Friday, 1 April 2011

Book Blurb Friday

Book Blurb Friday is hosted by the fabulous Lisa Ricard Claro over at Writing In The Buff. In Lisa's words:

A "blurb" is the story summary on the back of a book (usually 150 words or less) written to entice you to read the book. Think of your visits to a bookstore or library. A book's front cover may catch your eye, but if the blurb doesn't interest you the book goes back on the shelf; if it resonates with you, you bring the book home.

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.


So, without further ado, here's my entry for this week's Book Blurb:



Gertrude Feliziano was an ordinary person. She worked at the roads department in a small town in Greater Crungina, near the foothills of the Pilazic Mountains. She had only one distinguishing feature, which was her secret habit of bathing naked in the hot springs which abounded in the foothills. She loved to bathe in the hot, steamy water, and she loved her solitude.

Bathing one day, her clothes discarded in a heap at the side of the spring, she was horrified to discover she wasn't alone. The body of an unconscious man was floating at the edge of the hot pool.

Clambering out of the water she discovered his clothes at the foot of an old tree, and poised over them, a fresh red blossom. What follows is both sad and hilarious as she attempts to help him while protecting her own reputation.

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25 comments:

  1. I like the wry humour in this and I want to read more! :O)

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  2. I'm carrying it to the check-out now! Gertrude sounds like a character who will surprise as the book goes on, and I'm thinking romance is in her future. Great blurb! And congrats on your 200 followers!

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  3. 'Sad and hilarious' beats terrifying for me any day - get this one written ASAP, please.

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  4. This sounds fun! Poor Gertrude's sanctuary has been despoiled - hope that's the only thing;-)

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  5. Howdy!

    Starting a new feature at my blog called The MicroFiction Muse! Please pop in and take a look and hope to see you next week! :O)

    http://dianeestrella.com/?p=5099

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  6. I read too quickly and thought you wrote she had one "DISGUSTING feature, bathing naked". Hmmm, I thought and then rereard, and laughed aloud. Good one. I would buy it for sure.

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  7. Oh dear Gertrude ... I hope you can keep your virtue (and secret habits) intact!

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  8. LOL - Cool. You have to do these when trying to attract a US agent so have had lots of practice :)

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  9. LOL ... this is too funny. I can relate to being Gertrude more than you guys will ever know. Haven't run into a dead body yet, though.

    Thanks for stopping by to visit!

    Kathy M.

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  10. The name "Gertrude" is perfect for a small town girl, with a nondescript existence, but with a secret. Will there be heavy breathing next?

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  11. LOL. Sad and hilarious--sounds great.

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  12. We have bathing beauties and unconscious men-when did he become unconscious, and has he been there with her every time? LOL! This could get sticky.

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  13. Strange things happening in all that hot water. Very nice blurb!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  14. I am thinking I'd like to know the naked truth about this dead man!

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  15. An unconscious naked man? Gertrude's reputation at stake? I could see the humor when someone comes upon the pair near the hot springs...but I was most intrigued by "sad"...do tell!

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  16. Big thanks to everyone who's left comments - I love reading your comments :-)

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  17. Tony,
    This made me laugh right out loud! I love the way you describe the setting and Gertrude finding the unconscious naked man in the pool with her was hilarious! Made me want to read more!

    ~Jean

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  18. Hehehe. I can't stop laughing! Can you write this please?

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  19. Loved the subtle undercurrents of humor, Tony. Would definitely love to read more.

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  20. I agree with Fireblossom. You need to throw a shark into the mix.

    Seriously, I am intrigued by the combination of "sad and hilarious." I'd love to read this book to see how you pull if off.

    (I took a very lighthearted approach, alas.)

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  21. I'm laughing, too. Wasn't sure what I expected as a result of that naked bathing, but "sad and hilarious" wasn't it. Poor Gertrude has got herself in some hot water this time. Sounds quirky (and I love quirky). Please write it.

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  22. I loved reading this blurb. I dislike it when a favorite spot is occupied...poor Gertrude. This makes for a great story.

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  23. oh Gertrude, I want to know all about the sad and hilarious that happens to you.
    Grace

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