We (that is, storytellers) want our books to be read, but in order to do that we also need to entice the reader. There are various weapons … ummm, tools we use to try to find a way to open the curiosity, and this is one. A Blurb, or a storyline (although that’s mainly for the professionals in the field – and why aren’t readers considered smart enough to be in the same league?).
So, here’s the go – which of these would open your curiosity enough to want to read the story?
- Safi Lomas was near the end of her induction training, working the perimeter of a public event with Thom, her mentor and friend, when the device exploded. It killed Thom, and blinded Safi – but she saw more. What she saw was a bullet. What they didn’t find was a bullet. But Safi knows what she saw … and who. She may be legally blind, but she has the dog, a bit of tech, and a way in. If she’s the only person who knows who the mole is, where he is, and what he plans, what she has to do is bring him to justice, or …
- A rookie spook is abandoned to her own devices, wiles and wit when her opponent demonstrates intel he couldn’t possibly have without insider knowledge. Can a blind covert operative stop the terror group detonating another bomb despite her lack of support – and the mole who outs her?
- A blind ex-field operative infiltrates a high-risk situation to prove there’s a mole – and murderer – at the centre of the agency, but when two people see the same thing differently, what is evidence and what is illusion?
- Safi Lomas holds the access card to something everyone wants – and she’s going to use it to bring the enemy to her, the broken and blind and angry young woman they see, to enable her to finally do her job – and disable the mole and murderer who killed her friend and mentor before he detonates another device.
Of course, I have a favourite, but I’m the writer, so I’m allowed. It also makes my bias too strong to see clearly (a bit blinded, you might think).
Which of these – if any (and please tell me if it’s nada, and why if possible) – push that button of curiosity?
The story may be complete by end Feb, and out and about in March (this isn’t set in stone, more like mud, so patience may be required).