"The notion that such persons are gay of heart and carefree is curiously untrue. They lead, as a matter of fact, an existence of jumpiness and apprehension. They sit on the edge of the chair of Literature. In the house of Life they have the feeling that they have never taken off their overcoats."
- James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

The blurb

No, not burp. Blurb. As in, jacket blurb, aka jacket copy. It's the words on the back cover of a book, in the description on Amazon, the tease that tells you why the cover has enticed you to pick it up and confirms your desire to open the pages and READ THE STORY.

I've been working on this most of this afternoon. I'm now officially too close to the words, so close I may not even understand what they're saying anymore. Do you know what that means?

Yes, it means I put it up here on the blog and see what my crowd of, like, 24 people think about it. Picture yourself cruising through a library/bookstore/Amazon, looking for something to read. You see the cover:

Intrigued, you pick it up and read the description:

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Willie Adams is shopping for her first horse during a week-long show at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. She’s a young widow who is ready to date again, in theory. In reality, the first time gorgeous Tyler Ransome smiles at her, she wants to run the opposite direction. He has a horse she might want to buy, but she finds herself clumsy and tongue-tied in his presence.

Another horse trainer, Bobby Fermino, shows too much interest in her. Things get ugly fast, and she has to fight him off. When he turns up murdered, Willie is the most likely suspect. Enter Lucas Macy, an attractive detective with a lilting English accent. Willie is drawn to him sexually, but she's confused by his behavior. One minute he's warm and seductive, and the next he's cold and businesslike.

As Macy and his partner unravel the clues, Willie realizes she has two options. She can let the police do their job, or do her own sleuthing and hand them the real killer.

She also has two choices: the handsome cowboy or sexy detective?

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So...do you have to read more now?

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