Friday, July 29, 2011

20 years and still going (and Book Blurb Friday!)

I know I said I was going to post reviews of some good summer flicks, but yesterday my husband and I celebrated 20 years of marriage, and I thought that cancelled everything else out. In fact, if you want to get technical, I have known my husband 24 years now-we were friends for two years in college, then dated, got engaged, and were married two years after that. My husband remarked at dinner that soon we will have lived with each other longer than we did with our families. Interesting...

Anyway, we both decided that since we were doing a lot of work on the house (replaced a patio door, about to tear out and replace our living room carpet and remove wallpaper to paint), and since we have two small trips planned(my husband is taking the kids camping, and we are all going to Washington DC)presents this year weren't necessary. We were just going to go out to dinner.

Well I, also now known as super idiot, at least went along with the "no-gift" plan-my husband didn't. He has heard me talk off and on about maybe getting a plain gold wedding band to wear when I don't want to wear my engagement ring/wedding band wrap combination. I have started taking them off when I'm at home because I don't want to lose a stone. (My wedding band wrap has two rubies and I have already had it to the jeweler to reinsert one of the stones-I'm afraid I won't know one has fallen out next time...)We were enjoying dinner when my husband asked for the time and when I turned back, a ring box was sitting in front of me-I now have my wedding band!

I'm also glad it's
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

What Her Eyes Have Seen

The three-alarm blaze totaled the charismatic cottage, and the all-American image of the Lawrence family went up in smoke. Neighbors were stunned to learn the blaze was no accident, and firefighters claimed a member of the Lawrence family, daughter Tara, was the likely culprit.

Police found Tara huddled in a blanket in the families’ backyard, but when they questioned her, she spoke not a word. Neighbors described the girl as an underachiever compared to her family –the mother, a former Rhodes Scholar and lawyer, her father a neurologist, and her brothers both honor students and great athletes.

Authorities say Tara finally cracked under pressure and killed her family, but social worker Monica Perry believes differently. She feels the pain of what really happened in that house has led to the girl’s silence, and she hopes to reveal just what Tara saw. (141 words)

This is a little dark even for me, and at first I was leaning towards the super natural side, but I never got there. I am very curious to see (lol, couldn't resist) what everyone else did!


  1. Congratulations! Husbands can be so Awesome when we least expect it : )

    Good drama!

  2. Oooo--love the many conflicts here, and all of them are so compelling! I would buy this one in a heartbeat. Happy anniversary! Sounds like hubby is a real sweetie.

  3. Susan, Happy Anniversary, and congratulations!

    Wow on the blurb! You sure did pack in a lot into 141 words ... what an interesting mystery and great story. So much could be told about what goes on behind closed doors.

    Great job.

    Kathy M.

  4. You have to write this, because I have to read it. I love mysteries with a psychological component and your premise is very believable. This one promises to be a nonstop read.

    Congrats on your anniversary and best wishes for another twenty.

  5. First, your husband is a doll for breaking the no-gifts rule in such a special way.
    Next, I'd buy this book because I'd want to know. I already want to know.

    —Kay, Alberta, Canada

  6. Congratulations! And thumbs up to your hubby for pulling off a wonderful surprise.

    Your blurb reads like it could be fiction or nonfiction, either one! I'm glad you didn't go supernatural with this. It is very compelling as is; a disturbing psychological study.

  7. I think I have figured out Tara's dilemma? Well, maybe not. But it sure has got ME intrigued.

    And your wedding band surprise is just too super for words!!! Congtats on 20 years. This year, Bud and I celebrated our 43rd. Keep up the good work...with a hubby like yours you have a keeper!!!

    With the impending fizzling tropical storm yesterday and not being online much because of preparing for the worst that never came, I'm now trying to catch up on visiting those that visited me. Thanks for taking the time to leave a great comment: MUCH APPRECIATED!!

    Have a blessed weekend.

    Here's my Saturday Link: TWO'S COMPANY -THREE'S A CROWD

  8. Parental pressure and revenge, maybe. Or something creepier? Will we ever know?

  9. Great blurb, I'd read this for sure and it sounds like something I'd write as well. I love all that real-life horror stuff.

    A Puss in Boots movie?!? I'm so glad you told me, November will be a great month for sure.

  10. happy 20 years! have that already
    a lifetime of happy then!

  11. Awesome blurb Susan!!! There is a cliffhanger here for sure.

    Happy Anniversary :) Your husband sounds like a great guy.


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