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Book Blurb Friday #7! AND Pawsitive Pondering: S is for Shedding

Posted on Apr 21, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · Book Blurb Friday · Pawsitive Pondering · penny

Ahh. . .Friday at last. Has it been a long week for you, too?  I’m happy to have the weekend to recharge. I’m also happy that it is Book Blurb Friday!

First, the A to Z Challenge and today’s Pawsitive Pondering. Just look at that face. Believe me when I tell you that my Penny girl can put a positive spin on anything. . .even shedding!

Pawsitive Pondering

S is for Shedding:
Don’t think of it as shedding. 
Think of it as thousands of furry reminders of how much I love you!

See you tomorrow for another day of the A to Z Challenge, and Pawsitive Pondering for the letter T.  Please scroll down for Book Blurb Friday!

TGIBBF! This is week #7 of Book Blurb Friday, and this week presented a challenge. I had a blurb in mind, but when I sat down to write it I just couldn’t keep the darn thing below 150 words. I cut and snipped and cut some more, and finally came in at 149 (but it was way cooler at 200).  Here is this week’s “book cover” (thank you to Sioux Roslawski for sharing this great photo) and my blurb to go with it. If you are participating (and I so hope you do) please add your link information to the Mr. Linky widget so other Book Blurb participants can read your blurb.

A Lethal Beauty
Dr. Brenda Valentino is a museum curator and European art expert. When an anonymous benefactor donates a marble sculpture to the museum, Brenda recognizes it as A Lethal Beauty, the priceless work of Gianlorenzo Bernini, the seventeenth century master. 
Brenda’s research of the uncannily pristine sculpture uncovers a trail of death and destruction spanning four centuries. How has the masterpiece remained unscathed? Why do natural disasters follow its path? What horrific event is soon to occur?
Desperate, Brenda enlists the aid of Edward Poe, friend and ex-priest. Together they unwittingly open the door to a labyrinth of evil that began with Bernini himself and has been centuries in the making—a tangled web of sinister dealings, dark promises, and dances with the devil.
Brenda and Edward must determine how to destroy A Lethal Beauty once and for all, or dare to harness the beast that wields its terrible power. (149 words)

Please add your URL to Mr. Linky if you have a blurb to share. Then scroll further for a gander at next week’s photo.

Here is next week’s “book cover”:

Have a great weekend!

25 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #7! AND Pawsitive Pondering: S is for Shedding"

  1. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    April 21, 2011 at 10:28 pm  

    Lisa, oh, my gosh! I don't know how you do it … storywise and saying all of that in only 149 words! It's great. I LOVE next week's photo … can't wait to ponder it for a few days. It reminds me of a couple of movies that I've already seen, lol.Penny is a doll. I just freaked out, worrying that I was on the wrong letter, but we are both on "s".

  2. Comment by Sioux
    April 21, 2011 at 11:48 pm  

    OMG! The photo this week is pure crap–next week's photo is awesome. (Please email me after next week's BBF. I am curious what is reflected in the shades, especially on the left side.) That little rental kid you have does a wonderful job. And you say she scrubs the tub grout, too?Your blurb is wonderful, as usual. A dance with the devil? Would that be the macarena?Have you been rereading The DaVinci Code one too many times (ha)?

  3. Comment by Josh Hoyt
    April 22, 2011 at 12:00 am  

    I love your shedding comment.

  4. Comment by Sandra Davies
    April 22, 2011 at 12:18 am  

    'A pristine beauty' eh? And Kathy has gone for something scholarly too … which says something about my alternative and somewhat smutty little mindset. Oh well. I'm off to a wedding at the other end of the country today – will look forward to reading everyone else's contribution when I return.

  5. Comment by Susan Fobes
    April 22, 2011 at 12:39 am  

    Holy cow Lisa! An evil statue,"dances with the devil"-this has it all! I always enjoy seeing where you go with each week's picture…

  6. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 22, 2011 at 12:59 am  

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  7. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 22, 2011 at 1:16 am  

    Kathy – I've worried over the letter/day as well. I ended up writing the letters on my calendar so I won't skip one by accident. LOLSioux – Hehe…the tub grout. That's a good one. Maybe a real rental kid would actually do that for me. And…you know what? I've never read the DaVinci Code.Josh – Thanks!Sandra – Well, I called it "steamy" I think, but "smutty" works, too. LOL Your blurb has "best-seller" written all over it. :)Susan – Thanks! I'm going to lighten it up next time. Too dark this week.

