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And The Winner Is…

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Random.org chose Anna O’Connell as the winner of Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon. Congratulations, Anna! Please email me at dracos169 @ gmail dot com and let me know if you would prefer a physical copy or an e-book and where I should send it to.

 

ETA: If Anna does not contact me before Monday, March 11, then I will be choosing a new winner.

This Is NOT Okay

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I’ve been dealing with computer issues this week (which I blog about tomorrow on Black Ink, White Paper) and I have several more 52 Books in 52 Weeks posts to do, and a links post in the works, but right now I want to talk about something that happened to one of my new favorite authors.

Seanan McGuire is the author of the October Daye novels and the upcoming Discount Armageddon. Discount Armageddon‘s official release date is March 6th, but Amazon decided to ship the physical book several weeks early for some unknown reason. In response, Barnes & Noble also started shipping the books early as well. What they are NOT doing is selling the e-books yet. Those won’t be delivered until the actual release date. And people, supposed fans of Seanan, have decided to heap a truckload of abuse on her head. She has been called greedy, selfish, ungrateful, but worst of all she has been called a bitch. A cunt. A whore.

Seriously? Why is it okay to not only verbally lambaste somebody for a business decision that was not theirs, but to also relegate them to a perceived negative sexual status.Why? Jim C. Hines and Marie Brennan have both chimed in on how inappropriate this is.

I really like Seanan both as an author and as a person. She’s smart, funny, articulate, passionate, and she writes hella good books. So, to show my support for her, here’s the deal: I’m going to buy two copies of Discount Armageddon when it officially goes on sale. One copy will be for me to slaver over and devour and the other will be sent out to one lucky commenter here. (I promise not to get the two of them confused because sending out a book covered in my drool would be gross.)

Leave a comment on this post to enter.

Publicly linking to this contest on Twitter/Facebook/your blog/any other social media is worth an additional one entry EACH. (You must leave a comment on this post with links to your posts for the entries to qualify.)

This contest is open to US residents only and will be open until Thursday, March 1 at midnight Eastern time. A winner will be chosen using Random.org and the winner will be announced on this blog on Monday, March 5.

And the winner is….

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It was a fierce battle between three beautiful women. Each brought their own special skills to the fight: JKP, the dark-haired demon summoner; Erin Kendall, the deadly vampire; and BW, the tempestuous Valkyrie.

They met on the field of battle to settle the dispute over who was the rightful owner of the Sacred Books of Thurman. None of the three held any personal grievances towards the others, but the books were too valuable to allow just anybody to own them.

JKP launched the initial attack, summoning her pet demon, Ludmila. Ludmila was eight feet of scaly lime green muscle housed in skin-tight purple leather with curling black horns jutting out of her platinum blonde hair and a mouth full of fangs.

BW and Erin stopped in their tracks at the sight of Ludmila. Whether because they were intimidated by her size and fangs or simply because they were blinded by her outfit isn’t known.

What is known is that their hesitation did not last. With a wild battle-cry, BW leapt forward, her great sword raised high above her head. Erin streaked in low and silent, her speed making her nearly impossible to see.

The two warriors clashed with the giant demon and the battle began in earnest. Blood, sweat, and bits of flesh flew as the combatants hacked, chopped, and clawed at each other. JKP, her demon the sole focus of the other two at the moment, crept up behind Erin and attacked her from behind.

Never let it be said that a demon summoner’s only power lies in summoning demons. JKP’s strength and cunning made her the vampire’s near equal. They traded blows back and forth, neither gaining an inch on the other.

Meanwhile, BW and Ludmila were busy pounding away at each other. The ground trembled with the force of their herculean strikes. Ludmila’s scales protected her from the worst of BW’s strikes and BW was far too agile to allow Ludmila’s claws an opening.

All too soon it was over.

With one giant paw, Ludmila swatted BW’s sword away. The giant demon grabbed the Valkyrie around the neck and flung her into a tree. BW slumped to the ground unconscious.

Distracted by the impact, JKP let her attention slip for just a second. Taking advantage of that distraction, Erin swooped in and sank her fangs into JKP’s neck. JKP struggled against the vampire and Ludmila raced to save her mistress, but it was too late. Erin drained the demon summoner to the point of near death. With her mistress senseless, the spell holding Ludmila was broken and the demon returned to wherever it is that demons live.

With a cry of triumph, Erin took possession of the sacred books.

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Congrats, Erin!! Let me know what format you would like the books in (dead tree or e-book) and I will get them out to you this week.

Never fear, JKP and BW, for being such good sports and fighting so well, I’m going to send you both a copy of Nightlife. Again, just let me know what format you prefer.

 

Praying for a Fellow Writer

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One of my favorite authors, Rob Thurman, was in a very serious car accident several weeks ago. She nearly died. It was touch and go for a while, but as of yesterday, she was awake and off the ventilator!

Unfortunately, this extended stay in the ICU is going to rack up a HUGE hospital bill for Rob, so I’m urging everybody who loves dark, gritty urban fantasy with pretty boys who fight monsters and play with swords and guns to go out and buy her Cal Leandros series.

Nightlife

Moonshine

Madhouse

Deathwish

Roadkill

Blackout

Rob also has two other great series going. I will admit to not having read any of the books in either of these series, but I have the first books of each sitting on my TBR pile and knowing Rob, they’re just as great as the Cal books.

The Trickster series which is set in the same world as the Cal series, but starring a completely different cast of characters.

Trick of the Light

The Grimrose Path

And the Chimera Series which are sci-fi thrillers about genetically altered assassins.

Chimera

Basilisk

To do my part in helping Rob out, I will be offering up a choice of THREE of her books to the winning entry.

Leave a comment on this post with your top three choices to enter.

Publicly linking to this contest on Twitter/Facebook/your blog/any other social media is worth an additional one entry EACH. (You must leave a comment on this post with links to your posts for the entries to qualify.)

This contest is open to US residents only and will be open until Friday, September 2 at midnight Eastern time. A winner will be chosen using Random.org this weekend and the winner will be announced on this blog on Monday, September 5.

Manic Monday

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My family was invited up to my aunt’s farm in New Hampshire for their annual pig roast this past weekend. Aside from the inevitable drunken drama that took place Saturday night, it was an enjoyable weekend. The last time my husband and I were up there was about ten years ago, so seeing all of the changes they’ve made in that time was amazing.

On our way home, hubby got on the highway going the wrong direction and we ended up adding an extra 100+ miles to our trip.

In writing news, I somehow missed an interview with my agent, Cameron.

Meljean Brook has a contest going on to win one of fifteen copies of Demon Marked.

Jim C. Hines gets his rap on. (I swear I laughed until I cried!)

And so many congratulations to all of the Hugo Award winners this weekend.