marthawells: (Reading)
ETA: Contest is finished! See the winners in this post

I woke up really early this morning and have about half my writing goal for the day done, so I'm going to celebrate with a book drawing. (And if you saw this post yesterday, I have my author's copies of the new book now.)

Comment on this post and I will enter your name in a drawing and if you win, you can choose one (1) copy of:

- a signed hardcover of Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge
- or a signed trade paperback of The Serpent Sea
- or a signed trade paperback of The Siren Depths
- or a signed trade paperback of Emilie and the Hollow World

The autograph will be personalized with your name if you want (or someone else's name if it's a gift).

I'll choose at least five winners, and you'll have at least a couple of days to enter. And the winners will have to send me their mailing addresses so I can them their book.

ETA: yes, international entries are fine.
marthawells: (SGA Team)
There were 54 entries total from GoodReads, Live Journal, Dreamwidth, and Facebook, and the winners of the autographed hardcovers of either The Ships of Air or The Gate of Gods are:

The Ships of Air:

Sarah from GoodReads, anjak_j, oshimoi, corucia, freudinshade

The Gate of Gods

tingler, moonchylde, limbofsatan, theodosia21, arithon

Please send me your mailing address at msw at charisat dot com, and include if you want the book just signed or personalized to your name.


Gawker: The jerk that threw the bottle at Usain Bolt before his race and how the date is set for his trial.

NASA JPL: Curiosity Has Landed
marthawells: (John Green Trees)
Still taking entries for the book giveaway for a signed hardcover of either The Ships of Air or The Gate of Gods here. So far there are 34 entries on LJ, 7 on Dreamwidth, 1 from Facebook and at least 3 from GoodReads. I'm giving away five copies of each book, so your chances are still good.


I was hoping we would get some rain either yesterday or today, but chances are dropping, augh.


Shin A Lam of South Korea: The Saddest Story of the Olympics that American TV Neglected [UPDATE]


Book rec:

Whispers Underground by Ben Aaronovitch. This is the third book in the series Rivers of London (Midnight Riot in the US) and Moon Over Soho. I really love this series, it's funny, it's original, and it's an excellent fantasy mystery. I've described it before as being for people who like fantasy and also like the BBC or PBS Mystery series like Luther or Morse or anything with "Inspector" in the title. I enjoyed the third book a lot and don't want to say much about it for fear of spoiling it, but I'm wishing I had the fourth book already. (There is a bit in the description on the jacket about Peter having a conflict with an FBI agent over the fact that she's an evangelical Christian, but this is not a factor in the book at all. There are a couple of slight hints that that's her religion, but she and Peter never have a conversation about it and it doesn't effect anything that happens. So, yeah. Book jacket descriptions are weird like that sometimes.)

Upcoming book:

Blackwood by Gwenda Bond
On Roanoke Island, the legend of the 114 people who mysteriously vanished from the Lost Colony hundreds of years ago is just an outdoor drama for the tourists, a story people tell. But when the island faces the sudden disappearance of 114 people now, an unlikely pair of 17-year-olds may be the only hope of bringing them back.

Miranda, a misfit girl from the island's most infamous family, and Phillips, an exiled teen criminal who hears the voices of the dead, must dodge everyone from federal agents to long-dead alchemists as they work to uncover the secrets of the new Lost Colony. The one thing they can't dodge is each other.

This is the first release by Strange Chemistry, the new YA line of Angry Robot Books, which is the publisher for my upcoming YA fantasy.
marthawells: (Miko)
Last night I got a big plastic storage box and this morning sorted out some of our hurricane supplies into it, so I can find them when I need them and not have to search the whole house looking for the corners I stashed them in. (This is stuff like the first aid kit, emergency radios, battery lamps, battery fans, the bottles and instructions for the solar water disinfection kit I'm putting together, etc.)

But in the middle of closet archeology, I found a couple of boxes of hardcover copies The Ships of Air and The Gate of Gods that I need to downsize.

