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Goodreads Choice Awards 2014

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Some years you say to yourself, “Sweet! George hasn’t published a book, and Neil hasn’t published a book! Maybe I’ve got a…” and then you see the paranormal fantasy and the fantasy genres have been collapsed into one, and now you’re listed not only among Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Mark Lawrence, but also Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, and… you just stop reading at that point, because why bother?

On the other hand, I have to say being listed among all these great writers is hugely thrilling and quite an honor. It’s pretty awesome to be mentioned in the same breath with these fantasy greats. So if you want to get a list of great fantasy books to read, click over HERE. And if St. Jude — patron saint of lost causes — is your guy, maybe you can even throw out a vote for me. 😉

Halloween Costume Contest!

Just a reminder, we’ve got a Halloween Costume Contest going!

Grand Prize:

A complete signed set of The Lightbringer Series, in Hardcover, and the first THREE chapters of The Blood Mirror! (Nobody else has this. Not even my editor. But you can’t share it with anyone!)

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Click to enlarge for a sneak peek!

Second Place:

A signed hardcover of The Broken Eye, and signed copies of The Blinding Knife and The Black Prism in trade paperback.

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Third Place:

A signed copy of The Broken Eye.

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Fourth Place:

Three signed, personalized bookplates.

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Rules:

1. Entries may be submitted NOW until Monday, November 3rd at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

2. Entry must include a picture of you in a costume inspired by the Night Angel Trilogy or The Lightbringer Series (go HERE to check out the Night Angel character sketches), along with a one or two sentence description.

3. International entries are allowed and encouraged!

4. As long as the costume is materially yours, some Photoshop is fine (no presenting characters from movies or video games by putting a gloss of Photoshop on it and saying it’s your costume).

5. Two entries allowed per person, but you can only win once.

6. The subject line of the email should read: 2014 Costume Contest

7. Address the email to CAPSLOCK @ brentweeks.com (no spaces; and as in previous years, Brent will be selecting the winners).

8. The costume must be family-friendly (as usual, we’d like to display the best entries on the website and we can’t do that if it’s not appropriate for younger fans).

9. Other:

Video submissions are allowed, but Brent is judging the costume, not the video. Brent will judge costumes individually if you have two people in a photo, but only one person will receive a prize. You must be 18 or older to win (younger participants are welcome, but by law I can’t give you a prize). No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. We will notify winners via email; you must respond within 7 days, or another winner will be chosen. The grand prize is worth approximately $100. Second place is worth approximately $60. Third place is worth approximately $30. Fourth place is worth about $15.

Winners will be announced on Monday, November 10, 2014.

Photo Contest: Calling Military Personnel!

Are you in the military? Do you not want to be beaten by the Army? (Or do you want to make sure the Army wins?) Below is a picture that sets the bar for awesome. Whoever can take the photo that’s the nearest to being as cool as this will get a signed copy of The Way of Shadows graphic novel, and a signed copy of The Broken Eye. I’ll send the prizes to any APO or stateside address. Due Friday, October 31!

If the winner somehow manages to take a picture that’s even cooler than this, I’ll throw in something extra, too.

Captain E.H. shares these photos from Kandahar, Afghanistan:

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Those photos? Taken from one of these:
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This contest is only for members of the military (or spouses). Members of non-US militaries are also eligible. I’ll do my best to be impartial.

The photo has to be yours, it has to feature one of my books, and it has to be real. (We’ll do a fake photo contest soon, save your Photoshop skills.) To enter, send your photo to CONTEST (at) brent weeks (dot) com.

Elene Cosplay & Halloween Costume Contest

Check out this amazing cosplay of Elene Cromwyll:
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The very talented Elene N. (yep, that’s her real name) made this Night Angel cosplay for a Con in Norway. Here are some more pictures:

We’ll be sending her some loot, but we also want to give you a chance to win some!

Grand Prize: A complete signed set of The Lightbringer Series, in Hardcover, and the first two chapters of The Blood Mirror! (Nobody else has this. Not even Brent’s editor! But you can’t share it with anyone!)

