Mystic Warrior

W-DeskLady1 Pat here, doing the obligatory promotion for MYSTIC WARRIOR (Signet Eclipse) on stands soon, I assume, since my copies arrived last week. The wenches have a long lovely list of new releases in July–so stock up for your beach reading!

I think most of our readers understand that Blatant Self-Promotion (BSP to those Who Know) is a topic with which most authors are uncomfortable. I was brought up in the days of children are seen and not heard, and nice girls don’t brag.  When I reached the age of Ladies don’t talk about themselves I was wearing mini-skirts and boots and declared I had no intention of being a lady. Unfortunately, I was brainwashed and indoctrinated far too young to really rebel. And I’m still uncomfortable with talking about myself and my books. Writing is very personal for me, so I present my baby with pride and fear.

So here’s the official promo: Mystic warrior

As Europe is torn by revolution, the fate and survival of the Mystic Isle of Aelynn is dependent on an elusive treasure and a man who has been banished for his dangerously erratic psychic powers.
Lissandra Olympus seeks the help of renegade warrior Murdoch LeDroit in assuming leadership of the island, even though he believes his psychic abilities would cause more harm than good. But to protect Aelynn from chaos, they must work together to retrieve the Chalice of Plenty. Only then can Murdoch ever hope to rule Aelynn with Lissandra by his side, ever his co-ruler, his lover, his wife.

(excerpt at http://patriciarice.com/mysticwarriorex.htm)   

Sounds easy to write those short blurbs, doesn’t it? It’s not. I must have a dozen equally important threads in the book. How can I leave out the part about Murdoch killing Lissandra’s father? Or the blue ball of spirit flame?  Or Murdoch’s fiery disasters and Lissandra’s fascination with a world she’s never seen? And his fear that he’ll kill her if they make love? But authors are increasingly asked to reduce their 100,000 word novels to a few sentences. Good for the Bestsellers soul, maybe, but I want to pull hair.

And then we have to reduce even those few sentences to punchy one-liners we can quote on bookmarks and at autographings. Take a look at my wench bookmark. In creating that, we giggled and gave up and simply said:  He's Fire. She's Ice They have a steamy relationship.
Second place was: She’s good. He’s Bad. Of course they’re in love.

I mean, a single sentence begs the obvious, doesn’t it?

So let’s have fun with this silliness.  I’d love to hear what you have to say about BSP—and the flames may fly any way you wish. (Given Murdoch’s fiery tendencies, it’s only fitting, after all.)  I have a Flames love/hate relationship going with self-promotion, so I’m open to all manner of diatribes, suggestions, or praises. 

And if you’d like to reduce some of your favorite (or not so favorite) books to single sentences, throw them in here.  It’s a pity it isn’t possible to hand out leaflets on upcoming wench books so readers could help come up with blurbs for them! 

Since I have boxes of MYSTIC WARRIOR filling my office, I’ll happily give a book away to any entrant drawn by our inestimable Sherrie from among the comments (just click on the link that says “comment” below). And if a really good blurb appears (good, bad, or ugly about any book at all), I’ll pick another winner.

115 thoughts on “Mystic Warrior”

  1. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself as well-especially my writing. However it is expected of us!
    I think the bookmarks are a wonderful idea-something useful and yet marketable.
    You self-promote all you want! The more you talk about your love of writing, the fabulous characters you come up with, the more I am interested in getting your book. And we both win there:)

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  2. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself as well-especially my writing. However it is expected of us!
    I think the bookmarks are a wonderful idea-something useful and yet marketable.
    You self-promote all you want! The more you talk about your love of writing, the fabulous characters you come up with, the more I am interested in getting your book. And we both win there:)

    Reply
  3. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself as well-especially my writing. However it is expected of us!
    I think the bookmarks are a wonderful idea-something useful and yet marketable.
    You self-promote all you want! The more you talk about your love of writing, the fabulous characters you come up with, the more I am interested in getting your book. And we both win there:)

    Reply
  4. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself as well-especially my writing. However it is expected of us!
    I think the bookmarks are a wonderful idea-something useful and yet marketable.
    You self-promote all you want! The more you talk about your love of writing, the fabulous characters you come up with, the more I am interested in getting your book. And we both win there:)

    Reply
  5. I’m uncomfortable talking about myself as well-especially my writing. However it is expected of us!
    I think the bookmarks are a wonderful idea-something useful and yet marketable.
    You self-promote all you want! The more you talk about your love of writing, the fabulous characters you come up with, the more I am interested in getting your book. And we both win there:)

    Reply
  6. I’ve been waiting a year for Mystic Warrior. Finally, not much longer for my Fourth of July present. **grins**
    As for BSP (which I call Shameless Promotion), I hate it. It takes so much time, time I could spend writing. And I really don’t know if it does much good.
    Well, here are three of my loglines, all for Regencies:
    A legend spanning time and the man and woman caught in it. (time travel)
    Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh, my. (Halloween)
    A man who sees mistletoe everywhere is mad–or in love. (Christmas)

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  7. I’ve been waiting a year for Mystic Warrior. Finally, not much longer for my Fourth of July present. **grins**
    As for BSP (which I call Shameless Promotion), I hate it. It takes so much time, time I could spend writing. And I really don’t know if it does much good.
    Well, here are three of my loglines, all for Regencies:
    A legend spanning time and the man and woman caught in it. (time travel)
    Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh, my. (Halloween)
    A man who sees mistletoe everywhere is mad–or in love. (Christmas)

