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Book Blurb Friday #5: The Colors of Rose AND A-Z Challenge

Posted on Mar 31, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   41 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · BBF · Book Blurb Friday · Pawsitive Pondering

Welcome to Book Blurb Friday and the first installment of the A-Z Challenge! Since I’m running them together my A-Z post is coming a tad early, but I figure it’s already April 1st in some parts of the world, so technically I’m right on schedule.

As part of the challenge (the brainchild of Arlee Bird at Tossing It Out) I’ll be posting every day (except Sundays) through the month of April, going through the alphabet and beginning April 1st with “A.”  I’ve opted for a theme:  Pawsitive Pondering.  Were our pets able to talk they would offer sage advice, so every day through the month of April, one of my four-legged furries will offer a “Pawsitive Pondering” to make you smile. Here is the first:

PAWSITIVE PONDERING

A is for Attitude:   
You are the only one who can decide if you will be a sour-puss or a waggy-tail.  
Join me and choose to be a waggy-tail
It will make you and those around you happy,  
and you’ll see an increase of belly rubs!

See you tomorrow for day #2 of the A-Z Challenge: B is for Beauty.

Keep on reading for today’s Book Blurb Friday! If you’re new to this meme, give it a try. C’mon, be a waggy-tail! It’s fun!

TGIBBF! I can’t believe this is week five already. I’m having fun writing and reading the book blurbs, and I’m finding that sticking to the word count is easier as the weeks go by.  If you’re new to Book Blurb Friday, please click the tab for details, located under the blog header.  Here is my blurb to go with this week’s photo:

The Colors of Rose
Bryan Harte sees the world in shades of gray. Born with monochromacy, a severe form of color blindness, he has never experienced a fiery sunset or cerulean summer sky.  Bryan’s world is steeped in gray.
Until now. . .
Her name is Rose, and she is the only thing in Bryan’s world imbued with color.  Her auburn hair, ruby lips and eyes of emerald green hold him in thrall from the moment he sees her sitting in the park.  With his world a cloudy gray, the vibrant Rose becomes his obsession.
Why is she different?  What is it in her that allows him to see the green of her eyes and the red of her hair?  When at last Bryan questions the anomaly, it is too late to run, too late to hide. It is too late to pretend he cannot see. . .the colors of Rose. (147 words)

Please scroll down to see the “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday, and if you are participating this week, please remember to feed Mr. Linky. He is hungry for your URL so other readers can enjoy your creative blurb.

Here is the “book cover” for next week’s BBF.  Thanks to Sandra Davies for offering up this terrific photo prompt:

Several folks have provided some great “book covers,” and you’ll see them here as the weeks progress. Thanks to everyone for participating.  

Have a great weekend!  See you tomorrow for A-Z and the letter “B.”

Lisa

41 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #5: The Colors of Rose AND A-Z Challenge"

  1. Comment by Stephanie
    March 31, 2011 at 9:06 pm  

    First, I really like your book blurb. If you make it into a whole book, I promise I'll read it!Second, I thought it was going to be "PAWsitive PAWndering"? Oh well… either way, I think it's great!

  2. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    March 31, 2011 at 9:08 pm  

    Lisa, Your Book Blurb is so creepy it gave me chills…now that is postive feedback! I loved it…when does the book come out? :)~JeanP.S. I'm looking forward to Pawsitive Pondering, too!

  3. Comment by The Words Crafter
    March 31, 2011 at 9:12 pm  

    Your idea for the Challenge is really cool!And I would buy that book if you wrote it. Awesome blurb, bravo πŸ™‚

  4. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    March 31, 2011 at 9:23 pm  

    Hi Lisa … spooky! I love it. I also love next week's photo. Um, off the subject … do the A-Z post have to be alphabet posts? I guess that makes sense. I keep reading the instructions, but am a bit dense I guess. Thanks for hostessing BBF, Lisa!Kathy

  5. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 31, 2011 at 9:37 pm  

    Hi Steph! I simplified the Pawsitive Pondering, but you're right, I had originally planned it the other way (what a great daughter…you really DO pay attention when I tell you stuff!). You'll have to keep coming back everyday day because McGee and Chutsky will be in some. :)Hey Jean – Chills are good! I love that! Thanks for the shivery compliment. :DHi Words Crafter – Thanks!Hey Kathy – Yes, the A-Z starts with A, moving up the alphabet every day (except Sunday). Z ends on April 30th. Glad you like my blurb!

  6. Comment by BECKY
    March 31, 2011 at 9:39 pm  

    Lisa, you are so darn talented and write such terrific blurbs, that I don't even want to participate…."I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy."And very cute idea on the A-Z Challenge!