Second Place: A signed hardcover copy of The Broken Eye, and signed copies of The Blinding Knife and The Black Prism in trade paperback.

Third Place: A signed copy of The Broken Eye.

Fourth Place: Three signed bookplates.

 

Rules:

1. Entries may be submitted started today (September 29) until Monday, November 3rd at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

2. Entry must include a picture of you in a costume inspired by the Night Angel Trilogy or The Lightbringer Series (go HERE to check out the Night Angel character sketches), along with a one or two sentence description.

3. International entries are allowed and encouraged!

4. As long as the costume is materially yours, some Photoshop is fine (no presenting characters from movies or video games by putting a gloss of Photoshop on it and saying it’s your costume).

5. Two entries allowed per person, but you can only win once.

6. The subject line of the email should read: 2014 Costume Contest

7. Address the email to CAPSLOCK @ brentweeks.com (no spaces; and as in previous years, Brent will be selecting the winners).

8. The costume must be family-friendly (as usual, we’d like to display the best entries on the website and we can’t do that if it’s not appropriate for younger fans).

9. Other:

Video submissions are allowed, but Brent is judging the costume, not the video. Brent will judge costumes individually if you have two people in a photo, but only one person will receive a prize. You must be 18 or older to win (younger participants are welcome, but by law I can’t give you a prize). No purchase is necessary. Odds of winning are based on the number of entries. We will notify winners via email; you must respond within 7 days, or another winner will be chosen. The grand prize is worth approximately $100. Second place is worth approximately $60. Third place is worth approximately $30. Fourth place is worth about $15.

Winners will be announced on Monday, November 10, 2014.

 

Epic Fantasy Author Dinner Auction

UPDATE: The bidding is over. We’ve raised $3,050 for Worldbuilders! Thanks to all who participated.

How would you like to have dinner — in Seattle — with these epic fantasy authors?

Followed by a tour of the Fantasy exhibit at the EMP museum?

Concluded by a care package of a signed book from each author?

You could enjoy just such an evening if you win THIS Worldbuilders Charity Auction.

If you haven’t heard of Worldbuilders, it’s a charitable organization founded by Pat Rothfuss (and supported by the fantasy community in general) to help fund Heifer International.

Check out the auction page HERE for more details! The bidding ends on February 2, 2014.

German Reader’s Choice/Leserpreis 2013

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The Blinding Knife has been nominated for another book award — or rather, the German translation, Die Blendende Klinge, has been nominated. If you’re a German-language reader and lover of fantasy, please consider voting for my book HERE. The polls close on November 28th, and the winners will be announced on November 29th.

A special thanks to Hans Link and Clemens Brunn, my German translators for their vital work.

Halloween Costume Contest 2013 Entries

Here are the fantastic entries we received for our 2013 Halloween Costume Contest. Fans went above and beyond this year.

Because we received so many awesome submissions, I’ve decided to post all the entries here today, and tomorrow morning (Pacific Standard Time), we’ll announce the winners. (Don’t worry, I’ll make it up to you contestants.)

You’ll notice there are a few “quadruple” submissions: I gave permission, via comments in the rules post, for “teams” of two characters to submit a total of four costume pictures. I clarified that if they won first place, that just one of the contestants would still win, but if they were a team, I would be willing to send a copy of the first four chapters to each contestant.

(Also, new poll!)

The contestants:

NIGHT ANGEL TRILOGY COSTUMES:

Kylar Stern & Vi Sovari:

Kylar Stern and Vi Sovari

 

Viridiana Sovari

Kylar Stern:

Kylar Stern #1

Kylar Stern #2

Garoth Ursuul:

Garoth Ursuul

Kylar Stern:

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Momma K:

Momma K #1
Momma K #2

Vi Sovari:

Vi Sovari holding sword
Vi surrendering her sword to Kylar

Jenine Gunder:

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Jenine Gunder in traditional green Cenarian wedding gown.

