For the past couple of weeks, I have been collecting blurbs for The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove.  It’s a bit like a treasure hunt really. You approach an author you know and respect and ask if he/she would be willing to read your book and write a glowing (definitely glowing!) statement about it that your publishing house can then proudly display on the back of the jacket cover.

Hopefully, if someone is contemplating whether to buy my book or the one next to it on the shelf, these wonderful blurbs will convince them to buy MINE!  MINE!  MINE!

I am really excited about the people who have agreed to read my book but at the same time I am incredibly nervous — feeling very much the same way I did right before Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen was released — this sudden realization that people are actually going to read the book you spent two or three years writing and then freely offer up their opinion.

For now, I’m keeping the blurb-givers a secret.  Hmm.  Maybe if you can guess three of them correctly, I’ll name a character in my next book after you.  Good luck . . . and more to follow!

Posted March 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm · 3 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. bermudaonion (Kathy), March 4th, 2010, 9:34 pm

    I don't think I can guess three of them, but I'd say Julie of Booking Mama, Patricia Harman and someone from Aaron's Books.
  2. Janie Watts, March 5th, 2010, 11:46 am

    Hi, I enjoyed hearing of your blurb process. My guess for your "blurb writers" are Terry Kay, Jill McCorkle, and Lee Smith, that is unless you were going to ask me:)for a blurb! Now I want my prize if I'm correct. Best, Janie
  3. Kim Dixon, March 10th, 2010, 5:16 pm

    Well I just finished "Looking for Salvation...", I loved it and I so enjoyed meeting you in Columbia at the book fair. If you recall I was the crazy woman with the cocktail party. Well it turned out great. How could it not...petit fours and wine!!! I just want you to know I can hardly wait for "Bezellia Grove" Your writing is wonderful, southern and strong, affirming and comforting, thanks for your gift of storytelling! Keep writing, please!

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