Monday, June 1, 2009

I've been blurbed!

Today has been a really surreal day. I wish I could tell you everything that is going on in ReadBree land . . .but, Agent Ted would kill me . . .and I don't want to jinx anything. (Random fact about me: I'm really superstitious. I knock on wood at least once a day . . .if not multiple times. In fact, I've said too much already. *Commences knocking on wood.*) Let's just say that in between changing poopy diapers and microwaving chicken nuggets, I got to write and respond to a few exciting emails that felt really trippy when compared to the poop wiping and nugget nuking that is my regular schedule.

Anyway, I am allowed to share one little tidbit with you all. While it's not the cover art for my book (which looks like it's still a while out :-( ), it is something that will go on the cover: My very first book blurb!!

Now for those who are wondering what a book blurb is, go pick up any novel and scan the jacket until you find a little quote about the book by another author, or a reviewer. Publishers send out advanced copies of a new book to well-known authors and reviewers in hopes of getting a little nugget of praise to adorn the cover (and entice buyers). I don't have advanced copies of my book yet--but they should be ready by the first of next month (watch for giveaways!)--so I had no idea that my publisher had sent out my book in manuscript form to get blurbs. Therefore, I was very, very, very, over-the-moon, excited to find a wonderful surprise in my in-box from my publisher this morning.




The following is my first ever book blurb. It's from Lesley Livingston, author of the novel WONDROUS STRANGE (which is a modern, paranormal, A Midsummer Night's Dream set in NYC):




“Reading THE DARK DIVINE feels almost like following a trail of moonlight into the heart of a forest at midnight--at once spooky and compelling. Bree Despain takes familiar myths and legends and wraps them elegantly around a haunting story of love, loss, family and forgiveness. Beautiful.”

"Squeee!!!!!" is seriously the only word I can use to describe how happy this blurb has made me. It is so lovely and well-worded . . .and complimentary!! Seriously, if I had to write a blurb on someone's book it would probably just say, "This book is cool. I loved it." Wow, just serious WOWNESS! I am in love with this blurb. I may just have to take it out for dinner and a movie.

Many thanks to Lesley Livingston (who I've never met, btw) for her kind and beautiful words. I'm off to go reread that email a few hundred more times. Have a great (and surreal) day!

P.S. We are getting ready to post a sneak peak of THE DARK DIVINE on the website. Stay tuned for the first chapter! It's coming really, really soon. I promise.

16 comments:

Jenna said...

Congrats on the awesome blurb! You must be ecstatic!

Alyosha said...

It's true, that blurb is so well-written I want to go read her book! :) Especially because she obviously has good taste for loving yours.

I Heart Monster said...

Oh Congrats! It's amazing :o)

Nicole said...

Oh that's so cool!

PS-I've been reinstated in the book club, and what do you know they had someone signed up to choose the book for every month until next January...but guess what we're reading in February? They're gonna LOVE it!

Michelle said...

Oh Bree, congrats. It must feel wonderful to have your heart and soul be praised by someone who isn't doing it for any sort of reason buy just because they liked your stuff.

BTW, I giggled when I read "nugget nuking" I thought you probably were proud of that little line.

Cam Ballou said...

Very cool blurb! Sounds very intriguing!

Speed Reader said...

CONGRATS!!! That's too cool! Can't wait to get my hands on the story for myself!

Kim said...

Yeah Bree! That's awesome. I'm sure it's just the first of many more to come.

Brodi Ashton said...

That is so wondrously cool! I am very jealous over here. The problem is when all of the blurbs come in (which they will) they won't fit on one cover!

Anisa said...

That's awesome!

Hewett Gardeners said...

Congrats! what a beautiful blurb! can't wait for the ARCs.

Mrs. Organic said...

Very, very wow! The book can't get here soon enough.

Elena said...

I have to agree with Leslie about your book. Exciting after so much hard work!

Bree Biesinger Despain said...

Thanks all! I'm still on cloud nine. I can't wait until I can share the story with everyone.

Kim Reid said...

Congratu-freaking-lations! Sorry I'm late. My computer can only see your blog like every other day. I can't wait to hear all your other mysterious good news too.

Charlotte said...

Wow, what a cool blurb! Congratulations!