Monday, September 9, 2013

New Polar Night Blurb


I'm really excited to share my new blurb for Polar Night, courtesy of the awesomely talented Michael Di Gesu. I told Michael I wanted a blurb that captured more of the paranormal aspect of the novel and also one that was shorter than my original blurb. He came through in a big way and I'm just thrilled with the result!

So here it is, the new blurb:

At noon the sun awakens as rural Dalton highway is painted on the arctic, Alaskan horizon. Silhouetted against the burning haze, a haunted asylum pierces the never-ending sky.

A woman screams.

A silken voice and a powerful grip to the throat persuades her silence. His classic Russian features, not unlike the minted image of Czar Nicolas II, remain frozen in time. “Please do not disappoint me like the others, my darling.”

The doorbell chimes. He releases his hold and caresses her cheek. “Natasha,” escapes his lips as he ascends the creaky wooden stairs. A calm hand opens the door. The glistening snow on the front porch pales against Aleksei’s skin and charming smile.

The callused hand of a detective, Danny Fitzpatrick, flashes a search warrant. His puffy, bloodshot eyes lock onto Aleksei’s ...

The young woman cries out, but only Aleksei hears. They will never find you my dear. This beaten and hung over man does not have a clue.

Hours later, the detective crosses the threshold and shudders as if encased in a block of ice. The sun drops to sleep and an eerie shadow creeps alongside him. He shakes his head.

Aleksei watches from the peephole. You feel my immortal essence ... do you not? A forceful hand bolts the door. Aleksei probes his elongating eye teeth.

It is time for a new plan ...
I so love it!! And I'm so grateful to Michael for working with me on this. Visit his blog today for more on his work and a before and after of our blurbs. And check out the services he now offers through his business Michael Di Gesu Presents.



I thought the new blurb was a great way to celebrate the fact that Polar Night is on sale for 10% off at Smashwords through October 6, 2013. Just use coupon code DK46V to get the discount. 

Finally, just a reminder that my September giveaway is going on through the end of the month!


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32 comments:

  1. Read it this morning on Michael's site - he did an awesome job!

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  2. Pretty amazing, Julie. So glad you found such a good resource in Michael. He's super talented. But so are you!

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  3. Michael has the magic, doesn't he? Wonderful blurb, very powerful!

    Congratulations Julie, and Michael!

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  4. Thank you so much Alex, Karen, Yolanda, and Julie! Michael is just awesome. :)

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  5. I love Michael's blurbs. They're pretty awesome.

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  6. I just read it on Michael's blog. Really eye/ear catching!

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  7. Thanks, Julie, would love to have a publisher so that I can concentrate on the writing, maybe one day :0)

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  8. New blurb, new reason for a giveaway. Win/win!! :)

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  9. Julie, how exciting! I just read this on Michael's site earlier. I hope you're experiencing loads of success with Polar Night.

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  10. @Michael, I agree, love the intros he does too.

    @Suzanne and Johanna, thank you both!

    @Carole, you will soon enough, I'm sure.

    @LG, :D

    @Susan, thanks so much!

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  11. Amazing blurb! It's intense and beautifully written.

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  12. Very nice. Blurb writing is an art unto itself.

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  13. Hi Julie,

    Yes, I actually now know what a blurb is. And yes, the blurb expressed so eloquently by Michael, paints quite a picture in my mind. And that's saying something.

    Take care,

    Gary

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  14. @Christine, I agree, Michael did such a fantastic job.

    @Joy, oh, that's just the word I wanted! :)

    @Mary, totally agree.

    @Gary, thank you! :)

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  15. Love the before and after idea! It does share a great image.

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  16. The new blurb really demands attention and matches the tone of the book well! Very nice. :)

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  17. Michael is so talented! Love it! :)

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  18. Ooh, love how ominous this new blurb is!

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  19. I read the blurb over at Michael's place.
    He IS the Blurb King!
    Writer In Transit

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  20. Brilliant blurb Julie! I'm heading over to Michael's to see the before and after excerpts. This was such a great idea!

    Julie

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  21. Great blurb. Definitely had me hooked.

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  22. So cool! I definitely didn't get the paranormal feel from your previous blurb, so this one definitely gives me a clearer idea of your book. :-)

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  23. Thank you Karen, Michael, EJ, Heather, Michelle, Julie, Murees, Misha, and Sheena! I'm so glad you like the new blurb, I love it more every time I read it. :)

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  24. Terrific! (But I liked your old one, too.) You've been doing an awesome job promoting your book.

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  25. Wow, that's awesome. It's still on my TBR... any day now, I'm hoping to have some spare money - the kids sucked it all up in new school uniforms!

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  26. Oh, thanks, Annalisa! I appreciate it. :)

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  27. Dude, this blurb is soooo chilling! Great job Michael!

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