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KINDLE GIVEAWAY! from author SCOTT NICHOLSON & 20 Questions

1. Bookmarks or dog ears?

2. Dust jacket on or off when reading a hard back?

3. Favorite author?
Dr. Seuss

4. Favorite genre’?

5. What is the best book you have read in the last year?
Jonathan Lethem’s Motherless Brooklyn 

6. What book would you most like to see made into a movie?
This Perfect Day by Ira Levin

7. E books: Friend or foe?
Friend, lover, and confidante

8. Was there a book that inspired you to write?
Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-5

9. What are you reading right now?
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

10. What is the last book you bought just for the cover?
Never have.

11. What is the last book you received in the mail?
L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future First 25 Years

12. What is the number of books you own?

13. What is the first book you remember reading by yourself as a child?
Probably a comic book

14. Do you have a favorite place to read?

15. What is next for you, publishing-wise?
Gateway Drug: Mystery Stories

16. Do you have a favorite place to write?
Standard desk at home

17. Do you have any pets ?
Dog, cat, two chickens

18. How does your garden grow?

19. The last thing you Googled?
the spelling of “idiosyncrasies”

20. What makes you cringe?
Lindsay Lohan

Scott Nicholson is author of Speed Dating with the Dead, Drummer Boy, and 10 other novels, five story collections, four comics series, and six screenplays. A journalist and freelance editor in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he often uses local legends in his work. This tour is sponsored by Amazon, Kindle Nation Daily, and Dellaster Design.

To be eligible for the Kindle DX, simply complete the form below with contact info. Feel free to debate and discuss the topic, but you will only be entered once per blog. Visit all the blogs on the tour and increase your odds. I’m also giving away a Kindle 3 through the tour newsletter and a Pandora’s Box of free ebooks to a follower of “hauntedcomputer” on Twitter. And, hey, buy my books and put me in the Top 100 and I’ll throw in another random Kindle 3 giveaway. Thanks for playing. Complete details at


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  1. I always enjoy the twenty question posts! This was no exception!

  2. Love his interview! Great 20 questions! And I can never remember what page I'm on, dog ears for me.

  3. Beatles or Stones? One, two, three...

    Great post.

    Jeff White

  4. "Quirky", eh? Can't say I surprised by that answer. :P


  5. @Jeff -- totally brilliant question and yes, I am totally going to plagerize that one next month.

  6. Thanks Scott. Different take on today's post, and it's fun to read your answers.


    tztomfromcali _ at _ gmail _ com

  7. Scott, we learn more about you every stop. Thanks!

  8. Hey, Scott. You won't believe this! well, actually you probably kindle died last night! I was only about 20% through The Red Church!! So now I really need to win this contest . Unfortunately I can't do without my kindle so I had call Amazon and they are sending me a new one for $89 cause mine was out of warranty (surprise).

  9. Bookmarked by memory? Good lord, not me. :) And as far as reading in the tub goes, I like my books too much to trust my motor skills near bodies of water while holding one.

  10. Cool post - enlightening!

    dreamer dot ima at gmail dot com

  11. Favorite place to read? Just about anywhere! In bed, the comfy chair in the livings room, a chair on the deck, etc.

    The one place I don't read is the bathtub, I'm a shower person.

    Number of books? I've never counted but hundreds for sure. Several hundred less now that I have my Kindle.


  12. Enjoyed the 20 question interview.

    No dogears in a book of mine---I use a bookmark.

  13. Well, that was short and (mostly) painless. I was a bit boggled by the favorite place to read question---not so much that it was the bathtub, per say... but that implied you actually BATHED! Startling the things such interrogative questions can reveal! This left me wanting more, like "Who does your hair?" "Which 'Sex and the City' girl are you most like?" "Potatoes or stuffing?" "Boxers or briefs...or THONG?" (The age-old question "Ginger or Maryann?" is pointless...because I know you fancy Mrs. Howell... As do I!)


