“One for the Angels” (Or, Win a Gift Card, Any Gift Card!)

In an early Season One episode of The Twilight Zone titled “One for the Angels,” sidewalk salesman Lou Bookman is confronted by Mr. Death.  Death tells the personable, well-liked pitchman that his time has come–he will die at midnight.  Bookman pleads with Death, asking him to postpone his demise until he makes his one last great pitch–“one for the angels,” he calls it.  While he’s made sales all his life, Bookman tells Death he’s never made that big splash, that monumental transaction.   He yearns for the opportunity.



Death grants him his request, but then Bookman tries to outsmart him.  He retires from the sales trade; therefore, the deal with Death is null and void.  If he’s no longer a pitchman, he can’t make that exciting sale he just waxed poetic about.  He will live on indefinitely.  Death has been defeated!

Not so fast.  It turns out that Death needs to take someone–if not Bookman, then someone else.  Mr. Death selects a little girl–a girl Bookman adores.  She lives in the same apartment building as he does, and the two have become friends.  That’s not unusual for Lou Bookman–children always seem to take a liking to him, and he to them.



The girl is hit by a truck, and Bookman feels responsible.  He seeks out Mr. Death, pleads to make a deal with him to spare the girl’s life.  She is in a bed, lying comatose, barely holding on.  He asks to be taken in her place.  But Death refuses.  They had an arrangement.  Bookman broke it, and a new deal was struck.  Death will need to be in the girl’s room at the stroke of midnight to take her with him.



As midnight approaches, Bookman finds Mr. Death on the street and attempts to distract him, knowing that if  Death fails to show up in the girl’s room at midnight, she will live.  Bookman flies into a sales pitch, frantic, determined to succeed.  He shows Death everything he has to sell, and captivates him.  Mr. Death, overwhelmed, finally says, “Give me all you have!”    Midnight comes and goes.  Death has missed his appointed round.  The girl will live.



Lou Bookman has done it–he has made his last great sales pitch–“one for the angels,” indeed.  Now Death will need to take him, as per the original agreement.  In saving the girl’s life, Bookman has sacrificed his own.


The promotional pitch I am offering here cannot compare with the one made by Lou Bookman in The Twilight Zone fifty-four summers ago.  But I hope it will top a similar Eye-Dancers promo I ran back in April.



The concept is the same–during the promotional period, anyone who purchases The Eye-Dancers will have an opportunity to win a gift card.

But the specifics are different.  This promo, for one thing, will last longer–allowing for a possibly much higher gift-card amount to the winner.  Also, the current promo will not be strictly an Amazon affair, as the last one was . . .

Between today (July 11) and August 22, if you buy The Eye-Dancers, wherever it is sold, please notify me–either with a comment on this website, or via email at michaelf424@gmail.com.  I will keep track of  each person who buys the book during this time frame and then, on August 23, the day after the promotion ends, I will randomly select one winner.  The selected person will be awarded a gift card–to anywhere!  If you’d like an Amazon gift card, by all means . . .  Or B & N.  Or even something non-book-related.  Pizza Hut, perhaps?  Your favorite department store?  The choice will be yours!



The amount of the gift card will be based on the number of overall purchases of The Eye-Dancers during the promotional time period.  For each purchase, $2.00 will be earmarked toward the gift card.  So, for example, if there are thirty purchases during the promotion, the gift card would be for $60 (30 purchases x $2.00 per purchase).  The gift card amount, in other words, will be determined by you!  The more purchases, the higher the amount on the gift card.

I’ll draw the winner’s name on Thursday, August 23, and will immediately send an email notifying them of the good news.  And please just remember that if you do purchase The Eye-Dancers during the designated period to make sure and contact me so I can enter your name into the gift-card contest.

The Eye-Dancers is available for purchase at the following online retail locations . . .

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/The-Eye-Dancers-ebook/dp/B00A8TUS8M

B & N:  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-eye-dancers-michael-s-fedison/1113839272?ean=2940015770261

Smashwords:  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/255348

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/books/The-Eye-Dancers/nKFZETbWWkyzV2QkaJWOjg

This promo may not quite be “one for the angels,” but I hope you’ll take part!



Thanks so much for reading!


50 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Charles Yallowitz
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 18:53:27

    Reblogged this on Legends of Windemere and commented:
    Twilight Zone and a new book promotion for a gift card!


  2. Katie Sullivan
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 19:21:24

    Great post – I love that actor – and great promotion. I just bought my copy!


