A while back I got mega sarcastic with a list of alternative movie blurbs.
And later I roasted myself in public by making fun of all my books.
This time I’m keeping it serious.
If only to illustrate the pain and suffering that accompany writing blurbs (and query letters…and synopses) I’ve challenged myself to write one-sentence descriptions of all my books. The real challenge: giving readers a feel for what the book is about. One sentence. Not too vague. Catchy. Not cliché.
I challenge all my writer friends to do the same.
And all my readers to enjoy this.
Darkness Between the Stars – While gazing at the night sky, the world’s loneliest boy sees the stars begin to disappear.
Big Shiny Red Buttons – The most absurd scenarios imaginable stacked between 100 pages.
Hollow Empire – Night of Knives – After a plague wipes out most of a medieval nation’s population, five lost souls must survive the horrors that follow.
Down the Dark Path – Book I – A young woman leaves home to make a better life for herself, only to wander into the heart of a horrific, world-consuming war.
Old Man of Tessera – The lone survivor of a deadly storm finds the city of Tessera, in which nothing and no one are what they seem.
The Hecatomb – A ghoulish monster and its offspring stalk cities at night with the aim of killing every last human in the world.
101 Questions for Humanity – The original entry in the Coffee Table Philosophy series asks short, simple questions with aim of provoking thoughtful answers.
101 Questions for Midnight – The stakes are raised and the questions darker than ever in this fun, engaging ice-breaker book.
Down the Dark Path – Book II – A woman follows her lover into a battle he can never hope to win.
A Door Never Dreamed Of – In a distant Earth future, two young men on opposite sides of an apocalyptic war collide.
Down the Dark Path – Book III – After invading and crushing his rival’s homeland, a war-crazed emperor sends his cruelest warlord to butcher the last of his enemies.
101 Questions for Women – Written with women in mind but accessible to everyone, 101 Questions for Women focuses on love, lust, and the breakdown of traditional gender roles.
101 Questions for Men – Geared for men, this entry in the Coffee Table Philosophy series asks questions about sex, relationships, and much more.
Down the Dark Path – Book IV – As a world-ending conflict reaches its climax, a young woman must choose whether to join the winning side and become queen or sacrifice everything to betray her kidnappers.
The Sleepers – A wealthy student in a far-distant future is tasked with destroying an alien world to save humanity.
Let the Bodies – A little girl suffers alone while everyone in her city vanishes.
101 Deeper, Darker Questions for Humanity – 101 dark questions to test your morality, challenge your ethics, and entertain your friends.
101 Sex Questions – Lovers and laugh-seekers alike will find entertainment in this sexy sidekick to the Coffee Table Philosophy series.
Dark Moon Daughter – Young Andelusia Anderae is seduced by a messenger and convinced that her budding black magic is the key to saving thousands of lives.
Nether Kingdom – At the world’s edge, a sorceress awakens to the terrible realization that she alone can stop an invasion of otherworldly horrors.
444 Questions for the Universe – Meant to entertain for hours, 444 Questions is a grand compilation of serious yet fun questions.
The Little Book of BIG Questions – Science and morality collide in the ultimate conversation-starting book for smart people.
101 Questions for Single People – In the modern world of swiping left and never looking back, 101 Questions for Single People asks readers about every facet of love, lust, and human romantic connection.
Machina Obscurum – A Collection of Small Shadows – A leper dedicates his life to saving children, a woman accepts the rarest of all murder contracts, a girl suffers insanity in a space colony, a train-hopping duo crosses through dimensions, and much, much more…
*The Ultimate Get to Know Someone Quiz – A delightful crash course of fun questions to ask spouses, significant others, family, and friends.
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There might be no better way to grab a reader’s attention than through a good blurb.
…and no easier way to lose it with a bad one.
See you on the flip side.