While Hard Spell has been pulling up trees and impressing hordes of reviewers in the run up to its publication, author Justin Gustainis has been putting in a fair shift himself, writing guest blogs, doing interviews and Q&As, etc.
One of these blogs went up recently on the Bibliophilic Book Blog, and it was so good we asked them if we could re-post here, to which they kindly agreed. So here we go!
My Rules for “Supe” Safety
Detective Sgt. Stan Markowski
Occult Crimes Investigation Unit
Scranton Police Department
I deal with supernatural creatures (“supes”) every day. Some of them are okay, others are dangerous badasses. Listed below is a summary of the lessons I’ve learned – sometimes the hard way.
To celebrate our 2nd birthday we launched a competition to give away a full set of Angry Robot books and a full set of Angry Robot Ebooks. All you lot had to do was write us a bit of a poem, a Hallmark-style ditty that would look great when presented to an Angry Robot.
And you all really went for it. It took hours for us to read through all of your efforts, and even longer to settle on a couple of winners. In the end though we whittled it down to two. Read More→
You might have heard us raving about The Alchemist of Souls over the last few months. Written by Anne Lyle it is due out in March 2012, and we are currently working flat out on getting a final cover for the book (which is going to be quite simply gorgeous!)
But while us Angry Robots have been working hard to get the book ready, Anne has been embracing the world of social media, and embarking on a brilliant initiative to get you all in the mood for her novel.
She has set up a Twitter account for her main protagonist Mal Catlyn, which will reveal the details of his life in the year leading up to the events portrayed in The Alchemist of Souls – tweeted in real time.
So why not hop onto Twitter and follow @MalCatlyn to join in the fun. And wherever you can, spread the word using the hashtag #malsdiary.
By all accounts Mal has had better weeks… and they make riding horses look so effortless in the movies!
Over the last month or so we have had a helluva lot happening – a couple of epic competitions, exciting new author announcements, special offers, and some fab new innovations. Of course the best way to follow all of these developments is by checking into our website as often as possible, but there is another way.
Sign up to the Robot Legion Newsletter to get all the latest news, offers, competitions etc from Angry Robot delivered straight into your email inbox. Every month*.
And we protect the identities of our Legion fiercely, so we won’t be handing out your details to all those annoying phone and utilities companies. After all, what is the point of having a secret army if you hand out their contact details to anyone who asks?
* Or at least we will try to get one to you every month. They sometimes run a little late. Even Robots miss deadlines…
We are in the midst of our week-long birthday celebrations having turned two late last week. And although we welcome presents (or even envelopes stuffed with cash) we also felt like we should give something back as well.
So we are running our biggest competition ever – giving away a set of books that includes every title we have published over the last couple of years. We are also giving away a matching set of eBooks.
All you have to do to enter is to flex your creative muscles and come up with a lovely (or cringeworthy / funny / ridiculous) Hallmark style poem that would suit a birthday card for Angry Robot.
Then, send it to me – with a note saying whether you want the eBooks or the physical books – and the two poems that most appeal to us will win!
If you have a Kindle, and live in the UK, you will be pleased to know that a fantastic selection of our books have been chose for the Kindle Summer Reading promotion and are available for the next two months at the knockdown price of just 99p!
The offer ends on the 31st August, so you have plenty of time to browse through the list and pick up some bargains – the full list is below, I am sure there is something there that is just perfect for relaxing on a beach…
And now for all of the fabulous runners-up in our Steampunk competition, each of whom will receive a sparkly batch of our Steampunk books.
First up is Darren from Northamptonshire who supplied some very funky images of a dirigible.
Next up is Aaron who sent in a combination of photos which showed a couple of finished projects (a rather lethal looking Steampunk revolver and a chunky Steampunk rifle) , along with a handful of quick sketches he had devised for future builds.
And last, but certainly not least is a supremely impressive conversion by Melanie, who took an innocent guitar (the one in the first picture) and turned it into a Steampunk rockers axe!
As promised, here is a quick look at the fabulous winning entry from Michal in Slovakia!
He has kindly sent in a step-by-step gallery as he opens the card up. Apparently he made the card for his girlfriend for her birthday – which drew ‘aaaahs’ from everyone in the judging panel ;-)
Secretly I think we were all just a little bit jealous…
And finally – here is the man himself!
Congratulations again to Michal!
The competition was fierce – we received almost 200 entries to the competition, many of which were of the highest quality. We got beautiful line art, some Steampunk fashion drawings, a haiku or two, photos of you all dressed up in your gear, Steampunk conversions, tattoos…and even a photo of an Angry Robot decked out in a flying cap! Thanks to everyone who took part and who sent in pieces, I had great fun sifting through them all – you are very a talented bunch.
The judging team included Lee and I, as well as Roland (one of our UK sales team) and Sara and John (our US sales and marketing team) – and we had a very difficult job in front of us. After much debate we all went off into a corner and each selected our own top 5 list – which I then combined using complex algorithms (and an abacus) to work out who had won.
So without delay, here are the runners up – in no particular order – who will each receive a pack of our Steampunk books:
Darren – for his fabulous pictures of a very cool dirigible.
Aaron – for his pictures of two Steampunk weapons (a rifle and a pistol) along with some very ambitious concept art for his next couple of planned pieces.
Melanie – for her brilliantly constructed Steampunk guitar, shot in glorious detail, using a real guitar for a base and turning it into a fabulously realized piece of Steampunk rock!
And finally – drum roll please…..
The winner of a Steampunked Kindle is:
Michal – whose entry was a pop-up Steampunk birthday card. His entry melted the hearts of all the judges. It was cute, it was clever, it was unique and it was a brilliant idea. It stood out as a surprisingly minimalist entry when compared to the coils of copper and bolts that dominated some of the conversions. A Steampunked Kindle, pre-loaded with a bunch of our books is heading towards him now, on the fastest zeppelin in our arsenal! Congratulations Michal!
Over the next couple of days I will be posting up images of the winning entry and the three runners, so keep an eye out for some glorious Steampunk goodness!
Two of our authors, Ian Whates and Gary McMahon are going to be signing copies of their books in the Manchester Deansgate Waterstone’s this Saturday (21st May) from 2pm, as part of a massive SF event being put on by the store.
Ian will be signing copies of both of his books in the City of a Hundred Rows series, (City of Dreams and Nightmare and City of Hope and Despair) while Gary will be signing copies of Pretty Little Dead Things (the first book in his Thomas Usher series – keep an eye out for book two Dead Bad Things) later this year.
After the signing there will be a chance for a quick panel discussion, followed by a short meet and greet in the bookstores own bar.
A bunch of other authors and SF personalities will be in attendance, including Mike Wild, Pat Kelleher, Alwyn Turner and Nev Fountain.