RT Book Reviews is giving readers a chance to win all twelve of their Seal of Excellence books for 2013. The Best of All Possible Worlds is February’s Seal of Excellence winner, and so when they asked me to say a few words about my favourite book of 2013, I decided to be different. I talked about my favourite album instead – that marvellous blend of sci-fi, romance and afrofuturism that is The Electric Lady by Janelle Monáe. Go read about it and enter for the book giveaway.
Congratulations to Sarah, the winner of the final book giveaway which ended yesterday! Other book giveaways by Jo Fletcher Books are still ongoing. Check their twitter @JoFletcherBooks to stay up to date on their competitions.
I still haven’t heard from Adam B Shaeffer, who was one of my two winners for a double feature of Redemption in Indigo and The Best of All Possible Worlds. Come on, Adam. Tweet me, or Jo Fletcher Books, or someone. Let us send you free books.
Congratulations to Kim, the winner of last week’s giveaway, who is looking forward to Swords of Good Men by Icelandic author Snorri Kristjansson. Kim did not provide a website, twitter, Facebook, tumblr or anything, so Kim please get in touch via comment or twitter or something so I can get your details to have the books sent to you.
On a related note, Adam B Shaeffer, you have won some books and you have not replied to my twitter DM! Please get in touch! I need your mailing address.
Selecting a winner got a little complicated last week. I had two commenters on Goodreads, where this blog has a feed. I completely forgot that people can comment there as well. I did factor them into the random.org draw, but for this final giveaway please comment on merumsal.wordpress.com if you wish to enter.
And yes, this is the fifth and final Thursday Giveaway. The winner will get The Best of All Possible Worlds (hardback)
plus another Jo Fletcher Books title:
The Snowmelt River, by Frank P. Ryan (paperback).
On the summit of the fabled mountain Slievenamon in Ireland there is a doorway to an ancient land of terrible power. The gate of Feimhin has lain closed for centuries, the secret of its opening long lost.
But now four orphans drawn together by Fate must pass through the portal to face their destinies. What they find beyond is the enchanted but war-ravaged world of Tír, a strange land peopled by beings of magic. Here death waits at every corner and they must learn to fight if they are to survive.
And they’d better learn quickly, because their enemy, the Tyrant of the Wastelands, is growing in power.
To enter the competition, comment on this post and tell me … hmm … let’s make it interesting.
I’ve been too busy to update, but there are a lot of things out there. Comment and tell me the title of any short story, interview or guest post of mine that you’ve seen (or will see!) over the past few weeks and up to next week Wednesday. So far there are at least five; there will be more by next week. And no, SF Crossing the Gulf doesn’t count.
If you wish, add your twitter name, tumblr or blog url. I’ll randomly choose a winner from the comments next Wednesday night (around 8pm GMT-4), and announce the name in a post that same night. The books will be sent directly from Jo Fletcher Books in London, so if you win I will need your address to pass on to them.
Congratulations to the winners of the last giveaway, Andrea H and Adam B. Shaeffer! Andrea got in touch with me, but I haven’t heard from Adam yet, so if you’re reading this Adam, please check your twitter DMs.
This week’s giveaway is The Best of All Possible Worlds (hardback)
plus another Jo Fletcher title:
A Book of Horrors, by Stephen Jones (editor) and Les Edwards (illustrator) (paperback, signed by both editor and illustrator).
Many of us grew up on The Pan Book of Horror Stories and its later incarnations. For the first time in a decade or more, there’s a successor: A Book of Horrors features brand-new, never-before-published stories by the international Grand Master of horror Stephen King, John Ajvide Linqvist, author of the cult hit Let the Right One In, award-winning playwright Robert Shearman, Sunday Times bestseller Michael Marshall Smith and many others.
One word of warning: be sure to read this collection with the lights on!
To enter the competition, comment on this post. This time, I want you to tell me which Jo Fletcher Books or Quercus authors you have read (or are planning to read) who are neither American nor British. No, I don’t count. Tell me the author’s nationality as well, please!
If you wish, add your twitter name, tumblr or blog url. Next Wednesday night (around 8pm GMT-4), I’ll randomly choose a winner from the comments. I’ll announce the name in my new Thursday Giveaway post. The books will be sent directly from Jo Fletcher Books in London, so if you win I will need your address to pass on to them.
Congratulations to Aliette de Bodard, third commenter and winner of last week’s giveaway! She chose Valerio Varesi’s The Dark Valley, a Quercus title which was shortlisted for the CWA International Dagger in 2012.
Today is the release date for the UK edition of The Best of All Possible Worlds!
Comment on this post and tell me which Jo Fletcher Books science fiction titles (forthcoming or already published) are on your to-read list. If you wish, add your twitter name, tumblr or blog url. Next Wednesday night (around 8pm GMT-4), I’ll randomly choose two winners from the comments. I’ll announce the names in my new Thursday Book Giveaway post. The books will be sent directly from Jo Fletcher Books in London, so if you win I will need your address to pass on to them.
