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Book Blurb Friday #20: Crossing the Mephisto Bridge AND Blog Friends AND 200!

Posted on Jul 14, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday · contests

Hello all! This has been an exciting week.

First, two of my critique partners and I were blessed with the visit of our blogger friend, Linda O’Connell of Write From the Heart. We’ve known Linda only through blogging (we live several states apart), but due to fortunate circumstances had the opportunity to meet in person. I can now say from first hand knowledge that Linda is a real lady and a true delight. Here we are, together for the first time:

Top: Me (left) and Debra Mayhew (right)
Bottom: Cathy C. Hall (left) and Linda O’Connell (right)
Oh, and Cathy-on-a-Stick (she’s the one on the, uh, stick).

In keeping with our Meet-the-Blogger-Friend theme, we’ll be meeting Becky Povich next week! Any more blogger friends heading to Atlanta? We’re on a roll!

It’s time for a Blog Giveaway Contest! I have officially arrived at 200 Followers, and I’d like to send out a huge THANK YOU. Details of the contest will be available here at Writing in the Buff next week, so please stay tuned!

And now on to this week’s Book Blurb Friday, where 150 words must sell your story.

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 my daughter, Christina.  My book blurb follows:

Crossing the Mephisto Bridge
Piper Granger knows crossing the Mephisto Bridge into Abaddon is forbidden. Her parents will ground her forever if she’s caught. She knows, but doesn’t care.  She left something and needs to get it back.
Runaway Zach Markham can’t believe his good fortune when he uncovers an old coffee tin buried in the sand under the Mephisto Bridge. He hoped for a few dollars, but never expected this. Not in a million.
Casper Pitt, denizen of Abaddon, is unsure who ripped him off: maybe his cousin, Dagg, tweaking and stupid; maybe the old biker, Vince Caduri, hoping to get back in the game. Or maybe that girl from the burbs who kept sticking her fancy nose where it didn’t belong.
Pitt will hunt them all to find what’s his. He’ll give no quarter, show no mercy. And he’ll extract a deadly toll from any who dare to cross the Mephisto Bridge. (150 words)

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Please scroll past the Linky widget to see our “book cover” for next week.

Here is our “book cover” for Book Blurb Friday #21, provided by Sioux Roslawski. Thanks Sioux!

Sorry I was late posting this evening. I realized last minute that we ran out of dog food, and I had to zip out to the store so my hairy darlings will have breakfast in the morning. Somehow in the course of events, I came home with a new cell phone. It’s my husband’s fault. Really.

Hope y’all can beat the heat this weekend. See you Monday!


25 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #20: Crossing the Mephisto Bridge AND Blog Friends AND 200!"

  1. Comment by Lynn
    July 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm  

    Hi Lisa! Glad you had fun with Linda and then more fun to come with Becky! Since I love bridges, I had to squeeze this in. Boy, how do you come up with those character names? Your blurb is great as always!

  2. Comment by Michael G-G
    July 14, 2011 at 10:57 pm  

    I think it's great you got to meet a blogging friend in person! And congrats on reaching the 200 follower mark.Your book blurbs are fantastic. You have a real talent. Want to write my query letter?!Finally, what heat? It's pretty darn cool in the Pacific Northwest–we're all wondering if summer is ever going to show up around here.

  3. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 14, 2011 at 11:02 pm  

    Lynn – I just saw your post pop up and I'm thrilled that Obermoeller is putting in an appearance this week. 🙂 Michael – Thanks, and…y'all do stay cool up there, don't you. We're in the 90s here in Atlanta. And actually, as I'm typing this, we've got a major thunder-boomer going on. My Labs are jockeying for position under my desk. LOL

  4. Comment by Susan Fobes
    July 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm  

    You did sci-fi, and it's fantastic! I am so curious about the "find."How very nice to meet a blogging friend face to face! I always thought that getting all of my favorite bloggers in one room would be fun…

  5. Comment by Lynette Killam
    July 15, 2011 at 12:14 am  

    Oh, intrigue after intrigue, Lisa…this is a book that would keep me spellbound! Not sure if I'll be able to play this week as my computer is having a hissy fit, but I do love your daughter's photo…:)

  6. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    July 15, 2011 at 2:07 am  

    Have to wonder what he found in there! Do tell, do tell!—Kay, Alberta, Canada

  7. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    July 15, 2011 at 2:18 am  

    PS — I know, it says "right one" but I don't know where the wrong one went.—K

  8. Comment by Sarah
    July 15, 2011 at 6:37 am  

    I love meeting online bloggy friends in person–sounds like you had so much fun! Your daughter is a wonderful photographer and that picture is fascinating, as is your blurb! Do you tuck these away as future story ideas?

