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Book Blurb Friday #3: Murder at Sixx AND the Big, Fat Lie!

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   27 Comments | Posted in award · Book Blurb Friday

TGIBBF! I’ve been excited for today’s arrival because once my blurb idea rooted I had a blast with it and have been antsy to get it posted.  Also, if you read Tuesday’s post, you know I told a big fat lie and have to fess up.  Please read on, first for my 150-word-or-less blurb and then for the lie.

Murder at Sixx
Jimmy Sixx is a cop turned restaurateur who works as a private eye for kicks.  When not taste-testing the steak tartare and crème brulee dished up by the gorgeous Chef Rosalie Rousseau in the kitchen of Jimmy’s popular LA eatery, Dinner at Sixx, he’s sniffing out clues and solving crimes.
When Jimmy’s ex-girlfriend, Poppy Silk, turns up dead in the freezer of Dinner at Sixx Jimmy becomes the prime suspect.  With the help of Chef Rosalie, bartender Rusty Gunn, bouncer Ali Muscali, and Jimmy’s blue-haired mother, Edna, Jimmy works to clear his name before the cops come knocking.
The clues lead the Sixxers from Chinatown to Vegas to Malibu, and finally back to Dinner at Sixx, where Jimmy learns the old adage is true: the proof is in the pudding.
Dinner at Sixx is a rollicking ride of murder, mayhem, and fine dining. Make your reservation now! (147 words)

I feel some Jimmy Sixx stories coming on! Of course, I’ve never actually penned a mystery before. . .and I don’t have a real plot. . .and I know nothing about LA, Chinatown or Malibu.  Good grief.  This will take some doing. I’ll file it in my Book Blurb binder with my other BBF starters and see what happens.

Please play along! For details on Book Blurb Friday just click the tab above under the header.

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Regarding my big, fat lie from Wednesday’s post — read on!

1.  True!  Back in the early ’80s Fremont Street was a viable road, blocked to traffic on New Year’s Eve, effectively creating a huge block party of casinos.  Most of the crowd collected in front of the Union Plaza for midnight.  Inspiration struck me (probably in the form of too many spirits, and I don’t mean the ghost of Uncle Ned) to do the bunny hop in the hotel’s front drive.  The crowd determined my idea to be brilliant, and I gained somewhere between 50 and 100 hoppers by the time we stopped to yell “Happy New Year!” And my kids think I’m so boring. Ha!

2.  True! A nerd even then, I was probably the only 18-year-old alive who loved Wayne Newton.  His Vegas show rocked. My very cool Uncle Bruce knew someone (who knew someone) and landed me a private tour of the Newton estate.  The Arabians were gorgeous, but what I remember most is the pack of dogs that ran the property.  They were friendly house pets, and in spite of their number there wasn’t one pile of poo anywhere. We speculated that someone on the estate spent most of his day following behind the pack with a pooper-scooper.  The property spanned acres. I hope the poor guy rode a golf cart.

3.  My Big Fat Lie!  I have been to New York, but never to MTV studios.  Worse, no photo with Jon Bon Jovi.  If I had to lie, why not incorporate cutie-pie Jon?  Technically, that makes it a fantasy rather than a lie, right? So I don’t have to feel guilty for fibbing.  Hey — Livin’ on a Prayer, baby!

4.  True! I type like the wind. Whoosh! Did you see that? That was me typing!

5.  True! Although I am deficient regarding all things techie, a writer I have always been.  The company was tiny—just the owner/president/programming guru and little ‘ol me—and the proprietary software was user friendly.  The menu system my boss developed was cutting edge for its time.  Fortunately for me, he handled all the techie stuff.  I managed all things writing and customer service.  The promotion to VP was a nice, but empty gesture, mostly intended to allow me the muscle to sign legal documents in the owner’s absence. I never even referenced the title on my resume.

Now you know the truth!  Did anything surprise you? Thanks again, Sioux, for including me in this fun award.

Have a Nice Day! 

