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Since the draft of The Vacant Throne is currently waiting for revision notes on my editors desk, and I don't have any pending projects immediately on the horizon, I figured it was time to run a contest! So here's a review contest for you all, with the prize being a sneak peak at the third book as soon as I get my hands on an ARC. For those of you here on LJ, if you don't want to enter the contest, I'd like to humbly request that you post the contest in your blog, just to spread the word as far as possible. Or you can post a link to the contest announcement at my website: I'd appreciate it.

If you're not interested in the contest at all, you skip down to the announcement toward the end of this post. Without further ado:

Review Contest!

Starting February 1st, 2007 and running through May 31st, 2007, I'll be running a review contest, in which the winner gets an advance copy of the third book, The Vacant Throne, as soon as the ARC is available. You can read the book well before it hits the stores! All you have to do to enter is read either The Skewed Throne or The Cracked Throne and post a review on your website, your blog, your MySpace account, on, or at Send me an email at: with your name and a link to your review and you'll be entered. Post a review for both The Skewed Throne and The Cracked Throne and be entered twice! I want honest opinions of the books, so it doesn't have to be a glowing review, or even a good review. All I ask is that you *cough cough* actually read the book before you review it. If you've already posted a review, and want to enter the contest, just send me the link to indicate that you'd like to enter. If the review was a post on LJ or on your blog, I'd appreciate it if you could repost it. Thanks.

If you don't have a blog or website, and don't feel like posting on amazon or B&N, you can also place a review up at any of the book review sites online, or start a thread in an SF forum with your review where the book can be discussed by other members. Just tell someone somewhere what you thought of the book! Here are a few possible blogs and sites: LiveJournal; SF World; Virtual Bookcase; or Absolute Write Water Cooler. If you know of another site I should add to the list, let me know.


OK, now the announcement: I want to start a weekly "Writing Tip" type of post on this LJ. As I said, I'm currently between projects, so figure perhaps, just perhaps, during the course of the 10 years it took me to get a novel sold, and the 3 years I've been writing under contract since, I may have learned something that I should attempt to pass on, so that perhaps others don't have to learn it the hard way. In any case, it should keep me busy. *grin* I figured I'd do the posts on Friday, since that's my day off from the day job, but if enough of you tell me that you don't read LJ on Friday or the weekends, then I'll consider other days. So, any suggestions? A different day, perhaps?

I figure the first post should be rather basic, so I'm going to tackle "The Blank Page". Not only how to start that novel, but also what I do when I hit the dreaded writers block. Look for that this coming Friday.

And if you know of writer friends, let them know about the posts if you think I've said something rather witty or insightful . . . or even stupid. This is a forum for discussion, so definitely comment if you agree or disagree with my so-called "advice". I certainly don't claim that everything I say will be new or will give you that one piece of info you needed to finally sell your novel (or finish it for that matter). But I figure it will help me get organized now that I need to start a totally fresh new project. (Pending news about that, BTW. I can't announce anything, but my agent is working on it and as soon as I know something solid, you'll be the first to know. Aside from my agent and editor of course. And me. And my partner. Ok, so you'll be the 5th or 6th to know.)


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