Sunday, March 16, 2008

WIN A FREE COPY OF . . . AFTER THE DANCE . . . AND OTHER PRIZES . . . (See Contest Details Below)

In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm a music lover. My debut novel contains over 20 references to songs and artists. But one artist in particular has more songs listed than any of the others.

I'll award a free, autographed copy of AFTER THE DANCE to the first person who can correctly guess the name of the artist whose music is mentioned more times than any of the others in the book.

In addition, I'll award a free AFTER THE DANCE cd (either Marvin's or the Fourplay version) to the first person who can correctly guess the number of songs the book contains by the artist whose name is most frequently mentioned.

As an extra bonus, I'll give a free bottle of Memphis barbeque sauce (Neely's or Corky's) to the first person who can correctly guess the names of the songs by the artist who is most frequently mentioned in my novel, AFTER THE DANCE.

Got it?! You wanna play? Yes, it is possible to win all three prizes. No, you won't have to pay any shipping and handling charges. Ready?! Set!? Go!



pjazzypar said...


Although you did not provide any clues I am going to guess Aretha Franklin. You reference her a lot in your posts. I actually read your book excerpt so I know that "Chain of Fools", "Ain't No Way", "Ain't No Way", are included and I will guess that the others are "Think", "Daydreaming", and "Call Me". I already pre ordered the book, but I love playing games.

Lori said...

Great observation and excellent guess. But nope, Sister 'Ree isn't the one (smile). Feel free to try again though.

Also, thanks for pre-ordering the book! My cousin from Philly called yesterday and told me her bookstore pre-order copies had already arrived. If you ordered via Amazon, I believe they should start shipping out after March 25.

Malcolm said...

Is it Smokey Robinson?

Lori said...

Nice try, but nope, not Smokey.

Okay, since both you and PJ guessed Detroit-based artists, I'm gonna give you a clue . . .

The artist I have in mind has something in common with both Aretha and Smokey, but the common bond IS NOT the city of Detroit (Tee-hee).

Also, what this artist has in common with Aretha is different from what the artist has in common with Smokey (smile).

Malcolm said...

Is it Curtis Mayfield?

Lori said...

Nope, wrong again (smile).

Interesting. I actually thought this contest would be a fairly easy one. Thus far, a number of folks have scanned the material, but besides the friend who emailed me an answer (also wrong) you and PJ are the only ones brave enough to hazard a guess.

Okay, here's another clue: Even though her answer wasn't correct, PJ's approach to guessing the identity of the artist was right on target. On the other hand, YOUR guesses have a lot more in common with the actual artist I have in mind.

Are you even more confused (LOL)?
Once I reveal the name of the artist, chances are you're going to say, "Duh!"

pjazzypar said...

You are killing me Lori, I want to say Marvin Gaye, but that would solidify the Detroit connection. Please know it's not about the freebies (though they would be nice), rather it's about the sport because I love a challenge. I am approaching this like a logic problem and I will be back at you.

pjazzypar said...

Luther Vandross...Aretha connection: He produced her "Freeway of Love" album. Smokey connection: He has sang the Smokey penned since "Since I Lost My Baby". As you can see I ain't giving up, so holla back!

Malcolm said...

Is it Luther Vandross?

Lori said...

@ PJazzy,
You are a riot (LOL)! You are going about this in quite the logical manner, though. Unfortunately, it's starting to take you in the wrong direction.

The friend who emailed me was certain it was Marvin and that is a very logical quess, given that the book is called AFTER THE DANCE.
But no, the artist in question isn't Marvin Gaye.

@ Malcolm & PJazzy,
While my novel does, indeed, contain several songs by Luther, one other artist has more.

Want another clue? Okay, check this out . . . The artist I have in mind has something in common with two of Malcolm's guesses--Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson.

I'm thinking that PJ's superior reasoning abilities are going to lead her to the correct response before Malcolm, who I consider something of a music expert, but who knows, I could be wrong (LOL).

Malcolm said...

Is it Al Green?

Lori said...

Awww, Pjazzy! I was really rooting for ya, but I guess Malcolm is Da Man! Yes, the correct response is AL "don't throw no hot grits on me" GREEN (LOL).

So, did any of my clues help, Malcolm? Or was it just a random or wild guess?

If you'd like to continue guessing the number of songs and the specific songs, be my guest. Those other prizes are still available. But once you get a moment, send me an email and we'll make arrangements for your autographed copy of AFTER THE DANCE.

Thanks for playing, y'all (smile).

Malcolm said...

What do you mean you were rooting for Pjazzy? lol

None of your clues really helped, so Al Green was pretty much a stab in the dark. By the way... since they could be anything, what were you thinking of in regards to Al Green's connections to Aretha, Curtis, and Smokey?

pjazzypar said...

Quick question. What is the connection between Al Green, Smokey, and Curtis?

pjazzypar said...

Do you reference Al 5 times? "Still In Love", "I'm So Tired Of Being Alone", "Love and Happiness", "You Ought To Be With Me" and "Call Me"

Lori said...

Umm, so what y'all trying to say? You didn't like my clues? (LOL) See, it's all about understanding my logic (smile).

PJ was on the right path--she noticed my frequent references to Aretha and even read the excerpt. In time I'm sure she would have thought about my frequent references to Memphis and wondered if the artist was a Memphis-based one. After all, the book is set in Memphis.

Anyway, what Aretha and Al Green have in common is Memphis. She was born there and lived there for a brief period of time, if I'm not mistaken and Al Green has long made the city his home.

Curtis Mayfield, Smokey Robinson and Al Green all sing (or in Mayfield's case, sang) in a falsetto, do they not? Y'all know I'm right, don't play (LOL).

pjazzypar said...

All I know is that I am mailing my copy of After The Dance so you can autograph it (smile).

Keith said...

This stinks. I read your post and I said "Al Green" out loud. Then I read your comments and I was too late! So I'm going to guess that the number of times Al is mentioned is four.

Lori said...

Uh-oh, PJazzy, looks like you've got some more competition (smile).

Yeah, Keith you should have jumped in here earlier. But it's not too late to play. The CD and barbecue sauce are still up for grabs.

Okay, the number of songs is neither 4 nor 5. So you're both wrong as far as the number is concerned. BUT PJ correctly guessed one of the songs--"Love and Happines."

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pjazzypar said...

Okay is it 6 references? "Let's Stay Together", "Belle", "Sha La La", "I Can't Get Next To You", and "Look What You Done For Me". I won't stop!