Saturday, March 21, 2015

Blurb to Book

Love Inspired is hosting a contest to possibly end up getting published with them. They are calling it "Blurb to Book". There are three stages. The first stage is to give a 100 word blurb (like a book's back copy) and the first page (250 words) of your manuscript.

Here is my blurb:
Kelly Murphy’s been compared to others her whole life and never measured up. In order to appease her mother, she agrees to go to a singles group.  In Jeff Davidson she finds a mentor who accepts her for who she is, but is he the one who can give her the happily ever after she’s been longing for?


Jeff was young when he married, and didn’t know all that went into having a loving, godly marriage and it didn’t last long enough for him to learn. When Kelly joins the singles group he administers, he desperately wants a second chance.

and my first page:
Kelly Murphy dumped a bag of potato chips into a bowl before putting it on the table. If it were up to her, she would have just put the bag of chips on the table. But it was her brother's house and his son. She didn't have kids, or a husband, or even a boyfriend. Kelly tucked her honey colored hair behind her ear and glanced into the living room where Tom's three oldest kids were playing with her dad and a wave of longing swept over her.
Kelly went to the kitchen. "Sue, is there anything --" A wail sounded from the other room. Sue stepped away from the counter and Kelly held up her hand. "I'll get her. You finish up here."
Tricia stopped crying as soon as she saw her aunt walk into the room. "What's up Baby Bee? Ready to get up from your nap, huh?" The baby rewarded Kelly for picking her up by planting a wet, open-mouth baby kiss on her cheek.
Kelly returned to the kitchen, the baby on her hip. "So was there anything you want me to help with?"
Sue responded without looking away from the pork she was shredding. "You keeping an eye on Tricia will be a big help. Now that's she's crawling, she disappears quicker than a wink. She's trying to keep up with her brothers. And you're so good with her. Maybe one day you'll have some of your own."
"Yeah, that'd be nice." Kelly sighed.

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