August 26th, 2008

Release day for rclementmoore!

HELL WEEK, by Rosemary Clement-Moore, sequel to the award winning PROM DATES FROM HELL, comes out today, Tuesday, August 26th!

College Freshman Maggie goes undercover to write an article about sorority rush for the newspaper, and gets more than she bargained for when she pledges a group of girls with supernaturally suspicious good luck. She has to use her wonky psychic abilities to solve the mystery and shut down the Sigma Alpha Xis before they make her stay on Greek Row permanent when Hell Week rolls around.

Here's what people are saying about the second book in the Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil Series:

"When you need a Buffy fix, grab a copy of Hell Week. From danger to humor, romance to mystery, this book has it covered!"
--Melissa Marr, author of the bestselling Wicked Lovely.

“Maggie’s snarky humor and quirky personality keeps this novel’s first half light, but the second takes a dark, page-turning twist.”
— Kirkus Reviews

"The first book was a great start, and this installment is top-notch fun and a satisfying follow-up for older teens. Great dialogue and smart, interesting relationships that grow and change make both books a joy to read."

And if you're in the Dallas Fort Worth Area, come to the book release party and signing on Saturday, August 30! (Hurst Barnes and Noble, from 2-4 PM)

Visit the author's website here.

Read more about HELL WEEK--including an excerpt--here.

Saturday's Booksigning info here.
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Lately I've been posting a lot of summaries of books for friends and members of the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit--the pithy details of the plot that appear on the back of a paperback book or the inside of the jacket for a hardcover. Today I was talking with another author about who writes these summaries. Sometimes the author does. Sometimes the publisher does. Sometimes the publisher actually hires other authors to write them (which sounds to me like The World's Third Best Job, after #1, Novelist, and #2, Copyeditor).

I made an attempt at writing the summaries for my novels Major Crush and The Boys Next Door. For Major Crush, I needed this summary to put in query letters to agents. So I wrote the summary after I wrote the book. For The Boys Next Door, I wrote the summary in the particular style of the Simon Pulse Ro-Coms to help convince my editor to OK the idea. So I wrote the summary before I wrote the book.

But for both of these, the publisher took some of what I wrote and tweaked it into something different. I like their version of the Major Crush summary better. I think their version of the summary for The Boys Next Door is okay--mine was too wordy--but theirs makes the book sound younger than it is imho.

By now I make it my habit to write that summary first, before I do any more plotting or planning for a ro-com. So you can read my summary of my next ro-com, The Ex-Games, here. I've already deviated from this a little in writing the book.

But for Going Too Far, I've never written a summary or a synopsis of any kind. I'm still not sure where that book came from. And I can't wait to see what the publisher comes up with to describe it.

Who writes your summaries?