Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hunted Dreams: The Back Blurb

One of my least favorite parts of writing involves penning the book's back cover blurb. (You know what that is, right? Imagine picking up a paperback and turning it over to read its brief summary. Yep, that's it.) Condensing my complex characters and multi-layered plot into something that sounds like an ad for TV's latest Amazing New Series(tm)? Almost as fun as delivering lengthy speeches. To a crowded, un-air-conditioned room filled with sweating bodies. While wearing polyester. 

Better yet, remember the horror of writing conclusions to essays and research papers? Yeah, it's like that.

Nonetheless, editors require us to do this awful, awful thing, and like good like nerdy introverts, we do it without complaining (on the outside, anyway). 

I'm never comfortable with back blurbs, since I feel like a cheesy salesperson hawking my wares in an oversaturated market. That, plus I don't think I'm very adept at writing summaries of my own work. But nonetheless, and all whining aside, below is the back blurb for the forthcoming Hunted Dreams, due to be published sometime this spring (i.e., vewwy, vewwy soon!). 

Enjoy. Or at least don't grade me on it.

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Her history, her whereabouts, her name: She knows nothing. Nothing but her current reality: a constant stream of horrific, surrealistic scenarios in which she fights not only monsters and unseen attackers but her own pain and despair.

Reed Jayvyn is an ex-Army vet, penniless and living in his truck. After saving a young man from attackers, he finds himself embroiled in a superhuman drama between the Broschi and the Clan, two groups engaged in a centuries-long war. Worse, he finds he is one of them -- a Broschi, a psychic vampire that feeds off the pain of humans. But Reed’s greatest surprise comes each night, when he finds himself dreaming of a fierce, nameless woman.

She is dreaming. So says the handsome man who uses his heretofore-latent psychic ability to flicker in and out of her dreamscape. With Reed’s help, she slowly learns more about who she is, why she is here, what trauma in her past keeps her locked inside her mind. Meanwhile, Reed explores his own heritage, discovering enemies and allies in unexpected places.

But most important to Reed is freeing this woman caught in an endless loop of nightmares, someone he considers in every way to be the woman of his dreams.

5 comments:

  1. Sorry, I'm grading you anyway! A+++++++++

    If I didn't want to read it from loving your previous work, I would now.

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    1. Kari, you are such a good friend. Thank you for your kindness and your loving spirit. <3

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  2. This sounds FABULOUS! I cannot wait!!!!

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