So it's time--24 April has ticked past the midnight hour and the veil shall be lifted on our "Never Have I Ever"entries!
The giveaway has also been drawn from those who commented on either the original April 1 post or our April 22nd 'Counting Down' post--a big thank you to all the participants, but our thanks, as well, to everyone who dropped by to check out the fun. :-)
Now for the Big "Never Have I Ever" Reveal: (Drum Roll!).
Amanda Arista: "Never have I ever gone skinny dipping to research what it felt like to be a mermaid."
Amanda says: True!
"I grew up on a lake, so I do swim like a fish, and have dreamed of having fins. But nothing in the nude so far. "
Merrie Destefano: "Never have I ever been held at gunpoint or surrounded by a SWAT team."
Merrie says: False!
"I’ve been held at gunpoint twice, once as a runaway teen and once while grocery shopping in an upscale San Marino neighborhood. Neither one of those scared me, but I was terrified when I accidentally got caught in the middle of a SWAT sting takedown. I was sitting in my car at a gas station when suddenly everyone around my car pulled out guns. One team member was a woman and she stood right next to my window, her gun inches from my face. A man had been walking in front of my car and he fell to the ground, everyone’s weapon pointed at him. It wasn’t until one of the plain-clothes detectives leaned forward to cuff the perp that I saw a badge on the arresting officer's belt. So twice, I was held at gunpoint by bad guys, but I only got scared the time I was surrounded by the good guys"
Jocelynn Drake: "Never have attended a cocktail party with Guillermo del Toro and Jerry O'Connell."
Jocelynn says: False!.
"As I have honestly done this thing!" (A cocktail party with Guillermo del Toro--awesome!)
Kim Falconer: "Never have I ever been stuck at 80 ft, bottom of the anchor line, waiting for a school of 12 ft long tiger sharks to pass overhead . . . with only 3 minutes of air left in the tanks . . ."
Kim says: False!
"1979, first dive of the day, just off Santa Rosa in the Norther Channel Islands. The current picked up but the water was crystal clear. I’d been taking photos of a beautiful pinnacle, but as I focused on the drop off below me, shadows crossed overhead. A lot of them. Very quickly I worked out three things. My tank was low on air, my dive buddy nowhere in sight and dozens of limousine size tiger sharks were cruising third feet over my head. The Truth, our dive boat, was about a hundred yards south east, the same direction the sharks were headed. I waited them out until there was only a few minutes of air left, then slowly swam for the boat, trying to make myself look powerful and unappetising. There were still a few tigers in view as I swam up the anchor line, but many helping hands reached down to grab me when my head broke the surface. I was the last one back onboard!"
Terri Garey: "Never have I ever stayed in a "haunted house" while doing research for a book."
Terri says: False!
"I DID stay in a supposedly haunted house as part of my research on a book. While writing A MATCH MADE IN HELL, I took a trip to Savannah, GA and stayed in an old brownstone house in the Historic District that had been converted to a vacation rental. Several odd things did, in fact, occur - items were moved, the doorbell kept ringing even though no one was there, all the pictures we took inside the house came out fuzzy no matter how many times we tried to take them, and one of the bedrooms had such a creepy feeling to it that no one would sleep in it!"
Helen Lowe: "Never have I ever ridden across Mongolia and hunted from horseback using a golden eagle."
Helen says: True!
"I personally have never ridden across Mongolia or hunted from horseback using a golden eagle--but it sounds a wonderfully epic and adventurous thing to do and my fellow New Zealander, Chloe Phillips Harris, has done both: ridden in the Mongolian Derby and hunted with golden eagles alongside Kazak nomads! You can find out more about Chloe and her true life adventures by clicking on chloephillipsharris.com"
The Final Reveal: True-False-False-False-False-True!We hope you all had fun guessing! :-)
And Now For The E-Book Giveaway (Of All the Titles Featured Above)(All comments were valid entries and the draw was made via RANDOM.org)
(Long Drum Roll!!)
And the winner is: RavenCongratulations, Raven!
Please contact Helen on contact[at]helenlowe[dot]info to claim the giveaway.*
And our thanks again to everyone who commented.
* If Helen has not been contacted with 7 days (midnight May 2, US Eastern Standard Time), the giveaway will be redrawn.