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Book Blurb #29: Dragon AND Internet Woes

Posted on Sep 15, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   14 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday · internet · papa


What an awful week! First, my AT&T line was cut by workers installing a sprinkler system in my yard, leaving us without phone and internet until sometime this Saturday.  For that reason I’ve been absent since Monday’s microfiction. I come to you today courtesy of my bestie, Linda (we’ve been pals for over 20 years; she’s the little sister I always wanted), who graciously offered her kitchen table for my use. So here I sit, my laptop hooked up to her internet, plugging away at my blurb before I have to abandon my blog to go home and cook dinner. Thank you, Lindy-Lou-Who, for being so wonderful and generous!

As if losing the internet weren’t trauma enough, Papa fell ill yesterday necessitating an emergency room visit that lasted into the wee hours. It turned out to be an infection that antibiotics will clear, but he sure gave us a scare. I’m so happy that he’s home and doing well that I forgot to be grumpy about being without my internet.

So instead of a whiny me, you have a cheerful me, and posting for BBF is a reminder to have fun. If you’re a newbie, here’s the scoop so you understand what follows.  Please click HERE or click the tab under the blog header for details of the Book Blurb Friday meme.  This is the shortened, abridged version:

Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.

Below is this week’s “book cover,” generously offered for our creative blurbs by the very talented Kay Davies. My book blurb follows:

(150 words)
Ben Dragon, ex-Army Ranger, makes his living flying helicopter tours of Fire Rock Canyon, a complicated maze of red sandstone rock.  The canyon’s dangerous architecture is part of its legend—and lure.
While flying solo, Ben spots a woman frantically signaling for help. Search and Rescue deems the location inaccessible, so Ben goes in. He is lowered by chopper with enough supplies for three days.
Ben soon realizes he has an enemy in Fire Rock Canyon. His search efforts are sabotaged and his supplies and communication equipment destroyed. When he finds the woman, she is dazed, dehydrated, and unable to remember anything of value. Ben must ensure the woman’s survival and his own, but without a radio to call for help, it will be three days before the chopper returns; three days to endure brutal games of cat-and-mouse against a sadistic murderer who lives for the thrill of the kill.
I don’t know why this photo made me think of Nevada’s Red Rock Canyon, but it did. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, you won’t be disappointed. Unlike my fictional Fire Rock Canyon, Red Rock is accessible to hikers. Thanks again, Kay, for offering a great photo!
Please put your name and link in Mr. Linky, below, if you are participating in Book Blurb Friday. If you have no blurb to share, please do not install a link. It will be treated as spam and removed. Thanks.

Please scroll past the Linky widget to see our “book cover” for next week.

Here is our “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday #30, graciously provided by the lovely Ashley Ortiz.

Please be patient with my efforts to visit your blogs and read your blurbs. Without ready internet access it will take some finagling!
Enjoy your weekend –

14 Responses to "Book Blurb #29: Dragon AND Internet Woes"

  1. Comment by Lynn
    September 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm  

    Sorry about your troubles Lisa. Glad your Papa will be okay – funny that it made you forget about the annoying trouble – isn't that the way it goes, we realize what is really important. Now this book blurb has me wanting to know more. Last weeks (which I just read today – yikes) was so funny and this one is so serious, but dang girl, you do it all so well.

  2. Comment by Bookie
    September 15, 2011 at 5:44 pm  

    Sorry to hear your troubles…there is always something to act as a burr under our saddles, isn't there? But no internet! Here the heat has faded into a chill…skies are gray…oh,too much reminder of winter for Pete's Sake! Moderation is what I look for! Hope next week is better for you!

  3. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    September 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm  

    Life without the internet is a wilderness indeed. I enjoyed your blurb as usual and hope you're able to join the modern age soon.

  4. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    September 15, 2011 at 5:53 pm  

    Nothing like a family emergency to make us get our priorities straight, but very glad you were able to hook up to the internet.Just posted mine. Looking forward to everyone else's.— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  5. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    September 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm  

    Hi, I'm back. Read your story. Scary, 3 days without supplies or communication equipment. I'd buy your book!— K

  6. Comment by Susan
    September 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm  

    Lisa, I'm so glad the hospital visit wasn't a serious one, and you are right-it really puts things in prespective (although like you I would have been experiencing withdrawl symptoms-LOL!)And I can't help but be surprised by your blurb this week. I absolutely love the whole maniacal man after two innocents alone in the hills…a deep turn for you, but still expertly written! I stopped by to see the picture and I was going to attempt a blurb, but my head has been aching all day so I'm off to bed. I will catch up tomorrow 🙂

  7. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    September 15, 2011 at 10:46 pm  

    This is true dedication, Lisa, to get yourself to an internet connection so you can keep on your regular schedule. I'm impressed! And I hope Papa gets lots of rest after his trip to the ER. Glad everything turned out okay – and amazed you can come up with a great book blurb on top of everything else. Hope your weekend is smooth sailing. We'll miss you on Saturday!

  8. Comment by Seasons
    September 16, 2011 at 12:05 am  

    Hi Lisa, I appreciate your loving concern for your Papa. You call him Papa, and that is very sweet. Hope, he recovers well and recovers soon.Linda is a good neighbor and friend of 20 years; you say, like having a sister. So a word of thanks to her too.Those are going to be 3 long days of suspense, hope, and fear for the woman in the canyon. A story with a man like Ben, and a villain on the loose. I like to believe in happy endings. Thanks!

  9. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    September 16, 2011 at 1:04 am  

    Wow, quite a suspenseful story! I smell a blockbuster movie deal!Hope your internet is up and running soon!I wanted to warn you, my submission is a bit naughty…if you think it goes beyond the limits of decency, you may delete my link – I'll understand.

  10. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    September 16, 2011 at 10:41 am  

    Hi Lisa,First, I'm sorry that I don't have a story this week. Writer's block, which is usual for me … I can usually think up something quickly.Your story is great. It has it all. I know that they will make it out alive, and perhaps, even fall in love. Dang! I'm so happy that Pa-Pa is recovering; that must have been so scary. Also, it must have been so frustrating to be without the internet. I'm glad that your BFF lives nearby and that you were able to get today's post up. I have been missing you all week and was wondering where you were. Have a great weekend!Kathy M.

  11. Comment by Michael G-G
    September 16, 2011 at 11:12 am  

    I'm so glad your Papa is doing better! You are all in my thoughts and prayers.Don't know how you managed without internet for so long. Ours was fussy and refusing to connect for just a couple of hours on Tuesday and I was ready to declare the End of the World.Your blurbs are AMAZING. Now I want to see the query for one of YOUR books. With all the practice you're getting, it must be awesome.

  12. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    September 16, 2011 at 1:03 pm  

    You obviously work well under fire, this is a great blurb and the type of book I'd love to gobble up. I suspect you'll have a little romance in this story as well.Hope your internet is restored soon and that your Papa continues to improve.

  13. Comment by Tammy
    September 18, 2011 at 4:47 pm  

    Must be Family Emergency week, which is why I don't have one. All the best to your Papa, and so glad he is expected to have a full recovery!! Loved your blurb. It promises to be one exciting read filled with mystery, suspense, and survival…with maybe a little romance thrown in? My kind of book!

  14. Comment by Carmen @LifeLines
    September 19, 2011 at 11:27 am  

    Lisa, I tried a few times yesterday to post a comment, but it wasn't working. So I will try again. First of all, I hope your father is getting better each day. Thank goodness for laptops and best friends. And wow! The book blurb is attention grabbing. I want to really read further to see what happens. Great work.

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