Monday, May 17, 2010

Blurbs from the Ten Finalists

As promised, here are the ten blurbs from the finalists posted last Thursday. Well, kinda. Unfortunately, one of the finalists didn’t get her blurb to me in time and was disqualified according to the rules. Fortunately, we had the foresight to name an alternate, Lauren Sweet, who jumped at the opportunity to send her blurb. As a way to introduce Lauren, here are her first and last lines (first line in italics.)

Leaving the genie in the recliner, Amber grabbed her keys and went out to rescue her mother from the Officers of Darkness. It started out so innocently -- with a chamois cloth, some silver polish, and a bottle of Brasso.

So without further ado, in random order, here are the final ten blurbs that are already on Christine Witthohn’s desk.

1.When Coroner Cassidy O'Brien befriends an aspiring author with outlandish capers and serious grammar problems, she believes the writer is harmless. Until the adventures turn into real-life crime scenes documented on her computer, albeit misspelled. Now Cass has to figure out if her I-told-you-so staff was right when they warned her there’s no such thing as an innocent thing called murder.

2. Children’s mental health workers are being abducted, tortured and their lifeless bodies returned to the scene of the crime with a videotape of their murder. The key to the crimes can only be found by a child psychologist who’s searching for her past and a cynical cop who is running from his.

3. In a deadly race to crush a threat to national security, an ambitious journalist and straight-arrow FBI agent reluctantly team up to bring down the terrorist cell her investigative reporting has uncovered. When her relentless digging unearths chilling links to the bureau itself, she’s forced to flee—but he can’t let her. Now they’re on the run, both guarding secrets along with their hearts and, despite the passion that flares between them, unable to trust each other…as the bad guys close in.

4. A police victim specialist takes a break from her two-timing detective boyfriend and heads home to rural South Texas under the guise of attending her high school reunion. When the former prom queen is found murdered on the night of the reunion, she gets thrown into the case when the main suspect, her high school sweetheart, is also the victim's husband. Confronted by the past, she decides to look into the murder and finds she's much closer to the killer than she realized.

5. An American philanthropist is determined to save lives, even if it means closing the doors on a failed Haitian clinical study, while a young Haitian doctor needs a cure for her dying patients, even if it means opening her heart to the man cutting off her funding. But when two old voodoo priestesses alter the future to save their granddaughter’s life, they are all accidentally plunged into the epicenter of the largest earthquake Haiti has ever known. The clock is ticking as the injured American scrambles to find the buried doctor in his greatest battle for life to save the one woman he loves.

6. He’s in the business of helping people disappear and she’s making a lifework out of finding them. He plans to shut her down using trickery and seduction but she twists him up like a pretzel and he can’t derail her from her mission. Their battle of wills is put on hold when another player rudely steps between them and starts shooting.

7. The good: a sexy genie, who grants Amber Polaski’s wish to find her long-lost father. The bad: Dad’s got a computer drive full of stolen data and gun-toting mobsters hot on his trail. The ugly: unless Amber and her New Age, crystal-wielding mother can come up with a rescue plan, the Mob will make Dad disappear again -- permanently!

8. After almost being murdered by a serial killer, a skeptic in all things other worldly starts to see ghosts. An investigative reporter, she teams up with the villain’s latest victim to track him down, while trying to convince everyone she’s not insane for talking to people only she can see. She must catch this man before he can kill his current captive, her sister.

9. When the last gavel falls, the bad guys in Dallas own her event-design business, her money, her house, her husband, and even her reputation, just like her mama had warned her they would. An unexpected legacy promising a fresh start propels her to a ghost town on the California coast, where the moody Pacific rouses her soul while a washed-up sailor makes her forget all of her mama’s wise words. But among the oddball remnants of the town’s population, she discovers secrets that lead to her closest allies back home as she keeps reminding herself that bad guys look just like good guys till the trouble is well underway.

