Thursday, July 5, 2012

1NS Blog Hop July 5-8

Dear Madame Evangeline,
As you can see by my attached application, I am an ideal candidate for your matching service. Unless you believe in ghosts (ha ha), it’ll be impossible for me to breach contract by attempting to find anyone who wishes to remain a stranger after a one-night stand.
This would surely be a risk-free set up for any potential date. Please consider leaving out details of my identity, as I fear opportunistic journalists/news reporters. With that in mind, I left the preferred height, weight, shape, race, personality, and so forth options blank. Clean with an XY chromosome is more than I deserve, and all this sinner would hope for.
If you’re wondering how one such as me could have the audacity to even contact you, well, what do I have to lose? I beg pardon for my crudeness, but seeing as electrocution is currently an acceptable form of execution in this sovereign state, I’ve fantasized for months about a bang the night prior to the roast.
I have the means to persuade the warden into allowing this rendezvous to happen. Authorities may agree just to avoid agitation between the anticipated media spectacle and me. There’s been much controversy concerning a woman in the electric chair for the first time in a decade, and the warden expects I’ll remain steadfast in my refusal to appeal or prolong the inevitable. With consideration of my right to exit this world sooner rather than later, I anticipate every home within a thousand mile radius will have their power off Saturday afternoon, two weeks from today.
I’ll be moved to the D ward shortly and unable to converse further with anyone but the chaplain and warden. Please consider this my last request.
Prison number 24609
Joan Bennett

Here's some trivia unknown before now to any one other than me and my plagarizing mind: I hesitated before hitting send and submitting this story, then changed the final digit in Joan's prison number from 1 to 9.
 I knew I'd be dammed lucky to get a contract from a popular publisher such as Decadent, let alone trying to get away with stealing from Victor Hugo (Jean Valjean, 24601).
 Les Miserables is a musical I could listen to repeadedly. I'm not sure the sound track would be my last request, but if it did happen to be playing I wouldn't object.
Here's aother bit of info that the world should already know: There's 32 participating authors in this 1NS blog hop, and a chance for two grand prizes. A Kindle Touch for 1st, and a 50$ Amazon gift card for second. But forget those prizes, and comment here for a chance to win the best, most fantastic...stop laughing...fine, what I sincerely hope will be a fun read. I'll pick someone at random to gift an e-copy of their choice of my stories with Decadent.  Tell me, what would you request for background music while the grin reaper stood over you?

So, short and sweet and to get to the point, it'd be awesome if you didnt  wait to see if you won Last Request, but grabbed it now. Decadent Publishing
and then  Click Here For Some Amazing Authors and continue the hop.
Thank you!
Arlene Webb, prison number not to be revealed.


andieleah said...

Look whose awesome!!! Me, me!!! Lol...Last Request has been on my tbr forever...but not anymore!!!
My music soundtrack while the grim reaper did his job would be The Unforgiven or Fade To Black (how appropriate) by Metallica...go out with a mean guitar riff.

Jessica Subject said...

Thanks for participating in the hop, Arlene!

The song I'd choose would be one I just discovered recently on YouTube: White Coats by Foxes. :)

Barbara Elsborg said...

Ode to Joy!! I'd rename it Ode to Barbara - I love this story Arlene, only you could come up with a scenario like this!!

Yvette said...

Awesome blurb!

Jlhmass said...

Great blurb. I, too, love Les Miserables. DD and I listen to it all the time and play the songs on the piano. I listen to it in English and in French. I'm singing right now "Who am I? 2 4 6 0 1"

jlhmass at yahoo dot com

kimmyl said...

Great excerpt. background music, I love Secrets by One Republic.

Drea Becraft said...

You had me drawn in with that letter. This book is going on my TBB list!


Vanessa theJeepDiva said...

hum... Alive by Pearl Jam perhaps. I really dunno. Thanks for the giveaway.
vanessa (at)thejeepdiva(dot) com

Carin said...

music for my demise hum...
can I have a collection?

Nobody Lives Forever-Oingo Boingo
So Alive-Love and Rockets
Don't Fear the Reaper-Blue Oyster Cult
Marlene Dietrich's Favorite-Peter Murphy
Oh and I love Les Mis it was the first Broadway show I ever saw and I bawled my eyes out

Melissa Keir said...

Wow...I don't know. I guess I would be too busy asking him/her questions rather than thinking about music.

Your story looks amazing. Thanks for sharing!

Liz @ Fictional Candy said...

Wow, what an interesting story concept! I am definitely intrigued!

My last music request would be something from Pink Floy... maybe Goodbye Cruel World? Or Keep Talking? Or ALL of their music (which would prolong my stay, I hope!)

Thanks so much!
liz @

Anne said...

I'm not big into music and there's no song that I identify with myself, so I probably wouldn't choose any music.

Fred said...

It still gets me that they made Les Miserables into a musical. What's next, Mein Kampf?

Buffy Kennedy said...

Thanks for the chance to win! If I had the choice, I'd pick the score from the series finale of Buffy called The Final Fight by Rob Duncan, great score!


V.S. Morgan said...

Hi Arlene,

Just stopping by to say hi to a fellow DP author. Last Request really sounds intriquing.

StacieD said...

Who Wants to Live Forever by QUEEN.

geishasmom73 at yahoo dot com

elaing8 said...

I'm not sure what I would pick..Probably some Rock music :)

bas1chs said...

Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata would be playing... But I really like some of these other choices. Fun question!

bas1chsemail at gmail dot com

Cathy M said...

Would love to hear the soundtrack from Phantom of the Opera.

Caity_mack@yahoo dot com

ashlynn monroe said...

Just saying hi and the book looks great!

Sue Sattler said...

