Friday, 2 September 2011

Book Blurb Friday # 27 Sanctuary

This meme is hosted by Lisa Ricard Claro at ‘Writing in the Buff’ J

 Each week she posts a photo that could be the cover of a book. The aim is to:
‘Write a book jacket blurb (150 words or less) so enticing that potential readers would feel compelled to buy the book.’ 

Here is this week’s book cover. My blurb follows.

Photo copyright Ashley Ortiz


Meredith Evans visits the inner courtyard after work each day to savour the peace before returning to her apartment. It is a place of sanctuary from the busy world outside. She sees the same people every time, quietly going about their business.

One of them is a young girl who passes through the cloisters and always smiles at Meredith. One day, the smile is absent – the girl looks scared. The next day she does not appear. Meredith becomes concerned when a week passes without sight of her and decides to investigate.

She soon discovers that the Sanctuary is not all it seems and the business being conducted there is far from desirable. Dark forces abound and Meredith soon finds herself ensnared in affairs with which she is ill-equipped to cope. Is this place a sanctuary from the law? Is there anyone she can trust? 


  1. Sounds good. Whenever I read these 'blurbs' of yours, I think to myself that it is time YOU write your own book. pl

  2. It's a place for girl trafficking and Meredith will follow her and investigate and finally find her in a red light zone bar. Maybe in Amsterdam ? Suspense !

  3. So when are you going to write this? I'd read it! :)

  4. @Mary:- I wonder that myself;-) I am working on a couple at the moment - don't hold your breath!
    @mrsnesbitt:- thank you, Denise *blushes*
    @Gattina:- great minds think alike. Over to you;-)
    @Talli:- thank you, Talli:-)

  5. yes, another deep and dark thriller, with religious overtones? A sequel to a Dan Brown thing? With a female sleuth?

  6. What a wonderful start to a can't-put-down mystery! I would definitely want this on my night table.

  7. This appears to be one of those edge-of-your-seat books! So many possible reasons for the dark side of things in this apparently peaceful setting.

  8. Oh, yes, very nicely done, Janice. I like it, and would buy the book.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  9. @Friko:- Dan Brown? Don't know whether to be flattered or otherwise. His books seem to be very deeply researched.
    @Susan:- good thing I haven't written it, then, since you NEED your sleep;-)
    @Bookie:- yes, ambivalent might be the best description;-)
    @Kay:- thank you - too kind, as ever :-)

  10. Oh, yes! You've got to write this one, it's a page turner.

  11. You've posed a lot of questions and created a great environment for a thriller/mystery. Here is a place, after all, that should be safer than any other. I also like the paranormal element you raise. I'm in !

  12. I love the idea that this woman who seeks peace is turned into an unwilling sleuth due to one missing smile--not to mention those dark, ensnaring forces going on in the sanctuary! You have a way with words...and plots.

  13. @Grandma's Goulash:- maybe one day I will . . .
    Lisa:- thank you:-)
    Tammy:- too kind:-)

  14. That would get me buying the book for sure!

  15. @Dave:- thank you - much appreciated:-)

  16. Well done, I love mysteries. I would buy the book.

  17. This sounds very exciting! I would buy it too.

  18. Hi,
    Just to say I have used your image as the jumping-off point for a poem. I have not stayed true either to the image itself or the purpose you set for the prompt, but without it I would not have written the poem, so thank you for it. I hope you do not mind me misusing your prompt in this way. I'm off now to post it

  19. Dave, thank you, but the image came from Lisa at 'Writing in the Buff':-)

  20. Ah, glad you really ARE working on a couple of books!!


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