Friday 24 August 2012

Say Cheese!

So you guys see me, but I don't see you. Time for that to change I say.

Here's the motivator:

Defaced by my doodles on the dedication page, signed on the author page & annotated with quotes from all three books of the Broken Empire trilogy! A collector's dream. A free book!

All you have to do to win is enter the draw. All you have to do to enter the draw is send a photo of you holding my book to be posted on the 'entries page'. But wait! There's bonuses...

i) picture of you holding my book = 1 entry into draw
ii) picture of you holding both my books = 2 entries into draw
iii) an interesting location or amusing shot wins 1 to 5 possible additional entries depending on how interesting/funny.

All entries go into a black bag. A winner is drawn. Simples.

Send entry photos to

Competition is over. We have a winner! The debt clock selected #47 which is Will (in his tree stump) - congratulations.

Very many thanks to all entrants. As on previous occasions you've exceeded my expectations, and then some.

Rogues' Gallery
(Happy to accept any late arrivals - no more prizes though)

(Libby posed her books with some serious thorns)

(Adam - it pays to be armed when entering the Broken Empire, even via the pages of a book...)
(Ryan - go on, grab one, I dare you)


(Johann, auditions for the Shining)(98,99)

(Michael, complete with halo)(96,97)

(Alex - from Prins der Wrake to Pure Fantasy ... via cucumber.)(93,94,95)

(Shane, been there, done that, got the T-shirt ... and the Wheel-Mouse original art)(88,89,90,91,92)

(Ahmed has it all mapped out)(86,87)

(Oliver - with beer it all makes sense!)(85)

(Kyle, story time for everyone!)(82,83,84)

(Jane Doh)(81)

(Amie found a blurred copy!)(80)

(Nadine the loan-out Queen)(76,77,78,79)

(Stacie's menagerie . . . apparently the camel is called Jorg)(75)

(Put the hammer down, Brad . . .)(71,72,73,74)

(Marty auditions new Brothers)(69,70)

(Julia wears Jorgisms)(63,64,65,66,67,68)

(Garrett studies in the master's chair)(59,60,61,62)
(Donna does digital)(58)

(Doug does double)(56,57)

(Ellie fantasy fan)(55)

(Do you know Nuno? - Jorg posed!)(52,53,54)

(Brandon and Dawn the Dog (demanding justice for Justice))(50,51)

(Will, hacking down forest giants for his setting)(46,47,48,49)

(Lisa - close-to-the-edge at Bryce Canyon)(41,42,43,44,45)

(only a tiny bit headless Ned)(39,40)

(It's only Aaron!)(37,38)

(Horizontal Hilary - I think the hair is hair-sprayed to a degree where it can act as a support)(32,33,34,35,36)

(Joshua H has the edge?)(29,30,31)

(Mariano with a new perspective on things)(27,28)


(Mark L on his throne)(24)

(Nate - getting the better of Curiosity)(19,20,21,22,23)


(Joshua at The Berlin Wall, Berliner Dom and Brandenburg Tor!)(13,14,15,16)

(Chris toes the line on his throne)(10,11,12)

(Robin's granddaughter makes a bid for his original King of Thorns manuscript ... bad move!)(3,4,5,6,7,8,9)

(Amanda kicking us off with a double)(1,2)


  1. Replies
    1. If you manage an honest expression so I believe one or both books are on display as the photo was taken - then yes!

    2. When does the competition close?

    3. I'll give a week's notice of it closing - when that happens is dependant on how fast entries come in.

  2. Is it International? Only I have the first book in Spanish, but I'd like to try ...
    Husgs :)

    1. Yup, international (Curiosity Rover may not enter though).

  3. Now I'm twice as happy that I bought 'King of Thorns' today =D
    Might be too distracted reading it though...

  4. What about audio books? I bought both books on audible, so does a picture with my iPod count?

  5. That Mars shot is so fake! Seriously it's winter time on Mars!

    Goodluck everyone!

  6. How much does your first book in two languages counts?
    two books, same story, different language ... ???


    1. double! Triple if neither of them is English!

  7. HA! I'm going to have to submit another one with my hair in a ponytail now.....

  8. Sent mine in! Skaboosh

  9. Did mine count? Didn't show my mug in it tho!

    Kind regards


  10. So... Congrats to the winner!

    And for those of us fans/collectors experiencing heartache...Are you willing to sign books if sent to you? With return postage? Pretty please? With sugar on top?

    -Ellie. Fantasy Fan?

    1. Hi Ellie - the main issue with doing this is that postage is shockingly expensive (it's cheaper for me to send someone the money to buy a new book than to mail them one) and international return postage is complicated.

      It would honestly be cheaper (and far less time consuming) to go here:

      and buy a new signed copy. (these are cheap because only the page that gets signed is sent back and forth, the book is then made up after that).

      Alternatively email me about bookplates!

      If you're a super-keen collector and want the artwork then this is the place for you:

      Though very expensive & currently sold out of all my doodles. They will, I'm sure, get some doodled KoTs from me in due course.

    2. Thank you for the info. It actually helps on several levels-- bought a signed Prince of Thorns from VJBooks last year and then doubted the authenticity (the issue with the booming communications era... snake oil salesman are everywhere). And the international postage issue is awful-- I've had a number of VAT-related apoplectic moments.

      At any rate, appreciate you getting back, and thank you for the links.


  11. Nice question! I agree. And congrats to Will, you lucky son of a gun.


  12. So close yet so far :-) Congrats to Will!

    It's good to hear you will probably be doing doodled copies of KoT. I really must have one to match my doodled PoT!