Giveaway – The Black Mausoleum (14/5/2013)

So this week is being spent slaughtering all the spurious commas in Dragon Queen and discovering that, when you let a seven-year-old read your proofs, you a) discover that you wish you hadn’t let him read the opening battle scene or that it didn’t have quite so many entrails scattered about it and b) you might have thought you had a character called the Bloody Judge (remember him, King’s Assassin readers?) but actually you’ve got one called The Blood Juggler. I’m quite taken with The Blood Juggler . . .

Apparently the Adamantine Palace gets a mention in Glamour magazine in July. Yes, that bewildered laughter is mine. Yes, I’ll post a scan of it if/when I track it down once it’s out. And the short story for WFC suddenly behaved itself after I changed the gender of one protagonist and merged two secondary characters into one. Editing 6k words you can do these things…

So this week’s freebie, The Black Mausoleum: Gone are the political machinations and the wheels within wheels (don’t worry, they come back in Dragon Queen) – this is much more about survival and a rag-tag band of characters who really can’t stand each other. Probably the best cover in the series too. Signed and lined to the luck winner, of course.If you read it and like it, please tell people about it, post an amazon review or on Goodreads. Something like that.


Usual deal – comment on this post before May 18th  and I’ll randomly select a lucky victim for a free copy of the book. Since it’s one of mine, I’ll sign and line it of you like.I’ll set a voluntary challenge this week, after my trials at historical fiction last week: the best or most memorable or simply favourite anachronism you’ve come across in film or book?

Although, though no one has yet complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, it can take a while and if you live abroad then it can take even longer. Sorry about that, but they do get there eventually. Well, so far.


11 Responses to “Giveaway – The Black Mausoleum (14/5/2013)”

  1. Lisa Henderson says:

    Loved this book, excited to read the next one. I really enjoy books with dragons especially smart ones. Just finished Robin Hobbs latest so l will be waiting for your book!

  2. Lisa Henderson says:

    Oops I didn’t answer you question, my favorite anachronism would be in The Fellowship of the Ring during Bilbo’s birthday party where one of Gandalf’s fireworks (dragon?) is described being like a express train. Boy that would have made that trip to Mordor a little quicker ;-) lol

  3. Raymond Just says:

    Loved this book as well and as always, Stephen. Would love a signed copy!

  4. Rebecca Hadden says:

    As always an amazing prize and as always i would love to get my dragon claws on it!!

    Eternal love will be given and a thrilling review will be wrote for all the amazon people. (The website that is, not the river.)

  5. Rey Franklin says:

    All right, let’s get this going.

  6. Rey Franklin says:

    Let’s see, on TVs “Game of Thrones” There is the infamous scene where Queen Selyse has her still born children in a jar of formaldehyde, a chemical which was not formatted until the 1800s, well after the medieval world in with GOT takes place.

    In the movie, “Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter” Abraham meets and falls in love with Mary Todd who is his first love. But that isn’t accurate before Mary Todd Abraham Lincoln was in love with Ann Rutledge.

  7. Ammy says:

    Anachronisms? Where to start? My favorites are nitpicky ones like where Forrest Gump gets a letter from Apple Computer when the computer wasn’t publicly sold until 1980. I feel clever when I spot them.
    The most memorable one would have to be in Red Dwarf, where they’re all using VHS and cassettes in the 23rd Century.

  8. Johann says:

    Looks good!

  9. Carrie Proctor says:

    The most laughable thing I’ve seen has to be the gambling tables that turned up in an episode of the BBC’s version of ‘Robin Hood’. Lovely casino-style green *flocked* tables, just a tad ahead of their time! :-)

  10. Hannah says:

    Ooh anachronisms.. I’m terrible at noticing these things to be honest so can I cheat and say Amanda Palmer who is, of course, the Girl Anachronism? :D Technically it could be a film.. there was a video..

  11. Stephen says:

    The gods of random choose Ammy!

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