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The Red Knight and The Fell Sword Giveaway Winners! Posted at 10:20 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

This contest ended yesterday but I was out of town and couldn’t make the announcement until now.  Anyway, we’ve just had our re-tweet contest prize drawing for Miles Cameron‘s The Red Knight and The Fell Sword, books one and two of his Traitor Son Cycle from Orbit!

The Red KnightThe Fell Sword

There were 204 entries for the contest and here are our 5 random winners:

Kimberly Flickinger
(@kaflickinger74)
Dan Wizard-Badger
(@wizard_badger)
Susan T.
(@suekitty13)
Dana Renae Cerrito
(@auntdudu75)
Carmen K Woody
(@1142mom)

 

Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention The Fell Sword in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.

Our thanks to Orbit and Miles Cameron for the excellent contest and to everyone who participated! We’ll be back with another giveaway soon so keep an eye open!

Talus and the Frozen King Winners! Posted at 4:44 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Talus and the Frozen KingWe’ve just had our re-tweet contest prize drawing for the first three books of Graham Edward’s Talus and the Frozen King! There were 98 entrants this time and here are our 5 random winners:

Mr Patrick Reinhart
(@MrPatch)
Troubled Scribe
(@TroubledScribe)
Mrs. MTS
(@TySweeps)
Melissa Tippie
(@MelissaTippie)
Damien Crawley
(@damiencrawley)

 

Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention Talus and the Frozen King in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.

Our thanks to Solaris and Graham Edwards for the excellent contest and to everyone who participated!  We’ll be back with another giveaway soon so keep one eye open!

Book Giveaway: The Red Knight and The Fell Sword by Miles Cameron Posted at 2:06 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Orbit BooksTo celebrate the release of Miles Cameron‘s new book, The Fell Sword, the folks at Orbit have asked us to help them give out some autographed books.  And, since this is the second book in the Traitor Son Cycle, they upped the ante by throwing in the first book as well.  That’s right we have five copies of The Fell Sword AND The Red Knight up for grabs!  Pretty schweet, huh?

One caveat:  This contest is only open to US and Canadian residents.  If you are an UhMerican or a Canuck all you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:

 

…or comment here in the blog to enter the contest. Do both and double your chances! It’s about as easy as we can make it. We’ll have a random drawing from our re-tweeter pool and announce the winners next Wednesday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.


The Red Knight The Fell Sword

The Fell Sword
Miles Cameron

Loyalty costs money.

Betrayal, on the other hand, is free.

When the Emperor is taken hostage, the Red Knight and his men find their services in high demand – and themselves surrounded by enemies. The country is in revolt, the capital city is besieged and any victory will be hard won. But The Red Knight has a plan.

The question is, can he negotiate the political, magical, real and romantic battlefields at the same time – especially when intends to be victorious on them all?


Miles CameronAbout the Author:

Miles Cameron Is a military veteran and historian.

He has a degree in Medieval History and lives with his wife and daughter in the most multi-cultural city in the world. There’s also a cat. So far, no horse.  However, there are a great many pieces of armour, swords, pole-axes, tents, camp kettles, bits of horse harness, and other guarantees that the author spends far too much money on reenacting.

Miles loves the deep wilderness—loves to camp six miles from a road—using only 14th century or 18th century camping techniques and equipment. The author feels—right or wrong—that when you are deep in the Metcalf Lake region of the Adirondack Mountains (or the Serengeti), anything might happen. Everything is possible. Just walk out of the circle of firelight into the waiting darkness, and feel the Wild.

That’s not fantasy.

Our thanks to Orbit and Miles Cameron for sponsoring the contest and best of luck to everyone. Help us spread the word and be sure to come back next Tuesday to see if you’ve won!

Songs of the Earth, Trinity Rising and The Raven’s Shadow Contest Winners! Posted at 5:09 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

The Raven's ShadowWe’ve just had our re-tweet contest prize drawing for the first three books of Elspeth Cooper‘s Wild Hunt Quartet!  There were 142 entrants this time and here are our 5 random winners:

Donna
(@donnak4)
Brianne Reeves
(@reev2550)
Christopher
(@Halfhippy77)
Matthew Stevens
(@matt_the_writer)
J.C.
(@castleruins)

 

Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send your prize right away. Be sure to mention Wild Hunt Quartet in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.

Our thanks to Tor and Elspeth Cooper for the excellent prizes and to everyone who participated!  We’ll be back with another giveaway soon so keep one eye open.  Like, tomorrow maybe….

