You people never cease to amaze me. You drove my debut novel into the top ten on Amazon!* I’m always worried that people will buy my book and never get around to reading it, so I devised a plan to reward the readers in the throngs of new readers. By posting two reviews, one on Goodreads and one elsewhere, then sending me an email with links to both, you were entered in the drawing.
Maybe the two-week window was not enough for some people but the number of entrants was surprisingly low: sixteen. Yes, that was after disqualifying sock puppets and family members, plus removing a few entrants who recused themselves (already have one, want others to win, etc; yes, there are nice people in the world).
To make sure it was fair, I asked my 13-yr-old son to use his worst, most inaccurate BB gun from ten paces. I recorded the proceedings for the cynics among us … and those who know me. The first two takes were deleted because the masked man could NOT hit the target at all, a feat of marksmanship I will remind him of for years to come.
The list of names was pinned to a saguaro (suh-War-oh) cactus in my side yard. This species is only found in Arizona and is endangered due to the development of the Sonoran Desert. The cactus we used is estimated to be a hundred and fifty years old. My son is forbidden to shoot at it with any implement, but in this case, the pace and the distance mitigated any potential damage to the plant itself. A quick check afterwards found the BB stuck in the cactus needles, no damage.
The winner, chosen by the masked man’s terrible marksmanship, is: EILEEN! (of Goodreads, I’ve no idea what her last name is, but she’s often contributing charm, wit and positivity by the bucket full on the Action/Adventure Aficionados forum.
* Briefly, but hey once you’re there, you’re there!