Friday, June 3, 2011

A New Outlook (and Book Blurb Friday!)

Well I had wanted to post a few pictures of our weekend, but time sort of got away from me this week.  Let's just say that the positives are now outweighing the negatives, and I thought I would list them quickly:

1. My daughter recovered from her stomach bug in 24 hours, which leads me to believe that it might have been a case of food poisoning. (My sister-in-law's a nurse, and she said that food poisoning comes on fast-about 1 to 2 hours after eating-and usually clears up in less than 24 hours. Stomach viruses do not.) We had stopped at a McDonald's on the way home (oh, how I hate fast food!) and there might be a link.

2. I never did get sick which also has me thinking it was the reason I mentioned above.

3. My son had his face looked at yesterday, and the lab showed that it was indeed a ruptured cyst. He was also given the okay to go swimming, and this was on our agenda for this weekend!

4. Finals are drawing to a close, and I have a good start on getting the grading finished. (Now cleaning my room for over the summer is another story...)

5. My daughter hasn't quit gymnastics, at least not yet, and seems to have a renewed sense of spirit after practice today-she has super coaches, so I'm guessing they have something to do with it.

Well, that's it for now, so on to Book Blurb Friday. This is where 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?
Here is this week's picture and my story:

Windows Never Lie

A woman disappears without a trace, and does so from an apartment directly across from police? The girl’s parents call on the force’s best man, Detective Gerard Boucher, but even he is baffled.

Camille was a young starlet capturing everyone’s heart in her first major picture, “Cry Before Dawn”, and she was enjoying all the benefits of being associated with a widely acclaimed film. Her agent, Hampshire Smith, recently helped her acquire a flat in Paris, chosen because it was near popular nightspots and security.

Hampshire reported Camille missing when she didn’t show up for an interview. When he investigated, he found her flat unlocked and no sign of her anywhere.

Detective Boucher didn’t know why, but the apartment’s balcony and Camille’s neglected geraniums fascinated him-was there a connection? But as he was staring at the flower yet again, he saw someone watching from the window across the street… (149 on the dot-hard tonight!)

Well, I've been having so much fun that I've lost track of time. I'll be by tomorrow to see what you see!


  1. how cool am I that I get to comment first!

    I love your book cover teaser, I'd buy it : )

  2. Another really good use of all aspects of the photograph - watching from those windows seemed essential but I couldn't do it as satisfactorily as you have.

  3. Who? Who is watching?!!! Oh boy, you got ME intrigued.

    5 rue Balard is my book blurb for the week.

    Have a great Friday!!!

  4. Ah, Camille - where have you gone? Who has taken you? Fascinating blurb.

    Glad to hear all the ills have disappeared and that the young ones are full of pep again:-)

  5. I like the aura of mystery surrounding the geranium. Well done.

  6. I love the build-up to that eerie ending! Also like how you sprinkled it with tantalizing little questions...makes me want to read the answers!

  7. Hi Susan,

    What a great story! I hope that they find Camille safe and sound. I'm looking forward to finding out about how the neglected flower box comes into play.

    On another note, I'm glad that your daughter is feeling better. That is horrible that she got so sick.

    Hope that you have a nice weekend,

    Kathy M.

  8. I'm glad things ended up being ok in the health department over there! So nice school's about to wrap up, huh?

  9. I love the way you've used the geranium. Sounds like this would make a good book!
    — K

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

  10. So that's a geranium! I had no clue at all and didn't want to look like a knucklehead, so I steered clear of the botanicals! LOL Nice blurb, and great use of the photo elements. I'm intrigued by Camille's disappearance, and with her status as a movie star, the possibilities really open up for a great mystery/thriller. Adding the watcher at the end was brilliant. :)

    Glad your household is healthy again!

  11. Susan,
    I love the way you left us hanging at the, who could be spying on the dectective? Oh, a good novel for sure...let's read on!


  12. Wow, Susan--what a stressful time you've been having. Glad to hear both the kiddos are on the mend!

  13. You've packed a lot into that 149. There are so many possibilities for this story. Perhaps you should write this one.

  14. I'm glad to hear that things are starting to look brighter for all of you in your home, Susan :) Sending more positive vibes your way, my friend!

    And once again, you knocked a Book Blurb right out of the park! Bravo!! Love all of these that you do. Talk to you hopefully (fingers crossed) soon - Kel


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