Friday, September 25, 2009

Everybody, Blurb Your Book

Killer Career by Morgan Mandel is about a lawyer whose career change could be a killer when her mentor, a NY Times bestselling author, does more than write about murder.

Using one or two sentences, tell us about your book.


  1. You mean to say ---plug your book. Your example isn't a blurb. Beyond that, one can't blurb one's own book. :)))

  2. We're not getting technical here, just having fun.

    Blurb is commonly a recommendation of a book, but I've heard it also loosly applied as a short description of a book. That's what I'm looking for.

    In other words, what's your book about?

    Sure you could blurb your own book in the common sense here and say how great it is, but I wouldn't think too many people would like you for it or want to buy your book. Nobody likes a braggart. (g)

    Spill the beans. What's your book about?


  3. Tabatha Gray, psychiatrist, and necromancer has returned home to start a private practice. Instead she's faced with finding a child killer, solving a 20-year-old murder case and fighting against an organization wanting her dead.

    Fugue Macabre: Ghost Dance

  4. Abby Walker Mulgrew is counting on two things to breathe life back into her marriage: the Alaskan cruise she and her husband, Wil, have planned, and the see-through negligee she has purchased for the trip. However, within the first twenty-fours hours of the cruise to celebrate her wedding anniversary, Abby receives the one gift she least expects.

    Linda Rettstatt
    The Restoration of Abby Walker
    September, 2009, Wings ePress

  5. What does a smoking gun, an old cowboy boot, Columbian cocaine and a curious Newfoundland have in common?

    That's what the crack investigative team of Buzz Miller and her sister Mag have to figure out while hot on the trail of a murderer-well, actually they're more like luke warm and wasting time scraping pancake off their rears while the bad guys are trying to bump them off...but whoever said murder couldn't be hilarious?

    Welcome to White Bass Lake, Wisconsin, where the corpse is under the house and the bratwurst is on the grill!

    Look for TOTALLY BUZZED in Ebook in 2010 from Echelon Press.,, and coming soon,

  6. Last Chance by Kit Wylde

    What happens when a Tarot reader meets a skeptical cowboy and you mix in a few meddling ghosts? A wild ride.


  7. '24 Hours: London' is your hour-by-hour guide to what's on in one of the world's greatest cities. From running up walls to hunting down ghosts - or just chilling out in an underground loo-turned-pub, you'll see the top picks for what's happening city-wide at any hour.

    '24 Hours: London'
    Release Date: 4th Nov 2009
    Prospera Publishing (

  8. A Model for Murder: Harry Landers finds himself part of the glamour crowd when a supermodel, engaged to a wealthy auto parts manufacturer, receives a threatening note from an anonymous admirer.

  9. So far they all sound really good!


    Coming in December! A glamorous middle-aged woman, sailing alone, is stalked by her deranged, murderous ex-husband.

  11. cool idea Morgan!

    He was looking for utopia. Instead he found….them. Jimmy soon is tormented by his own obsession to destroy those that torture him.

    It’s him vs. them…. Who will win?
    THE WITCH TREE by C.A. Verstraete

  12. "Cynthia's Attic: The Magician's Castle (Book Four) coming in DEC 2009!

    Sebastien the Great, a magician whose fiancée, Kathryn, disappears through the magic trunk, vows revenge. If Cynthia and Gus don't find a missing page from the “Book of Spells,” Cynthia’s family could face financial and personal ruin.

    (sorry, I cheated. This is two sentences)


  13. Anonymous9:28 AM

    Fast And Easy: Siren Books_coming out October 7th

    Carmen Redstone wants two things, her career as a cop, and her partner Don Genenese. Can she bare her soul and painful past to him and still be in control of her destiny.

    Betty Womack

  14. In the Service of Samurai - A coming of age story involving undead samurai, ninjas, and honor.

    Vassal of El - Torn from his past, Torren must now face it or allow two worlds to clash in war.

    Willing Sacrifice - La’tiera knows that to save the world, she must die. But when she’s kidnapped, she’s told she must live. She won’t be fooled so easily.

    Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles - Talia is apprenticed to the Dragon Knight's Guild and ends up enbroiled in the lives of a young man and his stubborn dragon partner.

    Gloria Oliver
    Unveiling the Fantastic

  15. With romance, adventure, humor, first love and even a little sport thrown in for good measure "Across the Pond take you on magical trip that all will enjoy. This is a book enjoyed by readers from ten to eighty ideal for the young and the young at heart.

  16. Only one book for each of you, please. It's so much easier for us to concentrate on one at a time when we read them.

    For those who haven't done a short summary of your book, check these examples. It's a good way to learn how to do one.

    Now, there's a problem. I don't know what to do. I like too many of these!

    Morgan Mandel

  17. This is fun, and a critical skill. You need to be able to summarize your book in a short pitch -- I've heard it called a log line or elevator pitch.

    here's mine: Johnny Wager is a 42-year-old street hustler, small time burglar and reformed car thief (well, mostly reformed) He's an ex-con who finds himself in the middle of a war between powerful adversaries that has disastrous consequences for a lot of people.

