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Blurbs Sell Books

Oct 17, 2019

Today on the show, Jim and 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:


Author: Julia Ridgmont

Title: Emeline's Redemption (The Belles of Wyoming Book 10)


Will she be a shrinking violet or a voice for good?

As a newcomer to the town of Belle, Wyoming, Emeline Haywood wasn't prepared for the trouble that awaited her when a man with less than honorable intentions sought her out. Now, accepting a tutoring position for a greenhorn rancher and his two children, who have challenges of their own, seems like a good way to escape the townspeople's censure. What she thinks will be an easy job however, turns into anything but when disaster strikes. Not only that, but she finds herself taking on a secret identity to sway public opinion in favor of women's right to vote. Can she hold it all together or will another scandal claim her peace once again?


Richard Dodge escaped the life his parents wanted for him when he married the woman of his dreams. But now, that woman is gone, and he's left to raise their two children on his own. Heading westward to Belle, Wyoming to become a rancher seemed like a good idea even though he knew nothing about the profession. But the good folks in Belle are willing to teach him. Good thing he's hired a new tutor who is willing to overlook his daughter's deformity. If only he can keep the circumstances of her birth a secret...


Then tragedy strikes in Richard's family and another member decides to target him. Can Emeline save him in time, and in the process, redeem herself? Will they both be given a second chance to right past wrongs?


Read all 5 books in the Spring/Easter collection of The Belles of Wyoming series. Each book is a standalone, but you won't want to miss a single one!


Author: Patricia Loofbourrow

Title: The Jacq of Spades: Part 1 of the Red Dog Conspiracy


1899 years after the Catastrophe, Bridges is run by the Mob. She turned down the case - so who's following her? 


--Abigail's Targeted Tip:

Character-focused internal conflict and plot-driven exterior conflict: your blurb needs both. Go sentence by sentence through your blurb and highlight whether each features an internal or external conflict. Readjust your focus so that these conflicts are (close to) equally balanced.


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