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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Book Blurb Friday: white flowers on bush



Every week, Lisa Ricard Claro, at her blog Writing in the Buff, invites writer-bloggers to look at a photo she has provided, imagine it to be the cover of a book, imagine the contents of the book, then write a "blurb" of no more than 150 words to convince browsers to become buyers.
This week's photo is one I took in May of this year, when spring finally came to southern Alberta. The flowers are blossoms on a bush in my yard, but I can't remember the name of the bush, so the heroine of the imaginary book, for which I've written a blurb, doesn't know what they are, either.
Here is my submission of 150 words, not including the title or author's name.
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White Flowers: For Life, for Death
by Minnie Cooper
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Emmy stared at the old photo for a long time. She recognized the flowers—not by name, but from her parents’ wedding picture. Her mother had carried flowers like these down the aisle, and the same blossoms had been placed on her grave a year later, when Emmy was an infant.
Her father told her he never knew their name, just that they grew in the garden of his young wife’s rooming house. He never knew who left them on the grave, either. When he visited the rooming house weeks after the funeral, looking for answers, the doors were locked, the windows boarded, the landlady and her tenants all dispersed, and the garden uprooted.
Who mailed the photo to Emmy fifty years later? And why? What was the significance of the flowers?
Emmy knew she had to find out. She was so glad her only son had become a detective.
Does this color photo give anyone a clue as to the plant's identity? —K


11 comments:

Kay said...

Kay, you do write the BEST blurbs ever!
Now, I'm dying to know too.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Nope, I'm still clueless. The color doesn't help me. It's a great photo, though. :) Love your blurb--filled with the promise of intrigue and you've offered up a nice detective to fill things in very nicely!

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

I don't know what they are either ... could they be some sort of lilac? Great blurb, Kay. There are so many layers and possible characters (any one of the boarding house people could be involved ... or none of them). I would very much enjoy reading your book and find out what happens.

Kathy M.

forgetmenot said...

Lovely flowers and a great start to a story. Mickie :)

SquirrelQueen said...

Oh you are such a tease Kay, I always want to read the story that goes with your book blurb. This has the makings of a great mystery.

That flower looks familiar but I'm not sure of the name. It sure is pretty.

diane b said...

A good job on a difficult assignment.

Gill - That British Woman said...

I agree a super start to a story, no idea what the plant is though,

Gill

Lolamouse said...

Sorry, no clue on the flowers. Maybe you'll have to hire a botanist/detective! Great idea for a book!

Kim said...

I thought it looked like honeysuckle, and used it in my blurb...but that's just a guess.

What happened at the boarding house? Will her son figure out the mystery?

Dimple said...

Service berry, I think. Does it have clusters of purple-blue berries?
I find it is also called Juneberry and shadbush:
http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com/Plants.Folder/Juneberries.html

I love your blurbs: they tease me to read the book, which I already know is not real!

Grandma's Goulash said...

This is a wonderful blurb. I'm already drawn into the story and can't wait to find out what the detective son comes up with. Maybe he could identify the flowers for us as well. :D