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I find writing blurbs to be painful and exhausting. Luckily, I’ve always had beta-pals, editors, or publishers who could take my poor effort and turn it into something awesome.
In contrast, coming up with a title has been easy.
Dead Witness, my first novel, was about a woman forced into Witness Protection. The investigators made her pretend to be dead to her family so the killers would surface.
Broken But Not Dead; despite the threat of death, Professor Brendell Meshango goes after the man terrorizing her when he threatens to harm her daughter.
Matowak: Woman Who Cries; Sally Warner has lost her husband and her children and may just lose her faculties.
Kiss of the Assassin; Assassins are deadly, but they’re still human. Does that mean they deserve to be happy?
I could come up with titles all day long. … Blurbs? Not so much.
Hoping to change that, I’m excited about the release of Kiss of the Assassin and therefore will continue to work on this blurb until the cows come home. I spent years trying to get it published. Now that it’s going to be, I feel I owe it homage. If that makes any sense.
Thirty-plus years later, this is the blurb I’ve got so far. It can only go up from here:
Kiss of the Assassin is a political thriller that spans 10 years and tells the story of Marina Antonovna, a Soviet spy, and Mateo Arcusa, an American homicide lieutenant. They first meet in Cambodia during the Vietnam War as enemies. Fearful that the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, KGB Chairman Vladimir Kurenkov, has ordered her death, Marina risks everything to defect to the United States. She promises Mateo that her days as an assassin are over. Vladimir is determined to do whatever it takes to bring her back and, by threatening Mateo’s life, forces Marina to break her promise.
The moral of my story is: it’s never too late and you’re never too old.
Happy IWSG Wednesday, everyone.