  18. John Bray10:47 AM

    Dante Falconieri, a DEA undercover agent,after a series of dangerous assignments, feels disillusioned and bitter about his job. He falls victim to an internal agency integrity sting. While suspended, he is stalked by a hired killer. He must neutralize the assassin and redeem himself with the agency.

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  20. Oops, only one book and I posted all three in the series, so:

    Bad Spelling: Katya would like nothing better than to be a good witch.. But her spells don’t just fizzle, they backfire spectacularly.

  21. Anonymous11:49 AM

    Absinthe of Malice
    Krill Press Dec. 2008

    Discovery of a skeleton in a cotton field leads to murder ... and romance. A beautifully crafted mystery with profound sense of place.

  22. Elliott Smith is having problems with a tenant who won't move because he's waiting for someone. And also because he's dead. "Aaron's Wait", book #2 of the Elliott Smith Mystery series by Dorien Grey.

  23. DEAD ON opens with a sucidal Marcus Rydell who is literally handed a reason to live--at gunpoint. That reason is vengeance against a murdering survialist he is now determined to kill before this maniac can harm anyone ever again. Dead On is set in Georgia and Atlanta and juggles a romance as well.

  24. I have an October 2009 release titled "Dawn's Early Light", a historical fiction epic. We relive three of the darkest days in American history, the week Washington burned, through the eyes of five families--American, British and slave. "When danger threatens everyone you love . . . When every principle you believe in is in jeopardy . . . Where do you begin?" It's book three of my Free Men and Dreamers series, but it's also a great stand-alone read.

  25. Great idea Morgan. This is fun reading about everyone's book.


  26. Joe Prentis3:48 PM

    Sheriff Daniel Barrett is faced with a heinous crime, too many clues, and a case that seems to be going nowhere. ‘Innocent’ will be available at Amazon the last week in September.

  27. Genesis, The fourth book in my Sarah's Landing Science Fiction Series will be released in print by Write Words Inc/Cambridge Books in November, 2009. Repatriated Earth Citizens from Theon become disoriented after teleporting home through the "between" void to their destination point, "Genesis". With their new "skills" at command they become "aware" of the mystic starship battling along-side the Earth Cruiser "Pleiades". Meanwhile the reunited brothers, unintentionally cause loyalty conflicts for their girlfriends.

  28. Great blurbs,
    Heres mine for Devil's Ridge published by Whiskey Creek Press.
    Set during World War 1.
    Harriet (Harry) Martin masquerades as a boy to get a job with her shell-shocked brother, on Ross Calvert's isolated farm. Falling in love with the boss wasn't part of the plan.


  29. In DEATH WILL HELP YOU LEAVE HIM, when a friend's abusive boyfriend is murdered in her apartment, recovering alcoholic Bruce Kohler has to juggle an investigation, sobriety, a crush on the bereaved girlfriend, and the lure of his compelling but destructive ex-wife, who's on a collision course of her own. In stores October 13.

  30. IN A DARK SEASON, current Anthony Nominee for Best PBO, finds Elizabeth Goodweather trying to make sense of a friend's suicide attempt, an unsolved murder, and a rape vitim's accusation. All stories lead back to Gudger's Stand, the old inn that seems to be a focus for dark events, now and and over a century ago.

  31. In ONE SMALL VICTORY Jenny Jasik works undercover as a member of a drug task force to bring down the main distributor in her rural Texas town.


    Gray skies, bad weather, and intrigue threaten Leadville in the summer of 1880. While former president and Civil War general Ulysses S. grant looks to invest in silver mines, other play at politics ... and some are playing for keeps.

  33. MRS. LIEUTENANT: They had their whole lives to look forward to – if only their husbands could survive Vietnam.

    Phyllis Zimbler Miller

  34. Put together a young Australian woman, a worldly older woman(with a taste for gin - and men!)add a handsome English aristocrat and you have the Belinda Lawrence Amateur Sleuth Mystery Series.
    Murder most adventurous.

  35. A woman at crossroads in her life becomes the pawn between angels of light and angels of dark where the ultimate prize is her soul, in Nora's Soul, by Margay Leah Justice

  36. If you've ever been to a shopping mall during the Christmas season, you understand the urge to kill.

    It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Murder (coming October 16 from Five Star)

  37. A cursed spirit guards the deadly portal hidden on Jennifer's farm. The lethal gateway would wreak havoc if disturbed, but Jennifer is about to lose the farm to a billionaire developer haunted by the sins of his past. Then someone who intends to control the portal kidnaps Jennifer's brother. She marries the wickedly handsome, but tortured billionaire to obtain the ransom money.

    THE COMPANY YOU KEEP--coming soon!

  38. Echoes of a dead girl's cry for justice send a taphophile and the dead girl's brother on a quest for justice in EPITAPH by KLB Lang

  39. Black Jack is the sequel to Jean Holloway's acclaimed debut novel, Ace of Hearts. Buckle up and follow Detective Shevaughn Robinson as she moves closer to solving the murder of a lonely widow, unknowingly rekindling old grudges and awakening a sinister spirit. Get ready, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

  40. Here's mine:

    Feckless, exasperating Alex Finch and perplexing Sam Barrowdale are possibly two of the most flawed characters ever to grace a page. They see-saw through danger, injustice and misunderstandings so that not only are their lives put in jeopardy but also their love for each other.