  3. jjspina
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 19:40:44

    Great idea Michael. I may do something like that myself when my novel is ready. Good luck.


  4. sknicholls
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 21:13:11

    I just bought my copy on iTunes! Planned to do it anyway 🙂 Perfect timing! Great post too. We (husband and I) love The Twilight Zone. My first published material was when I was a 17 yo was in one of Rod Serling’s paperback collectives. It was a short story of an old lady who left her entire estate to her cats. That was back in 1977. Seems like an eternity ago…before life got in the way.


  5. worldsbeforethedoor
    Jul 11, 2013 @ 22:12:15

    I bought the book last time you offered this deal, but great article and what a great episode of the Twilight ZOne!!! Have fun with you’re promo! Sell, sell, sell!


  6. Christy Birmingham
    Jul 12, 2013 @ 17:06:39

    I just bought the book through Amazon. I’m excited to read it!


  7. WordsFallFromMyEyes
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 10:44:03

    You’re clever. I love this. CONGRATS. 🙂


  8. reocochran
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 13:22:14

    I feel badly but I don’t buy books, live in a one bedroom apt. I did not give at work for any kind of special fundraiser nor a person who had cancer. I have fairly simple life and if I have any at all extra I give it to my children to help my grandchildren participate in things. Single for 7 years. This and last year still eligible for financial assistance for my own medical situations. Take care and good promotional idea!!


  9. quirkybooks
    Jul 13, 2013 @ 15:28:09

    A great post about trying to defeat death. I guess the moral being, that we can’t. That’s why it’s important to enjoy every minute of our life that we are able to and do what makes us happy to achieve this.


  10. Fashion Mayann
    Jul 14, 2013 @ 13:21:42

    I always love it when you make subtle connections between “The Twilight Zone” episodes and “The Eye-Dancers” !


  11. sonya solomonovich
    Jul 15, 2013 @ 20:01:54

    Nice sales technique 🙂 Okay, I’m buying a copy.


  12. The Other Side of Ugly - To Whom it May Concern:
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 05:24:26

    Great idea Michael! I’m sure you will sell far more 30!


  13. ampbreia
    Jul 18, 2013 @ 17:41:42

    What a fun idea! Thank you for telling me about it.


  14. Jilanne Hoffmann
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 05:50:22

    Just bought it, Mike. Thanks for the heads up!


  15. Charron's Chatter
    Jul 19, 2013 @ 14:49:11

    You so smart.

    And this post was great, prolly the epitome of subtle pitch. The first part hooked me–absolutely hooked me–and then wham! The meat and potatoes. Mad PR skills along with great writing, Em…


  16. joseyphina
    Jul 20, 2013 @ 16:05:04

    As interesting as always!


  17. wannabephotographer87
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 17:39:08

    Great post, and I love both of those Twilight Zones! HAHA


  18. sarahremy
    Jul 24, 2013 @ 17:53:13

    Reblogged this on sarahremy and commented:
    I’m giving Mike a little love today! Check out his YA novel, The Eye-Dancers, and enter to win a gift card. Gift cards are my friend.


  19. sakuraandme
    Jul 26, 2013 @ 19:35:33

    Hi Mike. 🙂

    Good luck with the promotion and I will definitely look into downloading the book.

    Enjoy your weekend. Hugs Paula xxx


  20. mcwoman
    Jul 27, 2013 @ 21:25:35

    Mike — Amazon and I had a little problem, but I successfully placed my order for the Eye Dancers this afternoon. Can’t wait to dig in. Good luck with your promotion!


  21. awax1217
    Jul 31, 2013 @ 13:37:38

    I am interested in buying your book for my granddaughter Ariela. I would like it in book form with a dedication from you to her. How much? and if reasonable I will send a check to where you indicate. Afraid I am old fashion, I still believe in books. When I was a kid, when dinosaurs roamed the earth, I read the Hardy Boys over and over again. Get back with me on my blog if you wish and let me know how we can do this. Sincerely, barry P.S. I read the first Chapter and I think it was well done.


    • The Eye-Dancers
      Jul 31, 2013 @ 14:56:56

      Thank you! As for The Eye-Dancers in book form, unfortunately it is only an e-book at the moment. But there may be a way around that . . . I will send you an email to discuss! Thanks again!


  22. billyraychitwood1
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 17:22:05

    Entertaining and interesting! Best wishes.


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  24. 2embracethelight
    Oct 12, 2014 @ 19:15:06

    Good idea. And nice reflection on Twilight Zone. I recall that particular one.


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