On a whim, I decided to check what was the #1 Kindle (paid, not free) book today. Right now. 2/17/16 in the morning. It’s #1 in Kindle suspense, books/romantic suspense, and books/ghosts.
Here’s the blurb for Ghost Gifts by Laura Spinella:
All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead. Her remarkable gift may help others rest in peace, but it also made for an unsettling childhood and destroyed her marriage. Finally content as the real estate writer for a local newspaper, Aubrey keeps her extraordinary ability hidden—until she is unexpectedly assigned the story of a decades-old murder.
Rocked by the discovery of a young woman’s skeletal remains, the New England town of Surrey wants answers. Hard-nosed investigative reporter Levi St John is determined to get them. Aubrey has no choice but to get involved, even at the terrifying risk of stirring spirits connected to a dead woman’s demise and piquing her new reporting partner’s suspicions.
As Aubrey and Levi delve further into the mystery, secrets are revealed and passion ignites. It seems that Aubrey’s ghost gifts are poised to deliver everything but a normal life.
This is the longer sort of back cover/book description blurb. No fancy style or font or color use.
Here’s how it looks on the back cover of the paperback:
The text is superimposed on a dark background where the long hair of the gal on the cover carries over, blown by the wind. A sprig of violet flowers adds a touch of color (and hope?) at the top. It’s a very plain and serviceable back cover. The look isn’t particularly eye-catching, but what about the blurb itself?
First sentence: All Aubrey Ellis wants is a normal life, one that doesn’t include desperate pleas from the dead.
What the main character wants, and what the character has. Her ordinary world and her goal, and the thing in her “ordinary world” that offers conflict. She can sense the “desperate pleas” of the nonliving. Ghosts. A gift. A gift that assures a lack of normality.
That’s a good opening line.
Next we find out what that gift cost her (backstory, wounds, past conflicts)–an unsettled childhood; a destroyed marriage.
Then we get what the character does (real estate writer) and how she copes (hides her ability.)
Then the inciting incident: an assignment on an old case when skeletal remains are found.
Ah, a mystery that needs solving. And we have a character with the kind of gift that can solve it. Plot points.
She is then partnered (other important character) with a reporter. Romance will ensue (as the last paragraph hints). The stakes: will her ability, her secret, be revealed along with others, causing her life to be unsettled again?
There are hints of other stakes: dangers that come with revealing secrets and engaging in a passionate relationship.
Story questions: Will the mystery of the murder be solved? Will her relationship work out? Will her life become better or worse as she involves herself in this case? Will her partner accept her Ghost Gifts? Will she ever have a normal life?
It’s not a never-been-done in fiction ability, that of hearing/seeing ghosts. It’s a trope we’ve seen before.
But it’s still a compelling plot premise. And the promise of romance is a hook for certain readers (romance /romantic suspense fans). It has a mystery for mystery fans. It has paranormal stuff for paranormal fans. All those are hooks (genre ones) that are worth including in blurbs.
It hooked me. I chose it from all the Kindle First offerings this month.
Does this blurb work for you? How would you make it better?
You may purchase the novel here: Ghost Gifts
Well, come back and see.