The winners have been chosen!
Grand Prize First Place: Judi – Arella3173_loveless@…
Grand Prize Second Place: Daisy – dbunny011@…
Grand Prize Third Place: Sharon – sstogner1@…
Note to Grand Prize Winners: This giveaway was U.S only. If for any reason You did not inform me that you were Int. Your prize will be forfeited. If this happens, I will give you a ebook copy instead. Thank you.
(winners will be listed by the name I have for them and the beginning of their email)
1. Midia – midiamuniz@…
2. Cherie Cherie.reich@…
3. Ashley – ashley.vanburen@…
4. Micheleann oboyle – Angelwolfmystic@…
5. Heidi – rnydayramblings@…
6. Kerry – kerry1912@…
Thank you everyone who participated. I hope you had as much fun As I did. I hope to see you guys around and who knows, maybe some of you will win my next giveawa, too! 🙂
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I’d like to welcome author Michael Meyer back today. A few months ago I did a interview with him.
Today, Michael has taken the time to write a guest post for us on what motivates him (you can find it at the end of this post).
James Cuffy, better known as Cuff, is living in paradise with his girlfriend, on the small Caribbean island of St. Croix, where the sky is as blue as Cuff’s eyes, the ocean as pretty as Rosie’s cheeks, where the gentle lapping of the waves is a lullaby, and the swaying of the palm trees is a dance. The sandy beaches are as white as sugar, and the horizon is a world away. St. Croix indeed is paradise, the perfect place for living, laughing, and loving.
But the sandy beaches and the turquoise sea can provide no cover from the deadly eyes of the unknown stalker pursuing Cuff. Murder leads to murder as he attempts to untangle the terrible web in which he has suddenly become entangled.
The twists and turns are relentless, the roads of the fast action leading in all directions, but time is running out, and Cuff, his faithful Rosie at his side, knows it.
EXCERPT of DEADLY EYES:
These were not naked eyes, for the distance between these eyes and the beach bar at Cathy’s Fancy was too great for the naked eye to discern who was who. No, these eyes had planned meticulously. The eyes were glued to a pair of terribly expensive and unbelievably powerful Swarovski Optik binoculars. The balcony on which they now worked, taking in the scene before them, was the perfect place to see but not be seen. The powerful binoculars saw to that.
The distance, the palm trees, and the rays of the sun all helped. The position had been hand picked, after careful consideration. Every angle had been considered, and, one by one, they had all been discarded for one reason or another until this very spot, the perfect place to observe while not being observed, had been selected.
Yes, the eyes had seen it all. The eyes had seen precisely what they had hoped to see. They were like a master puppeteer. They planned, controlled, and observed, but from a safe distance. They did not miss a trick.
The eyes. The deadly eyes of St. Croix.
Guest Post: What motivates me as a writer?
Writing is a lonely avocation, just my trusty computer at my side by side, as I work hard to create people, places, and plots that other people might enjoy reading. Marketing one’s own writing is an extremely lonely business. Unlike having a traditional publisher and all of its clout behind me, I have only myself, and I am a writer, not a salesperson. I find it difficult to toot my own horn, though I know that it is essential in order to get word of the very existence of my work out to the reading public. So what keeps me going? The writing, of course, gives me a lot of enjoyment. I am actually like a reader as I write. I never quite know how things will turn out in the end, not only of the book itself, but also in specific scenes. I thoroughly enjoy working with words, stringing them together in a creative way. Language has always fascinated me. Can you goose a goose? Does a house burn up or burn down? If you are going to come visit me, are you coming or going? Why would you want to swipe your card at a cash register if you already own the card? There is a huge difference between snap to and snap at. The list can go on and on. I love to play with words as I write, and this can be seen in DEADLY EYES.
Marketing my own work, however, is a completely different ballgame. I am a good writer, but I lack a lot in the area of salesmanship. I do seek out as many reviewers, interviewers, and bloggers as I can, and I am very thankful for all of these people, but every hour I spend tooting my own horn could be spent creating, my real forte. So what keeps me plugging away at my lonely avocation of writing? The answer is found in the wonderful reactions that readers have to my work. Their excitement serves to push me forward. I like people, and it makes me happy to see that they, in turn, like what I have created. Here are a few random lines from posted reviews of DEADLY EYES on my Amazon author’s site as examples of what I mean:
“The ride is fast and furious and the outcome will leave you blindsided….I recommend Deadly Eyes to all readers for its fast paced action coupled with the mesmerizing and intense suspense.” – Marilou George, THE KINDLE BOOK REVIEW
“Michael Meyer has done it again, weaving a fascinating tale of murder and intrigue in the tropical paradise of St. Croix that will keep you turning the page to the very end.” – Nick Russell, author of BIG LAKE
” Michael Meyer has another hit on his hands with ‘Deadly Eyes’…. This is another 5-star book by a 5-star writer…. If you have never read Michael Meyer, do yourself a favor and pick up this book or all of his books, you won’t be disappointed.” – D Everetti, author of PUNISHING A GOOD DEED
I think you can see what I mean. It is pretty heady stuff, the type of thing that helps me keep the faith as an Indie writer, a person who is not very good at tooting his own horn but thrills when it is tooted by his readers.
