I finally got around to uploading the Powder Mage short fiction to iTunes. You can now get your hands on both Forsworn and "The Girl of Hrusch Avenue" if you do your reading on iBooks. There was a small problem with "Hope's End" which I'm still trying to figure out. In other news, Beneath Ceaseless Skies is holding a giveaway of a signed UK copy of Promise of Blood. Check it out here.
With the release of the UK paperback of Promise of Blood earlier this week, I decided it was as good a time as any to have some kind of a giveaway. But I'm not gonna make it easy on you this time. No, no. This is going to be a contest! And a photo contest, no less. To enter the contest, here's what you have to do: The contest is over! Check out the winners here.
1. Take a picture of your copy of Promise of Blood. It can be a hardcover or an ebook on your favorite ereader (turned to the title page). Do something fun with it. Jazz it up. Make me laugh. You can also take a picture of where you'd keep your copy if you had one. 3. Send me an email at brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com with the header CONTEST ENTRY. Give me the link to where you posted it as well as your city/state/country. I will be sharing the pictures on the website as they come in.
In a couple of weeks, probably after I get back from ConFusion, I'll choose my three favorite photos. First place will win a signed hardcover of Promise of Blood. Second place will win a signed US trade paperback. Third place will win a signed UK paperback. You can add them to your collection, give them to friends, donate to your local library, use it as a plate. Anything you want! And yes, this giveaway is open internationally.
The first entries are in!
And another one from Tori (Instagram won't let me copy the image).
If you don't want to wait to see if you won, Amazon has reduced the sale price for Promise of Blood a whole nine more cents, and it's currently $1.91 in the US. Madness!
A few other things of note. I recently wrote a guest blog on the Kindle Daily Post, where I talked about my favorite fantasy novels of all time. I also found this stinking awesome Steampunk Star Wars art which I shared on Facebook and Twitter and like it so much I'm going to share it here too. Also, if you liked the Powder Mage short stories "The Girl of Hrusch Avenue" and "Hope's End", you'll be happy to know that I'm editing a Powder Mage novella that should be out by the beginning of February. I plan on posting the cover art sometime next week.
I'm sad to say that Promise of Blood did not reach the final round of the Goodreads Choice Awards in Fantasy. The competition was crazy this year. I mean, seriously: Gaiman, Lynch, Sanderson/Jordan, Lawrence, Hobb. Those are some of the biggest names in Fantasy today. I think it's pretty excepted that Gaiman will take first and Sanderson second, but in any other year the top spot could easily go to any of them. I hope you'll head over and vote for your favorite. Frankly, I was just happy to be nominated.
That being said, I did make it to the final round of the Best Goodreads Debut Author. And that's wicked cool. Of the final ten, Promise of Blood actually has the least number of ratings by a long shot, which means it's sold the least number of books of all those on there and in a popular contest, that kind of thing really matters. Even getting in the top five will be a feat for me.
I would like to point out that, while it has the least number of ratings, it is only third in terms of average rating. So. Yeah. Awesome.
Get on over there and vote!
Even if you don't vote for me.
But you should.
On a side note, Orbit is giving away one signed copy of Promise of Blood on Goodreads. If you haven't picked it up yet, or only have the ebook, this is your chance to nab a hardcover!
The contest finished up on Tuesday, but I had a rather important announcement to make yesterday so the contest winner got pushed off until today. Sorry about that! There were 19 international entries for a signed bookplate, so everyone outside the US that sent me an email (with their address!) will be getting a bookplate. I stuck those in the mail this afternoon.
There were 79 US entries for a signed hardcover. The lucky winner was Chris Wright of Lansing, MI! Congratulations, Chris. Your book also went in the mail this afternoon.
One of my favorite things about these giveaways is seeing all the different places in the world where people are interested in my books. This latest contest had entries from Canada, England, Ireland, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Australia, and Norway. Pretty dang cool.
Thanks to everyone that entered!
Hey everyone! Today my new Powder Mage short story, "Hope's End," is available on ebook for $0.99. "Hope's End" occurs almost twenty years before the events in Promise of Blood. Like "The Girl of Hrusch Avenue," this story was written so that you would not have to have read Promise of Blood in order to enjoy it. I hope it satisfies your taste for the Powder Mage universe until the release of The Crimson Campaign!
"Captain Verundish has two problems. On campaign with the Adran army and far from her homeland, she is helpless when the young daughter she left at home is threatened. To make matters worse, General Tamas has put her lover in command of a Hope's End—the first charge through a breach straight into the teeth of enemy cannon and sorcery. To save the people she loves, Verundish will have to come up with a deadly solution..."
To celebrate this release I'm going to hold an international giveaway. For those in the states, I will give away one signed hardcover of Promise of Blood. For those outside the states, I will give away twenty signed bookplates.
To Enter Either Giveaway:
Email me at brian (at) brianmcclellan (dot) com with the subject GIVEAWAY. Be sure to include your name and address, and you will be entered in the drawing for either a hardcover or a signed bookplate. The Giveaway ends at the end of the day on October 1sts.