Book Giveaway: Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards Posted at 1:31 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

SolarisHow about another giveaway?  This time we have a brand new book coming out from Solaris on March 26th:  Talus and the Frozen King by Graham Edwards.

Meet Talus – the Bronze Age Detective! Even at the dawn of society, murder is an ancient habit. But Talus is the first man who understands that the identity of an unknown killer can be found, if you can start asking the right questions.

Neither historical fantasy nor crime fiction has ever seen anything like Talus before.   Edwards brings a unique character to the world of crime fiction while blending myth, legend, and fantasy into a rich tapestry about a bright light amidst humanity’s darkest dawn.

A Bronze Age Holmes and Watson?  Sounds like a lot of fun and the cover art is just awesome.  Join our re-tweet contest for your shot at getting one of five autographed paperback copies before it’s released to the public.  All you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:

…or comment here in the blog to enter the contest. Do both and double your chances! It’s about as easy as we can make it. We’ll have a random drawing from our re-tweeter pool and announce the winners next Wednesday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.


Talus and the Frozen KingTalus and the Frozen King
by Graham Edwards

Meet Talus – the world’s first detective.

A dead warrior king frozen in winter ice. Six grieving sons, each with his own reason to kill. Two weary travelers caught up in a web of suspicion and deceit.

In a distant time long before our own, wandering bard Talus and his companion Bran journey to the island realm of Creyak, where the king has been murdered. From clues scattered among the island’s mysterious barrows and stone circles, they begin their search for his killer. But do the answers lie in this world or the next?

Nobody is above suspicion, from the king’s heir to the tribal shaman, from the servant woman steeped in herb-lore to the visiting warlord whose unexpected arrival throws the whole tribe into confusion. And when death strikes again, Talus and Bran realise nothing is what it seems.

Creyak is place of secrets and spirits, mystery and myth. It will take a clever man indeed to unravel the truth. The kind of man this ancient world has not seen before.


What people are saying:

“A close cousin to the writings of Conan Doyle, Christie, and Marsh… Mystery fans will look forward to Talus’s future investigations.” — Publisher’s Weekly

“I think both mystery and fantasy readers alike will feel right at home with this one. A very entertaining and fast read.”The Bibliosanctum

“It all makes for a pretty fast, intense mystery as shadows thicken, nothing is as it seems and men start to die all around.”Drunken Dragon Reviews

Graham EdwardsAbout the Author:

Graham Edwards was born in England near Glastonbury Tor and now lives in Nottingham (not such a big leap from King Arthur to Robin Hood). His formative years were spent on the UK’s Jurassic Coast making disturbing movies on Super-8 film. Since then he’s worked as a graphic designer and animator. He’s also written and produced multimedia shows for theme parks and visitor centres.

Graham’s first novel Dragoncharm was inspired by Watership Down – if Richard Adams could write an epic adventure about rabbits, why not do the same for dragons? His later novels include Stone & Sky, in which he explored the dizzying heights of a world-sized wall, traveled in time and played with fairies.

There’s short fiction in the form of The String City Mysteries, a series of ebooks about a detective working in a town where the dimensions are really messed-up. Graham’s also ghostwritten several books in collaboration with book packagers Working Partners.

Our thanks to Solaris and Graham Edwards for the excellent prizes and best of luck to everyone. Help us spread the word and be sure to come back next Wednesday to see if you’ve won!

Book Giveaway: Songs of the Earth, Trinity Rising and The Raven’s Shadow by Elspeth Cooper! Posted at 4:32 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

TorIt seems like it’s been awhile since we last had a book giveaway so we thought now would be a good time to do another.  But not just a regular book giveaway.  How about five copies of the first three books of Elspeth Cooper‘s Wild Hunt Quartet?  That’s right, all three books!

The folks at Tor are excited to be bringing out the third volume in the the Wild Hunt series, The Raven’s Shadow (on sale tomorrow!) and to celebrate they’ve asked us to help them give out five hardcover copies and, since it is the third book in the series, they decided to throw in the first 2 paperback books, Songs of the Earth and Trinity Rising, as well so you can get the whole story thus far!

Songs of the Earth Trinity Rising The Raven's Shadow

In case you’ve forgotten how to play this game, all you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:

…or comment here in the blog to enter the contest. Do both and double your chances! It’s about as easy as we can make it. We’ll have a random drawing from our re-tweeter pool and announce the winners next Monday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.


The Raven's ShadowThe Raven’s Shadow
by Elspeth Cooper

The Raven’s Shadow, the third book of Elspeth Cooper’s The Wild Hunt series finds war brewing on both sides of the Veil between the worlds.

