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Book Blurb Friday #2: The Serendipity Tree

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday

Week two of Book Blurb Friday has arrived! I’m working on creating a blog badge for BBF, and when it is available I’ll share. In the meantime, here is the “book cover” and my blurb (150 words or less) to go with it.

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The Serendipity Tree
In 1911 Margaret and Shamus McHugh plant a sapling by the creek in the yard of their Carolina home.  As the family expands the tree matures in tandem, a sentinel for generations.
For one-hundred years the tree stands tall, a silent companion that shares no secrets.
Sean McHugh and his wife Janice reside in the Carolina home with their teen-aged children, Charlie and Meghan.  Seanโ€™s political aspirations blossom while Janiceโ€™s alcoholism looms as a threat, culminating in an altercation one horrific night during a brutal summer storm.
Meghan and Charlie flee into the tempest as lightning strikes the guardian tree. The disaster uncovers a secret buried for generations, and the siblings must grapple with the import of their new-found knowledge. For Margaret and Shamus McHugh did not plant the tree for posterity, but for its hidden power. (142 words)
Whew! I had a tough time this week.  My ideas came readily enough, but I had trouble keeping to the word count. How about you? I’m looking forward to reading your blurbs!  If you pariticipate—and I so hope you do—please add your link below so others may visit your blog and read your blurb.
For information on Book Blurb Friday, please click the tab located under the blog header. It will tell you everything you need to know!  Scroll down to see the “book cover” for next week’s BBF.
 Here is next week’s “book cover”:
Thanks for playing! Til next time –
P.S. Fore more of Kathy Matthews’ photography visit Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy.

25 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #2: The Serendipity Tree"

  1. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    March 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm  

    Hi LisaI have posted mine up – took me a bit longer than expected. I had to keep carving bits off it in order to add more in!This is a great meme – thanks for hosting:Dom

  2. Comment by Lynn
    March 10, 2011 at 9:53 pm  

    I'm telling you Lisa, I have no idea why I'm participating in this after I read your book blurb. I'm thinking you shouldn't play – he he he – just kidding, but you set the bar so high! I have to do mine asap otherwise I'll chicken out after reading all the other brilliant blurbs. But I'm thinking I'll spur others on as they'll go hey, I can surely write something better than that Obermoeller gal.

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm  

    Hey Lisa,Whoa … will I ever learn what the hidden power of the tree is? I like that picture. It's funny, because the ones that I used to consider "mistakes" are turning out to be the very most interesting. Thanks!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 10, 2011 at 10:16 pm  

    Hey Dom – Thanks for playing! I had trouble keeping it short this week. It was a challenge.Hi Lynn – I love your blurb…and if you really can do astral projection I wish you'd share. ๐Ÿ™‚ I especially love that you say so much in half the words it takes me. I'm way too wordy. Hi Kathy – Thanks for the photo! Were you surprised at the one I chose? It reminded me of some of the police procedurals, and I thought the blur was cool. Thanks for allowing me to use it!

  5. Comment by Karen Lange
    March 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm  

    Nicely done! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm  

    Thanks, Karen!

  7. Comment by Susan Fobes
    March 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm  

    Hmm…Commenting problem, but I won't let it beat me!I really loved this week's photo, so maybe that's why I chose the theme that I did. And you did fantasy-ooh, nice!!!I also see we were both trying to work in natural aspects-I hope mine "blossomed" into a worthwhile read for everybody too.

  8. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 10, 2011 at 11:52 pm  

    Hey Susan – I loved the romantic aspect of yours. It fits the pic! I need to ask my daughter where she snapped the shot…I know it was here in the neighborhood, but she did her photo magic and I can't figure it out!

  9. Comment by Margo Benson
    March 11, 2011 at 5:19 am  

    Oh, this is brilliant! What a wonderful take on the picture. I'd definately want to read this.

  10. Comment by Ellie
    March 11, 2011 at 7:48 am  

    Loved your blurb. I'm intrigued by the hidden power of the tree and would pick the book up if I saw it in a book store!I really struggled this week and ended up doing a blurb for the type of novel I wouldn't write. I enjoyed the challenge of it, though!Book Blurb Friday

  11. Comment by jabblog
    March 11, 2011 at 10:12 am  

    Intriguing! I really want to know what is the power of the tree.I've no idea what 'my' book would be about . . .

  12. Comment by Bookie
    March 11, 2011 at 10:15 am  

    I agree with Lynn's comments. Your blub is so expertly done that I fear trying anything now. I would rather just stop and read "your' book!

  13. Comment by BECKY
    March 11, 2011 at 12:46 pm  

    Okay, I'm "in", too! Thanks for hosting this, Lisa! I've really had to stretch my writing muscles for these and it's such great exercise! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Comment by Mama Zen
    March 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm  


  15. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    March 11, 2011 at 3:21 pm  

    Oops, my first time on here, and I linked incorrectly, had to re-do, always embarrassing, right?Okay, now to read everyone else's!– KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  16. Comment by Lydia K
    March 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm  

    Found you from Becky's blog. Great meme idea, and I liked your blurb. I like the idea of trees and power intermingled.Have a great weekend!

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm  

    Hi Margo – Thanks! And thanks for playing.Hey Ellie – I had a tough time this week, too. I actually knew what I wanted to write but couldn't quite get it out correctly. It was a challenge!Hi Jabblog – Thanks for playing, and glad you were inspired!Hey Bookie – You're creative. I know you'll be up to the challenge!Hi Becky – It really is a great writing exercise. AND it generates some very cool story ideas.Hey Mama Zen – Thanks for visiting. I hope you'll opt in for BBF!Hi Kay – No worries. Mister Linky is easy to fix. Thanks for playing!Hey Lydia – Thanks for visiting. I hope you decide to play along. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Comment by Tammy
    March 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm  

    I've had so much fun with this. Meant to tell you that your family has a good eye in more ways than one–pretty eye in last week's picture and good eye for photography!

  19. Comment by sylviamorice
    March 11, 2011 at 6:38 pm  

    Hi Lisa–followed you here from StonyRiver….maybe next week I'll attempt my own Book Blurb…looks as if it would be fun and a new challenge…Cheers~

  20. Comment by K9friend
    March 12, 2011 at 11:18 am  

    It's been fun! Next week's offering looks like quite a

  21. Comment by Katie Gates
    March 12, 2011 at 5:11 pm  

    Okay, I totally want to read The Serendipity Tree. That was quite an alluring blurb! I love the whole outside-in process here.

  22. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    March 13, 2011 at 7:41 am  

    I'm hooked, I wish I knew what the hidden power was…I'm having so much fun reading everyone's blurbs, I can't believe what great and varied ideas have come out of a photo!

  23. Comment by Sandra Davies
    March 17, 2011 at 5:14 pm  

    Not sure I need yet more challenges … but this sounds tempting.

  24. Comment by Vanilla Mama
    June 13, 2011 at 11:03 pm  

    Coming in late – but I'll try to catch up – may take me a while!

  25. Comment by Vanilla Mama
    June 21, 2011 at 1:00 am  

    Oops – Commented and Linky'd on wrong on. Sorry, playing catch up it rough! (Esp when you are WAY behind!)

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