Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Book Blurb Friday #1

Posted on Mar 3, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   31 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday · meme

Woo-hoo! Book Blurb Friday at last! This is BBF’s maiden voyage and I am:

1.  Hoping that. . .I didn’t screw up the Mr. Linky widget. My technical expertise is 0 on a scale of 1-10.  You’ve been warned.

2.  Hoping that. . .You take the ideas from your book blurbs and turn them into bestselling novels. (No point dreaming if we don’t dream big, right?)

3.  Hoping that. . .Everyone has as much fun writing their blurb as I did.  I’m excited to read the other blurbs!

Now, without further ado . . . .my first ever BBF offering, 150 words or less to entice you to read:

 **Book Title:  The Gateway 

Eyes are the Gateway to the soul. . .
Eve Bannon has a rare gift.  Born a Gateway Empath, her eyes look into yours and see what the world cannot. Your very soul. . .
A valuable asset to America’s top security agencies, Eve works covertly, using eye contact alone to assess a subject’s threat potential.
Cain Devlin is a technological genius. He is a solitary and enigmatic man with a secret so volatile it can never be shared.
During a chance encounter, Eve’s eyes meet Cain’s.  The impact of his true self chills her to her core.  But she sees something else, too; and as she struggles to understand it she must determine if his life’s purpose is so evil it must be stopped, or so sacred it cannot fail. Was he sent to lead mankind to Heaven, or through the Gateway to Hell?    (word count 145)

** FYI – I did not count the book’s title as part of the blurb.

So what do you think? Would you buy the book? My first draft of this blurb was twice as long and I had a tough time cutting it down to size. I’m hoping I get better as I go along!

If you are participating in BBF, please remember to post your link so others can go to your blog and read your blurb.  Scroll down to see next week’s “book cover.”

For information on Book Blurb Friday please click the tab under the blog header. I hope you’ll join the fun!

Here is next week’s “book cover”:

31 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #1"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm  

    Oh, Lisa!!! I know that this isn't even for a real book, but I will buy all of your real books when they are published. Great job! I'll give a shout out about your Friday meme, hopefully tomorrow. Way to go!

  2. Comment by Lynn
    March 3, 2011 at 9:34 pm  

    Wow Lisa, how are we supposed to compete with that for goodness sakes – I want to buy that book! I'm thinking you need to write the book – forget BBF and work on your story!

  3. Comment by Bookie
    March 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm  

    I just linked, but I thought this picture esp. hard. My blub is rather lame and ordinary. I hope to sharpen my efforts!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 3, 2011 at 10:56 pm  

    Hey Kathy – Thanks! You're such an optimist. I hope to hold you to that one day. :)Hi Lynn – I'm excited to read other entries because each one will be so different. My big challenge is shutting up! That 150 word max is killing me! LOLHi Claudia (Bookie) – I linked to you and read your blurb and think it's terrific. You're my first blurber! A dubious distinction, eh? 😛 Thanks for jumping in. Perhaps you'll find next week's pic more to your liking.

  5. Comment by BECKY
    March 3, 2011 at 11:20 pm  

    Hey Lisa…I just posted mine! Hope it's worthy!!

  6. Comment by Lynn
    March 3, 2011 at 11:54 pm  

    Okay, I have my blog ready to go, but I can't figure out how to post the picture.

  7. Comment by Lynn
    March 4, 2011 at 12:05 am  

    I think I have it now! I'm thinking maybe it was to spare myself the embarrassment of what I had written!

  8. Comment by Susan Fobes
    March 4, 2011 at 12:12 am  

    Yours was wonderful Lisa! I had a hard time with this but it was worth it…

  9. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 4, 2011 at 12:18 am  

    This is THE Becky Povitch, right? The famous author? Of COURSE it's worthy!Hey Lynn – I read your blurb and loved it. Picturing you as a private eye did make me chuckle, though. :)Hi Susan – I actually had a tough go, too. I knew what I wanted to say but had trouble keeping to the word count. I'll head out to your blog now and read your blurb. I'm sure it's terrific.

  10. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    March 4, 2011 at 12:59 am  

    Lisa,Since I am a Sci-Fi fan I'm pretty sure this book would be in my shopping cart! Reminds me of Dean Koontz! Good one!~Jean

  11. Comment by Margo Benson
    March 4, 2011 at 4:56 am  

    Oh yes, I'd buy it! I had enormous fun with this, well done for creating such a great meme.

  12. Comment by Madeleine
    March 4, 2011 at 5:55 am  

    Ooh yes I love it! :O)

  13. Comment by Ellie
    March 4, 2011 at 5:57 am  

    Oh, yes. I would definitely buy that book!Thank you for starting this meme. I have the feeling we will all end up with so many novel ideas, we'll be spoilt for choice!

  14. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    March 4, 2011 at 7:01 am  

    Hi Lisa … this is a really great idea of yours, glad launch day has arrived at last!I loved your blurb. What fun you could have with a story like that! That blurb would make me buy it .. and tell Christina that her picture would make me take it off the shelf to read the blurb! (I am loving her photography!) I have posted mine. It is (for reasons that escape me) leaning towards YA or perhaps more accurately New Adult, which is not my natural stomping ground. Perhaps I ought to give it a go and see what happens! lol (I can't stop developing the plot in my head, so I think I will just have to!):Dom

  15. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 4, 2011 at 7:02 am  

    Hi Jean – Thanks! I've been out to the other blurbs and it's a good thing they aren't real. My Kindle downloading bill would be climbing.Hi Margo – So glad you enjoyed it. I hope you'll participate every week. :)Hey Ellie – I feel the same way. So many ideas! We'll each be creating our own file of "starters". Thanks for participating!

