Monday, March 25, 2013

Writing blurbs is a different skill by Barbara Edwards

The Wild Rose Press chat room on Tuesday nights had an interesting discussion about blurbs a couple weeks ago. I already knew writing a good blurb is a different skill. The blurb needs to hook a reader in one short paragraph. Every word is vital.
Writing the perfect blurb takes time and I wish someone else would do it. Sigh. Sometimes the first sentence of the synopsis is a good lead, sometimes it’s too wordy.  My method is to find a great blurb, study the structure and think about how mine can be written in the same manner.
The Third book in my Rhodes end series is almost complete and I need to write the blurb so I’m checking the first two.

Here’s my first book blurb: Ancient Awakening:

Police Officer 'Mel' Petersen is the only one who believes a suspicious death is murder. By disobeying direct orders from the Rhodes End Chief, she risks her career to follow clues that twist in circles to her backyard and lead the killer to her. Her neighbor Stephan Zoriak is a prime suspect. While working for a major pharmaceutical company, he is exposed to a dangerous organism that changed him. He suspects he is the killer and agrees to help Mel find the truth when the deaths continue. In the course of their investigation Mel and Steve find more death and continued distrust that make them wonder if love can defy death.

Book 2 is Ancient Blood:

Lily Alban escapes a murderous stalker, but his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Try as she might to deny her growing desire for Cole, she seeks his help but soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.
Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. A botanist researching the healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy, he’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself even in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes to his inner beast.
Together they must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he attacks again, but revealing their secrets to one another could destroy their growing love or save them both.

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