Crossing the Streams

Regular visitors might note I’ve temporarily added a new page to the web site, the Contest page. That’s because I’ve joined a gargantuan, huge, inspiring, fantastical multi-author book giveaway! I, and over a dozen other speculative fiction writers–mostly novelists, but some comic writers as well–have thrown in together to create something huge for our readers

Here’s how it’s going to work. Each individual author is running a contest on his/her own site, and each contest has its own rules. Each contest will also have TWO winners who will both receive ONE signed book, free, from that particular author. So, for instance, if you win here, you’ll win one of my books. If you win on Scott Oden’s site, you’ll win one of his books, and so on.

Second, and even more exciting…once the individual 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.

You read that right. Somebody out there’s 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 Nathan Long’s site, on Eugie Foster ‘s site, etc. Heck, you can enter on everyone’s site, if you want (and I really think you should, because these are some great books we’re giving away)! And even if you aren’t selected as the “SUPER WINNER,” you could very well win more than one of the individual contests. You never know.

You can find a complete list of the authors involved, as well as links to their sites, below. But first…

How to Enter MY Contest

Mine’s going to be simple. All you have to do is reply to me here on my website, on my FB page, on my twitter feed, or e-mail me at joneshoward AT (with an ampersand in place of the AT, and no spaces before and after), answering this question:

“Who is your favorite heroic fiction character – and why?” Note that I don’t make it straight sword-and-sorcery, in case you want to mention, say, D’artagnan, or Leigh Brackett’s Eric John Stark.

Your answer can be as long or as short as you like. Just make sure you reference “Crossing the Streams” when you enter (or cstreams on Twitter), so I know you’re officially entering.

I will select TWO winners: one for the answer I think is the best, and one at random. That way, even if you don’t think your explanation is very interesting, you’ll still have a shot at winning. And of course, everyone who enters is also in the running for the big “SUPER WINNER” prize at the end of the contest.

Entries must be received (via one of the methods mentioned above) between February 1st and February 29th, 2012.

Easy, right? My two winners, and the “SUPER WINNER”, may choose any ONE of the following prizes.

  • The Desert of Souls (the new trade paperback)
  • Plague of Shadows
  • Unfortunately, I can’t give away e-copies, which means I can’t send out The Waters of Eternity to any winners, either. If you have any questions, drop me an email and I’ll do what I can to clarify.

    My Partners in Crime

    As I said, there are over a dozen of us involved in this. You can find names, and links, here.

    But do me (and yourself) a favor. When you go to enter their contests, don’t just look at the contest page. Everyone involved in this contest is a great author or artist. If you like my work, you’re sure to like at least some of theirs. So take a few minutes. Browse a bit and see if anything catches your eye. Then, you know, maybe buy it? I know they’d all love you forever for it, just like I do. 😉

    Thanks, and good luck!

  • Keith Baker
  • Elaine Cunningham
  • Matt Forbeck
  • Eugie Foster
  • Kevin Hearne
  • Paul S. Kemp
  • Katharine Kerr
  • Nathan Long
  • Ari Marmell
  • Scott Oden
  • Joshua Palmatier/Benjamin Tate
  • Marsheila Rockwell
  • Aaron Rosenberg
  • Steven Savile
  • Jon Sprunk
  • Jason Bradley Thompson
  • 10 Comments on “Crossing the Streams

    1. Pingback: Crossing the Streams Contest | Candlekeep Archives

    2. My favorite heroic fiction character is Drasek Riven from Paul S. Kemp’s Erevis Cale novels. It’s sort of an odd pick because Riven is an anti-hero. He’s also not the main character in the series, but he does get a lot of page time and development. The reason I like him most is that he’s a no nonsense kind of guy. If you come up against an enemy, you kill them and be done with it. Every enemy you let live will one day just come back to get you. He’s straight forward in that sort of way and I like that. He also has a good sense of direction. He doesn’t come off as indecisive and he for a guy who could easily be a cold hearted killer, he’s actually someone with morals and empathy. He has a love for dogs, and a deep loyalty to his friends.

      • I keep hearing about this character. I guess I’d better get off my couch and go see what all the interest is about!

    3. I have lots of favorites, but I’m gonna go with Wil Ohmsford from the Elfstones of Shanarra. He’s not the toughest or most willing hero, but that is what I like about him. He shows a lot of personal growth and is just a great character.

    4. My favorite heroic fiction character?…can I give you not one, but three?
      1. Erevis Cale from Paul Kemp. He’s someone who hates what he is, but wishes to be something better. That dynamic of the human spirit just comes through in his writing.
      2. Harry Dresden by Jim Butcher. He walks a line between light and darkness every day, showing that “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
      3. Salim Ghadafar from James L. Sutter. He serves, but does not worship. Another dynamic character with very human dilemmas and awesome adventures.

    5. Lin Carter’s Thongor was the second sword and sorcery story I read in an anthology which had no book cover. I was recovering from an illness that left me hospitalized and the book was borrowed and to this day I have searched for this story. Thongor was LIFE CHANGING because after reading the story I had not only a thirst for sword and sorcery but I wanted to be a writer.

      • See if any of these titles sound familiar:

        “Black Hawk of Valkarth” The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories
        “The City in the Jewel” The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories 2
        “Black Moonlight” The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories 3
        “Demon of the Snows” The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories 6

        “Thieves of Zangabal” and “Keeper of the Emerald Flame” Lost Worlds

        That’s all he wrote of Thongor in short story form. I quick visit to with the book titles should be able to turn up a few copies. Good hunting!

    6. Thank you. “Keeper of the Emerald Flame” and now I can complete the collection. I don’t think I’ve read “Black Moonlight” either. Wow! What a cool day!

      Thanks for the link too.

      I picked up “The Desert of Souls” and “Swords From the Sea”. I’ve only read one Harold Lamb story and it was a Viking tale. I think I read it in “Flashing Swords” a few years back. I know that REH read him and listed Lamb as one of his favorites. He liked Jack London too and I see the action in his words. I’m not trying to immitate REH but studying his story techniques. I’m trying to study they greats.

      You floored me with your response. Thank you.

      • Hey, it was my pleasure, Don. I’m glad you found the information so useful.

        While a lot of Lin’s work was quite imitative, I still have a soft spot for some of it, and happen to think some of his best work needs to be remembered. I’m especially fond of the Thongor short stories and a couple of his standalone novels, although probably my favorite of his is the Dunsany pastiche “Zingazar.” That’s a minor masterpiece of sword-and-sorcery.

        Thanks for trying out “The Desert of Souls!” I hope you enjoy it. I think the Viking stories in “Swords from the Sea” are some of the best in the volume. There are some other great ones in there, but, big a fan of Lamb as I am, I have to admit that it’s a little more hit and miss than all the others. “Swords from the West” and many of the Cossack books are pretty great reads all the way through.

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