  7. Comment by Karen Lange
    March 31, 2011 at 9:43 pm  

    Love it! All of it! Great work! πŸ™‚

  8. Comment by Fireblossom
    March 31, 2011 at 9:58 pm  

    He doesn't need to know it's just Cover Girl.

  9. Comment by Lynn
    March 31, 2011 at 10:15 pm  

    I like your idea with that A to Z challenge and if I didn't have so many things going on in April, I'd do it too! Using your cute little furry ones will make it so fun.Your book blurb, well, looks like you're the Queen of course. I'll post mine soon. I feel like Becky though – "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!"

  10. Comment by Lynn
    March 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm  

    I do this backwards. I leave a comment and then I go post my BBF, then come back and link. Since it says to leave a comment after you link, I feel like I need to leave another comment, but do I?

  11. Comment by Susan Fobes
    March 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm  

    Oh Lisa, this is terrific! Is this love? Is he in danger? Man, you're good!

  12. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 31, 2011 at 11:11 pm  

    Becky – Aw, c'mon…it's fun! You know you'll knock it outta the park. After all, you're the one getting ready to publish a book! :)Karen – Thanks!Fireblossom – Hehehe…I hadn't thought of that.Lynn – You're a hoot! Your blurbs are great…I love reading about Obermoeller. πŸ™‚ And feel free to comment whenever you like, as much or as little.Susan – Thanks! I had fun with it. πŸ™‚

  13. Comment by Sandra Davies
    April 1, 2011 at 12:38 am  

    Colour-blindness and connection to Rose – all very creepy.BUT, damn, damn, damn, I cannot see the photo this week – AND it's mine … I'll come back later. Am now off to see the already-posted …

  14. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    April 1, 2011 at 2:28 am  

    I love the blurb but I didn't really see it as creepy or scary! I'm looking to a colorful world of discovery!I dont' have time to write a blurb this week (I'm stuck at work!), but I'll be reading those posted!Have a great weekend

  15. Comment by Lynda R Young
    April 1, 2011 at 4:03 am  

    You aren't too early for the A-Z challenge.. I've started mine –but I'm in Australia where we are ahead of our time πŸ˜‰

  16. Comment by Ellie
    April 1, 2011 at 4:45 am  

    The A to Z madness begins and I'm wagging my tail with you!I loved your take on the picture and would love to find out what is so special about Rose. Loved it!

  17. Comment by Margo Benson
    April 1, 2011 at 4:46 am  

    Oh, so chilling, I was hooked at once! Excellent blurb as always.Sopporting from the wings in the A-Z, love the PAWS!

  18. Comment by Tony Benson
    April 1, 2011 at 5:01 am  

    Great intrigue and a wonderful hook into what promises to be an engaging read. I love it! Good luck with A-Z. That's quite a challenge.

  19. Comment by Madeleine
    April 1, 2011 at 5:44 am  

    I enjoyed your book blurb. Very intriguing and alluring :O)

  20. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 1, 2011 at 6:28 am  

    Sandra – I wonder what happened with the picture? It shows up okay on our two computers here…anyone else having a problem?Liberal Sprinkles – You're such an optimist! I admit, it might go either way. :)Lynda – An Aussie! Welcome to my blog, and thanks for following.Ellie – I've a feeling the A-Z will kick my butt! LOL Will do my best to keep up. Good luck to you, too.Margo – Thanks, and glad you like the Paws. I'm having fun with it.Tony – Thank you. I'm so glad you opted in! Madeleine – Thanks! I do hope you write one of your own to share. πŸ™‚

  21. Comment by jabblog
    April 1, 2011 at 7:36 am  

    Fascinating! I'd love to know the answer to this mystery.I taught a boy with this condition. He learnt to associate different gradations of grey with the colours everyone else could see. I always wanted to ask him what 'colours' he could see in a monochrome drawing but never dared.I like your theme for A-Z. I'm wagging my tail too, but fear I'll drop by the wayside – I'm a great starter, not often a good finisher;-)

  22. Comment by Diane
    April 1, 2011 at 7:59 am  

    Howdy!Starting a new feature at my blog called The MicroFiction Muse! Please pop in and take a look and hope to see you next week! :O)http://dianeestrella.com/?p=5099

  23. Comment by Jenners
    April 1, 2011 at 8:31 am  

    I try every day to be a waggy tail! : )And I actually did research on what animals might only see red for my book blurb (I thought I had read that there was an animal who could ONLY see red but I couldn't find it) but now I'm glad I didn't as I am in love with your "monochromacy" take. : )

  24. Comment by Monica
    April 1, 2011 at 9:06 am  

    Love your ATTITUDE!! You have a really great blog! Found you from the A-Z Challenge, it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun, with maybe with a little bit of stress thrown in!! I’m now following you on GFC and I hope you have a chance to check out my blog!Monicahttp://oldermommystillyummy.blogspot.com/

  25. Comment by Mama Zen
    April 1, 2011 at 11:27 am  

    Well done!

