A New Short Story: Our Christmas Gift to You.

Merry Christmas to you and your kin from all of us at the Creekbank. This new short story, “Midnight Chicken”, is our gift to you. May its theme of It is more blessed to give than to receive resonate and bless your Christmas. Curt and DeDe Iles Midnight Chicken   Dec. 23, 1943 Bundick, Louisiana …

A Spent Bullet: It’s Here!

Scroll down to read chapter excerpt on carrier pigeons and their use in the 1941 La. Army Maneuvers. This week is the official release week for our new novel,  A Spent Bullet. We have 250 softcover copies and 150 hardcovers.   We’re expecting our large order of 2500 copies in early November. We’ll be signing books …

Mon. Oct. 3 E . . . E . . . E . . .

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.”  -Henry Van Dyke “TRIPLE E”:   The reason I blog. I take my blogging, facebook posts, and tweets very seriously.  They …

Chapters 1 & 2 A Spent Bullet

Printed below are chapters 1 and 2 of our novel,  A Spent Bullet. You can learn more at http://www.creekbank.net. Also, keep in touch through Facebook  (friend page Curt Iles and fan page Creekbank Stories and Curt Iles) as well as Twitter.                   Part I The Battle for …

A Spent Bullet Historical Fiction Proposal

Link on this page:   http://is.gd/5t3e73 A SPENT BULLET Louisiana 1941 S.C. “Curt” Iles Represented by Chip MacGregor MacGregor Literary Working Title: A SPENT BULLET/Louisiana 1941 Curt Iles The Big Idea We all have a past but it’s our choice to live there or move forward. A Spent Bullet is the story of two young people …

Meet a soldier who hates Louisiana: Pvt. Harry Miller

Chapter 2 A Spent Bullet If you missed reading or listening to our podcast of the opening chapter of A Spent Bullet, you can access it on an earlier blog post.   Enjoy!   Curt Iles Chapter 2 Bad News CLOSE VOTE EXTENDS SERVICE TERM FOR THOUSANDS OF SOLDIERS (Washington) By a vote of 203-202 yesterday, Congress …

FDR's Fireside Chat Sept. 11, 1941

“When FDR said,  ‘If a rattlesnake is poised to strike… you don’t wait… you crush its head” I knew we were going to war.”   -Soldier during La. Maneuvers 1941 Pretend you’re a young soldier in 1941. Stuck in Louisiana during weeks of maneuvers in the field.  You’re unsure if war is coming. Or imagine being …

3/31/2011 I'd rather write an entire book than…

I’m serious.  I’d rather write a 94,156 word novel than do the back cover and author copy for the same book. The confines of word count increase the tension of saying a lot in a little space.  There’s the knowledge that what’s on the back cover of a book will determine whether someone buys the …

A Spent Bullet: Back Cover Copy

This is the current back cover copy for A Spent Bullet, due for Summer 2011 release.  I’d appreciate your input.  I need to cut some lines and tighten it. Also, I’m open to ideas on the arrangement of the text. Finally, what parts would you put in bold? Back Cover Copy   It’s late summer …

Calling all Editors! 3/12/11

This is my last time (thankfully) through A Spent Bullet before it begins its journey to publication.  This is your opportunity to help shape and define the book. For the next three days, I’ll be posting questions, passages, and notes.  \ Let’s have fun working together.  Give me your honest input.  If anyone wants a …