About the author
A Little about Me
I have resided in and have visited many places in the world, all of which have contributed in some way to my own published writing. I have literally traveled throughout the world, on numerous occasions. I have lived in Finland, Germany, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, on the island of St. Croix, where DEADLY EYES is set. I gained the wanderlust to see the world, to experience other cultures, at an early age, and this desire has never left me. If anything, it has only gained in intensity as I have aged. I try to travel internationally at least once a year. In the interim, I spend lots of time traveling around both my home state of California and other nearby states.
I spent my early years in the small town of Lone Pine, California, the home of almost every western movie, in addition to a wide variety of other genres, made in the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. In fact, Hollywood still films parts of big-time movies there today. My dad, the town’s lifeguard at the time, personally knew John Wayne, Lloyd Bridges, and Lee Marvin, all of whom came to the town’s pool, the Memorial Plunge, at times to cool off after a hectic day of working in the sun. I was even an extra in a movie filmed there in 1957, MONOLITH MONSTERS, a B-cult favorite even today. I was ten years old at the time. Even though I resided in a small town hours from the big city, I was exposed to the excitement of action and heroes at a formative age, and, thus, my interest in writing novels of suspense such as DEADLY EYES was born.
As a recent retiree from a forty-year career as a professor of writing, I now live in Southern California wine country with my wife, Kitty, and our two other cats.
Check out Deadly Eyes Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWLBtVDUdC4
Book Link: http://www.amazon.com/Deadly-Eyes-ebook/dp/B007IO3O22/ref=lp_B005E7M8CW_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1335801699&sr=1-1
I can’t believe this is the last day of the tour. I have enjoyed myself tremendously. Once again, you guys are wonderful.
I want to say thankyou to all those who have commented and conversed with me throughout the tour. It was wonderful getting to know all of you and I look forward to future conversations.
The Stop Today:
I will be with Bookishly Devoted today. Hmm, IDK why, but I really love that name for some odd reason. Probably because everytime I say it in my head, I think ” Devishly Devoted” instead, LOL.
Review! I’m getting my final blog tour Review today. I can’t wait to read it!
ALERT!! Giveaway!! ALERT!! FINAL GIVEAWAY TODAY! Enter now if you haven’t yet to get your namein the hat. Good luck guys!
All Important Information!
Regarding E-book Giveaways – All tour host have decided if they wish to hold giveaways. For those who chose to do so, I, as the author of From Love and Pain, have provided one e-book copy for each giveaway. E-book Giveaways are open to Int. and U.S. entries. Winners will be chosen using Random.com. Winners will be announced on my blog and contacted by e-mail. You will be given 14 days(2 weeks) to claim your prize. If a winner does not respond within the alloted timeframe, the prize will be given to the next winner. And so on and so on.
To Enter: Unless otherwise stated on the individual blog, simply leave your name and email in a comment on the specific tour post to be entered into that giveaway. For e-boom giveaways, entries submitted on my blog will be excluded(NOT VALID), you must enter the giveaway on the blog which is hosting said giveaway.
Thank you for your participation.
Grand Giveaway Entry Rules!
There will be THREE Grand Giveaways! First, Second and(I want to say fourth, but yes) Third.
The grand prize(s) are…
First Prize: A paperback copy of From Love and Pain, Author Swag( From Love and Pain coffee mug, notebook, banner, and a pen) and one ebook copy of all future books that I write. These will be given before or the day of releases.
Second Prize: A paperback copy of From Love and Pain and one ebook copy of any e-book reviewed on here. (@ the top of this page there is a box that reads “Reviews”. All reviews have been copied and pasted here.)
Third Prize: A paperback copy of From Love and Pain.
Grand Prize Entry Rules: The Grand Prize giveaways are open to the U.S ONLY. Please leave your name and email in a comment on any of the blog stops or on any tour posting(this one included) that I post on my blog(here), to be entered into the giveaway. Winners will be chosen using Random.com. Grand Prize winners will be announced on my blog and on my facebook page on May 22nd, 2012. Follow my blog or like my page to guarantee you won’t miss the announcements. This is not mandatory to be entered into the drawings. Winners will have 14 days(2 weeks) to contact me and claim their prize. If prizes are not claimed in the alloted time period, the prize will go to the next person. And so and so on.
Thank you for your participation.