The Seneca Scourge And A Willy Wonka Song

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You’ve all seen Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, right? Good. Let’s start out by singing an Oompa Loompa song. Click that You Tube link if you need a melody refresher.

Ready? All together now!

Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-doo,
I’ve got a perfect puzzle for you.
Oompa Loompa, do-ba-dee-dee,
If you are wise you’ll listen to me.

What do you get when your seatmate blows snot?
Maybe a virus that turns lungs to rot.
Is that what The Seneca Scourge is about?
Oh, indeed of that there’s no doubt.

I don’t like the look of it.

Oompa Loompa do-ba-dee-da,
Catch my virus and you will soon croak.
Unless Dr. McKnight rescues you.
Like the oompa loompa do-ba-dee-doo.
Do-ba-dee-doo

These sweet Glo Sticks once scared the crap out of me. (Image credit: egotvonline.com)

My Disrobing

As a punishment for your off-key singing, I am unveiling my cover art and book blurb for The Seneca Scourge. Pretend I’m an important blogger revealing the next novel for Oprah’s Book Club, rather than a naïve blogger introducing a book that barely snagged a small e-book publisher (but how grateful to them I am).

Still, for this Ohio woman, it’s pretty cool. And I’m pleased with the cover art. My publisher boasts award-winning cover artists, and I can see why.

My book cover (Cover artist: Harris Channing)

The Seneca Scourge Book Blurb

Dr. Sydney McKnight, a young physician battling the deadliest influenza pandemic of all time, joins forces with Dr. Casper Jones, an odd new research virologist whose arrival coincides with the virus’s advent, and whose presence raises more questions than answers.

As scientists around the world search for an explanation for the virus’s high mortality rate, Sydney’s distrust of Casper grows, especially after she discovers him injecting an unidentified substance into her patient. Despite a heavy patient load, rebuttals from her boss, and an increasingly strained relationship with her boyfriend, Sydney is determined to learn the truth.

But what she finds will plunge her into danger and change her life forever…

So, there it is. Certainly no Pulitzer, but hopefully a fun read. Just bring your hazmat suit. What? You don’t have one? Well, good luck to you then.

Do you judge a book by its cover? If you’re an author, have you struggled to find the right cover art? Do you struggle with writing book blurbs and author bios? Did you like Johnny Depp in the Willy Wonka remake? Are you an Oompa Loompa?

141 Responses to “The Seneca Scourge And A Willy Wonka Song”

  1. Booker « Real Woman's Health

    [...] may be released in the next couple of weeks and I am looking forward to it!  The Seneca Scourge by Carrie Rubin, looks to be an exciting and entertaining medical thriller.  Click on her name for the [...]

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  2. Lynn Schneider

    I like the cover and the blurb too, am looking forward to it. You get a lot of comments, I am impressed. I don’t judge a book by it’s cover necessarily, more by the back blurb. Back Blurbs are killers to write, but you’ve done it well! Congrats on the release of your novel.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Lynn! You’re right; blurbs are not fun to write. You don’t want to sound overly dramatic, but you want to entice the reader. You don’t want to give anything away, but you want to convince them to read it. Oy vey.

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  3. Carol Wuenschell

    So far, so good – and looking good! (My introvert is cheering for your introvert.)
    Blurbs are hard. They have to be so concise but also provocative… and at the same time, not totally inaccurate. A lot to balance.
    Afraid I never did the Willy Wonka thing. Deprived childhood, I guess…

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Deprived is right. But it’s never too late. One is never too old for Willy Wonka (but watch the original).

      Thanks for your encouragement. This introvert is finding the concept of marketing difficult. I’m reading a book on the subject and breaking out into hives with each passing page.
      :)

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  4. Daniel Nest

    Whoa, how’d you know I was singing out of tune?! What sorcery is this?!

    Neat cover and again congrats to you, hope to have that same feeling some years down the line :)

    As for judging books – I wouldn’t say covers are a big influence on me. I can’t recall a single time I was swayed by a cover. Then again, maybe my feeble mind has been subconsciously manipulated without my knowledge or consent? Maybe it’s all part of a government conspiracy? Maybe my house is bugger RIGHT NOW and I’m under a 24-hour surveillance? They’re outside my door this very moment, I just know it!

    Thanks Carrie…my paranoia’s back, hope you’re happy!

