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Crossing Streams – Opening Eyes — Part One

Monday, 6. February 2012 10:23

Been getting lots of entries for the Crossing the Streams contest, and a lot of them are really amazing – very well thought out answers to the question, who is your favorite fantasy or science fiction heroine. I was so impressed that I thought I’d post some of them every day this week. I am familiar with some of the authors and heroines mentioned, but many of the entries have opened my eyes to books I’d missed or dismissed, and my to-be-read pile is piling up with each new entry.

(A note to everyone who entered the contest. Just because your entry is posted here doesn’t mean you’ve won. And just because it isn’t doesn’t mean you’ve lost. Every single entry is still in the running.)

(A note to everyone who hasn’t entered the contest. It runs ’til the end of February. Still plenty of time to enter!)

Right then, here are the first three:

Minda Sealy from Charles deLint’s first book, Riddle of the Wren. She appeared in my life when being small and brown and wren-like was reality, and she did the classic hero’s journey inward to find her answers, her identity, and her own power…and found that power was of wildness, not of traditional light/dark goodness — older, more nuanced, more subtle, both/and… Allowed me to own some of my own wildness that wasn’t about being a good girl in a new way…an early step in the road to becoming a 47 year old dragon…


As for my favorite Heroine from sci-fi and fantasy fiction, that’s tough. It seems that every book on my shelves is centered around male characters. Wow. There are a few older characters that stand out like David Eddings’ Polgara the Sorceress and Weiss and Hickman’s Kitiara, but they seem like secondary characters at best. I’ll go with Joshua Palmatier’s Varis from the Thrones of Amenkor series. That poor girl goes through hell just to survive and then when she finally achieves a position of power, she gets stuck on a throne of madness and forced to rule the same people who kept her on the streets. Plus, the magic’s pretty cool.


My favorite fantasy heroine would have to be Brienne of Tarth from the Song of Ice and Fire series. The minimal focus on her sexuality is refreshing and she presents an interesting inversion of the courtly knight trope.


More tomorrow!

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Free Books – Massive Contest!

Wednesday, 1. February 2012 9:30

So I’ve signed up to be part of “Crossing the Streams,” a gigantic, multi-author book giveaway, which has just gone live today! This is a chance for you to cop copious amounts of swag. Here’s how it works:

Each individual author involved is running a contest on his/her own site. The specific details vary from author to author; the contest I run on my site might be very different than the one on Ari’s site, or Matt’s site or Howard’s site.

However, each contest has a few details in common. Specifically, each of us will select two winners from the contest on our own site. Each of those winners will receive one signed book, free, from the author whose contest they won. So, for instance, if you win here, you’ll win one of my books. If you win on Paul’s site, you’ll win one of his, etc.

But… that’s not the big prize. Once the contests have ended, all the authors involved will get together and choose one single “super-winner” from all the entries on all our sites combined. This one lucky individual will receive a signed book, free, from each and every one of the authors involved.

Yup. Somebody out there is going to win over a dozen free books.

You can only enter each author’s contest once, but you may enter multiple contests. So you could enter here, on Marcy’s site, on Jason’s site, etc. Heck, you can enter on everyone’s site, if you want. (And even if you aren’t selected as the “super winner,” you might win more than one of the individual contests. You never know.) You can find out how to enter my contest, as well as a complete list of the authors involved and links to their sites, after the cut. Or you can just go to the contest page. […]

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RHQ-TV interview

Tuesday, 21. June 2011 0:39

When I was at Adepticon, I did a fun interview with Andrew Galea of RHQ-TV which is a miniatures gaming site in Australia. It has finally been posted on You Tube, and I think it turned out great. Here it is!

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Bloodforged Contest Winners!

Monday, 6. June 2011 3:03


For a while there I really thought I would get no entries at all, but finally, right at the end, a bunch of art came in all at once and saved the day. Still, I didn’t get that many entries, so I’m going to go ahead and post them all.

First up, the miniature contest. I only got one entry for this half of the contest, so Adam would have been a winner regardless of quality, but he did a great job. I really like the attention to detail on this. He even got the mask. Congratulations, Adam Parkhouse!

Ulrika Miniature

Next up is the Art Contest. There were six entries, and I’ll finish with the winners last. Here we go:

Amos Webb.

