Spring Teaser

Spring had sprung!

Or so I thought.

I’m from the Chicagoland area, so it’s not like the concept of snow is new to me.  But after three months of not seeing grass, even this life-long Midwesterner was getting stir crazy.

So imagine my excitement when it finally hit forty degrees!  Forty degrees—that was balmy after a winter of temperatures dipping to nearly twenty below.  There were actual flip-flop sightings, motorcycles roamed the streets, and heck—I didn’t even wear a jacket to run my errands.  Can you imagine the ensuing madness had we hit sixty?

I was contemplating finally putting away the outdoors Christmas decorations (don’t judge, it’s only March and I had a deadline), when the weatherman announced he was expecting 8 more inches of snow the next day.  More snow?  How dare he rip spring away from me after only one glorious day? “Winter of my discontent”(Thanks, Will Shakespeare)? Try Spring of my rage issues!

And then it hit me—this wasn’t crushing disappointment.  This one day of warmth had been a teaser.  Mother Nature had provided me with a back cover blurb for spring.

It’s hard to think that an entire book can be summed up in just a couple paragraphs, or even a couple lines.  But some authors are so great crafting the art of the blurb; they hook a writer with just that.  The blurb is a brief promise, selling me a vision of what is to come.  It’s meant to delight the reader, tempt their sense of romance, and convince them they’d be worse off for not having read that book.

So, as I suffer through yet another wintery day, I encourage you to enjoy some of the teasers available on this site.  I can promise you that just a taste will not be enough.

Some judge a book by its cover…but what about the back cover?  Are you hooked by “the blurb”? Let me know your thoughts.

Jessica Jefferson is an avid reader and writer of regency romance.  Her debut novel, Compromising Miss Tisdale from Soul Mate Publishing, is available now on Amazon.  Click here for more.

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16 Responses

  1. Teasers are tough to write – it’s an art form, I swear! And seriously, enough with the snow and wind and bitter temperatures. I need sunshine!

    • It is an art form. I always joke that Violetta Rand is the “blurb whisperer”. She whips them out with little effort! If only I could be so gifted . . .

  2. great post Jessica. Yes, mother nature can be a tease. We had the same in SW Ontario. 50s yesterday and a blizzard today. A HEA to this winter in the form of sun and warm weather will be very welcome!

  3. Enjoyed your post, Jessica. Spring’s just around the corner….isn’t it? Please say it’s so. 🙂

  4. Glenda

    Great post. The teaser – be it a blurb or full out excerpt definitely can make the difference in purchasing a book for me.

    As for mother nature’s teasers, we don’t get much of a choice with ‘buying the product’ but sometimes we can choose where we live. In central Texas we don’t get the bitter cold you guys get further north. — Although, sadly enough on a trip to Colorado this Feb if felt warmer with single digits than it did down here just below freezing – what’s up with that?!? — Anyhow, we do get days up to 80 then back down close to freezing the next. There’s the saying, “If you don’t like the weather just wait a minute.” I think that has applied across North America all winter. 😉

    • Glenda you just burst my bubble! I was talking about how great it would be to live in Texas and escape all this . . .

      • Glenda

        Sorry, Jessica. 🙁 We do get warmer and stay warm way earlier than you guys tho. AC helps with the summer highs. 😀

  5. Barbara Monajem

    I rarely buy a book by its cover — it’s the blurb that hooks me. (If only it was easy to write one!!)

    • I love a good blurb, but every once in a while the cover snags me. Especially the ones with attractive, half-naked men in breeches . . .

  6. Back cover is important to me, equally is the cover. I should say the cover and title catch my eye, next the blurb and then the third test. I’ll generally look at the first couple paragraphs of the book. If I’m hooked, that’s it. The books for me.

  7. Maggi Andersen

    It’s the blurb that sells a book to me. I’m conscious of that when I write them, but it’s not so easy to produce a great one.