  41. Swept back to World War II in a souped-up Spitfire, a contemporary pilot dons her father’s flight suit to get him into Heaven.

  42. One Foot on the Edge: Intrepid 1890s office girl China Bohannon sets out to solve a murder no one else believes in--if only she can stay alive long enough.

  43. Pele's Tears (WIP) by Sharon K. Garner

    She had already shared a childhood with him, a mutual teenage awareness, a tragedy, and now Lehua, a Hawaiian flower farm, so why not an obsessive, relentless enemy who wants something they don't have?

  44. Coming in October: Deadly Danger - Virgil Tracy and his brothers and associates must find a warped genius who will stop at nothing to build and deploy a fleet of advanced machines to prove he is the greatest rocket scientist of the 2060s.

  45. Carola Dunn2:19 PM

    SHEER FOLLY (1926): Daisy and her friend Lucy go in search of a grotto to write about for their book on follies--the architectural kind--and find a very peculiar bunch of house-guests, one of whom is going to end up very dead!

  46. Here's one I just wrote for the OTP book due out LIKE YESTERDAY!!!

    Oakland PD Officers Bull Brewster and Tex-Mex Garcia get the job done…

    …but on their terms. Whether it’s a madcap chase with stolen cars or a night on the town with a pair of “working girls,” the rogue officers never let threat of disciplinary action get in their way as they cement their reps as irreverent street cops—they just take their DAYS ON THE BEACH, and then get back to business.

    Brewster and Tex-Mex aren’t the only source of action on the mean streets of Oakland, however. The city is on edge as a sociopathic pair cuts a savage swath. Rape and murder cases stack up, but law enforcement’s frantic search is stymied until some good, old-fashioned gumshoe detective work leads to a high noon face-off.
    ### it looks too long.

  47. The Deviations series (science fiction/dark fantasy/anthropological fiction) focuses on the ethical and spiritual dilemmas of literal and social cannibalism, through the eyes of those who break the rules. "[These books] are very well written and draw the reader into the story, possibly against their will," writes Rachel Baker at Old Musty Books.

    Free downloads at

  48. Laura Hamilton, wakes up one morning only to find out a dead body inside her apartment. It was, after all, her ex-coworker, “Velcro” Hodges, a debt collector who was known to leech on his prey until the debt is already paid in full. But why was he dropped insider Laura’s room?

  49. Freezer Burn, by Gayle Carline, is the story of a housecleaner-turned-detective who helps a friend clean out his freezer and finds a severed hand inside, wearing an expensive ring. As they say, mayhem ensues.


  50. The Tide is a funny but poignant misadventure of a depressed housewife taken on the ride of her more ways than one.

  51. DOUBLE OUT AND BACK available now at Red Rose Publishing

    Not every woman who rides the fertility treatment roller coaster winds up like Octomom!

    Who will find friends, family, and fertility?

    Three women's lives are intricately intertwined, as Amelia Schwartz and Summer Curtis struggle with the complex dynamics of intrafamily embryo adoption, and Chandy Markum strives to make her patients' dreams a reality.

    After more than a decade, of mourning her parents' deaths, anal-retentive Amelia Schwartz decides to take control of her life, pursuing single motherhood via embryo adoption. While her fertility doctor, Chandy, is preoccupied with the destruction of the cosmopolitan Cape Town of her youth and her first love in apartheid-torn South Africa, believing all is lost, her niece, a young, married, overachieving attorney Summer Curtis, juggles zealous career ambitions, demanding bosses, and friction with her husband over family and fertility issues. They must confront the painful reality that, no matter what technology humans devise to manipulate reproduction, prolong life, and construct family units, they have not yet mastered control over their beginnings and endings.

    Thrown all into this is one story that can make or break. Are you up to it?

  52. SWEET MAN IS GONE: A blues singer puzzling out what's behind the murder of her band's guitar player discovers that almost everyone who knew him had a different reason for wanting him dead.

  53. Office Affairs
    By Caramel Vixen
    ISBN-10: 0-9818094-6-4
    ISBN-13: 978-0-9818094-6-5

    Allysia has accomplished a lot but yet she feels a void. Will she open her heart and accept love or will she only open her legs?
    Davis is a single, hard working father. He lost his wife to cancer. Davis doesn't date. The one woman he wants won't give him the time of day. If Allysia would only open her heart to him, Davis would fill that void in her life.
    “Office Affairs is a funny, erotic novel about love and the discovery of self worth!”

  54. Short Stories anyone? A Box of Texas Chocolates is a mixed anthology - mystery, romance, suspense, sci-fi - 13 Texas authors, 14 stories involving Texas and Chocolate. Just released from L&L Dreamspell; makes a great gift.

  55. I'd love to find out how that all ties in....

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