Writing the Cover Blurb, by Nancy Radke

On many book covers, you will notice a short blurb which tells a little bit about the story inside. I always try to include a cover blurb, although sometimes I forget to add one.


Writing the blurb isn’t as easy as it may seem. I’ve found that I cannot write a satisfying blurb until the book is almost finished, which makes it difficult to get a book cover done and ready as soon as I should. I still haven’t written one for the last cozy mystery I’m working on, but there is no rush on that story, so I’ll just wait.

Of all my books, my favorite blurb is for the cover of A Tennessee Christmas. “Good memories are the diamonds of your mind.” This story is about a father who had lost his little boy and is getting ready to sell his house because of the memories it contains. But these memories are almost all good and it takes the heroine to help him realize this.

Another blurb that I liked was for the book Scorpion’s Trail. “Danger wears a mask. Nothing is as it seems.” This mystery featured an undercover agent who would change identities as well as his appearance. The heroine worried because she felt she was falling in love with two different men.

The danger-ridden book Trouble Never Knocks has the blurb “It’s hard to leave the past behind.” For the book Changing Horses, I used “First love is not always the best.” The lighthearted book The Holiday has “House swap; hers came with a man.” None of the blurbs are interchangeable, since my stories are all so different.

What book have you read that first attracted you with its blurb?

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About Nancy Radke

A USA Today bestselling author, Nancy Radke grew up on a wheat and cattle ranch in SE Washinton State. She attended a one-room country school through the eighth grade. She learned to ride bareback at age 3 (Really! It was a common practice.) and when she got off or fell off, she would pull her horse's nose to the ground, get on behind its ears, and the horse would lift its head so she could scoot down onto its back. Nancy spent most of her childhood exploring the Blue Mountain trails that bordered the ranchlands. She and a friend once took a trail that turned out to be a two day trip. They always rode with matches and pocket knives, so made camp and returned the next day. These long rides worried her parents, but provided plenty of time to make up stories. Her first novel was set in the Blues, and is entitled APPALOOSA BLUES. TURNAGAIN LOVE was the first one published. It rated a four star review from Affaire de Coeur. Scribes World said "Turnagain Love has some fascinating twists and turns, unexpected complications, and charming scenes." It is light and humorous. Nancy currently has over 30 books written, both modern and western. All her stories are sweet and wholesome.  View website

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