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Winning

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Real quick one this week.

First off, we have giveaways happening. FOUR to be precise. Here are the details:

The first one is on the STORMDANCER Goodreads page. Just click to enter, bam, done. This closes in 3 days, and there’s hardbacks up for grabs.

The second one is on the STORMDANCER FB page. You need to like my page to enter (which is a process I find as ugly as a hatful of scrotums, but FB makes you do this). Click on my author page and hit the STORMDANCER tab. Bam, done. You have about 8 days to enter this one, and you could win an ARC.

Third is the contest listed in the post below. You can win a signed set of the first three IRON DRUID CHRONICLES books, plus a signed ARC of STORMDANCER. All you need to do is pimp my new website www.jaykristoff.com either on Twitter or Facebook. All the details are below. This one closes in four days.

Lastly, there another signed ARC of STORMDANCER up for grabs, along with a bunch of other goodness. All you need to do is host a STORMDANCER widget on your site/blog/whatever. Details are here. Entries close at the end of the month.

OTHER NEWS

Publisher Weekly, which is kinda THE industry mag as far as publishing goes, just listed STORMDANCER in their top 10 SF/F/Horror picks for Fall. Which is pretty awesome.

Also, the first three chapters of STORMDANCER will be online at www.tor.com from this Friday, 29 June.

Sample my warez. First hit’s free! 🙂

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A Thing

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MORE GIVEAWAY PIMPAGE ARM FLAILING.

This is mostly for book bloggers, or people who run blogs, or own websites or whatever. If you don’t have a blog, I guess you could create one specifically to enter this contest. Which would probably be going above and beyond the call of duty, and would probably earn you a kind of half-raised eyebrow/respectful nod from me, all playing it cool like I do while inside my insides explode with the awesome.

SO

The always excellent Petra at Safari Poet has created some countdown widgets for STORMDANCER. They are being hosted at Petra’s site and the ever stupendous Bookaliciousbecause WordPress won’t let me host them myself.

Fucking WordPress…

So, to enter the contest, all you’ve gotta do is put the widget on your blog or website. Somewhere. Anywhere. Stick it in a back corner like a red-headed, beaten stepchild if you like. Then, send me a mail at stormdancergiveaway-AT-gmail.com to let me know you did it.

That’s it. It’d be nice if you kept it up there until the book launches but I’m not going to give a bunch of rules because fuck rules, really.

You stand to win:

  • A signed ARC of STORMDANCER. Perfect for propping up wobbly tables, lighting fires in cold winter months, and squashing small, scuttling insectoid lifeforms.
  • A signed copy of THE LITTLE STORMDANCER. This was a picture book I did for my UK editor when she had her first baby. It’s like an MG version of Stormdancer, with far less death and sex. It also has a happy ending. People think it’s cute. You may too. There’s only, like, 20 in the entire world.
  • A PDF of a short story I wrote in the Stormdancer world, called PRAYING FOR RAIN, which is possibly going to be bonus content for the e-book version of the book, or possibly not, I don’t even know anymore. As it stands, only about ten people on the entire planet have read this thing so far. You’ll be one of the first people to read it, EVER.

Competition is international and closes at the end of June. Go forth!

OTHER NEWS

Scott Westerfeld, #1 NYT Bestselling author of the LEVIATHAN series just sent me his blurb for STORMDANCER. It’s 100% awesome. I’ll be revealing it in some kind of Thing that I’m working on atm, but right now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go play the SHIT out of this here air guitar.

How the FUCK did you get Scott Westerfeld to read your book, Jay? Good question. I prepared a dribble-flecked answer earlier. So now I have blurbs from three NYT bestsellers, including two #1 NYT bestsellers (and also some of my favorite authors to boot) I think I can consider this blurb thing handled and move on. One less thing to panic about.

ONE LAST THING – we’re holding our first GR giveaway for STORMDANCER this month. Click here for your chance to win 1 of 10 US edition hardbacks.

ONE OTHER LAST THING – The Stormdancer uber prize got drawn last week by my lovely bride, and the winner was notified on Friday. If it wasn’t you, I’m sorry. please don’t hate me. If it softens the blow at all, she seemed very nice.

Btw, those you who swore their lives to me for that night and all the nights to come – that shit is binding, yo. You’ll be receiving instructions shortly.

Yeah, that’s all I’ve got.


STORMDANCER US cover reveal

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Note: THIS CONTEST RUNS UNTIL SUNDAY MAY 27. IT IS OPEN INTERNATIONALLY. PLEAAAZZZE READ INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

Exciting times!

OK folks, hello and welcome to the US cover reveal for STORMDANCER! While I’m tempted to rant about how awesome it is, that’s kinda the the author equivalent of buying a new suit and walking around with your hand constantly down your trousers – it doesn’t matter how sharp the threads are, you still look like a wanker. So instead, I’ll give you the details and get out of the way so you can see the damn cover already.

STORMDANCER’s cover is launching on ten sites today.

First up:

The mighty Tor are hosting the reveal, plus an article from myself and our stonkingly awesome illustrator Mr Jason Chan about how the cover got made. We talk about griffin wieners. It’s awesome. I think they’re also giving away STUFF.

