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Book Blurb #34: Just Beyond the Bend

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   15 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday


Welcome again to Book Blurb Friday.  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 Becky Povich.  My blurb follows.


Just Beyond the Bend
(145 words)
Freesia Kane knows all about bends in the road—she photographs them. From Paris to Pekanbaru, her photos of winding country drives, snaky city streets, and spiral mountain paths receive accolades everywhere.  Except the one place that matters . . .
When Freesia learns her estranged mother, Alice, is dying, she journeys home to repair old rifts. But fixing a relationship that was always broken may not be possible.
To soothe her spirit, Freesia begins photographing the streets of her home town, talking to people who knew her mother “way back when.” A collage of unexpected images emerges, illuminating a side of Alice that Freesia never knew.
Freesia races time to complete the project before Alice’s death. The past may be irreparable, but Freesia yearns to show her mother there is always a chance for something beautiful, lying unseen . . . just beyond the bend.
Thanks for a great photo, Becky!

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15 Responses to "Book Blurb #34: Just Beyond the Bend"

  1. Comment by Kim
    October 20, 2011 at 7:07 pm  

    Great job! I could see this as a real book, and I think it could be a bestseller – when are you writing it?

  2. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    October 20, 2011 at 9:31 pm  

    Pekanbaru? You've been googling haven't you?

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 20, 2011 at 10:50 pm  

    Kim – Thanks! As with all my blurbs, this one is tucked away in a "maybe" file. You never know when it might come in handy! Laraine – LOL You bet. I came across Pekanbaru (a city in Indonesia) in my Google travels and loved the sound of it. Go ahead. Say it out loud. Rolls right off the tongue. 🙂

  4. Comment by BECKY
    October 21, 2011 at 12:33 am  

    Hey Lisa! What a surprise to stop by and see one of my photos! It made me smile…and believe me, I NEEDED it, after the Cardinals disastrous loss tonight! And you really should write some of these books you blurb about! You are awesome!!

  5. Comment by Rinkly Rimes
    October 21, 2011 at 12:50 am  

    I enjoy the variety in your memes. You bring out the creative in us!

  6. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    October 21, 2011 at 1:50 am  

    Lots of hope in this one, Lisa. Let's hope she's not too late.Mine takes a sadder turn this week, I'm afraid.Kay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    October 21, 2011 at 11:11 am  

    Hi Lisa … wow! What a great story. Ours seem to have kind of a similar theme, and title, though I swear that I did not even peek at yours before I had written mine. Isn't that funny? I hope that Freesia is able to patch things up with her mother to achieve closure before the death occurs.Great job, as always!Kathy M.

  8. Comment by Joanne
    October 21, 2011 at 1:50 pm  

    This would make an awesome book!Blessings, Joanne

  9. Comment by Tammy
    October 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm  

    Love the curves you threw us on this one. It promises to be a beautiful–and beautifully complex–read!

  10. Comment by Bookie
    October 21, 2011 at 7:56 pm  

    I never made it to writing today. I fall behind so much anymore. I feel like I do a lot–it just takes longer to do it! Beware of old age!!!I did so love reading your blurb though. It certainly contains everything that invites a reader to pick it up! I like to read stories about relationships…this one sounds deep and engrossing! The temps here are bouncing 50 degrees every few days! The weather is a yo-yo…hope you are having nice autumn days there!

  11. Comment by Sioux
    October 22, 2011 at 10:08 am  

    This WOULD truly be a great read, Lisa. We're all clamoring…Why won't you satisfy us one of these days and write it? (NaNoWriMo is coming up…)I wrote a blurb this week. Hopefully I can get back into the saddle with BBF.

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    October 23, 2011 at 8:27 am  

    Becky – Thanks for stopping by! Sorry about your team's loss. Looks like they pulled some big tricks out of the hat last night, though. :)Rinkly – Thank you!I'm so glad you feel that way. Kay – I'm off to read your blurb. I'm sure I'll love it. Always do.Kathy – Thanks. I'm late to read blurbs this week, but you have me curious to see how we corresponded. :)Joanne – Thanks!Tammy – And no sign of romance. *sigh*Claudia – I know what you mean about falling behind. It is tough to work everything into a day. Our temps here are crazy, too. Up and down by as much as 15-20 degrees over several days. We had a beautiful fall day yesterday though, and today promises more of the same.Sioux – Ah, yes, NaNoWriMo. . .after last year I told my hubby I wouldn't do THAT again. Yeah, right. I have a YA (well, I've actually bumped it to MG) that needs my full attention, and I think NaNo is just the way to do it. So no blurbs-into-stories right now, but I do save them and will eventually use them in one way or another. 🙂

  13. Comment by K9friend
    October 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm  

    I'd love to go for a walk on that lovely looking pathway! I like your blurb, Lisa. Terrific theme of rebuilding an important relationship.PatCritter Alley

  14. Comment by Seasons
    October 24, 2011 at 6:39 am  

    Hi Lisa, this has been a touching story. It is simple, and speaks to the heart. Not just for the creative ability which you have, but for the truthfulness of your writing, I have appreciated this book blurb very much. Thank you!

  15. Comment by SJerZGirl
    October 27, 2011 at 2:44 am  

    Those old wounds are so hard to heal after they've scabbed and scarred. I hope she succeeds.

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