thanks for allowing us to use your beautiful photo, and thanks for the kind words!)

  4. I don't enjoy romances unless they have a bit of mystery or murder. This sounds as though it has plenty of both. I'm already in the checkout line.

  5. Very intriguing. Mystery, romance, flowers--oh, and Maui.
    Love it.

  6. @Kay - A quote from a web site that talks about this:

    "Plumeria is related to the oleander, and as such, it is very poisonous. Caution should be used in using plumeria blooms in leis that are given to children who might mouth them. Even chewing a petal can cause mouth irritation, and swallowing one can cause extreme illness."

  7. Tom, we can infer that I didn't know they're poisonous. And you know leis--you can't eat just one! ;)

    Awww...thanks, Kay. And I loved your alliteration, too!

    Thanks so much, Lisa, Grandma, Mama Zen, and Donna!!

  8. Hmmm, Tammy, maybe your posts should come with a government warning:

    "Warning: The Surgeon General has determined that eating the subjects of Tammy's photos can lead to severe tummy aches and other debilitating conditions."

  9. Oh, yes. Sounds like a must-read!

    Critter Alley

  10. Tammy, I'm sorry that I didn't get back to you last week on this blurb. It is fantastic ... you have all the elements to make quite a story. I'm already hoping that Scott and Charlotte hit if off and bust the killer of a husband.

    Also, I have found some pretty old salad dressings in my fridge over the years!

    Kathy M.


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