It would be either the movie soundtrack of Phantom of the Opera or Evita. I could listen to them forver.


Vanessa N. said...

I would pick either Linkin Park - New Divide or Nickleback - Burn it to the Ground.

Julianne said...

Hell's Bell's by ACDC would have to be the music.
I'm having such fun on this hop.
luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

Zee Monodee said...

OMG, Last Request sounds like such a different, unique, and heartwrenching story!

My musical last request? I think it'd be Romance, by cello musicians Apocalyptica :)

zeemonodee [at] hotmail [dot] com

D L Jackson said...

Squeeee! This is one of my favorites and I love to see it show-cased, Arlene. In fact, I'm adding it to "the list" on my website of recommended reads. It has such a unique premise and is well written. As for the song--Far From Home by Five Finger Death Punch. The guy's got a voice that makes women want to drop their panties.

I have to confess, I'm a voice girl and I go all gigglely when my husband calls me at work. *sighs* he's got a sexy voice. Mrrrwooooo.

Cate Masters said...

No need to enter me as I've already nabbed a copy, and love love love this story.
I think I'd have to request a mix tape of songs that never ended. ;)

Molly said...

Totally want to read this one!! My last request song would be Rodney Atkin's Going Through Hell or anything by Toby Keith :) Love me some cowboys and their music! Thanks for the chance to win this one!


Sara Daniel said...

Love Les Mis. I think having Johnny Cash sing would be appropriate for the Grim Reaper's visit. Love the 1NS series.

sarashafer at rocketmail dot com

ckpjs82 said...

Thanks for the blog hop!

Lisa said...

If the Grim Reaper was standing over me, I'd like Miranda Lambert playing in the background


Toni said...

What a great idea. I need to go check it out. It's so unique!


Susan W. said...

I'm going to go with StaciD and say Who Want to Live Forever by Queen. That is from one of the best movies ever!!!


bn100 said...

Nice letter. Maybe a Phantom of the Opera song.


Brandi Slater said...

That is one of the best blurbs I have ever read! The last music that I would want to listen to would be Adele's 21 album, Don't You Forget About Me by Simple Minds, I Will Not Bow by Breaking Benjamin, and Stand By Me by Ben E. King. Thanks for the giveaway!

Tamaria Soana said...

I loved this book! It gave me goosebumps!

Erykah Wyck said...

oooh this one looks so good how did I miss it? Anyway just stopping in to support my fellow 1ns authors

Kerry said...

stopping by to wave hello! I love the premise of this 1NS--it is already in my reader, waiting its turn. :D

Mel Bourn said...

I love how you started! This is great!
bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

Eva's Flowers said...

Hmmmm, that would be a tough choice, maybe The Phantom of the Opera, or classical music, something like that. Love the concept for your story. Thanks for the opportunity :)


VanillaOrchids said...

I LOVE Les Miserable! It's my favorite musical. :D So looking forward to the movie/musical with Hugh Jackman. Anyway, Last Request sounds great, if not a little sad. But, you know, things could work out in the end. :)
Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.


Catherine Lee said...

I suppose Stairway to Heaven or American Pie by Don McLean.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Teresa T Miller said...

I think I own three different versions of Les Miserables...and I cry EVERY time I listen to it! Or see it! I couldn't get past the first page of the book before I started sobbing.

However, the song I would choose is the Habanera, one of the songs from Georges Bizet's opera Carmen. LOVE that song!

teresa dot miller at tigerblossom dot com

June M. said...

I would definitely go with some Metallica. Their music is intense, sexy, and just a work of art. I am not sure exactly which track I would want, maybe Fade to Black or St. Anger or many great choices, Sad But True is also another possiblily, but then the list goes on and on :)
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

Dominique Eastwick said...

Love love love did I mention Love the cover. Just stopping by to say hello to all my other 1NS authors :) happy Hopping

Adila Mammadova said...

Arlene Webb, prison number not to be revealed.

I nearby fell from my chair! LOL

Thank You for participating in the Hop.


Arlene said...
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Dawn Chandler said...

Les Miserables is a wonderful book. I have not had the opportunity to watch the musical, but would absolutely love to. I love musicals.

Tonya Renee Callihan said...

I would have to have Luke Bryan, anything by him as my last request. I just love his sexy cowboy voice. This story looks awesome, can't wait to read it.

author_tonya_callihan at hotmail dot com

Kristina's Books & More said...

Love the Jimmy cover! Sexy! :)

That's such a hard question. I would probably say a Green Day song because they are my favorite. Maybe the familiar music would bring me some comfort.

Tina B said...

Great question. I am a fighter, so I would choose either...
Let The Bodies Hit The Floor by
Drowning Pool or
Riot by Three Days Grace

Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
trb0917 at

Shadow said...

Sounds like a great story!! Im not sure what music i would hear if the grim reaper stood over me. Something i wouldnt like, somethings that sent chills down my back. Hmm. Thats a question im gonna have to think about. Thank you so much for the giveaway and the awesome hop!

Arlene said...

Thank you so much for all the support and comments. I randomly picked a winner, Brandi, but then based on more comments I realized I should have waited until tomorrow morning. That means I best pick two winners. It's been a fantastic turn out.

JoAnna said...

I always loved the Grease sound track. So I would want to hear those songs one last time!

beckerjo at Verizon dot net

Emily said...

I don't know what song I'd want to have playing on my deathbed. I'm thinking "Moments" by Emerson Drive. Though there are some others, such as the "Black Parade" and "SING". Anyways, your book sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for participating!!


Arlene said...

Brandi and Eva are winners and I can't thank everyone enough for the support and comments.
Happy reading!

Tina B said...

Congrats to the winners. :)

Brandi Slater said...

Thank you so much and congrats to the other winner!