I never should have mentioned that I’d already picked the winners. My inbox was flooded with emails yet again. I bet the people at Yahoo hate me now. 🙂
All right, so first thing’s first. The title of my nect Bachiyr book will be 79 A.D. I expect to release it this summer, and it will be set during the… (drumroll, please)
eruption of Mt. Vesuvius that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculeanum. Yay for those who got it right. Pat yourselves on the back and say “I know my history” seven times. Why seven? How the heck should I know? I’m just a writer.
Anyway, just so everyone knows what process I used to select the winners, please allow me to stall…er…explain it. For every correct guess, I entered the person’s name into a spreadsheet. That wasn’t easy for some of your names, since the emails didn’t give that information. (If you want to imagine me giving you a stern look here, please go ahead.) I had several cells in the spreadsheet that were simply labeled “dogman520” or “whichwithciswhich19.” Even though I never received the real names of those folks, I dutifully entered what I could into the spreadsheet so that I could identify them if they won.
Once I was certain there would be no more names to add, I visited Random.org. For those of you who don’t know, it’s a website where you can set a range of numbers and it will randomly grab a number from that range. I entered the number of names into the fields and clicked on “generate.” Once the random number came up, I referred to the spreadsheet for the corresponding row. Whoever’s name was in that row then won the prize.
What did I do with all your emails? Well, if you want, you can imagine me plugging them into a mass mailer group, or selling them to a Brazilian Job Recruiter, but the truth is I did nothing with them. Nada. Zip. I haven’t, nor will I ever, give that information to anyone. And I don’t have a mailing list. I’m far too lazy for that sort of thing. Just wanted to set your minds at ease.
Ok…have I stalled long enough? Should I get down to business? Right now?
No. Not quite.
Before I divulge the names of the lucky(?) winners, I want to sincerely thank everyone who showed an interest in this contest. This was fun in a big way, and I could see myself doing it again someday. Honestly, I think more authors should do something like this. But I digress. This blog is about me, not them. And I like to talk about you guys, not me. Ok, maybe I like to talk about me a littlle. But THIS paragraph is about you guys. And since you are all shaking your fists at me and lighting those torches, I’ll just say one more Thank You and get on with it. Seriously, put down the pitchforks. They are soooo 1850’s, anyway.
So. Thank you. All of you. For making this contest one of the most fun experiences of my writing career.
Hey! Watch those flaming arrows!
Ok, ok…here we go, already. Sheesh. Try to build a little susense for showmanship’s sake and…OW! OW! Leggo! Leggo my arm! I’ll talk! I’ll talk!
As I was saying, the winners of the two second prize giveaways (A single signed print copy of any of my books – winner’s choice) are:
Mary A. Ford
Congratulations, Wendy and Mary. If you’ll kindly email me with your title preference, address, and anything in particular you would like me to write inside the cover, I’ll get those books out to you ASAP. (Keep in mind some of my books are not available in print…)
Now, for the biggie. The winner of my first ever Free McAfee for Life contest is…..
Congratulations, Dina! You now get to spend the rest of your life (or mine) wondering why in the world this sounded like a good prize. Please email me at your earliest convenience and we’ll get the details sorted out.
You think that’s all, don’t you? You think I’m done, I bet. Clearly, you folks don’t know me very well. Heh heh heh.
Remember yesetrday when I said I had a special surprise for you all? Remember that? Huh? Huh? Do ya? Do ya? Well, here it is:
Because of the tremendous response to the contest and the kind words of so many of you who entered, I have decided to double the prizes. Yep. FOUR people actually won signed books, and TWO people won Free McAfee Books For Life! How can I afford to do that? I probably can’t. Since I refuse to let my son go hungry, I will most likely be eating a lot of Ramen Noodles from now on. But that’s okay. As long as you guys are happy.
So, without further ado, and with none of my previous stall tactics, please allow me to tell you guys who the extra winners are.
The two people who won the bonus signed copies (again, winner’s choice, and please keep in mind not all of my books are available in print), are:
And the last person chosen by Randon.org yesterday – the person who will, in addition to Dina, receive free McAfee books for life, is……
Woohoo! Congratulations, everyone! I hope you all had fun, I know I did. I may have to do this again sometime.
Thank you all for entering. I wish I could give out free books to everyone, but obviously I still have to eat.
WINNERS: Please email me within the next few days to work out the details (shipping, ebooks vs. print, etc.)
And that’s it for me tonight, folks. I think I hear my bed calling me.