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Book Blurb Friday #15: Final Blackout

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   23 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday


This was a long week with Papa having surgery. I’m happy to report that he is home and recuperating from, as he puts it, “This traumatic assault on my person.” I’d like to say he’s teasing, but he’s Dr. Super-Smarty Pants and really talks like that. At 87-years-old he’s got more than a few things wrong, but as he also likes to say, “They can oil me up and replace all the parts they want, but they’re still working with a 1923 chassis!” (In addition to being Dr. Super-Smarty Pants, he’s also Dr. Funny Man, so time spent with Papa is never dull.) We’re so happy to have him home! Thanks to all of you for your thoughts and prayers. We’re grateful.

Now on to the blurb!

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 for our inspiration and general oohing and aahing by my firstborn, Joey.  Thanks Sonshine!


Final Blackout
When Hank Dunbar awakens in an alley after his latest bender, he expects his world to be altered. He figures his long suffering wife will offer the silent treatment, and his business partner will beg him to enter rehab.  Hank is right about one thing.
His world has changed. . .
Hank emerges from the alley, unprepared for vast silence. The streets are devoid of traffic, the sidewalks empty of pedestrians. Stores and restaurants stand empty; churches and homes, deserted.  There are no dogs barking, squirrels chattering, or birdsong.
There is only the wind. . .
Hank’s confusion becomes fear as he searches in vain for signs of life.  He struggles to remember his last drunken hours, praying for clues to help him piece together the events that dropped him in this empty universe. He is desperate for answers, desperate to know details of his final blackout. . . (150 words)
Poor Hank! He should have known better than to down that last shot of tequila. It must have been a doozy. Of course, you know he’ll figure out the mystery and find redemption before you reach “The End.” My stories always have a happy ending. (Well, except for my horror stories, but that’s another genre.) I’m looking forward to reading your blurbs!
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 our “book cover” for next week, provided by the very funny and talented Sioux Roslawski.  Thanks Sioux!
See you on Monday. Have a great weekend!

23 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #15: Final Blackout"

  1. Comment by Bookie
    June 9, 2011 at 7:02 pm  

    So creative your blurb! You always have such great pieces, hard to follow! Mine own are so ordinary, but I keep trying because I think practice will bring improvement someday!

  2. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    June 9, 2011 at 7:07 pm  

    I accidentally read a bit of yours as I was scrolling down, Lisa, but I'll be coming up with something of my own shortly.— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    June 9, 2011 at 7:44 pm  

    Oooo, "The Road" all over again. Nice one Lisa.

  4. Comment by Karen Lange
    June 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm  

    Oh my, this sounds like a good read! You are saving these, right? Who knows, they could turn into a bestseller! :)Have a great weekend!

  5. Comment by Kristin
    June 10, 2011 at 2:13 am  

    So glad he is okay! Give Grandpa Claro a hug for me!

  6. Comment by Tony Benson
    June 10, 2011 at 3:47 am  

    Hi Lisa. I'm glad to hear your dad's home and recuperating. I wish him a speedy recovery. Great blurb. What happened? Will he find anyone to share his fate? What is his fate? So many questions need answering, I have to read it.

  7. Comment by Sandra Davies
    June 10, 2011 at 4:11 am  

    I tried several times to comment earlier but wasn't able to – and now the Linky thing has disappeared … but I did enjoy your blurb – reminded me of the beginning of 'The Day of the Triffids' and loved the photo which I could have taken in several directions.

  8. Comment by HOOTIN' ANNI
    June 10, 2011 at 7:28 am  

    ….but!! That 1923 chassis can be souped up with new parts and purr like a kitten and win a race any ol' day!! Hope he continues to recover.Now your blurb. Seems there is a lot of pieces strewn about like a jigsaw puzzle. Soon, with 'your happy ending'…all will fit nicely and there'll be a beautiful picture at the end.Here is my BlurbHave a great weekend.

  9. Comment by Ellie Garratt
    June 10, 2011 at 8:05 am  

    Your Papa sounds like quite a character. I glad to here he's now home and getting better.Final Blackout. Just the title alone is stunning. This is another blurb for a book that deserves to be written!Ellie Garratt

  10. Comment by jabblog
    June 10, 2011 at 8:19 am  

    First of all, I'm glad to hear that your father-in-law is safely out of hospital. He sounds fun!I like the promise in your blurb of a thoroughly satisfying, if nightmarish, read. What a terrible situation for Hank to find himself in. Perhaps it's all a horrible dream . . .

  11. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 10, 2011 at 9:21 am  

    Hi Lisa,Great news on Papa. What a blessing both ways that he lives with you guys.I love your book beginning. If everybody else is gone but there are no bodies, I can't figure it out. According to theories, if it was Jesus coming back, there would be others around who didn't to to heaven. Was it the aliens who came down for dinner and just missed him by accident? If that is so, maybe he'll run into a pretty lady who was also under the influence when the huge event occurred. One more reason to drink, I suppose, if Aliens consider drunks bad food, lol.Have a great weekend!Kathy M.

  12. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    June 10, 2011 at 10:16 am  

    I could feel a chill from the moment I started reading this one. Despite your disclaimer after the blurb, I think this would make a great horror story. Regardless of the genre, I want to know what happens.

  13. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 10, 2011 at 11:11 am  

    Lisa, I got your message, it seems to work okay now. I went from my post to yours and that worked, and then I started over and went to my sidebar and accessed your blog from there, hit my link and it went to my BBB#15 post. Please let me know if you are still having problems with it. Thanks!

  14. Comment by Lynette Killam
    June 10, 2011 at 11:16 am  

    Excellent blurb, Lia…rife with tension! I love your vivid descripton of the sinister silence that surrounds your unlucky protagonist…it tells us there is much more ahead for him to face!

  15. Comment by SJerZGirl
    June 10, 2011 at 3:33 pm  

    Ooohhh, I like it! Like Twilight Zone and Rip Van Winkle all in one!! I want to know what happened.

  16. Comment by Ricardo Miñana
    June 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm  

    Un libro con buena lectura y excelente publicidad.Pasaba a leerte y desearteque disfrutes el fin de semana.un abrazo.

  17. Comment by Susan Fobes
    June 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm  

    I always love your stories, Lisa! Lately we seem to be on similar wavelengths-mine is a bit more out there though (got to love fantasy!)

  18. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    June 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm  

    Hi Lisa,I love a good scifi mystery and I'd be reading this one for sure. I love the silence he faces and the hunt for anything alive.~Jean

  19. Comment by Katie Gates
    June 11, 2011 at 12:56 am  

    OMG, I totally want to read that book! Could you write it this weekend and email it to me?(Also, I'm glad to hear your dad is doing okay!)

  20. Comment by K9friend
    June 11, 2011 at 9:15 am  

    Lisa, tell your son what a great job he did on the photo. Very interesting composition with a strong feeling of

  21. Comment by irishoma
    June 11, 2011 at 9:41 am  

    Hi Lisa,Glad to hear the surgery went well.Great photo and blurb.Donna V.

  22. Comment by Tammy
    June 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm  

    So glad to hear your father-in-law is doing well! That chassis truly sounds like one of a kind.And your book blurb is so delightfully filled with chilling possibilities, as usual! Gives a whole new meaning to the words, "sobering experience"…. But we just know that Hank-the-drunk is a survivor of the future! Great work, and sorry I'm SO very late with mine this week.

  23. Comment by Lynn
    June 13, 2011 at 7:33 pm  

    Papa is lucky to be loved by you. Glad he's doing well and boy, he sounds like a hoot of fun!Loved your blurb. I miss playing, although I'm saving them all for when I come back 🙂

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