Two Winners And A Rorschach Test

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Two things to cover today: winners and books.

I. Drum roll, Please!

I’d like to announce the winners of my March giveaway. Thank you to everyone who humored me and entered. If you recall, I asked for a number between 1 and 1,000. The commenter who chose closest to the randomly generated number—accessed by Mr. Rubin last week via Random.org and only revealed to myself a few days ago (I enjoy suspense)—would win the ‘grand’ prize.

The number yielded by Mr. Rubin’s two seconds of blog contribution is:

And the ‘grand’ prize is:

Image credit: dvdgiftbaskets.com

Image credit: dvdgiftbaskets.com

By choosing the number 573, which was the closest to 566, the recipient of this DVD gift basket containing The Avengers and The Hunger Games movies and enough candy to score you a root canal, iiiiiss…

Pegoleg

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Image credit: Microsoft Clip Art

Congrats, Pegoleg! I hope you enjoy it. As promised, you’ll also receive a signed copy of The Seneca Scourge. A second copy of the book goes to Sheila Hurst, the runner-up with the number 554. Yay, Sheila!

I’ll e-mail you both for snail-mail addresses. Don’t worry; I’ll delete your addresses when I’m done.

After all, I’m not a stalker.

II. A Literary Rorschach Test

In the past, I’ve posted two entries highlighting books I’ve read by fellow bloggers: Books by Blogging Buddies and Lessons Learned from Bloggers’ Books.

I’d like to share with you my latest, but I worry you might not stick around if I merely regurgitate book blurbs. So I decided to try something different. I pulled up the following fantastic book covers and jotted down the first thing that came to mind. Kind of like a Rorschach test in ten words or less.

My mini-synopses have nothing to do with the books themselves—much to the authors’ relief, I’m sure—but to learn more about these great reads, click on the title of the book and enter the Amazon jungle.

In the meantime, enjoy my cognitive functioning, minus the inkblots.

Martin Little, Resurrected by Ella Medler:

Yay! I always wanted to come back as an M&M!

The Syndrome Diaries by Rachel Hallet:

I’ll keep playing till that bedroom is Mom-clean, kiddo!

Girl’s Got Rhythm by Polly Robinson:

Help! My eyes are bigger than my boobies.

Sunshine Hunter (A Susan Hunter Mystery) by Maddie Cochere:

susan hunter

Ooh, there’s a jelly fish stinging my privates.

Marked: Collected Ramblings by Sheila Pierson:

Oops, I shrunk Mr. Rubin.

Summoning the Strength by Stephanie Briggs:

Yes, the flowers are lovely, but where’s my chocolate?

Hallbury Summer by Frederick Anderson:

I love a symmetrically flaming pentagram, don’t you?

Dead Blow by G.M. Barlean:

Wow. My face hurts.

Secret Keepers (Eyes of Light) by Charissa Stastny (Haven’t read yet, but will soon):

Shhh—the secrets of a  translucent introvert.

As always, the chance to read novels crafted by fellow bloggers is an opportunity I treasure. Thanks to the above authors for letting me unleash my madness. Their wonderful book covers do not merit such insolence, but thankfully, their generous hearts put up with my nonsense.

What are you currently reading? Or watching? Or picking?…

This seems like a good time to give another heartfelt thank you to everyone who’s left an Amazon or Goodreads review for The Seneca Scourge. Authors live for that, and we sincerely appreciate your input. If you’ve read my book, or any other books by bloggers, know that we’d be grateful for a review from you. It doesn’t have to be long or fancy. We’re thrilled with any morsel. Thank you!!

181 Responses to “Two Winners And A Rorschach Test”

  1. aFrankAngle

    Bummer I missed out on the contest, but hello – that’s what I get for being away … then again, I can see the light of normalcy … thus I wanted to say Hi Carrie!

    Congrats on the FP category tag as that was a good post. Plus I learned that WP notifies of the tag … oh well … I continue to wait. ;)

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Frank! Glad you are starting to see some normalcy. Let me know what it feels like when you get there. ;)

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      • aFrankAngle

        I actually aiming for next week … it may be a stretch, but I gearing up with hopes of a 6-post week and visits. Meanwhile, I’ve been posting twice a week with some interesting pics.

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  2. ParentingIsFunny

    What a bummer! That’s a fabulous prize and I *didn’t* win?!?!?! Yea, yea, and the rest of your post was good too. Blah. Blah. Blah. ;)

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  3. Kourtney Heintz

    Loved your take on the book covers! Very fun. I’m working my way through Dance of Souls by Audrey Kalman and Randy Susan Meyers The Murderer’s Daughters. Both great reads so far.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Somebody else mentioned The Murderer’s Daughters to me. I may have to check that out. I just started The Weird Sisters for a book club. It’s okay, but it’s written in first person plural, and I find that a bit jarring. It’s ‘we’ for everything, and I’ve never read a book like that. Guess it gives it a collective feel to the sisters, rather than a separate chapter for each of their viewpoints, but it’s a bit strange.

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      • Kourtney Heintz

        It’s an awesome book. So well written and sucked me right in. Oh that is tough. I struggle with 3rd person omniscient. I can’t imagine the “we” POV. It sounds like a cool experience as a writer to see why it worked in that book and if you’d ever want to try it out. :)

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  4. 4amWriter

    Congrats to the winners. I love the blurbs you came up with. If only book pitches were that easy.

    I’m constructing a page of books by fellow bloggers, too — but my land, it’s taking me a lot longer than I anticipated. I keep screwing up the formatting. And the links. And the book covers. And the…well, anyway, it should be up next week. :)

    By the way, I owe you a review. I bought your book a while back, but didn’t start reading it until recently. Almost done! Really enjoyable story, Carrie.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thanks, Kate! That’s so nice of you. I’m glad you’re enjoying the book. And yes, it does take a while to get all of those book images and links up, but once you’ve got it set up, at least it’s easy to add to. :)

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  5. harperfaulkner

    Damn! Another rigged contest. I was just over at The Bumble Files and I bet I won’t get to be pope, either. There’s no justice in this world. Well I ain’t entering any more contests unless they’re beauty contest. Those I know I will win! HF

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Well, Mr. Poopy Pants, I don’t believe you entered this one. If you had, you might just have selected #566, and you’d now be enjoying some sticky candy and a flick. You snooze, you lose…

      But you are quite beautiful. Of that there’s no dispute.

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  6. philosophermouseofthehedge

    THe book captions are terrific (Somehow these are more intriguing than some book promo…you may be ahead of the curve with this..pretty soon a “requirement” for all authors?)
    I knew they were writing code or something the past few days – quirky or lack of response on WP. Hope things are straightened out.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Thank you. Glad you liked my captions. Trying to come up with creative ways to present these books without sending readers scurrying away gets trickier each time. I’m already planning next one’s format…

      And yes, WP notifications are fixed. Yippy, skippy! All is right with my world. :)

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  7. Anne Chia

    I could have sworn that win was mine :-) Really generous of you to put up these books like that. They look like great reads and I look forward to reading them.

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    • Carrie Rubin

      Yes, Mr. Rubin’s finger must have slipped, right? I thought for sure it was yours, too. ;) You’ll have to try again next month!

      Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by!

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