Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Marcus Sakey winner!

Today's giveaway was the Marcus Sakey Brilliance Trilogy!

You guyz had some interesting strategies!

The guilt-trip strategy! Lennon Faris noticed I was late to the launch today (sorry!)
..Because I've been refreshing your blog page ever since I sat down to breakfast? :)

As did E.M. Goldsmith
I too refreshed blog page through my morning meeting.

This from Susan is just beautiful, but it's also 97 words.
I once believed in a better world.

Then I grew older and the world whispered its secrets, revealing her deepest scars.

So I dreamed of a better world.

Then along came loss and illness, scattering hope with the slightest touch, all those castles crumbling to the ground.

So I fought for a better world.

Then those scars turned to armor, shielding me from the darkness but blocking out the light.

So I decided to build a better world:

Shedding my defenses, I wandered the world, collecting stray bits of hope to lay beside other castles.

But when I arrived, hope was already there.

Dena Pawling cracked me up
One. Two. Three books!

That was exhausting. (Lawyers aren't known for their math skills. I even had to remove a shoe to finish the calculation.) I need to lie down.

Lay down?

I need to recline. Relax. Rest. Be horizontal.

Which means I need books (three!) to read.


Jennifer R. Donohue
referenced one of my great annoyances: stopping in the middle of a sentence!
I sank into the first 6 pages of BRILLIANCE in the Amazon preview and it leaves off in the middle of a sentence. My across the hall coworker heard my howl of despair and had to make sure I was okay.

Catalog says it's on the shelf downstairs. I might have to trot down and get it. My library doesn't own books two and three.

oh how well you know me Daniel Bennett! You ALMOST had me at spite!
Absolutely no reason you should. So feel free to do so out of spite.
Just Jan gets no sympathy from me since I too was at work when it opened and I'm still at work, deciding on the winner. I only hope you love your job as much as I do, and have as many witty writers to read as I do here!
Today I deserve these books because I was at work when this contest was posted, and I'll still be at work when the contest ends!

kdjames asked
And now I want to know-- what were the three prizes you changed your mind about?
Not telling. I may want to use them later. They just weren't BRILLIANT enough for today though

John Davis (manuscript) Frain,
(who is fresh off a win a while back that netted him THREE Lou Berney books), steps up with this gem:
It's an ironic thing that had Susan Lucci won an Emmy award after her fourth or fifth nomination, none of us would know her name. Only because she was nominated nineteen (19) times did we all learn about her. I could not identify another daytime actress even if you burned me with a match till I came up with a name.

Therefore, it is only out of sheer benevolence that I suggest you give Steve Forti his much-deserved fame by bestowing today's books upon ... me. It is the best favor I can do for the man.

Steve, you'll thank me as soon as you've finished cursing me. I'll grudgingly read all three works and send you a book report on each. The least I could do.

Which is 126 words, and thus disqualified.

Colin Smith will now have a rule named after him:
*double-checks rules* *doesn't see anything about multiple entries*

But of course, the winner in a tsunami is:

Steve Forti

Steve said something so superb, so sensational, Senorita Shark simply succumbed. Shell-shocked, she sent Steve several splendid stories. Steve’s subsequent soft, satisfied susurrus shall signify studious scrutiny.

Surely Supreme Sharkliness senses Steve’s significant soliciting. She shares such sentiment. She’s sold. Steve scores!
And yes I had to look up susurrus.

Steve, I need your mailing address so I can send you the books!

Congratulations on a swell entry.

And thanks to all of you who commented. You enlivened a day at work that draaaged through the afternoon as we counted down toward end of day.

Yes I am ready for vacation!

But not quite yet. Another round tomorrow?


Janice Grinyer said...

Congrats to Steve - Especially this season, you deserve a pick me up. Well Donessssssss...!

More contests? Nope, not for me. I'm done.

Lennon Faris said...

Sharp, Steve. Seriously, she swooned!

(well done :)

And no guilt-tripping from me, Janet! I had an unexpected hour off this morning and sat down to b-fast for the first time in weeks and I (honestly) love this blog so much that I kept refreshing it to see when things would pop up. Always a good way to start the day.

Theresa said...

Suffering succotash--successful Steve! Congratulations.

I hope everyone is managing to get through the Christmas countdown.

Timothy Lowe said...

Heartfelt congrats to the famous Steve Forti. Long awaited and well deserved!

Bethany Elizabeth said...

Woooo Steve!!

I kept checking the comments section because y'all kept cracking me up.

Just Jan said...

Well done, Steve.

Colin Smith said...

Steve!! Superior salutations--simply superb!! :D

More tomorrow?!! Wow... it's like Christmas around here!!!

RosannaM said...

Tremendous talent today takes top-tier trophy. (Yay Steve!)

Such fun! And another one tomorrow?? Be still my heart. (may even have to get up early)

Susan said...

Congrats, Steve!

And yay, I appreciate the mention, Janet! I considered shortening this, but thought it would lose its impact. Maybe tomorrow I'll aim for brevity for once in my life.

Melanie Sue Bowles said...

YAY...! And YES!! To Steve!!! *controlling the use of exclamation marks be damned!!!

Colin Smith said...

Janet: A rule named after me? Wow! I'm not sure how to take that... I'm so used to breaking the rules, it seems odd to be memorialized in one! An honor I'm sure... :)

Was that my third comment? I have at least another ten, yes? ;)

Steve Forti said...

Super sweet! Thank you all so much for the comments. It's a great pick me up right now. Simply splendid. So satisfying.
See you all tomorrow!

Lisa Bodenheim said...

Congrats Steve. A soignee essay.

And in response to Janet's question. Of course. If you have time and another prize, we like to create. And if no time to create, to chuckle as we read.

Anonymous said...

Yesssss! Steve's Sakey submission succeeds!

Congrats, Steve, well deserved. I haven't read this trilogy, but Sakey is a terrific writer. I predict you'll derive hours of enjoyment from the books.

John Davis Frain said...

Sufferin' succotash, Steve. Splendidly superior. Such spellbinding sentences spells sweet success.


french sojourn said...

Congrats Steve. Enjoy the trilogy.

Congrats Colin, Your multitude of comments have now been rewarded.

Cheers Hank.

Amy Schaefer said...

I only have internet access about once every 48 hours, so I'll miss tomorrow's giveaway, too. But I need to share this with you all.

We are in the midst of moving out of Paradise and back home after six years.
We're having terrible issues trying to send our stuff home.
It is very likely that I am going to have to leave ALL of my books on the boat.
All of them.
And did I mention I won't make it home in time for Christmas with my kids, whom I haven't seen in a month?

Okay, I'm done bringing down the mood. Friendly waves all around.

Nate Wilson said...

Fabulous fun, Forti. Fantastic!

I may not have won--or even been eligible--but I can rest well knowing by day's end the first of the trilogy will be sitting on my nightstand. By which I mean, gripped tightly in my hands as I greedily flip pages long into the night. Thanks for bringing yet another great author to my attention, Janet!

Claire Bobrow said...

Steve Forti: Congratulations!

I can't resist providing this link. Savor at your leisure :-)

/Susan Lucci Finally Wins