Friday, April 22, 2011

Still as a statue in Book Blurb Friday!


Ah, my new favorite time of the week-Book Blurb Friday! If you are new to my blog, Lisa Ricard Claro, from Writing in the Buff, posts a picture meant to serve as a fictional book cover. It's your job to write a blurb about the book in 150 words or less to entice a prospective reader. Who knows? It could be the start of something great!

I went with a mythical approach tonight, back in the time of wizards and evil kings. Here is this week's picture and my story:

The Prophecy Reborn

It had been ages since Neila felt the warm of the sun, but she could feel it now, the heat slowly bringing feeling back to her aching limbs. Suddenly her eyes twitched, and blinking for the first time in years, the scene gradually coming into focus was that of her bedroom.

Dust cloths strewn haphazardly about covered remnants of the past, Neila’s past. She remembered the resistance, how her people were preparing for war with the evil King Nathrach, and how the king sought her capture and hand in marriage to end the uprising, and dispute a prophesy.

Neila had ardently refused the union, but the King’s reaction had been puzzling-instead of raging at her insolence, he simply touched Neila’s sleeve and everything went black, like the snuffing of a candle.

But who or what was waking Neila, and how had life in her kingdom changed? (147 words-just made it!)

Wow, I wish I could stay in this alter reality for a bit longer, but it's way past my bed time. I look forward to visiting you all tomorrow!


  1. It is late...I have to be up in 4 hours. Ugh! But your blurb is worth staying up for. :) The fantasy angle is terrific, and there are so many elements here: the war, the marriage, the prophecy, the power of the king. Very nicely done. I wish it was a real book!

  2. Sounds like a modern day Cinderella, but with a lot more strands and less obvious morality-based ending ... which I cannot guess without reading the book!

  3. I agree with Lisa. The idea of making it a fantasy was a marvelous one...Well done!

  4. Sandra, I am seriously pondering this story concept...

    Sioux, thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

  5. This is fascinating, I like the historical and fantasy angle, work well together. Lovely blurb!

  6. This almost has a Sleeping Beauty quality to it...a reawakening of sorts. Very nice job!


  7. Susan, this is great! Does the king have like the Midas touch on rebellious wives? I wonder how long she was asleep? Sleeping Beauty out, as her husband controls the kingdom to his own benefit.

    I want to see what happens next, and would buy your book for sure. I hope that you do keep writing it!

    Kathy M.

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog. I am excited about "Friday Book Blurb." I am hoping the practice will help me improve in this area. It is always difficult for me to break down my stories into a few lines. I like the enchanting failrytale way you have gone. I will take a crack at it tonight.


  9. An excellent twist. Readers love Sleeping Beauty stories, and they'll be sure to buy this book after they read your review.
    -- K

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

  10. Dust cloths strewn haphazardly... I LOVE that line and what it represents. Good stuff.

  11. I love how you took us in a fantasy direction. You wrote this in a way that grabbed my interest. Terrific blurb Susan.

    Happy Easter!

  12. I love that mythical approach, and the possibilities for this one are endless. Would love to read what happens!

  13. Fantasy is not one of my favorites, but despite that, you captured my curiosity and left me longing to hear more.

    My Blurb: The Sculptor

  14. Oooh! Fantasy/Fairytale! Perfect for a summer read. Good work!

  15. Turned to marble for snubbing a king - my goodness, what has she awoken to?

  16. Sounds like you need to keep writing this story! Way to go.

  17. Working the myth angle really works well for you. This is a good kind of story for you to pursue. Great job!!!


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