Grab the nearest book. Turn it over.
Ah, the back cover – is it blank, have a dust jacket, full of praises from other authors, tease you with words or pictures…what grabs you?
A “blurb” or short teaser of a book’s contents usually runs 100-250 words, depending on how much space the publisher is willing to give to this information. That’s not much of a chance to entice the reader.
Here at Clash of the Titles, we’re shortening that teaser further. How much time do you devote to a cold book purchase? If the first sentence, even the first word, doesn’t make you want to read more, the author loses a sale, and probably a fan, much less all the readers that fan influences.
The challenge: Choose the summary of the following two books that makes you want to forget everything else in your life and curl up with the book, reading until you turn the last page.
For a month, we’ve been subliminally introducing you to these stories.
This Clash is Open: we’re not keeping secrets about the authors or their titles, but we do beg you for thoughtful, conscientious voting.
Cast your votes for your choice of summary here, as well as on our Facebook page. REMEMBER: You must answer the authors’ questions as well to be entered into a drawing for a copy of the featured books (choose electronic or print).
And now…the summaries:
"Supernatural: above, beyond, in excess of nature. If the meaning of life cannot be found in nature, then I must determine if the answer lies beyond it."
Brandon Dauphin feels like a dying ember. He's jobless and feels worthless, and falling in love has only made his problem worse.
In an authoritarian and overstimulated 22nd-century America, all he can do to relieve his pain is indulge in the computer-simulated fantasies of a network called Dynamic Reality...until a virus takes control of the simulation.
Unable to return to the real world, Brandon finds that the virus shares his questions about existence, and that she will stop at nothing for her answers.
Ryan Grabow, Caffeine
Ryan: Do you enjoy stand-alone novels more, or those that lead to sequels and trilogies, etc.?
Open your heart and mind to the simplicity and complexity of a name.
I know only my name. Beyond that is confusion, a void where fantasy and reality swirl together. Fairies, Giants, Elves, Dwarves, ancient Keepers, and...Dragons?
A dark soul threatens the Five Kingdoms, but I am powerless to stand against him, overwhelmed by phantom memories, broken and lost.
Somehow, I must live. I must find my purpose. There are friends to love and battles to fight.
I know my name. Perhaps that is enough.
Diane Graham, I Am Ocilla
Diane: What do you feel after reading the back cover for I Am Ocilla?