PAPERWHITE – The world’s most advanced ereader – has now been won by yet another valued member of my reading group – Katherine F. of Graham, North Carolina. Say congratulations to Katherine, she has been hanging around here since January of 2016, and soaking up good sea stories and reading about history and crime. Drop a note to her in the comments below!
Hi Ken! Wow!! So excited that I won!!
Thank you so, so much!!
Two runner-ups, Tarrisa G, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and Linda M. of Franklin, Pennsylvania both won signed copies of Panama 1914. Thanks to everyone who entered.
First prize winner for CHESAPEAKE TRUE CRIME entrants is
1st Annie P D WINS a 7″ FIRE tablet
From Annie: Yes!!! My third win !!! Absolutely awesome !!!!! Thank you 😊
2nd Linda Moffit (Wins a signed copy of Panama 1914)
3rd In the Bookcase Tarissa Graves (Wins a signed copy of Panama 1914)
Steve S. of Junction City, Oregon is the newest winner of a fire for our highly engaged readers.
Watch for the announcement of our next GIVEAWAY.
ATTENTION MR. & MRS. AMERICA AND ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA!
Charles Dickens would have loved to have a Kindle Paperwhite back in his times…and why not, it holds thousands of books, the battery lasts for weeks, not hours and reading is easy in direct sunlight…
That is just about the exact words I have used for the past three years as I have given away dozens of Paperwhites. A few different words describe the great little 7″ Fire Tablet that my readers have been winning for about another couple of dozen times.
As you can see from lots of the nice notes from my readers posted below this message, both devices have been getting rave reviews from the winners. I actually don’t own either one, but I am tempted. My first generation Kindle Fire works so well that I don’t see the point of buying another one and I still have my original Kindle. But I have bought lots of both the Paperwhite and Fire to send to our wonderful winners. Each time I buy one, a small donation goes through my Amazon account to a charity of my choice. I designate the Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington DC for their fine work and Amazon lets me know how much they have donated because of my designation. Remember, when you choose a charity to profit from what you buy at Amazon, it comes out of Amazon’s pocket but you get to have a warm feeling over the deal. If you haven’t done so, go to your account and choose a charity to benefit in just a small way when you order anything from Amazon.
Amazon takes a big hit from time to time, especially from our more socialistic folks or the snobs who thought Bezos would choke and disappear. If it wasn’t for Amazon removing the gatekeepers and making it possible for authors like me to reach readers like you, there would be one hell of a lot less mayhem on the Sea Empress and Marsha & Danny Jones wouldn’t have jobs protecting folks like all of us on the high seas!
I decided to look up how much Amazon has sent to charities in this program:
All charities have received $69,949,133.28 as of November 2017
That ain’t chicken feed!
NOW FOR THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF OUR Charles Dickens PAPERWHITE WINNER!
The winner is NORMAN B. of Benton, Louisiana
There have been quite a few winners from Canada, at least one or two from Austrailia and New Zealand and bunches from the United States. None have come from Europe, but, as we all know, the lucky folks in Europe are the ones who migrated to the New World or Down Under.
For those who pay attention to such things, Amazon ranks the history authors top 100 and the rankings change hourly, perhaps due to history never standing still.
Thanks for buying, reading and reviewing my books – it keeps me writing and wanting to tell more stories.
HOW ABOUT SOME RATINGS NEWS!
I am overwhelmed that Amazon has been listing me among the top 100 for the past two months and I want to thank all of my readers for making this possible by buying my books at Amazon. Thanks, it is terrific to have your support,
(Note the former FBI director was right on my tail on this screenshot from Feb. 18, 2018, at about 1 am.)
The winners of your drawing are…
|1st||Sam B. Wagner, of Illinois|
|2nd||Elizabeth R., of Canada|
|3rd||Connie Kirkpatrick, of Texas|
Congratulations to the winners in this contest!
THIS HOT LITTLE TABLET can be yours if you take part in this great drawing for this edition of THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY. FIRE TABLET 7 WITH ALEXA –
BONUSES FOR THE WINNER!
