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Blurbs Sell Books

Jan 9, 2020

Today on the show, Jim and a very hungover Abigail tackle author-submitted blurbs to rip them to shreds and build them back up, one line at a time. Here are this episode’s read-along selections:


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Author: Justin Salisbury

Title: Antioch Swinger's Church


A pedophile pastor with a dark past.


A nudist nymphomaniac neighbor.


A new school teacher recovering from injuries taken in Vietnam.


Ed is the new K-12 teacher at a one-room schoolhouse in a small sawmill town in central Appalachia.  Something is amiss in this town, his neighbor is a nudist, and one of his students tries to seduce him the first time they meet.  He attempts to attend the church, but it’s invite only.


When he joins the congregation, he realizes it’s a swinger’s church run by a cult leader pastor, Sisler.  He decides there are worse ways to spend a few years and settles into his new life as a pervert. Everything goes awry when Sisler takes a 14-year-old student of Ed’s into one of the sex rooms.  Sisler tries to murder Ed and convinces the town to rise against him.


Can Ed, as an out of work outcast, save his former students?


Antioch Swinger’s Church is the first book in the Religion in Appalachia series.  If you like dark, gritty, adult historical fiction, this book is for you.  


Buy today!


--Abigail's Targeted Tip:


Your first paragraph (and ideally its sentence one) needs to set the tone for the book. This is especially true if your book has a big reveal that leads to a change in (tonal) direction. 



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