The desert of Gimrael is aflame with violence, and in the far north an ancient hatred is about to spill over into the renewal of a war that, a thousand years ago, forged an empire. This time, it may shatter one.

Wrestling with his failing grip on the power of the Song, and still trying to come to terms with the horrifying events he witnessed in El Maqqam, Gair returns to the mainland with only one thing on his mind: vengeance. It may cost him his life, but when everything that he had to live for is being stripped away from him, that may be a fair price to pay.

Old friends and old foes converge in a battle of wills to stem the tide of the Nimrothi clans as they charge south to reclaim the lands lost in the Founding Wars. If they succeed, the rest of the empire may be their next target. And with the Wild Hunt at their head, the overstretched Imperial Army may not be enough to stop them.


What people are saying:

“If you are not already familiar with her work, then I implore you to read one of her books, you will not be disappointed.” — Fantasy Book Review

“This isn’t a book that you can easily put down once you begin” — SF Book Reviews (of Songs of the Earth)

“The absorbing narrative and sheer quality of the production will keep readers impatiently awaiting the next installment”Kirkus Reviews

“In scope, this series has the potential to rival George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and should enjoy a wide readership of young adult  as well as adult fans of epic fantasy”Library Journal (starred review)

Elspeth CooperAbout the Author:

Elspeth Cooper was born and raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England. A fantasy reader from an early age, she began writing her own stories when still a child and never quite grew out of it.

In 2009, ill-health forced her to give up a 21-year career in IT and now she writes full-time. Songs of the Earth, published in 2011 by Gollancz, was her first novel, and the first in The Wild Hunt Quartet.

A sword-owning, tea-drinking imagineer, she lives in Northumberland with her husband and two cats in a house full of books.

If you are not familiar with Elspeth Cooper you can read full chapter excerpts of all three books right here on WWEnd to get a taste.  Ms. Cooper is also a perfect fit for several of our Roll-Your-Own Reading Challenges like the 2014 Women of Genre Fiction and, because this is a three book giveaway, The Number of the Counting Shall be Three.

Our thanks to Tor for the excellent prizes and best of luck to everyone. Help us spread the word and be sure to come back next Monday to see if you’ve won!

Tales From High Hallack – The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume: 1 Contest Winners! Posted at 4:03 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Our Tales From High Hallack – The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume: 1 contest has just concluded and we have the results! We had 79 re-tweets, 10 comments on the blog and 9 Facebook likes.

Tales From High Hallack – The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume: 1We put all those names into a spreadsheet and used a random number generator to pick our 5 lucky winners:

Melissa
(@karmic9)
Dennis Menard
(@da_deman)
The Critic
(@iamthecritic)
Rhonda
(Rhondak101)
Jarrod Bolin

 

 

Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send you your prize right away. Be sure to mention High Hallack in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.

Our thanks to Premier Digital Publishing for making the contest possible.  We’ll be back with another giveaway soon so keep one eye open.

JFF: Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell Winners! Posted at 2:18 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Our Jo Fletcher Fridays contest has just concluded and we have the results! We had 124 re-tweets and 13 comments on the blog which is a new record response.  Apparently you all want some good ass-kicking fantasy and you think de Castell’s Greatcoats are going to deliver it.

We put all those names into a spreadsheet and used a random number generator to pick our 5 lucky winners:

Traitor's Blade

Kim Oleson French
(@KimOleson)
Rajee
(@momsfocus)
Michelle Beare
(@dragonslady)
Donna
(@donnak4)
AC Smyth

 

 

Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send you your prize right away. Be sure to mention Traitor’s Blade in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.

Our thanks to Jo Fletcher Books and Sebastien de Castell for making the contest possible.

Don’t miss the Tales From High Hallack giveaway going on now and check back again for more free books to come.

Book Giveaway: Tales From High Hallack – The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume: 1 Posted at 12:34 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

PremierDigitalPublishingIt’s time again to kick off another free book contest!  What’s that I hear?  We’re giving away too many books?  Well, if you think so, I guess we could stop…  What?  Oh, you DO want more free books!  I thought so.

The kind folks at Premier Digital Publishing have recently launched a new 3 part collection of works by the legendary Andre Norton and they wanted us to help them give out five paperback copies of Tales From High Hallack – The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume: 1.  And, because we love you so, we of course said:  “Oh, Hell yes!”

