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Winners of DemonWars: First Kings from TOR Books

Demonwars_FCThe contest is over! Here are the 2 lucky winners of DemonWars: First Kings by R. A. Salvatore.

Christina O.
Heather N.

I have already sent in your names to

Desirae May Friesen
Publicity Assistant | Tor & Forge Books

A Big thanks to Desirae May Friesen and TOR Books, and to all the people who sent in their entries.

 

Welcome to my first book giveaway! DemonWars: First Heroes by R. A. Salvatore

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DemonWars: First Heroes by R. A. Salvatore

DemonWars: First Heroes by R. A. Salvatore

Tor Books is releasing a new special edition of the first two titles in R. A. Salvatore’s Saga of the First King series: DemonWars: First Heroes (A Tor Paperback; $11.99; On-sale: April 2, 2014). Well known for his popular Forgotten Realms character Drizzt the Drow Elf, Salvatore has created his own realm in the DemonWars Saga, expanded by the Saga of the First Kings.

In The Highwayman, Salvatore takes his readers back to his signature world of Corona many years before the DemonWars, introducing a fascinating new hero. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. Only the Highwayman travels freely, his sword casting aside both Powries and soldiers. The people need a savior, but is the Highwayman on a mission of mercy…or vengeance?

In The Ancient, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war. If Branson fails, all who live on the lake will perish, and all of northern Honce will fall under the shadow of the merciless and vengeful Samhaists.

Publishers Weekly calls The Highwayman a “swift-moving tale of sword and sorcery” and declares, “Fans of Salvatore’s unadorned approach and broad caricatures of archetypal figures should be pleased with this carnival of treachery and medieval feudalism.” A can’t miss collection for Salvatore fans, this special omnibus reprint is also the perfect introduction to the entertaining realms of the DemonWars.

Contest Details

There will be two winners of DemonWars: First Heroes. They will be randomly selected on March 18, 2014.
This contest starts today March 3, 2014, and will close at Midnight EDT, March 17, 2014. I will email the winners, and post the winners here on March 18th.

If you would like to be one of the lucky winners, just follow these easy steps.
1.     Send an email to contests at mackela dot com.
2.    Use DemonWars as the subject.
3.    Include your mailing address. (So TOR books can send you a copy of DemonWars)

This contest is only open for readers in North America.

Please only one entry per person. I will be putting your email addresses in a box and my wife will be drawing out the winners, so I will know if you have multiple entries.
Once the contest is over, I will be deleting all the emails that you send (including the mailing addresses).

A special thanks to Desirae May Friesen (Publicity Assistant | Tor & Forge Books) for providing the books for this giveaway!

Here is the link to  DemonWars: First Heroes: The Highwayman and The Ancient (Saga of the First King) on Amazon, if you want more information about the book.

Two copies of DemonWars: First Heroes to giveaway. Starts next Monday

My CopyI’m so excited to be able to give 2 of my readers a copy of this book, DemonWars: First Heroes by R. A. Salvatore. I got my copy yesterday! It was sitting on the porch when I went out. I hope that you can get one too.

It contains 2 books, The Highwayman and The Ancient. It’s a BIG book, 607 pages. I’m excited to start reading it.

R. A. Salvatore Book Giveaway in March

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I will be hosting a giveaway in March, Starting March 3rd.

R. A. Salvatore’s Saga of the First King series: DEMONWARS: FIRST HEROES (A Tor Paperback; $11.99; On-sale: April 2, 2014). Well known for his popular Forgotten Realms character Drizzt the Drow Elf, Salvatore has created his own realm in the DemonWars Saga, expanded by the Saga of the First Kings.

In The Highwayman, Salvatore takes his readers back to his signature world of Corona many years before the DemonWars, introducing a fascinating new hero. The roads are unsafe to travel; goblins and bloodthirsty Powries search out human prey. Two religions struggle fiercely for control. Only the Highwayman travels freely, his sword casting aside both Powries and soldiers. The people need a savior, but is the Highwayman on a mission of mercy…or vengeance?

In The Ancient, Bransen Garibond is tricked into journeying across the Gulf of Corona to the wild lands of Vanguard, where he is pressed into service in a desperate war. If Branson fails, all who live on the lake will perish, and all of northern Honce will fall under the shadow of the merciless and vengeful Samhaists.

Publishers Weeklycalls The Highwayman a “swift-moving tale of sword and sorcery” and declares, “Fans of Salvatore’s unadorned approach and broad caricatures of archetypal figures should be pleased with this carnival of treachery and medieval feudalism.” A can’t miss collection for Salvatore fans, this special omnibus reprint is also the perfect introduction to the entertaining realms of the DemonWars.

Katniss

My Granddaughter has started posting some of her artwork on her very own WordPress blog. When I was talking to her last night at her sister’s band concert, I asked her if it would be OK if I re-blogged some of her posts. She said yes, so here is the last drawing that she posted. I will re-blog a few of her posts. Hope you visit her site.

