But it's funny sometimes what ultimately jumps out at us isn't it?
Case in point - yesterday I was browsing through publisher/distributor catalogs when I came across We'll Never Tell by Kayla Perrin, which is due out in March.
Description:Now this sounds OK. I'm not much for sorority girls (personally, I liked hanging out with the fraternity guys more - but I'm a ho like that), but the suspense sounds promising. So what's selling me on this story? Doesn't say it in the description, but the story takes place on a college campus that just happens to be my alma mater. Then of course I had to find out how Perrin came to set her story on this particular campus. I mean, we're not talking Notre Dame or UCLA here. Turns out she lives in Canada. Ahh, it all makes sense now. But thanks to my curiosity, my need for nostalgia, and the suspense thread that sounds like it might be fun - well I'll be reading it.
Essence bestselling author Kayla Perrin delivers a novel of suspense where a night of revenge turns deadly... Shandra James is a man stealer. As a pledge of the exclusive Alpha Sigma Pi sorority, she should know her place, and know not to throw herself at one of her sister's boyfriends. Phoebe, Miranda, and Camille decide to teach her a lesson one night. A lesson that involves humiliation but nothing more. Soon, the lesson turns deadly and the three women find themselves facing three new rules: never mention what happened that night, protect each other, and tell no one. Yet when a murderer comes calling, they each discover that rules are meant to be broken. We'll Never Tell is Kayla Perrin's most provocative, suspenseful novel yet.
Sometimes it's just that simple - where the story is set. I plan on reading The Collector by Cameron Cruise as soon as a library copy rolls my way. Why? Remember all those wacky library stories I used to regale blog readers with? Let's just say I'm familiar with the story's setting OK?
Description:And I think we all know by now that I'll read/buy just about anything if it's a western. I'm so predictable.
She lies in a pool of her own blood. More blood decorates one wall in macabre finger paintings. The victim is a fortune teller from the Little Saigon community of Westminster, California--a seemingly random murder. Detective Seven Bushard wonders cynically if she saw it coming.
When local artist Gia Moon shows up at the precinct claiming to have had visions of another murder yet to happen, Seven doesn't buy it. Some say Gia's paintings give a glimpse into the next world, but all Seven knows is cold, hard evidence. But when her prediction comes true, his investigation becomes a hunt for a serial killer.
But Gia is not all that she seems. A link to her past points to a lunatic whose desire to complete a bizarre collection has become an obsession. Now, Seven is locked in a game of greed and murder with a woman he can't entirely trust, and a killer who will silence anyone who gets in the way.
So thinking on "hooks" - what hooks you as a reader? If publishers wanted a guarantee that you were going to buy the book, what key words would they have to put on the back cover?