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Book Blurb Friday #6 and Pawsitive Pondering: G is for Goals

Posted on Apr 7, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   18 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · Book Blurb Friday · dogs · Pawsitive Pondering

Day #7 (19 more to go) of the A to Z Challenge (thank you Arlee Bird) brings us to the letter G.

Book Blurb Friday is here, too—please scroll down for the blurb. If you’ve found me through the A to Z Challenge I hope you’ll read about Book Blurb Friday and opt to participate. It’s a lot of fun!


G is for Goals
We dogs set goals all the time—
fetch the ball, earn the treat, take a nap. 
The loftiness of our goals may not be apparent to humans, 
but we strive for what we want with enthusiasm and tenacity, 
and we almost always achieve our aspirations.
Enthusiasm and Tenacity
(EAT for short. . .who doesn’t like the sound of that?)

TGIBBF!  I’m out of town this week and my computer access is spotty, so please forgive me if I’m late to read your blurb or other posts. I’ll get there, but it may take me longer than usual.

My blurb for this week’s “book cover” is below, and thanks to Sandra Davies for sharing this awesome photo.

Exquisite Maria
UCLA history professor Anastasia “Annie” Slayiskova relishes the opportunity to travel abroad, and Europe beckons.  During a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts near Vienna’s Imperial Palace a chance meeting with art historian Klaus Vanek changes her life forever.
Klaus is certain he has unlocked the secret code hidden inside Exquisite Maria, the bejeweled Egg created in 1886 by the House of Fabergé for Russia’s Empress Maria Fedorovna.  Unlike the other Fabergé Eggs, Exquisite Maria was commissioned not by Maria’s husband, Tsar Alexander III, but by a mysterious other.
As Annie and Klaus work to confirm the explosive mystery of Exquisite Maria they become targets of an assassin hired by a cabal of ruthless men determined to silence them at any cost. For Annie’s familial past is more than she ever dreamed; and the code, if fully deciphered, will upset the balance of the world’s wealth and power forever. (150 words)

If you are participating in Book Blurb Friday, please leave your URL information with Mr. Linky so others can link to you and read your blurb. For a look at next week’s “book cover” just scroll down. 

Here is the “book cover” for BBF #7, offered by Lynn Obermoeller:

I’ll see you tomorrow for the A to Z Challenge and “Pawsitive Pondering” for the letter “H.”  Have a great Friday!


18 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #6 and Pawsitive Pondering: G is for Goals"

  1. Comment by Hannah Kincade
    April 7, 2011 at 9:23 pm  

    My G is goals as well!! Great minds. Have a good weekend!

  2. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    April 7, 2011 at 9:41 pm  

    Hey, Lisa! I hope that you guys are having a wonderful time. I miss you. Goals are so important … though eating isn't one of mine, that just seems to happen on its own.Well, here's my blurb, for better or for worse. Hope your weekend is wonderful.Kathy

  3. Comment by Susan Fobes
    April 7, 2011 at 11:05 pm  

    Oh wow! This is probably one of your best (although I liked your last blurb, and the one before that, and…oh heck, I always like your takes Lisa!) I went for the world of spies for mine-my only trouble was deciding where in Europe this was. I chose Italy too. Don't worry-come around when you have time on your hands. I always enjoy your visits!

  4. Comment by Jeffrey Beesler
    April 7, 2011 at 11:16 pm  

    Goals makes for an excellent G. Everyone has goals, even the sloth whose only goal is to laze about all day long. Pleased to meet you from the A-Z Challenge.

  5. Comment by Lynn
    April 7, 2011 at 11:41 pm  

    Okay, I almost didn't play this time. I'm humiliating myself. Geez, you'd think I'd get better as time goes on–I'm getting worse. Seriously, you'll see. Thanks for posting my photo, hmmm, not so sure my own photo is going to make any difference… because your BBFs are always so grand! Love your A to Z's too! Now on to more humiliation as I pitch my story to an agent/publisher this weekend.

  6. Comment by Sandra Davies
    April 8, 2011 at 1:04 am  

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  7. Comment by Sandra Davies
    April 8, 2011 at 1:25 am  

    This promises a rich and colourful tale with loads of history and intrigue and potential for going goodness only knows where! (but sounds like a load of research necessary, unless you already know about Fabergé eggs!)

  8. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    April 8, 2011 at 1:32 am  

    Lisa,Your take on this week's photo is just terrific (as always I might add!)The pricelss Fabrege' egg and all the wonderful mystery surrounding it would make me want this book on my nightstand. My attempt is quite lame this week as it took me several hours of attempts before I finally got this one. Anyway it is always a pleasure!~Jean

  9. Comment by Ellie
    April 8, 2011 at 6:00 am  

    OMG. Your book blurb is as thrilling as one for The Da Vinci Code or another mystery/thriller! I can tell a lot of thought went into it.

  10. Comment by Jenners
    April 8, 2011 at 11:31 am  

    Wait … are you ghostwriting for Dan Brown now? This sounds right up his alley! : )I love the name Exquisite Maria … it sounds just perfect.

  11. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    April 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm  

    Oh wow Lisa – this was superb. Great plot, fantastic hook, and it flowed so well. You are really really good at this!I decided my town was in Portugal, er, well sort of – with the emphasis on "was" anyway! A bit of fun this week for me.

  12. Comment by Tiger85
    April 8, 2011 at 3:44 pm  

    wonderful post, really liked the pawsitive post today. =)

  13. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    April 8, 2011 at 4:15 pm  

    Oh Lisa I see a Tom Hanks blockbuster in the works! Following on from the humungous (did I spell this right?? my brain cells are fried) success of the book of course. I tried so hard to come up with something this week but I did post something. I hope I'm not torturing anyone!Grace

  14. Comment by Tammy
    April 8, 2011 at 6:13 pm  

    Palaces? Bejeweled eggs with mysterious codes? Balance of world power? Oh, honey, write this. It has bestseller written all over it!

  15. Comment by SJerZGirl
    April 9, 2011 at 1:23 am  

    Thank you for the new writing idea. Although it isn't food related in any way, I am including it in my 'foodie' blog to keep me thinking. I'm also doing the A-Z Blogging Challenge. As a new blogger, I'm finding these "assignments" help keep me writing.

  16. Comment by Sioux
    April 10, 2011 at 8:07 am  

    I agree with Jenners and with Tammy. "Exquisite Maria" is a perfect name, and the combination of Russia and palaces and jewel-encrusted eggs and mysterious codes…It makes this story irresistable.I regret I did not have time to do BBF this week, but I am going to try and fight my procrastination gene and actually write something NOW for next week and save it…Lisa–I passed on an award to you. Check it out!

  17. Comment by Madeleine
    April 10, 2011 at 10:32 am  

    I like the sound of this, very appropriate for Easter and for some reason it makes me think Da Vinic Code :O)

  18. Comment by Vanilla Mama
    July 7, 2011 at 12:40 am  

    Love your blurb and SO glad I didn't read it before I wrote mine!! I just gave you an award on my site – check out the blurb and you can pick it up. Thanks for following!

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