Montagnard is coming together!
I just received the official Kindle version cover from my cover design expert, Angie, on Fiverr.com. The paperback and hardcover versions are waiting until I get the final edits back from Beth Werner at Author Connections in about two weeks. I need the actual page count to determine the spine width.
Another component, at least for the paperback and hardcover versions, is the back-cover book description, a 200 to 250-word blurb designed to catch the prospecting reader’s attention and get them to buy your book.
A fiction book’s back cover blurb should:
- Situation: Briefly describe the circumstances of the story.
- Problem: Highlight the situation or hitch that makes change inevitable.
- Hopeful Possibility: Provides the hope of overcoming the crisis, whether a cool character or long-shot possibility that provides the belief that the difficult problem can be overcome.
- Mood: Sets the emotional state that readers will have from reading your story. For instance, a “dark, dystopian tragedy,” “humorous chick lit,” or “suspenseful, romantic and awash in…magic.”
Here is the most recent version of the back-cover blurb for Montagnard
Navy SEAL, JD Cordell, is ready to retire and take his K9 partner, Ajax, with him. JD has exciting plans for a new life that includes the courageous and beautiful Doctor Ellen Chang he met on a mission in Niger.
But when JD’s father unexpectedly dies of cancer, his grieving mother travels to Vietnam to search for her adopted Montagnard brother whom she hasn’t seen in over thirty years. Mai unwittingly steps into a blood feud between her Montagnard brother and a powerful Vietnamese drug lord, a bitter hatred that began during the Vietnam War.
When his mother disappears into the seedy underbelly of Ho Chi Minh City, JD has no choice but to come out of retirement for one last mission. And Ajax is with him all the way.
Dealing with an explosive situation such as this, even two battle-hardened veterans like JD and Ajax might need a little help from some old friends … and maybe a few new ones.
I would love to read your reaction to it … pro or con. Please take a moment to leave a comment.
Thank you, in advance, for your help with this.
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7 thoughts on “I Would Really Like Your Help!”
I think the first three paragraphs are perfect. There’s lots of suspense but the last part of the last sentence makes it sound like he’s got lots of help so he’ll be alright. That eases off the suspense. I don’t know how to fix it, but I’m sure you can change the last part of the last sentence to leave the potential book buyer more doubtful of a happy ending. End with more suspense. That’s just my opinion. I hope it helps. It sounds like a good book.
Thanks a lot! That was just the kind of comment / critique I was looking for. Would love to hear from others.
You might move Mai’s name to the sentence before. I had a little whiplash, but did figure it out readily.
Hmm, maybe skip the last sentence, moving the word “explosive” to “one last explosive mission.”
Thanks, Joy! I will look at your suggestions. Sorry, about the whiplash! 🙄
My reaction is Pro, DC. I like Joy’s suggestion of changing the ‘explosive’.
Thanks, GP.! The last two sentences seem to be the part that needs “blowing up.”