OK! In just over 3 months now, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms will launch. (February 25, 2010, to be specific; you can preorder now at most of the major online booksellers.) So I’m getting ready to go into hardcore promotional mode. Keep an eye on my own website for lots of changes in the coming weeks — a new look for the site, more giveaways, sample chapters, and more, all up to the big day.
But that doesn’t mean the Magic District will get short shrift. Ergo, I’m kicking things off here with the first of two Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) giveaways (the other will be at my site in a few weeks). Details below the cut.
Now, being a debut author, I need to make every one of these ARCs work for me. So here’s what you need to do for a chance at your very own — autographed! — ARC. Send me an email or reply to this post with a message containing the following:
- Your promise to read the book, because it’s a waste of an ARC for me to give it to you if you’re just going to put it on a bookshelf untouched;
- Your promise to, when you’re done, post a review at Amazon, Powell’s, B&N.com, Borders.com, or any other online bookseller’s site, or all of the above. Note: I don’t care what your review says. If you hate the book, say so. (Of course, I’m hoping you’ll like it.) I don’t need thoughtless praise, I need real word-of-mouth buzz, and that means honesty.
Aaaaaaand…. since The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is set in a world where gods take human form and frequently get involved in human affairs…
- Your one-paragraph description of a god you think would exist in this world. That’s right, this is the official Build-A-God ARC Giveaway Contest! See below for an example description. Be sure to a) include your created god’s name, appearance, and abilities, and b) exclude any gods actually honored by people in the real world (seriously, folks — don’t be an offensive ass). Feel free to include drawings/images!
Most interesting god wins. Simple, huh? And if the contestant is comfy with it, I’ll share the winning entry here. Now note: I won’t be able to use your god in Book 3 or any of my work; I prefer to create my own gods, thanks. But I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with.
So to kick things off, here’s one of the gods you’ll meet in 100K:
Zhakkarn of the Blood is the goddess of battle; all forms of combat fuel, and are fueled by, her. She is a master strategist and logistician, and consummate warrior. Her preferred form is that of an enormous woman approximately seven feet tall and 300 pounds, much of which is solid muscle. At times she appears carrying a pike and clad in silver armor, on which glowing red-hot words (written in no mortal language) appear. Despite her martial nature, Zhakkarn is soft-spoken and unobtrusive in peaceful situations, preferring to observe from the background and speak only when necessary, like a good soldier. When roused, she has the ability to replicate herself thousands of times, becoming a literal one-woman army. Zhakkarn’s followers study strategy games, like chess, as a form of meditation.
Get the picture? OK, then. You have one week!
ETA: A reader emailed to note that 7’0 and 250 lbs would make Zhakka pretty skinny, whereas she’s closer to a female bodybuilder (sans ‘roids) in build. So upped her weight a bit to account for muscle. Still probably a little light. Let’s just say she looks like she can bend pretty much anybody short of Andre the Giant into a pretzel.
If you’re wondering, obviously the gods in the Inheritance Trilogy universe aren’t omnipotent, though they are phenomenally powerful. They’re not omniscient either. They can take any material form — a person, an animal, a rock, you name it. They’re all gods “of something”, though this is fairly flexible; it can be an emotion, a concept, a material object or event. But really, the sky’s the limit, folks; follow my rules or toss them entirely if they bug you.