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  8. I’ve been waiting a year for Mystic Warrior. Finally, not much longer for my Fourth of July present. **grins**
    As for BSP (which I call Shameless Promotion), I hate it. It takes so much time, time I could spend writing. And I really don’t know if it does much good.
    Well, here are three of my loglines, all for Regencies:
    A legend spanning time and the man and woman caught in it. (time travel)
    Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh, my. (Halloween)
    A man who sees mistletoe everywhere is mad–or in love. (Christmas)

    Reply
  9. I’ve been waiting a year for Mystic Warrior. Finally, not much longer for my Fourth of July present. **grins**
    As for BSP (which I call Shameless Promotion), I hate it. It takes so much time, time I could spend writing. And I really don’t know if it does much good.
    Well, here are three of my loglines, all for Regencies:
    A legend spanning time and the man and woman caught in it. (time travel)
    Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh, my. (Halloween)
    A man who sees mistletoe everywhere is mad–or in love. (Christmas)

    Reply
  10. I’ve been waiting a year for Mystic Warrior. Finally, not much longer for my Fourth of July present. **grins**
    As for BSP (which I call Shameless Promotion), I hate it. It takes so much time, time I could spend writing. And I really don’t know if it does much good.
    Well, here are three of my loglines, all for Regencies:
    A legend spanning time and the man and woman caught in it. (time travel)
    Pumpkin thieves, a youthful love rekindled and a jealous goose. Oh, my. (Halloween)
    A man who sees mistletoe everywhere is mad–or in love. (Christmas)

    Reply
  11. I will have to do this in two parts. Mainly because time is short and I need to get to work…
    Regarding BSP, it is something prevalent in our society now, even us non-writers must do so – at least on our resumes. I remember having to send in a resume for a study we were doing. Everyone at work always lists their long line of degrees after their names, and one day I was feeling particularly punchy. You have to understand I’m in science and I did a lot of fecals and I bred flies – by hand. I typed out my name, and added the degrees. It went like this: Christine H-R, AHT, B.S.A, FFG.
    Only one person asked “What is FFG?”. Fecal and Fertility Goddess. Yep, a little bit of BSP, which no one ever questioned. I left it on my resume for years…….
    Keep on with the BSP, if you aren’t willing to blow your own horn, you can bet no one else will either.

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  12. I will have to do this in two parts. Mainly because time is short and I need to get to work…
    Regarding BSP, it is something prevalent in our society now, even us non-writers must do so – at least on our resumes. I remember having to send in a resume for a study we were doing. Everyone at work always lists their long line of degrees after their names, and one day I was feeling particularly punchy. You have to understand I’m in science and I did a lot of fecals and I bred flies – by hand. I typed out my name, and added the degrees. It went like this: Christine H-R, AHT, B.S.A, FFG.
    Only one person asked “What is FFG?”. Fecal and Fertility Goddess. Yep, a little bit of BSP, which no one ever questioned. I left it on my resume for years…….
    Keep on with the BSP, if you aren’t willing to blow your own horn, you can bet no one else will either.

    Reply
  13. I will have to do this in two parts. Mainly because time is short and I need to get to work…
    Regarding BSP, it is something prevalent in our society now, even us non-writers must do so – at least on our resumes. I remember having to send in a resume for a study we were doing. Everyone at work always lists their long line of degrees after their names, and one day I was feeling particularly punchy. You have to understand I’m in science and I did a lot of fecals and I bred flies – by hand. I typed out my name, and added the degrees. It went like this: Christine H-R, AHT, B.S.A, FFG.
    Only one person asked “What is FFG?”. Fecal and Fertility Goddess. Yep, a little bit of BSP, which no one ever questioned. I left it on my resume for years…….
    Keep on with the BSP, if you aren’t willing to blow your own horn, you can bet no one else will either.

    Reply
  14. I will have to do this in two parts. Mainly because time is short and I need to get to work…
    Regarding BSP, it is something prevalent in our society now, even us non-writers must do so – at least on our resumes. I remember having to send in a resume for a study we were doing. Everyone at work always lists their long line of degrees after their names, and one day I was feeling particularly punchy. You have to understand I’m in science and I did a lot of fecals and I bred flies – by hand. I typed out my name, and added the degrees. It went like this: Christine H-R, AHT, B.S.A, FFG.
    Only one person asked “What is FFG?”. Fecal and Fertility Goddess. Yep, a little bit of BSP, which no one ever questioned. I left it on my resume for years…….
    Keep on with the BSP, if you aren’t willing to blow your own horn, you can bet no one else will either.

    Reply
  15. I will have to do this in two parts. Mainly because time is short and I need to get to work…
    Regarding BSP, it is something prevalent in our society now, even us non-writers must do so – at least on our resumes. I remember having to send in a resume for a study we were doing. Everyone at work always lists their long line of degrees after their names, and one day I was feeling particularly punchy. You have to understand I’m in science and I did a lot of fecals and I bred flies – by hand. I typed out my name, and added the degrees. It went like this: Christine H-R, AHT, B.S.A, FFG.
    Only one person asked “What is FFG?”. Fecal and Fertility Goddess. Yep, a little bit of BSP, which no one ever questioned. I left it on my resume for years…….
    Keep on with the BSP, if you aren’t willing to blow your own horn, you can bet no one else will either.