  26. Comment by Tiger85
    April 1, 2011 at 1:44 pm  

    Love this story, I've enjoyed the Book Blurb Friday's post the last couple weeks. I ike your blog and I'll be following you now. =)http://tigeronmybookshelf.blogspot.com/

  27. Comment by Lisa
    April 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm  

    Hi Lisa – I am stopping by from the A-Z challenge and you are part of a goal I made for commenting on others. I decided to select ALL the Lisa's I could find and make sure to follow their blogs.I absolutely love your Pawsitive posts. I'm also always looking for a new challenge so I will be checking out your book blurb.LisaInspired By Lisa A-Z

  28. Comment by Name: Luana Krause
    April 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm  

    Attitude is so important! Great post for the first day's challenge!

  29. Comment by Tammy
    April 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm  

    That picture of your dog and cat is enough to put me in a pawsitive mood!! Absolutely precious. And then your blurb pops psychologically just as the picture pops visually. Very cool!

  30. Comment by Arlee Bird
    April 1, 2011 at 4:40 pm  

    Happiness is a good thing to promote. Nice start on A to Z.Contrary to my usual practice of subscribing to comments, to save time during challenge I will not be doing so during April. If you want to respond to my comment , please email me directly from your email notification for the comment. Thanks.LeeTossing It OutTwitter hashtag: #atozchallenge

  31. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 1, 2011 at 4:42 pm  

    Jabblog – That's fascinating! While writing the blurb, I thought how tough it would be to live with the absence of color. I suppose one cannot miss what one never knew, but still; so much of life's beauty is about color. Diane – Thanks for stopping by. I'll check it out!Jenners – Well, we were on the save wavelength! Thanks for playing along with BBF!Monica – Thanks for visiting. I'll definitely swing over to your blog for a look around. :)Mama Zen – Thanks!Tiger85 – Thank you! I hope one of these weeks you'll opt to play along. It's fun!Lisa – Great idea, to hunt down the other Lisas. Bet you found a bunch. πŸ™‚ Glad you like the Pawsitive Pondering…there will be 25 more for A-Z!Luana – Thanks for checking me out for the A-Z. I'll come by and visit you as well. πŸ™‚

  32. Comment by Bookie
    April 1, 2011 at 5:54 pm  

    I have been at a writer's conference all day and am shot. After a rest, I am ready to read the links from today! I wrote you here before I left but I don't see it. So…one thing…Lisa, I have a copy of Writer's Journal with your winning story. Would you like to have it? Now for kicking off my shoes and moving into rest of evening!

  33. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    April 2, 2011 at 3:29 am  

    Wow Lisa – what a fantastic book blurb! I love the premise of the story, and the shape and flow of the blurb is excellent with a great big hook on the end. Great job.:Dom

  34. Comment by Sandi Johnson
    April 2, 2011 at 9:39 am  

    Lisa,Love it! Love it all. Your idea for the A – Z Challenge is adorable! The book blurb idea is pretty neat too and you nailed it well. πŸ™‚ Who's doing that book blurb?Happy to have found you via the challenge. Will have to come back when I have more time. I'll bring coffee and pastries (I'm a good guest…never show up empty-handed.) πŸ™‚

  35. Comment by Sioux
    April 3, 2011 at 6:41 am  

    Lisa—Do I have to call PETA or the Humane Society? Those Dachshunds look like they are being tortured in those get-ups…How cruel you are! ;)Your blurb is great. I love how it starts out all sweetness and light, and then…da-da-dum. Suspenseful. Dark. Mysterious.Thanks for doing this every week. It's a fun thing thing to look forward to. AND it helps us learn to use "scissors" better…

  36. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm  

    Thanks, Claudia – That would be great!Hey Dom – Thanks! Glad you're doing okay.Hi Sandi – Thanks for visiting, and I'll hold you to the coffee and pastries. Two of my favorite things! :)Hey Sioux – LOL Trust me, the doxies were spoiled rotten and all had a happy day. The pic is of someone else's pet…it was the Howl-o-weenie Festival last fall put on by DREAM (Dachshund Rescue, Education, Awareness, and Mentoring). LOL Lot's of costumed doxies and humans. I'm so glad you're enjoying BBF! πŸ™‚

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    WOW – Love you blurb! I am being really good about not reading other blurbs until I write mine…But, makes me want to jump ahead!!


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