Dave Ploss

Ian Rosenthal

Second Runner-Up is Jen Miller

First Runner-Up is Greg Humes

And the Winner is Nadine Greß. Well done, Nadine. Excellent work! The line work and detail are fantastic!

Thanks to all who entered! Congratulations to all the winners! Please, winners, send me your mailing addesses so I can send you your prizes!

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Bloodforged Available! (and buy it from me!)

Thursday, 2. June 2011 16:17

At last, Bloodforged had been published, and is available on Amazon. Even better, since I have recently become an Amazon Associate, if you click through to Amazon from my site and buy it there, I get a 5% kickback on each sale. So please, click on the picture below and buy the book through me!

In fact, you can now buy all my books through my site and I will get the Amazon Associate bonus. Check out the Available Books page for the full list.

Yes, I am finally becoming e-commerce literate!

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Bloodforged Contest Closed

Tuesday, 31. May 2011 11:24

Right, it’s the 31st, so the contest is over. The last entries came in yesterday, just under the wire. I didn’t get as many as I’d hoped, but there were some good ones. I will get it all sorted out, post all the entries, and announce the winners next Monday, June 6th.

Thanks, all, for entering!

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Fabulous Prizes!

Saturday, 30. April 2011 11:57

So cool!

Winona Nelson has sent the Bloodforged prints that I will be giving away as prizes in the Bloodforged art and mini contest, and here they are, with the book on the side to show the scale. They are beautiful, high quality prints on heavy paper, and are signed by Winona and myself.

Man, I almost want to keep one for me!

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Bloodforged Contest!

Tuesday, 5. April 2011 10:49

To celebrate the upcoming release of the second Ulrika book, Bloodforged, I have decided to hold a double contest. Here’s how it works. I am looking for the best Ulrika artwork and best Ulrika miniature conversion, and I will be giving out cool prizes to the winners and runners up in both categories.

Both art and miniatures should represent Ulrika, armed and dangerous, as described in Bloodborn or Bloodforged and shown on the covers. There should be no nudity or excessive violence (this is a family show) but the rest is at your discretion.

The contest will run from now until Monday, May 30th 2011, and I will announce the winners a week later on Monday, June 6th, which is right between the US and UK Bloodforged release dates.

I reserve the right to post all entries, whether winners or losers, on my blog, but make no guarantees that I will show any of them. Enter at your own risk.

Here are the details for each contest:

Art Contest

The medium can be anything you want, pen, pencil, paint, digital, even sculpture or photography. It can be a pin-up, portrait, action scene, comic story, etc. Whatever you want, as long as it features Ulrika. Please DO NOT send original works. Send jpgs of the work to my gmail address and make sure they’re not too big. 700×450 pixels is about right. The decision of the judges (me) is final.

Miniature Contest

The medium is a standard 28mm miniature figure, converted and painted to look like Ulrika. If you want to go nuts and make a diorama, be my guest, but a single figure will be fine. As with the art contest, DO NOT send the actual miniatures. Send jpgs of the finished pieces to my gmail address and make sure they’re not too big. 700×450 pixels is about right. The decision of the judges (me) is final.


Prizes for both contests are as follows:

First Prize is a signed copy of Bloodforged PLUS a print of the Bloodforged cover art signed by me and the artist, Winona Nelson.

Two runners up will each receive a signed copy of Bloodforged.

There you go. Any questions, send an e-mail. Good luck and get started. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.

And no, Winona, you can’t enter….

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Adepticon, here I come!

Thursday, 24. March 2011 11:08

Hey all,

Just wanted to let folks in the Chicago area know that Dan and I are going to be at Adepticon next weekend. Click on the skull below for details.

It’s in Lombard, Il, just a little ways outside of Chicago proper, and we’re going to be there all weekend, hanging out, signing, etc. I’ve even signed up to participate in some RPG madness. So if you’re in the area, come on by and say hi!

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A taste of Blood!

Wednesday, 9. March 2011 11:22

So cool! My first sample copy of Bloodforged just arrived in the mail. It looks great! Thanks again to Nonie for a great painting, and to Darius for the design. I love it!

Click on the photo to pre-order it from Amazon!

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