    Reply
  16. It’s good to know there are people out there awaiting Murdoch’s debut, thank you! Love the blurbs, Linda. Mistletoe everywhere! Maybe he’s poisoned. “G”
    And LOL, Piper, on the FFG! A scientist with a sense of humor is a pleasure to behold. But you’re right, resume writing has become a creative art. They don’t want to know dates and degrees anymore. They want specific keywords. And it’s up to us to figure out what they are. Kind of like writing back cover copy on romance–arrogant, sexy, beautiful… Don’t think it helps resume copy though!

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  17. It’s good to know there are people out there awaiting Murdoch’s debut, thank you! Love the blurbs, Linda. Mistletoe everywhere! Maybe he’s poisoned. “G”
    And LOL, Piper, on the FFG! A scientist with a sense of humor is a pleasure to behold. But you’re right, resume writing has become a creative art. They don’t want to know dates and degrees anymore. They want specific keywords. And it’s up to us to figure out what they are. Kind of like writing back cover copy on romance–arrogant, sexy, beautiful… Don’t think it helps resume copy though!

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  18. It’s good to know there are people out there awaiting Murdoch’s debut, thank you! Love the blurbs, Linda. Mistletoe everywhere! Maybe he’s poisoned. “G”
    And LOL, Piper, on the FFG! A scientist with a sense of humor is a pleasure to behold. But you’re right, resume writing has become a creative art. They don’t want to know dates and degrees anymore. They want specific keywords. And it’s up to us to figure out what they are. Kind of like writing back cover copy on romance–arrogant, sexy, beautiful… Don’t think it helps resume copy though!

    Reply
  19. It’s good to know there are people out there awaiting Murdoch’s debut, thank you! Love the blurbs, Linda. Mistletoe everywhere! Maybe he’s poisoned. “G”
    And LOL, Piper, on the FFG! A scientist with a sense of humor is a pleasure to behold. But you’re right, resume writing has become a creative art. They don’t want to know dates and degrees anymore. They want specific keywords. And it’s up to us to figure out what they are. Kind of like writing back cover copy on romance–arrogant, sexy, beautiful… Don’t think it helps resume copy though!

    Reply
  20. It’s good to know there are people out there awaiting Murdoch’s debut, thank you! Love the blurbs, Linda. Mistletoe everywhere! Maybe he’s poisoned. “G”
    And LOL, Piper, on the FFG! A scientist with a sense of humor is a pleasure to behold. But you’re right, resume writing has become a creative art. They don’t want to know dates and degrees anymore. They want specific keywords. And it’s up to us to figure out what they are. Kind of like writing back cover copy on romance–arrogant, sexy, beautiful… Don’t think it helps resume copy though!

    Reply
  21. I am not looking forward to BSP. The mere though of it send me into hiding. It’s not so much that I’m bashful or overly private. I have a real thing about embarrassment. (and rejection, but I’m working on that one) I think it stems from a significant lack of belief in self. My mind says, “if no one else believes in you (enough to try your book, or visit a book signing, read your website (when I get one) etc.. etc..), then what gives you the right to believe in yourself?” I’m strange, I know. But that’s what runs through my mind and is immediately mirrored on my face for all to see. (thus the embarrassment factor) That’s why I plan to play dress-up if I ever have to do a book signing. No, really. I’ll show up in my Regency garb. At least it will attract attention, even if no one is interested. Then I can pretend that they care and I’ll find the courage to keep going.
    Nina, thankful Prof. Pat is teaching her about what to expect (and looking forward to spending the 4th with a fiery Mystic Warrior)

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  22. I am not looking forward to BSP. The mere though of it send me into hiding. It’s not so much that I’m bashful or overly private. I have a real thing about embarrassment. (and rejection, but I’m working on that one) I think it stems from a significant lack of belief in self. My mind says, “if no one else believes in you (enough to try your book, or visit a book signing, read your website (when I get one) etc.. etc..), then what gives you the right to believe in yourself?” I’m strange, I know. But that’s what runs through my mind and is immediately mirrored on my face for all to see. (thus the embarrassment factor) That’s why I plan to play dress-up if I ever have to do a book signing. No, really. I’ll show up in my Regency garb. At least it will attract attention, even if no one is interested. Then I can pretend that they care and I’ll find the courage to keep going.
    Nina, thankful Prof. Pat is teaching her about what to expect (and looking forward to spending the 4th with a fiery Mystic Warrior)

    Reply
  23. I am not looking forward to BSP. The mere though of it send me into hiding. It’s not so much that I’m bashful or overly private. I have a real thing about embarrassment. (and rejection, but I’m working on that one) I think it stems from a significant lack of belief in self. My mind says, “if no one else believes in you (enough to try your book, or visit a book signing, read your website (when I get one) etc.. etc..), then what gives you the right to believe in yourself?” I’m strange, I know. But that’s what runs through my mind and is immediately mirrored on my face for all to see. (thus the embarrassment factor) That’s why I plan to play dress-up if I ever have to do a book signing. No, really. I’ll show up in my Regency garb. At least it will attract attention, even if no one is interested. Then I can pretend that they care and I’ll find the courage to keep going.
    Nina, thankful Prof. Pat is teaching her about what to expect (and looking forward to spending the 4th with a fiery Mystic Warrior)