  14. Hmm. You may have to change your reading habits, Scott, once you have a Kindle. At least, don't drop it in the bathtub!
    And I just read The Red Church killed Sharon's Kindle!?

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  16. Loved the 20 questions. It's been interesting to see what sort of blogs scenarios Scott will run into each day.

    calseeor (at) gmail (dot) com

  17. The Hunger Games just started it reminds me a little of 1984 but not as good :)

  18. Memory?! I've got to get one of those. Loved the 20 questions interview. Quite entertaining. Also nice to see that a few other folks were stumped by the memory bookmark. I do agree that the tub is a good place to read, books can always dry out. ;-)

  19. I'm impressed that Slaughterhouse-5
    inspired you to write. I love that book and I think Vonnegut is a genious.

    waitmantwillie at hotmail dot com

  20. I can't believe that you read in the bathtub. I'm always afraid I'll drop the book. Or the e-reader (if I get one). Yikes! Of course maybe that's because I read library books. *LOL*


  21. Uh, Mr. Nicholson, The question said "first book you REMEMBER reading" and the answer you gave is the first book you clearly don't remember reading! ...some comic book.... I think you 'owe' us a better answer!

    Mine is ... probably some dinosaur book. (Hey, I don't remember the title but it is the one that everyone had at that time -with the T Rex on the cover. You know the one. It was probably just called Dinosaurs, come to think of it.)

    And by 'Memory' you clearly mean your Kindle's memory, right? I hear you. {wink}

    Loving/hating discovering the new-to-me blogs.


  22. Amazing you can read “bookmarkless.” Unless I finish a chapter, I’m lost when I do it that way. Actually, here’s my dirty little secret: sometimes I use a square of toilet paper for a bookmark. Just fold it in half and, tada! Bookmark.

    Okay, said too much.

  23. I gave up on bookmarks as well. My books are usually tossed around too much for them to hold the right place.

    Scott, too!

  24. Dr Seuss Is My Brothers Favorite author two now He Has all these Kids to read it to .

  25. Lovin the tour. Thanks!

  26. I was surprised how much Vonnegut's work grew on me.

    Twitter: MachineTrooper

  27. Fun post to read. Dr. Seuss may very well be my favorite author, too (which may explain why "quirky" also describes my favorite genre.

  28. My post above.
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  29. Favorite genre is quirky? What is the best quirky novel you've ever read?

  30. Working at the library, we usually have to cancel one or two books a month because they've been dumped in the bath tub . . . at least we hope it was the bathtub . . . or soaked in coffee . . . at least we hope its coffee . . . anyway, accidents do happen.

    Sometimes they don't get caught when a book is discharged so the formerly wet books gets to sit next to a bunch of other innocent books and share its new found mold cultures.

    We once lost three books because one moldy book, its pages wavy with former wetness share its black-green mold with a neighbor on either side.

    Thank you,
    --Greg the Undead Rat

    theundeadrat (@) gmail (.) com

  31. Loved the 20 questions. It's bookmarks for me...I hate to harm a page.

  32. @Jeff always Beatles

    @sharon, I've heard Amazon has great customer service!

    @RabidFox, I only read books in the tub that are old paperbacks or one-shot reads

    @Monster box/brief--more likely to go au natural

    @icedreamed I read a lot of Vonnegut in my teen years

    @hendy by quirky, I'd say stuff like Richard Brautigan, Jonathan Lethem, Vonnegut, Lolita, surprising, maddening stuff that you're never quite sure what to make of it. Stuff beyond the typical genre books that are primarily "safe storytelling" and books that edge into literary subversiveness (like I hope my new novel "As I Lie Dying" does)


  33. Scott, I can't believe you don't use a book mark! I have so many books going at once, I'd be lost without bookmarks!

  34. This post closed at 35 comments, thanks for entering. And thanks, Mary, for hosting!


  35. Wonderful idea!


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