Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Vote to Help Choose the Plot of a Book!

I wanted to tell you about a fun opportunity and also about the chance to win a free copy of By Reason of Insanity, by Randy Singer. Here's the promo I received:
If you’ve ever read a legal thriller or watched an episode of Law & Order and thought you would have rendered a different verdict—step into the jury box.

I want to let you know about a unique opportunity for you to participate in helping determine the verdict of a court case in an upcoming legal thriller by critically-acclaimed author, Randy Singer. Here’s a bit about what Randy is doing:

Beginning January 12, readers will have an opportunity to determine the verdict in Randy’s upcoming legal thriller, The Justice Game (Tyndale House, July 2009), which features a court case centered on the gun debate. The verdict voted on by the readers will be written into the story and kept under wraps until the book’s release. This is the first time in recent memory that an author has taken reader involvement and feedback to this level.

“I wanted to do something different and get my readers really involved in the story,” said Singer. “This gives them an opportunity to hear both sides of the national gun debate and gets them thinking. Plus, it adds an element of fun to the book.”

Taking a new approach to the popular book trailer, Singer has produced a short, online video that mimics a cable news report. Featuring real-life talk show host Lorri Allen as the lead news anchor, the video shares the latest updates on the trial at the center of the book interspersed with segments of the closing arguments direct from the courtroom. At the end of the video, viewers are directed to a special section on Singer’s Web site to render their verdict.

You can access the video at:

Randy, who is a practicing veteran trial attorney as well as a teaching pastor in Virginia Beach, VA, has written seven critically-acclaimed legal thrillers. Publishers Weekly has said he, “is as enjoyable as John Grisham,” and his work has received several noteworthy reviews. His latest book, By Reason of Insanity (Tyndale), debuted in hardcover last summer and releases this month in softcover.
Okay, Missy here again. I'll be giving away a copy of Randy's current release, By Reason of Insanity, to one lucky winner from among those who either comment or email me at missytippens [at] If you email me, be sure to tell me you want to be in the drawing for Randy's book. If you leave a comment, please leave your contact info. I'll be taking names through Sunday.
Good luck! And be sure to go watch the video and vote. :)


Jessica said...

Ooh, I'll enter! I like these types of books, though I definitely don't have any ideas on how things should go in the courtroom.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter!

Missy Tippens said...

I've got you entered for winning the book, Jessica. I hope you have fun on his website voting! :)

Missy Tippens said...

I drew a name from comments here and also from emailed entries, and we have a winner!

Jessica, you've won a copy of By Reason of Insanity!

Please email me at missytippens [at] to give me your snail mail address and I'll get it out to you!