PLUS, the following book blogs are also hosting the cover reveal:

YABC

The Book Smugglers

Presenting Lenore

Mundie Moms

Badass Bookie

Parajunkee

YAHighway

Bookalicious

Cuddlebuggery

Why should you visit those blogs when the cover is the same on every one? Two reasons:

First – EVERY ONE of the above book blogs is hosting an ARC giveaway. That’s NINE ARCs of Stormdancer up for grabs. Each site has details on how to enter their own giveaway.

Second – The STORMDANCER uber giveaway

Each of those nine blogs contains a quiz question. They’re pretty easy – you’ll find the answers in the Stormdancer synopsis. Follow these three steps:

  1. Get the nine answers
  2. Mail them to me at stormdancergiveaway@gmail.com
  3. Win (hopefully)

Okay, so what do you win?

  • A signed, annotated ARC of STORMDANCER. This ARC contains a bunch of little factoids and musings from me, scribbled in my near-illegible handwriting. Perfect for propping up wobbly tables, lighting fires in cold winter months, and squashing small, scuttling insectoid lifeforms.
  • A signed print of Jason Chan’s 100% awesome cover illustration (just the artwork, no type to get in the way of the awesome). Hang it on the wall and bathe in the aura of badassery.
  • A signed copy of THE LITTLE STORMDANCER. This was a picture book I did for my UK editor when she had her first baby. It’s like an MG version of Stormdancer, with far less death and sex. It also has a happy ending. People think it’s cute. You may too. There’s only, like, 20 in the entire world.
  • A PDF of a short story I wrote in the Stormdancer world, called PRAYING FOR RAIN, which is going to be bonus content for the e-book version of the book. As it stands, only about ten people on the entire planet have read this thing so far. You’ll be one of the first people to read it, EVER.
  • My undying love and affection. Truly, a gift worth more than a thousand ARCs…. No? Awwwww 😦

That’s it. Answer 9 questions, mail them to me at stormdancergiveaway@gmail.com, and you’re done.

If you’re laying eyes upon the cover has filled you with maddening enthusiasm and OMG YOU MUST HAVE BOOK NAOW, you can find the links to pre-order STORMDANCER on the About Stormdancer page. It’s on Goodreads here.

If you want to keep up with news about STORMDANCER, follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

That’s it. Comments welcome below. Thanks for visiting! 


Disappointment

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You know that time when you were a kid and you snuck downstairs on Christmas eve looking for Santa Claus, and instead found your dad in his underwear, scratching his arse, knocking back the brandy you’d left for St Nic and feeding the carrots you’d left for the “reindeer” to the dog? Remember when, after months of ground work, you finally hooked up with the girl/boy of your dreams at that party and they got so drunk they passed out mid-snog and then vomited on your shoes? Remember that time you saw a George Lucas film made any time in the last 20 years?

Disappointment, my friends. Disappointment. That feeling like you’d just scaled Mount Everest, only to discover a 7-11 and a Denny’s have already set up shop on the summit.

It’s part of life. Happens to everyone. And I’m sorry to say, I’ll be adding to the load this week. I know I promised you all a US cover reveal for Stormdancer this Friday. But, due to a vicious kung-fu battle that took place in the design studio of SMP (there were ninjas) we were afraid we wouldn’t get the artwork to all the fantabulous bloggers who are helping us with the reveal in time. We didn’t want to screw these awesome, generous people around, so just to be safe, we pushed back the date a week.

So, no cover for you on Friday. The cover reveal will now be happening on the 18th (next Friday). Yeah, I know. Pretty lame, Milhouse. Pretty lame.

BUT, at least I can give you the details now.

Ten blogs are participating in the reveal. Ten is a kinda ostentatious number. I could tell you that the cover is awesome enough to fill 10 blogs with the awesomeness of its awesomosity, but then I’d sound like a tosser who makes up his own words. But once we crept past the 5 mark, I needed to get it back to a nice round number. It’s the OCD in me. First up:

The mighty Tor (not to be confused with this guy

The lovely folks at Tor will be hosting the cover reveal, plus an article from myself and our stonkingly awesome illustrator Mr Jason Chan about how the cover got made.

THEN

YABC

The Book Smugglers

Presenting Lenore

Mundie Moms

Badass Bookie

Parajunkee

YAHighway

Bookalicious

Cuddlebuggery

will also be hosting the cover and various drool-flecked rantings from me.

“So why the frack should I visit those blogs when the cover is the same on every one?” you might ask. This is an excellent question, young padawan. Bathe in my adoration that you are wise enough to ask it. BATHE, I SAY. Fortunately, I have a couple of halfway decent answers.

First – EVERY ONE of the above blogs will be hosting an ARC giveaway. That’s NINE ARCs of Stormdancer up for grabs. Pretty good booty for nine clicks of the mouse.

