Fifth Friday Fun: Books or Baloney?

I’ve been browsing our library’s card catalog in search of a good book to read—or at least an entertaining one. I always assumed that the librarians carefully weigh which books they acquire. After all, the budget only goes so far, and they have a responsibility to spend wisely. After reading the blurbs in the online catalog recently, however, I have to question their judgment.

As I sift through a lot of dubious plots to find the rare gem, it occurred to me to create a fun little quiz. Below, I’ve listed thirteen blurbs—those little descriptions the publisher writes to capture our interest. Can you tell which ones are actually real books—and which are merely figments of my imagination?

  1. When a terrible tragedy left her penniless and alone, Lady Astrid Derring did whatever it took to survive. She fired half her staff, borrowed gowns, and subsisted on cucumber sandwiches from the galas she attended.
  2. The key would unlock his future and the safety of his kingdom, but he never imagined the sorceress would unlock his heart. Antiques restorer, Rowena Lindstrom…
  3. She had secrets in her eyes and lies on her lips, and Detective Gabe Connally knew that Meghan Patterson would give him more than a few sleepless nights.
  4. Although she was orphaned at birth, Eden Moore is never alone. Three dead women watch from the shadows, bound to protect her from harm. But in the woods a gunman waits…
  5. Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into … a government job?
  6. What was a nice-guy cop to do when his motorcycle was hijacked by a blond bombshell fleeing a church in a wedding gown? Rescue her, of course.
  7. Belladonna Reynolds has just married a werewolf. Severo has given her nearly everything she could want–love, amazing sex, and the honor of choosing her as his mate for life. Yet there is one thing she craves that Severo will not give her…. Can a marriage between a werewolf and a vampire work?
  8. Jane Boyle has long since known that her mother-in-law is evil, but she’d never imagined Lynne Doran was actually the embodiment of a powerful, ancient body-snatching demon.
  9. To the world, he was a startlingly successful international tycoon, head of a vast financial empire. To his beautiful secretary-mistress, he was a god-like hero to be served with her mind, soul and…
  10. The two luminescent eyes watched the long, deserted roadway from low on the gusty promontory. Moist and dark, like large oily pearls, the eyes shifted and widened almost imperceptibly at every movement…
  11. Church secretary Becky Tate couldn’t deny that Serenity’s new preacher was charming…and gorgeous.
  12. Joanne Walker has three days to learn to use her shamanic powers and save the world from the unleashed Wild Hunt. No worries. No pressure. Never mind the lack of sleep…
  13. Belle Cantrell felt guilty about killing her husband and she hated that. Feeling guilty, that is.

Click “continue” to see the answers.

Which books are real and which ones did I make up? Would you believe that they’re all real? There’s no way I could come up with anything to rival these plots. (If you’ve ever considered writing a novel of your own, this should encourage you to get started!)

In case you want to read any of these books, here are the titles and authors. And if you do read some, let me know what you think!

  1. Surrender to Me, by Sophie Jordan
  2. Braedric’s Bane, by A.J. Nuest
  3. Hard to Handle, by Kylie Brant
  4. Four and Twenty Blackbirds, by Cherie Priest
  5. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
  6. The Cop and the Chorus Gir,, by Nancy Martin
  7. After the Kiss, by Michele Hauf
  8. The Lost Soul, by Gabriella Pierce
  9. The Night of January 16th, by Ayn Rand
  10. Fatalis, by Jeff Rovin
  11. Her Brother’s Keeper, by Valier Hansen
  12. Urban Shaman, by C.E. Murphy
  13. The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell, by Loraine Despres
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