Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Book Blurb #43: The Hattfelds and McLoys

Posted on Dec 22, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   6 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday · christmas

The Christmas holiday is just days away! Wishing you and yours many blessings, no matter what your beliefs may be.  Merry Christmas!


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 Kathy Matthews at Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy.

The Hattfelds and McLoys
(146 words)
For four decades, Jacob Hattfeld’s “Bodacious Breads” has operated next door to Liam McLoy’s “Luscious Lattes.” It seems a match made in heaven, but the former high school gridiron rivals have been feuding longer than they’ve shared sidewalk space.

When McLoy’s beautiful granddaughter Aileen visits he makes sure she knows to steer clear of Hattfeld’s establishment. Unfortunately, he doesn’t say anything about avoiding his rival’s handsome grandson, Caleb, and when a romance heats up, sparks fly.

Anxious to break up the lovebirds, Hattfeld and McLoy cooperate for the first time in decades.  By the time they achieve their goal they find that conniving together has enabled them to end their feud and begin their friendship anew. But now that their grandchildren have called it quits, the curmudgeonly cupids must conspire again—this time to bring Aileen and Caleb back together.

Romance has never been this cranky.

I had fun with this variation on the old Southern Hatfield vs. McCoy family feud. This is one I might just turn into a short story.  Thanks, Kathy, for being so generous with your photo talent.

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Here is our “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday #44, provided by Kay Davies at An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel.

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Have a great Christmas weekend! See you next for Monday’s microfiction.


6 Responses to "Book Blurb #43: The Hattfelds and McLoys"

  1. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    December 23, 2011 at 12:35 am  

    Oh, what a great story, Lisa. And the names are perfect! Never mind the short story, I'd buy the whole novel.Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!K

  2. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    December 23, 2011 at 5:01 am  

    A fun urban twist to an old feud. I think it promises great entertainment and I've added it to my Christmas list!Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    December 23, 2011 at 7:23 am  

    Kay – Thanks! I think it will be fun to write.Grandma – Merry Christmas!

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    December 23, 2011 at 11:59 am  

    Hey, Lisa, what a cute story! I would really enjoy reading it and want an autographed copy when the time comes. Thanks so much for choosing that picture, I really like it too. Merry Christmas to all of you!Kathy M.

  5. Comment by irishoma
    December 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm  

    Hi Lisa,I love Kathy's photo, and your blurb deserves to be made into a short story.donna

  6. Comment by Tammy
    December 25, 2011 at 9:12 pm  

    Oh, what a fun blurb!! This is another one I can see being made into a movie! Merry Christmas to you and your family, Lisa.

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