So, comment on this post and I will enter your name in a drawing for either an autographed (personalized with your name if you want) hardcover of The Ships of Air or The Gate of Gods. I will give away at least five of each and you'll have until Monday to enter or whenever after that that we have enough entries.

I would also give away the first book in the trilogy, The Wizard Hunters, but I don't have enough copies. All three books are still available at online retailers in paperback and ebook. (If you want more info about the books before you enter the contest, you can find it on the Ile-Rien page on my web site here.)
marthawells: (Teyla)
It's been a very lazy weekend, but I really need to get back to work today.

Question from Twitter from @mgarcialogan:

I really enjoyed City of Bones, do you plan to ever turn that into a series? Or write a sequel?

At this point, I don't think so. I did have a sequel planned in 1996 but moved to a new publisher and it never got written. (City of Bones was my second novel, and it came out in 1995 from Tor. It's been out of print probably since the late 90s, until I reprinted it myself in ebook in 2007.)

Couple of reviews:

Black Gate: Charlene Brusso Reviews The Cloud Roads

Janicu's Book Blog: The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

A neat link:

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: The Leonard Lopate Show: Survival Kit: If you were stranded on a desert island, what ten things do you want with you? This is an audio file.


For the people who are at home today, or just on the internet today: comment on this post to enter a drawing for a signed copy of The Serpent Sea, the sequel to The Cloud Roads. I'll give away at least three copies, depending on the number of entries, and you have until tomorrow at about this time to enter. Entrants from outside the US are fine.
marthawells: (Atlantis II)
ETA: and we have a winner! [personal profile] shanrina

The last one went very well, so we're doing this again: this is a drawing for a free trade paperback of Benjamin Tate's fantasy novel Well of Sorrows

(Benjamin Tate is a pseud for Joshua Palmatier, author of the Skewed Throne series)

An epic tale of a continent on the brink of war, and a deadly magic that waits to be unleashed on an unsuspecting world.

Colin Harten and his parents had fled across the ocean to escape the Family wars in Andover. But trouble followed them and their fellow refugees to this new land, forcing them to abandon the settled areas and head into unexplored territory--the sacred grounds of a race of underground dwellers and warriors. It was here that they would meet their doom. Driven to the borders of a dark forest, they were attacked by mysterious Shadow creatures who fed on life force. Only Colin survived to find his way to the Well of Sorrows--and to a destiny that might prove the last hope for peace in this troubled land.

"Brilliantly detailed worldbuilding and complicated characters makes this an engrossing read." --Laura Anne Gilman

This drawing is for the trade paperback, and the mass market paperback comes out May 3.

How to enter: Just comment on this post to be entered. The winner will need to give the author a shipping address so he can send you the book. You have until Wednesday April 20 around 10:00 or so in the morning to enter. After that, I'll randomly draw a winner.
marthawells: (Wheel of the Infinite)
ETA: And the winner of the drawing was [profile] wiredferret!

Doing something a little different: I'm going to do a drawing for a free hardcover copy of Catherynne M. Valente's new fantasy novel Deathless

Publishers Weekly said: Twentieth-century Russian history provides a background for Valente's lush reimagining of folkloric villain Koschei the Deathless and his dalliance with Marya Morevna, a clever but troubled young woman. After Koschei sweeps Marya away from her family's home in St. Petersburg-Petrograd-Leningrad, Baba Yaga assigns her three tasks that will make her worthy of marrying Koschei. As she spends more time in Koschei's Country of Life, Marya starts to become too much like her unearthly lover, until naïve Ivan Nikolayevich helps her regain her humanity (as well as the sympathy of the reader). Valente's lush language and imagery add to the magic and fundamentally Russian nature of the story, drawing pointed parallels between the Soviet Union's turmoil and the endless war between Koschei and his brother, Viy.

"Romantic and blood-streaked, and infused with magic so real you can feel it on your fingertips—Deathless is beautiful." —Cory Doctorow

You can read an excerpt on here.

How to enter: Just comment on this post to be entered. The winner will need to give Catherynne a shipping address so she can send you the book. You have until Tuesday April 5 around 10:00 or so in the morning to enter. After that, I'll randomly draw a winner.


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