Everyone’s a Winner!

Congratulations to all of the winners in No Bad Language’s first book giveaway:

  • Please Look After Mom (1 and 3) to Debra L. (1 F) and Clearly Kristal (4 F)
  • How It All Began (2 and 4) to Liz P. (2 F) and Cheryl F. (3 F)
  • Power Questions (1, 3 and 5) to Heather S. (1 NF), Eric S. (3 NF) and Jim W. (4 NF)
  • The Lost City of Z (2) to Rita W. (2 NF)
  • The Art of Immersion (4) to Mary T. (5 NF)

I got a very nice note from one of the winners, who commented, “I NEVER win!” And this is the reason I added two additional copies of the novels to the prize pool.

In December, I attended a couple of professional organization holiday parties. Despite buying a series of raffle tickets literally as long as my arm, I went home prize-less after the first party, while the tables to my right and left took home two and four prizes each. At the second party, the emcee assured us that the number of prizes pretty much corresponded to the number of raffle tickets in the drawing. With four tickets left to draw, neither I nor my guest won.

So, with a palpable feeling of “I NEVER win” still hanging over me, I felt the entry pool was small enough that I couldn’t bear to tell anyone they’d lost. Please don’t sue me!

I would like to give special recognition to Power Questions co-author Jerold Panas, who donated three copies of his terrific guide to improving the quality of any conversation in business or in life. Jerry also took the time to autograph all three and his generosity is greatly appreciated.

A Computer Selected the Winners

I used the List Randomizer at random.org to ensure fairness. Here’s how that worked if you’re curious:

  • Every valid entry was assigned a number based on the order in which people entered. These are the numbers that appear after the names in the winner’s list above.
  • One list comprised only those folks who were interested in winning nonfiction prizes; the second list was for people interested in winning a novel. These are the letters that appear after the winner’s names above.
  • There were two lists of books, as well: nonfiction and fiction. Each book was assigned a number, shown above.
  • Then, I let the computer do the randomizing.

Here’s the computer’s verdict (winner’s entry numbers are in the first column with the book number in the second column):

Winners of nonfiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

Winners of nonfiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

Winners of fiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

Winners of fiction prizes in No Bad Language book giveaway.

A big “thank you” to everyone who entered. Look for another giveaway next year!

Book Giveaway to My Wonderful Blog Readers!

No Bad Language Book GiveawayUPDATE: Thank you to all the entrants! The giveaway is now officially closed. Winners and their prizes will be announced soon. 

In appreciation for your kind support during my reading challenge last year, I’m giving away 2 novels and 4 nonfiction books from my Best of 2012 list (and one from my 2011 list) to lucky readers.

Here’s what you have a chance to win:



How to Enter

In the Leave a Reply/Comment section of this post, please tell me:

  • your favorite book of 2012, and
  • which category you’d prefer to win in: fiction or nonfiction

Please include a valid email address or Twitter handle. (These are only so I can contact you if you win. I never use or spam email. If you’re nervous about this, please feel free to connect with me on Facebook, where you can use private email.)


I wish I could include everyone in this giveaway, but:

  • you must be a U.S. resident to enter
  • you must be 18 years of age or older

One entry per person please.

Deadline to Enter

Noon on Monday, January 28, 2013

Details, Details…and Disclaimer

The winners in each category will be selected at random from all valid comments via random.org.

A valid comment includes answers to both questions, a way to contact the commenter via email or Twitter, and belongs to a U.S. resident who is 18 or older.

No Bad Language will pay all costs associated with shipping and handling. Books will be dispatched to winners via the U.S. Postal Service at book rate, which may take up to 5 weeks for delivery.

Copies of Power Questions were kindly donated by one of the authors and his publisher, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. The rest of these books were purchased by me as a way to say “Thank You” to you. There is no cost to you; the prize value of each is approximately $15 plus shipping and handling, all paid for by No Bad Language.

Standard disclaimer: Some of these books may contain concepts, descriptions and/or language that could be considered mature in nature. All contents are the creation of the authors; this blog and its owner are not responsible for the material or points of view presented in these books.

If you have questions, please leave a reply below, and I’ll respond as quickly as possible.

Best of luck! Tell your friends!