Congratulations to the winner of last week’s giveaway – Mihai, the last commenter on the post!
This week’s giveaway is Redemption in Indigo (paperback)
plus another Jo Fletcher Books title:
The Immortals of Meluha, by Amish (paperback)
1900 BC: the once-proud Suryavanshi rulers of the Meluha Empire are in dire peril. The empire’s primary river, the Saraswathi, is slowly drying up. There are devastating terrorist attacks from the east, the land of the Chandravanshis – and to make matters worse, the Chandravanshis appear to have allied with the Nagas, an ostracised race of deformed humans with astonishing martial skills.
The only hope for the Suryavanshis is an ancient prophecy: when evil reaches epic proportions and all seems lost, a hero will emerge . . .
To enter the competition, comment on this post and tell us the name of any Jo Fletcher Books title or Quercus non-SF title that has won an award or been nominated/shortlisted (to make it a bit more of a challenge, you may not mention Redemption in Indigo or The City’s Son!). If you wish, add your twitter name, tumblr or blog url. Next Wednesday night (around 8pm GMT-4), I’ll randomly choose a winner from the comments. I’ll announce the name in the next Thursday Giveaway post.
UPDATE. The Kitschies were announced today (18 Jan 2013), and both Redemption in Indigo and The City’s Son have been nominated in the best debut novel category! Congrats to all the nominees, and thanks to the members of the jury!
This week’s giveaway will be Redemption in Indigo (paperback)
plus another Jo Fletcher book:
The City’s Son, by Tom Pollock (hardback)
Expelled from school, betrayed by her best friend and virtually ignored by her dad, who’s never recovered from the death of her mum, Beth Bradley retreats to the sanctuary of the streets, looking for a new home. What she finds is Filius Viae, the ragged and cocky crown prince of London, who opens her eyes to the place she’s never truly seen.
But the hidden London is on the brink of destruction. Reach, the King of the Cranes, is a malign god of demolition, and he wants Filius dead. In the absence of the Lady of the Streets, Filius’ goddess mother, Beth rouses Filius to raise an alleyway army, to reclaim London’s skyscraper throne for the mother he’s never known. Beth has almost forgotten her old life – until her best friend and her father come searching for her, and she must choose between the streets and the life she left behind.
You have a week to comment on this post. Tell me which Jo Fletcher Books or non-SF Quercus titles you’re looking forward to reading in 2013. If you wish, add your twitter name, tumblr or blog url. Next Wednesday night (around 8pm GMT-4), I’ll choose a winner from the comments. I’ll announce the name next Thursday when I post about the new giveaway.
Jo Fletcher Books and some of their authors are holding book giveaway competitions. Some are coming soon, most are happening right now. To find out more, follow the blogs and twitter feeds of:
(I may have missed an author or two, but as long as you follow @JoFletcherBooks you should be able to catch all the competitions ongoing.)
Nicola Budd of Jo Fletcher Books has kindly provided each of us with at least four titles to give away, one per week. We select the winners and pass on their names and addresses and she will ship out the books from London to wherever. When I suggested to Nicola that this might be a good thing to link up to the 31 January launch date for The Best of All Possible Worlds, she very generously arranged for me to have an additional five copies of both of my own books. That’s five paperback copies of Redemption in Indigo and five hardback copies of The Best of All Possible Worlds also being given away over the next five weeks!
To enter the competition, all you have to do is comment on the book giveaway post which will go up each Thursday, starting tomorrow. I usually have comments disabled on my posts so I don’t end up Wasting Time Online, but comments will be enabled for the competition. I will post links to my the giveaways post on twitter and Facebook, but only comments on my blog will count as competition entries. I’ll select the winner with the assistance of an online random number generator (quick, easy and a lot safer than darts). I will contact the winner via comment reply, twitter, Facebook, tumblr or at their own blog, so do make sure that at least one of those methods is workable and made known to me, because if you win and I can’t reach you within a week, I will choose another winner.
See you tomorrow. It’s going to be lots of fun!
If you follow my twitter, you’ll know that a lot is happening very soon. For example, the UK edition of The Best of All Possible Worlds will be out 31 January, and I will be running a competition giving away copies of that book, Redemption in Indigo, and other Jo Fletcher Books titles. But I’m going to talk about that later this week, not today. Today concerns a new arrival to my bookcase:
That lovely etched crystal piece is the Carl Brandon Parallax Award. I’ve crowded it together with the other bookcase dwellers for the photo. On the left we have the Frank Collymore Award (The Best of All Possible Worlds), the Aslan (also known as the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award) in the foreground, the Crawford Award plaque in the background and my first ever writing award, the Frank Collymore Award for Redemption in Indigo.
And just because, here is another photo of the Parallax looking pretty in front of my fav decorative blue bottles:
Huge thanks to the Carl Brandon Society!