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    • Daniel Nest

      bugger = bugged….now they’re affecting my spelling ability…it begins again!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks for the positivity about my cover, but I’m so sorry your paranoia has resurfaced. Then again, you do have dolls stalking you, so there might be some cause for your cautiousness. Maybe it’s from all of that weird canteen food you’ve been eating. I suspect the government’s been experimenting with your food for quite some time now. Be afraid. Be very afraid…

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  5. Jennifer M Eaton

    How’d you find out I was an oompa loompa? Aaaaaaa!
    Über congrats on the cover. Very exciting stuff.
    Don’t belittle your accomplishment. You’re published, Baby!

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  6. Perfecting Motherhood

    So close to the birth of your book, you must be pretty excited! I love the back cover synopsis, it’s quite catchy. Tell it all, do you end the world in your book?

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  7. Subtlekate

    I love a sing along. I can’t wait to get my mitts on your book.
    I admit, the cover makes a different to me if I read a physical book. If it’s an e book I don’t get to see the cover and it makes no difference to me. Odd huh.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      You know, that’s a really good point. I hadn’t thought about that, but you’re right. I don’t give ebook covers a whole lot of thought either. I hope this cover transcribes as well in the paper copy as it does in the electronic form.

      Thanks for coming by, and I hope you continue to make a nice recovery.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Janet. I am both excited and relieved but also nervous. It’s one thing to write and edit the book, it’s another to know that people might read it. I’d be lying if I said I was full of confidence. But I’m sure I am not alone in those thoughts.
      :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Kourtney Heintz

    Very intriguing cover. Your publisher has great cover artists. :) The back cover sounds like a riveting medical thriller! Kudos Carrie! :) And loved how you opened with the Oompa Loompa.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Kourtney. I’m finding this marketing thing a bit uncomfortable, to be honest, so I at least wanted to make it fun. It’s still nerve-racking to talk about my book, which I guess is why I waited so long to do so. But I suppose the time is here. Must pull up the big girl undies and go for it!

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  9. frederick anderson

    1: You are an important blogger, and 2: if Oprah misses out on this one it truly is time she retired. Nice plot, nice cover, can’t wait to taste the whole sandwich. I name this ship….. Good luck with the book, Carrie!

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you attempting to boost my self-esteem. I will repeat your two bullet points aloud three times, and then click my heels and say, “There’s nothing to fear,” over and over again. Or something along those lines. Hey, it worked for Dorothy…

      As always, thanks for stopping by!

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  10. i mayfly

    Congratulations and nice complements: cover art + blurb. Someone might think you were a professional ;-)
    I’m looking forward to reading “the rest of the story.” -Nikki

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks Nikki. As for professionalism, well, let’s hope I can fool them on that one. I’m really flying by the seat of my pants. But don’t tell anyone.
      ;)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Ha ha–nothing too fancy about my makeup skills either. But I don’t wear foundation, so hopefully I’ll never be that orange.
      :)

      Yes, the book is coming alive. Which is starting to get a bit scary, actually.
      :)

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  11. Curly Carly

    I’m intrigued! Your book sounds really good. I would definitely read it. Anything with a medical twist has my full attention.

    I like the cover art, too!

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  12. Polly Robinson

    hahahahahahaha re oompa loompas … you’re nuts … yep, book cover passes muster … I’ve got to help design one for an anthology on Friday (ooooh!) :)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Good luck with the design, though I doubt you’ll need it. You have more creativity in your little finger than most of us have in our whole bodies. If only I had some of your right-brain function, I wouldn’t be so darn concrete all the time. Dang my left brain.
      :)

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      • Polly Robinson

        heh-heh … on the Myers-Briggs I come out as all N (intuition) with not one jot of S (sensing) … my mother always said I was senseless! hahahahahahaha ROFL :)

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          • Polly Robinson

            Hah! I’m INTP bordering on INFP – not sure how much credence I put on this stuff, but then, I would say that wouldn’t I? heh-heh :)

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            • Carrie Rubin

              I’ve taken it three times over a couple decades span, and I always come out the same. At least yours has some wiggle room.
              ;)

            • Polly Robinson

              Just a mite! The score’s have been similar the four or five times I’ve done it (I’m a qualified MB practitioner) yet I really think that the one or two points either way are an indication of the work you’re largely occupied with … If I’m coaching a lot for example the F comes to the fore, if I’ve been working on accounts (ugh!) it’s the T … bit simplistic, but you’ll get where I’m coming from …

            • Carrie Rubin

              You are a woman of many talents! That’s interesting to know. I’ll keep that in mind if I ever take it again.

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