Monday, August 3, 2015

Camping Trip: Double Rainbows, Blurb for Mystery, Deadly Undertaking, This Week

Amazing rainbow sighted while camping this week.
Hello from J.Q. Rose. Our family just returned from a camping trip where we were blessed to see a double rainbow after two small showers. A rainbow is pretty exciting, but a double one is amazing. In all my years I don't remember seeing a double rainbow, let alone two in one afternoon! Last night my daughter told me she saw another one after a shower here after we had returned home. What can it mean? Are the leprechauns playing tricks on us? The pot(s) of gold must be somewhere!!

Update on my mystery novel, Deadly Undertaking

I thought it would be easy to get back to writing after returning from a fun break with the kids and grandkids, but it's hard to get settled in and back to work. 

I penned a blurb for the book to get me back into the story and I thought I'd share it with you today. 

A blurb is the information that will get a reader's attention. If it's catchy enough, intriguing, and well-written, the blurb can be a wonderful salesman for your writing. If not, know. Hopefully this one will not make you snooze. Please feel free to offer suggestions for improvement in the comments below. Or if you like it, let me know that too!!! Thank you.

Back of the Book for Deadly Undertaking:

Lauren Staab knew there would be dead bodies around when she returned home. After all, her family is in the funeral business, the Staab and Bloode Funeral Home. Still, finding an extra body on the floor of the garage between the hearse and the flower car shocked her. Lauren’s plan to return to her hometown to help care for her mother with Alzheimer’s disease and to keep the books for the funeral home suddenly turns upside down in a struggle to prove she and her family are not guilty of murdering the man. But will the real killer return to kill her, her dad, her brother? More complications arise when her childhood schoolmate, Gary, now the policeman investigating the murder, awakens feelings of love she never imagined she'd ever experience again. Their new relationship makes her heart thud and her insides mushy. Add to that a pesky shadow man, Henry, who interferes in her life. Could she actually take love advice from a shadow man? Her mother’s illness, a killer, a handsome policeman, and a shadow man muddle up her intention to have a simple life. Welcome home, Lauren!

This Week:
IWSG Support Group Blog Hop on Wednesday

The first Wednesday of the month, August 5, means another Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG) blog hop. That Wednesday truly is hoppin’ every month with blog posts that light up the writing community with support, advice, and just plain fun. Check out all the posts on Wednesday. Each blogger has a link to the over 200 participants and counting. You can join in too. Here’s the skinny on IWSG. Be sure to also take a peek at the IWSG website for lots of resources for writers.

Hope to see you back on Wednesday when I share my insecurity in a video to discuss my insecurity, Making Videos!

Travel the World from Your Desk Chair

Thursday, August 6--This Thursday I asked my guest blogger, Marsha R. West if she could come at another time to share her wonderful trip to New Mexico because I am scheduled to have eye surgery to remove a cataract. I don't schedule a guest blogger when I am not around. I've never had this procedure done, so I don't know what shape I'll be in or if I'll even be allowed to read a computer screen for awhile. After talking with many folks who have had it done, I've learned it is almost as routine as having a cavity in your tooth filled at the dentist. Fingers crossed they are right!

Marsha will be share her trip on September 3. The Travelogue will resume on August 13.

Finishing off the summer Travelogue series are guest authors and their guest blog dates.

August 13
 Joselyn Vaughn
20  Stan Hampton
27  Eric Price
             3 Marsha West

Thank you to all my summer Travelogue authors.


Anonymous said...

JQ, I love the sound of your new mystery, and have been looking forward to reading it ever since you first mentioned it. Writing a blurb is really hard. I hate it, especially when I keep thinking it's make or break for my book! I think maybe you've given too much away in your blurb. I'd keep it shorter, personally, and keep the reader on tenterhooks. What do you think to this?
Lauren Staab knew there would be dead bodies around when she returned home -after all, her family is in the funeral business. But finding an extra body on the floor of the garage comes as a shock. Her plan to help care for her mother suddenly turns upside down in a struggle to prove she and her family are not guilty of murder. And will the real killer return to kill her, her dad, her brother?
Add a handsome policeman and a shadow man into the mix, and Lauren's plans for a simple life are truly muddled. Welcome home, Lauren!

J.Q. Rose said...

Thanks, Helena. I like the shorter version you offered. I have written 5 blurbs, but I think condensing it down a bit is helpful. Thank you for stopping by.

Tess Grant said...

I'm still hoping to get camping yet this summer, but the clock is ticking! Where did the time go?

Love the blurb. :) Welcome home, indeed!

J.Q. Rose said...

Hi T, Yes, the summer has gone by so quickly. I hate to see those back to school sales already! Glad you liked the blurb. Thanks for stopping.

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