Thursday, August 4, 2011

Book Blurb Friday: culpability

The raindrops were the biggest she’d ever seen. On the desert part of the Canadian prairie, the soil contains a lot of clay, and will only absorb a small amount of water, and that very slowly.
Calyn knew they had an hour or perhaps two at the most, to get the dog, cat, rabbit, gerbil, hamster, and the two children who loved their pets into the car and up to higher ground before their basement suite flooded.
As the family headed for the Cypress Hills, the overloaded car had to pass through a low spot in the road. Would it stall in what looked like a water-filled trench? Calyn gripped the wheel and stepped on the gas.
News reporter Peter Halliday was the first to interview survivors after The Flood of ’09, and his book reveals culpability in everyone from the Harper government on down. In bookstores next week.
150 words
Posted for Book Blurb Friday wherein Lisa Ricard Claro,
of Writing in the Buff, offers us a photo
(this one taken by photographer-writer Kathy Matthews)
and invites us to use the picture as a book cover, imagine a book,
then “Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing
that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.”

To see how this photograph inspired others to imagine a book
and write a blurb for its cover, please click HERE!


Lisa Ricard Claro said...

I do hope this is fiction! Floods are awful, scary things. You've set the stage for a nail-biter here.

I love your pics of Lindy! Every time I come to your blog seeing her happy face makes me smile. She is obviously a waggy-tail!

Susan Fobes said...

It does look like an awful lot of rain coming down... This has the makings of a fine historical novel!

June Freaking Cleaver said...

Great job! It's never wise to drive through standing water...what happened to them.

You need to finish the story!

Rinkly Rimes said...

Obviously some political chacanery here! Eminently readable.

Really Rainey said...

Sometimes I see rain like that here in the desert... it scares me because it rains so hard that the ground can't absorb it and the water comes up to my door step. Then it stops raining and slowly the water retreats... somewhere...

Kiss Lindy's nose for me!

Love and Light

Cezar and Léia said...

I'm always concerned about the poor animals and people that suffering with floods.It's terrible.
Great post, and your picture is brilliant!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

I've experienced high water in the desert of Tucson and surrounding, this blurb brought back to mind some terror in the wrath of nature.

Happy Friday to you.


Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Kay, this is really good. You have my interest, and I'd love to find out how that flood effected everybody. Way to go!

Kathy M.

Bookie said...

Looks like a book full of real life drama...and I hate the thoughts of high water so it would be a thriller too!

Gattina said...

That's what I almost had yesterday on my journey back to Brussels !
Couldn't stop in London it rained cats and dogs !
I met Janice from Jabblog, it was real nice ! too short ...

Tammy said...

You set a chilling stage for me because I could relate to all of that--the mom just trying to take care of her children and pets. Even taking that little risk even though we all know not to drive in standing water, but what is she to do? And then to leave us hanging about what happened! Mean, but ever so effective! ;)

Dominic de Mattos said...

I have a mental picture of a dramatic helicopter rescue of a stricken family swept down river by a rising flood. Will the animals make it too?

As a civil engineer, I know just how difficult it is to deal with floods, let alone when politicians stick their oar in (so to speak!)

Thanks for your visit - I always appreciate them :) I managed to borrow a computer with a mouse - phew!

Lynette Killam said...

Well done, Kay...entirely believable! I was wishing the young family secure passage to safety, complete with their menagerie, and would love to read the news reporter's take on the floods.

But I was confused about the last paragraph; can that be...LOL?!

I always look forward to your take on these tales...:)


SJerZGirl said...

Sounds like a harrowing tale! It may be fiction, but it appears to be based on reality. Scary.