Second – I’m doing a mini-blog tour quiz-type… thing. Those nine blogs will each host a different question for the quiz. You get the nine answers, mail them to me, and go into the running to win an uber prize. I’ll have more details about the exact level of so-called “uber” in this prize next week. I realize making you drag yourself around nine blogs might be a big ask (but again, see point 1NINE ARCs) so this is only for those of you who are super keen. But, the prize will be worth it.

So, that’s where we’re at. Sorry for the delay. Hopefully, you’ll think the cover is cool enough to have waited for once you see it. Personally, I love it in THE PANTS.

To atone for jerking you around, I’m extending my ARC giveaway for one more week. Simply follow me on Twitter or Facebook, and you’ll go into the draw to win a US ARC of STORMDANCER. Clicky buttons below.

 

In the meantime, here’s a shot of some page interiors for the US edition of STORMDANCER. For the truly observant and long-following peeps among you, yes, that is my tattoo used as a watermark on the title page 🙂


The YAmazing Race 2

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Hello folks!

Welcome to your next perilous stop on the YAmazing Race 2, a blog hop featuring over 50 debut authors and all the shiny loots you can stomach! Please be aware, the race doesn’t officially begin until noon EST on Wednesday, May 2. I just put it up early because I’m a tease. And crap. A crappy tease. Yes.

If it IS Wednesday, May 2 where you are and you haven’t yet been to the Apocalypsies website, you may be lost! Click here for the 4-1-1. Non-compliance is punishable by state-sponsored truncheoning, citizen. Now, onto the good stuff!

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STORMDANCER by Jay Kristoff

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima’s imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

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Now, before you jet!

You may notice that the US cover for STORMDANCER is missing from the pictures above. That’s because we’re revealing it next Friday, May 11. So you don’t miss out on the mountain of loot we’ll be giving away, follow my Twitter feed or Facebook page this week, and you’ll ALSO go into the draw to win a signed US ARC of STORMDANCER.

Okay, ready to move on? Click here to go to the next stop on the race! Thanks for stopping by!

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Good Stuff

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Just some quick updates this week. Sorry if I’m not my usual ranty-pantsed self. I’d tell you that I have no time for jibba-jabba, but only Mr T can say that shit without coming off like a twat.

My US publishers MacMillan have created an Advanced Reader Copy request form for STORMDANCER. It can be accessed by clicking HERE (It’s also available on the ABOUT STORMDANCER page).

In regard to ARCs, please be aware we have limited numbers, and I have very little/no say as to who gets them. I love that people are interested in the book, and I would love to have all you enthusiastic awesome folks get your hands on an ARC so you can spread the word (presuming you don’t think it sucks when you read it, of course, which is still 50/50) but I have very little control over this part of the process. If it were up to me, ARC winners would be chosen via one-handed knife fight, conducted in a massive flying arena, transmitted via Pay Per View and commentated by Jessie ‘the Body’ Ventura and ‘Mean’ Gene Okerlund. So maybe it’s best that I actually don’t get much of a say.

If you don’t manage to get a physical ARC, STORMDANCER will be going up on Netgalley closer to release. And of course, I’ll be giving away copies on GR and whatnot as we edge closer to the launch date. So don’t get bummed out.

In other news:

Mr Patrick Rothfuss, #1 NYT Bestselling author of THE NAME OF THE WIND and THE WISE MAN’S FEAR has read STORMDANCER and he said some very nice things about it and told us we could put those very nice things on the cover. Yay us.

Ms Marissa Meyer, NYT Bestselling author of CINDER has also read it, and said some awesome things about it too. Double yay.

Ms Beth Revis, NYT bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE read it too, and used words like ‘adored’ and ‘loved’ when describing it, so that’s pretty frackin’ cool.

Mr Scott Westerfeld, NYT bestselling authors of the UGLIES and LEVIATHAN series is still reading so STFU, you’ll break his concentration.

I don’t know any of these lovely peoples personally. We’re not on the same imprint, we don’t share the same editor. Patrick and I have the same agent, but believe me when I say he’s not the sort of fellow who would say he liked something if he didn’t. So initial unbiased feedback from some pretty awesome authors would seem to indicate that the book does not, in fact, suck. As you can imagine, this comes as something of a relief.

We’re building jaykristoff.com atm. A very talented buddy of mine is helping me (ie, doing all the real work) and it’s looking pretty great. I’ll be giving stuff away when we launch it in a month or so.

And finally, we’re designing the interiors and cover for the US edition of STORMDANCER. The US guys are giving me an extraordinary amount of input, which is very cool, and the book is looking swish. We’re having some kanji done for the interiors by the same uber-awesome artist who did my tattoo. In other happy-pants inducing news, the amaaaaaaaazingly talented Mr Jason Chan is doing our cover illustration for us. I’ve seen prelim sketches and the work he’s doing is… well, it’s kinda like this.

As a special treat, I wanted to show you a little piece of it. Just a tiiiiiiny piece for you folks who’ve been so cool along this road so far. Because you’re all fucking amazing, and I’m incredibly grateful anybody aside from my mum gives a toss about this little world that I’ve made.

But then my editor threatened to send the MacMillan Ninja Death Squad after me, so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait just a little while longer.

But it’ll be worth it, I promise 🙂