"Whatcha gonna do when you hit 100 followers?"
"I don't know. I could give away a favorite book."
"Sounds good. Do it!"
And that's what I"m going to do! I just got done reading Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer and it was AWESOME. I love adventure and this packs a punch. Plus the author's use of dialog and dialect is amazing. It puts the reader right there with poor Mary "Jacky" Faber, orphan, beggar, ship's boy. Yes, I said ship's boy! Intrigued? I know I was.
So, if you'd like to win Bloody Jack, either in hardback or paperback (I am willing to part with either gently-used copy), and you live in the U.S. (for shipping), answer the questions below in the Comment Section. I will pick my favorite top three answers, then put the names in a hat and draw a winner.
Make up what Mary "Jacky" Faber, age 11, might say next based on this one passage from Bloody Jack.
Background: The ship's officer is choosing new ship boys to come aboard to work for the Royal Navy. Jacky is pretending to be a boy.
"Awright," calls out the evil one with the knotted rope to the mob of us, "what kin any of yiz do?"Do? I wonders. What do we do? We all look around at each other. What does he think, we're all bloody runaway apprentices with trades? Missin' sons of royal houses? What we do is scavenge, beg, and steal--ain't it plain?..."Sir, I can splice a line!" shouts a thin-faced boy, and he's motioned aboard..."...Then another boy calls out, "I'm strong fer me size, Sir, take me!"
1. What would you have Jacky Faber yell out to try to get a spot as ship's boy?
2. Would you like hardback or paperback?
I'll draw a winner on July 31, 2011.