Anthems for Authors – The Book I Read

When you’re writing a book, you need a lot of words. Pretty much, right? But songs don’t need a lot of words – and sometimes, it doesn’t take a lot of words to say how a book makes someone feel. Here, in The Book I Read by The Talking Heads, there aren’t a lot of lyrics – but any author can appreciate the ones that are there: “I’m writing ’bout the book I read / I have to sing about the Book I read / I’m embarrassed to admit it hit the soft spot in my heart / When I found out you wrote the / Book I read”  Have a listen … and smile.

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Book Brief: Delaney’s Hope

Delaney's HopeDelaney’s Hope
by Ed Griffin
Genre of this Book: social science fiction
Word count: 99,000

He never thought they’d agree. A prison without walls. Inmates managing themselves. One last chance to turn their lives around.

When warden Tom Delaney proposes a new style prison he never imagined the head of the prison board would give him funding. When he gets the green light there is only one condition-the inmates he’s assigned will be the toughest, most dangerous criminals in the state.

Men and women desperate to break free from their bonds.

A sadistic prison governor with his own agenda.

And Tom Delaney, the warden who wouldn’t give up.

Delaney’s Hope is the story of the prison that should never have worked.

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Flash Fiction Challenge: The Last Stand

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Forest in heavy fog
by K.S. Brooks

The scene would have been eerie enough if it had only been a heavy fog. It wasn’t fog, of course. It was nerve gas – the kind of stuff we swore we didn’t have anymore.

Jenkins and I hunkered down, sweating away in our safesuits, weapons at the ready. The dead quiet was unnerving.

“You think that got ’em, Paul? That had to get ’em. Nothing could live through that.”

I closed my eyes as I heard the distant snap of a twig among the trees. I tightened my grip on the flamethrower. They were still coming…

In 250 words or less, tell us 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 Tuesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time.

On Wednesday afternoon, 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 afternoon, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Then, at year end, the winners will be featured in an anthology like this one. Best of luck to you all in your writing!

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Mothers Day Reads

Mommie DearestIn celebration of Mothers Day next weekend, let’s salute good old Mom in a literary fashion.

In the comments below, please tell us about your favorite book with a “mom” main character. It can be fiction, nonfiction, or children’s, as long as at least one mom plays a major part. Please do it as follows:

Title: Mommie Dearest
Author: Christina Crawford
Why: Um, seriously? Because no one should *ever* use wire hangers!

If you wrote a book about a mom, please don’t list yourself. Do the honorable thing and pay a friend to do it. (Remember, IU is a PG13 and Safe-for-Work site.)

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