Going through your reviews, looking for blurbable material? It ain’t easy. A great blurb is like the perfect TV commercial – it’s got mere seconds to gain and keep your attention, and it’s designed to make you want to learn more. Like and earworm, it gets in your brain and you can’t stop thinking about it. A great blurb can be a fragment of a sentence, a full sentence, or even two fragments from different part of a paragraph, connected with ellipses. The shorter the better, but it should still have some specific info about the book.
Here are but a few examples of some excellent blurbs we recently had submitted, they are short and sweet, and make me really want to read these books! Click on the blog name under the blurb to visit their site and read the full review.
For The Skybound Sea, by Sam Sykes:
“From the truly amazing first chapter, to the glorious final battle that spans countless pages, the action and wittiness that is Sykes’ hallmark never lets up.”
For Tomorrow the Killing by Daniel Polansky
“Tomorrow the Killing is a vicious and bloody tale that grabs you by the throat and pulls you along for the ride. The world is dark, and the characters darker still. A must read that will have you hooked from page one; just remember to come up for air now and again”
For The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
“I read the last page and grinned at my paperback copy because the last few paragraphs fix everything and make me desperate to read the next in the series.”
For Miserere by Teresa Frohock
“A mesmerizing dark fantasy that showcases Frohock’s admirable talent as a writer, Miserere is an utterly compelling tale and pleasure to read. If you are a fan of dark, beautifully written fantasy, set in a fascinating world and featuring well developed characters, then I would suggest you get your hands on a copy of Frohock’s debut as soon as possible.”
For Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
“Good Omens is wonderfully written. Each sentence is beautifully crafted, dripping with a sense of humour that is as outrageously funny as it is intelligent.”
For Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel
“Sarah Zettel is able to blend together the genres of fantasy and historical fiction to create a story that brings to life what it was like to grow up in the Dust Bowl and to experience racial tensions during that time. Her story is filled with magic and music, and is another perfect example of what YA literature should be.”
For The Alchemist in the Shadows by Pierre Pevel
“Definitely hard to resist with its combination of action, dark magic, intrigue, a touch of humor and bloodshed all set in the decadent splendor of 17th century Paris.”