Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Two weeks and counting to The Cross Gardener

Exactly two weeks to go until the release of The Cross Gardener. So why not give away another Advance Reading Copy?

In TCG, the Shenandoah County Fair plays a prominent role. In the comments below, tell us your very first memory of visiting a County Fair, Carnival, Disney park, etc.

I'll pick a random winner tomorrow. Good luck!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Trailer for The Cross Gardener

Big thanks to my good friend, Aaron "Al" Lee, for another lovely book trailer.

Click here to watch it on YouTube.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Photo Caption Contest

Write a funny caption for the photo below. Author of the funniest caption will win a free advance copy of The Cross Gardener three weeks before it goes on sale.

Captions will be judged by a panel of prestigious judges. (Jason, Kodi and Pilgrim.)

Winner announced Wednesday. Good luck!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

SnOw SNOW snow!!!!

Everything outside is white, white, white. It is absolutely incredible! So here is a small tribute to the snow.

Snow can be pretty...

It can be heavy...

It can be confusing... why is the snow hanging off the car like that?

but most of all snow can be FUN FUN FUN...

Pilgrim is loving it... he loves it even more when Papa J plays with him.

He really loves it when he flattens Papa J in the snow...

but his favorite by far is dive bombing off the deck... and frankly when this is coming at you... SNOW CAN BE SCARY!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

The winner of Jason's Snowmageddon Super Bowl Snow Prediction Contest is...

The measurements are in, the numbers crunched, the highly scientific yardstick analysis complete. Under my watchful eye, my trusty assistant Jadi measured three spots in the front yard, and the average was:

26.0 inches!

That means our winner is shaunnab18, who guessed 25.9. Honorable mention goes to MarySue, Patty, IndianaRaven and Michleatherman, all were very close as well.

Congrats to our winner! Please drop me a note and I'll get your address for your box of goodies.

And stay tuned for another contest, perhaps sooner than you think...

Introducing Jason's Snowmageddon Super Bowl Snow Prediction Contest

Let's just consider this morning's Snow Prediction Contest the Pro Bowl, the warm-up act that's fun to watch, but pales in comparison to the Super Bowl.

Introducing Jason's Snowmageddon Super Bowl Snow Prediction Contest:

In the comments below, predict the total snowfall total as of 8:00 PM, EST. (Latest NWS warning predicts the snow ends by 8:00.)

Once again, I will measure three places in my front yard and take the average. Entries are due by 5:00 PM, EST.

If I'm going to call it Jason's Snowmageddon Super Bowl Snow Prediction Contest, I better have a pretty fantastic prize, right?

How about the biggest box of goodies I've ever given away? Closest to actual total (without going over) will receive:

-The James Miracle (hardcover)
-Christmas Jars (hardcover)
-Christmas Jars Reunion (hardcover)
-Penny's Christmas Jar Miracle (hardcover)
-The Wednesday Letters (hardcover)
-Recovering Charles (hardcover)
-The Cross Gardener (advance copy)
-The Cross Gardener (audio CD's)
-A Christmas Jar for Santa (limited edition Christmas card)
-Christmas Jar bookmarks
-Christmas Jar wraps

Winner will be announced here on the blog shortly after 8:00 PM. We'll figure out a tie-breaker if we need one.

Good luck!

The winner of the 10:00 AM "Predict the Snow" contest is...

The first measurements are complete! With so much wind and drifting, I decided to measure in three places across the front yard and take the average. The total as of 10:00 AM (EST) is 19.5 inches.

And the winner is: MTeacress! He or she guessed 19.3, the closest without going over, and has won a copy of The Cross Gardener on audio CD. Congrats!

And now for our next contest...

Friday, February 5, 2010

Predict the snow totals, win The Cross Gardener on audio

Snowmageddon is here! One of the biggest storms in the history of the Shenandoah Valley is upon us. Since we had so much fun with our last snow prediction contest, it would be a complete travesty to let an even bigger storm come and go without an even bigger contest!

Here's the scoop:

In the comments below, predict how much snow I will have in my front yard at 10:00 AM tomorrow (Saturday) morning. (entries due by 8:00 AM, EST). Closest to the actual total (without going over) wins a free copy of The Cross Gardener on CD three weeks before it goes on sale.

Entries must include at least first name and last initial, plus your snow prediction.

Winner will be revealed at 10:00 AM, then a second contest will be announced.

Good luck!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

16 years and I finally get the hint...

So as the story goes, for as long as I have been married to Jason, he would always ask for a go-kart on his birthday, for Christmas, for Easter, for Valentine's Day, for Father's Day and if that wasn't enough, he would write it on the grocery list every chance he got. Twice in the past two years he thought he was getting one... only to be disappointed by no go-kart under the tree...

Well this birthday proved to be the right time for me to shock his socks off.

I'm not sure who is more excited, Kason or Jason...

I think maybe I need to turn the throttle down on this little blue devil.

Jadi is being taught how to properly handle a go-kart... I think she keep yelling "slow down Dad."

"Now Dad this is the safe way to drive the go-kart." Notice she is going so slow that even Kason can outrun her... LOL

I'm just counting my blessings that it's not a real car... I have a few more years before that happens.

She keep her speed in check... good girl!

A very happy man!!!

"Faster Dad faster!!!"

Okay now that's my baby in there... slow down a bit...

All in all they had a great time and I am sure we will be getting lots of go-kart riding in in the next few days.

One month to release... tick tock...

It's hard to believe that after so long, the release of The Cross Gardener is actually in sight! It will finally be available everywhere books are sold one month from today.

I've enjoyed writing my first six books, but I must admit that this one means more to me than any other. It's the most personal, and I truly hope the story and message will resonate with you.

To celebrate the one-month countdown, let's give away a paperback Advance Reader's Copy. In the comments below, tell me the very first novel you remember reading. Catcher in the Rye? To Kill A Mocking Bird? Huck Finn? Something else?

I'll randomly select from among the comments 24-hours from now. Winner gets a free book a month before the rest of the world. Good luck!


Can't wait? Pre-order right now from our friends at Amazon or BN.com