27 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #3: Murder at Sixx AND the Big, Fat Lie!"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm  

    Hey, Lisa … well I feel good. 1) I guessed right on the Bon Jovi story. 2) You chose another one of my photos for next week. I was looking at that one last night, and it is full of information and intrigue. 3) I entered a story just now, and as amaturish as it is, at least I faced my fears.Your story is awesome! It sounds fast paced and full of action, with very interesting peeps. Excellently written, as always. You know that I am first in line for an autographed copy. Thanks for hostessing BBB!Kathy

  2. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 17, 2011 at 10:00 pm  

    Oooops! I had it in my mind that it was 200 words, not 150. Next week I'll make sure that I have 150. Thanks, Lisa … it was fun.

  3. Comment by Susan Fobes
    March 17, 2011 at 10:02 pm  

    First, I love your blurb this week! The names alone are hilarious!!And you stumped me with your truths/lies on Wednesday's post. I thought I had this one! LOL!

  4. Comment by Lynn
    March 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm  

    Yeah Lisa, that's what I get for agreeing with Susan on your lie… he he he. For some reason, I could see you with Bon Jovi! :-)I'll be posting my BBF pretty soon! And as always yours is fantastic. As you will see I'm quite boring with the whole name thing! Obermoeller, Obermoeller, Obermoeller.

  5. Comment by Lynn
    March 17, 2011 at 10:20 pm  

    Hi Lisa, just posted my BBF and I realized I had stated your blog as Writing in the Bluff – LOL. Guess with all this fiction stuff going on, it's fitting eh?

  6. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    March 17, 2011 at 11:06 pm  

    Hi Lisa,I just posted my first BBF! Yours is wonderful and so much fun to read! Loved your take on those great names. I am looking forward to next week's BBF!~Jean

  7. Comment by June Freaking Cleaver
    March 18, 2011 at 12:52 am  

    I decided to follow Becky Povich's advice and give this meme a try! Thanks for hosting it!It was fun!

  8. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    March 18, 2011 at 2:24 am  

    oh yes I want to eat at Sixx too! Thanks for hosting this Lisa, I've so enjoyed reading the blurbs from the past weeks that I've decided to try writing one myself. I was also inspired by Kathy's photo!Best wishes,Grace

  9. Comment by Aksharaa
    March 18, 2011 at 2:43 am  

    I MUST get down to dreaming one up this week..I JUST MUST.I really mean to write one , you know!!And Hey! I think providing a photo for the blurb will be much easier than writing one ;0)Happy weekend:)

  10. Comment by Sandra Davies
    March 18, 2011 at 2:46 am  

    This is my first attempt – hope I've done it correctly – but was surprised that I finished up by blurbing the sort of book I think I could NEVER write!

  11. Comment by Margo Benson
    March 18, 2011 at 5:32 am  

    I love the sound of Sixx,I want to read the book AND I want to eat there! The names are hilarious – Great lie, too!When I was filling in Mr Linky, the page slipped so I may be twice somewhere else!

  12. Comment by Ellie
    March 18, 2011 at 6:39 am  

    Hehehe. The lie was brilliant.Murder at Sixx. What an awesome title and blurb. 'm wondering whether Jimmy Sixx wants a dinner-date. Me!

  13. Comment by Linda O'Connell
    March 18, 2011 at 7:45 am  

    Lisa,You have an incredible imagination! My former sister-in-law lived next door to Wayne Newton, but I never met him. She talked about his horses, too. AND yes, there is a difference between a fantasy and a lie!

  14. Comment by Debra Mayhew
    March 18, 2011 at 9:10 am  

    Awww, man! No Bon Jovi?! How could you do that to me?!

  15. Comment by jabblog
    March 18, 2011 at 10:49 am  

    Jimmy Sixx – what a great name! I enjoy murder mysteries and this sounds a corker. Just the research to do? You should manage that in no time;-)

  16. Comment by Sally
    March 18, 2011 at 12:06 pm  

    Your blurb was good. Let me know when the book is released I want a copy.

  17. Comment by Tammy
    March 18, 2011 at 12:36 pm  

    Oh my goodness that book blurb!! I loved the names…and the blue-haired mother…and by the time I got to the ending, I was laughing out loud! Great job on the lie. You had me!

