Eight thousand, five hundred sixty miles!
(Actually, it says, 8560.)
Which means that the winner is...Karen from Minneapolis!
Congratulations, Karen from Minneapolis, I will send you a copy of Kiss Goodbye as soon as my author copies arrive...probably early September.
Thank you to everyone who sent in guesses...answers were all over the map (which seems appropriate, really). And I loved reading your "Sammy Keyes is..." sentences. I laughed about the ones that were unabashed run-on sentences. So funny! So Sammy!
I also have to say that one of you (okay, it was Sean from North Carolina) had me laughing out loud by signing off with "Holy smokes! Look at the time! Dive for the bushes!"
I just love this group of people. You guys are awesome.
So (switching subjects) to Kiss Goodbye.
I got word from my editor that representatives for the band Queen have denied my use of more than 14 words from the lyrics of Bohemian Rhapsody. I used 17. These lyrics were to appear in Chapter 2.
So I had to figure out what to do, and I did that (grumbling all the while that if Queen knew Sammy, they would be all over being included in Kiss Goodbye. Come on. Freddie Mercury would have loved Sammy's spunk!)
Uncomfortably, their denial wasn't communicated in a manner timely enough to prevent all seventeen words from being included in the ARC, or, it turns out, the first printing of the Killer Cruise paperback.
Yup, the paperback of Killer Cruise (which came out while we were on the road) has a two chapter (plus the prologue) excerpt from Kiss Goodbye.
Queen violation aside, I had no idea there would be a sneak-peek of Kiss Goodbye in the book so when I saw it and said, "Holy smokes! Look at that! Dive for the bushes!"
Well, something similar.
It all of a sudden felt...real.
Like, you know, THE END!
So (dropping any Queenly concerns entirely now) since the beginning of THE END is already out there for anyone to see, I thought...well, I thought...well...you may not want to read on if you don't want to know anything more than you already know about Kiss Goodbye.
Test your self control if you must! Stop here! Go back!
Because below is a (kinda lousy) scan of the first page of the "sneak peek" -- the equivalent of the prologue in all previous Sammys. My intention is not to be cruel (although it's feeling a little that way at this moment).
I'm only posting one page.
144 words (well, 150 if you break up the 6 contractions).
And absolutely no Queen rights violations!
But if you want to wait 100 days (exactly from today) to read it, do not scroll down. The 'prologue' is titled A Warning From Wendelin, which says it all.
But I will still double warn you:
Read at your own risk!
And that's all for tonight. See you (I'm sure) in the comments!