Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Christmas Murder Scavenger Hunt

Work the clues in
The Devil Can Wait

Another Sam Harper Crime Mystery
Marta Stephens

Nine bodies, a cursed relic linked to a Christmas Eve prophecy, and no suspects. While homicide detective Sam Harper hunts down the guilty, YOU can track the clues in “The Devil Can Wait” for a chance to win an autographed copy of “Silenced Cry,” the book that launched the Sam Harper Crime Mystery series and received honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Fair.
If you’re up to the challenge, just follow these five easy steps and submit your entry by Christmas Eve, 2008.

1) Read Sam Harper’s note titled “From the Desk of Detective Harper” that is posted on the home page of my website.

2) Throughout this article are quotes taken directly from the second book in the Sam Harper Crime Mystery series, “The Devil Can Wait” -- one quote for each week of Harper’s case. Keep in mind that the book is written in 3rd person and this article is written in first, thus some variance applies.

3) E-mail your answers to by midnight on December 24, 2008, with the following information:

  • Write down each quote and the page number where you found it in the book. Both items must be included to be eligible.
  • Send me a picture in jpg format of yourself holding my book. Please include your first name (last name optional) and tell me where the picture was taken (city and/or state or country). The picture of your smiling face holding this great book will be posted on the photo gallery of fans on my website.

4) Hey, but this isn’t all about me! If you are a published author, feel free to include the name of your book and a link to your website or blog for a bit of cross promotion!


Everyone who accurately lists, 1) all the quotes and 2) the page numbers where the quotes are found in “The Devil Can Wait,” will receive a free e-book of “Silenced Cry.” And if you've purchased the paperback, don' forget to send me your picture!!

One name will be drawn from this group of winners to receive an autographed copy of “Silenced Cry” along with other cool stuff to enhance your next reading experience! The winners will be announced on December 31, by direct e-mail. The winners’ names will also be posted on my website.

“Silenced Cry” ~ Honorable mention at the 2008 New York Book Festival, top ten in the 2007 Preditors & Editors Reader Poll.

Purchasing Information for:

“The Devil Can Wait” ISBN 978-1-905202-86-7
316 pages

The paperback is available from online shops like B&N, BAM, Borders, Amazon or your favorite neighborhood shop (just give them the ISBN number). Autographed copies are available directly from me (while supplies lasts) by writing to: Please make your subject line: A Christmas Murder Savenger Hunt.

E-book is available at:
BeWrite Books
Diesel e-books

Good luck and feel free to share this announcement with the mystery lovers in your life!


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Sounds a great and challenging competition. Can't wait to see the entries and the gallery!

Aaron Paul Lazar said...

Wow! Nine bodies? I knew there were the four boys and more murders afterwards, but I never counted. Holy Cow, no wonder Sam is running around like a crazy man trying to solve this case. Loved the book, by the way. And what an intriging promotion!

Marta Stephens said...

I'm looking forward to seeing the picturs of all those smiling faces!!

s.w. vaughn said...

Woo - this sounds fun! :-) Great contest idea, Marta.