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Needle Point

Posted on April 22, 2012 3:06 pm under Story Ideas
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It was an unexpected friendship.

Corporate CEO, Katherine Lantz, lives in a New York City high rise with her adoring husband, five children and three dogs. Sadie Walters spent fifteen years caring for her invalid parents. Now she lives alone in their country cottage, twenty miles from her nearest neighbor.

When the pair meet at an online needlepoint forum, they feel an instant bond. A year later, Sadie invites Katherine for a long weekend of conversation, needlepoint and country tranquility.

It’s a perfect weekend until Sadie disappears, the power fails and Katherine is left alone with the light of the moon and the howls of wolves coming closer and closer.

If Katherine wants to see her family again, she will need to muster more than boardroom savvy.

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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 127 words.

 

 

Old Friends

Posted on April 13, 2012 10:54 am under Story Ideas
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Riley Conroy had always planned to be a star.  

Fifteen years after leaving the inner-city neighborhood, she receives her first Academy Award nomination and invites her childhood friends to celebrate her success.

When Riley falls from her penthouse balcony, her friends become suspects.

Maria’s only dream was to marry Colton Howard.  She got her wish after Riley discarded him.  Ten years later, she stills sees that look in Colton’s eyes, whenever Riley is mentioned.

Gina grew up in Riley’s shadow.  Never as smart, never as pretty, never as popular.  She tried to follow in Riley’s footsteps, but ended up waiting tables in a backstreet diner.

Ten years of writing have yielded a box of rejections for Sara, while the autobiographical Life of Riley became an overnight best seller.

Detective Frank Karpinski delves into the secrets of the three friends as he struggles to answer the question.  Who killed Riley?

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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.

 

 

Broken Moon

Posted on April 5, 2012 3:06 pm under Story Ideas
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After three years of investigating extraterrestrial sightings, Leo Solstice thought he’d heard everything.
 
 
Then he met Carina Taurus.

 

“Darkness can create illusions, Mrs. Taurus. The explanations are usually simple. Perhaps the shadow of a bird or the outline of a tree.”

“I know what I saw, Agent Solstice.” Read more »

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. Read more »

Charlie’s Cryptid

Posted on March 16, 2012 5:08 pm under Story Ideas
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Something smelt bad in Longfin. One thing was certain; it wasn’t fish. Catches had declined for five years and its once thriving fishing industry faced extinction. When the efforts of environmental and marine scientists failed, residents began moving to bluer pastures.

Molly Miller-Toona, widow of Captain Charles Toona, thought she knew the answer, but no one listened to the dotty old woman, who stood on the wharf, spouting theories to anyone within herring distance. Read more »