    Reply
  24. I am not looking forward to BSP. The mere though of it send me into hiding. It’s not so much that I’m bashful or overly private. I have a real thing about embarrassment. (and rejection, but I’m working on that one) I think it stems from a significant lack of belief in self. My mind says, “if no one else believes in you (enough to try your book, or visit a book signing, read your website (when I get one) etc.. etc..), then what gives you the right to believe in yourself?” I’m strange, I know. But that’s what runs through my mind and is immediately mirrored on my face for all to see. (thus the embarrassment factor) That’s why I plan to play dress-up if I ever have to do a book signing. No, really. I’ll show up in my Regency garb. At least it will attract attention, even if no one is interested. Then I can pretend that they care and I’ll find the courage to keep going.
    Nina, thankful Prof. Pat is teaching her about what to expect (and looking forward to spending the 4th with a fiery Mystic Warrior)

    Reply
  25. I am not looking forward to BSP. The mere though of it send me into hiding. It’s not so much that I’m bashful or overly private. I have a real thing about embarrassment. (and rejection, but I’m working on that one) I think it stems from a significant lack of belief in self. My mind says, “if no one else believes in you (enough to try your book, or visit a book signing, read your website (when I get one) etc.. etc..), then what gives you the right to believe in yourself?” I’m strange, I know. But that’s what runs through my mind and is immediately mirrored on my face for all to see. (thus the embarrassment factor) That’s why I plan to play dress-up if I ever have to do a book signing. No, really. I’ll show up in my Regency garb. At least it will attract attention, even if no one is interested. Then I can pretend that they care and I’ll find the courage to keep going.
    Nina, thankful Prof. Pat is teaching her about what to expect (and looking forward to spending the 4th with a fiery Mystic Warrior)

    Reply
  26. Nina, the Regency outfit sounds wonderful, but you still have to smile until your face freezes. “G” But you can practice writing blurbs for your books in private!

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  27. Nina, the Regency outfit sounds wonderful, but you still have to smile until your face freezes. “G” But you can practice writing blurbs for your books in private!

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  28. Nina, the Regency outfit sounds wonderful, but you still have to smile until your face freezes. “G” But you can practice writing blurbs for your books in private!

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  29. Nina, the Regency outfit sounds wonderful, but you still have to smile until your face freezes. “G” But you can practice writing blurbs for your books in private!

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  30. Nina, the Regency outfit sounds wonderful, but you still have to smile until your face freezes. “G” But you can practice writing blurbs for your books in private!

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  31. Hey, Nina, I’m not a fan of BSP either, but we have no choice.
    The web is a great place for shy people. Promote all you want and no one ever sees you. The romance community is, in general, very polite, so no need to worry too much.
    What I object to is the amount of time promotion takes. I have yet to figure out what works.
    Says Linda, who has a website, blog, 7 group blogs, myspace, facebook, twitter and dozens of yahoo loops. Is anyone buying her story? A few, but not many

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  32. Hey, Nina, I’m not a fan of BSP either, but we have no choice.
    The web is a great place for shy people. Promote all you want and no one ever sees you. The romance community is, in general, very polite, so no need to worry too much.
    What I object to is the amount of time promotion takes. I have yet to figure out what works.
    Says Linda, who has a website, blog, 7 group blogs, myspace, facebook, twitter and dozens of yahoo loops. Is anyone buying her story? A few, but not many

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  33. Hey, Nina, I’m not a fan of BSP either, but we have no choice.
    The web is a great place for shy people. Promote all you want and no one ever sees you. The romance community is, in general, very polite, so no need to worry too much.
    What I object to is the amount of time promotion takes. I have yet to figure out what works.
    Says Linda, who has a website, blog, 7 group blogs, myspace, facebook, twitter and dozens of yahoo loops. Is anyone buying her story? A few, but not many

    Reply
  34. Hey, Nina, I’m not a fan of BSP either, but we have no choice.
    The web is a great place for shy people. Promote all you want and no one ever sees you. The romance community is, in general, very polite, so no need to worry too much.
    What I object to is the amount of time promotion takes. I have yet to figure out what works.
    Says Linda, who has a website, blog, 7 group blogs, myspace, facebook, twitter and dozens of yahoo loops. Is anyone buying her story? A few, but not many

    Reply
  35. Hey, Nina, I’m not a fan of BSP either, but we have no choice.
    The web is a great place for shy people. Promote all you want and no one ever sees you. The romance community is, in general, very polite, so no need to worry too much.
    What I object to is the amount of time promotion takes. I have yet to figure out what works.
    Says Linda, who has a website, blog, 7 group blogs, myspace, facebook, twitter and dozens of yahoo loops. Is anyone buying her story? A few, but not many

    Reply
  36. To Prof. Pat —
    I can smile, but I can’t write a book blurb worth a darn.
    Linda… you are right, I have found the romance community to be very polite. But seven group blogs… I don’t know how you keep up.
    Nina, off to check out Linda’s story.

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  37. To Prof. Pat —
    I can smile, but I can’t write a book blurb worth a darn.
    Linda… you are right, I have found the romance community to be very polite. But seven group blogs… I don’t know how you keep up.
    Nina, off to check out Linda’s story.

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  38. To Prof. Pat —
    I can smile, but I can’t write a book blurb worth a darn.
    Linda… you are right, I have found the romance community to be very polite. But seven group blogs… I don’t know how you keep up.
    Nina, off to check out Linda’s story.

