Random End of Year Giveway (14/12/2014)

News this week? Is there any? Not much. The third of my Bulldog Drummond novellas has finished editing. I enjoyed writing them, but I don’t think the first one has sold nearly well enough for there to be any more (I base this purely on the non-existant amazon ranking). There is an audio version now available, if anyone is into that sort of thing. Elite: Wanted looks like it’s kicking Empires’ butt, which wasn’t supposed to happen (yay – go Elite!). Nathan Hawke continues to fiddle with a few short stories.

Usually at this time of the year I do some sort of post that says where various projects are at. So . . .

The dragons and the thief-taker

There’s no sight of a US publisher for The Black Mausoleum, Dragon Queen, The Splintered Gods or The Silver Kings, or for the Thief-Taker series. Both should be available via online retailers, and this seems to have started working a lot better than it did a couple of years ago. They do all appear to be available from Amazon. Dragon Queen came out in paperpack in the summer. The Splintered Gods is out and The Silver Kings is into the later stages of the edit process and should come out in June, I think. This series seems to have settled into a set of devoted followers, to if you’re one of those, thank you. Zafir has been something of a ride. She’ll probably linger with me as one of the best characters I’ve ever written, but damn is she hard to live with.

Nathan Hawke

The omnibus is out there.  As with the later dragons books, there is no US publisher but it’s available from online retailers. There are three rather long short stories which are going to come out as e-books over the first half of next year. If they sell, there may be some more novels to follow – that’s down to Nathan’s publisher being convinced enough that they’re going to make any money out of them. I liked writing Gallow and I’d like to do some more. If you’re a Gallow fan, please help that happen by buying copies for all your friends as Christmas presents.

Gavin Deas

Elite was fun but it doesn’t look like there are going to be any more in the near future. Extraction/Infiltration hasn’t had nearly enough review coverage to turn into decent sales, I fear, but it’s a bit early to know for sure.

S J Deas

Lots of positive review coverage for The Royalist. The Protector, William Falkland’s second mystery, is written, edited, and coming out in June (I think, or maybe September) and the paperback of the Royalist comes out in March (again, I *think*). I’m hopeful this series will continue.

Anyway… Most of you are just here for the free book, right…? :-)

So this week’s giveaway is… a mystery. Several mysteries, in fact, because I’m going to rob a book from the Gollancz offices (they’re all on holiday until like the middle of March or something) for every five entries[1]. I’ll take requests, but I might not be able to honour them (in fact there’s a pretty good chance I won’t, but I’ll try). I’ll be keeping half an eye open for double entries, but only half of one ;-)

So – to enter the great random end-of-year book draw, all you have to do it comment on this post before January 1st and say hello or happy Christmas or something that’s at least not obscene and I’ll randomly select lucky victims for free books. That’s it, although if there’s a specific Gollancz title you’d like me to try and pilfer then say so in the comment! So far no one has complained about how long it takes me to get to the post office and post things, but  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. Am currently up to date, in that all recent winners have been posted. Obviously all the winners from this particular competition won’t be gettin gtheir books until the new year…

(it’s open worldwide, but deliveries outside Europe can take about two months)

[1] in the unlikely event that we get past fifty entries, I’ll have to drop the prize ratio in order to not go bankrupt…

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33 Responses to “Random End of Year Giveway (14/12/2014)”

  1. Laura says:


    I’m still not smoking… This is a good thing. If I make it past new year (here’s hoping!) I’m demanding a cruise from the smoking nurse lady. I think they should be standard, a good incentive to quit if ever there was one.


  2. Adam Selby-Martin says:

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    No specific title request – anything would be awesome!

  3. Liberty Gilmore says:

    Merry Christmas :)

  4. Paul says:

    Hopefully a succesful ear of releases next year

  5. Eva says:

    Nothing obscene, huh? Well…Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, good luck for the future, keep up that fantastic fantasy work, you know your fans love you!
    Splintered Gods, please, if managable. It’s already out, isn’t it? (My copy of Dragon Queen ought to arrive soon too, I can barely wait. Living in Austria su- wait, nothing obscene. I’ll rather end this here.)

