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Book Blurb Friday #13 – Iced AND Too Perfect

Posted on May 26, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday

Quick Blogger question.  Help! My followers are missing! (There’s a joke in there somewhere, I know.)  My dashboard shows the number (190) but not the names, and the icon pics have been gone all day.  I’ve visited several other blogs today and no one else seems to be having this problem. If you are experiencing this, or have experienced it, please let me know what I need to do to fix the problem.  Thanks!

Now, on to the fun stuff!


It was a relief to take my head out of the news and spend some time creating a book blurb for this week’s “book cover,” provided by the multi-talented Kathy Matthews.  I love this photo, and expected to write a cheerful blurb about family fun times or a sexy romance. I ended up penning two blurbs, both dark. So much for positive thinking.

If you are new to this blog, 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 by She-of-Many-Blogs, Kathy Matthews:

(Blurb #1)
Stan Brannon is an injured man on the run. His captors’ plans for him end when the weather creates the perfect means of escape: a fatal accident on slippery roads complicated by rapidly accumulating snow and ice.
Young widow Sarah Larkin’s traditional Friday night of pizza, popcorn and a movie alone in her den come to an end when a winter storm cuts power to her house.
Brannon’s invasion of Sarah’s home provides the perfect hide-out for him, and a nightmare for her. Trapped inside with a gun-wielding stranger while storm conditions deteriorate, Sarah fears the worst. But those searching for Brannon come closer, and Sarah alerts them to his presence. Too late, she realizes her deadly mistake. . .
As the wounded Brannon struggles for his life, Sarah must find a way to save them both from the ice storm and the men who want him dead. (148 words)
(Blurb #2)
Too Perfect

The McClendons are the perfect family. . .

Bob McClendon is a successful doctor while his wife, Mary, manages their home. Their daughter, Emily, is a teenage beauty queen and Tom, their son, captains the high school football team.

Nothing is as it seems. . .

A common December night brings cold temperatures and a dusting of snow, but morning reveals the horror of bloody death. The McClendons are found brutally butchered in their sleep; except Emily, discovered shivering and covered in blood in a dark corner of the basement.

More questions than answers. . .

Detective Sid Corday investigates the murders expecting proof of a home invasion, but every lead points to Emily. Evidence is circumstantial, however, and there is no discernible motive.

Is Emily the unwitting pawn in someone’s diabolical game? Or a consummate actress about to get away with the perfect murder. . .  (147 words)

I’ve not written two blurbs for the same photo before, but since these popped out of my brain and onto my laptop screen I figured I’d post them both.  Kathy’s photo is gorgeous, and I had so many ideas floating around. How about you?

Please put your name and URL in Mr. Linky so others can link back to you and read your blurb, then scroll a little further for a peek at the photo for next week.

Here is next week’s “book cover,” provided by writer and world traveler Kay Davies. Thanks, Kay!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!


25 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #13 – Iced AND Too Perfect"

  1. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    May 26, 2011 at 6:41 pm  

    I knew I was forgetting something. I haven't done my blurb. Therefore, I haven't read yours, for fear of being influenced. But had to comment and say "OH NO!" because my followers are gone, too. The pictures and even the list I can usually access from my Dashboard. What is Blogger doing to us THIS time?(Thanks for using my picture for next week.)— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 26, 2011 at 6:48 pm  

    Kay – The pic is awesome. Thanks for offering it for use! I'm with you. I don't read blurbs until after mine are done either…same with the Monday microfiction. I'll look forward to reading yours in a bit!

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    May 26, 2011 at 6:52 pm  

    Oh…I'm sorry about your followers. I hope I didn't jinx you!

  4. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    May 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm  

    No, you didn't jinx me, I'm sure.I like both of your takes on the prompt photo, but especially the second because you and I both ended with an ellipsis…— K

  5. Comment by Sarah
    May 26, 2011 at 7:39 pm  

    My followers are missing, too, Lisa. Blogger is just falling apart these days! And … that's a lovely picture, but I'm terrible at writing blurbs and queries and synopses. I avoid doing so whenever I can, even when people tell me it's good for me. You did a great job with those!

  6. Comment by Lynn
    May 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm  

    Okay, not only do we have to compete with ONE of your BBFs, now TWO. What are you doing to us? He he he. They're both great of course. I can't even come up with 100 words and you write two! One thing about blogger, there's not much you can do about it. I'm missing my followers too. Oh well. Sit tight and it'll come back.

