Lisa Ricard Claro – Author

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Book Blurb Friday #23: The Loving House

Posted on Aug 4, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   21 Comments | Posted in Book Blurb Friday · cat · Prozac


Before I jump into Book Blurb Friday, I’d like to offer up a couple of links.

First, there is a blog contest you ought to check out. Karen at Write Now is celebrating 300 followers! Visit her blog by clicking HERE and sign up to win. There is a book and possibly chocolate involved. How can you go wrong?  A book. And CHOCOLATE.

Second, several of you emailed me asking for a link to the article about cats on Prozac. Click HERE to read it. Sorry I didn’t have a direct link set up before. My brain was focused on the fact that I amused myself by writing about such a thing; it never occurred to me that you might actually want to read the article itself. Oops.

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 Kathy Matthews.  My book blurb follows:

The Loving House
The Loving House is a bed and breakfast in the Outer Banks with a reputation for romance. When its owner, Rowena Loving, mentions a sale, Amy Peerham is ready to buy the old B&B: her parents met and married there.
David Fields is a carpenter with a passion for restoring old Victorian houses, and he’s been dreaming of The Loving House since he was a kid.  His parents met there, and he’s prepared to outbid anyone.
When a hurricane threatens, Rowena sets a task for the adversaries:  Move into the B&B as caretakers for the duration of the storm, after which a new owner will be named.
David and Amy set aside their rivalry to face the storm and protect the property. And if Rowena has her way, The Loving House will not only survive the hurricane, it will live up to its reputation for romance.    (146 words)
Kathy’s photo brought to my mind the B&B my husband and I stayed at last year in Asheville, NC.  I loved the whole feel of the place. It really was romantic!
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Please scroll past the Linky widget to see our “book cover” for next week.

Here is our “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday #24, provided by Sioux Roslawski. Thanks, Sioux!

Great photo to get our creativity flowing! If you have a photograph you think would make a great book cover, please send it to me at

See you in a few days for micofiction stories. Enjoy your weekend!

21 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #23: The Loving House"

  1. Comment by Lynn
    August 4, 2011 at 10:00 pm  

    Would really love to read The Loving House. And nice article on the cat spraying too!

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm  

    Ha! I'm still giggling at myself for writing about that. Maybe just the idea that I wrote about pee. I'm such a 5-year-old sometimes. LOL

  3. Comment by Bookie
    August 4, 2011 at 10:50 pm  

    I love your book blurb! It sounds like a great read and I love the area setting. Maybe I just love the idea of the rain! It thundered and stormed here in drought land last night-and left 1/10th of an inch of rain! I need to think on this picture and do something this week!

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 4, 2011 at 11:09 pm  

    Bookie – I hope you do! I'd love to read your blurb. Sorry the rain disappointed you. It seems to do that here as well. We get loud thunder and lightning flashes, but it's just teasing us.

  5. Comment by Joanne
    August 4, 2011 at 11:20 pm  

    I think your blurbs are always so great to read! they always leave me wanting more!Blessings, Joanne

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 4, 2011 at 11:22 pm  

    Thanks Joanne – I hope you join in. πŸ™‚

  7. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    August 4, 2011 at 11:45 pm  

    An enticing blurb, Lisa. Good work!I'm going to try posting my submission for next week before we go away (again) on Tuesday. Hope it works.β€” KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  8. Comment by Tammy
    August 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm  

    Great kitty Prozac article–hooray for you for helping your cat, and you may well have saved a few others as well. And your blurb! Love that your conflict is a challenge, and a romantic one at that. What fun!

  9. Comment by Susan Fobes
    August 5, 2011 at 12:08 am  

    What a lovely blurb! I can't get over how much detail you fit in too. This would be one of those books I wouldn't be able to put down until I finished reading it, even if it was the wee hours of the morning. Go for it!

  10. Comment by Susan Fobes
    August 5, 2011 at 12:13 am  

    Oh, and I checked out your article and it was good!

  11. Comment by Laraine Eddington
    August 5, 2011 at 12:28 am  

    Your B.B. (book blurb) about the B&B was Belicious. I'd read the book.

  12. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    August 5, 2011 at 12:29 am  

    Great blurb! I can see this selling on Amazon…maybe you need to work further on the story idea.

  13. Comment by HOOTIN' ANNI
    August 5, 2011 at 4:37 am  

    I'm not much on reading romance novels, but this one really has my ol' ticker going….there is gonna be a great story here, and LOVING to boot!! I like the 'mystery' involved in your blurb very much.RAIN SCENTS

  14. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    August 5, 2011 at 5:53 am  

    I love your blurb, as always. I have to go out today, so mine will be late again.

  15. Comment by Cactus Country
    August 5, 2011 at 8:44 am  

    Sioux's book cover is great. And I love what you're doing on this blog…it's a neat incentive to get people involved. Plus, you're keeping your blog easy to read and enjoy. Thank you for that.

  16. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    August 5, 2011 at 9:48 am  

    Hi Lisa,Thanks for using my picture … I love how you tied it into a hurricane and your peeps falling in love and sharing the house as a married couple. Unless they don't and it becomes the Loving war of the roses! I went a whole different direction on my blurb.Now I'm going to check out your article on the kitty.Hope that you have a wonderful weekend,Kathy M.

  17. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm  

    Kay – I hope so too, because I love reading your blurbs! Enjoy your trip. :)Thanks, Tammy!Susan – Thank you. :)Laraine – Bank you. :pDom – No worries. Better late than not at all!June – Thanks. I do keep my blurbs for future use, so you never know!Anni – Thank you. Dusty – I'm glad you like what I've done with the place. πŸ™‚ When I modified the template I made the print a bit larger. I do think it helps, and thank you for noticing!Kathy – Your picture is awesome! This is the one I wanted to use the week I couldn't reach you to ask about it. LOL I appreciate you being so generous with your photos.

  18. Comment by Karen Lange
    August 5, 2011 at 10:05 pm  

    This sounds like it would be an interesting read. πŸ™‚ You are quite good at this! Thanks for the shout out for the giveaway. I appreciate it! Have a great weekend!

  19. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    August 5, 2011 at 10:13 pm  

    Even though the ending seems clear, I'd be buying this one to learn all the details of David and Amy's romance. I could picture myself curling up with it on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

  20. Comment by Lynette Killam
    August 7, 2011 at 1:36 pm  

    A wonderful title to grab us right from the start, Lisa, and the rainy path leads perfectly into a tale of tension and budding romance…just lovely!I would dearly love to visit the Outer Banks…:)

  21. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    August 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm  

    Karen – How could I resist the lure of chocolate? Grandma – I'd love to write this one, as long as I could keep the dialogue nice and snappy. :)Lynette – The Outer Banks calls to me, as well. I've never been, but I've read all about it and would love to visit.

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