turn this into a powerful logline and win my eternal love + gratitude ( + a hundred bucks)
Dear You with the Wondrous Taste to be Reading this Blog:
Below is my working synopsis for the novel I’m working on called THE DECADENTS.
I would like to call upon the wisdom of the tribe to help me develop a punchy one- or two-sentence description that I can use at cocktail parties when people ask me what this damn book is about.
So give it a shot.
Enter a logline in the comment section below.
If I choose yours, I will give you a $100 Amazon gift certificate and name a character in the novel after you.
Contest ends whenever someone delivers up the perfect logline — or I come up with one on my own, or give up on the whole exercise, in which case I will give a $50 Amazon gift certificate to the entry that amuses (or bemuses) me the most.
Here is the working draft of the synopsis (and feel free to comment on it, what you like or don’t like about it, if you would actually read this book or hurl it at the neighbor’s dog that barks too much):
Gabe Maddox is a famous artist in Los Angeles fighting off drugs and a hedonistic nightlife when a mysterious younger woman confronts him with his past.
She is Cat Rusakova, a dancer plagued by nightmares and periods of ‘lost time’. She demonstrates an uncanny knowledge of Gabe’s high school love, Angelina, who disappeared over twenty years ago.
Gabe remains close to Angelina’s powerful family, especially her brother, Mason Lowell, a brilliant and enigmatic CEO. When a secret triangle of obsession and desire develops among Gabe, Cat, and Mason, the present begins to echo the past and forces Gabe to investigate Angelina’s last days and his own involvement with her. As the connection between Cat and Angelina reveals itself and Cat’s sanity begins to unravel, Gabe must overcome the deepest betrayal of his life — or a woman he loves will die. Again.
(edited to add the following, which was actually a comment responding to another comment in the section below, and which might cast some light on things:
the book is about repetition compulsion, the return of the repressed — how we recreate situations and relationships from the past in order to resolve them — reincarnation is a metaphor for that. the girl, Cat, is traumatized by memories of her past life/assault/murder and suffering from dissociation (she basically has an ‘alternate’ personality that has split off all the memories she can’t handle and their accompanying emotions). so she recreates this triangle — albeit not completely with the same people — which is driving toward the same tragic conclusion (her death) unless there’s resolution, restoration, healing. i want it to be a compelling cover-to-cover kind of read, elegantly written, but I’m really interested in the psychology, the relationships, the revelations of character, which I guess makes it a psychological thriller? psychosexual thriller? (a naked woman reclining and drinking champagne…actually *is* in the novel…)
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