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  39. To Prof. Pat —
    I can smile, but I can’t write a book blurb worth a darn.
    Linda… you are right, I have found the romance community to be very polite. But seven group blogs… I don’t know how you keep up.
    Nina, off to check out Linda’s story.

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  40. To Prof. Pat —
    I can smile, but I can’t write a book blurb worth a darn.
    Linda… you are right, I have found the romance community to be very polite. But seven group blogs… I don’t know how you keep up.
    Nina, off to check out Linda’s story.

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  41. Okay, a few pitiful blurbs for you.
    Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)
    A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)
    She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)

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  42. Okay, a few pitiful blurbs for you.
    Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)
    A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)
    She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)

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  43. Okay, a few pitiful blurbs for you.
    Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)
    A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)
    She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)

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  44. Okay, a few pitiful blurbs for you.
    Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)
    A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)
    She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)

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  45. Okay, a few pitiful blurbs for you.
    Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)
    A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)
    She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)

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  46. Piper, great job! Love the Shopaholic blurb in particular. Want to write mine? “G” But you have certainly figured out the knack of it.
    Linda, while the romance and online communities are wonderfully inviting places to be, they simply don’t sell many books. They get your name out there, which isn’t bad, but unless you have a hook (see Piper’s blurbs!) that intrigues, people have no good reason to go looking. Sad fact of life. No one knows what works.

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  47. Piper, great job! Love the Shopaholic blurb in particular. Want to write mine? “G” But you have certainly figured out the knack of it.
    Linda, while the romance and online communities are wonderfully inviting places to be, they simply don’t sell many books. They get your name out there, which isn’t bad, but unless you have a hook (see Piper’s blurbs!) that intrigues, people have no good reason to go looking. Sad fact of life. No one knows what works.

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  48. Piper, great job! Love the Shopaholic blurb in particular. Want to write mine? “G” But you have certainly figured out the knack of it.
    Linda, while the romance and online communities are wonderfully inviting places to be, they simply don’t sell many books. They get your name out there, which isn’t bad, but unless you have a hook (see Piper’s blurbs!) that intrigues, people have no good reason to go looking. Sad fact of life. No one knows what works.

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  49. Piper, great job! Love the Shopaholic blurb in particular. Want to write mine? “G” But you have certainly figured out the knack of it.
    Linda, while the romance and online communities are wonderfully inviting places to be, they simply don’t sell many books. They get your name out there, which isn’t bad, but unless you have a hook (see Piper’s blurbs!) that intrigues, people have no good reason to go looking. Sad fact of life. No one knows what works.

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  50. Piper, great job! Love the Shopaholic blurb in particular. Want to write mine? “G” But you have certainly figured out the knack of it.
    Linda, while the romance and online communities are wonderfully inviting places to be, they simply don’t sell many books. They get your name out there, which isn’t bad, but unless you have a hook (see Piper’s blurbs!) that intrigues, people have no good reason to go looking. Sad fact of life. No one knows what works.

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  51. Okay, some are movies and some are books, but hey…it’s how my brain works1
    He had a secret. She kept it. They all said red was her color. (The Scarlet Letter)
    When the irristible force meets the immovable object, the boat never fares well. (Titanic or Moby Dick, take your pick)
    High fashion. Low country. Can it get any sweeter at home? (Sweet Home Alabama)
    The night they missed the forest for the trees. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
    and I’ll stop now because I know how bad these really are.
    Btw…can I BSP? I just sold my first article to our local newspaper. It’s not fancy, and it’s really not my best writing (the style isn’t my favorite), but hey, it’s money!

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  52. Okay, some are movies and some are books, but hey…it’s how my brain works1
    He had a secret. She kept it. They all said red was her color. (The Scarlet Letter)
    When the irristible force meets the immovable object, the boat never fares well. (Titanic or Moby Dick, take your pick)
    High fashion. Low country. Can it get any sweeter at home? (Sweet Home Alabama)
    The night they missed the forest for the trees. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
    and I’ll stop now because I know how bad these really are.
    Btw…can I BSP? I just sold my first article to our local newspaper. It’s not fancy, and it’s really not my best writing (the style isn’t my favorite), but hey, it’s money!

    Reply
  53. Okay, some are movies and some are books, but hey…it’s how my brain works1
    He had a secret. She kept it. They all said red was her color. (The Scarlet Letter)
    When the irristible force meets the immovable object, the boat never fares well. (Titanic or Moby Dick, take your pick)
    High fashion. Low country. Can it get any sweeter at home? (Sweet Home Alabama)
    The night they missed the forest for the trees. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
    and I’ll stop now because I know how bad these really are.
    Btw…can I BSP? I just sold my first article to our local newspaper. It’s not fancy, and it’s really not my best writing (the style isn’t my favorite), but hey, it’s money!

    Reply
  54. Okay, some are movies and some are books, but hey…it’s how my brain works1
    He had a secret. She kept it. They all said red was her color. (The Scarlet Letter)
    When the irristible force meets the immovable object, the boat never fares well. (Titanic or Moby Dick, take your pick)
    High fashion. Low country. Can it get any sweeter at home? (Sweet Home Alabama)
    The night they missed the forest for the trees. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
    and I’ll stop now because I know how bad these really are.
    Btw…can I BSP? I just sold my first article to our local newspaper. It’s not fancy, and it’s really not my best writing (the style isn’t my favorite), but hey, it’s money!

