Thursday, March 31, 2011

Love in the air on Book Blurb Friday!

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I've managed to make it through a week with two sick kids and the end of the third marking period unscathed thanks to a Harry Potter meme (over at Michael Di Gesu's In Time ), and tonight's Book Blurb Friday #5. If you are new, this is where Lisa Ricard Claro, from Writing in the Buff, posts a picture meant to serve as a fictional book cover, and asks us to compose a 150 word summary that might appear on the book jacket.

I loved tonight's picture and was tempted to enter the horror realm, but with all the pressures mentioned above, I needed some "happy" tonight, so a lighthearted romance is what you're going to get. Here is the picture and my story:



The Hudson River Rose


To family, Casey lived a glamorous life. She recently made partner in the prestigious Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft in New York City, she was on a first name basis with some very rich clients, and she lived in a nice one-bedroom apartment on the upper West Side.

But most nights Casey ate alone; she was so wrapped up in her career there wasn’t much time to date, besides, who would she date anyway? The other partners were either married or in serious relationships, and dating "beneath your position" was taboo. And the firm’s social functions and holiday parties hadn’t provided many prospects.

Desperate to meet people, Casey joined The New York Road Walkers, and it was during one of their usual jaunts around the Hudson that she spied it-a single red rose and her name on a card. But several more roses later, Casey still didn't know her mystery man…(exactly 150, and I was slashing away to get this one down!)

I took some liberty with the flower in this picture-my husband said it was an invasive plant choking the tree, but how am I going to get romance out of that? I thought a nice red rose would do much better… I can't wait to read what everyone else wrote-who was brave enough to attempt a little terror tonight?


23 comments:

  1. Great blurb. I love a good romance!

    Your hubby is spot on! I don't know what the flowering thing actually is, but it is part of a vine growing up the tree. My son lives in Florida and took the pic down there. I love the pic and was so surprised when he told me the bloom was part of a viney/creeping thing. I thought he had set up the shot, but no...he just spotted it and had a good eye.

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  2. That was great (seems my standard response for these BBFs), but really, I mean it.

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  3. Susan,
    I was getting nervous near the end to see if you made it in 150! :) I loved the romance of the red roses and I know she discovered it was the man walking behind her!

    ~Jean

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  4. Susan, as always, you are one of the top performers in this meme, according to this survey of one. I love the name of the law firm and of the exercise folks! I hope the mystery man doesn't turn out to be a serial killer or a chick, but I'd sure like to read your book and find out ...

    Kathy M.

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  5. Like you I wasn't especially keen to imply anything horror-struck, but although I NEVER write it myself it always happens ... and I wasn't sure it was a rose either!

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  6. So is that a book? I love the picture as well. If your hubby is right, that's kind of sad about the choking plant.

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  7. I want to read this book! Who is the mystery man and why has not shown himself yet? Loved it.

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  8. Ah, a nice romance - ideal for relaxing. I like chick-lit - it's fun and completely alien to my life.
    Hope your next week is easier:-)

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  9. 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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  10. I adore mysteries and would read this one! Very nice blurb with wondeful potential in the walking group.

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  11. Oh my, love at forst sight or a fright story? Good job.

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  12. I love the name of the law firm...sounds very official!

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  13. I definitely like the red rose rather than the killer invasive plant. Good choice, and you've got me hooked on your story.

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  14. Hope Casey finds her man!

    Pat
    www.critteralley.blogspot.com

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  15. I like this! I want to know who her admirer is!

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  16. You know how I love a good romance! Well done. Hope the kids are feeling much better and you get to relax a bit this weekend.

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  17. I like your take better than your hubby's observation!Sounds good to me.

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  18. Hey Susan,

    If you have a great picture laying around of you, send it to me for the MicroFiction Muse next week. Looking for ideas! :O)

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  19. Finally, someone chose romance! I like the idea of someone leaving the flowers and cards - maybe she'll meet her secret admirer and have a lifelong companion!

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  20. Leave it to a man to talk about the choking, invasive quality of something so lovely (ha).

    I like the idea of a secret admirer. (I, too, have to do major slashing every week to get it down to 150 or less. It's great practice, isn't it!)

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  21. This was where I wanted to head with mine but never got there! Great job!

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