Thursday, March 10, 2011

"Naturally" it's Book Blurb Friday!

It's time for another go at Book Blurb Friday , where Lisa Ricard Claro, from Writing in the Buff challenges you to take those first few steps toward writing that novel you've always dreamed about-in book blurb form that is. But there's a catch-you have a 150 word limit! So take a look at this week's picture, write your entry, then link up over at Lisa's site where you can enjoy other talented entries.

I don't know if the this week's picture was more inspiring than the first, or if it was my mood, but I was able to crank a blurb out in record time-at least for me. So what did I see when I looked at the beautiful trees? Love... Here's this week's picture and my entry:

Crossing Sycamore Park

Spring means change -when Mother Nature throws aside her drab winter wardrobe in favor of something a little more flattering, at least that’s what Sam always thought. Born Samantha Jean Smith, family and close friends always addressed her with the more masculine moniker, but although her athletic build and tough girl attitude made the name stick, Sam never liked it much. Unfortunately, the nickname wasn’t the only thing she disliked these days.

Sam truly disliked her ex-husband Rick, a tall, dark and handsome type who could make every girl go weak in the knees, and did so often. Then there was her ex-best friend Laura, the latest in Rick’s history of weak-kneed girls, her dead end job, and her war torn appearance…

But a chance encounter soon blossoms into something much more, and Sam’s personal metamorphosis begins to take shape.

(Okay, I used Word for my word count and it came out to 140-not including the title. I then tried about five different word counters online and got word counts from 138 to 147-hence the reason for going to five different word counter sites! I finally found some counter links on Freelance Writing Jobs website. If you're interested, here they are: Word Counter Tool, WiseGary, and All World Phone. By the way, all these are just copy and paste reporting, and all came out to140... What is everyone else using?)

There have been a lot of changes in my household lately too, and this is the reason for my blogging absence. Stay tuned for an upcoming explanation, and my newest review/giveaway.

I can't wait to read everyone's entries!


  1. Hi Susan - Love your take on the pic. Springtime, and romance is in the air!

  2. A romance! I'm envious, since I cannot ever take that direction in my writing.

    (I am counting the words, with my little finger greasing up the screen as I count. My ability to use technology is scary-scarce.)

  3. Ooo...I loved how you took the idea of spring and change, and then put this into your blurb and character. Brilliant!

    Book Blurb Friday

  4. Nice Susan! There's a lot going on in that blurb! I use Word for my word count.

  5. It would be so interseting to see where this chance encounter takes her! She is ripe for about anything, I would say!

  6. Ooh, I'm backing Sam all the way here! Great job.

  7. It's definitely time Sam had a change of fortune and another try for happiness:-)

  8. You really made that a book worth picking up!

  9. I like the way the tree seems to represent her growth. Nice take!

  10. I have an iMac and I finally found the word-counter in tiny type at the bottom of the page. But it works, which is what matters.
    Nice blurb, makes me want to read more, which is what a blurb is all about. Well, no, it's to make you want to buy the book, with copies for all your closest friends.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  11. Nice job. You've succeeded in making me want to read the story!


  12. Sounds like a romance! I like the tie in with spring and the personal blossoming.

    Now you wet my 'nosy' appetite for what's going on!

  13. This post reminds me of the many life changes as well as seasonal ones. I like how you tied them together.

  14. I'm in the mood for romance. Your writing took me to a very nice place. Wonderfully done Susan!!

  15. Susan, you should be a writer. I want more! You should write a book so I can read it on my eReader.

  16. Hi Susan

    This is a great blurb, with just the right amount of a tease.

    Well done



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