Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

Romance is good for your heart!

Book Blurb #49: Gruwel Hall

Posted on Feb 2, 2012 by Lisa Ricard Claro   No Comments Yet | Posted in Book Blurb Friday

There is good news and bad news to report. The good news is that my short story, “First Kiss,” won second place in the Writers’ Journal Romance contest. Yay! The bad news is that Writers’ Journal is closing its publishing doors. This is the quote from their website:

“After months of searching for another publisher for WRITERS’ Journal (WJ) magazine to no avail, Val-Tech Media (VTM) has decided to cease publishing WJ. Our last prospects decided January 19, 2012, not to take on the publication. Until this time we operated as though some publishing company would continue with WJ. Unfortunately, no one has stepped forward. We thank you for your support over the years and hope WJ has helped you become better writers.”

To read about the reasons for their decision in more detail, please click HERE.  It is sad to see another long time publication go under. This is becoming a sad trend.


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 talented photographer and fellow Book Blurber Kathy Matthews at Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy.

Gruwel Hall
(144 words)
When Maura Aarden focused on Gruwel Hall she was mesmerized by the fingers of ivy that clutched the stone and mortar of the abandoned structure like an alien fist. Her two cameras captured her vision. And more.
The digital photos gave Maura the colors she sought, the grays, greens and icy blues. But from the black and white film emerged faces in the windows, ghostly shapes, smoky and ethereal beyond the glass.
Maura returns to the site, camera in hand. She is determined to take more photos, this time from inside. But a fall down a shadowy stairway inexplicably renders her totally blind. It is only when looking through the lens of her camera that she can see, but sight through the lens reveals images Maura believed existed only in nightmares. Haunted and hunted, her only goal now is to escape Gruwel Hall alive.
In honor of Kathy, I employed the use of obscure faces to accompany her awesome photo. Kathy often sees faces in her photos (as do I on occasion) and I thought she might get a kick out of my use of that here. Thanks again, Kathy, for being so generous with your photography.

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Here is our “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday #50, provided by the lovely Ashley Ortiz. Thank you, Ashley!

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


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