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Catch a Falling Star and See What Ebook You Won!

August is the month of falling stars. Catch one of our stars, and you will win a free ebook!

Each number on the stars above represents a Second Wind novel — even numbers for romance and chick lit; odd numbers for mystery, mainstream, science fiction, and adventure. So, do you feel lucky?

Since these are only virtual stars, you simply pick a number from 1 to 50 and post it as a comment below this article or email it to us at secondwindpublishing @ gmail.com (no spaces before and after the @, of course). We will send you a coupon for a free download of the ebook assigned to that number. The book might not change your life, but it will make your summer shine. (You can pick a number someone else already chose, they don’t all have to be different numbers. One number per person, please.)

Best of luck to you!

Offer ends August 15, 2013.

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Catch a Beach Ball and See What Ebook You Won!

It’s June already! The sun is shining, the beaches are open, the sand is warm, and we’re celebrating with a giveaway. Catch a beach ball and win a free ebook! Each number represents a Second Wind novel — even numbers for romance and chick lit; odd numbers for mystery, mainstream, and adventure. So, do you feel lucky? Choose a number!

balls copySince these are only virtual beach balls, you simply pick a number from 1 to 40 and post it as a comment below this article or email it to us at secondwindpublishing @ gmail.com (no spaces before and after the @, of course). We will send you a coupon for a free download of the ebook assigned to that number. The book might not change your life, but it will make your summer even sunnier. (You can pick a number someone else already chose, they don’t all have to be different numbers. One number per person, please.)

Best of luck to you!

Offer ends June 15, 2013.

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Pick a Flower and See What Ebook You Won!

It’s the lovely month of May, and we’re celebrating with a giveaway. Pick a flower and win a free ebook! Each number represents a Second Wind novel — even numbers for romance and chick lit; odd numbers for mystery, mainstream, and adventure. So, do you feel lucky? Choose a number!

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Since these are only virtual flowers, you simply pick a number from 1 to 45 and post it as a comment below this article or email it to us at secondwindpublishing @ gmail.com (no spaces before and after the @, of course). We will send you a coupon for a free download of the ebook assigned to that number. The book might not change your life, but it will make the month of May even lovelier. (You can pick a number someone else already chose, they don’t all have to be different numbers. One number per person, please.)

Best of luck to you!

Offer ends May 15, 2013.

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Free Inscribed Copy of A Retrospect in Death

American poet, novelist, travel writer and editor, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, wrote, “All the best sands of my life are somehow getting into the wrong end of the hourglass. If I could only reverse it! Were it in my power to do so, would I?”

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J. Conrad Guest and cigar

I use this quote in the opening of Part One: Old Age in my new novel, A Retrospect in Death, which I finished writing two years ago. It’s a quote that has stayed with me since I discovered it, and I confess that it inspired me during the months it took me to complete that project. A Retrospect in Death is largely a story about regret over missed opportunities, poor choices, and avoiding risk.

I asked my father, shortly before he passed away, if he had any regrets. He laughed and told me, “Hell, yes. No one gets out of this life without them.”

In my youth, I once took a spill from a bike (not my own) that I was riding too fast. I banged my ankle hard, but after making sure I wasn’t seriously hurt, Dad scolded me for riding too fast a bike that was too big for me. The lesson I came away with was to avoid risk.

But life is a risk, largely lived by faith: that our next breath is promised, and when we tell our loved one, as we leave the house for work in the morning, that we’ll see them at the end of the day are but two examples of such faith. There are many things we risk: a change of job, the purchase of a new car or home, our heart to love; these are fairly standard risks. Yet some risk driving down a freeway at nearly twice the posted speed limit, while others risk their paycheck at the track, or their marriage for a sexual thrill.

The key is finding the happy medium. Who wants to get to the end of their life and wonder, Why didn’t I do this or that? I’ve heard too many stories of people who lived miserly, squirreling away their money for retirement, waiting for the day they could take that trip to Hawaii only to die young, before they ever had a chance to sample some of life’s simpler pleasures. Then, there are those who live life hard and fast, from paycheck to paycheck, who retire penniless, to become a burden to their children.

I have more than a few regrets, and working on A Retrospect in Death brought a few of them to the surface. As my work progressed, I thought more and more about that last part in Bailey’s quote: “If I could only reverse it! Were it in my power to do so, would I?”

By the time I typed The End, I knew the answer. All the best sands of my life might very well be in the wrong end of the hourglass, but I wouldn’t be here, writing these words, if not for the life I lived. I’ve made some poor choices along the way, took some risks I never thought I would while playing it perhaps too safe in other aspects of my life. But those poor choices, the risks I took and failed to take, all led me here, to this place, which is not such a bad place. Yesterday is past, and tomorrow … well, take it from John Wayne: “Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes in to us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands and hopes we’ve learnt something from yesterday.”

