Friday, May 13, 2011

Just a little more time (and Book Blurb Friday)

As you may or may not know, time and I are not friends. I struggle daily with what my husband constantly refers to as "time management," never having enough time to do what I want or what I have to do, constantly rushing out the door to wherever, and always looking back at moments in time that I wish would last forever, and this is one of those times.

My son celebrates his first communion Saturday, and I sit here wondering just where the time has gone. I can still picture him as a baby (man was he cute, bald as a cue ball, chubby little face), and all those firsts. Like when he finally said the word yes and when he took his first steps (he was in no hurry since his sister did most of his talking and retrieving for him). I still remember the doctor saying not to be in a rush with the potty training, hinting that my son was going to take his sweet time with this-and he was right!

Now as I ready his blue suit, shine his black dress shoes, and find where I put his new tie, I’m nervous-I’m not exactly ready for the new stages coming up with my son just as I’m unsure of my future with a soon to be teen daughter. I’m also sad tonight as I look at my son’s face and still see my little baby boy looking back at me. He still has that little boy look, and I wish time would just slow down, even if it’s just a little bit, then maybe I could get ready…

Speaking of time, it’s Book Blurb Friday. 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. Are you up to the challenge?

Blogger was down almost all day yesterday and I didn't know what to do with myself, but I was glad to see that Lisa was able to post for tonight. Here is this week's picture and my story:

Her Time to Run

Dana lived a life others envied-a chauffer to drive her anywhere, maids to pick up after her, and an expense account that knew no limits. She got what she wanted when she wanted it, and her future plans revolved around nothing more than what nightclub she would head to that evening, or that new pair of shoes she wanted to purchase.

So when her friend Lizbeth suggested they hop on a plane and head to Australia there was no hesitation. And when a man touting a weeklong 4WD tour of Simpson Desert approached Dana in a Queensland nightclub, a little beer and a little brawn were all it took to win her over.

But Dana’s wealth speaks volumes to those in need-there’s no telling what someone might do if a prize like her comes rolling into town, and that quick trip to the desert may be her last. (148 words without the title)

Can't wait to get some "time" to swing by your blogs and read your stories!


  1. Susan,
    I'd be reaching for this book on my nightstand for sure. I love the rich girl gets in trouble kind of mysteries. How will she get out of this one if her money can't buy her way out? Good one.


  2. "a little beer and a little brawn were all it took to win her over" Ah yes, all that and Australia too!

  3. I love the phrase "a little beer and a little brawn" along with the last paragraph. The trip that "may be her last." How ominous!

  4. Australia! I hope when they make this into a movie they cast Hugh Jackman or Alex O'Loughlin (my two fave Aussies) as the tour guide. And I hope he's not as rotten-to-the-core as he seems...'cause this sounds like a good romance, too. Maybe he falls in love with Dana and mends his wicked ways., shoot. Will you just write the book already?? I want to know what you've got up your sleeve here!

  5. Dana's dicing with danger in the desert. She's going to grow up so fast . . .

  6. Sounds like you have a busy Sunday coming up...enjoy the time with family as yes, it all will go so fast!

    Liked your proposed story. Sounds like a suspenseful read!

  7. Time just keeps sneaking up on us, doesn't it? Even my oldest daughter. We were discussing her sisters and how old they are getting and she said, "No. They need to stop!"

    And Dana. Didn't her mother tell her never to talk to men in nightclubs? You might end up in danger. Or married. ; ) Intriguing as always!

  8. Love the blurb ... though is it wrong that I kind of want the little rich girl to get her comeuppance?

    And I hear you as far as kids growing up too quickly. It is an amazing journey to watch your children grow.

  9. Hi Susan,

    First, what a special day for you and your family. You are so right about them growing up so fast, but all men are still little boys inside. Congrats on your boy's First Communion.

    I love your story. That last sentence speaks volumes. That guy could kill her for just what is in her wallet and her jewelry and think that he hit the jackpot. I want to read more and find out what happens next!

    Kathy M.

  10. A real cliffhanger, this blurb, leaving us begging for more.
    — K

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

  11. Can't believe you packed all that into 148 words! Skill.

  12. I agree with the others--this plot is irresistible and would make a great movie! Love your hook at the end!

  13. That blurb would have me hooked. Very intriguing!

  14. Love "a little beer and a little brawn" - this has the makings of a really good story!!!


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