Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Some Goodreads Giveaways Worth Checking Out

I'm running a Goodreads Giveaway for the first novel in The Alchemancer series, The Five Elements. So far, about 330 people in the US and Canada have entered to win. The last time I ran a giveaway for this book, which was several years ago, the giveaway finished with about 750 entrees, so I’m happy with the results so far considering we’re only a week into this one.

But, as the title of this post suggests, my giveaway isn’t the only one out there worth considering. I’m a voracious reader myself, so occasionally I’ll take a look at the latest giveaways to see if anything catches my interest. Below are a few of those. If you’re a Goodreads user (and if you aren’t, why not?), then you might find these interesting as well.

 

First up is mine, of course. If you’re looking for a rip-roaring tale of adventure and tragedy, where great destinies are realized and dark plots revealed, take a look at The Five Elements. Keep your eyes open for another giveaway coming very soon for the second book in the series, The Nullification Engine.

Michael Sullivan’s First Empire series isn’t scheduled to start coming out until next year, but he’s running a giveaway for two limited edition, advanced reader copies of Rhune, the first novel in the series. This is going to be a series to watch, so why not get an early look?

John Kerry is an unread author for me, so when I saw the graphic to the right featured as part of his giveaway of two copies of Eden at the Edge of Midnight and gave the blurb a read, I knew I had to enter. Eden at the Edge of Midnight

Blackbeard? Seafaring adventure? Set in the “Golden Age” of piracy? No need to read further for me. I entered McLean’s giveaway for one copy of Blackbeard’s Freedom without hesitation. 24949085

Ask the Author on Goodreads

Ask the Author is a new program on Goodreads where readers can ask any author who opts into the program any question they like.

Want to know what I'm currently working on? When the next Alchemancer book is coming out? Why the Assassin Without a Name doesn't have a name (can't guarantee I'll give you a satisfactory answer on that one as it would involve spoilers)?

Visit my Ask the Author page and I'll gladly answer anything you throw my way.

Here's a couple of stock questions I've already answered:

Ask the Author: Scott Marlowe

Upcoming giveaway for The Five Elements

I'm running a giveaway on GoodReads for 5 print copies of The Five Elements!

The giveaway begins on Feb. 10 (this Friday) and runs for a month. Lots of time to sign-up, but wanted to give some advance notice.

GoodReads giveaways are made with no expectation of anything in return—namely a book review—though it is greatly appreciated.

I'll post again when the giveaway period begins.

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2010 50 Book Reading Challenge Wrap-up

a stack of booksLast year, I decided to take LibraryThing's challenge of reading 50 books. I got pretty close, but didn't quite make it all the way. I think I was mostly on track until about the last three months of the year when I started getting a lot of consulting work. Still, I did read 43 books, which I think was a lot more than I had read in previous years. That in itself makes this exercise a win for me. I think I settled into a nice rhythm, and started to recognize that when my reading slowed it wasn't always because I was busy doing other things. Sometimes the book just wasn't that good, and reading it was bringing me down rather than exciting me. Those times I stopped reading and moved on to the next book.

Looking at the complete list of books I read in 2010, all but one were fantasy. The loner in the group was Marley & Me by John Grogan, which I highly recommend, especially if you're a dog lover like I am. This was actually the first book I ever bought after having seen the movie of the same name starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson. The movie was surprisingly good, and the book was even better. We have two dogs, one which is beginning to get up there in years; watching the movie and reading the book gave me a sneak preview of sorts concerning what to expect once 'my girl' finally does go to doggie heaven.

Other notable books included novels in the Overworld series by Jack Vance, The Gunslinger by Stephen King (which I thought was good but gave up on the series after reading the second book), a lot of the Tor.com free eBooks (which were mostly forgettable), as well as a number of books by Dave Duncan, all of which were excellent.

So, what's next?

First off, I'm dropping LibraryThing. I was trying to maintain accounts with both LibraryThing and GoodReads, but since the latter is by far the better site and I'm starting to build a book list as well reading relationships there, I'm 100% GoodReads now. Stop by and add me as contact if you want.

As for reading, I'm again going to engage in a reading challenge for 2011, but with a more modest goal of 35 books. I'll track this through GoodReads on my 2011 Reading Challenge page. I've got 3 books down already, with more to follow.

Last, I'm going to scale my book reviews down a bit for this year. I wrote a lot of reviews last year, so many that they were becoming a major consumer of my time. So, this year expect a lot less reviews. I'd entertained thoughts of starting my own f/sf review web site, but it's hard to add anything else to my workload right now.

This segues into where that time is going to get reallocated, and that is towards the sale and marketing of my two novels as well as what is looking more and more like a sequel to The Five Elements. More on that in another post.

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