The DABWAHA (Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors) tournament voting begins on 20 March. The Magpie Lord is one of the contestants, and I need your votes as flowers need rain/Justin Bieber needs a good hard look at his life choices.
Basically this is a tournament of romance novels with six rounds of voting. Books are paired up and you have to vote for one in each pair. (Me! Me!)
To say it’s competitive is understating things. I need your votes. And am allowed/encouraged to offer inducements for them. So, vote for me or I change the ending of Flight of Magpies and kill them all!
No, wait, that’s a terrible idea. OK, here we go, my hostage to fortune:
If I get to round two, I will commit to writing a free story about one of Lucien and Merrick’s adventures in Shanghai, with chaos, adventure, magic and romance.
In the unlikely event I win round two (ie get into the final of the GLBT category) I will raise the stakes…
All you have to do is vote for me! And get your friends, colleagues, loved ones and milkman to vote for me. And keep voting for me in lots of rounds. Go on, you know you want to really. (Please?)
If you dropped by for writing talk/publishing snark, and have no idea if you want to grant me your vote (you do!), you could check out the following freebies:
The Smuggler and the Warlord (a short story of Merrick and Crane in China)
Interlude with Tattoos (a story set after the end of Magpie Lord)
Butterflies (a Victorian occult horror story from The Secret Casebook of Simon Feximal)
Remnant (another Simon Feximal story written with Jordan L Hawk)
Oh, and if you’re wondering who else to vote for in the other brackets, I suggest Provoked by Joanna Chambers, because a) it’s fabulous and b) she will do a hilarious romance pastiche and you want to read that.
I promised it would be back to normal service and it’s still all promo. Sorry about that, it’s a bit fraught.