    Reply
  55. Okay, some are movies and some are books, but hey…it’s how my brain works1
    He had a secret. She kept it. They all said red was her color. (The Scarlet Letter)
    When the irristible force meets the immovable object, the boat never fares well. (Titanic or Moby Dick, take your pick)
    High fashion. Low country. Can it get any sweeter at home? (Sweet Home Alabama)
    The night they missed the forest for the trees. (A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
    and I’ll stop now because I know how bad these really are.
    Btw…can I BSP? I just sold my first article to our local newspaper. It’s not fancy, and it’s really not my best writing (the style isn’t my favorite), but hey, it’s money!

    Reply
  56. ***Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)**
    ***A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)***
    **She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)**
    LOL! These are great, Piper. I especially like the Jane Eyre.
    Congratulations, Txgina! You are now officially a professional writer! Break out the chocolate!
    Mary Jo, who has heard much about Mystic Warrier during its creation, and is now ready to read the whole story!

    Reply
  57. ***Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)**
    ***A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)***
    **She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)**
    LOL! These are great, Piper. I especially like the Jane Eyre.
    Congratulations, Txgina! You are now officially a professional writer! Break out the chocolate!
    Mary Jo, who has heard much about Mystic Warrier during its creation, and is now ready to read the whole story!

    Reply
  58. ***Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)**
    ***A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)***
    **She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)**
    LOL! These are great, Piper. I especially like the Jane Eyre.
    Congratulations, Txgina! You are now officially a professional writer! Break out the chocolate!
    Mary Jo, who has heard much about Mystic Warrier during its creation, and is now ready to read the whole story!

    Reply
  59. ***Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)**
    ***A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)***
    **She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)**
    LOL! These are great, Piper. I especially like the Jane Eyre.
    Congratulations, Txgina! You are now officially a professional writer! Break out the chocolate!
    Mary Jo, who has heard much about Mystic Warrier during its creation, and is now ready to read the whole story!

    Reply
  60. ***Financial planning – no one does it worse. (Confessions of a Shopaholic)**
    ***A year in the life of a SWF (Bridget Jones’ Diary)***
    **She’s poor, young and single. He’s not. How can this possibly end well? (Jane Eyre)**
    LOL! These are great, Piper. I especially like the Jane Eyre.
    Congratulations, Txgina! You are now officially a professional writer! Break out the chocolate!
    Mary Jo, who has heard much about Mystic Warrier during its creation, and is now ready to read the whole story!

    Reply
  61. Pat, yay! I’m also hoping Mystic Warrior arrives in the post before I leave for the USA.
    Love all those brief log lines.
    Nina, a regency costume is a great idea. I firmly believe a costume makes it easier for a shy or modest person to put themselves in the limelight.
    And Pat, you don’t have to grin all the time — take a fan. 😉
    And congratulations txgina, how lovely to be a Paid Writer!

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  62. Pat, yay! I’m also hoping Mystic Warrior arrives in the post before I leave for the USA.
    Love all those brief log lines.
    Nina, a regency costume is a great idea. I firmly believe a costume makes it easier for a shy or modest person to put themselves in the limelight.
    And Pat, you don’t have to grin all the time — take a fan. 😉
    And congratulations txgina, how lovely to be a Paid Writer!

    Reply
  63. Pat, yay! I’m also hoping Mystic Warrior arrives in the post before I leave for the USA.
    Love all those brief log lines.
    Nina, a regency costume is a great idea. I firmly believe a costume makes it easier for a shy or modest person to put themselves in the limelight.
    And Pat, you don’t have to grin all the time — take a fan. 😉
    And congratulations txgina, how lovely to be a Paid Writer!

    Reply
  64. Pat, yay! I’m also hoping Mystic Warrior arrives in the post before I leave for the USA.
    Love all those brief log lines.
    Nina, a regency costume is a great idea. I firmly believe a costume makes it easier for a shy or modest person to put themselves in the limelight.
    And Pat, you don’t have to grin all the time — take a fan. 😉
    And congratulations txgina, how lovely to be a Paid Writer!

    Reply
  65. Pat, yay! I’m also hoping Mystic Warrior arrives in the post before I leave for the USA.
    Love all those brief log lines.
    Nina, a regency costume is a great idea. I firmly believe a costume makes it easier for a shy or modest person to put themselves in the limelight.
    And Pat, you don’t have to grin all the time — take a fan. 😉
    And congratulations txgina, how lovely to be a Paid Writer!

    Reply
  66. I love Piper’s FFG -Fecal and Fertility Goddess. It shows how important what you put on your resume is.
    The only book blurb I can think of : A Pig, A Spider, A Legacy – Charlotte’s Web

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  67. I love Piper’s FFG -Fecal and Fertility Goddess. It shows how important what you put on your resume is.
    The only book blurb I can think of : A Pig, A Spider, A Legacy – Charlotte’s Web

    Reply
  68. I love Piper’s FFG -Fecal and Fertility Goddess. It shows how important what you put on your resume is.
    The only book blurb I can think of : A Pig, A Spider, A Legacy – Charlotte’s Web

    Reply
  69. I love Piper’s FFG -Fecal and Fertility Goddess. It shows how important what you put on your resume is.
    The only book blurb I can think of : A Pig, A Spider, A Legacy – Charlotte’s Web

    Reply
  70. I love Piper’s FFG -Fecal and Fertility Goddess. It shows how important what you put on your resume is.
    The only book blurb I can think of : A Pig, A Spider, A Legacy – Charlotte’s Web

    Reply
  71. okay Prof. Pat… I just might have one!
    Kirk gets the chair. Spock gets the girl. Time gets a reaming. (from the new Star Trek movie)
    Of course, you might have to be a die-hard trekie to really get it.
    Nina, trying to think of one for her current ms.

