Friday, February 26, 2010

Vote! Or, How Do You Like Me Now?

I wonder if you could do me a favor. I've been trying to write a succinct description of my 300-page book, The Healer's Apprentice, and it's, well, not easy. Not that I'm complaining or anything. Anyway, how does this description grab you? Does it make you want to read the book? Sound intriguing?
Description #1:

A woodcutter’s daughter,
a duke’s son, and a mysterious woman in hiding

Rose, a poor woodcutter's daughter, must prove her competence as the healer’s apprentice if she is to save herself from her mother’s plans to marry her off to a decrepit old merchant.

When Lord Hamlin, destined to be ruler over the region, is injured while the healer is away, Rose must overcome her inexperience to save him. But she must also conquer her attraction to him, for he has dedicated his life to rescuing his betrothed—a woman whom the evil conjurer, Moncore, has vowed to destroy.

Lord Hamlin’s duty is to marry his betrothed, defeat Moncore, and bring security to his people. He should not indulge in forbidden feelings of love for Rose. But when Rose is the one in danger, only true love can prevent the ultimate tragedy.

When destiny sleeps, it can only be awakened by true love’s kiss.

Okay, now here's Description #2:
When destiny sleeps, it can only be awakened by true love’s kiss.

In this historical romance loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, Rose, a woodcutter’s daughter, becomes the town healer’s apprentice. Her job is to help care for the sick and injured in the Southwest tower of Hagenheim Castle. But Rose becomes sick at the sight of blood and is more suited to making up stories than sewing up wounds. She is determined to overcome her weakness and prove herself a competent healer, or face marrying a disgusting old merchant her mother has picked out for her.

Lord Hamlin, oldest son of the duke, destined to be ruler of the region, is injured while the healer is away. Rose must overcome her squeamishness and inexperience to care for his injury. And she must not fall in love in with Lord Hamlin, for he is betrothed to marry a girl who is in hiding and must fulfill his duty to find the evil conjurer, Moncore, and save his betrothed.

But the people of Hagenheim are not always who they seem. When Rose’s life is in danger, Lord Hamlin must choose between duty and destiny, between obligation … and true love.

Do either of these grab you? Which do you like best, #1 or #2?

Oh, and here's what the cover will look like!