Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

Romance is good for your heart!

Book Blurb Friday #10 – New Eden

Posted on May 5, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   23 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday

I’d like to offer a huge ** THANK YOU!**  to everyone participating in Book Blurb Friday.  Memes sprout from the blogging landscape like wildflowers in a meadow, and I’m so pleased that you’ve picked mine to be part of your writing bouquet.

If you’re new to Book Blurb Friday, please click HERE for information, or click the tab under the blog header.  In a nutshell:

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

The photo for this week’s “book cover” (compliments of Becky Povich) which I posted last BBF disappeared from my blog.  It shows up in edit mode, but not on the actual post.  I’ve adjusted it a tad and it looks okay on my computer (the photo credit mysteriously expanded, but I figured Becky wouldn’t complain about that!), but if you have trouble viewing it, please let me know and I’ll either re-post or email it to you–how’s that for service?! Here is the photo (I hope) and my 150-words-or-less blurb to go with it:

New Eden

Spencer Kingston, proclaimed the Messiah by his followers, has built New Eden—a secure compound on two-hundred acres of land near Montana’s Flathead Valley.
Reporter Dana Lee has personal reasons for infiltrating the compound.  Pretending to be a convert, she moves to New Eden and volunteers for clerical duties in Kingston’s office, searching for proof of his deceit. But as her relationship with the spiritual leader grows into friendship, she witnesses the resurrection of a dead child and an angelic apparition. Are these miracles, or an elaborate hoax?
New Eden falls under government scrutiny, and Dana recognizes her unique position to either help or hurt the controversial Kingston. When disaster erupts, she is caught in a web of her own making, forced to either acknowledge Kingston’s authenticity or declare him a fraud.  With proof of neither, she can rely on nothing more than her own questioning heart. (147 words)

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Here is a next week’s photo, courtesy of Lynn Obermoeller:

Thanks again, everyone! See you for Monday’s microfiction, hosted by Grandma’s Goulash. Have a great weekend!


23 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #10 – New Eden"

  1. Comment by Lynn
    May 5, 2011 at 10:47 pm  

    Lisa, as always, your blurb is great and I love the title. No doubt you could write the book to this one in the romance genre!

  2. Comment by Susan Fobes
    May 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm  

    I was wondering what direction you would take with this Lisa. What a page turner this would be!

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 5, 2011 at 10:53 pm  

    Lynn – I had so much trouble with this one! I changed it about ten times and kept coming out about five words over. Yikes. The romance…well, I can always write a romance. I'm just mushy, I guess. 🙂

  4. Comment by BECKY
    May 5, 2011 at 10:58 pm  

    Lisa, thanks so much for using one of my photos! I can see it perfectly, so I guess everyone else can, too! Awesome blurb, too, as always!!

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm  

    Susan – Thanks! I hope the reading would go faster than the blurb. It took me forever this week. LOL

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 5, 2011 at 11:07 pm  

    Becky – Lynn and Susan got the original photo post to show up on their blogs, so I guess mine is the only one that won't "see" it. Weird, huh? I figured you wouldn't mind that your name expanded, too. 🙂

  7. Comment by Sandra Davies
    May 5, 2011 at 11:45 pm  

    Lisa – your 'New Eden' is perfect for this photo – I too had loads of trouble coming up with something (third version finally made it) and I hope, Becky, that you don't mind the way I incorporated your photo into a bigger page

  8. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    May 5, 2011 at 11:47 pm  

    Oh, I love the hint of the word "kingdom" in the name "Kingston" — nicely done, Lisa! My "book" this week doesn't have a plot, but it does have a blurb, only slightly tongue-in-cheek. I'm just cheeky, I guess, to borrow your phrase but with changes!I can see the photo fine on your post. And I already have an idea for next week's! Lots of fun. Thanks ever so.— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    May 6, 2011 at 1:13 am  

    Lisa, I love the blurb. I wasn't quite expecting the romance in a "cult" book but hey, I can take romance any time! I didnt' have trouble writing one this week, won't say it makes the cut though. LOL. Grace

  10. Comment by Tony Benson
    May 6, 2011 at 3:36 am  

    Lisa, Great blurb. It works really well as a teaser for what should be a good read. I think it would be one of those books that gets people to look closely at their own beliefs, whatever they are.

  11. Comment by Margo Benson
    May 6, 2011 at 4:08 am  

    That sounds amazing! The beliefs and agendas changing, a romance….wonderful idea. Mine's terribly rusty after a month away but it's great to back 'blurbibg'!

  12. Comment by Arkansas Patti
    May 6, 2011 at 6:43 am  

    Ok, I'm interested, when will it come out.

  13. Comment by Sioux
    May 6, 2011 at 7:42 am  

    Great photo, and you took your blurb–as always–into a creative and unthought-of direction.Romance + cult leader = a great readThanks, Lisa, for this meme. (And what was reflected in the sunglasses in the photo last week? I didn't get to write about them, but I was intrigued by what was reflected in the lenses.)

  14. Comment by Tammy
    May 6, 2011 at 8:41 am  

    Oh, that conflict is irresistible…as is your writing, as usual!!!

  15. Comment by jabblog
    May 6, 2011 at 9:18 am  

    I love the name 'Flathead Valley' – from the times of emergent man, presumably! This certainly sounds an intriguing read – and what a decision to have to make.

  16. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    May 6, 2011 at 9:23 am  

    Hi Lisa,I'm hooked and I really want to find out what happens next. I enjoy reading books like this, about cult leaders messing up and others trying to expose them or just plain get out. Your twist is very interesting, because I bet there are many investigative reporters who end up sometimes liking their "bad guy".I went with a religious aspect too. Thanks, Becky for the beautiful picture!Have a wonderful weekend,Kathy M.

  17. Comment by K9friend
    May 6, 2011 at 10:06 am  

    I always enjoy reading the book cover blurbs. Next week's photo looks verrrrrry interesting!

  18. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    May 6, 2011 at 7:01 pm  

    Excellent job! I liked how the objective reporter is slowly drawn into the influence of the messiah.I'd read this book.

  19. Comment by Mama Zen
    May 6, 2011 at 8:41 pm  

    Outstanding blurb!

  20. Comment by Jenners
    May 6, 2011 at 9:17 pm  

    Well done! And sounds like it could actually happen. My family lives in Montana and they (Montana — not my family) do tend to attract some odd groups like that. (However, I doubt there is any truth to what they are preaching).

  21. Comment by Ricardo Miñana
    May 7, 2011 at 5:50 am  

    Hi Lisa, interesting postalways a pleasure going through your have a happy weekend.a hug.

  22. Comment by Dorothy Evans
    May 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm  

    Hi Lisa, I found your book blurb through Margo and Tony Benson's blogs. I enyoyed their blurbs so much I decided I'd like to join the fun and I'm looking forward to posting next Friday.Your blurb is a tease for a book I'd be very tempted to buy.

  23. Comment by Vanilla Mama
    July 13, 2011 at 11:07 am  

    GOOD ONE!! Love it – I am in line for it!

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