November 16th, 2006

International Kittens of Mystery

Decisions, Decisions: the Back Cover of the Resonance Paperback

One of the many excellent things about Baen is the amount of input they allow their authors. This week it's time to finalise the design of the back cover for the mass market paperback edition of Resonance (which is coming out May, 2007) And, as with the hardcover, I get to write the blurb.

Now, I have a choice: do I go with the blurb I wrote for the back cover of the hardback? The extract I used for the inside flap? Or something new?

Here's Option One:



Graham Smith is a 33 year-old office messenger. To the outside world he’s an obsessive-compulsive mute – weird but harmless. But to Graham Smith, it’s the world that’s weird. And far from harmless. He sees things others can’t . . . or won’t. He knows that roads can change course, people disappear, office blocks migrate across town. All at night when no one’s looking. The world’s an unstable place, still growing, sloughing off layers of reality like dead skin. One day you drive by, and it's changed.

Annalise Mercado hears voices, all from girls calling themselves Annalise. Sometimes she thinks they’re spirit guides, sometimes she thinks she’s crazy. But then they start telling her about Graham Smith and the men who want to kill him. That’s when they meet.

So begins the story of two people whose lives are fragmented across alternate realities. And how they hold the key to the future of a billion planets. . . .

((different font for review quote))

"Resonance is a tremendously accomplished book ... and immediately raises Dolley into the ranks of writers to watch. It's a head-over-heels romp. . . ." — Infinity Plus

"Read other folks’ reviews if you want spoilers, but I say: just get it and read it." —SFWA Book Review

"I don't know about you but I like being surprised by a story. I enjoy having an author keep me interested in the story and caring about the characters. Dolley does a great job of pulling all the elements together to keep you reading. Highly recommended." —

"I loved Resonance . . . the writing is clever, the concepts are ingenious, and the characterizations are first class." —

Here's Option Two:


Don’t step on the cracks—everyone knew the sense of that. One of the first things you learned as a child. But too many people forgot. Or didn’t care. Graham Smith cared. He knew that paving stones set the cadence of a street; that cracks regulated the stride length and set the resonance that kept everything stable and harmonious. Step on the cracks and the street slipped out of kilter. Imperceptibly at first. Minute changes around the edges, a new person living at number thirty-three, a strange car outside number five. Step on the cracks too often and . . . well, anything could happen. He’d seen houses turned into blocks of flats overnight. Parades of shops come and go. Terraces demolished, office blocks erected. All overnight when no one was looking. The world was a far more fragile place than people realized.

And every now and then a thread would work loose and something or someone would unravel.

((same review extracts as in Option One))

So, what do you think? Which blurb piques your interest the most? Comments welcome.