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09 May 2011

A New Clash of the Titles Begins - Best Back Cover Blurb, Round One

Your hostess this clash is Lisa Lickel.

Rosen up, gang; wrap your knuckles and tie those gloves up tight! It's time for a new round of Clash of the Titles! For the next two weeks I'll be your hostess for Round One of Best Back Cover Blurb.

I couldn't put it better than this quote: "The front cover may 'hook' you - entice you to pick it up, but the back cover is what sells the book." Tracy Krauss, author

Eh? What's that? You want to know what Blurb means?

Glad you asked! "Blurb" is one of them new-fangled terms, less than a century old in fact. As a noun, it was first used in print in 1914 to describe a publicity announcement of…you guessed it! A book's dust jacket. Of course we can't leave well enough alone and made the noun into a verb the very next year, so now we can blurb all over the place about our favorite products, which for us, is books, of course.

So, have at it: Please cast your ballot between the following two enticing selections for the Best Back Cover Blurb. Come back on Wednesday to learn more about back cover blurbs, read some comments about what readers really think about those covers. On Friday, we'll reveal the authors and their books.

Blurb A

Two years ago Sarah Bentley lost everything except her faith and it teeters in sync with her hesitant steps. Now a chance encounter with four-year-old Matt and his uncle, Dave McKeever, brings hope for the future with a job, a wonderful new place to live, and...dare she dream?...love. Active outdoors man, Dave McKeever, battles the instant attraction between them believing God can't possibly want him to marry a woman held together by titanium joints and steel rods when he needs a capable, athletic mate. Though God's love brings them up out of the valley of pain and death, can they trust Him not to thrust them there again?

Blurb B

After the Great War, Abby Fraser returns to India with her small son, where her husband is stationed with the British army. She has longed to go home to the land of glittering palaces and veiled women . . . but Nick has become a cruel stranger. It will take more than her American pluck to survive.

Major Geoff Richards, broken over the loss of so many of his men in the trenches of France, returns to his cavalry post in Amritsar. But his faith does little to help him understand the ruthlessness of his British peers toward the Indian people he loves. Nor does it explain how he is to protect Abby Fraser and her child from the husband who mistreats them.

Amid political unrest, inhospitable deserts, and Russian spies, tensions rise in India as the people cry for the freedom espoused by Gandhi. Caught between their own ideals and duty, Geoff and Abby stumble into sinister secrets . . . secrets that will thrust them out of the shadows and straight into the fire of revolution.

Join us in June as we premier COTT's book club! Karen Witemeyer and her COTT winning novel, A Tailor-Made Bride is up as our first read (The books is offered as a free e-book here; if you don't have a Kindle, you can download the program to your pc or mobile device free here). More details and to vote for July's book, CLICK HERE 

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Item Reviewed: A New Clash of the Titles Begins - Best Back Cover Blurb, Round One Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Lisa Lickel