Why Writers Should Read

mark twain readingYou’ve heard the advice often enough: To be a writer, you should write, because that’s how you get better as a writer. But you should also read as much as you can.

For those of us who never met a school reading assignment they didn’t like (Lynne raises her hand), this is the best news ever. But those of us who regarded their college-prep reading list with deep suspicion are going to be less than thrilled. Continue reading

Thrifty Thursday: Handsome Reads

George Clooney ReadingGood-looking reads and reading while good looking. George Clooney and a book: well, that’s hard to beat, isn’t it? In any case, you can look good and be smart about it – get the most for your dollar by getting your books right here on Thrifty Thursday.

Readers: look in the comment section below. If you see one you like, click over and buy it. How easy is that? (If you don’t see the book covers, adjust your browser’s adblock settings.)

Authors: if you have a book priced at 99¢ or less (that’s right, post your free eBooks here, too!), follow the instructions below and post it right in the comment section. Got more than one bargain book? Go ahead and post them all if you like, but only one book and ONE link per comment please!

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1. Book title

2. Author name

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4. ONE link to download the book (only secure retail sites – Amazon, Smashwords, B&N, Kobo, Apple/iStore, or Sony)

5. Whether your book is free or 99 cents (and for how long/what dates)

Then let your friends and fans know your book is available here today. Use the share buttons below, or copy the link in the address bar above and share the news on your favorite social media platforms. The more, the merrier, right?

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Which Story Delighted You the Most?

Vote5Whose story about Raspberry Delight do you think deserves to win this week? There are so many good entries. We leave it up to you, IU readers, to choose which story should win the honor.

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 flash fiction entry was your favorite?

  • K.L. Kelso (26%, 7 Votes)
  • necwrites (26%, 7 Votes)
  • AL Kaplan (15%, 4 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (15%, 4 Votes)
  • Mathoska (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Lorraine Marie Reguly (7%, 2 Votes)
  • Lois Nelsen Lewandowski (4%, 1 Votes)
  • Lisa Williamson (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 27

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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: Jimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog

Jimmy Mender and His Miracle DogJimmy Mender and His Miracle Dog
by Angelo Dirks & Leland Dirks
Genre: Fiction – Family Life
Word count: 65,000

Can a man you’ve only known for a week change your life?

Paul Young can’t forget Jimmy Mender, the Stetson-wearing cowboy and former Marine who smells of Old Spice. Jimmy Mender can’t forget that he’s got a past that could hurt anyone he loves. And when Jimmy disappears, Paul is heartbroken.

For years, Paul wonders what happened to Jimmy. Then, out of the blue, Paul receives a package from Alaska. In it is a note from a stranger informing Paul that Jimmy has died. Also enclosed is a stack of Jimmy’s journals and a notice that there are other things up in Alaska that Paul is welcome to if he wants to go there and get them.

And so, Paul embarks on a journey to the north. In the process, he discovers who Jimmy truly was, and in turn, learns a great deal about himself. Along the way, a Border Collie with a secret decides to help him out. Sometimes, falling in love with the wrong man can bring you exactly where you need to be in your life. Continue reading