From their press release:

For the first time, a collection of short stories by Andre Norton are available for her loyal fans.  Still as fresh and relevant today as they were over a half-century ago, Norton’s stories have been curated in Tales From High Hallack, Volumes 1 (January 14, 2014), 2 (May 20, 2014), and 3 (Fall 2014). This collection of previously published short stories includes many themed anthologies from periodicals that are no longer in print.

Paying homage to Norton’s legacy, the collection of stories is entitled High Hallack, named after the location featured prominently in many of her works of fiction, as well as the genre writer’s library Norton opened in Tennessee. In this collection of short stories, the gates of High Hallack are now open for the world to enjoy these amazing science fiction and fantasy stories.

For your chance at one of these copies all you have to do is re-tweet this tweet:


…or comment here in the blog to enter the contest. Do both and double your chances!  We’ll have a random drawing from our re-tweeter pool and announce the winners next Thursday so tweet away and don’t forget to tell your friends.  Note:  If you leave a comment without a way for us to reach you we’re going to draw another name so please give us a twitter link or something.


Tales from High Hallack Vol. 1Tales From High Hallack – The Collected Short Stories of Andre Norton, Volume: 1
by Andre Norton

For the first time, the Grand Dame of science fiction – Andre Norton – has her short stories gathered for her fans’ reading pleasure. Tales reach back to the 1930s, as fresh and relevant today as they were when she wrote them… such was Andre’s skill. High fantasy, fables, science fiction, coming of age stories, and more fill three volumes. This impressive, must-have collection includes stories of Witch World. There are cats sprinkled here and there, as Andre treasured them so. And there is magic in the writing, unequaled prose to delight readers of all ages.

High Hallack was a place in Andre’s fiction, and was also the name of her genre writer’s library she opened in Tennessee. It is a wondrous keep that she called home, and now High Hallack opens its gates and allows these amazing stories to tumble out.

Lose yourself in her enchanted words, and read them again and again.

About the Author:

Andre NortonAndre Norton’s career began in the Cleveland Library System in the 1930s, then with a position as a special librarian in the cataloging department of the Library of Congress. Her first published science fiction work was short novella, The People of the Crater, which appeared under the name Andrew North. With series such as The Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, and Janus, as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to the science fiction genre.

Although her work has encompassed many genres, Andre Norton is probably most famous for her fantasy, in particular the Witch World series, begun in 1963 with the Hugo-nominated book of the same name. Her unprecedented success in publishing has inspired generations of writers and paved the way for other women looking to break into the male dominated genre.

Norton’s career began in the Cleveland Library System in the 1930s, then with a position as a special librarian in the cataloging department of the Library of Congress. Her first published science fiction work was short novella, The People of the Crater, which appeared under the name Andrew North. With series such as Time Traders, Solar Queen, Forerunner, Beast Master, Crosstime, and Janus, as well as many stand-alone novels, her tales of adventure have drawn countless readers to the science fiction genre.  Although her work has encompassed many genres, Andre Norton is probably most famous for her fantasy, in particular the Witch World series, begun in 1963 with the Hugo-nominated book of the same name. Her unprecedented success in publishing has inspired generations of writers and paved the way for other women looking to break into the male dominated genre.

 

On February 20, 2005, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which had earlier honored her with its Grand Master Award in 1983, announced the creation of the Andre Norton Award, to be given each year for an outstanding work of fantasy or science fiction for the young adult literature market, beginning with 2005 publications.

This look like a great collection to have for any library.  Click through to the novel page to have a look at the table of contents.  Best of luck to you all. Be sure to come back next Thursday to see if you’ve won!

Book Giveaway: Wolves by Simon Ings Winners! Posted at 2:27 PM by Dave Post

Dave Post

Our Wolves by Simon Ings contest has just concluded and here are the results! We had 41 re-tweets and 15 comments on the blog as well as a handful of likes on Facebook. No too shabby! We put all those names into a spreadsheet and used a random number generator to pick our 5 lucky winners:Wolves

 

Margo-Lea Hurwicz
(@MangoHeroics)
ProjectiveEthnography
(@ProjectiveEthno)
The Literati Press
(@SKLiteratiPress)
Drew Dodd
Dan Williams

 

 

Congrats to all our winners! If you are one of our prize winners please send your full name and snail-mail address to us at “info [at] worldswithoutend [dot] com” so we can send you your prize right away. Be sure to mention Wolves in your email so we know which prize you’re claiming.

Our thanks to Gollancz and Simon Ings for making the contest possible. Didn’t win this time?  Don’t give up!  We have more contests coming up.  In fact, there’s still time to get your name in the hat for our latest Jo Fletcher Fridays contest The Traitor’s Blade by Sebastien de Castell.