BLOG CONTEST: FREE BOOK (not one of mine)!

I came across a pristine hardcover copy of a book that might interest some of you. This one is out of print, and this is the first edition (as far as I can tell). I need to weed everything possible out of my library, so I thought . . . blog contest!

Mid-life Confidential: The Rock Bottom Remainders Tour America with Three Chords and an Attitude–by Stephen King, Dave Barry, Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Ridley Pearson, Barbara Kingsolver, and others

I used to revere and worship editors, agents, and published authors. That’s why I picked up this book when it first came out: I wanted to know anything I could about these people. Now, I realize they are but mortal [wo]men. I don’t need to keep the book on the shelf.

But perhaps YOU are one of the people who toured with them . . . or who knows them personally . . . or would just like a pristine hardcover of the book! Amazon only has the softcover “from selected sellers” and not the hardback.

Whoever posts the funniest plausible names for two characters (and is willing for me to use them in a parody) in the comments field of this post will win the book! Of course, the judge is unbalanced, and she may not choose the funniest names–just the ones that appeal most to her. Whatever! Free shipping to the USA!

(If you are one of the authors or editors, or you have a personal stake in the book and need a copy, let me know and we’ll suspend all rules and send the names-winner something else valuable that I’m weeding out, although Dennis is going to get the Nikon Pronea S and accessories if he wants it, just for kicks.)

One of the characters who needs naming is a Barbie-doll airhead of 22 who likes to wheedle and wink her way into interesting situations. (A complete fabrication, of course.) The other is an introverted insurance salesman who’s too shy to ask people for the sale, and who is about to be fired from his own dad’s insurance agency.

C’mon . . . surely someone wants this book! I know that if I weren’t in need of empty shelf space, I’d be keeping it.

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Author: shalanna

Shalanna: rhymes with "Madonna" and "I wanna," and is not a soundalike with "Hosanna" or "Sha-Na-Na." Aging hippie with long hair, husband, elderly mother, and yappy Pomeranian. I've been writing since I could hold a crayon. I started with fiction, which Mama said was "lying." “Don’t tell stories,” she would admonish, in Southern vernacular. “That's all in your imagination!” When grownups said this, they were not approving. So, shamed, I stopped telling stories for a few years--rather, I stopped letting anyone read them. I'm married to a fellow computer nerd who doesn't really like hearing about writing, but who reads sf/fantasy and understands the creative drive. I'm actually a nonconformist/hippie still wearing bluejeans and drop earrings and the Alice-in-Wonderland hair with headbands and sandals. Favorite flavor is chocolate/orange, favorite color is either Dreamsicle orange (cantaloupe) or bubble-gum pink, favorite musical is either Bye Bye Birdie, Rocky Horror, or The Producers . . . wait, I also love The Music Man. Is this getting way too specific and irrelevant yet? Obvious why I don't sell a ton of flash fiction, isn't it? To define oneself, I always say, it is good to make a list. How about a booklist? Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth, Cheaper by the Dozen C.S.Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (all the Narnia books) J.R.R.Tolkien,The Hobbit/LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy Gail Godwin, The Odd Woman F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby J. D. Salinger, Catcher in the Rye (before dismissing it, actually read it) George Orwell, 1984 Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle Donna Tartt, The Secret History Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn James Allen, As A Man Thinketh Mark Winegardner, Elvis Presley Boulevard James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum Winnie-the-Pooh/House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne Peter Pan, J. M. Barrie The KJV and NIV Bible (each translation has its glories)

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