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Book Blurb Friday #9! AND Pawsitive Pondering: Y is for Yodeling

Posted on Apr 28, 2011 by Lisa Ricard Claro   25 Comments | Posted in A-Z Challenge · Book Blurb Friday · dogs · Pawsitive Pondering · penny · rigby

TGIBBF!  If you are here for Book Blurb Friday, please scroll down. Along the way, I hope you’ll enjoy today’s A to Z Challenge with Pawsitive Pondering for the letter Y.

Pawsitive Pondering

Y is for Yodeling:
Yodeling is a lot like barking—a special skill not everyone can perform. 
Lucky for you humans, we dogs excel at barking. 
Can you imagine if we yodeled instead? 
We can’t. . .but it would be kinda cool if we could, 
wouldn’t it?

See you tomorrow for the last day of the A to Z Challenge and the letter Z!


Welcome to Book Blurb Friday! If you’re new to this meme, please click on the Book Blurb tab just under the blog header for details. In a nutshell, The goal of this meme is to:

Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.

The photo below is our pretend book cover for this week, courtesy of my young ‘un, Christina. Below the photo is my book blurb, written to match the photo. I’m looking forward to linking and reading your blurbs!


Talia, Bree and Andi are best friends with big dreams. After college, Talia becomes a New York chef, Bree sells mansions in Miami, and Andi lands her dream job as a photographer for LA’s premier gossip mag, Highfalutin.

When Andi goes missing, Talia and Bree head for LA to begin a no-holds-barred search for their friend. On Andi’s laptop they find a file containing fifty photos of the filthy rich and famous misbehaving in ways not meant for public scrutiny. Which one is responsible for Andi’s disappearance?

To narrow the search, Talia and Bree create the fictional Sunglass Menagerie Ltd. and pass themselves off as heiresses. While Andi remains missing, her gal pals scheme and schmooze their way into boardrooms, bedrooms, and movie sets, a con that lands them on Hollywood’s A-list in search of clues. But designer shade rip-offs won’t catch a villainous celebrity. Sometimes, it takes murder.  (149 words)

If you are participating in Book Blurb Friday, please put your blog link into the Mr. Linky widget below so others will be able to find you and read your blurb.  Then scroll down for a look at next week’s “book cover” provided by the lovely and talented Becky Povich.

Here is the “book cover” for next week’s Book Blurb Friday, courtesy of Becky Povich.

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the final day of the A to Z Challenge to see what the Furry Wonders have cooked up for the letter Z.

See you tomorrow, buttercup!

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25 Responses to "Book Blurb Friday #9! AND Pawsitive Pondering: Y is for Yodeling"

  1. Comment by Susan Fobes
    April 28, 2011 at 9:11 pm  

    Lisa your character names are so much fun-they sound just like young 20 somethings….I was going to head in the murder direction myself but changed my mind-I did try to keep it youthful though, as you did here.Are you exhausted after the A-Z challenge? I did something like this a while back and I was exhausted!

  2. Comment by K9friend
    April 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm  

    When we're outside and I dare to leave "Mama's Boy" Indy's sight, he makes a strange sound that's a cross between a howl and a yodel. He's a very weird fur

  3. Comment by Lynn
    April 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm  

    Hey Lisa. I'm not ready to post yet – can't believe it's that time again. How are you and the area you live with all the tornadoes going on? Everything okay? Hope so. Your blurb is great, of course, is there anything that you write that's not? I doubt it. Anyway, I may not get around to this until tomorrow, but we'll see.

  4. Comment by Lynn
    April 28, 2011 at 10:01 pm  

    Okay, I'm in. It's s short little thing :-). Oh, and my cat yodels, I'm pretty sure that's what it is…

  5. Comment by Kay L. Davies
    April 28, 2011 at 11:09 pm  

    Love your furries, and your mystery! Mine's a mystery, too. It popped into my head as soon as I copied it to my desktop.(Our furry companion purrs, and she's a Golden Retriever.)— KKay, Alberta, CanadaAn Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  6. Comment by BECKY
    April 28, 2011 at 11:23 pm  

    Lisa, I just love the photos of your adorable pooches! Too cute! I think Vern yodels, too! :)Thanks for using one of my photos for next week's book blurb! Hopefully, I'll be able to come up with something…at least for my own!!

  7. Comment by Josh Hoyt
    April 28, 2011 at 11:32 pm  

    I would love to hear the yodeling dogs.

  8. Comment by Patricia Stoltey
    April 28, 2011 at 11:43 pm  

    Just took a look at all your A to Z posts — what fun to have a "paws" theme. Since we adopted a kitten in January, I especially enjoyed the kitty posts and photos.

  9. Comment by Joanne
    April 28, 2011 at 11:58 pm  

    Whenever my dog hears the sirens fromthe firehouse down the street, he sings along by howling. Too cute! Blessings Joanne

  10. Comment by SJerZGirl
    April 29, 2011 at 12:24 am  

    I want to read your book. It sounds like my kind of cozy mystery!

