One of the things I worked on tonight was the blurb.
The premise of this book is in the quirky, unexpected characters. It's really hard to blurb that, since quirks work much better in the small details and context. So I've been fighting and wrestling and shoving and pushing at this for a while, but I think I finally have it.
I beg of anyone to give me feedback on anything unclear or ineffective. (You don't have to proof it. I will definitely be cleaning up the prose -- although I welcome any comments you might want to give.)
The Man Who Did Too Much, comic mystery suspense.
In a small Michigan beach town, an eccentric movie buff and a compulsive secret agent join forces to solve a case of kidnapping and murder.
George Starling quit his job as a secret agent to take care of a traumatized woman he rescued. He has brought her home to her small Michigan town, where he spends his days taking care of her, bored but patient, waiting for her to be well enough to know whether she loves him or not.
When an old friend asks him to investigate a local lead in an international kidnapping, George reluctantly agrees to interview a witness.
That witness is Karla Marquette, a flaky local movie buff who seems to have little touch with reality. But George knows the instant he meets her that Karla has a genius for happiness. If he can only help Karla clear her friends of suspicion in this kidnapping and murder, perhaps she can help he and his girlfriend find the happiness that eludes them.
But the case is deeper than it seems, and soon George finds himself, and even his girlfriend, entangled in a deceptive plot. Can he shake loose, or will it be up to Karla to rescue them all?
The Man Who Did Too Much is a 95,000 word novel which combines classic mystery elements with comic suspense. Available in paperback, or in ebook format at Amazon and other major ebook retailers. In multiple formats at Smashwords.
Camille LaGuire is a Michigan writer of mystery and adventure stories. She has published fiction in magazines ranging from Cricket Magazine to Handheld Crime, to Marion Zimmer Bradley's Fantasy Magazine. Her work has been reprinted in educational materials and overseas, and her short fiction has been nominated for Derringer awards.
This book is not really about her, although she can be pretty flaky and out of touch when she wants to be.
Now on to the ROW80 update for the second half of this week:
Thursday Day 66 - 164 minutes. Wrote the Artisan Writer post, and also a couple of quick outline drafts for quite a few other posts.
Friday Day 67 - 0 minutes. Long exhausting day at work. Watched some videos, relaxed.
Saturday Day 68 - 200 minutes. A couple of good long craft posts -- but not for this week. One is partly about an indie friend who had a relevant experience with an agent, and I want to run it by her. The other just needs a little polish.
I spent most of my energy writing the blurb tonight, and my mind is in no shape to decide what I'm going to post later in the week. I just know there will be two posts other than updates this week (probably on Tuesday and Thursday.)
Classic Movies Watched
The Bridge On The River Kwai, Columbia 1957. This really is a classic, a great film of irony and characterization. Often quite tense, but not the grueling POW flick you might expect. I want to write up a post on the opening sequence. It's a wonderful set up for everything that comes after. It's not a "feel good" movie, but there is still a lot of joy in it.
Smart Money, WB 1931. A light gangster flick with Edward G. Robinson and Jimmy Cagney -- made before they broke into stardom with Little Caesar and The Public Enemy. The script is simply not up to their talent, but it's fun watching the star quality shine forth even with such dull material.
See you in the funny papers.