  7. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    May 26, 2011 at 8:29 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Wow! They are both great, as yours always are! I could have gone some other ways on this picture too, but of course it was my picture. It was funny, cuz that is my car and our house, and I was thinking, "But, we don't have a basement!". Ha!So, do Stan and Sarah end up falling in love? I bet they do. And your second one … a Stephen King way to go. I can just see all the blood all over the snow. Kind of like a Carrie thing? Well, anyway, you rock and I'll buy everything you write.Kay's photo for next week is very beautiful and intriguing. I can't wait.Have a great long weekend,Kathy

  8. Comment by Duncan D. Horne
    May 26, 2011 at 9:24 pm  

    It seems that there are still a few problems with blogger, probably as an effect of the maintenance a couple of weeks back. You could let blogger know your problem.Duncan In Kuantan

  9. Comment by Susan Fobes
    May 26, 2011 at 11:27 pm  

    Wow, this is dark for you Lisa. I think I read the second with my mouth open-LOL! What a great entry into what looks like very thrilling stories.As for Blogger, my followers disappear from time to time to (even though my count is in the dashboard.) Usually things take care of themselves after a day. Sorry that I don't have any other solutions for you with this one!

  10. Comment by Jackee
    May 26, 2011 at 11:48 pm  

    A blurb feature! So cool, Lisa! I like the first one the best. Thanks for sharing. Like you, I've had blogger trouble so I'm just getting a comment to work here on your site. It's great to "meet" you and I look forward to more great posts. :o)Cheers!

  11. Comment by Sandra Davies
    May 26, 2011 at 11:51 pm  

    I'd definitely buy 'Iced' Lisa, lots of intriguing personal intraction, but not so sure about 'Too perfect' -I'm not THAT fond of blood'n'stuff …and like Susan my followers occasionally 'disappear' but do come back.Now I'm off to read the other offerings, Blogger permitting!

  12. Comment by Margo Benson
    May 27, 2011 at 6:30 am  

    Both of these are terrific. The sunspense and characters in the first hint of superb intrigue and the second is deliciously creepy.My followers have been kidnapped too.

  13. Comment by Jules
    May 27, 2011 at 7:31 am  

    I just came by to wish you a happy holiday and MAN! Both are great and both sound like something I would pick up and read. 🙂Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  14. Comment by jabblog
    May 27, 2011 at 7:55 am  

    My followers have gone missing before but have always turned up safe and sound a day or so later so fear not!I loved both your blurbs. Both stories would have me gripping the book with both hands, knuckles white, shivers running down my spine.

  15. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    May 27, 2011 at 9:34 am  

    Wow! You definitely didn't go the romantic way with these! 🙂 I like them both – the first one a little more than the second. But great job on them, Lisa. They both sound like something I'd read. Have a great Friday!

  16. Comment by Karen Lange
    May 27, 2011 at 10:01 am  

    Wow, those would certainly draw readers in. There's just enough info but not too much…good job!Have a great weekend!

  17. Comment by Michael G-G
    May 27, 2011 at 12:46 pm  

    My problem is that blogger isn't letting me comment on anything, just keeps asking me for my google account but then ignores it!I hope it's them and not me!

  18. Comment by Tammy
    May 27, 2011 at 1:18 pm  

    Well, I loved the first one–I am a sucker for a deadly mistake noticed too late–and then I read the second and literally got chills! And that first one has such a wonderful title, but then the second has the perfect but butchered family…. So I will definitely be buying both!!! Oh, and I can't see my blog followers, either! But then, I can't see next week's picture again. And I tried Internet Explorer, Firefox updates, etc. So right now I'm counting on magic–as in I hope it magically reappears.

  19. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    May 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm  

    I don't know which one I loved more! Those are great!

  20. Comment by Jenners
    May 27, 2011 at 8:33 pm  

    This really inspired you!! I think if I had to just choose one, I would go with Too Perfect. Just reading the blurb made me want to know what was up with Emily.

  21. Comment by SJerZGirl
    May 27, 2011 at 9:36 pm  

    I have to admit I like the second one better than the first. I had to re-read the first one three times before I caught its drift – might just me where my head's at. But, the second one reads right out of contemporary headlines. Very shocking and very intriguing.

  22. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    May 27, 2011 at 11:52 pm  

    That really was a beautiful pic, but something in it does hint of darkness and danger. I enjoyed both your blurbs and was hoping I detected a hint of romance in the first. Part of me is already hoping that Emily will be exonerated, although I think I would enjoy that story regardless of the outcome. Your creativity is truly amazing.As for the followers, I am having the same problem and I am on a WordPress platform. Hopefully things will resolve soon.

  23. Comment by Dorothy Evans
    May 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm  

    Terrific on both counts – and both action thrillers, yummy!Seems we're all missing our followers.

  24. Comment by Madeleine
    May 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm  

    I *so* want to read the first one. Sounds like my kind of novel. Second sounds quite intense. My followers have gone missing too. It seems to be an epidemic or is it a pandemic.Great weekly fest BTW. :O)

  25. Comment by Ellie Garratt
    May 29, 2011 at 10:47 am  

    Wow. Two stunning blurbs. Both thrillers. Both dark and scary. I loved them both, but if I had to pick one for you to write, it would be the second. My followers went walkabout as well. Bad blogger!Ellie Garratt

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