    Reply
  72. okay Prof. Pat… I just might have one!
    Kirk gets the chair. Spock gets the girl. Time gets a reaming. (from the new Star Trek movie)
    Of course, you might have to be a die-hard trekie to really get it.
    Nina, trying to think of one for her current ms.

    Reply
  73. okay Prof. Pat… I just might have one!
    Kirk gets the chair. Spock gets the girl. Time gets a reaming. (from the new Star Trek movie)
    Of course, you might have to be a die-hard trekie to really get it.
    Nina, trying to think of one for her current ms.

    Reply
  74. okay Prof. Pat… I just might have one!
    Kirk gets the chair. Spock gets the girl. Time gets a reaming. (from the new Star Trek movie)
    Of course, you might have to be a die-hard trekie to really get it.
    Nina, trying to think of one for her current ms.

    Reply
  75. okay Prof. Pat… I just might have one!
    Kirk gets the chair. Spock gets the girl. Time gets a reaming. (from the new Star Trek movie)
    Of course, you might have to be a die-hard trekie to really get it.
    Nina, trying to think of one for her current ms.

    Reply
  76. I am & I did, Nina 🙂
    As for BSP, I’ve always hated it. At work I’d choose to martyr in the corner rather than ask for an increase, as I felt that my employers really should have realized my coruscating brillance on their own — but I would brace myself and just mention it in passing. For their part, they all said they didn’t know everything I did until I wasn’t there doing it anymore.
    But this is counterproductive; what you want is for the excellence of your work to be recognized right away, so you do have to speak up in as many places as possible, even though it’s a time sink.
    You all seem like nice people, it shouldn’t be that hard. Roamnces are all about people learning to get along with each other, so you all have lots of practice in not being obnoxious. I say go for it, unapologetically.

    Reply
  77. I am & I did, Nina 🙂
    As for BSP, I’ve always hated it. At work I’d choose to martyr in the corner rather than ask for an increase, as I felt that my employers really should have realized my coruscating brillance on their own — but I would brace myself and just mention it in passing. For their part, they all said they didn’t know everything I did until I wasn’t there doing it anymore.
    But this is counterproductive; what you want is for the excellence of your work to be recognized right away, so you do have to speak up in as many places as possible, even though it’s a time sink.
    You all seem like nice people, it shouldn’t be that hard. Roamnces are all about people learning to get along with each other, so you all have lots of practice in not being obnoxious. I say go for it, unapologetically.

    Reply
  78. I am & I did, Nina 🙂
    As for BSP, I’ve always hated it. At work I’d choose to martyr in the corner rather than ask for an increase, as I felt that my employers really should have realized my coruscating brillance on their own — but I would brace myself and just mention it in passing. For their part, they all said they didn’t know everything I did until I wasn’t there doing it anymore.
    But this is counterproductive; what you want is for the excellence of your work to be recognized right away, so you do have to speak up in as many places as possible, even though it’s a time sink.
    You all seem like nice people, it shouldn’t be that hard. Roamnces are all about people learning to get along with each other, so you all have lots of practice in not being obnoxious. I say go for it, unapologetically.

    Reply
  79. I am & I did, Nina 🙂
    As for BSP, I’ve always hated it. At work I’d choose to martyr in the corner rather than ask for an increase, as I felt that my employers really should have realized my coruscating brillance on their own — but I would brace myself and just mention it in passing. For their part, they all said they didn’t know everything I did until I wasn’t there doing it anymore.
    But this is counterproductive; what you want is for the excellence of your work to be recognized right away, so you do have to speak up in as many places as possible, even though it’s a time sink.
    You all seem like nice people, it shouldn’t be that hard. Roamnces are all about people learning to get along with each other, so you all have lots of practice in not being obnoxious. I say go for it, unapologetically.

    Reply
  80. I am & I did, Nina 🙂
    As for BSP, I’ve always hated it. At work I’d choose to martyr in the corner rather than ask for an increase, as I felt that my employers really should have realized my coruscating brillance on their own — but I would brace myself and just mention it in passing. For their part, they all said they didn’t know everything I did until I wasn’t there doing it anymore.
    But this is counterproductive; what you want is for the excellence of your work to be recognized right away, so you do have to speak up in as many places as possible, even though it’s a time sink.
    You all seem like nice people, it shouldn’t be that hard. Roamnces are all about people learning to get along with each other, so you all have lots of practice in not being obnoxious. I say go for it, unapologetically.

    Reply
  81. Oh, glad to hear you find BSP as hard as I do. Writing is such a personal endeavor—to have to wrench yourself out of that mindset and go trumpet how wonderful your books are makes my skin crawl. Unfortunately it’s a fact of life for authors these days. I had to laugh about how to distill a plot into a punch line. I find it enormously difficult. But the impetous to do it is reading my publisher’s last few attempts at promo copy. Arrrgh. I simply HAD to put brain in gear.
    Can’t wait to read Mystic warrior!

