It sat on my to-be-read pile until I desperately needed something I knew would be a delicious page turner (I tend to save my favorite authors for days when I REALLY need them!) As it happens it was a day I was working from home:
(Ok, you got picts, never mind. . Let's just say then I was AT home.) I went out for lunch, then stopped at the bodega, and when I got back LONG GONE was ...well...gone. ARGH!
So I bought another copy. This is not my usual practice. I do this only if I absolutely positively cannot live without knowing how the book unfolds.
I've now finished my second copy of LONG GONE and holy guacamole, this is a book you want to read. I'm wise to Alafair's clever writer tricks (as a devoted fan I've been reading her for years) but she STILL managed to surprise me at the end. I figured out one plot twist just as it was being revealed [aha! I was right!] but that was it.
So, let's celebrate with a writing contest! Usual rules:
Write a story using 100 words or fewer.
Use these words in the story:
Each word must appear in its entirety but does not have to be the entirety of the word.
So: Lilypad but not lillies, redouble but not redoubtable
Post your entry in the comments column of this blog post.
If you need a mulligan (a do-over) delete your comment and re-post.
One entry will be considered per person.
Contest opens Saturday 7/27 at 9am and closes Sunday 7/28 at 9am. All dates and times are Eastern Shark Time.
Prize is a copy of LONG GONE by Alafair Burke. This is her first stand alone so you don't need to have read her previous seven books (although, now that I think about it, why haven't you???) If you already have a copy, we'll figure out something else.
Judging will entirely non-objective and subject to whims of sharkly humor.
And if you get the connection all the prompt words have to Alafair and the book, you can list that too.