Monday’s Friend: Tara Fox Hall

Today I am pleased to welcome Tara Fox Hall to the blog, as part of the Page Turner blog tour to promote her new release SHADOW MAN.

THE RIGHT 50 WORDS
By Tara Fox Hall

Thank you to the lovely Sara Jayne for having me here today at Imaginary Friends to talk about my second Lash Series book, Shadow Man.

Blurbs are important tools for any writer. They are necessary for ads, publisher listings and Amazon review sites, even when the work in question is not a novel. Usually, a blurb is strictly a word count of fifty words or less. But how do you choose the right fifty words to represent your work, especially if the project in question is a hundred thousand word novel?

Here are some tips for content:

  • Mention the main characters. Your supporting characters might be stellar too, but a reader wants to know who they are going to be reading about, should they read your work. Mentioning a character that is only in a few chapters will likely not be a good representation
  • Have a one-sentence summary of the first chapter, or first two chapters. What is the draw that pulls the reader in? Why should the reader want to read your book out of the thousands available?
  • Make it as exciting as possible. Try to use words that are dynamic, as opposed to just descriptive or accurate. A good blurb makes the reader eager to seek out the book for more, so it should initiate desire, but not tell all the book’s secrets.
  • Represent the genre of the book within the blurb. With romance, ideally the blurb is going to tell us about the two main characters and the conflict they have to overcome to be together. Alternately, a thriller is going to tell us about the protagonist, the hurdles he or she must overcome, and the forces working for or against them. Make sure that the blurb fits with the genre. If this is your first book, look at blurbs for books that are like yours online, then compare and tweak your own blurb to get the right tone.

 Do not be afraid if after you have completed the steps above that you have something 200 words long. That’s okay, even ideal. Now, pare down from there to 100 words, then to 50, keeping only the most crucial words in your blurb. Be advised that this will easily take you as long as all the previous steps. The bonus for all that effort is you will now have not only your finished blurb, but also a long version of your blurb that can be used on Goodreads (or if your work is a novel, as the back cover description). Go forth and grab those readers!

Shadow Man NewBlurb from Shadow Man:

A renegade vampire begins amassing a flock of true believers, threatening America’s vampire hierarchy. Weresnake Lash partners with old enemy Danial and new allies Burl and Spiderboy to track down and annihilate them. Betrayed and left for dead, Lash reemerges the victor, edging ever upward in the Assassin’s Ranking, and catching the eye of the sultry nightclub singer Cassandra Nile. Drawn into drugs by Cassie, Lash begins to doubt himself, yearning to leave his life of violence, even as enemies close in from every side.

Excerpt:

When I emerged from her room at dusk, Spiderboy was there, telling me with a smirk on his face that Abraham wanted me immediately. I followed him to Abraham’s study.

“Dalcon called this day to say Eli is in Colorado,” Abraham said slowly. “He was sighted outside Denver with a large number of vampires, though where they went from there isn’t known. You are to go there, and report to Danial—”

“I’m not reporting to that prick! He hates me, and the feeling’s mutual!”

“Dalcon said he had spoken to Danial, and he’s agreed to work with you, but he will not be your boss in any way. Dalcon said he alone retains that right on this job. Also, apparently Danial already hired someone to help you deal with Eli. But then I’ve hear he’s a good Ruler, very diplomatic—”

Fucking Danial knew about diplomacy, did he? “He’s an ass, Abraham, plain and simple. I couldn’t trust anyone he hired. Besides, he tried to kill me over a misunderstanding, one that was his fault, not mine! I’m not going to take the job if I have to work with him.”

Abraham’s voice was patient. “Dalcon said you might have ‘qualms.’ So he said, to sweeten the deal, he’d agree to have Titus give you a bonus when it was completed.”

“What kind of bonus?”

“Something magical to strengthen the power of your venom.”

“It’s strong enough like it is.”

“Devlin said Titus can make it strong enough to work on vampires, to fell them with your bite the same way you would a human.”

I lost track of the rest of what he said, feeling completely stunned. I hadn’t even known that was possible, that my poison could be made to affect a vampire. The ones I’d bitten before during fights had been hurt, sure, but not for more than a second before they healed. My fangs just weren’t that big. They weren’t for opening arteries, like a vampire’s were; they were designed for holding prey so the venom could work. Against vampires, my bite was practically useless. If this worked, I’d have an edge. And if that prick Danial gave me any trouble, I could arrange to accidentally bite him a few years from now. That was worth playing nice for a little while.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Man-Lash-ebook/dp/B009UHDZHY

Bio:
BS at B&N 11-16-12
Tara Fox Hall’s writing credits include nonfiction, horror, suspense, action-adventure, erotica, and contemporary and historical paranormal romance. She is the author of the paranormal action-adventure Lash series and the vampire romantic suspense Promise Me series. Tara divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

Tara’s Other Links:

www.tarafoxhall.com

tarafoxhallATgmailDOTcom

Tara’s Blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall/blog

Tara’s Facebook Page:

www.facebook.com/pages/Tara-Fox-Hall/151813374904903

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TerrorFoxHall

For info on my recently published books Lash and Promise Me, click here: http://www.amazon.com/Lash-ebook/dp/B007UJ6KGC and here http://www.amazon.com/Promise-Me-ebook/dp/B0086G4GDC

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1 comment so far

  1. tarafoxhall on

    Thank you so much for having me here, Sara-Jayne 🙂 Happy Holidays to you and all your readers!


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