Thursday, May 5, 2011

A little late night swim for Book Blurb Friday


What do you think of when you look at a picture? Have you ever thought about of putting those thoughts down on paper and maybe taking it one step further? Well, you're in luck because it's Book Blurb Friday once again!

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?

For some reason my thoughts went to magic and curses when I looked at this week's photo, so instead of fighting it I went for it. Here is this week's photo and my blurb:

Land by Day, Water by Night

Laura dove into the magic waters and all at once she could feel her legs withering away and her tail taking their place. With her fingers now webbed she propelled herself forward, gliding effortlessly among the reeds, loving how the coolness pulsated through her as she swam.

Every seven days Laura must enter the water at midnight and swim until dawn-the morning sun would break the curse and she would return back to her human form, that is until another seven days passed, and then the cycle would repeat all over again. She had gambled with a sorcerer to save the life of her sister, and now she was paying the price.

Laura didn't think she could ever be free. If anyone knew her plight, or saw her during her nightly swim, the curse would engulf her, making her a permanent resident at the bottom of the lake. (149 words, phew!)

Well, I need to do some work for tomorrow so I better stop stalling. Can't wait to see what everyone else wrote!


  1. Oooh, this is so good! This is like a fairy tale for grown-ups, and I'm going to assume there is a handsome prince who helps Laura save the day. You don't mention a prince, but I figure he's in there somewhere. LOL How is she going to get around the whole bottom-of-the-lake problem? That's a nice twist, keeping up the suspense since she really cannot get caught!

    You got the photo to post! So did Lynn. My blog refused. I had to rework the photo. *sigh*

  2. I love the idea, and the hints of dark magic make me want to read more, to find out if she ever manages to break the spell. Nice one.

  3. Ooh, that is so tantalizing, I didn't want the blurb to stop! Please write this!

  4. That sounds like an excellent tween book. I know two young ladies that would have been interested in picking that up!

  5. Hi Susan, this is wonderful. I did see some faces in the rocks and I think in the water too, if the picture was bigger. I see why Becky's picture led you in the direction that it did.

    Your story is wonderful. I wonder what happens? Will a handsome prince begin to watch and follow her, somehow breaking the evil spell? Inquiring minds want to know!

    Have a great weekend,

    Kathy M.

  6. Poor Laura! This sounds so exciting. I hope she can find a way of overcoming the curse.

  7. poor Laura, I hope someone saves her without the curse sinking her to the bottom of the lake!

  8. Oh Jillian is going to beg you to continue this story!!! Love it! You brought us right into that magical kind of world. I really have to get back on track with this meme. It's a great one. Sorry that I haven't been around lately. Crazy around here. I'll send you a note soon. Happy Mother's Day!!!!!

  9. "If anyone saw her...during her nightly swim, the curse would engulf her"! Wow! How to avoid that? She can't possibly control what everyone else does at night.
    Very scary story.
    (I'm trying not to use the word "fishy" here, Susan, but my curse is — once a word comes into my brain, it has to come out somehow. LOL)
    — K

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

  10. Oh, what fun! This could make a great YA book and has so many possibilities! Very creative.

  11. I'd want to read how her sister reacts to Laura's fate...keep going!

  12. Oh I love it!!! It has a great combination of fantasy and magic that I think readers would love. You should consider developing this concept. Like Tammy said, it would be perfect for YA!

  13. I love this idea... keep on going!

  14. This idea is so intriguing...we need some closure here...handsome prince...where are you? Loved it!


  15. Thanks everyone! I didn't like the first line of the last paragraph and I went back twice today to change it.

  16. I agree. This is like a fairy tale for adults...With grown-up dilemmas.

    Well done. What a unique idea.


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