  8. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    April 22, 2011 at 1:31 am  

    Thousands of furry reminders of how much I love you! Right! I have those all over my house. We live and breathe dog hair.Going to try for this week's Book Blurb tomorrow.– KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    April 22, 2011 at 7:32 am  

    WOW, I can't believe you packed all that action into 149 words. The blurb is fabulous! History, mystery, shivers. I love it!

  10. Comment by Arkansas Patti
    April 22, 2011 at 8:31 am  

    Being a horribly verbose person myself, I don't know how you do 149 so well. Great job.

  11. Comment by K9friend
    April 22, 2011 at 9:38 am  

    Shedding is something we know a lot about!Love the picture for this week's Book Blurb, and the suspense blurb you wrote sounds like a page turner!

  12. Comment by Tammy
    April 22, 2011 at 10:26 am  

    Omg, who could resist a cursed statue?!! Yet that triangle of science-history-occult gives it balance and a realistic feel. This one's a true…beauty!

  13. Comment by Michael G-G
    April 22, 2011 at 11:51 am  

    I am really enjoying your A-Z, and getting to know your pets.Your book blurbs are terrific! I think you should send them to the publishers and get on their book-blurbing staff. (I bet you write awesome queries, too!)

  14. Comment by Angela Ackerman
    April 22, 2011 at 12:13 pm  

    Very nice blurb. And I don't know what cover that's from, but I love it!Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

  15. Comment by anita
    April 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm  

    Penny is so cute and is actually grinning — I love it. Very interesting tale of the sinister statue. You always have such interesting nuggets, Lisa. And your daughter, Christine, is a wonderful photographer.

  16. Comment by Ellie
    April 22, 2011 at 2:25 pm  

    Furry reminders. I loved that!Your blurb is stunning. It has all the qualities needed to hook a reader – mystery, intrigue. Brilliant.Ellie Garratt

  17. Comment by jabblog
    April 22, 2011 at 3:02 pm  

    Dan Brown, move over! I'd love to read this book:-)

  18. Comment by SugarScribes
    April 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm  

    I am excited about joining your "book blurb Friday" I will add my name later tonight when I have more time. You have an awesome blurb; I may have trouble with this weeks picture, but I cannot wait for next weeks. I love the picture for next week and my mind is already racing to the beach.

  19. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm  

    Kay – LOL Yeah, I tried to think positive thoughts about the shedding. With two dogs and three cats, we have our fair share. Achoo!Liberal S. – Thanks! I hope you'll participate. It's fun!Patti – Ha! You should have seen me slaving over the keyboard culling things out. I'm wordy, too. :)Pat – Thanks!Tammy – Thanks – I had a tough time this week. Michael – I'm goofy about my furry kids. They always make me smile, no matter what. When I signed on to do the A to Z I wanted to write all positive posts. What is more positive than dogs and cats?Angela – Hi, and thanks for visiting. Thanks for your comment.Anita – Thanks! Christy took that sunglasses photo last week while we were scouting colleges. She wants her BFA in photography. :)Ellie – Thank you! I hope you'll have the time to participate this week.Jabblog – You're the second person to mention Dan Brown. I guess I need to read that book!SugarScribes – Welcome! I'm looking forward to reading your blurb!

  20. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    April 23, 2011 at 1:29 am  

    Wow! I was almost embarrassed to post my little ditty after reading your excellent blurb. Hope some of your awesome talent rubs off. :DLet me know when you've written this one. I'll stand in line to get it.

  21. Comment by doreen
    April 23, 2011 at 1:38 am  

    I just feel so much better about shedding now. I really enjoyed your post. Ia m visiting and following via the A-Z challenge.

  22. Comment by Tammy
    April 23, 2011 at 12:07 pm  

    Omg–I just realized I can't see next week's book cover! For some reason I can't see a lot of pictures people post–including my own. I'm so upset! If you get a chance, do you mind pasting the URL in a comment at my blog? Or something? Thanks!! And if anyone knows WHY I can't see certain pictures, I would be ever so grateful to hear from you!!

  23. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    April 24, 2011 at 6:06 pm  

    This sounds like a wonderfully tense and scary supernatural thriller. A fantastic blurb that grabs the reader and doesn't let them go. I nearly forgot to add the link so thanks for the reminder.Happy Easter Lisa – wishing you every joy.

  24. Comment by Lynn
    April 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm  

    Hi Lisa,Thanks for linking up to my BBF post while I was out of town. Your blurb is superb of course – what isn't that you write? Now hopefully I'll get around to all the BBFs and comment. Boy, the next one is just right around the corner.

  25. Comment by Vanilla Mama
    July 9, 2011 at 12:15 am  

    OOOHHH – Your's is SO much better than mine!! Love it – I have chill bumps!

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