 

Durzo Blint:

Durzos 1st Rule

Too Late To Run

Vi Sovari & Kylar Stern:

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Kylar’s Sword Close-up:

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The Night Angel:

Night Angel #1

Night Angel #2

 

Kylar with the Black Ka’kari:

Kylar and Ka'kari

 

 

 

LIGHTBRINGER SERIES COSTUMES

 

Red Drafter:

 

 

Red Drafter #1

Green Wight:

Green Wight

Gunner:

Gunner #1

Red-Yellow Color Wight:

Red-Yellow Color Wight #2

Red-Yellow Color Wight

Blue Monochrome Blackguard

Blue Drafter #1

 

Yellow Monochrome Blackguard

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A Blackguard Team:

Two Blackguards
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Legend Award Winner

I’ve just won the David Gemmell Legend Award!

Thanks to YOU, my fans, I’m now (or will be soon) the proud owner of THIS:

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Thank you so much. While several of the other winners graciously congratulated me (more graciously than I would have managed, no doubt), I think Joe Abercrombie summed up the enthusiasm for my win best:

I think it’s a good thing they made this award an axe. I may need it for self-defense.

Halloween Costume Contest Reminder

by CAPSLOCK

We’ve received some awesome entries for the Halloween costume contest. If you’d like a chance to win some amazing prizes, be sure to submit your entry by November 1, at 5pm PST!

A repost of the prizes and the rules below (if you have some questions, check out Brent’s comments HERE to see if they’ve been answered, and feel free to post other questions in the comments to this post):

FIRST PLACE: The first FOUR chapters of The Broken Eye – that’s two more new chapters than you can get anywhere else right now! – and signed copies of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

SECOND PLACE: Signed copies of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

THIRD PLACE: A signed copy of The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

FOURTH PLACE: Two signed bookplates.

Rules:

1. Entry due by Friday, November 1, 2013 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

2. Entry must include a picture of you in a costume inspired by the Night Angel Trilogy or the Lightbringer Series (go HERE to check out the Night Angel character sketches), along with a one-to-two sentence description.

3. International entries are allowed and encouraged!

4. As long as the costume is materially yours, some Photoshop is fine (no presenting characters from movies or video games by putting a gloss of Photoshop on it and saying it’s your costume).

5. Two entries allowed per person, but you can only win once.

6. The subject line of the email must read: 2013 Costume Contest.

7. Address the email to: CAPSLOCK @ brentweeks.com (no spaces; and just like last year, Brent will be selecting the winners).

8. The costume must be family-friendly (as usual, we’d like to display the best entries on the website and can’t do that if it’s not appropriate for younger fans)

Winners will be announced on Monday, November 4, 2013.

Halloween Costume Contest 2013

 Halloween Contest 2013

by CAPSLOCK

How would you like to win a chance to read the first four chapters of The Broken Eye? Do I have the contest for you!

Here are the prizes:

1. First place: The first FOUR chapters of The Broken Eye — that’s two more new chapters than you can get anywhere else right now! — and signed copies of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

2. Second place: Signed copies of The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

3. Third place: A signed copy of The Blinding Knife in trade paperback.

4. Fourth place: Two signed bookplates.

 

Rules:

1. Entry due by Friday, November 1, 2013 at 5pm Pacific Standard Time.

2. Entry must include a picture of you in a costume inspired by the Night Angel Trilogy or the Lightbringer Series (go HERE to check out the Night Angel character sketches), along with a one-to-two sentence description.

3. International entries are allowed and encouraged!

4. As long as the costume is materially yours, some Photoshop is fine (no presenting characters from movies or video games by putting a gloss of Photoshop on it and saying it’s your costume).

5. Two entries allowed per person, but you can only win once.

6. The subject line of the email must read: 2013 Costume Contest.

7. Address the email to: CAPSLOCK @ brentweeks.com (no spaces; and just like last year, Brent will be selecting the winners).

8. The costume must be family-friendly (as usual, we’d like to display the best entries on the website and can’t do that if it’s not appropriate for younger fans)

Winners will be announced on Monday, November 4, 2013.

If you have any other questions, post them in the comments below!