  18. Comment by Tony Benson
    March 18, 2011 at 1:01 pm  

    I love 'the proof is in the pudding.' After what you'd already said this carries a sinister mystery. A must read! I've been around the other entrants for this week's blurb, and I really have to enter next week. This is way too much fun 🙂

  19. Comment by septembermom
    March 18, 2011 at 4:20 pm  

    Lisa, I loved your blurb!! I really want to keep reading this story. This is a great meme. I'm so excited to join in the fun this week 🙂

  20. Comment by Karen Lange
    March 18, 2011 at 7:21 pm  

    Great blurb! Sounds like a must read. 🙂

  21. Comment by Dazee Dreamer
    March 18, 2011 at 9:39 pm  

    Great story. I gave it a try. I'll be back, said in my best Arnold voice.

  22. Comment by Mama Zen
    March 19, 2011 at 12:53 am  

    You must write that book!

  23. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    March 19, 2011 at 5:22 am  

    Looking forward to more of Jimmy Sixx. What fun!!I hope other participants will forgive me if I do not comment often in the next month as we are traveling and internet connections can be iffy, but I will do my best to participat.– KPS – My verification word is "gorionto" wich makes me think of something gory in Toronto. Maybe a future book blurb??

  24. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 19, 2011 at 1:19 pm  

    Kathy – I'm so glad you participated. You said you don't write fiction, but I thought you did a great job.Susan – Your deductive reasoning was a smart way to go. I really am technically deficient, though. LOL An odd statement for someone who started out with a computer software company!Lynn – That makes three of us. I can see me with Bon Jovi too! LOL I love that you are using "Obermoeller" as a character every week. It isn't boring at all!Jean – Thanks! I'll look forward to reading your blurbs every week. I'm so glad you're playing along. :)June – Glad you followed Becky's advice. 🙂 It will be fun reading your blurbs.Grace – So happy you're having fun with this. Can't wait to read your blurbs!Aksharaa – Feel free to email a photo. I plan to keep a cache from which to draw each week. Do write a blurb, too…it's fun!Sandra – It is a challenge and varies. The first week and this week I found easy. Last week I really struggled. Thanks for playing. I hope we'll see you back. :)Margo – Thanks! Your link appeared without a problem or duplication. Oopses are easy to fix, though. Thanks for playing!Ellie – LOL If I ever pen a Sixx story I'll write you into the plot. Linda – The horses really were amazing. But I loved the dogs!Deb – Yeah, I'm not too happy about it being a lie, either. LOLJabblog – Thanks for the vote of confidence. I really had fun this week, and I am mulling over an actual story. May need to start out short, though.Sally – You bet!Tammy – I like the characters, too. They're a zany bunch. I'll have to give them a real story sometime.Tony – Great! Please do join the fun. I'm looking forward to reading your blurb.Septembermom – Thanks for joining up! You're going to get hooked. :)Karen – Thank you!Dazee – Der Arnold didn't let you down. You made it back! Please join the fun again next week.Mama Zen – Thanks. I bet it would be fun.Kay – Thanks for participating. I hope your wireless connections don't let you down during your travels. I hope your gallivanting is for pleasure. Have fun!

  25. Comment by Katie Gates
    March 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm  

    Hi Lisa, I hopped over here from Sioux's blurb. Such different novel possibilities, and I want to read them both! You may not know about L.A., but your intuition's at work — I can totally imagine a restaurant here called Dinner at Sixx! Thank you for dropping by on my SITS day — I'm still catching up from that traffic pile-up (for which I am so grateful). I also had to smile at the title of your earlier post "A Big, Fat Liar and That's the Truth." When I responded to Sioux, I said "I ALWAYS tell the truth, and that's no lie!"

  26. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 21, 2011 at 5:58 am  

    Hi Katie – As I seem to be completely stuck on these cardboard characters, your encouragement is welcome. I fear I'll either have to move them to Atlanta to keep it authentic to what I know, or wait until I win the lottery and can relocate to LA for six months to soak up the local flavor. That would be tax deductible, right? 🙂

  27. Comment by Vanilla Mama
    June 21, 2011 at 1:02 am  

    Wow – I don't know if I can even compare with these wonderful Book Blurbs. How FUN is this!!

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