I have to write three sets of back cover copy for the Rocky Start books. These aren’t blurbs, they’re paragraphs and a tag line giving enough information so that the reader can decide if they want to read the book. I put it up on Facebook (because I need a post there) but this is where the real work gets done, so over to you Argh:
Rose Malone’s landlord-employer has just died in the small town of Rocky Start, Tennessee (and North Carolina) and now she’s broke with no idea if she has a job or if she and her daughter, Poppy, have a place to live. Then a stranger shows up and tries to evict her. It just isn’t the week to do that. She smacks him with a reproduction of the Maltese Falcon, he smacks her back with his fist, and then somebody grabs him and throws him into the street.
Max Reddy just wants his boots. He’s walking the Appalachian trail with his dog, Maggs, trying to leave behind a life as an elite covert operative, and stopping in Rocky Start to pick up new boots sent to the post office there when he sees a feisty middle-aged woman get backhanded by a guy in a suit. Max throws the jerk into the street and continues on his way, determined to get his boots and get out of town, even if Feisty was pretty cute. He’s been alone on the trail a long time. Some trees are looking good to him.
Rose needs to know what’s going on, so she follows Max to the post office, no ulterior motive, honest. Except to pick his pocket to find out who he is, then he can go. But by nightfall, she’s invited him under her roof for her own protection since she’s realized she’s dealing with a town full of retired spies with fire power and boundary issues, a suspicious sheriff, a sly-eyed moocher, a knife-wielding bakery owner, a conniving teenager, and a dog who’s decided she’s done with the Appalachian Trail.
Worst of all, Max is starting to think his dog might be right.
Rocky Start: This could be the start of something dangerous.