Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BOTB Results AND Guess The True Statement and Win! (Statement #59)

Before I get to the *real* post, I wanted to do a few, quick things.

1) Health update. Drat it. I am still sick. I don't think I am worse, but I am not better either. I have added a saline rinse (think netti pot) to my arsenal after the Wednesday blog. Maybe if I did that on the hour??? Bah.

2) Battle of the Bands Results. I fully expected Nat King Cole to beat Eva Cassidy's version of Autumn Leaves... and he did. However, many of you liked her version quite well - just not enough to vote for it over The King. Ah well. I really like both versions, so I fully understand your quandary. How did it end with your votes?
Nat King Cole - 20
Eva Cassidy - 6

I know that seems like a horrible showing for Eva, but it is NOT. Many of you said very sweet things and then voted for Nat. And it is hard to do battle with any King. So there. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Eva Cassidy version. It is slower. One of you said "sparser" and that echoes what is happening to the trees. Life, for them, is slowing down and starting to look a whole lot sparser. I will add my vote to the Eva Cassidy column, but it doesn't change anything. See you again on the 15th for a new song and new battle.



To celebrate the release of Jessica Bell’s latest novel, WHITE LADY, she is giving away an e-copy (mobi, ePub, or PDF) to the first person to correctly guess the one true statement in the three statements below. To clarify, two statements are lies, and one is true:

The following is a chapter title from the book:
a. I may look like a cow, but you can go eat shit if you think you can put me in a field and bark at me.
b. OMG, i bet u think i stink.
c. There’s nothing more satisfying than stabbing a knife in a big fat slab of porterhouse steak.

What do you think? Which one is true? Write your guess in the comments, along with your email address. Comments will close in 48 hours. If no-one guesses correctly within in 48 hours, comments will stay open until someone does.

Want more chances to win? You have until October 31 to visit all the blogs where Jessica will share a different set of true and false statements on each one. Remember, each blog is open to comments for 48 hours only from the time of posting.

If you win, you will be notified by email with instructions on how to download the book.

Click HERE to see the list of blogs.

*This novel contains coarse language, violence, and sexual themes.

​Sonia yearns for sharp objects and blood. But now that she’s rehabilitating herself as a “normal” mother and mathematics teacher, it’s time to stop dreaming about slicing people’s throats.

While being the wife of Melbourne’s leading drug lord and simultaneously dating his best mate is not ideal, she’s determined to make it work.

It does work. Until Mia, her lover’s daughter, starts exchanging saliva with her son, Mick. They plan to commit a crime behind Sonia’s back. It isn’t long before she finds out and gets involved to protect them.

But is protecting the kids really Sonia’s motive?

Click HERE to view the book trailer.
Click HERE for purchase links.

Jessica Bell, a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, is the Publishing Editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal and the director of the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca. She makes a living as a writer/editor for English Language Teaching Publishers worldwide, such as Pearson Education, HarperCollins, MacMillan Education, Education First and Cengage Learning.

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  1. Thanks for posting. I'm so sorry you're ill! :( I'll be back to check on comments in a couple of days. You take care of yourself!

  2. They would all make for funny chapter titles. I'm going to say the first one.

  3. My guess is C.

    I hope you feel better soon.

  4. Sorry you're still sick. I've been sick for weeks too. I've been doing the nasal/saline rinse and popping cough drops. It's no fun. Let's both get better asap.

    I'm guessing C.

  5. Since the free book goes to the first person to guess the correct answer, Alex (the other Cavanaugh) would beat me if I went with my first guess...so I'll guess B just to have a chance of winning. But I really think it's A.

    Sorry you're still feeling lousy...hang in there!


  6. I am decidedly not into horror, but any book that has a chapter titled, "I may look like a cow, but you can go eat shit if you think you can put me in a field and bark at me." is worth a look...

  7. Before I read the blurb, I was going to guess A, but now I'm leaning toward C...but whenever I don't go with my first guess it seems I'm wrong so, final answer: A!

  8. Funny thing about BOTB - mine kind of turned out the same way this time. A lot of people had basically good things to say about the 'cover', but voted for the original more familiar. Oh well, who can figure this monkey out?

  9. Robin
    You are still sick? I thought you were up and dancing around the house, figuring out your next band song.

    Jessica Bell is a very attractive landy with beautiful hair.

  10. I hope you feel better, Robin. I wonder if you have a sinus infection. Those can take a long time to go away. I'm guessing B, but this is a tough one.


  11. I hope you're feeling better. That reminds me, I need to go get my flu shot! Yay for Jessica! My guess is C.

  12. Get well!!

    Not surprised with the BOTB outcome. Nat is hard to beat.

    Weird chapter titles, any of them, but going with the book cover illustration I'll go with C--the one about the steak.

    Tossing It Out

  13. My vote is A, but I see I'm not first.

  14. Hope you feel better soon. I feel like I've been missing your posts but maybe I haven't.

  15. I hope you can flush out that stubborn virus with the nasal rinse! Get well soon!!!

    And as one of the Eva voters, I'm not at all surprised that Nat won. His version was an all-time classic. I was just swayed by what struck me as the deeper and stronger emotional impact in her version. It was emotional without being sappy or cloying. Nat's was so picture-perfect and smoothly articulated. It was technically the much better version, but Eva's felt more "real" to me.

  16. Thanks for stopping by everyone! The correct answer is A. But seeing as Alex has already got the book, the winner is Marcy (mshatch)! Congratulations! Disconnected, you shoulda stuck with your first guess. ;-) Marcy, I'm emailing you now.


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