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“You Don’t Know Nick” Contest! Free books to winners!

Last month Simon & Schuster released a bind-up of my first two Bug Man novels, Shoofly Pie and Chop Shop. "Bind-up" is the term publishers use to describe two separate novels published under a single cover; the term you and I might use is "bargain." (Christmas shopping tip: There's no cheaper way to buy my first two novels.)

With the holidays fast approaching I'm in the mood to give things away, so I've decided to host a contest to give away some free copies of the new book. I'm calling the contest, "You Don't Know Nick." It's a trivia contest for you current Bug Man readers to find out if you were paying attention when you read my novels or whether you just skipped to the end to see how the story came out. (Some of you did, didn't you? Now aren't you sorry?) Here's how the contest will work:

Tomorrow night at exactly 9 pm EST I will post a single trivia question on this blog. There will be a form for you to use to enter your answer. A free copy of the Shoofly Pie/Chop Shop bind-up will be awarded to the first person to accurately answer the question. How will I be able to tell who's first? When you enter your answer it will be marked with a time stamp. The wonders of Internet technology!

The following night, again at exactly 9 pm EST, I will publish a post announcing the winner of the previous night's contest and giving the correct answer to the question. Then I will ask a new question and the process will repeat.

For you Bug Man scholars out there: You can only win once. And I'm sorry, but the contest is only open to those with a U.S. mailing address.

The contest will begin tomorrow night (Tuesday, Nov 10) and will continue for 14 consecutive evenings, concluding on Monday, Nov 23rd. Each evening's "You Don't Know Nick" question will be posted at exactly 9 pm EST, so be ready.

Think you know Nick? Then dazzle us all with your knowledge. See you here tomorrow at 9 pm eastern.

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  1. Oh, I feel dumb in asking but I don’t know who is in the trunk of the 64 Dodge Dart! I mean the sheriff and the deputy were accounted for, right?
    I loved this first book and will read more.

  2. I just finished reading my fifth Tim Downs book, and I have to tell you…I’m in love.
    I have often been obsessed by an author, but never have I read 5 in a row and could not wait to read another (usually after the second book, I’m done for awhile).

    I shared “Wonders never cease” with my creative writing class as an example of the “best dialog I have ever read…very snappy”. And the Bug Man is a revelation. And I love the way you incorporate your Christian values without being “preachy”. Awesome writing! I can only hope…and pray…that I can come up with something reasonably close to being as enjoyable to read by others.

  3. I enjoyed the book chop shop until the very last page, diesel engines don’t have spark plugs or ignition wires.

    • You got me, Joe. I had more than a view diesel mechanics point that error out, and in later reprints I changed “spark plug” to “glow plug”–though there still seems to be some debate as to whether an exposed glow plug would ignite gasoline fumes. Thanks for reading closely!

  4. What’s the time difference between mountain time and EST?

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