I picked this up during the special Valentines Day sale at Amazon, it is already here, so I am upping the ante by including a print edition of THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY and a signed copy of my book THE STORY of THE RAG.
FIRST RUNNER UP – WILL BE SENT A SIGNED COPY OF PIRATE TRIALS – DASTARDLY DEEDS & LAST WORDS
SECOND RUNNER-UP WILL BE SENT A SIGNED COPY OF WRECK OF THE WHALE SHIP ESSEX
Congratulate the Winner of a Fire Tablet for Titanic 1912:
CJD of Carmel, Indiana
Again thank you – I was obviously surprised as I read and commented so long ago on this book; look forward to receiving the gift;
FIRE 7 received – thanks again, speed may have been helped by a national distribution center (Indianapolis) about 20 miles from us; although return address is Lexington KY an overnight to us.
THE RUNNER UP WINNERS OF A SIGNED COPY OF TITANIC 1912:
1. In the Bookcase – Tarissa G. of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma:
“Woohoo! I’m excited to win a copy of Titanic 1912. It will be a treasure on my Titanic shelf. :)”
2. Jerry M of Oak Forest, Illinois
I was so astonished when I received your special book! I will cherish it, and I am switching up my current read immediately. I just love to read real books too, so this is making my week a special one. I would like to give thanks for all your really great writings, including Titanic 1912. I wish the best in keeping up the good work in the future.
3. Connie K, of Trinity, Texas
Wow! Are you serious? That is awesome! Thank you so much!
Ken, I wanted to let you know the book came in today. Eldon is as excited as I am! I’ll be reading it from cover to cover! Thank you so much! Connie and Eldon
4. Robin A. of Ashland, Ohio
Thank you so much!! I can not wait to read it 🙂
5. Andrew W. of Madison, Wisconsin
Thank you for the exciting news. I look forward to having the signed copy of your book.
6. Tammy F. of Alexandria, Virginia
Wow!!! Thanks, Ken!!
Love your books and will continue to read them!!
Just wanted to let you know that I received my autographed book on Sat. Thanks again!!
A Loyal Reader,
7. Linda M. of Franklin, Pennsylvania
AWESOME 😄 Thank You! 😊
Hi 👋 I wanted to let you know that I got my book today thank you very much
8. Karin T. of Sharpsville, Pennsylvania
Enjoy them I do.
FAMOUS PIRATES winner is Mona Pence of California!
Thanks for all the wonderful presents in my winner’s package. They are all so precious to me. I really love my new Kindle Fire. – Mona
Give Mona your congratulations in the comments below! She has been a member of the reader group and Launch Team for ages and finally came up a winner!
The Christmas Paperwhite winner is Nancy B. of Springville NY
Thank you so much!
The Chesapeake – A man born to hang can never drown – winner is Joy P (Kindle Customer)
What wonderful news! Thank you! I will certainly enjoy using the Fire. I appreciate your generosity.
Please safely drive to the post office. Don’t slip & slide.
Winston – Salem, NC
Ken, what a delightful way to start a cold winter day! A little lady from the post office scurried up to my door with a small package in her hands. I opened it to find not only the Fire 7 tablet but also a copy of The Chesapeake Today & The Wreck Of The Whale Ship Essex. Now that I’ve acknowledged receiving your wonderful package, I’ll charge my Fire. Tonight I have a new book to read!
The winner of the Panama 1914 Fire was Fredrick B. of Protection, Kansas. Fredrick is a two-time winner, proving that it pays to stay glued to my reader group for notices of new books, special features such as our Christmas Music and Historic Photo Scenes of Washington.
Thank you so very much for authoring books that provide such an amazing look at our past and for giving us the chance to win some incredible reading tools.
Two years ago I was doing my reading on my desktop computer. I did not feel I needed or would use a tablet computer. When I won your drawing in December 2015 I thought, if I could figure it out, maybe I could do some of my reading on it. I was so wrong as I now do all my reading on it and 90% of my online activities are on that fire I received from you. It has been dropped a few times and has a crack in one corner. The screen has scratches, especially where my finger swipes to turn pages. It has become my most used electronic device and I thank you for introducing to mobile reading and computing.
