Which “Ensquirreled” Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

Vote5It’s that time again…time to choose your favorite flash fiction story of the week! It’s all up to you now – only one can win Flash Fiction Champion honors. It’s super easy – choose your favorite and cast your vote below.

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Which "Ensquirreled" Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

  • Howard Johnson (54%, 13 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (25%, 6 Votes)
  • Sonny Obodai (13%, 3 Votes)
  • Nathan Rokus (8%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 24

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

Book Brief: An Almost Perfect Christmas

An Almost Perfect Christmas by Donna FasanoAn Almost Perfect Christmas
by Donna Fasano
Genre: Romance
22,000 words

When it comes to business, Aaron Chase knows how to succeed. But when his daughter, Izzie, asks him for the perfect family Christmas, the handsome widower feels at a loss about how to fulfill his little girl’s dream.

Pediatric Nurse Christy Cooper has dedicated her life to taking care of children. She agrees to act as Izzie’s stand-in mom for this special holiday and throws herself into making the child’s Christmas wish a reality. Maybe this selfless act will somehow alleviate her secret regrets and failures of the past.

The holiday is filled with fun and laughter, and it’s amazing how three short days can be so life-changing. When the impish eight-year-old talks the adults into acting out a silly, make-believe wedding, young Izzie is certain the magic of the season will turn the pretend vows into the real thing. The little girl wants her daddy to have Christmas in his life — every single day.

An Almost Perfect Christmas is available for eBook and in print from Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon UK, and all online booksellers.

Donna, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning?
One of my best friends lost her daughter over 12 years ago. I watch my friend struggle with her grief even today. She has up days and down days, as anyone would expect, but even though she will never again have an absolutely perfect day, she continues to make a valiant effort to live her life to the fullest. I wrote this book for my friend, and for all grieving parents.

Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved Izzie. She was the first character to come to me. She might only be 8 years old, but she knows what is in store for her and she wants to make sure her daddy is taken care of.

Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral?
An Almost Perfect Christmas is about cherishing each day, loving the people who are nearest and dearest to us, and living a hopeful, meaningful life even when tragedy strikes.

What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author?
No matter how hard we try, life rarely allows us to plan. Our paths are strewn with adversity and misfortune. However, we must live with compassion toward others and hopefully anticipate the next happy moment that is just around the bend. We might not be able to see it, but it’s coming.

Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“…heart-wrenching, sweet, touching, and requires a box of tissues. In this story, life isn’t always perfect, but happy endings are still possible.” ~USA Today

Where can people learn more about your writing?

Facebook Holiday Fest!

Facebook Holiday FestThe holidays are now upon us. How about spreading some holiday cheer by showing some love to our Facebook pages?

This is how it works: If you are a person with a Facebook page you’re welcome to join in. This is not limited to being an author, publisher, publicist, literary agent, book reviewer, librarian, (but if you’re a book-lover – that’s awesome!), etc., in the comments below, paste in the link for your Facebook Page. Make sure you show some love to the links in the comments above yours, and check back throughout the day to catch up. (“Likes” from other PAGES do not count. Only “likes” from personal accounts register.)

[Don’t forget, if you right-click the links, you can choose to have them open in a separate tab so you don’t have to worry about navigating back and forth to pages.]

This should be fun and should generate a lot of likes, follows, etc. for everyone who plays. Let’s get the party started!

To those with concerns about the ethical implications of “liking” a book you have not read, we regard  likes as more analogous to a “high five” than a rating or review. We do not support the idea of rating or reviewing a book you have never read.

PLEASE be sure to reciprocate by liking those who like you. This is give and take. If everyone plays by the golden rule, we all benefit.

Indies Unlimited Voted #1 Author Resource Site

ChoosyBookwormWe are excited to announce that Indies Unlimited has been voted the top author resource site in a survey, 40 of the Best Resources for Writing and Marketing books, published by the book promotion site the Choosy Bookworm.

In the survey published December 15th, it was noted that Indies Unlimited received the most nominations of all resources.

We’d like to thank everyone who nominated us for this honor. We appreciate the high level of value and interaction the Indies Unlimited community brings to our daily efforts.