But what about you? If you were granted the chance for a do-over, would you grab it to live your life over again, avoiding the mistakes you made the first time, grabbing at those opportunities you previously let slip through your grip, risking where before you played it safe?

Please consider leaving a comment in response to that question. After a few days, I’ll select one comment, or maybe more than one, to receive an inscribed copy of A Retrospect in Death, once it launches.

J. Conrad Guest, author of: Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings, January’s Paradigm, One Hot January, January’s Thaw, and A Retrospect in Death (forthcoming)

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Pick a Shamrock and See What Ebook You Won!

Pick a shamrock and win a free ebook! Each number represents a Second Wind novel — even numbers for romance and chick lit; odd numbers for mystery, mainstream, and adventure. So, do you feel lucky? Choose a number!

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Since these are only virtual shamrocks, you simply pick a number from 1 to 40 and post it as a comment below this article or email it to us at secondwindpublishing @ gmail.com (no spaces before and after the @, of course). We will send you a coupon for a free download of the ebook assigned to that number. The book might not change your life, but it will help while away the time until good fortune finds you. (You can pick a number someone else already chose, they don’t all have to be different numbers.)

Best of luck to you!

Offer ends March 24, 2013.

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A Valentine’s Day Gift from Second Wind and Cupid

This Valentine’s Day, Second Wind Publishing is celebrating romance with an ebook giveaway. If you have not yet shot cupid’s arrow to get your romance ebook, click on the target  and it will take you to the game where we will give you what you want this Valentine’s day — romance, tender sentiments, and true love. The rules are simple, we promise. And everyone wins!

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Best of love to you!

Offer ends February 17, 2013.

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Shoot Cupid’s Arrow and See What Ebook You Won!

Shoot cupid’s arrow and win a free romance ebook! Each number represents a Second Wind romance novel, so any number you choose will give you what you want this Valentine’s day — romance, tender sentiments, and true love. So do you feel romantic? Choose a number!

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Since this is only a virtual arrow, you decide what number the arrow landed on. Just pick a number from one to twenty and post it as a comment below this article or email it to us at secondwindpublishing @ gmail.com (no spaces before and after the @, of course). We will send you a coupon for a free download of the ebook assigned to that number. The book might not change your life, but it will help while away the time until true love finds you. (You can pick a number someone else already chose; they don’t all have to be different numbers.)

If you prefer instant romance, click on the row of hearts, and it will take you to a free Second Wind ebook you can immediately download in the format of your choice, including Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, Palm Pilot.

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If you need a double dose of romance, you are welcome to do both — shoot cupid’s arrow and choose instant romance.

Best of love to you!

Offer ends February 17, 2013.

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Ebook Giveaway!

If you have not yet spun the wheel of fortune to win a free ebook from Second Wind Publishing, click on the wheel, and it will take you to the game. The rules are simple, we promise. And everyone wins!

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Best of luck to you!

Offer ends January 15, 2013.

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Spin Our Wheel of Fortune and See What Ebook You Won!

Spin the wheel of fortune and win a free ebook! Each number represents a Second Wind novel — even numbers for romance and chick lit; odd numbers for mystery, mainstream, and adventure. So, do you feel lucky? Choose a number!

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Since this is only a virtual spinning wheel, you decide what number you landed on. Just pick a number from the wheel and post it as a comment below this article or email it to us at secondwindpublishing @ gmail.com (no spaces before and after the @, of course). We will send you a coupon for a free download of the ebook. The book might not change your life, but it will help while away the time until good fortune finds you. (You can pick a number someone else already chose, they don’t all have to be different numbers.)

If you prefer instant good fortune, click on a fortune cookie, and it will take you to a free Second Wind ebook  that you can immediately download in the format of your choice, including Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, Palm Pilot.

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If you need a double dose of good luck, you are welcome to do both — choose a number from the wheel of fortune and open a fortune cookie.

Best of luck to you!

Offer ends January 15, 2013.

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Vote For Your Favorite Story!

It was hard to pick the finalists for our holiday short story contest. All the entries were special in their own right, and the judging was close, but we finally narrowed our choices to three entries:

  • Danny’s Secret by Judy Ann Davis
  • Grandma’s Cookies by Cynthia Hepner
  • A Gift of Kindness by Sue Ellis

Click here to find the links to the stories: Vote For Your Favorite Story! Leave a comment on that post telling us which is your favorite story. The story with the most votes wins.

Judging ends July 31, 2012 at 12:00 am ET. Winner will be announced on August 1, 2012.

The winning entry will be published in the upcoming Second Wind anthology, Second Helpings.

Congratulations to Judy Ann Davis, Cynthia Hepner, and Sue Ellis. Best of luck to all of you!

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