Thank again, so very much
I am thrilled to know that you enjoy this nifty little Amazon device and find such value in it and my books.
The BLACK FRIDAY – Leopold & Loeb / The Privateer Clause – Fire
— The newest winner of a Fire is Annie P. of Harrisburg, South Dakota – This Fire giveaway winner marks more than 65 winners of great Paperwhites & Fires since February of 2015. Do you think Amazon might run out of these great devices?
Please give Annie a congratulatory message in the comments section below!
HALLOWEEN HAS COME AND GONE:
and we have another winner for the Paperwhite,
Andrew L. of Auckland, New Zealand has won a gift certificate to shop on Black Friday for a great deal on a Paperwhite at Amazon.
“Oh, it just arrived. That’s awesome, thank you, Ken. And should you ever visit, do let me know, I’ll show you around a bit.”
Well, our annual drawing for a Paperwhite to celebrate the life and works of HG Wells is now over and WE HAVE A WINNER!
Amanda S. of Chapel Hill, North Carolina is the wonderful member of my reader group who won this giveaway and her name is now added to the list below of the dozens who have won a Paperwhite or 7″ Fire tablet.
Yay! Thank you SO much! I really appreciate it!
Thanks to all of you who entered and thanks for buying, reading and reviewing my books — and for telling your family and friends about my books. It is a pleasure working to entertain you. I have been working for the past two years to finish two books, both of which I hope you find interesting.
CHESAPEAKE 1910 is the latest installment in the series and will cover the time span of 1910 to 1920. There was a lot of action in the Chesapeake region and reaching out into the world during that time frame along with the challenges and changes in the lives of the Douglas family.
MURDER USA is also moving towards completion. This book is not fiction, though many of the victim’s families would wish that was the case.
Thanks again for reading, and you know what is coming next: HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR
SEND YOUR SELFIE WITH YOUR PRIZE TO BE POSTED HERE! Don’t be shy!
Elizabeth R. of Nova Scotia won a Fire for Cruise Facts review – she is a two-time winner!
“Thanks for drawing my name. Looking forward to receiving the Kindle. Also looking forward to reading more of your books.”
Bob T. of Powell, Tennessee, won a Fire
“I received the Fire tablet today. Thank you.”
Jerry M. of Oak Forest Ill. won a Fire
“I love your great books, and this is absolutely wonderful news! Thank you so much. If you need any information that I have not provided, let me know. If you would like me to post on Facebook or Twitter, let me know if you want me to post a photo or an acknowledgment, I would be more than happy. Again, I thank you for your great writings and for the great giveaways. I look forward to hearing from you. Have a great evening.” – Aug. 9, 2017
The Paperwhite Giveaway honoring Agatha Christie for March of 2017 was won by Jeanna M. of Marana, Arizona
“Fantastic! I’m so excited! Thank you so much!
I am thrilled with my Kindle Paperwhite!” — Jeanna
Christine M. of Cerritos, Calif. won a Paperwhite for the 2017 Fourth of July Giveaway!
“Talk about a great 4th of July! This is so exciting! Thank you for further enabling my reading addiction” – Christine M.
Joyce B. of Clements, Md. won a Fire
“Got Fire today and sending this message from my new device! Thank You!” – Joyce
Joe D. of Katy, Texas won a Paperwhite!
“Ken, WOW!! that’s great news!! Keep up those rousing voyages!” – Joe
Laura R. of Cypress, Texas, won the drawing on April Fool’s Day for a Fire for The Privateer Clause contest that ended on March 31, 2017. Laura is the first two-time winner!
The KINDLE FIRE Giveaway for Cruise Facts review was won by Gran Ann, the second prize of 2017!
The Privateer Clause Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway for Edgar Allan Poe Birthday
The first Paperwhite winner of 2017 for Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday was Rodney M., of Springdale NL, Canada.
Tell him congratulations in the comment section below!