The Works and Quirks of Macamania

Katniss

Here’s an old drawing, from a couple years ago. I don’t have this piece now, I sold it. I’m aware it’s not as good as some of my other drawings, but hey, I made it way before I started drawing more.

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Review Policy – Dec 19, 2013

Review Policy – Dec 19, 2013

I will read and review many types of books. I like non-fiction books related to music and technology. I also like some biographies, but those are kind of iffy. I read quite a bit of fiction, mainly mysteries or thrillers, not much horror, but occasionally I like to get scared. I used to read a lot of science fiction, but most of the stuff that I’ve read lately is too much fantasy and not enough hard science, but if I hear about something good, I might read it. I won’t read any romance books, political non-fiction, or most instructional books. I might read a good self-published book, since I read quite a few first books, but if I can’t get though it, the review won’t show up here (But I will let you know that I tried to read it).

I don’t like to write negative reviews, so therefore, I will review books that I want to read and that I enjoy reading. I will put those reviews here and on Amazon and GoodReads. Most of my reviews will end up being 3 stars and above.

If I don’t like reading a book that I receive as an Advanced Review Copy and I don’t finish it, I will complete the feedback page on NetGalley or edelweiss, but I won’t review it here on Bill’s Book Reviews, and I won’t put anything on Amazon or GoodReads. If I do finish the book, but I don’t like it, I probably won’t review it, but if I feel that I need to say something, then I will do a review here, and on Amazon and GoodReads.

I will try to post reviews of ARCs as close to the publication date as I can. If you have a requested date, I will attempt to hit that date.

If you would like to contact me concerning a possible book review, email me a bills_book_reviews@mackela.com. Thanks for reading this policy statement.

This is a very odd day, week, couple of weeks – It’s been filled with The Beatles

Tune InSomehow I ended up with 2 books about The Beatles that were being published on the same day. Since I always try to put my review up on the day that a book is published, that meant that both books had to be read and reviewed at the same time. Tune In  (A Review of Tune In: The Beatles: All These Years Vol. 1 by Mark Lewisohn) was a very long, very detailed account of the lives of all the major players in the leading up to and the forming of the band that would become The Beatles.

Beatles vs. StonesThe other book, Beatles vs. Stones, (A Review of Beatles vs. Stones by John McMillian) is a much shorter book that compares the two main combatants in the “British Invasion” of the early 1960s. It made for a crazy couple of weeks, even though it was fun.

 

rubber-soul-cover-final-hartterI also have had the privilege of reading a fictional account of The Beatles, Rubber Soul (A Review of Rubber Soul by Greg Kihn)

and a short look at the events surrounding the recording and release of The Beatles’ first single,

Love Me Do by Bill Harry
Love Me Do by Bill Harry

Love Me Do (Review of Love Me Do by Bill Harry). So I guess that even though I never considered myself a Beatles Nut, my reviews might look like it. I enjoy many different kinds of music, and have an open mind, so you may see more music orientated reviews here in the future.

SoundWave32 – New Music!

I just found this great new music site. If you love new music, like I do, you must check out soundillustrated. Zach lets you hear around a half dozen new songs each week. He puts up links to videos and other info, along with a small review of each tune. I am following his blog, and will be back each Thursday to get my injection of some of the best new music of the week.

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Let me know what you think, and subscribe to get new music updates emailed to you every week! → → → → → → → → → →

I CAN BE INDIE TOO

Land of Gathering - The Ceremonies

“Land of Gathering” – The Ceremonies

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Sorry for missing last week! Sometimes life gets too crazy to handle, and the only substantial thing that can be cut is this blog. Apologies all around, but hopefully this week will make up for last week’s failure. If this alone doesn’t meet your need for catharsis, you can always write me a heavily worded email.

Our first selection this week comes from LA’s The Ceremonies, an up-and-coming band of brothers (literally) who specialize (if we can say they specialize in anything after only one release) in upbeat pop/rock. The trio have signed with Gaga and Legend’s manager Troy Carter, so obviously there is something here worth noting – or…

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This is not a Review

Just a quick note. This is now a full week that we have been without power. I’ve been reading a few books, but two of them won’t be published until August, so I will wait on the reviews for them. The other two I may put up a small review once I can use my computer again.
When the storm came through here last Friday, it broke off some large branches in our backyard. These branches fell on the power line that runs from the pole to our house. When they hit the power line, it tore the electric meter and all the outside wiring right off the house. We have had to hire an electrical contractor to put in new wiring and a tree company to remove the branches and cut down all the broken and damaged limbs that are still in the trees in our backyard.
Once all that is done, and the city inspects the work, DTE will come out and reconnect our power. We hope that that will happen Monday. Until that happens, I really can’t work on this web site. It’s just to difficult to do everything from and iPad.
Thanks for understanding and I hope to post again soon.