When Constable Ned Parker is summoned to a hot cornfield one morning in the small Texas community of Center Springs to examine the remains of a tortured bird dog, he finds a dark presence in their quiet community. Ned is usually confident when it comes to handling moonshiners, drunks and domestic disputes. But the animal atrocities turn to murder, and the investigation spins beyond the old man’s abilities. Ned combines forces with John Washington, the almost mythical black deputy sheriff from nearby Chisum, to track down a murderer who is rapidly becoming a threat to his own family.
Action sequences can make or break your book. We live in a world of action movies, but that doesn’t mean that our writing has to become one giant action scene. So, here’s a little checklist to make sure you don’t go overboard with your action scenes.
This is the place. This is where you and your friends always had the best time. You came here every summer as a kid.
Tell us your favorite memory. Did you sneak under a carnival tent to pet an elephant? Was it the year you saw the kid who always bullied you throwing up after a roller-coaster ride? Maybe a first kiss shared with someone special that time you got stuck at the top of the Ferris wheel? In 250 words or less, tell me a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.
Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.
Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, August 28th 2012.
On Wednesday morning, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday.
On Friday morning, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Best of luck to you all in your writing!
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Cruising for Death by DV Berkom
65,000 words (approx.)
Kate and Cole are on a luxury cruise in the Caribbean when a passenger dies of an apparent heart attack and the ship is boarded by modern-day pirates. Along with two other passengers, Kate is kidnapped by a long-lost enemy who wants to settle an old score.
Will Kate escape certain death or end up as shark bait in the middle of the Caribbean? It’s adventure in paradise and promises all the fast-paced action readers have come to expect from the Kate Jones Thriller Series.