Today I have the fourth in my “Regrettable Books A to Z™” series. For those of you new to my series, this is 100% parody. You are more than welcome to laugh, snicker and guffaw at my amateurish photoshopping and blurb writing. Bad is good. Good is bad.
D is for Desert / Dessert
I hate misspellings and one of the most common ones I’ve seen is confusing “dessert” with “desert” especially since I used to live in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment and truly a desert-y type place. I’ve seen this misspelling in several published books but never on the cover, until now:
First the tagline:
“Sometimes the most fertile experiences are found in the most barren of places…”
New graduate Buffy O’Toole always thought she’d teach at one the prep schools on the east coast. After all, she’s a product of them herself and has nothing but happy memories of those days. Earning her teacher’s certificate should have enabled her to return, but when a momentary lapse in judgment renders her disowned and virtually unemployable, those dreams evaporate faster than a Walmart advertised special on a Black Friday.
An influential family friend offers Buffy a second chance—teach for one year at an impoverished Native American school in the high mountain desert of New Mexico and he’ll secure her a position at Miss Kennedy’s Equestrian and Finishing School for Fine Ladies in Martha’s Vineyard. Reluctantly she agrees.
Adrift amongst a people already suspicious and distrustful of the white man, Buffy must learn to set aside her prejudices and embrace the First People. However, two men, Chad Rutting-Stallion and Greg Mounting-Bull, want She Who Wears Twin Sets gone and are willing to use extreme measures to achieve their goal. They have no desire to be some rich white woman’s charity project, even if that white woman has the softest skin they’ve ever touched or tasted, and even if she happens to enjoy a little too much their dangerously seductive games of cowgirl and indians.
With her year nearly over, will Buffy be able to leave her savage First Men or will she run home to her civilized First love?
First debrief point I want to make is I mean no disrespect at all to Native Americans so I hope none is taken.
Second–notice the author’s name is taking a more commanding position on the cover? Yeah, I figure by book four, she’s earned it.
Third–could I have put any more phallic symbols on the cover? It’s actually a pretty cover I’d be proud to affix to the right story.
Disclaimer: “Regrettable Books A to Z™” is a completely fictional (duh!) creation for parody purposes only. I have no product beyond what you see in this post. Photos are public domain or stock photos I have purchased. This is not a commercial purpose, however, I retain any and all creative story rights in the highly unlikely event I accidentally create something that might be worth a damn.
This cover had me blushing. And yeah, word mix-ups always get under my skin.
Lila Shaw sure is making a name for herself huh? X3 Loved it as always.
Ha! Yeah, Lila’s a little naughtier than Claire but I’m stealing her stuff and add a few of my own. Thank you for all your visits so far. You’ve been a lovely guest. 🙂
No problem! I have your blog on my must reads list, so I’ll visit every day. Thanks for the entertaining posts! 🙂
Very much appreciated. There’s just so many bloggers this year. I literally just throw a mouse click dart at the linky list when picking my daily 5 or so blogs to visit in addition to my commenters, so a return trip, especially multiple ones, is amazoids! Thanks.
I went through all the tags a month in advance and separated out the blogs that have really interesting themes, then I separated them by platform, because some are easier to comment on than others.
Now, I read my must reads first, then I chose five blogs from a different platform every day, then I chose another five from the A – Z blog site to read, and if I still have time/energy, I just go down my feed and read them in order.
So I’m reading what I want to read, and still fulfilling my 5 new blogs a day, too. It’s a win/win 😀
This is wonderful! I was cracking up. And YES on this misspelling! N J (above) was trying to find an image for desert online for a flashcard, and all that popped up for about 10 pages on Google image search was dessert! Gah! Same problem on Pinterest especially.
Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.
Thanks, Alex. Yes…the dratted misspellings. Pretty bad when you get a plethora via googling and on pinterest. Criminal really.