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Book Blurb Friday #18: Secrets and Chamomile Tea

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   21 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 lovely Becky Povich.  My book blurb follows:


Secrets and Chamomile Tea
Behind her mischievous grin and cornflower-blue eyes, 88-year-old Birdie-Mae Pettilace hides The Secret. Decades old, it holds the power to change lives in the little Mississippi town of Butterbee.
When Birdie-Mae is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s she fears the illness will soon render her unable to remember details of that fateful night in ’43. The Secret mustn’t end with her; someone else must know the truth.
To find the perfect confidant, Birdie invites clueless Butterbee residents to her home for tea, where she conducts surreptitious interviews hoping to find a trustworthy recipient for The Secret.
But in the course of her crazy questioning, Birdie gathers more dirt about her chatty neighbors than she ever wanted to know. And worse, it looks like the only person she can trust is a Yankee teenaged girl with purple hair, sass to spare. . .and an incorrigible love of secrets and chamomile tea.  (148 words)

This blurb is one I might actually attempt to write as a short story. As I chipped it down to word count range I perfected my view of the lovable-but-secretive Birdie-Mae and the inquisitive Yankee teen named Zoe.  Writing these blurbs is always challenging fun, but some weeks the plot resonates more than others. This was one of those weeks for me. I’m looking forward to reading all the other blurbs.

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Here is our “book cover” for Book Blurb Friday #19, provided by the lovely Lynn Obermoeller:

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For all my blog pals, I hope you enjoy your weekend. For my friends here in the U.S., happy Fourth of July! And God bless our courageous troops who put themselves in harm’s way so we may continue to celebrate our freedom.


21 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #18: Secrets and Chamomile Tea"

  1. Comment by Margo Benson
    June 30, 2011 at 6:15 pm  

    A story from that blurb is a must, Lisa! Even your title is so evocative – I would really want to read this. Two strong women from different eras engaged in something together is awesome.

  2. Comment by Lynn
    June 30, 2011 at 9:21 pm  

    Yes, I agree with Margo. Great blurb. Since I've been stepping back from playing, I'm not reading all the BBFs until I finish mine since I'm saving them up and doing them all at once. Then I wonder if that might be cheating by doing them all at once. I'm still giving myself the same amount of time I would if I was playing weekly, but what do you think? Yours are always superb! Makes me wonder why I even try! You have a Happy 4th too!

  3. Comment by Sarah
    June 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm  

    I agree with your other commenters–that sounds like an amazing story. I'm so impressed with what you come up with every week. It's quite an exercise in creativity, and it's obvious you have that particular quality in abundance!

  4. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    June 30, 2011 at 9:47 pm  

    Delightful, Lisa. I love the names, and the last line is wonderful.July 1 is a holiday here, now celebrating Canada's 144th birthday, so we're sharing a long weekend.

  5. Comment by S.B.Niccum
    June 30, 2011 at 10:20 pm  

    You are good! S.B. Niccum Author Website Blog

  6. Comment by Sioux
    June 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm  

    "Purple hair and sass to spare." Sounds like the makings for a great character.I agree. This is a "keeper." File it away, but don't lose track where you put it. This needs to be more than a blurb.

  7. Comment by Susan Fobes
    June 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm  

    Short story? I think it would make a great YA novel, what do you think? Teen girl outsider, taken in by elderly southern woman, and now holding the secret to…well, that will be for you to write. Wonderful blurb!

  8. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 1, 2011 at 12:08 am  

    Hi Lisa, I really like this story, and can really see how Zoe is the ticket to learning the secret. Can't wait to see how it all plays out!Thanks!Kathy M.

  9. Comment by Sandra Davies
    July 1, 2011 at 12:20 am  

    Lisa, your 'Secrets and Chamomile tea' is exactly what I wanted to write for this evocative photo but just couldn't find the words for – I'm so glad you'll be telling us the whole story.

  10. Comment by HOOTIN' ANNI
    July 1, 2011 at 5:17 am  

    I like anyone with "Sass to spare"!!!Quandom Popularity is my link.Great to read that you too had the same type thoughts with the 'book cover art'!! Well, kinda.

  11. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 1, 2011 at 8:03 am  

    Okay, I gotta admit, I saw that picture and thought no one would be able to write an interesting blurb about THAT. You did a fantastic job. I'd love to read this story. I hope you go for it!

  12. Comment by jabblog
    July 1, 2011 at 8:38 am  

    This definitely sounds like a wonderful outline. I'd love to read the complete story:-)

  13. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    July 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm  

    There is truth within your words…now you just have to tell the whole story. I'd pick this book off a shelf to read!

  14. Comment by Lynette Killam
    July 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm  

    This would make for a wonderful read, Lisa! You've already got your characters fleshed out and have certainly captured our curiosity about The Secret. Looking forward to the completed version of this tale….:)

  15. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    July 1, 2011 at 3:27 pm  

    Susan is right. This could make a great book. Then again, we'd get to see a short story sooner. I'm already invested in Miss Birdie and Zoe and can't wait to read more.

  16. Comment by SJerZGirl
    July 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm  

    I really like this – and I definitely want to know what the secret is!! Share it, please, when you're done!

  17. Comment by Tammy
    July 1, 2011 at 6:13 pm  

    OH, it resonated with me, too. Is resonating still. In fact, I adore it. Please please write this, whether as a short story or a long one. It's so delightfully charming and witty and gritty and fun, like a wicked wink from Birdie-Mae herself. The names alone would sell me on this.

  18. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm  

    Yeah, I vote with the majority. Sounds like a book waiting to be written!

  19. Comment by Calico Crazy
    July 2, 2011 at 1:39 am  

    I must know what Birdie-Mae knows…I just put my first attempt up on my blog. Grandma has been after me to try your meme and I figure it's better late than never.

  20. Comment by Ellie Garratt
    July 2, 2011 at 5:35 pm  

    I think this is one of the best blurbs you've written, from the title, to character names, and to the tantalising glimpse of the story. Stunning.I learn about intimacy from romance novels, atmosphere from mystery novels, pacing from military novels, and world building from SF.

  21. Comment by Natalie
    February 3, 2012 at 4:35 am  

    This is a great article, and a great topic to explore. Thanks for sharing.

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