Monday, November 24, 2008

What's Your Book About???

Last week, my editor sent over some of the printed materials that will go on the book jacket (not the cover or anything fabulous like that!), but some of the other fun stuff.

Here’s the excerpt from THE BODY FINDER that will go on the back jacket. I love this scene…I think it captures the creepiness of the story (which is some of the stuff that I love best!):


Violet strained to see into the lake below. Multihued light seemed to be radiating up from beneath the water, centered among the reeds, and then diffusing outward as it reached the surface. Violet had never seen anything like it, and she knew that the spectrum of light was defying its very nature by behaving in that way.

It could be only one thing.

There was something dead down there.


So, here is the jacket flap copy (at least this is what we’re planning on so far). I’m really happy with the way my editor captured not just the thriller portion of the story (of the spooky, paranormal variety), but also the romance angle. I was wondering how they were going to incorporate all of that into a few short paragraphs, but somehow (I think, anyway) she did it:


Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.

Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.


Now if I could only see the cover design…

14 comments:

PJ Hoover said...

Nice! If I wasn't already planning on buying it, I would be now!

Holly said...

Sounds great! I can't wait to add it to my list of books! I can see a great review coming in the future!

Kimberly Derting said...

Thank PJ!

And, Holly, fingers crossed on the book reviews!!! :)

Leigh said...

Great stuff...the back cover scene really gives me a creepy tingly feeling - in an awesomely good way! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow, it sounds awesome Kim!! Can't wait to read it...Good job on Letterman. What guest did he have on? Who went with you? Amee

Kimberly Derting said...

Thanks Leigh...creepy tingly is good!

Hey Amee: It was James Franco (from Pineapple Express and Spiderman), and just Josh and I went! So fun!!!

Lori P said...

My appetite is officially whet. . .

Sheree said...

Wow, it sounds right up my alley! It sounds great! I can't wait to read it! NYC sounds like it was amazing!

Kimberly Derting said...
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Kimberly Derting said...

Thanks guys! I'm lucky to have such great friends and supporters!!! :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

OMG! so exciting. I pretty much just found out about your book now but it sounds absolutely amazing.

Do you know when it will come out?

-Lauren

Shooting Stars Mag said...

wow, i'm slow..just saw you little info thing....september 2009??? TOO FAR!!

-lauren

RR2 said...

Sounds ah-mazing. Definitely can't wait to read it.

Kimberly Derting said...

Hey Lauren and RR2, glad you think it sounds good...now I just need a few more people who think like you do...! Hopefully I can keep you intrigued all the way up 'til the release date (or at least until ARCs are available if you end up doing reviews!). ;)