How could I possibly pick just one?
I couldn't. So I picked three.
And I picked the three that tried most consistently and copiously to garner my attention. I have complete faith that the blogging world will get thorough, competent reviews of my novel Harvey & Eck from the following:
1) garrett, blogstpot: Let Freedom Ring with Silver Bells
2) Psychic Dumb-Dumb, blogspot: Psychic Dumb-Dumb
3) bon, blogspot: The Mama.
Here is how they did it:
From the esteemed garrett:
"In my upcoming review of the free autographed copy of your novel, provided providence proves my prognistication prudent, I will likely extract one or two sentences from the book and draw conclusions about what your book has to say about the human condition by contrasting my interpretation of those sentences with the Truth as I know it today. It is Truth that I am after, and to the extent your book is honest, you can expect accolades from me.
Oh, and one other thing I can shamelessly promise you: if you select me, I will name my blog after you and/or your book in some marginally memorable manner for at least a fortnight while I read and review it."
Is he cocky? Yes. But, hey, name your blog after me? I've practically got my pants off. In addition, garrett has referenced and linked me again and again. He also posted this entry, in which he asserts that the people really want to see Erin O'Brien naked in opposed to either Jessica Alba or Geena Davis (at least if you interpret it the way I did).
And at that, I did take my pants off. I even had my husband take a picture of me without said pants, but you already know that. So book #1 goes to garrett.
Next up is Psychic Dumb-Dumb (PDD), who also references me frequently in her pages (see this post). That in conjunction with her sheer persistence won my favor.
On November 23 PDD wrote:
"I will take a sabbatical in order to write a review of your book. While reading your book, I will include notes to ensure I have covered everything before writing the first draft of the review. I believe that I would be the best candidate. Being a screenwriter, I have read several screenplays, most of which I have written coverage on. I understand this is not a screenplay, but please, allow me the opportunity to crossover." And, "Also, I was going to make somewhat of a switch with my blog; writing film reviews and book reviews, along with the miscellaneous tales this world has to offer. I wish I had posted reviews on my blog, but I don't have any at the moment. Let yours be the first." And, "Additionally, I should be the chosen one since I responded first. If this does not suffice, can you at least deem me as the Canadian Reviewer? If none of these reasons penetrate, is there at least a consolation prize for responding first and/or trying??" (I like the word, "penetrate.")
Then on November 24, she added, "I read your most recent review along with everything else pertaining to Harvey & Eck; it does pique my curiosity and interest."
And then on December 21, perhaps what tipped me over for good, was this post, "Listen Erin, I want the review goddamnit! I'll give you another fabulous reason why you should choose me. Sunday I got so drunk I hit on my cousin. It was a joke of course, but I still don't know if my family understands that. They don't understand me in the least. I am the biggest mystery they created. Now I have to attend Christmas with pretty much the very same people that were there on Sunday. There will be a computer there to check your announcement of the selected reviewer. I've got all this on my mind and I still want to write a review of your book."
Okay! Okay already! Okay! I'm sending it, girl!
Then there is bon, who listed qualification after qualification and did it in a post in which she not only references me, but my Amazon page as well.
Purr, purr, purr.
To all the others, I'm sorry. Each of you was compelling and wonderful and left me with a goofy smile on my face. I wish I could send everyone a book, but I simply cannot.
I can do this much:
Send me $20 and I will sign a book for you and send it off. This is about twice the price over at Amazon, but I've got to purchase every single book and pay shipping as well. If you want to purchase the book at Amazon and send it to me, send me $5 to handle shipping and handling and I will sign your copy of Harvey & Eck and send it back to you. If you are in Northeast Ohio, check my webpage often and see if I am reading or appearing near you. Or email me and perhaps we can arrange something.
Here is the contact info:
P. O. Box 470167
Broadview Hts. OH 44147
Make sure you include shipping information and how you would like the book signed.
I have the best time with all of you. I love blogging and I will continue to blog, blog, blog as long and I can.
Stay tuned. The best is yet to come.