Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Step Into the Jury Box
Liz and Katy Update: Boy, I'm concerned about them. They're still in a motel, now both sick, and their car battery has died. They've been promised an apartment, but it's been about a week now and they have yet to see it. If they aren't allowed to move in soon, they're going to run out of the donations they've been sent. Please keep praying for them. Visit Katy's blog, Anywhere But Here, to see her latest posts. Info on how to donate is in her sidebar.
Now for today--a special, cool announcement about my pal and wonderful legal suspense author Randy Singer:
Have you ever read a legal thriller or watched an episode of Law & Order and thought you would have rendered a different verdict? Well, step right into the jury box. You can help determine the verdict in Randy Singer's upcoming legal thriller, The Justice Game.
Releasing in July from Tyndale, The Justice Game features a court case centered on the gun debate. The verdict voted on will be written into the story and kept under wraps until the book’s release.
“I wanted to do something different and get my readers really involved in the story,” says Randy. “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.”
Randy 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 covers the latest updates on the trial at the center of the book, interspersed with segments of closing arguments direct from the courtroom. At the end of the video, viewers can render their verdict.
You can access the video here. This video is wonderful. Great, fascinating stuff! After the mock cable news show, Randy talks about his personal reasons for writing this story. I can tell you, once you watch this video, you'll decide to buy The Justice Game. (Pre-order from Amazon here.)
Randy is a practicing veteran trial attorney as well as a teaching pastor in Virginia Beach. He's written seven critically-acclaimed legal thrillers--and I've read every one. I really do like his writing. As Publisher's Weekly put it, he's "as enjoyable as John Grisham.” Randy's first novel, Directed Verdict, won the Christy Award. His latest, By Reason of Insanity, debuted in hardcover last summer and releases this month in softcover. PW's take: "... hooks readers from the opening courtroom scene of this tasty thriller, then spurs them through a fast trot across a storyline that just keeps delivering."
Okay, I'm off to look at the video for The Justice Game one more time. I haven't voted yet--it's not that easy an answer, given some unique circumstances. Click the video link and go with me.