On the 17th day of my 20Days/20Books Reader Appreciation Celebration, I thought we’d take a look at the subject of blurbs. You know, the couple of paragraphs on the back cover of books that are designed to entice the reader to buy or at least explore a book further. What you may not know is that often the author did not write the blurb. It’s often a product of the marketing department.
So today, I thought I’d let the blurbs speak for themselves.
But Cait Grant is hardly dreaming of wedded bliss. As a duty to her father, she must marry Adam Cameron, laird of Bonniebroch. And then, because of a blood oath to her clan, she must murder him. . .
If only her new husband weren’t so devilishly handsome. If only she didn’t have to play the loving wife for one long, languorous month. If only she didn’t surrender to his softly sensual touch, she would be able to fulfill her oath. If only she didn’t fall in love. . .
Growing up the daughter of a father who was a distributor for a New York Magazine Publishing firm, Amanda usually had her nose stuck in the latest issue of Vampirella or a Hitchcock Mystery book. Calling herself a renaissance woman, she has worked in the corporate world, written a weekly newspaper column supporting Fine Arts in our schools, loves to travel, do research and perhaps her greatest achievement–raised four kids. A member of RWA, and a multi-genre hybrid author, her work is published internationally, in audio, in e-book and in print. She currently writes sizzling contemporary and erotic historical romance.
She’s also graciously offering an ebook of Rugged Hearts to a random commenter. Open Internationally.
Rugged, quiet, hardworking, Wyatt takes his position as head of the Kinnison family seriously. But the scars of betrayal by the women to whom he once trusted his heart now prompt his stark, simple game plan, and no one in hell is going to convince him any differently. What matters most, besides the welfare of his brothers, is to manage the ranch left to him and never risk his heart again to something as foolish as love—but after meeting Aimee, Wyatt begins to realize that a man should never say never to a determined second grade teacher.
When vivacious, resilient Aimee Worth loses her twin sister in a tragic accident, she makes the choice to live out her sister’s dream of teaching in the small mountain community called End of the Line, Montana, never suspecting she’d meet her Mr. Right in the middle of nowhere—he just doesn’t know it yet. Used to challenges, her spirit shatters the perceptions that have kept him isolated from living life beyond the ranch, proving to him that when it comes to love, the greatest risk is not taking one.
Stroke of Genius
Grace Makepeace is determined to wed a titled lord, but her Bostonian bluntness leaves much to be desired among the well-heeled London crowd. So to gain their acceptance, she commissions the incomparable Crispin Hawke to sculpt her hands—and asks for love lessons on the side.
Can an artistic genius turn an awkward heiress into the most sought-after Original without falling for her himself?
Leave a comment for a chance to win a Plaid to the Bone courtesy of Kensington Publishing, a Rugged Hearts from my buddy Amanda, or Stroke of Genius from me! You’ll also be entered in the drawing for the Grand Prize: a Kindle Paperwhite!
Here’s our question: Pull a book from your keeper shelf and write a one sentence blurb for it–something that presents the main question that’s answered by the book. For an example, take a look at the end of the Stroke of Genius blurb. Have fun!
Or you can ask me or Amanda a question of your own.