  16. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 4, 2011 at 7:57 am  

    Hey Dom – How wonderful that this inspired a new venue for you! Me too, actually. I don't normally lead toward sci-fi, but my story seemed so obvious to me that I may have to give it a whirl. I'll start small so as not to embarrass myself. :)I'll pass on your kind words to Christina.

  17. Comment by Susan Fields
    March 4, 2011 at 8:59 am  

    That sounds like a fantastic book! I would definitely pick a book up based on that blurb.This meme sounds like so much fun! Hopefully I'll be able to join in next week.

  18. Comment by Lynn
    March 4, 2011 at 11:15 am  

    Lisa, I saw that your daughter's name was on the photographs and figured she must be taking the pictures (pretty likely conclusion for a PI – he he he), and I want to say how interesting all the book cover blurbs have been. Geez, everyone needs to write the book they created with their blurb. Whew. But tell your daughter, nice photos!

  19. Comment by Jenny
    March 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm  

    Hi. I understand you are having trouble managing the links on your meme. I use linkytools for my memes but the way I make changes on that services is to click on the actual meme you built. There should be a display somewhere saying – 18 (or whatever the number of current links is) active links. Generally that will be a hyperlink. Click on that. It will display the links you have active on the current meme. On linkytools there is a delete button for each line at the far right. Click on delete this link. It will give you a warning along the lines that if you delete the link it will be unretrievable. Hit OK. On linkytools when you are done deleting all the links that you wish, you have to click a "SAVE" button at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Without that the deletes won't save.If you need more help, please e-mail me and I can try to access your actual meme and make necessary changes for you!Good luck!Have fun!jennymatlock at cox dot net

  20. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 4, 2011 at 1:21 pm  

    Okay, I gave you a shout out on this mornings post … along with a few other new linky parties. I think that some of your writers and readers will also like to know about the thrifty book exchange one too. Have a great weekend, Lisa.

  21. Comment by Tammy
    March 4, 2011 at 6:13 pm  

    Just posted mine. What fun! Can't wait to read the different takes. And I agree–I want to read yours this weekend.

  22. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm  

    Hi Susan – I hope you do join in. It isn't too late to post on this one–I won't post anything new until until Sunday night or early Monday morning. If you have an idea, just jump right in!Hey Lynn – Yes, my youngest is a budding photographer. 🙂 I'll do a call out to everyone, though. If you have a photo you think would be a terrific book cover, I'll be happy to use it and embed the photo credit on the pic. Hi Jenny – You'll probably hear from me. I had sent out a request to Mr. Linky and they actually responded with a fix, but I can't make it work. I'll appreciate your help.Thanks, Kathy! You're a doll. You know I appreciate the support. :)Hey Tammy – Your blurb is terrific. Where did you come up with those names? I want whatever you're drinking. LOL

  23. Comment by jabblog
    March 5, 2011 at 8:55 am  

    Yes, I'd definitely buy this book – hurry up and write it, please;-)

  24. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 5, 2011 at 9:19 am  

    Hi Jabblog – Thanks. I wish writing it and plotting it would be as easy as thinking it up! Your blurb sounds like a terrific mystery/romance/suspense. I agree with Lynn, above…we all need to start writing!

  25. Comment by Karen Lange
    March 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm  

    I love this idea. Can't commit now (my head will explode if I do, weeding my way out of an overcommitted schedule:) but will keep it in mind for the future.Have a great weekend,Karen

  26. Comment by tanyavalentine
    March 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm  

    this is hard! Tony told me to write about an Irish, drug addicted hooker with a heart of gold …who has wacky escapades. So you can see why I stopped him there and did not participate this week. I'm going to rev up my creative juices for next week. But I wanted to stop by and tell you how happy I am that you got such a great turn out for the first week of BBF!!!

  27. Comment by Karen
    March 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm  

    Hi Lisa! What a fun new meme. Your blurb was definitely a great lure to bring a reader in! :>

  28. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm  

    Hi Karen – I understand. I spent part of the day reacquainting myself with my Franklin Planner!Hey Tanya – I think Tony's story sounds pretty cute, actually. I bet you could make it Stephanie Plum-ish. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing you at critique group tomorrow. Thanks for checking in! I'll look forward to your BBF next week.Hi Karen – Thanks!

  29. Comment by Sioux
    March 6, 2011 at 10:19 am  

    I revised my intro to my BBF while you were commenting on it. You missed a little "jab" I sent your way.I think you need some sort of "icon" or sign that we can post on our blogs, to let everyone know we are part of the BBF. You made Mr. Linky work. (Which is a task beyond my skills.) I am sure this would be a cinch…

  30. Comment by K9friend
    March 6, 2011 at 10:38 am  

    That was fun!

  31. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    March 6, 2011 at 2:03 pm  

    wow this is a great idea and I love that blurb. My only complaint: what happens in the middle of the book and how does it end??Grace

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