A New Mystery Photo Game
A new book out on store shelves surely means a new mystery photo game here on One Writer’s Journal. What better contest could I have for a new mystery? Yes, Murder Comes by Mail, is now out and reviews are beginning to show up. I do so appreciate each and every one of you who reads my books, first and foremost. And then some of you take is the reading experience one step farther and post reviews.
In this internet age, reviews carry some weight. Have you ever not bought something because you read a bad review or perhaps felt better about buying something because all the reviews are glowing? I have to admit that I have passed on some products because of negative reviews. However, these weren’t books. I think with books, the reading experience can be so different for different people that I wouldn’t nix a book because of a few bad reviews. Not if I read the blurb and thought it sounded good. What one reader might dislike, I or another reader might think was just right.
Also, some of those low reviews aren’t always a fair rating. I have a one star review on one of my books because the reader must have gotten one of those “won’t you review your purchase” e-mails and the reader shot back with one pitiful little star with the message that he or she had never even read the book. So, if I’m going to be dissuaded by seeing a bad review, I want to see exactly what the reader based the review on.
Besides that, I’ve read a few books that it seems everybody out there loved – except me. But that’s okay. That’s how reading tastes are. So far most of the readers have liked my new Hidden Springs mystery. It’s sort of a cozy suspense small town mystery. I worried that putting cozy and suspense in the same story might upset some readers, but so far no reviewer or reader has bashed me too badly about that.
And now for the mystery contest.
We’ll do the contests the same as always. You leave a comment here with your best guess of the mystery picture. Right or wrong, that guess gets you entered in the drawing. I’ll announce three winners on June 12 and the winners will get their choice of one of my books. The winner could even choose my new Hidden Springs mystery, Murder Comes by Mail. You can enter once on each mystery picture. So guess on this one and be ready to give a new mystery photo a guess on Sunday’s post. Each guess on a new mystery photo gets you a new entry in the drawing to up your chances of winning.
You must be 18 to enter and the contest is open to everyone. But even better than the prizes is the fun of playing the game. I will warn you that if this picture is too easy and all of you guess it right off, I’ll pull out my “No more Mr. Nice Guy” and try harder to trick you. LOL. I have totally tricked all of you only once or twice with a mystery photo and a few of what I thought were mysterious photos didn’t fool any of you.
So, ready, set, play. And as always, thanks for reading.