10. Political consultant Pen Smith has been thinking about making a change to his life but he never envisions being summoned to Panama by his dead Uncle Henry, inheriting a fortune, and being shot by an unknown assailant. Desperately trying to outwit his determined and lethal adversary, Pen chases an embezzler across one of the most dangerous jungles in the world and falls in love with a beautiful Panamanian fashion designer, who just happens to be his uncle's former lover. Along the way, he learns about his uncle's mysterious fortune-making and uncovers a family secret that involves justice, retribution – and the value of a long memory.

Well, there you have them. I’m glad I’m not in Christine’s shoes and having to pick only three. The winner will be named on this blog May 24th at which time all three will send me their snail mail addresses so we can send the prizes, beautiful M & M totes. Of course, the top winner gets to send the first chapter.

Yippee!!!!! Now go drink a margarita. You’ve got a long wait. For all the rest of us, what do you think? Which one has real shot of impressing Christine?


Cindy said...

Okay, number 3 is my favourite. That's a book I would read. No it's not mine!

Kinda partial to number 1 as well. Sounds like a fun read.

Good luck to all the finalists! I can't believe we have to wait until NEXT WEEK!

Edie Ramer said...

Terrific blurbs! I'm looking forward to the results. :)

Mary Martinez said...

I love them all. I have no idea how Christine is going to pick. But I do love the Voodoo priestesses.

Good Luck to all!

Liz, can I have a margarita? Even though it's only 9:25 am?

Lindsay said...

It's 5 o'clock somewhere. Go for it.

Mary Martinez said...

Lindsay, I was just waiting for someone to say that! LOL. Actually Saturday I tried a margarita with rum instead of tequila. Man, I was pleasantly surprised. Yummy!

Kimberley Troutte said...

Oh, man, oh man. They all sound good! And May 24th is a reeeeallly long ways away.
Can I take this seat by you, Mary? It feels like 5:00 already and a rum margarita sounds interesting.

Terri said...

Wow. Succinct.

(Cannot believe Entry 2 managed to lay everything out in only 2 sentences!)

And I'd been wondering what happened to that genie in the recliner. Not the first and last sentences I would have matched up for that one! But that sounds like a fun one.

I'm really impressed with everyone.

Lindsay said...

What can I say, I'm an Alan Jackson fan. Especially when there's a little Jimmy Buffett in the mix

Mary Martinez said...

Lindsay--what can I say I'm a parrot head!

I've been to more Buffett concerts than I can count. And the stories I could tell...

Katt said...

Whoa! I was really impressed with my own 3 sentences until this morning!

You ladies are amazing! I'm going to save these as examples to strive toward.

I am honored to be among you.

A week is such a long time, even with Margaritas!

Lindsay said...

Do tell. Oh please do tell.

Lindsay said...

All kidding aside, I like 1. It kept my interest to the last word

Misty Evans said...

They're all good! I want to read more! I LOVE No. 1 and also No. 3.

Good job, writers, and good luck!

Anita Clenney said...

These are really interesting. I don't know if I could pick a favorite. I don't envy Christine.

Debbie Kaufman said...

I like #1 and #7. JMO!

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Liz Lipperman said...

Wow, I can only repeat that judging is so subjective. Personally, I love them all but think the shorter the better.

Good luck to all of you.

CM Lefeve said...

Wow! Great blurbs! I'll admit, I had mine all wrong until Liz was nice enough to show us an example (don't I just scream "newbie"??)

I like number #2 (no, not mine).

Terri said...

Yes, great thanks to Liz! Have to admit I was writing book jacket copy before she showed us her terrific example of what a blurb should be.

Katt said...

yup, I sliced and diced mine too after Liz posted her example. Three hours and three pages later, I was happy with what I had... What great practice for pitching. thanks.

Lindsay said...

You're not the only one. After seeing the 10 finalist blurbs I must have walked 3 miles and made I don't know how many recordings before I was happy with my new version.