  11. Comment by Sandra Davies
    April 29, 2011 at 1:35 am  

    Love the alliteration of 'fifty photos of the filthy rich' and the sunglasses scam … definitely sound a fun-filled frolic, with frighteners too.

  12. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    April 29, 2011 at 2:31 am  

    I love the Hollywoodish whodunnit angle. I would definitely read the book to see all the kinky shenanigans all the beautiful wannabes get up to.Dunno about yodelling dogs really, if they did that, the "music" would probably play in my head for the whole day!Grace

  13. Comment by liberal sprinkles
    April 29, 2011 at 3:48 am  

    I finally wrote a blurb after my hiatus! Sorry for being such a lousy participant!Grace

  14. Comment by Ellie
    April 29, 2011 at 9:34 am  

    Yodelling dogs – I want one!Loved your blurb; its a book you should write because I know people would buy it!Book Blurb Friday

  15. Comment by jabblog
    April 29, 2011 at 11:01 am  

    Our dogs yodel – one we had used to chirrup!As for the book blurb, it sounds like the sort of chick-lit/murder mystery I'd really enjoy:-)

  16. Comment by Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy
    April 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm  

    Hi Lisa … 1) I think that I prefer barking!2) I want to buy your book. It sounds like an awesome murder mystery!3) Please thank Christina for me … I love her photo. Becky's photo is simply beautiful. I'm looking forward to thinking up a story to match.Have a great weekend, and thanks for hosting!Kathy M.

  17. Comment by Cosima
    April 29, 2011 at 2:53 pm  

    Lisa … thanks for visiting my blog … I'll ask my son to install a translator …I like your blog … Thanks for the photos ….our dog "Knuddel" … who yodel – always was when the full moon, he stood in the garden and yodeled … oh oh oh, we could not sleep ….

  18. Comment by Tammy
    April 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm  

    Once again, that book has the makings of a best seller. And once again, that last sentence rounds out a best blurber!Hey, did you know Basenjis are considered to be yodelers? I think yodeling would get a bit old, but it would be better than, say, a dog who could play the accordion. THAT would get annoying.

  19. Comment by Dominic de Mattos
    April 29, 2011 at 4:48 pm  

    As always a fantastic book blurb Lisa. Great plot idea, a real hook in the blurb,but most of all the quality of writing in the blurb sells the book inside.I also went for the mystery disappearance – mine is slightly farther afield though!:Dom

  20. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 29, 2011 at 4:51 pm  

    Susan – Yes! The A to Z tuckered me out. The tough part was getting around to the other blogs, and I barely scratched the surface. Still, I had fun with it and met some lovely writers along the way.Pat – It doesn't surprise me that Indy has a sound all his own. He's a cool pooch.Lynn – Smeagol yodels? LOL Not surprised. Our Luna makes a noise that almost sounds like a bird. Kay – Aw…I love Goldens. I miss our Riley boy. Becky – Thanks for offering the photo for use. I appreciate it! I wish I could enlarge it, but when I try it blurs. Not sure why.Josh – Thankfully, mine just bark. :)Patricia – Thanks so much for your comment. I' glad you enjoyed the paws theme.Joanne – Funny! I remember when I was young some neighbors had a Beagle who howled at sirens. He heard them before anyone else did. Wendy – Thanks! It could be a cute story. I'll file it away for future use. You never know!Sandra – Thanks! I love alliteration…usually have to be careful not to overdo.Grace – Welcome back! You aren't a lousy participant…you're a busy blogger! No worries, no stress. BBF is all about the fun.Ellie – Thanks! I'm surprised by how many yodeling dogs I've heard about since I posted this.Jabblog – Dogs and cats sometimes make the oddest sounds. All part of their unique personalities, and it certainly entertains the humans who love them. 🙂 Kathy – Thanks! I definitely prefer barking…although a yodeling dog would make for some great entertainment.Cosima – A translator would be awesome. I'll check back to your blog to make sure I don't miss it. Tammy – LOL Trust you to think up an accordion playing dog. I agree it would be annoying, but it would probably land you on David Letterman!

  21. Comment by Bish Denham
    April 29, 2011 at 8:41 pm  

    Howling might be considered a form of yodeling, don't you think?

  22. Comment by SugarScribes
    April 29, 2011 at 9:50 pm  

    Yes, howling has to be a form or yodeling. We have an 11 week old beagle pup and I swear I was not informed of the their very distinctive howl. When I mentioned it to my daughter's cheer coach who we got our precious puppy from, she told me to "relax and enjoy the music, It is the beagle yodel."Have you ever heard a beagle yodel?It is a sound you will not soon forget.

  23. Comment by Ms.Daisy
    April 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm  

    Lisa,Those sunglasses did me in! I really couldn't come up with a thing! Yours is so entertaining, it drew me in completely!~Jean

  24. Comment by SugarScribes
    April 30, 2011 at 12:31 am  

    Well here goes; I am giving it a try. I just added the link and am on my way to post my blurb. It is a lot harder than I thought to stay under 150 words.

  25. Comment by Grandma's Goulash
    May 3, 2011 at 2:47 pm  

    Murder and a hotbed of delicious scandal. Who could resist that kind of page turner? A bestseller for sure.

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