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Want to nab yourself one of four signed Advanced Reading Copies (ooooh! collectable!) of the astounding new post-apocalyptic dark fantasy Black Feathers by the awesome Joseph D’Lacey? Of course you do!
You’ll need to be:
1) based in the UK or Ireland
2) a Goodreads member
3) signed in to your account
…and then you should head on over to Goodreads Giveaway page and click the ‘Enter to Win’ button. That’s all you need to do.
The Winners will be selected at random by the Goodreads web elves (or an algorythm… something behind-the-scenes-y anyhow) after the closing date of April 5th (this Friday!) and the Winners’ books will be posted out by us as soon as we can get around to it next week.
This year we’re publishing the first 3 books in Emma Newman’s Split Worlds series, beginning with Between Two Thorns (next week in the US and the following week in the UK). The author describes the book as “Downton Abbey, but with mad sorcerers and evil faeries”.
Anyone who pre-orders a copy of the paperback or eBook of Between Two Thorns will be entered into a draw, the winner of which will have a character named after them in Book 3 - All Is Fair – to be published in October.
If you’re outside the UK
You can pre-order the book online from your favourite bookstore before Tuesday 26th February. Forward a copy of your pre-order confirmation email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you pre-order from the Robot Trading Company you don’t need to forward your confirmation email, as we’ll already have your details.
If you’re in the UK
You can pre-order the book online from your favourite bookstore before Thursday 8th March. Forward a copy of your pre-order confirmation email to email@example.com. If you pre-order from the Robot Trading Company you don’t need to forward your confirmation email, as we’ll already have your details. Kindle owners in the UK won’t be able to pre-order the ebook, so we’ll extend the deadline until midnight on Thursday 8th March (publication date) for you.
Current Angry Robot Ebook Subscribers
We will automatically place you in the draw. You’re the ultimate pre-orderers!
Anyone buying a copy of the book at the SciFi Weekender in early March will also be entered into the draw.
Buying from Forbidden Planet
If you pre-order from Forbidden Planet you’ll be automatically entered, and won’t need to email confirmation of your order. Your book will also be signed by the author! Win!
Forbidden Planet Launch – Extra Gift
For those of you who are able to attend the launch of the book at Forbidden Planet Bristol, or Forbidden Planet London (see below for details), you’ll get a draw entry, and there also is an extra-special gift for you.
Everyone who attends the launch will be given an envelope containing a signed, numbered, limited edition short story card. This card contains a new short story by Emma - Debt - set in the Split Worlds. It’s a deliciously wicked little tale, and you won’t be able to read this story anywhere else in print, or online. That’s right – the only place to get this story is at one of the two launches. This is sure to become a collectors’ item!
Additionally, one lucky attendee at each launch will find a Golden Ticket* in their envelope, winning them a copy of Book 2 - Any Other Name – weeks before it is published in June.
If you are intending to come to one of the launches, it would be very useful if you could indicate that on the relevant Facebook page, or in the comments, below.
*Colour might vary from that described.
So, here’s the thing.
We had planned to have a balloon race to celebrate the launch of Emma Newman’s Between Two Thorns next month, with the winner of the race getting a character named after them in the third book in the series – All Is Fair – later this year.
We were all set to go – the balloons were ordered, the helium was booked, the special website was created and ready to go – when we received a few tweets about how bad for the environment these things were.
We’d specifically opted for biodegradable balloons and recycled card, with no string or ribbon, and we were assured by the balloon company that the balloons degraded as quickly as an oak leaf. An oak leaf! That’s good, right?
Wrong. That’s still a good 6 months of latex hanging around, causing problems to wildlife.
And so we’ve decided to cancel the race, and both Emma and Forbidden Planet are in complete agreement about this. It would be the wrong thing to do to go ahead with it.
We’re still going to have a competition to celebrate the launch of Between Two Thorns, though, and the winner will still have a character named after them – watch this space for details of what that competition is going to be…
So far this year our covers have won two publicly-voted cover competitions in the “Best of 2012″ category.
First up, over at Ranting Dragon, there was one enormous competition, which started with 64 of last year’s best titles pitted against each other – the winner of each round went through to the next stage in the competition, and voting began anew.
The overall winner was Joey HiFi‘s brilliant cover to Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds.
More recently, The Qwillery took their favourite 12 covers of 2012 and asked their readers to vote on which was the best.
Angry Robot had 3 horses in the race – Chris McGrath‘s atmospheric cover to the Lee Collins debut, The Dead of Winter, Amazing15‘s brilliantly retro Dead Harvest (by Chris F Holm) and Joey HiFi’s now award-winning cover to Blackbirds.
