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Book Blurb Friday #22: Azure Balew

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   16 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday · contests


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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 aspiring photographer daughter, Christina.  My book blurb follows:


Azure Balew
Azure Balew has two goals: star in the high school play and date Stan Finkelstein, president of the chess club.
With her high IQ and mile-wide stubborn streak, both should be attainable. But Azure’s competition is the popular beauty Felicia Fairburn; and Stan hasn’t talked to Azure since she cleaned his clock at the state chess championship.
Further complicating Azure’s life: her mother is campaigning to abolish school football, her father is dressing in a gorilla suit to advertise his used car business, and her brother, Doobie, keeps getting arrested for indecent exposure at the local mall.
Azure has an uphill climb on her way to senior stardom. She has to shake her family’s nutty reputation, best the catty Felicia, and convince Stan that he’s man enough to handle a girl smarter than he is.  Fortunately, Azure’s got big plans brewing behind those brilliant baby blues. (147 words)

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Here is our “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday #23, provided by Kathy Matthews. Thanks, Kathy! I love this photo.

Thanks for visiting. See you here on Monday for microfiction and a list of contest winners. Enjoy your weekend!


16 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #22: Azure Balew"

  1. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    July 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm  

    "Azure Balew" — very ba-lue, Lisa! Great name.Laughed all the way through the funny family and convincing Stan he’s man enough to handle a girl smarter than he is! Hope she can do it.—Kay, Alberta, Canada

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    July 28, 2011 at 8:04 pm  

    Kay – I love the idea of a super smart girl trying to cope in a world of not-so-smarties. Hehe…

  3. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    July 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm  

    Lol! Yes, Azure Balew is a great name, but I think that Doobie Balew even bests that. I can see that she is in a pickle, but have the utmost confidence in her ability to come through with shining colors. I really like this story and want to see what happens next!Mine is creepy … plus I'm still playing catch up, so take a look at my second one too. Lisa, thanks for using my photo, I really liked that one too. Thanks to Christina for hers!Kathy M.

  4. Comment by Sandra Davies
    July 29, 2011 at 12:00 am  

    Azure Balew – beyond funny and perfect for this face, as is the whole of the tale. Lacking the knowledge of the ownership of such features I went for something completely different this week – this variety of photos certainly brings unexpected inspiration. Right I'm off the read the other two posted so far.

  5. Comment by Susan
    July 29, 2011 at 12:30 am  

    Lisa, I always love your names! I like that you made her strong of character and smarter than the boy-this is a nice book idea for a young girl (be true to yourself no matter the odds?)

  6. Comment by SJerZGirl
    July 29, 2011 at 2:00 am  

    Wow! Something like that never crossed my mind!! Excellent! (Azure Balew?? Cute play on words.)

  7. Comment by Joanne
    July 29, 2011 at 2:38 am  

    What the heck is up with Doobie…now I gotta know more!Blessings, Joanne

  8. Comment by Tammy
    July 29, 2011 at 8:29 am  

    This has all the ingredients not just for a great YA book, but for the movie to follow. I love it when authors portray teens in complex and non-stereotypical roles, and your smart little Azure fits the bill. Nice!

  9. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    July 29, 2011 at 8:30 am  

    What a beautiful photo! Christina is very talented. And I loved your book blurb, Lisa. Your characters are so colorful they'd practically write the story for you! 🙂

  10. Comment by K9friend
    July 29, 2011 at 8:48 am  

    Love your story's name. How very fitting! The photo is beautiful. Is it a self-portrait?

  11. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    July 29, 2011 at 1:30 pm  

    Hold on while I get another cup of coffee – I got the Azure, but totally missed the Balew until I read the comments. That is a wonderful name and title.I suspect that this one would provide a lot of laughs, the blurb certainly did. I'm hoping that Doobie's recurrent arrests are related to those low hung pants and nothing more deviant. I'd also hoping that Azure will decide to stop convincing Stan and find a more secure guy. I'll be reading the book to get some answers.

  12. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    July 29, 2011 at 5:16 pm  

    Hi LisaLoved your blurb – wonderful stuff as always!Loved the picture – compliments to Christina btw – you just can't help having a bit of fun with it can you! lol

  13. Comment by Lynette Killam
    July 30, 2011 at 1:01 am  

    Awesome picture and totally wonderful blurb, Lisa…I would very much enjoy reading this book! Love your feisty heroine and the whole cast of quirky characters..great stuff!

  14. Comment by HOOTIN' ANNI
    July 30, 2011 at 7:50 am  

    I loved this!!! In a comical sense that is seriousness in the dysfunction…and yet, so darned typical of today's society in many ways. What a find!! I'm glad I found the book of yours…and I trust I can bring a copy of it home with me soon as it's published?!!! I'm waiting.With the impending fizzling tropical storm yesterday and not being online much because of preparing for the worst that never came, I'm now trying to catch up on visiting those that visited me. Thanks for taking the time to leave a great comment: MUCH APPRECIATED!!Have a blessed weekend.Here's my Saturday Link: TWO'S COMPANY -THREE'S A CROWD

  15. Comment by Tammy
    July 30, 2011 at 9:53 am  

    P.S.-You mentioned somewhere that your daughter is drawn to eyes…I always have been too. Still love to draw them! Read somewhere it's a sign of being introspective. Anyway, you sure have a talented family!

  16. Comment by Lynn
    July 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm  

    Lisa, you are so talented. What a funny story and I loved the names. You do so well with that. I've been busy, have an out of town guest and well, I may try and do this before the week is up or whenever I can. Don't give up on me.

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