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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 2011 AW Blog Chain

This post is part of the November 2011 Blog Chain at Absolute Write. This month's challenge is "NaBloPoMo" - National Blog Posting Month (not affiliated with the real NaBloPoMo).

The rules are to write up a back cover blurb for a book you have written or would like to write. It should be short, sweet, yet give a sense of people and events without totally spoiling the ending. NaNoWriMo participation is not required, and the blurb may be fiction or non-fiction as you see fit.

Each post should be less than 500 words if possible.

Here are the participants for this month. Please be sure to check out their blurbs too. 

Ralph Pines
Jarrah Dale
dolores haze
Alynza - you are here

When sixteen year old Alix learns her purpose in life, to destroy the King of the First Realm, she can hardly believe her own visions; and neither does anyone else as Desert Ridge Mental Facilities. Why would they when she doesn't have any solid memories of her life at all.

After unraveling disgraceful secrets of the past, Alix watches as Greek myths come alive and intertwine with beliefs held since the beginning of man. She discovers that she is the key to opening a doorway; the doorway to the throne of the Third Realm; and the King will stop at nothing to walk through it.

In order to stop the King from triggering the Final Battle and obliterating humankind, Alix knows that she may be forfeiting her own life in return.

But first, she has to escape her own personal hell, the mental ward.


Alright, so there you go. I'm not happy at all with it. Feel free to sink your claws in and have at it. :)

©Alynza Smith 2011


  1. I love it! Especially the twist at the end-- it's such a great hook! FABULOUS job.

  2. Don't be too hard on yourself. It has potential.

  3. I can see this struggle happening. Nobody listening to her, she's all by herself in this. Lonely world, but the huge obstacle would make for a compelling struggle, which is what keeps people reading! Keep at it. :)

  4. Thanks gals. You are way too kind. :D

  5. I agree with Diane. I'd be reading this story all the way, because I believe in the main character and want her to get through all the big obstacles! Solid conflict!

  6. Howdy! Sounds good to me, but the real risk of the situation could be clearer - well, we get a sense of what's at stake for her, but what exactly is the king's plan and why does he want to do it? What's really at risk for humankind? Hmmm..

  7. Very cool premise. Does Alix ever doubt her own mental health?

  8. Hi Diane, actually yes, Alix does doubt her frame of mind quite of bit in the beginning. It seems like there are so many levels to the story, I just have a hard time making them all come together in a short & sweet little blurb! Not sure how much info is too much and how much is not enough. :) I'm going to be insane myself by the time this whole book is ready.

  9. First I have to say I love your little 'Blurbity blurb' sign!
    Second, I love playing with the gray bits of the mind, the dark dusty corners and the self doubt. This has all the earmarks of a great story.
    But the details are a little cloudy in the copy.

  10. Anything to do with Greek mythology always peaks mu interest. ;)

  11. Thanks drlong, I agree though, the devil is in the details. Guess I need to spruce it up some more. :)

    Hey Ralfast, yes, Greek Myth is a fav of mine too. :D

  12. An interesting concept, to be sure. I'd like to know why the king needs to die and why Alix needs to kill him, and I'd wager that the answer to that would help a lot in integrating the Greek mythological concepts you introduce.

    The pieces are there, they just need some artful rearranging.

  13. I like it! Makes me wonder if she's really crazy, or if the stuff she's envisioning is really happening. I'd definitely read to find out :)

  14. Woo hoo! I love anything Greek myth related. Love the concept of this story and would absolutely pick up the book if I found it in a store.

  15. Hi Alynza, I've left an award for you over on my blog. Please stop by to check it out!

  16. Ooh, I always like these story within a story type tales--her life in the mental ward and the fantasy (or real?) story that unfolds in her POV.

  17. I like the how the fantasy world building at epic levels led to the most mundane thing of all - the mental ward.
    This shows the voice of you mc and creates her universe w/out deluging us with too much info.
    My only worry here is that it highlights the archetypal chosen one saves world story more than the spin that makes it original.