We’ve been working on a blurb for Poggibonsi: An Italian Misadventure for a while…
(My amazing beta readers got their advance review copies yesterday, thank you very much. The book should release in about 30 days, maybe less.)
I wanted a blurb that represented what was actually in the book.
laugh out loud funny parts
steamy romantic parts
a good plot
AND a happy ending anyone could enjoy (although we obviously don’t tell you the ending in the blurb)
THIS is what we came up with:
When family man Mike Torino lands a project in Italy, home of naked art, Valentino, and taxi-crashing yoga pants, he brings along his wife, hoping to rekindle their marriage. But romance gets derailed by head colds, constant bickering, and assaults from ankle-breaking cobblestone streets. Their daughter develops a gelato addiction. Mike’s Italian partner has a coronary. And as for amore . . . Mattie tells Mike to handle things himself—and storms back to America.
Mike is trapped. Leaving Italy will blow a promotion; staying might cost him his wife and family.
While reeling from Mattie’s frantic departure, a replacement liaison is assigned—a top-notch, beautiful young Italian woman who is instantly smitten with Mike and determined to reveal the passions of her homeland—whether he wants to see them or not! Normally immune, Mike is tempted – but is headstrong, voluptuous Julietta worth the risk?
The original wasn’t bad, it just didn’t read as funny – and Poggi is a VERY FUNNY book. My funniest.
You guys read my stuff here. You know what that means. I’m a funny guy, and even though on the blog I’m more sarcastic, in the book I do stuff that’s just insanely hilarious.
…your “misadventures” were effectively showcased via humor. The sequence at (CAN’T TELL YOU) where Mike (ALSO CAN’T SAY) and the later sequence with (SORRY) was brilliantly inspired!
humorous, often laugh out loud funny
I liked it very much. Very easy reading, strong writing, good story.
…maybe Debby didn’t get all the jokes.
very witty and it definitely had me laughing out loud a few times, especially (SORRY)’s scenes
wonderfully entertaining book
I wanted to find out what happened to everyone involved.
Who are these people? Critique partners, friends – people who got to have a look before the final edits were done.
And, hey – you’ll get your chance to see that when it releases soon, unless you’re a beta reader. (Which you still can be if you want; they just got their copies yesterday. It’s not like they’re all so far ahead of you. It’s not a race.)
I told everyone about it for weeks and then when I cut off applications people were like WAIT, I STILL WANNA DO IT. Okay; it’s a little more work for me but what the hell. I’m nice. Use the Contact Me button and let me know. Or if you have a friend you think would like this story. The more the merrier.
But back to our little dilemma…
What do YOU think? Does this blurb and this cover say funny, sexy, steamy, and overall good – to you?