Seven plucky writers have sent their 100-word descriptions of their novels, some with cover art, some without.
Here they are, in the order received. A poll awaits you at the end. As usual, comments help the writers, so please feel free to offer constructive criticism.
For the writers, this is also a good exercise in seeing how your cover design works when reduced.
Beth Chandler is accidentally replicated in a flawed experiment. The replica overhears plans to liquidate her and goes on the run. With no official existence, homeless, penniless and pursued by MI5, she has to learn how to survive on icy London streets. Meanwhile the original Beth becomes romantically involved with the spec op she believes is there to protect her. Actually, he’s hunting her double. Nick refuses to face his moral doubts about Beth Two - as far as he’s concerned, it’s not his problem. As the situation grows more complicated, he has to decide whose side he is on.
When a girl that social worker Kari Marchant places in foster care is brutally murdered, shes compelled to learn why. As Kari works to solve the horrific plot, more people die. The killer may be closer than she thinks. Enter Homicide Detective Rance Nicolet. His attraction to Kari is powerful—and the feeling is mutual. But things between them go terribly wrong when Kari’s old lover is found murdered with a letter from her in his pocket. The evidence against Kari is damning. He’s forced to make a decision when his personal and professional lives collide.
When loutish wizard BeSotto claims to have re-created Grandpap’s alchemy wand, then dropped it through a portal that opened while stirring a drink, Grandpap accompanies BeSotto to recover the wand, claiming ownership. Sonny the scoundrel tags along for amusement. Grandpap loathes BeSotto, but BeSotto claims that the drink produced goald in his … bowel movement. When they reach the portal, they find the wand gone. And strange tracks. When the portal closes behind them, they must find the alchemy wand in a foreign land and learn how to use it in order to produce stool’s goald—and return home.
Dr. Rick Parker can establish himself as a bounty hunter by catching Michael Norton, accused of stealing plans for a blockbuster drug. Norton’s attractive wife Samantha will pay a bonus if Parker succeeds before the bonding company seizes her house, leaving her and autistic savant daughter Emily homeless. Furthermore, Samantha is offering more than just money to the divorced ex-physician. Norton’s trail runs hot and cold around Puget Sound, from the grimy streets of Seatac to the well tended gardens of Redmond. Parker assembles an eclectic mix of allies to outwit a hidden nemesis and find redemption for past mistakes.
Abandoned as infants, brothers Michael and Daniel St. James dream of someday learning their identities. But when Daniel finally learns the shocking truth in a rural Arkansas town, that dream becomes a nightmare. Before he can warn Michael to stay away, he is brutally attacked, left comatose and enshrouded by a strange blue-violet aura that baffles the doctors. To save his brother, Michael rushes to Arkansas where he falls in love with beautiful librarian Jessica Simms, faces a vengeful paranormal terrorist trying to take over the government, and uncovers a family secret that changes their lives and the world forever.
Why rob a bank when you can rob the fed? The Federal Reserve has never been robbed.
FBI Special Agent Jack Miller, pulled into a high-profile case to mentor a new agent, trying to find the robber/murderer before the next bank robbery, finds himself in a clash with the toughest opponent of his career. The Governor thinks he can outsmart his FBI pursuers and taunts them as the time draws near for his big heist. The chase culminates in the bowels of the city, in the storm sewers and tunnels beneath The Ninth District Federal Reserve of Minneapolis.
Jewish detective Aaron Guerevich has his ethical beliefs tested as he attempts to solve the murders of two Syrian Muslims, members of the large Muslim community in Phoenix, Arizona. Guerevich angers both his family and the family of the slain man. Tempted to abandon the case after verbal and physical abuses, he works to understand Muslim beliefs and perseveres, aided by his fiancée, forensic scientist Ann Berendt. Examining evidence which leads him to suspect the killers are three Scottsdale cops, he stumbles on a secret, known only to his long-dead uncle and the grandfather of the murdered Syrian.
Also, please tell me in comments if you’d like to see this done again? Thanks.
For what it’s worth,
Submitting to the Flogometer:
Email the following in an attachment (.doc, .docx, or .rtf preferred):
- your title
- your 1st chapter or prologue plus 1st chapter
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- Please include in your email permission to post it on FtQ.
- And, optionally, permission to use it as an example in a book if that's okay.
- If you’re in a hurry, I’ve done “private floggings,” $50 for a first chapter.
- If you rewrite while you wait you turn, it’s okay with me to update the submission.
© 2011 Ray Rhamey