Michael Shilling's novel, Rock Bottom (Back Bay Books, 2008), is out as a paperback original and is a rollicking good read. It takes place during the final day of what will be the final tour for the former 'next big thing', the Blood Orphans. Told from the points of view of each of the four band members, as well as their manager, it's a difficult book to put down once started. Shilling's own experiences with playing in a band shine through loud and clear.
The fine folks from Back Bay Books have offered the Emerging Writers Network a handful (ie, five) of copies to give out as awards to the five best band name suggestions. Michael Shilling will be the judge of this contest, and while the official publication date is January 9, we'll hold off judging until January 15, with winners announced on the 16th. This gives everybody a little more time to come up with that perfect name for a band, and Michael's reading in the area that night and I hope to be in the crowd listening.
So, enter by posting your band name in the comments section of this post. Do so before the clock shifts from January 14 to January 15 and during the day of the fifteenth, Michael will make his decisions. From there, I'll post the five winners here on the 16th and they can email their addresses to me to pass along to Back Bay Books.
I'd quote Bret Michaels from Rock of Love 3 - The Love Bus, but the only line I can remember from last night is "Choking is a bad thing," and that really doesn't apply. Or does it?
Update: Per the question below, let's say that each participant may suggest three band names, but let's not go higher than that.