All Write!!! It's Friday!!!

3:35 AM Elizabeth Seckman 16 Comments

First I'll brag a little, then I'll whine a little, then you'll help me, and then all will be right in my world.

Got it?

Good.

The Brag~

Got the new book cover for my upcoming novel from World Castle Publishing. I can shamelessly brag because the hard work was done by the talented Karen Fuller.
Yes, it is pretty. After publishing book #1, I am now
motivated to line a shelf with my books, then I'm just going to sit and stare as vegged out as a chunky chick on a chocolate high!

The Whine~

Now that the cover is sitting on my author page with the "coming soon" banner...I need a blurb. And honestly? It has been KICKING my butt! I'm having query level issues coming up with a few sentences that can be spun into an intriguing paragraph.

The Help~

I have rewritten the following couple hundred words a thousand times. I'm at that point where I'm not sure if it's good  or I'm just ready to say, screw it, good enough.

Here it is...let me know what you think~


Ditched at the altar…biopsied for cancer…Mollie Hinkle is having a bona fide bitch of a summer.

When life sucks so hard it takes your breath away, what is a girl to do?

Road trip!

Pack a bag, grab a few friends, and leave the past and the worry in the rear view mirror. Let's face it, what wounds can’t be healed by a drive across the Heartland, where quarter flips at cross roads determine the route and the future?

On the journey, all roads lead to Craig, the second son, and bad boy, of the haughty Coulter line.  He's now one of Montana's finest. A state trooper who has chosen a solitary life. He has a dog and a friend. And he thinks he's content. He’s not interested in a relationship and he’s definitely not looking to fall in love. But if chance drops a morsel on his plate, who is he to refrain from taking a bite?

Mollie’s not looking for love either, but truth be told, she’s also not totally opposed to it. She knows too well that some lifetimes are counted in days, not years, so why not hope for happily ever after? And her eager heart reminds her that  fate brought her to this tiny town, so maybe destiny meant for them to be together... 

Perhaps it is a summer where love, not time, heals all the wounds.




16 comments:

  1. Well, I'm not an expert, but I'd read this based on the blurb!

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    1. I'll smile at that...cause I totally think you're an expert!

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  2. I don't get why it's easier to write a whole novel than it is to sum it up in a few sentences. Writing pitches, blurbs and a synopsis is so hard. But I think you've done a great job with yours :-)

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    1. Thanks Mama J...I think you're a nice Brit!

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  3. You're so close! I have a few comments in parentheses, just thoughts really. This is what I was thinking as I read it. I hope it helps!

    Ditched at the altar…biopsied for cancer…Mollie Hinkle is having a bona fide bitch of a summer. (Great opening!)

    When life sucks so hard it takes your breath away, what is a girl to do?

    Road trip! (Fun!)

    Pack a bag, grab a few friends, and leave the past and the worry in the rear view mirror. (Great play on words here.) Let's face it, what wounds can’t be healed by a drive across the Heartland, where quarter flips (Oh, I like this idea.) at cross roads determine the route and the future?

    On the journey, all roads lead to Craig, the second son, and bad boy, of the haughty Coulter line. He's now one of Montana's finest. A state trooper who has chosen a solitary life.(You lost me after here. You say he chose a solitary life, so the next few sentences are redundant. You can either lose them or consolidate them to make it tighter. I did it so you can see.) He’s not looking to fall in love, but if chance drops a morsel on his plate, who is he to refrain from taking a bite?

    Mollie’s not looking for love either, but truth be told, she’s also not totally opposed to it. She knows too well that some lifetimes are counted in days, not years, so why not hope for happily ever after? (I didn't understand this sentence. Do you mean she will be content with just a few days in love, or that she's hoping a few days will turn into happily ever after?) And her eager heart reminds her that fate (by this do you mean the quarter flip?) brought her to this tiny town, so maybe destiny (you could omit "destiny" because you already used "fate" in this sentence and just say, "maybe they were meant to be together...") meant for them to be together...

    Perhaps it is a summer where love, not time, heals all the wounds. (Great finish!)

    Sounds like a great book, and the cover is fab! :)

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  4. I cut and pasted and am carrying suggestions to word. Thanks Emily...keen as always!!

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  5. Awesome cover. The second line should come first. I think you should lead with that. Also the Craig has a dog and a friend seems like it would read smoother as something more like, "Craig is a bit of a loner" or "Craig is a loner". But I think it's very intriguing and well written. Congrats!!!

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    1. Love it Lisa!!! See, this thing is going to come together after all! I knew all I had to do was ask. :)

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  6. I agree with Lisa and Emily, though I would also drop 'Road Trip' as that's what you describe in the following paragraph.

    Other than that, great blurb.

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    1. Thanks Martin. Lots of good ideas! I am so lucky to have so many talented brains to pick.

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  7. I LOVE that last line. This sounds SO good. You've got to be just busting with excitement!!!

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  8. I think it sounds like a great romance read. Congrats!

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  9. YAY!!
    I swear book covers are like the wedding dress at the wedding.

    Thrilled for you!!

    Good luck w/ your blurb!

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  10. I will learn to create a profile to participate in your blog because I've read your first book, "Past Due!"
    I'm not a reader and was hooked on page 1! Not the typical 4 chapters to get interesting, as it was engaging with the first paragraph. I'm enjoying all the blurbs for Healing Summer and can't wait to get it inu hands. Wonderfully and tastefully talented. Gina (Aka Sandy Clem's sister)

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  11. Excited to read both books....

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