Monthly Archive: June 2011

would you like to take a survey?

Shimmer magazine has posted a quick survey that asks, Which issue 13 story was your favorite?

I think all the short stories in the latest issue are great. I’m also shameless enough to include my own story, “All the Lonely People,” in that completely impartial critique. The story that receives the most votes will be published online, and everyone who participates will be entered in a random drawing to receive any issue of Shimmer free. So everyone wins! Except nine of the authors. But you know, that’s how it goes.

So please take 42.567 seconds to check out the Reader’s Choice survey, click on your favorite story, and leave some comments about Issue #13!

If you still haven’t read Issue 13, you can order it here. If you download the electronic edition, you even have enough time to read it and cast your vote before the survey closes at midnight MST on Thursday, June 30, 2011.

would you like an awesome book for free?

I have been remiss in mentioning one of my favorite fantasy books of the year, The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu. It was published by Night Shade Books on March 15th, which gives you an idea of how long it’s taken me to get around to blogging about it. In the meantime, it’s been getting a ton of terrific reviews–no thanks to me–but I figure now is a perfect time to point it out since you can download a free Nook copy now through June 9th for your Nook, smartphone, or computer. (Actually, a few weeks ago would have been a better time to mention it, as I intended, but so it goes.)

I encourage you to grab this remarkable book while you can, because it will cost you nothing more than a few minutes of your time to decide if it’s for you. If you enjoy it, and I suspect you will, maybe post a favorable review, and/or buy a copy printed on a dead tree for you or a friend. I think it’s worth owning just for that gorgeous cover. Look at that artwork!

I had the privilege of reading a draft of Winds before publication, and was instantly drawn to Brad’s creative world-building, colorful and sympathetic characters, unique magic system, and the political intrigue. Plus, you know, airships. Airships! I think Paul Genesse’s blurb says it best:

The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu is awesome epic fantasy with a Russian Czarist slant by an award-winning author. A Song of Ice and Fire meetsĀ Earthsea in this highly original and exciting novel set in the Grand Duchy of Anuskaya, an archipelago of bitterly cold islands where flying ships soar on dangerous winds.

If you’re still undecided even after that stellar endorsement, there’s plenty more information on Brad’s site. But the book’s free for a few more days, so might as well check it out for yourself, yeah?