“The Last Colony” Contests

Looks like I’m not the only one ramping up to do stuff with The Last Colony: At the moment there are two different giveaway contests going on for the book.

The first is through Tower.com: The folks there are setting up an interview with me and are soliciting questions from folks like you, about the book or anything else — and then they’ll randomly select five people who have asked questions to receive a free copy of TLC — and I believe the plan is to have me autograph those five copies as well. So, just by asking a question — which as we know from Reader Request Week you’re all capable of doing — you could get pure, creamy (likely to be) autographed science fictional goodness out of it. Naturally I heartily endorse this plan of action. Go! Ask questions!

Also, if you’ve not already pre-ordered your copy of The Last Colony, and you plan on buying it online, consider getting it from Tower. Some of you may recall last year that I held up Tower.com as an example of people who get how to market to bloggers and others online, because when they contacted me to see if I’d be interested in doing some sort of marketing thing with them, they actually knew who I was and who the readership here was. Which is to say they treated me with respect, which I liked. Also, in this particular case they took it upon themselves to promote the hell out of TLC just because they liked the book, and then contacted us and asked if we might want to get in on the action. Call me crazy, but I like the idea of supporting online retailers who go out of their way support my career, without me even asking.

So, yes, do consider giving Tower.com your online book and music-buying business. They’re selling TLC and my other books for a good price — the same one you’d pay at other places online — and they’re good folks. It’s a good combo.

The other giveaway at the moment is through Fantasybookspot.com, which despite its name also reviews and supports science fiction as well. I’m not entirely sure how they’re handing their giveaway — it’s not quite clear to me from this announcement — but heck, they’re still giving it away and you can still get in on the action.

Good luck!

San Diego, City of Dreams

Well, actually, perhaps not, since I have no memory of any dreams last night, except the one where I consumed a series of delicious, savory In-N-Out Double Doubles. But since I actually did consume a delicious, savory In-N-Out Double Double last night, not more than a few minutes after departing the airport parking lot, it wasn’t so much a dream as a joyful reality. All hail the Double Double! Except, I suppose, the vegetarians. I applaud their lifestyle choice, yet secrety pity them.

San Diego is lovely so far, although what I’ve seen of it since I’ve gotten here is largely limited to the In-N-Out drive through line and the inside of my friend’s townhouse, where I’m staying while I’m here. My understanding is that I’ll see more of the city today and tomorrow. It is to be hoped.

Anyway. Hi, I’m alive. How are you?