Sunday, November 13, 2011

The 13th Day: Your Book Summary in 13 Words

Some people may think that the number 13 is unlucky, but not those of us at The Lucky 13s!

In fact, we're celebrating the 13th day of each month by featuring a blog entry that celebrates all of our members.

Here's how it works... I'll ask a question, and they'll answer.

It's a way of making the 13th day of each month a little bit more special!

The question I asked this month seemed simple, but it soon proved to involve a little bit of thinking and word play. I asked everyone to Describe your debut book in 13 words (no more, no less).

Here are our short blurbs...

Rachele Alpine describes CANARY as:
Kate has a choice: stay silent or expose her school’s corrupt basketball stars.

Emma Pass describes ACID as:
Jenna's running from ACID, a corrupt police force who want her silenced forever.

Jessica Corra describes AFTER YOU as:
When her twin sister kills herself, Camilla rewinds time to try stopping her.

Steven dos Santos describes THE TORCH KEEPER as:
Two brothers surviving under a post-apocalyptic regime face the most horrific choice imaginable.

Kristen Kittscher describes THE WIG IN THE WINDOW as:
Two tweens suspect their school counselor is a fugitive -- and might be right!

Jessica Young describes MY BLUE IS HAPPY as:
A young girl discovers that colors can mean different things to different people.

L.R. Giles describes WHISPERTOWN as:
A tough teen in Witness Protection must solve his best friend's grisly murder.

Elisabeth Dahl describes GENIE WISHES as:
Fifth grade--highs, lows, and hamster erasers--seen through the class blogger's eyes.

Tara Lazar describes THE MONSTORE as:
What happens when your new monster is broken...and you can't return him?

Elsie Chapman describes THE ASSIGNMENT as:
Teenage assassin in a world where everyone has an Alternate--only one survives.

Megan Shepherd describes THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER as:
Juliet finds murder, romance, and a mysterious island while searching for her father.

Brandy Colbert describes A POINT SO DELICATE as:
A ballet prodigy must come to terms with her part in friend's abduction.

Ellen Oh describes PROPHECY as:
Kira Kang, demonslayer, must use her unique abilities to stop a demon invasion.

Sarah Skilton describes BRUISED as:
A teenage girl skilled in martial arts freezes up at an armed robbery.

Jennifer McGowan describes MAID OF SECRETS as:
A resourceful thief joins an elite group of spies in Queen Elizabeth's Court.

Kristin Halbrook describes NOBODY BUT US as:
Lovers turn to desperate measures when they can't flee their pasts fast enough.

Cat Winters describes IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS as:
In 1918, a girl deals with war, a deadly flu, and a ghost.

Alison Cherry describes RED as:
Will blackmail stop a redheaded beauty queen from winning the Miss Scarlet Pageant?

Debra Driza describes MILA 2.0 as:
Teenager discovers she’s a military experiment; an android whose humanity might prove deadly.

Chelsey Flood describes INFINITE SKY as:
An absent mother, an illegal gypsy camp, a friendship, a fight, a tragedy.

Caroline Carlson describes MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT as:
Pirates duel on the High Seas with tinned beets and enchanted crochet hooks.

Ashley Elston describes THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING as:
No matter what, I'm getting the hell out of the Witness Protection Program.

Imogen Howson describes LINKED as:
Elissa’s visions are caused by telepathy with a twin she didn’t know existed.

Corey Haydu describes OCD LOVE STORY as:
Bea loves Beck, but she is not ready to give up her obsessions.

Liz Coley describes PRETTY GIRL-13 as:
Angie vanished for three years. There are secrets you can't even tell yourself.

Rachele Alpine is surrounded by words! She's a high school English teacher by day (10th grader American Literature), MFA fiction student by night and tries to find whatever free time she can in between to write, write, write.

She's represented by John Rudolph from Dystel and Goderich and her young adult comtemporary novel CANARY will be published in the summer of 2013 by Medallion Press.

She blogs at, or you can find her on Facebookand Goodreads.


  1. They all sound really good. I will check them all out! Now I wish 2013 is sooner.

    I'm impressed everyone did such a great job with 13 words. Sometimes it's hard to even reduce it into a two-sentence pitch!

  2. Oh wow, so many amazing sounding books! Can't wait to get my hands on some of them!

  3. They all sound so intriguing! Congrats!

  4. Lots of great stories coming out! Thanks for sharing the sneak peek.

  5. Dying to read each and every one of these. Thanks for compiling the blurbs, Rachele, and coming up with the idea of 13-word synopses. It was actually freaking hard, but I loved the challenge.

  6. Thanks so much, Rachele, this was an awesome idea! Who knew 13 words would be just enough to come up with some kick-ass descriptions? Can't wait to read these!

  7. This is such a cool idea, and I agree with those who said it was HARD! because it so was!

    But now I have a perfect snapshot of so many wonderful 2013 debuts. Woot!