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Book Blurb Friday #17: Arachnia

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   19 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday


Welcome to Book Blurb Friday, where 150 words must sell your book.

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 creative blurbs by the wonderful Sandra Davies.  My book blurb follows:

The townsfolk of Arachnia, Ohio are afraid to leave their homes. . .
The first of summer brought a mammoth storm that destroyed power lines and left the county dark. Phones and internet access are rendered inaccessible.
But total isolation from the outside world is only one consequence. . .
A plague of spiders, large and small, has settled on Arachnia. Numbering in the millions, the arachnids are everywhere; opening a door or window means invasion by the eight-legged creatures, who work as an intelligent unit to subdue their human prey.

Trapped in the local community center, a group of teens, led by troublemaker Skeet Henderson, believe the spiders may represent an alien invasion. Ridiculed and ignored by the adults for such a fantastical idea, the kids must work alone to prove their theory about the ubiquitous arachnids, and find a way to save their town from destruction. (148 words)

Spiders give me the creeps. I know they serve a fine purpose, and I’ll admit to spending time watching them spin a new web or repair an old one. But just because they are fascinating doesn’t mean I want to have them in my house. The idea of aliens masquerading as spiders is creepy, but I did have to ask myself (after penning this blurb) why aliens who are smart enough to do something like this don’t just come in and take what they want. I guess those answers are in the book. Oh, wait a minute. . .! That’s the only problem with these blurbs. . .no closure. On the other hand, they are fun to write and fun to read.

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Here is our “book cover” for Book Blurb Friday #18, provided by the lovely Becky Povich:

Thanks for your participation! Hope you have a safe and fun weekend.


19 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #17: Arachnia"

  1. Comment by Tammy
    June 23, 2011 at 9:21 pm  

    I love that you turned this into a YA book. In fact, I think you (and Skeet) have a summer blockbuster movie here!

  2. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    June 23, 2011 at 10:51 pm  

    Eeuuww. I couldn't even read this, Lisa. At first I thought "Oh, it's just the name of the town" but…I'm sure, however, that it's very well done. :o)— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Comment by Sandra Davies
    June 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm  

    Sorry Lisa, but I couldn't read this either – almost turned off as soon as I saw the horrible picture at the top. Like Kay I'm sure it is up to your usual standard.Why on earth didn't I anticipate that with this photo? Next week's photo looks very promising indeed …

  4. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    June 24, 2011 at 1:14 am  

    Great job! Glad I live in Missouri!I don't think I could read the book, however, without great difficulty.Spiders are icky.

  5. Comment by Sioux
    June 24, 2011 at 2:03 am  

    Oh my God! The horror! My spine is tingling with fear! Frozen…paralyzed…I am incapable of moving, this blurb is so terrifying.Teenagers saving the day? Is the world coming to an end? Forgive me while I step out of the room and scream!

  6. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    June 24, 2011 at 3:28 am  

    Spiders controlled by aliens – can it get more creepy?! Great job. I wonder if I will be the only one NOT to write about spiders?! I know what you mean about "no closure". I admit that I do find myself ironing out potential plot hole for ages after writing one of these! (Although if I'm ironing them out, I suppose they ought to be plot creases?!)

  7. Comment by Sarah
    June 24, 2011 at 6:46 am  

    A nice twist on the classic animal horror tale! Creepy.

  8. Comment by jabblog
    June 24, 2011 at 7:01 am  

    I'm still shuddering! The thought of a spider invasion makes my blood run cold – but then, just one hairy spider in the bath does that to me!IF I could bring myself to read the book I'm sure I would really enjoy the plot twists and turns;-)

  9. Comment by Madeleine
    June 24, 2011 at 8:04 am  

    Mega creepy and excellent! :O)

  10. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    June 24, 2011 at 9:40 am  

    Hi Lisa … great story! I love the concept the name of the town and "Skeet Henderson". This would really be a great book, and I can see it turning into a horror movie.I'm sorry to say that I won't be joining up this week either … all that running around got me sick; and Cary has elbow surgery today at 11:00.I hope that you have a wonderful weekend,Kathy M.

  11. Comment by HOOTIN' ANNI
    June 24, 2011 at 2:39 pm  

    The more thrilling the thriller is, the better for me!! Well done.I kinda went into the 'comedy' of truths on mine this week.This is sooooooooo much fun. I just finished working and editing to 150 or less on NEXT weeks. LOL

  12. Comment by Lynette Killam
    June 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm  

    I thoroughly enjoyed this fine read, Lisa, being one of the apparent few who actually like spiders! I was picturing great swarms of them tumbling over window ledges and moving in silent waves across sleeping inhabitants…very cool. This would make a heck of a movie!!And I did like your "no closure" comment…one definitely longs to know the ending of these tales, even if we're the ones writing them…LOL.

  13. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    June 24, 2011 at 4:45 pm  

    A spider invasion is bad enough, but then you made them aliens! Nice twist! I loved it. And who knows why the aliens would take on the form of spiders? I'm sure they have their reasons. 🙂

  14. Comment by Susan Fobes
    June 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm  

    You know I always love your character names, but a story with spiders sort of creeped me out as well. (Heck, if it moves faster than me, it's up to no good! LOL!) I went the teen route too, but didn't focus on the web…

  15. Comment by Susan Fobes
    June 24, 2011 at 5:06 pm  

    Hey, I just noticed your spider glowing! LOL!

  16. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    June 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm  

    Hi y'all – My son is visiting from out of state, so I'm being lax on my commenting. Hope you don't mind my collective response here. I have been out to all of your blurbs, though. Wouldn't miss it for the world! I so love reading them.My apologies to those of you with arachnophobia. 🙂 You won't see another spider here until Halloween. . .come October, I can't make any promises. LOL

  17. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    June 25, 2011 at 11:04 pm  

    Lisa,This definitely gave me the creeps. I also don't like spiders of any sort – good ones or not. I really like the idea of the teens solving the mystery and Skeet sounds like he has the brains to solve it even though he is a "troublemaker." The town name is great too.~JeanI've had company in from out of town and it has gotten me away from my computer for awhile and next week I'll be away but soon I want to get back to BBF!

  18. Comment by ♥~Judy~♥
    June 26, 2011 at 10:17 am  

    Love your shadow shot and that excerpt is awesome.

  19. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    June 28, 2011 at 4:02 pm  

    Please forgive, if I have repeated myself. Internet went down as I was posting before and I don't think my comment took.I hate spiders and this sounds like a very creepy story. So, of course, I would buy the book and enjoy every single second of terror!I wouldn't have considered that the spiders being alien presented any problem in the plot. They aren't masquerading as spiders, that is just their natural form.For me, the purpose of the blurb is not to focus on details, but to inspire creativity. Having said that, I often want to know how stories end. Even my own. 😀

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