Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Bad Blurb Tuesday - LURE

Welcome back to Bad Blurb Tuesday, where we attempt to write the worlds suckiest a back cover blurb in mere minutes to show you just how easy it is to muddle it all up difficult it is to convey the core of a book in only few paragraphs. 

Since we're fast approaching our ONE YEAR anniversary here at GotYA, I thought I'd take you back in time to the days before GotYA when a handful of YA writers who met on Absolute Write's Old People Writing for Teens thread thought they'd get together and start a blog

One fellow blogger back in the old days was Stephanie Jenkins.  Steph recently took a giant leap and published her YA book, Lure, on Amazon.  (No fair cheating - don't clink the Lure link until you read my crappy blurb- k?)  Below, I'll attempt to write a blurb for Lure - AND GIVE AWAY 5 LURE E-BOOKS!


Here's my attempt at a blurb for LURE:

Charlotte Brewer is in over her head--literally--when she hears a song calling to her from the ocean and almost drowns.  Now all she has to do is stop disappearing into the water, and maybe dead men will stop washing up on the beach.  Throw in a siren and a war between the gods, and Charlotte has more than just the cute Summer Boy, Wyatt, to distract her from her sucky job serving up fish to the tourists in Gloucester.


And here's Steph's from Amazon:

Charlotte Brewer is sure she’s crazy when she hears singing drifting from the ocean—normal people don’t have arias playing on repeat in their head. When she gets wasted at a party and investigates the ethereal tune, she almost drowns. Charlotte comes to with an overwhelming thirst for salt water, a new desire to eat fish, and a heartbeat of only seven beats a minute. She wakes up by the sea almost every day and dead men wash up hours later.



But then Charlotte meets Lorelei, a siren. Lorelei reveals she saved her from drowning with the “Siren’s Kiss”—a curse that made Charlotte a soulless immortal. Her role as a siren is simple: guide the souls of the dead at sea. Too bad taking care of the dead means being stuck in the middle of a war between a fertility goddess and the sirens . . . and losing her soul. If Charlotte wants to regain her mortality, she must find love with a mortal. And if she fails to secure it, she risks becoming a puppet to the gods.

AHHH, yes....much much better! 

NOW A CONTEST!!!!

Spread the love for Stephanie Jenkins @stephniejenkins LURE on Twitter or your blog and let us know in the comments!  Winner will be picked at random* next Tuesday!

*Co-worker Dan will pick a number and I'll count the comments to find the winner!  Co-worker Dan is helpful like that.

8 comments:

Cyndi Tefft said...

Congrats, Stephanie! Love the cover. :)

Josin L. McQuein said...

Either that, or she's got Musical Ear Syndrome ;-)

(jk.)

The blurb's awesome (the real one), and I hope the book does well. Good luck.

Annie McElfresh said...

Love, Love, Loved this book. :D

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I loved your blurb! And I just marked this as "to-read" on Goodreads this morning! It's a sign, I think. :-)

I don't Twitter, but I'll FB it from home tonight.

erica_henry said...

http://bit.ly/eRnEf4 I spread the word for Steph!!!!

Deb said...

I'm working on a water-themed (albeit siren-free!) novel, so the real blurb here's piqued my interest!

Anonymous said...

The book seems amazing! I want to read it ;-)And btw, I kind of liked your blurb aswell! :-)

Raven said...

I love LOVE LOVE the cover.

I tweeted: http://twitter.com/ravenamo/status/56801067761012736