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April 25th, 2014

Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest – Winners Announced

The results are in, and $350 in prizes are going to three lucky winners. Trivia questions relating to the serialized sections of Doing Max Vinyl (An Annie Ogden Mystery) on Venture Galleries appeared regularly here over the last 8 months. One correct answer was chosen randomly for each question for a $5 Amazon gift card. Every correct answer was entered in the draw for a chance at the three grand prizes being awarded today.

Congratulations to Teresa H., winner of the $200 grand prize! Your name was chosen first from the hat containing all the right answer slips. You will receive your prize via email. I hope you will enjoy many good books and other goodies from Amazon!

Naznin A. is the lucky recipient of the 2nd prize of a $100 Amazon gift card. Congratulations Naznin! Don’t spend it all in one place 🙂

And congratulations also to Marjorie R., who snagged the 3rd prize of a $50 Amazon gift card. Nothing to sneeze at, $50.

My thanks go to all the participants who read all or part of Doing Max Vinyl on Venture Galleries, and I hope you had fun searching for the answers. On Venture Galleries you will find many more books in serialized form, and I encourage you to discover new authors this way.

April 2nd, 2014

Gray Justice – Crackling Good Summer Reading

This month I’m featuring Alan McDermott and his book Gray Justice, the debut novel in his four part series. Warning: once you start an Alan McDermott novel, you can forget about today’s to-do list.

About Gray Justice

When ex-soldier Tom Gray loses his wife and child to a career criminal, it seems life can’t get much worse. But when the killer is let off with time served on remand, Gray knows there is something fundamentally wrong with the justice system. Engaging the help of his ex-SAS buddies, he kidnaps five repeat offenders and asks the public to vote on their fate: Should they be allowed to continue their criminal ways with inadequate punishment, or has Britain had enough?

His website attracts a worldwide audience and, although the authorities know where he is, they are powerless to stop him.

Can Gray carry out his audacious plan? Will Andrew Harvey and his fellow MI5 operatives find a way to stop him?

Gray Justice, the first book in the Tom Gray series, is more than a simple tale of revenge: it’s a rollercoaster ride with an ending you’ll never forget.

About Alan McDermott

Alan McDermott is a software developer from the south of England, married with beautiful twin daughters. When he isn’t creating critical applications for the NHS, he is writing action thrillers.

His debut novel, Gray Justice, has been very well received and earned him membership of The next two books in the series – Gray Resurrection and Gray Redemption – were released in 2012, and book 4 will hit the shelves in July 2014 

Alan is currently working on his fifth title.

You can follow Alan on Twitter through his @Jambalian account.

More info on Gray Justice

UK readers please click here.

USA readers please go here.

March 25th, 2014

Big Prizes Soon – Doing Max Vinyl Trivia Contest

You’ve been waiting patiently, and only a few more weeks till the contest ends with a bang — $200 in Amazon cash to the grand prize winner, $100 in Amazon cash to the 2nd prize winner, and $50 to the third place winner. Every correct entry over the life of the contest increases your chances at one of the grand prizes. And you get to see pictures like this showing my cat in her favorite resting place.

Our winner for last week’s question was Teresa H., who answered the question correctly, which town in Northern Illinois is Bob Olson from? — the answer being Sycamore.

Usually we get several people sending in the right answer, so congrats Teresa! You win a $5 Amazon gift card. And the new question is: What is the name of Max Vinyl’s attorney? You will find the correct answer in part 104, 105 or 106 right here on Venture Galleries, which the Doing Max Vinyl serial is hosted, along with many other fine books. Please send your answer by midnight PST on Sunday, April 20 to to be eligible for the weekly prize and the big prizes at the end.

March 13th, 2014

Cassidy Jones – for Cool Kids

My iAi feature this month is Elise Stokes and her book:

Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula (Cassidy Jones Adventures, Book One)

One Girl. One Accident. One Incredible Superhero.

Cassidy Jones is your typical fourteen-year-old– that is, until a seemingly harmless accident in the laboratory of a world-renowned geneticist turns her world upside down.

Discovering incredible strength, speed, and enhanced physical senses that defy logic, Cassidy embarks on an action-packed adventure that has her fighting for answers…and for her very life.

About Elise Stokes

Elise Stokes lives with her husband and four children. She was an elementary school teacher before becoming a full-time mom. With a daughter in middle school and two in high school, Elise’s understanding of the challenges facing girls in that age range inspired her to create a series that will motivate girls to value individualism, courage, integrity, and intelligence. The stories in Cassidy Jones Adventures are fun and relatable, and a bit edgy without taking the reader uncomfortably out of bounds. Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, Cassidy Jones and Vulcan’s Gift, and Cassidy Jones and the Seventh Attendant are the first three books in the series. Book Four, Cassidy Jones and the Luminous, will be released in 2014.

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March 1st, 2014

We’ve Got a Winner

Every time I read your answers to trivia questions I get goosebumps. Congratulations to Marsha B! She answered the latest Doing Max Vinyl Trivia question correctly. Annie Ogden said RATS definitely do not conduct electricity …

Those who submitted a right answer are automatically entered in the grand prize drawing, which is right around the corner, folks. Marsha B. wins a $5 Amazon gift card for having her entry picked from among all the right answers this time.

The new question … drumroll please: In which beautiful old town in Illinois does Bob Olson live? You will find the answer in part 93, 94 or 95 right here on Venture Galleries. Send your answer by Sunday, March 23 at 12 midnight PST to

A reminder of what’s at stake. All the correct entries received during the life of the contest are entered in a drawing. We’ll have a Grand Prize winner ($200 Amazon gift card), a 2nd prize winner ($100 Amazon gift card) and a third prize winner ($50 Amazon gift card). Nothing fancy – just a pile of cash money …

Just do it – read the serials, answer the question, and send me your answer to have a chance at those prizes.