The winner of the 2016 Halloween Spooktacular Paperwhite is Elaine P. of Billerica, Massachusetts
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Birthday, THE GREAT GATSBY GIVEAWAY – Christine T. of Schenectady, New York, won a Paperwhite! (This is getting to be a big club of winners, leave your congrats to Chris in comments below)
For THE CHESAPEAKE TALES TRIO – Big Mama (Patti G. of Massillon, Ohio)
For the KLAN: Killing America Review-Paperwhite Giveaway the winner is Tammy F. of Raeford, N.C. :
“First, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I’m so tickled that I won!!! Once again, thank you from a loyal follower!!” – Tammy F.
Mike W. in Texas had his George Orwell Birthday Paperwhite delivered on June 30, 2016, and sent this note:
Mike W in Texas
For the most recent review-giveaway contest on The Story of THE RAG – the winner has been drawn at Random.org and is Vicki Goodwin. A new Fire will be sent to Vicki this week. Give a big Hats Off to Vicki for winning this Fire! Add your congratulations in a comment below!
Say congratulations in the comments below to Leah Hess of Goodreads and The Privateer Clause Reader Group, who also posted on Amazon a review on Wreck of the Whale Ship Essex – Illustrated – Leah won a Fire tablet. She had sent a note on May 19th saying that her boyfriend had just given her a new Fire as a present but if she won, she could either give it to one of her girls or give it to Tom! Now, she could just make it a “house Fire” but somehow that just doesn’t have a good ring to it.
Donna W. of Canada won a $50 Amazon Gift Card
Aerial A. of New Orleans won a Fire tablet
Jim A. of Canada won a $50 gift card
Natosha H. of Wichita Falls, Texas won a Paperwhite
Pat C. of Houston, Texas won a Paperwhite
Colleen B. of Saint Clair Shores, MI won a Paperwhite
Denise L. of Mount Vernon, Indiana won a Paperwhite
Michelle of Phoenix, Arizona won a Paperwhite
Fredrick B. of Protection, Kansas won a Fire
Liam T. of Australia won a $50 Amazon Gift Card
Deborah D. of Nicktown, Pa. won a Paperwhite
Debi D. of Pasadena, Md., won a Paperwhite
Pam C. of Celebration, Fla., won a Paperwhite (Pam Cartwright)
Dianne of Cedar Rapids, Iowa won a Paperwhite
Cheryl S. of Buffalo, NY won a Paperwhite
Trish H. won a gift card
Evelene T. of Fountain, Colorado won a Paperwhite
Lori of Litchfield, Connecticut won a Paperwhite
Kelly N. won an Amazon gift card
Tony C. won an Amazon gift card
Rachel H. of Minneapolis, Minn., won a Fire – OMG thank you, Ken! I can’t believe it, I never win anything…
that is so cool
I wanted to thank you again for the amazing prize. The Kindle Fire has arrived and is hooked up to the internet, downloading software updates, etc. it really is a great tablet!
Jodi W. of St. Paul, Minn., won a Paperwhite
Judith R. of Ridgecrest, Calif., won a Fire
Wanda P. of Fairchance, Penn. won a Fire on Jan 30, 2016
Gale W. of Montgomery, Texas won a Fire
Linda M. of Franklin, Penn., won a Fire
Michael B. of Derry, N.H. won a Fire
Lisa S. of Mount Sterling, Ohio won Charles Dickens Giveaway Paperwhite
Shirley S. of Dayton, Ohio Paperwhite for Jan. 1st.
Liz. M of Minneapolis, Minn. Won a Fire
Andrew W. of Waukesha, Wisconsin, won a Fire
Lisa S. of Mount Sterling, Ohio won a Paperwhite
Daniel J. of Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin won a Fire
Cindi K. of Atlanta, Georgia won a Fire
Karla S. of Botwood, Canada won a Gift Card
Jess Lyn won a Paperwhite
Sam W. of Washington, Illinois won a Fire
John W. of British Columbia won a Gift Card
Sky K. of San Antonio, Texas won a Fire on May 1, 2016.
John M. of Lexington, Kentucky won a Fire on May 16, 2016.
Laura R. of Cypress, Texas won a Paperwhite for Ernest Hemingway Birthday
Please send a selfie of yourself with your prize to
email@example.com or share it on your Facebook and tag me and I’ll get it. Thanks for being part of my reader group congratulations on your winning entries!