Wednesday, April 20, 2011

A writing challenge I've decided to join. (SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2011)

This challenge is hosted by Lisa Ricard Claro at ‘Writing in the Buff’.

Each week a photo is posted that pretends to be the cover of a book. The idea is to:
Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book. 

I have done just that. I hope you like it.

Photo copyright Sandra Davies

The Meetings

Ivan wondered what he should expect this time around. These meetings, which took place in various obscure parts of the city, were straight out of spy novels. Each time, he was given a new assignment and told to keep all information to himself. Each time, he was led to believe that his mission was of the utmost importance. So important that they couldn’t risk his knowing why he was assigned these tasks. So important that he didn’t even know who “they” were. Only his contact was known to him. 

So far, everything had seemed fairly benign. Deliver a letter to a diplomat at the embassy. Deliver flowers to an elegant (and alluring) woman staying in the penthouse at the St. Regis Grand Rome. Ride the Metro to the Villa Pamphili to pick up a car to drive to a specified address in Florence with a rail pass to return.

Yet, each delivery seemed a bit edgier. Each one seemingly more important, more secretive than the one before. The pay was good. Maybe too good. Maybe it was time to bow out. But, should he? Could he?


Sandra Davies said...
Wendy, this is such a solid beginning I sincerely hope you have the rest of the book already in mind - an excellent meaty blurb, and hard to believe it's your first! (Be warned - this challenge is immensely addictive!)
liberal sprinkles said...
NO he should plunge straight into the excitement and adventures of the job of course! I love this blurb, want to read more!
jabblog said...
Sometimes it's better to pass up the good money and opt for safety. Will he ever find the answers to his questions or will he come to a sticky end? Nail-biting stuff!
Lisa Ricard Claro said...
Intriguing! I love this. It sounds like the start to a Robert Ludlum novel where an everyman suddenly finds himself in a world of espionage. Well done! I'll look forward to reading your weekly blurbs. Thanks for coming by my blog and opting to follow and stay. I followed you back here. :) Nice to "meet" you!
Craig Edwards said...
Hello! Dropping in as a participant in the A - Z challenge - this seems like it could really go somewhere if you decide to pursue it. I think you should go for it! And to touch on your regular subject - I'm a fiend for a good pasta Carbonara!
Susan Fobes said...
This seems like it could be a real page turner-spies, clandestine meetings, love it!
Tony Payne said...
I have never thought of writing a book jacket blurb. This sounds like an interesting challenge. Thanks so much for the comment on my Fish & Chips post. We went out for a walk by the river yesterday and stopped at a pub on the way back and had a great Fish & Chips.
Ellie said...
No! We want him to continue and for you to write his story. Loved your blurb! Book Blurb Friday
Langley said...
Super start to what sounds like a fun challenge. Great stuff! I’m A-Z Blogging on Langley Writes about Writing and Langley’s Rich and Random Life
Lynn said...
Just like all the BBFs, the story sounds great and I want to read them (the books with more info) all!

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