Saturday, December 17, 2011

The Curious Case of Benjamin Bug (Contest!)

"The Curious Case of Benjamin Bug"

It seems that Benjamin Bug has gone missing. Rumor has it that he was last seen in the backyard of mystery writer, Paige Shelton. Investigators have scoured the area, but to no avail. All in the bug community suspect that Benjamin met with foul play, but without a body nothing can be proved.

The picture below should help investigators figure out what happened to poor Benjamin, but they need a little help. It is suspected that he was brutally smushed between the pages of a manuscript that Shelton was proofreading on her back patio, but exactly where within the pages to find him is the rub.

Help the investigators by finding the correct page number. You’ll be doing good work for all bug-kind. And you could win prizes!

Contest details:

Find the page number in IF FRIED CHICKEN COULD FLY (publish date: January 3) where Benjamin’s body was last seen – the page he's on in the picture below. (Hint: the location is pretty close to the beginning of the book. You could look at the book itself or at the online ‘sample' You shouldn’t have to buy the book to find the right spot.)

How to Enter:

Between January 2 and January 9, email your name and the page number to:

Your email should say something like this:
It’s page ## in the paperback version (or whatever version you look at)and then your name. The online chapter is tricky because there aren't page numbers so how about this for an extra clue: It's a page number in between 12 and 14, and is, in this case, lucky.

I’ll send you a confirmation email that you’ve been entered into the drawings.

Two $20 bookstore gift certificates (I'll draw for these first)
NEWLY ADDED prizes: Two copies of CROPS AND ROBBERS (or bookstore gift certificates, since some who enter will have already read CROPS)

Grand Prize: Laptop: HP model 2000-239DX

I got it at Best Buy. It’s still in the box. I’ll pack it in another box with lots of padding to ship it to the winner, and I’ll include the receipt. I think there are Best Buys everywhere, but I’m not sure.

Here's the picture of poor Benjamin:

Entries will be accepted until January 9. Drawing on January 10.

Good luck!

Friday, December 16, 2011

On the Twelfth Day of Bookmas . . .

my agent gave to me:

12 flimsy ladies


Good luck!

And, happy holidays to you and yours!

All my best,

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

On the Tenth Day of Bookmas . . .

my agent gave to me:

Ten I'm not afraid's.



"The Curious Case of Benjamin Bug"

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

On the Ninth Day of Bookmas . . .

my agent gave to me:

Three part answer -

Nine noisy rocks.

Nine not so plain ones.

Nine too many silly words (well, according to many teenagers, at least)

Good luck!


IF FRIED CHICKEN COULD FLY contest details Thursday, December 15.

Monday, December 12, 2011

On the Eighth Day of Bookmas . . .

my agent gave to me -

Three part answer again:

Eight foodie NC's.

Eight impossible quests.

Eight fruit cellars.


On Thursday - contest details for . . .

IF FRIED CHICKEN COULD FLY - publishing January 3, 2012

Grand Prize - HP laptop
(hint - it'll be REALLY easy to enter)

Friday, December 9, 2011


Bookmas resumes Monday.


Next week I'll announce the contest to kick off the publication of the first book in the Country Cooking School Mystery Series, IF FRIED CHICKEN COULD FLY.

On the Seventh Day of Bookmas . . .

my agent gave to me:

THREE part answer today -

Seven eternal conspiracies.

Seven dark surprises.

Seven scary Novembers.

Good luck!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

On the Sixth Day of Bookmas . . .

my agent gave to me:

Two part answer -

Six unknown (and unseen) narrators.
Six lusty winters.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

On the Fifth Day of Bookmas . . .

My agent gave to me:

Two Part Answer -

Five murky colors.


Five successful searches.


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

On the Fourth Day of Bookmas . . .

my agent gave to me:

Two part answer again -

Four children's games.


Four tome stoppers.


Also -

CROPS AND ROBBERS is on bookstore shelves today! Thank you!

Monday, December 5, 2011

On the Third Day of Bookmas . . .

Two part answer today.

my agent gave to me:

Three silly poems.


Three winters burning.


CROPS AND ROBBERS on bookstore shelves tomorrow.

Bookmas Day Three Clue . . .

will be here about noon EST.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Bookmas Resumes Monday

And . . .

CROPS AND ROBBERS hits bookstore shelves Tuesday, December 6.

On the Second Day of Bookmas . . .

My agent gave to me:

"Two balanced coins."

Bookends' Bookmas Blog

Bookmas Day Two

Clue will be posted at about noon EST.