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Monday, July 13, 2009

Things That Suck More Than Mondays

For me, this one sucks more than a Monday after vacation. Writing blurbs. For non-writers, a "blurb" is the teaser for a book, something like the back cover might read. I'm in the process of writing one to put in a query for my Christmas short story, All I Want for Christmas is a Fireman. Writing these can be tough. I once spent longer writing the blurb and query for a book, than I did on the book itself.
And thanks to my marvelous friend Jasmine Black, I've now got something to work with. Here's the rough version:

One more Christmas lusting after her older brother's best friend and Timi Rogers might lose her mind. Fed up with family holidays, she rents a cabin for one, planning an escape into a world of her drawings. But after numerous sketches turn out to be her rendition of Clay in the Hottest Firemen Calendar pose, she realizes location is just a technicality.
Clay Jones can't imagine spending Christmas without Timi around to ogle. Hearing she's holed up in a lovers' retreat, he can't resist the urge to seek her out. This year, he's determined to start a fire and claim the gift he's always wanted. With or without her brother's approval.
They have words when Timi assumes he's there to check up on her, and Clay leaves defeated, only to find the roads closed due to weather. Snowed in and surrounded by lovers, a spark smolders. Will Clay tend the blaze or allow it to ignite into flames?

It's a start at least - much better than what I'd come up with!

Happy Monday.

Piper Denna
Romance is sexy!

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

I hate writing blurbs for queries...and even worse, the short synopsis. (I know, I know...I still owe you my two-page synopsis!! I'll be working on it this week!)

It is completely frustrating trying to mush 350 pages of text into 200 words.