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I'm most recently a writer.  In the six plus decades of my life, I've been a wife, mother, grandmother, Jill of all trades though mistress of but a few, and most of the time pretty content with my lot.  As a much younger person, I believed I was called to write, but life and living distracted me for most of those decades.  An unwilling transplant from the South,  twenty years ago I unintentionally landed in the geographical center of the US.  Writing came about in part due to the unwillingness, I expect.  When caring for family, gardening, and renovating a century-old house failed to provide sufficient creative outlets, I turned to the one thing I always intended to do.  Eight titles later, I'm grateful I found myself while Lost in the Plains!

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Ever-morphing Blurb--Part II


"Entreat me not to leave you or to return from following you; for where you go, I will go, and where you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people and your God, my God; where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried."  Ruth 1:16-17 RSV

Entreat Me Not was never supposed to be a book at all, at least that was not my intention at the beginning of my "publishing career."  Originally the final three sections of Hearts Unfold, it seemed the natural place to bisect that 600-plus page monster when I finally made the agonizing decision to do so.  While I would never say that was a simple task--much like I imagine surgically separating conjoined twins--it was the best thing I ever did for Stani, Emily and myself.  What had been an ungainly volume and a sequel (Heart of My Own Heart) , became a series of three comparable volumes which actually started to attract more readers the moment they were published as such last October. But the blurb for this newly hatched edition was the hardest I'd ever tried to write.  How do you summarize the second half of a book without just giving away the end?  And how do you entice readers who, if they look ahead to Book Three, can pretty well guess where this one is going to lead?  So I wrote something I wasn't really happy with, because no matter what, even a middle child--I mean book--deserves a blurb of some kind.

It's finally time to tackle writing a new blurb, one that actually tells the reader what they're in for.  I started working on this at 5:00am, which was my first mistake, but after letting it mull around in my brain for a few hours, this is what I've come up with.  Editor/husband and cover designer/son both approve, so I'll run it up the flagpole here, and on Amazon, of course, and see what, if anything, happens.

World renowned violinist Stani Moss and country-bred Emily Haynes have bridged the distance between their worlds and fallen in love, but neither is prepared for what awaits them on the winding road to happily-ever-after.

Unexpectedly thrust into the midst of Stani's celebrity lifestyle, Emily attempts to adapt to the rigors of touring and a side of Stani she's never seen.  While striving to win acceptance from those closest to him, she must also learn to meet the needs of the man she loves and remain true to herself.  The months they spend together in his world are her first glimpse of what life as the wife of Stani Moss will be, challenging, chaotic and filled with passion and romance.

Finally free from the demands of his career, at least for a few weeks, Stani is eager to learn more about the simple life he dreams of sharing with the girl who first saved him and now loves him, but he quickly realizes that simple is not necessarily what it seems.  When tragedy is narrowly escaped, he stays on in the place he hopes to one day call home to find himself confronted with painful revelations from the past and unexpected threats to the future.  What he discovers at Valley Rise will open his eyes to the reality of a lifetime with the woman he loves and prepare him to join the community that surrounds and supports her.

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