Friday, March 22, 2013

Writing: Contests

 Part of writing has to do with marketing, including contests and giveaways. Here's an example:

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!  If you at any time need to read the instructions for the hunt, please visit this link. You'll look for the secret word in this post (hint: it's in BOLDED CAPS), read about my forthcoming book, and at the bottom of the page you'll be directed to the next site. Gather the secret words, follow the instructions, and you're entered to win a book from each of the host authors.

My book? Stress Test will release on April 9. This is my first novel in about 18 months (awaiting a slot in my new publisher's schedule), and I hope you enjoy it as much as you've enjoyed my previous ones. If you want to read the first two chapters, just click the tab at the bottom of this page on my website.

Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attack him as he leaves the hospital at two AM HAD no such plans—they just want him dead. Bound and in the trunk of his car, Matt's only thought is fleeing with his life. He does escape, but at a price: a head injury that lands him in the ICU . . . where he awakens to discover he's being charged with murder.

Sandra Murray is a fiery, redheaded lawyer who swore she was done with doctors after her last relationship. But when Matt calls, she knows she can't walk away from defending someone who is truly innocent.

Matt's career is going down the drain. His freedom and perhaps his life may be next. But with the police convinced he's a killer and the kidnappers still trying to finish what they started, finding the truth—and the faith to keep going—will be the toughest stress test Matt has ever endured.

If you don't win a copy (which the winner will receive after April 9), Stress Test is available for pre-order at all online and brick-and-mortar booksellers. (Hint:  you can use one of the tabs on the first page of my website for this).

The next site for the Scavenger Hunt is here. Get all the words, put them together, and good luck. 


Anonymous said...

Doctors, lawyers, intrigue, you got me!
Stress Test is going on my 'must read list!
Thanks for the post and for being a part of the Scavenger hunt!
Mary Shipman

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Mary. Good luck.

Cindy said...

Love your books and can't wait till this one comes out.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Cindy. Hope you enjoy Stress Test as well. Good luck.

squiresj said...

Please enter me. I seem so stressed out lately since losing my medical insurance. Maybe the book will help me.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Richard Mabry said...

To be entered, it's necessary to visit every blog (each one has a link to the next, starting with the "start" page I showed in my post). Glean the key word from every post (bolded and in caps), put them together to form a Scripture quote, and enter. Full directions are at

Thanks for your comment, and hope things get better for you soon.