1,189 votes were cast. Blackbirds received 492 votes, and Dead Harvest also received 492 – a dead heat! So, these 2 covers received 984 out of the 1,189 votes cast, with the other 205 votes split among the other 10 titles.
Congratulations to Joey HiFi and to Amazing15 for their superb work. Kudos also, to our very own Marc Gascoigne, who Art Directed both of these winning covers.
On December 20th we launched a Christmas Joke Competition. We really should have known better, I suppose,
Anyway, we said we’d send an audiobook prize to the winner. And that winner is: Heike Harding-Reyland!
Heike sent in two jokes, and they are:
Q: What’s the most popular Christmas wine?
A: I don’t like Brussels sprouts!
Q: Why is Santa so jolly?
A: Because he knows where all the bad girls live.
There are plenty of others for you to look through, and they can be found in the comments, here. But if you pulled any Christmas crackers over the festive period, you’ve probably read most of them, anyway…
Congratulations, Heike! Your prize will be with you, soon.
And what do I need to do to win these audible delights? I hear you ask? Well, that’s a very good question, we reply – thanks for joining in! Simply leave a Christmas joke* in the comments section, below. We’ll then use an arcane scoring system based on laugh-out-loudedness and god-did-they-really-type-thatedness and decide a winner! We might also just pick one at random – who knows?**
Note: If your joke does not show immediately, it might just be held in the moderation queue, awaiting approval, so don’t worry – it’ll get there…
The competition is open until midnight (wherever you live) on Sunday 23rd December. The winner will be notified by email. There may even be some runner-up prizes, depending on what we can find lying around the office.
The prizes will be sent out in the first week of January. There is no geographical restriction on entering***.
*”A Christmas joke” may be defined as “A joke that has some connection to Christmas”, or merely “A joke that you tell, and it’s pretty close to Christmas, so let’s just say it counts, eh?” We’re really not hung up over details…
** This is likely, to be honest.
**except for outer-space – the postage there is too restrictive, so only enter if you have a terrestrial mailing address.
Last week we set up a cosplay competition based around Miriam Black – the unfortunate star of Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds and Mockingbird. Like iO9, we thought Miriam would not attract any cosplayers, and I (Angry Robot editor, Lee) was pretty certain I’d have to dress up as Miriam, just so we’d have something to post, here. Thankfully, the world has been spared that!
Chuck and I were so impressed by the quality of the photos we received that we have decided to award prizes to two entrants.
First up, Amber Love. Now, unbeknownst to us, Amber had already had a Miriam Black cosplay photoshoot earlier in the year – you can see the entire album here. The photo to the right is one of our favourites.
(And anyone who enters a Miriam Black competition and finishes the email with Now fuck off! deserves extra points for staying in character!)
Our second winner is Lena Griffin, whose co-winning entry is below.
A care package of Angry Robot goodies is on its way to both of you! Congratulations!
(Click on the images to biggify them and see them in greater detail)
In a recent review iO9 really enjoyed Mockingbird, but this final sentence caught our eye:
I doubt she’ll ever be the kind of character people cosplay at conventions, but she sticks in your brain all the same.
Well, you know how we can be… Challenge accepted!
We’d like you to send us a picture of you dressed as Miriam Black. The best* of the bunch will win some random Angry Robot goodies (and we have lots of goodies stashed around the office). You can see artist Joey HiFi’s interpretation on the book covers (right), but don’t feel you have to follow his lead (equally, don’t feel you shouldn’t).
You have until Sunday night (December 2nd) to get your entries to us. The entries will be judged by Chuck Wendig and Lee Harris.
Send your entries to: IamMiriam@angryrobotbooks.com
*For the purposes of this competition, “best” is defined as “whatever made us snort with laughter / incredulity / admiration”. No purchase necessary. Coupons are not redeemable for cash. Your home may be at risk if you do not keep up payments on a mortgage or other loan secured on it. Competition open to men / women / pugs / goldfish** / whatever.
**Probably not the best idea.
Just a quick one to let you know that – as long as you’re based in the US of A – you currently have the opportunity to win a set of four of our bloody brilliant paranormal-crime-noir / historical-horror crossover titles:
All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is visit CriminalElement.com before the closing date of April 17th and then do whatever the hell they tell you to do, okay? Register for the site, login, whatever. Don’t ask questions. Just do it. (Trust us. You don’t want to mess around with the Criminal Element people. We’re pretty sure they know where the bodies are buried.)