The Forty Watt Flowers


Living in the indie band capital Athens, GA, Trisha decides to start her own pop-punk band. Four young women are assembled and The Forty Watt Flowers are formed.

Rosemarie, on keyboards, has a sex drive as fierce as a tornado. Aline, the singer, is a hermit, scratching out poems in her antebellum mansion. Juanita, on drums, has a poison tongue a little too quick on the draw. Toni, on guitar, made the mistake of heading South to come out of the closet.

Unfortunately, making great music is extra hard when you’re a woman. The boyfriends say they support you but turn against you when you’re too busy to do the laundry. The bar managers choose a guy band over yours because frat boys buy more beer. Leering weirdos think you put yourself up on stage because you’re desperate. And offers of help only come true if there’s sex involved.

In addition to managing her crew of misfits, Trisha struggles to figure out the chaos of her own life. The relationship with Brent is caught in the roller-coaster of his moods. She “lost touch” with her parents two years ago (and they probably still blame her for what happened to her sister).

Trisha learns that, if she’s powerful enough to create she’s also powerful enough to destroy. That in every minute of every day we have a choice: to build things up or tear them apart; to be an artist who unifies or a critic who dissects. So what will she choose?

The Forty Watt Flowers is a novel that gets you tapping your toes.

“It’s about the music you dream of screaming under the hot lights of the stage as your fans sing it back to you. It’s what you create as you wrestle your demons, the hottest, most frightening music you know.”


What some say…

5 stars: “A well-tuned debut novel from a very talented, seasoned writer. She slams home poignant observations like a musician playing finely-tuned instruments.”

5 stars: “C.M. Subasic has created an ensemble of fully dimensional characters who at times you love to hate, and at others you hate to love.”

5 stars: “it’s hysterical, fun, tear-jerking, thoughtful, poetic, gritty (as one of the other reviews says), an addictive read I couldn’t put down.”

“Laugh-out-loud funny and cry in your beer heavy. A sustained stare at the challenge of creation.” Dennis Bolen, author Stupid Crimes and founder of Anvil Press

“Like a song you want to put on “repeat,” The Forty Watt Flowers is a story that lingers in your head long after you’ve heard it.”

“A beautifully written love letter to music… set against the the indie rock scene of Athens, Georgia, this novel introduces us to five unforgettable characters.”

“As colorful and gritty as Georgia red clay. C.M. Subasic has created an ensemble of fully dimensional characters who at times you love to hate, and at others you hate to love. I’m a Southerner, a musician, and book lover, so this novel really spoke to me; however, anyone with a pulse can relate to feeling like a misfit in a world where you just want to make a difference. I won this book through the Goodreads First Read giveaway and I couldn’t be happier to have been exposed to this awesome novel!”

“Like Roddy Doyle’s The Commitments, The Forty Watt Flowers are an unlikely collection of music lovers who learn how to invest all the passion, pain, and glory of their lives into their sound.”

“It seems like we could know each one of them, or someone like them, fairly well. The novel is clearly written and captures the gestation period of a band, with the long talks about music and each other, the factions within the band, and the truncated practices where everyone storms off. This is an enjoyable book, especially for those who are thinking of starting a band.” Steve Hart, Razorcake

“I could just picture the girls sitting in a cafe with their combat boots and their flower babydoll dresses. Haha!” Online Book Club

“The Forty-Watt Flowers has a lot of heart and is simultaneously inspiring and educational… the development of the band and the struggles they faced felt genuine. I felt like I could understand their problems with finding their sound and teamwork.” Dancing Through the Pages

“Like a cold beer pulled from a frosty cooler on a hot sticky day this novel satisfies. Music and women tell the truth of their stories in way that is both honest and bold. For anyone who loves music, dreamt of band life or lived it a snap shot of a time and a timeless dream.”

“The characters were wonderful to read about, even if they weren’t the nicest of people, I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next… I loved how these women dealt with real life issues whilst trying to succeed as a band.”

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