Today we have Harlequin author Sarah M. Anderson back at The Book Pushers to talk about her newest release. Welcome back to The Book Pushers Sarah, take it away!
Who Comes Up With This Stuff?
If I were to tell you the particulars of my latest plot—political scion meets reformed hooker, falls in love, and gives up the path to power for her—you might roll your eyes.
And you know what? I can’t blame you. When you break a book down to those bare elements, it sounds cheesy. For example, More Than He Expected, by Andrea Laurence, sounds great when you say:
The Exception to the Rule
Playboy Alex Stanton likes his relationships short and without strings. But his fiery fling with Gwen Wright left him craving more. So when a holiday weekend getaway provides an opportunity for another taste of the tantalizing woman, he grabs it. Only, things have changed since their last encounter….
Besides being noticeably pregnant, Gwen insists she’s sworn off men. As if the challenge weren’t tempting enough, Gwen’s enticing new curves have made the sexy spitfire even more appealing. But how can the footloose bachelor hang on to his heart when he can’t stop longing for the soon-to-be mama?
And therein lies the problem. As authors, we do not have the time or wherewithal to spout out back-cover worthy copy at a moment’s notice to everyone who asks, “So, what are you working on?” Instead, what usually comes out of our mouths after school, in line at the grocery store, or on the soccer field is the super-duper, cheese-tastic blurb.
And what we get in return is some version of, “How do you come up with that?” Which is, universally, the most polite way someone can say, “Who would want to read THAT?”
So we soldier on, trying to come up with less cheesy ways of summing up a complex, rich plot, full of characters that grow and change and make sacrifices for the ones they love in twenty words or less.
I’m giving away one copy of A Man of Privilege to one lucky reader who leaves a comment relating the cheesiest sounding blurb. Plus—bonus—every week I’m giving away one of these handcrafted (by me!) book necklaces from everyone who commented throughout the week! Check the Authorial Moms blog every Sunday to see if you were the winner! Go on, shock me with the awful! It can’t be any worse than what I’ve already said.
The Non-Cheesy A Man of Privilege Blurb:
She isn’t what he expected.
Blue-blood lawyer James Carlson is working on the case of his life. After winning this trial, his career will be set. He won’t let anything…or anyone… alter his course. Then he meets his witness.
Maggie Eagle Heart makes him question everything–his family, his goals, his future. Because she’s the one woman he wants, and she’s the one woman who is completely off limits. Yet even as he struggles to keep their relationship all about business, he can’t
deny the attraction is mutual–and irresistible.
James has always done what is expected of him…until now.
Bio: Award-winning author Sarah M. Anderson may live east of the Mississippi River, but her heart lies out west on the Great Plains. With a lifelong love of horses and two history teachers for parents, it wasn’t long before her characters found themselves out in South Dakota among the Lakota Sioux. She loves to put people from two different worlds into new situations and to see how their backgrounds and cultures take them someplace they never thought they’d go.
When not helping out at school or walking her rescue dogs, Sarah spends her days having conversations with imaginary cowboys and American Indians, all of which is surprisingly well-tolerated by her wonderful husband and son.
This post is brought to you as part of the A Man of Privilege/Distinction Blog Tour. For a complete tour schedule and rules, visit www.sarahmanderson.com. Comments on this blog will be entered to win a signed copy of A Man of Privilege. Ends July 3rd.
Next tour stop is June 28: Ramblings of a Chaotic Mind