    Reply
  82. Oh, glad to hear you find BSP as hard as I do. Writing is such a personal endeavor—to have to wrench yourself out of that mindset and go trumpet how wonderful your books are makes my skin crawl. Unfortunately it’s a fact of life for authors these days. I had to laugh about how to distill a plot into a punch line. I find it enormously difficult. But the impetous to do it is reading my publisher’s last few attempts at promo copy. Arrrgh. I simply HAD to put brain in gear.
    Can’t wait to read Mystic warrior!

    Reply
  83. Oh, glad to hear you find BSP as hard as I do. Writing is such a personal endeavor—to have to wrench yourself out of that mindset and go trumpet how wonderful your books are makes my skin crawl. Unfortunately it’s a fact of life for authors these days. I had to laugh about how to distill a plot into a punch line. I find it enormously difficult. But the impetous to do it is reading my publisher’s last few attempts at promo copy. Arrrgh. I simply HAD to put brain in gear.
    Can’t wait to read Mystic warrior!

    Reply
  84. Oh, glad to hear you find BSP as hard as I do. Writing is such a personal endeavor—to have to wrench yourself out of that mindset and go trumpet how wonderful your books are makes my skin crawl. Unfortunately it’s a fact of life for authors these days. I had to laugh about how to distill a plot into a punch line. I find it enormously difficult. But the impetous to do it is reading my publisher’s last few attempts at promo copy. Arrrgh. I simply HAD to put brain in gear.
    Can’t wait to read Mystic warrior!

    Reply
  85. Oh, glad to hear you find BSP as hard as I do. Writing is such a personal endeavor—to have to wrench yourself out of that mindset and go trumpet how wonderful your books are makes my skin crawl. Unfortunately it’s a fact of life for authors these days. I had to laugh about how to distill a plot into a punch line. I find it enormously difficult. But the impetous to do it is reading my publisher’s last few attempts at promo copy. Arrrgh. I simply HAD to put brain in gear.
    Can’t wait to read Mystic warrior!

    Reply
  86. Don;t think of it as BSP. Think of it as a proud mom bragging about her children. You could even carry in your wallet minatures of the covers.

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  87. Don;t think of it as BSP. Think of it as a proud mom bragging about her children. You could even carry in your wallet minatures of the covers.

    Reply
  88. Don;t think of it as BSP. Think of it as a proud mom bragging about her children. You could even carry in your wallet minatures of the covers.

    Reply
  89. Don;t think of it as BSP. Think of it as a proud mom bragging about her children. You could even carry in your wallet minatures of the covers.

    Reply
  90. Don;t think of it as BSP. Think of it as a proud mom bragging about her children. You could even carry in your wallet minatures of the covers.

    Reply
  91. Great tries, thank you! Now go back and see if you really want to pick up a book with those blurbs attached. “wg”
    Janice, that’s exactly it. I want people to recognize quality without my pushing it in their faces, but the world is too big a place these days. Go ask for the promotion.
    LOL, Lyn! I don’t even bring out the kid pics unless someone asks. I don’t want to bore everyone!

    Reply
  92. Great tries, thank you! Now go back and see if you really want to pick up a book with those blurbs attached. “wg”
    Janice, that’s exactly it. I want people to recognize quality without my pushing it in their faces, but the world is too big a place these days. Go ask for the promotion.
    LOL, Lyn! I don’t even bring out the kid pics unless someone asks. I don’t want to bore everyone!

    Reply
  93. Great tries, thank you! Now go back and see if you really want to pick up a book with those blurbs attached. “wg”
    Janice, that’s exactly it. I want people to recognize quality without my pushing it in their faces, but the world is too big a place these days. Go ask for the promotion.
    LOL, Lyn! I don’t even bring out the kid pics unless someone asks. I don’t want to bore everyone!

    Reply
  94. Great tries, thank you! Now go back and see if you really want to pick up a book with those blurbs attached. “wg”
    Janice, that’s exactly it. I want people to recognize quality without my pushing it in their faces, but the world is too big a place these days. Go ask for the promotion.
    LOL, Lyn! I don’t even bring out the kid pics unless someone asks. I don’t want to bore everyone!

    Reply
  95. Great tries, thank you! Now go back and see if you really want to pick up a book with those blurbs attached. “wg”
    Janice, that’s exactly it. I want people to recognize quality without my pushing it in their faces, but the world is too big a place these days. Go ask for the promotion.
    LOL, Lyn! I don’t even bring out the kid pics unless someone asks. I don’t want to bore everyone!

    Reply
  96. Hi Pat,
    I read the blurb for Mystic Warrier. Sounds like a great book.
    She’s finally found him. Now she has to figure out what side he’s on. And that’s just the biginning.

    Reply
  97. Hi Pat,
    I read the blurb for Mystic Warrier. Sounds like a great book.
    She’s finally found him. Now she has to figure out what side he’s on. And that’s just the biginning.

    Reply
  98. Hi Pat,
    I read the blurb for Mystic Warrier. Sounds like a great book.
    She’s finally found him. Now she has to figure out what side he’s on. And that’s just the biginning.

    Reply
  99. Hi Pat,
    I read the blurb for Mystic Warrier. Sounds like a great book.
    She’s finally found him. Now she has to figure out what side he’s on. And that’s just the biginning.

    Reply
  100. Hi Pat,
    I read the blurb for Mystic Warrier. Sounds like a great book.
    She’s finally found him. Now she has to figure out what side he’s on. And that’s just the biginning.

    Reply

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