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Friday, 19 August 2011

Friday Book Blurb - Chill Winds


The lovely Lisa at Writing in the Buff hosts Book Blurb Friday. Each week Lisa posts a pretend book cover to fire our imaginations. Our task is to write the book blurb for the back cover in 150 words or less.

Chill Winds


Meredith had grown up dreaming of raising cattle on her parents’ farm and marrying the boy next door. After ten years in the city, she realises it is still her dream. Arriving back home in the early morning, she finds her parents and her brother gone. Tracks in the snow lead away from the farm, and then simply vanish.

Farms for miles around have been abandoned overnight and soon childhood friends, and enemies, arrive from across the country, having all quit their jobs to return to their family homes. Meredith brings them together, but when arguments erupt over radically conflicting childhood memories, Meredith must keep the group together if they are to find their families before the authorities jump to the wrong conclusions.

Someone or something has tied their disparate realities together but to what end? As a ferocious snowstorm engulfs them, Meredith must make an impossible choice between realities.

150 words exactly

We leave for a fortnight's holiday in Wales tomorrow morning and do not know yet whether we will have usable internet. I may or may not be blogging for the rest of the month!

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Friday Book Blurb - A Time in Paris


The lovely Lisa at Writing in the Buff hosts Book Blurb Friday. Each week Lisa posts a pretend book cover to fire our imaginations. Our task is to write the book blurb for the back cover in 150 words or less.

A Time in Paris


Rue de Bouvier

As children, the girls had giggled over the writing under the glaze of a genuine 18th century dish, and had wondered about their namesakes. But when Jacqui Bouvier disappears in Paris on 12th August 2011 sometime after 2pm, it is the only clue Kate has.

Afraid the police would laugh at her, she hires a handsome young private detective to fly with her to Paris and help her investigate. Ryan has just inherited his father’s PI business and is way out of his depth, but he is all Kate could afford. Besides, he’s cute.

In an apartment over the Rue de Bouvier, they find a high tech, illicit laboratory and are soon plunged into a world of industrial espionage and ruthless corporations searching for a maverick scientist. Somehow they must find him first, if they are to learn the truth about Jacqui.

149 words

I'm interested in how obscure you can be in a book blurb, but still give a general shape to the story. Is it obvious to you what's going on? Is it all a bit odd, but you'd be interested to find out? or is does it seem all too complicated, far fetched and too much effort to unravel?

Oh and sorry it's not Friday - I got a bit behind this week!

Friday, 5 August 2011

Friday Book Blurb - The Wrath of Storms


The lovely Lisa at Writing in the Buff hosts Book Blurb Friday. Each week Lisa posts a pretend book cover to fire our imaginations. Our task is to write the book blurb for the back cover in 150 words or less.

The Wrath of Storms


“Give her a chance, mother!”
“She is mortal, you are forbidden to see her again.”
“What are you going to do, rain at me?”

Now his words are coming back to haunt Kairos.
Ever since he stormed out of Olympus, his earthly home has been racked by torrential rain, and the mayhem is spreading. Should he tell his young love, Cassandra, that his mother is really Iris, the Goddess of Rain?

But his mother’s wrath is the least of his worries. Under cover of the chaos, someone is waking the enemies of the Gods. Kai must find a way to stop them before the Gigantes walk the earth again, but he is fast losing his immortal powers. Kai faces a desperate choice: return to immortality, save humanity, or embrace love as a human. But Cassandra has a few surprises of her own and Kai is soon running to keep up...

150 words exactly

Better late than never!

I managed to borrow a computer with a mouse - so at least I could fix my post!!

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Novel Films Blogfest

Thanks to Madeleine at Scribble and Edit for hosting this blogfest. It has been quite a journey through the memory banks, a little dim and dusty at times, but here are a few highlights. There are, I have no doubt, many many more that I could have added to the list, and indeed many more that really ought to be on the list, but these are the ones that I can bring to mind. If your favourites are not here, then do remind me of them in your comments!

Books I have read whose Films I have seen:
(I have discounted films that spawn a “book of the film”)

Here they are as they occur to me!

Lord of the Rings                                JRR Tolkein
Narnia series                                      CS Lewis
Stardust                                               Neil Gaiman
Harry Potter series                             JK Rowling
The Hogfather                                     Terry Pratchett
Colour of Magic                                  Terry Pratchett
Going Postal                                       Terry Pratchett
James Bond Series                            Ian Fleming
Watership Down                                  Richard Adams
Pride and Prejudice                            Jane Austen
Emma                                                   Jane Austen
Northangar Abbey                               Jane Austen
Persuasion                                           Jane Austen
Jane Eyre                                             Charlotte Bronte
Many Dickens Novels                         Charles Dickens
Many Shakespeare Plays                  William Shakespeare
Swallows and Amazons                      Arthur Ransome
Moonfleet                                              J. Meade Falkner
Wind in the Willows                             Kenneth Grahame
2001: A Space Odyssey                    Arthur C Clarke
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang                      Ian Fleming
Sherlock Homes stories                     Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
My Family and Other Animals            Gerald Durrell
I Robot                                                   Isaac Asimov
War of the Worlds                                HG Wells
The Time Machine                               HG Wells
Many Agatha Christie crime novels   Agatha Christie
Many Alistair MacLean novels            Alistair MacLean

Books I have read (and loved) whose films I have not yet seen

Lovely Bones                                          Alice Sebold
The Hobbit (but soon, very soon!)        JRR Tolkein
Neverwhere                                            Neil Gaiman
Hornblower series                                 CS Forester
The Sword of Truth Series                   Terry Goodkind

Books I would love to see made into a film / films

Wheel of Time Series                         Robert Jordan / 
                                                              Brandon Sanderson
Mistborn series                                   Brandon Sanderson
Quantum Gravity series                     Justina Robson
Black Magician series                       Trudi Canavan
Vatta’s War series                             Elizabeth Moon
Riftwar Cycle                                      Raymond E Feist
The rest of the Discworld Series     Terry Pratchett
Dragonriders series                          Anne McCaffrey
The Belgariad                                    David Eddings
The Malorean                                     David Eddings
The Elenium                                       David Eddings
Ringworld                                           Larry Niven
Tower on the Rift Series                   Ian Irvine
The Player of Games                        Ian M Banks
(and other culture novels)

It will be of no surprise to you that the novels listed here display a distinct lean towards the fantasy and science fiction spectrum, with a healthy nod towards the crime/mystery/suspense genre. I shall have a look around some of your lists later - perhaps I might get some ideas to broaden my horizons!