Those who have read my novel The Portent, sequel to The Facade, know that the last chapter of The Portent and a short postscript dropped a riddle on readers based on the novel’s content. There was also a companion handbook to the novel with another clue. The challenge was simple: solve the riddle, get a character named after you in the third installment. I’m happy to announce a winner — and that the contest will continue until year’s end.
Only one person out of all the entries (and you can try more than once) succeeded in solving the riddle. That isn’t unexpected. It isn’t easy. Most who tried saw quickly that the riddle had something to do with the two witnesses in Revelation 11. But that was a given element in the riddle, not the answer. It was a starting point. Conveniently (for me) the winner’s name and nickname give me four first names to choose from. In alphabetical order they are: Arnold, David, Merlin, and Michael. The winner runs a dance studio in Louisiana. Look for one of those names (or some foreign derivative, e.g., Michel is the French equivalent of Michael) in book three.
Since I’ve had only one winner and don’t have to worry about getting too many names, I’ll keep the contest open until year’s end. Keep trying!
I wanted to first say, I thoroughly enjoyed the Facade and Portent. They definitely challenged my thinking. Thank you.
At first I wasn’t going to bother with trying to solve the clues but I couldn’t stop thinking about what part the twins played in your story. Then the idea of God placing signs in the stars hit me. My guess would be that Melissa”s twins are tied to the Gemini constellation somehow. Anyway, that’s as far as my research has gone. Just wanted to say thanks again for writing two wonderful thought provoking books.
Nope – but that’s an original guess. No one has offered that before.
I have really enjoyed your books.Ive read the unseen realm,the facade and portent any idea when the next novel will be available.Im hoping not another decade.I had wondered about aliens being watchers to try to fool believers
It won’t be another decade. (Really). I’m planning on beginning the research for #3 at the turn of the year.
I finished The Portent last night (17-Oct-2015) and became aware of the riddle and have begun the work. Thank you for keeping the contest open. I am aiming for a December 15th submission, with a fall-back to December 25th. Thank you for a most needed and desired challenge.
Staten Island, NY.
understood – good!
I just finished The Portent and it was amazing! I look forward to the next book and hope it is soon. Also, can you post what the answer to the riddle was now? Thank you-
J. R. Mount