  9. Comment by HOOTIN' ANNI
    July 15, 2011 at 7:48 am  

    Another thrilling….a coffee tin….a girl daring to cross to retrieve what she left behind. I'm so into this one already. More, need more.

  10. Comment by K9friend
    July 15, 2011 at 7:58 am  

    How great that all of you were able to meet! Looks like you girls had lots of fun!

  11. Comment by Mama Zen
    July 15, 2011 at 8:55 am  

    Exciting blurb! I would read that book!

  12. Comment by Tammy
    July 15, 2011 at 9:08 am  

    I love the way all of those truly enticing characters come together…which brings me to your meeting Linda O'Connell! How fun, seeing you all together like that. Like Twilight Zone, but with a happy ending. Great blurb.

  13. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    July 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm  

    Wonderful use of names in this one. Abaddon sets a chilling tone and Mephisto Bridge was playing in my mind as I read your blurb. A spooky tale for sure. I bet this would make a great movie too.Wish I had started blogging before I left Atlanta. Bad timing on my part. lol

  14. Comment by Bookie
    July 15, 2011 at 4:53 pm  

    Oh, what fun! Wish I could have been there too!!!! This week's picture is great…but I have no brain to write with…still reading Storm Country submissions…50 today alone!!!!

  15. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 15, 2011 at 5:10 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Oh my gosh … you have a had a busy and adventurous week! Yay! I LOVE your blurb. I would buy this story in a heartbeat, even if I didn't know that you had written it.Have fun with Becky and your new phone. I'll read everybody elses, and then be back on board next week, I promise. Sue's photo intrigues me.Have a great weekend. Heart Three.Kathy M.

  16. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm  

    Congratulations on reaching 200 followers! Your blog is well deserving and a great resource for writers. And as always, great book blurb. I like the sinister undertones. Had fun on Wednesday – we should do that more often! Have a great weekend, Lisa!

  17. Comment by Calico Crazy
    July 15, 2011 at 6:20 pm  

    This sounds like it would be a great story, perhaps one to read aloud.Sure wish we would get some real rain here, though after our spring we did need a break. We are finally back down in the 90's a welcome break from 100+. Especially after last summer's 7 weeks of 100+ heat.

  18. Comment by SJerZGirl
    July 15, 2011 at 9:16 pm  

    Wow – there's a lot going on there, isn't there. When I first read it, I read "the bridge to Abandon"….as in "Abandon all hope ye who enter". Then upon reading the rest, I realized that maybe Abaddon wasn't really that far off! LOL

  19. Comment by Cathy C. Hall
    July 15, 2011 at 11:02 pm  

    My, that's a swell picture of us! And you know, I think Cathy on a Stick has lost a couple pounds since last summer. ;-)Congrats on 200 followers! And um, you best stay away from Mephisto Bridge. *shiver*

  20. Comment by Sioux
    July 16, 2011 at 3:10 am  

    Okay, first and most importantly–why is Cathy C.Hall on a stick? Please explain.Secondly, Linda said she bowed AND geunuflected. I'm just verifying; she is not above lying about such things.Third, the last sentence of you BBF is chilling. Well done!

  21. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 16, 2011 at 9:04 am  

    Thanks for your comments everyone! I appreciate your time and participation. 🙂 A couple of you had some questions – here are the answers:Sarah – Yes! These blurbs are great story starters, and I save each one for that purpose. I hope other BBF participants save their blurbs for the same purpose. One of these days a full blown story will come of one of these. :)Sioux – Cathy C. Hall is on a stick because, in Cathy's own words: "Where I go, she goes…on a stick." Check it out here: did,indeed, bow and genuflect. She said she promised to do so, and she did. She also offered up big hugs, too. 🙂

  22. Comment by Karen Lange
    July 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm  

    Glad you had fun with Linda! It is fun to meet other bloggers. I am sure you will enjoy meeting Becky, too. 🙂 Congrats on the 200 followers! Great book blurb, thanks for sharing.Have a great weekend,Karen

  23. Comment by Melissa J. Cunningham
    July 16, 2011 at 4:52 pm  

    Great post and beautiful pics. Thank you!

  24. Comment by Katie Gates
    July 16, 2011 at 7:11 pm  

    I envy your in-person blogger meetings, past and future. CONGRATS on reaching 200 followers! Here's to the next 200!

  25. Comment by Sandra Davies
    July 20, 2011 at 9:45 am  

    Not had time to catch up with BBF yet but couldn't resist telling you that I was in Atlanta on Sunday, returning to the airport after a weekend spent with a dozen fellow writers from Six Sentences – 120% stimulating!

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