Twelve Kings ARC Contest!

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I recently received a box of ARCs (Advance Reading Copies) for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai from the fine folks at my publisher, DAW Books, and their distributor, Penguin Random House. In case you missed it, here was the unboxening of those lovely, numinous pieces of advanced reading fiction.

There is (as of this posting) a Goodreads giveaway for 25 ARCs, but I promised I’d also be holding an ARC contest of my own, so here we are. I’m going to be giving away four ARCs in this contest, along with some other goodies for those that place higher in the rankings.

So what am I giving away? Books! All signed and personalized.

Grand Prize


First Prize

  • ARC of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai
  • Complete set of The Lays of Anuskaya trade paperbacks
    • The Winds of Khalakovo
    • The Straits of Galahesh
    • The Flames of Shadam Khoreh
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories

Second Prize

  • ARC of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai
  • Lest Our Passage Be Forgotten & Other Stories
  • A copy of Time Traveled Tales, which contains my story, “Parting the Clouds”

Third Prize

  • ARC of Twelve Kings in Sharakhai
  • A copy of Time Traveled Tales II, which contains my story, “Foretold”

The Rules

The winners of this contest will be those that provide the most unique or humorous or interesting artwork (including photos), as decided by me, that (literally) include or (figuratively) relate to any of my books. I realize no one will have read the new books, and I’d like to invite as many new folks as possible to the fold, so I’ll be interpreting this very loosely. You could create:

  • A piece of art showing something Arabian Nights-esque like a desert scene or a fantastic city in the desert (a la Sharakhai), or a windship (a la Khalakovo), or a sandship (yes! Sharakhai has sandships!)
    • Somewhat for the artistically inclined, but!
    • Points weighted toward cool or emotional portrayals, regardless of artistic talent
  • A sand sculpture of a massive desert city
  • Creative photos including the physical books themselves
    • Make them dance
    • Make them fly
    • Blow them up (while remaining very, very safe)
  • Çeda or Nikandr or Atiana cosplay
    • Anyone have any cossack gear out there?
    • Russian peasant garb?
    • Arabian Nights costumes?
  • Your Nook or Kobo or Kindle with one of my books displayed on it, doing…fun things
    • Make it fly
    • Skip it over water like a stone
    • Blow it up (while remaining very, very safe)

To get some inspiration, you can look at the cover art for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, or any of my previous books: Winds, Straits, or Flames.


This contest is open worldwide.

How to Enter

Send your contest entries to with “ARC Contest” in the subject line no later than Wednesday, June 17th, 2015. I’ll post all of the entries to a Facebook album and collect them in posts here on

The winners will be announced on June 19th, 2015.

Have fun, everyone, and stay safe!

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, Book One of The Song of the Shattered Sands, is available for pre-order in the US via Penguin Random House, Amazon, or Barnes and Noble and in the UK via Amazon UK and Waterstones.