  6. David says:

    Merry Christmas Stephen. May you and Nathan have a very successful 2015. Would love to see more Gallow adventures, but you know, that’s entirely up to you (being the author and all that jazz). Anyhow I hope you and yours have a blast.

  7. Rory Hunter says:

    Excellent Yuletide wishes – long may your logs burn!

  8. Holly Letson says:

    Have a great Christmas!

  9. Laura Cockitt says:

    Merry Christmas! Remember to eat too much and do very little over the festive period

  10. Sue Harrison says:

    Hi wishing you Seasons Greetings I would be extremely grateful to receive any book but would love to continue my exploration of the works of Mr S.J.Deas

  11. Katie says:

    Merry Christmas from the disappointly snow-free Highlands! Anything containing dragons and/ or proper sword and sorcery would go a long way to making up for the aforementioned lack of white stuff…

  12. Thejaswi Udupa says:

    Season’s greetings!

  13. Ade Couper says:

    Merry Christmas- will actually be working through Christmas (nursing assistant), but have a new job next year! Any book would be wonderful, thanks.

  14. calum carrick says:

    Happy christmas everyone hope you all have a great new year.would like a wise mans fear or words of radiance preferably but any book would do

  15. Jenny Gannon says:

    Merry Christmas everyone! The secret would be good or wise man’s fear but any book at all would be amazingg!

  16. Paul says:

    Bah and indeed humbug to the lot of you!
    Now, if you could just grab me an advanced copy of Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight I’d be much obliged.

  17. joe longe says:

    merry christmas fellow book lovers, no specific title here

  18. Lois Gannon says:

    Hey everyone merry Christmas, any book would be really nice :)

  19. Diana Sousa says:

    Happy holiday season, and a good New Year! Thank you for doing this :)

  20. Tom says:

    I’d LOVE a copy of the Splintered Gods but seriously anything else would be cool if that’s not possible :)
    Have a good new years!!

  21. Teresa Santos says:

    Happy happy holidays! :D

  22. Mango Heroics says:

    Season’s Greetings to all from across the pond!
    Zere’s never enough Zafir. Got Black Mausoleum, Dragon Queen & Splintered Gods, so earlier Zafir would be zenzational. Got all the Gallows so far, but hoping for more. And The Royalist sounds good too – actually anything by SJ or Gav Deas sounds good.
    But mostly, wishing every one recognition, appreciation & remuneration in the New Year.

  23. Will Bryan says:

    Hi Stephen, hope you are having a good end of the year and a very merry holiday season. While I would be more than happy to receive just about anything to read, I would particularly be partial to anything by Joe Hill, Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, or Graham Joyce. Also, I would still love the chance to read the first Gallow book The Crimson Shield by this Nathan Hawke fellow, I keep hearing he’s quite good.

  24. Barb Petersen says:

    Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year to you and yours Stephen. Thanks for sharing your life as a writer through Twitter and your blog. Keep on writing.

  25. Michael P says:

    A Merry Christmas to you, Stephen! I eagerly look forward to The Silver Kings coming out, and frankly, the online retailer stores have been fantastic with their copies of your books. I haven’t noticed it as of yet, but was there a U.S. release for The Royalist? I will definitely keep an eye out for the paperback come March, if so. Keep writing and living your dreams!

  26. Raymond Just says:

    Happy Christmas, Stephen!

  27. Raymond Just says:

    Btw, would love to have a signed copy of “The Splintered Gods” if my name is chosen!!

  28. Katie says:

    Hello. Counting down to my birthday on Thursday. Looking forward to 2015. Lots of new things to read ?

  29. Stephen says:

    Michael, I’m afraid I have no news about a US release for The Royalist at the moment.

  30. Adam Selby-Martin says:

    Currently reading Empires: Extraction at the moment – fantastic read so far! Would love a copy of the Gallow omnibus if I win!

  31. Stephen says:

    New Year’s Day: Six winners it is, and the Gods of Random have offered up Laura (again), Holly, Thejawsi, Callum, Lois and Joe.

  32. Bea says:


  33. Bea says:

    Congrats though to the winners!

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