The Rod

Posted on March 30, 2012 11:29 pm under Story Ideas
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He that spareth his rod hateth his child …  
Proverbs 13:24

Reverend Jackson Pruitt had practiced what he preached. Penelope Pruitt carried the physical and emotional scars of learning right from wrong at the hands of a father, who believed that shades of grey were the rationalizations of sinners.

Penelope’s nights are spent in a terrifying dream world, where blood provides the only relief in a grey kaleidoscope of charred walls, melting bodies and black holes.

When the parsonage burns to the ground, a catatonic Penelope is found nearby, clutching a gasoline can. Charged with arson and the premeditated murder of her father, she is deemed unfit to stand trial and remanded to a psychiatric facility.

Clinical psychiatrist, Gloria Amherst, battles with mixed feelings as she helps Penelope unravel the truth that lies between her waking and sleeping worlds.

Will their journey set Penelope free or sentence her to death row?


Book Blurb Friday is hosted by Lisa Ricard Claro, who posts a weekly photo and challenges us to “write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.” That’s quite a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun as well. Click on the image at the left to read more blurbs or enter one of your own. 

This week’s blurb has 150 words.



4 Responses to “The Rod”

  1. Sandra Davies Says:

    Despite the fact that, ever since reading ‘Jane Eyre’, I’ve avoided books about creepy reverends, and would be scared by the blood and blackness, this one sounds too intriguing to miss.

  2. Calico Crazy Says:

    You’d better get writing, I have to know if she did it and what happens to her in the end.

  3. Lisa Ricard Claro Says:

    Terrific hook! Did she, or didn’t she? And she’s a sympathetic character, certainly. I care about her already and really, you can’t ask for more in a blurb. This pulls me in. Nicely done!

  4. Kathy Matthews Says:

    Oh my gosh, I’d buy it in a second .. this looks so good!

    Kathy M.