26 September 2014

Five Thousand Stars

Nearly two years ago now I marked a milestone of 1000 ratings on Goodreads.  The time since seems to have whizzed by, and a lot of reading has obviously gone on.  Not every one of those ratings has been positive, but it's still a privilege for a self-pub like me to be read at all, and I definitely want to celebrate the milestone.

This time I've put together a give-away with three different prize options (and will be picking three winners).  All you need do is use the rafflecopter giveaway below, and select your preferred prize from the included survey.  [If. for some reason, you can't complete the rafflecopter survey, just email me with your preferred option and I'll add you.]

The prizes are:

Complete your collection

Let me know which books of mine you don't have, and I'll send them to you - ebook or trade paperback format (or mix and match).  [Includes the upcoming The Pyramids of London.]

A draft Touchstone

Back when I was getting Touchstone ready for publishing, I got myself a couple of galleys printed up.  These are basically as the story was when it was a blog, without the minor edits and corrections I made for publication.  [No really significant differences - just a bit of Touchstone history.]

A partial!

I've written a TON of partial novels.  I've grown better at finishing what I start (and, ah, generally better, I suspect - some of these are kinda embarrassing).  But I quite like a lot of these stories, and will happily convert one to an ebook and send it to someone if they can stand typos, awkward writing, and the fact that most of them stop halfway through, with no kind of resolution at all.

The choices for the partials are;

Inn: (11 chapters)
Starts memorably with "The inn fell sideways".  This is an epic fantasy partial, where an entire inn (containing 50 people) is transported in moments to a magical wasteland.  Because. 
Lammersgach: (24 chapters - technically complete)
A spy meets a demon snake and regrets it.  I call this 'the demon rape book'.  It's not terrible, but not quite salvageable.
Lines of Resonance: (8 chapters)
A world where mages can enhance their powers by linking with particular people capable of amplifying power (not nearly so easily as a Touchstone!).  A prince is kidnapped, a mage needs power in a hurry, and the main character is in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Mage Trap: (6 chapters)
This is Sleeping Beauty if Sleeping Beauty was an annoying man with enormous magical power.
Rune-spinners: (13 chapters)
Space archaeology, black market 'jackals', world discovery, a genius hiding her smarts, and a fellow with purple-dyed hair, the face of a Pre-Raphaelite Angel and enough arrogance for two.
Solitary Stars: (8 chapters)
A solo survey pilot is kidnapped by people racing to be first to find a legendary planet.  [Reads much like an Andre Norton novel with excuses for sex.]
Surrogate: (11 1/2 chapters)
For a book I refer to as "the space naga smut" this has a whole one sex scene in it (so far).  The focus is mainly on being captured by space pirates, deadly mines, and, ah, the consequences of the sex.  [Title should give you some ideas there.]
Talismans of Godshelm: (5 chapters)
An attempt at a redraft of my first novel - a collection quest involving masses of cliches. [I can't send the original Tals, since I typed it on an actual typewriter and very much don't want to transcribe it.  However, I might entertain you all when I get home by scanning a few pages - iirc it starts with a prince falling into a puddle.]
The Shadow of Wings: (8 1/2 chapters)
A rare from a male viewpoint fantasy novel involving a super-stoic prince facing an oncoming evil, but struggling rather more with the discovery he has a heart to break.
The Sleeping Life: (14 1/2 chapters)
The sequel to Stained Glass Monsters - this will be finished in the next year or so, theoretically, so you'd at least get to see how it ends eventually.
Wellspring: (7 1/2 chapters)
One I intend to go on with one day - magic as a limited and difficult to transport resource.  Plus a murder mystery.  [I think I could add "plus a murder mystery" to half my story ideas.]
 The giveaway runs to mid-November (since I'm not back in Australia 'til then).  Best of luck!

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  1. Ohh your partials sound awesome! Also, I've developed a case of this-book-would-have-been-improved-with-a-murder-mystery over the years, so I'm glad you're writing them.
    Btw, does this give-away include international contenders?

  2. Yep, international entries are fine.

  3. :) well, congrats!!! I love your books. I've read almost all of them, so the "complete collection" works wonders. Thanks for keeping my mind busy with your fantastic worlds.


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