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THIS I did not expect.

Every year, Goodreads runs an awards competition. Basically, Readers’ Choice Awards. I’ve been a finalist before (thank you!), but as Goodreads has tweaked which books are counted into which genres, it’s gotten significantly more difficult for my kind of work to land on the list. When hugely-popular crossover writers like Nora Roberts (400 million copies sold!) show up in your pool of competitors, a win simply isn’t going to happen.

Which is fine. Ms. Roberts works incredibly hard and has earned every fan she has.

Additionally, this year, THE BURNING WHITE published just a couple weeks before the end of the eligibility period. And as you may have noticed, THE BURNING WHITE also happens to be a rather lengthy novel, so it didn’t surprise me in the least that I didn’t appear on the longlist.

But then something happened that did surprise me.

Some of you wrote me in.

ENOUGH of you wrote me in that I made the Semi-Finals–despite not even showing up on the longlist!

Very, very cool. Thank you.

The cover image to The Burning White by Brent Weeks

Now, two things: one selfish, one not. First, I’m not winning this thing regardless, but it WOULD be sweet to be a finalist again, especially if Joe Abercrombie isn’t.

Second, even if you don’t vote for me (which is totally fair, so long as you don’t vote for Joe), the list is a great place to find books that OTHER readers are loving. Not just in fantasy, but in all genres. So it’s worth clicking through to find some great books for your TBR pile–and look up readers’ reviews of ones that sound interesting.

This round of voting ends Sunday, November 17, so check out all the Semi-Finalists HERE. And thanks again.

THE BLOOD MIRROR: Reread With The Fantasy Hive

Hi friends,

Hopefully you’re all busy coming up with brilliant ideas for the Nine Kings Fan Art contest, and preparing yourselves for THE BURNING WHITE to land on your doorstep.

Featuring covers from all 5 Lightbringer books

We have wrapped up the official Lightbringer Reread with Mike Evans covering THE BLOOD MIRROR over at The Fantasy Hive. Check it out!

Also remember: there’s still time to enter the Orbit Loot contest for a chance to win a unique Lightbringer box set, including a hardcover copy of each book and a letter from Brent! The giveaway is for US and UK residents only.

 

THE BURNING WHITE: Orbit Loot Giveaway, Amazon Book of the Month

Happy October, fellow Chromeriacs!

It’s officially Halloween season, and we’re officially THREE WEEKS away from THE BURNING WHITE’s Book Birthday!

The cover image to The Burning White by Brent Weeks

We have so much awesome stuff to share with you this month, and I’m so excited I can barely typegebbarghifayatholshawarmasceneofthartsegeinsen!

Ahem.

The first announcement on this first day of a month packed full of pumpkins, pre-orders, prestidigitation, paryl, parties, protuberances, and bawling into your popcorn is that Amazon has selected THE BURNING WHITE as one of the Best SFF Books of the Month. Gavin and Co are in good company on this list. Check it out, and make sure you pre-order your copy of the book, if you haven’t already. (That’s an affiliate link, FTR.)

Secondly, Orbit is hosting a Lightbringer Loot Giveaway.

 

 

Enter for a chance to win an exclusive hardcover boxed set of the complete Lightbringer series, plus a letter from the Man himself! All you have to do is share your email address with Orbit, then sit back and wait for a month.*

Happy Tuesday!

Dread Pirate CAPSLOCK

 

*Deadline to enter is Oct 31. We encourage you to wait patiently to hear who wins, because sitting on the edge of your seat with all your fingers and toes crossed sounds stressful. Also,  your butt would go numb eventually. Also, that can’t be good for your back. Also, you can’t eat Halloween candy with crossed fingers.

THE BURNING WHITE: One Month From Release Day, an Excerpt, & FB Live

Hi friends!

The spectacular finale to the Lightbringer Series, THE BURNING WHITE, will be unleashed upon the world one month from today.

To celebrate, we’re sharing the two opening scenes from the book (for those of you who aren’t newsletter subscribers):

http://www.brentweeks.com/extras/lightbringer-extras/excerpts/burning-white-excerpt/

Also, the next Facebook LIVE Q&R is set for this Wednesday (25 Sept) at 2pm PDT. Bring your questions!

And just in case you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of the book yet, here’s how you can do that:

Where to Get a Signed Copy of THE BURNING WHITE

 

What’s Your Favorite Scene In Lightbringer?

We know there are some of you who aren’t into social media (FB, IG, & Twitter), so we’re posting this question here:

What’s your most favorite scene from Lightbringer?

If you could pick one chapter from one book, which one would you pick?

And hey, please include spoiler alerts where necessary.

 

p.s. My (Dread Pirate CAPSLOCK) favorite is either Chapter 75 of Broken Eye… or Chapter 68 of The Burning White 😉 (you don’t HAVE to reference the chapter number, I’m just doing it to keep everything spoiler-free)

Where to Get a Signed Copy of THE BURNING WHITE

Hi friends,

We heard a rumor that you’re looking for a retailer who will let you pre-order a signed copy of THE BURNING WHITE.

Look no further! Below is the list of booksellers who will have limited quantities of signed stock (with the fancy designed page in front). 

My good friend Harry offered to help with these.

These beauties are selling like hotcakes, so politely inquire with your favorite friendly bookseller what is available for pre-order. Please note that since some of these are tour stops, you should specify which edition you are looking for when asking about availability (the pre-signed fancy-paged edition, or the not-yet-signed but gonna-show-up-for-the-man-himself-to-sign edition).

If there are any updates or changes, they’ll be noted right here. Go forth, minions!

 

Order Online (availability may vary):

The Signed Page (Ships internationally): https://bit.ly/2MSI6iI

Indigo (Canada): https://bit.ly/2YJk7Kh

Waterstones (UK): https://bit.ly/2MQzoBJ

VJ Books (Ships internationally): https://bit.ly/2KOlDR8

Barnes and Noble: https://bit.ly/2kpywIp

 

Call or In Person

These stores have ordered stock of the signed editions with the special inscription plate. Stop-in or call for details before ordering – the editions listed on their websites may not be the signed ones. If the listing is marked with a (*), make sure to specify that you’re looking for the pre-signed edition.

Alexander Book: San Francisco, CA
www.alexanderbook.com

Auntie’s Bookstore: Spokane, WA
https://www.auntiesbooks.com/

Book Shop Santa Cruz: Santa Cruz, CA
https://www.bookshopsantacruz.com/

The Bookloft: Great Barrington, MA
https://www.thebookloft.com/

Joseph-Beth Books: Cincinnati, OH & Lexington, KY
https://www.josephbeth.com/Landing.aspx

*Mysterious Galaxy: San Diego, CA
https://www.mystgalaxy.com/

Mysteries on Main Street: St. Johnstown, NY
https://www.facebook.com/MysteriesOnMainStreet/

*Powell’s Books Inc: Various Locations, OR
https://www.powells.com/locations

Schuller Books: Grand Rapids, MI
https://www.schulerbooks.com/hours-and-locations

*The Tattered Cover: Denver, CO
https://www.tatteredcover.com/

Third Place Books: Various Locations, WA
https://www.thirdplacebooks.com/

Uncle Hugo’s SF Bookstore: Minneapolis, MN
http://www.unclehugo.com/prod/index.shtml

*University Bookstore: Seattle, WA
https://www.ubookstore.com/

Vroman’s Bookstore: Pasadena, CA
https://www.vromansbookstore.com/store_locations

 

*I’ll be signing books in person at this location as part of the White Hot Book Tour.