I just received the subject above in my inbox today. I thought it was a spam mail since that particular email account continuously receives a hundred plus spams everyday.
I was on the verge of dismissing it and marked it spam when a certain word caught my attention.
I read through the entire message and while at it, I was still half-convinced that it was a spam.
Well, it wasn't. The publishing company was a name familiar to me. I really won a book!
So how did I win? My email address was chosen among over 4,200 entries to win a signed copy of either BLUE HEAVEN or THREE WEEKS TO SAY GOODBYE by the author, C.J. Box!
The signed books will be sent to me in the next few weeks from Minotaur Books / St. Martins Press in New York City.
I couldn't recall a contest they sponsored but I did register for their newsletter updates.
About the author as lifted from his homepage:
C. J. Box is the author of eleven novels including the award-winning Joe Pickett series. He's the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Box was named 2007 Writer of the Year by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. His short stories have been featured in America's Best Mystery Stories 2006 and limited-edition printings. The novels have been bestsellers and have been translated into 21 languages.
About Blue Heaven:
Siblings Annie and William Taylor, ages 12 and 10, witness a gruesome murder in the woods outside the small Idaho town of Kootenai Bay, nicknamed Blue Heaven for its abundance of retired LAPD officers. Annie and William make a run for it after they're spotted by the killers, a group of crooked LAPD cops who retired to Idaho eight years earlier after pulling a complicated heist in California that left a man dead. Rancher Jess Rawlins becomes the children's only hope of survival after they take refuge in his barn. Jess must stay one step ahead of the killers, who have volunteered to help the local authorities investigate the children's disappearance.
About Three Weeks To Say Goodbye:
Jack and Melissa McGuane have spent years trying to have a baby. Finally their dream has come true with the adoption of their daughter, Angelina. But nine months after bringing her home, they receive a devastating phone call from the adoption agency: Angelina's birth father, a teenager, never signed away his parental rights, and he wants her back. Worse, his father, a powerful Denver judge, wants him to own up to this responsibility and will use every advantage his position of power affords him to make sure it happens. When Jack and Melissa attempt to handle the situation rationally by meeting face-to-face with the father and son, it is immediately apparent that there's something sinister about both of them and that love for Angelina is not the motivation for their actions.
Based on the plots, I think I'm going to like both books. The action and suspense will definitely hinder me from taking a sandwich bite even for a second. :)
PS. Images are borrowed from C.J. Box.