Monday, September 24, 2012

So Close...

FROM RISING FLAMES is coming. The final edits are close. The cover is close. The formatting for paperback is close. The money to pay for it all is close. The blurb is...well, it, it's not so close. It's not that I've procrastinated, it's that I hate writing the thing. Month after month, week after week, day after day, I've put off doing one of the most important parts of the novel. Slap my wrists. Admittedly, I'm no good at cover blurbs. I know it and I've been avoiding it.

I am working through my fears, however, and have a rough draft of a blurb completed. It needs some work, and some love, and better words, and everything else--but it's done. The rough draft, that is. Want to see it? I posted my blurb on my facebook page. I'd love to know what you think. Be honest.I would love to get some feedback. Thanks for stopping by and...

Happy Reading.

~ Jamie

UPDATE 9/25/12

I am posting my latest version below so it's easier for everyone to see. Please let me know your thoughts; it's a tremendous help. If you want to see my original rough draft, that's still on my facebook author page. I know it's a short blurb. Personally, I get turned away by long, synopsis type descriptions on the back cover--I never read through all of them. My goal is to draw readers in quickly with some of the voice and give a hint of the mystery behind the book. Thanks again for any comments or feedback.

Rhiannon thought the worst part of her life was over—she was wrong.

She lost everything last season; her rights in the Fae, her passion, and her love. Still grappling with the loss of her fiancé, and determined to solve the mystery behind his death, Rhiannon wants nothing more than forgiveness from the Fae she betrayed. But a raging fire threatens to destroy her village and the bandit responsible for her pain has escaped—and he’s coming after her.

Will she redeem the mistakes of her past, or will everything she’s known and has left to love be consumed by rising flames?


  1. The author writes the blurb?? Really? LOL I always thought it was someone at the publisher. LOL Get on it Jamie!!! You can do it!

    1. :) Yep, when the author is the publisher, he (has to) gets to write the blurb. I can pay someone to come up with a really snappy, awesome description, but then I wouldn't expand my skills. Thanks for the encouragement.

  2. I definitely liked the second one better, but I still don't think it's quite there yet. I don't really think the second paragraph works with the first. It's almost like it's two different stories. Could you maybe stick with just the first paragraph (from your second try) and tweak it a little? Just trying to help. :-)

    1. Thank you. That's exactly the kind of feedback I'm looking for. :) It helps a ton!


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