Win a Signed, Personalized Copy of The Consuming Fire

I got my author copies of The Consuming Fire! So now I’m going to give one away! Specifically, the one behind Smudge there. Also, I will sign it and personalize it to the winner or whomever they choose.

You want it? Here’s what you have to do:

I’m thinking of a city, in North America, featured in at least one (1) song that was a hit in the United States. Name the city. 

That’s it!

Now, the rules:

1. You may guess only one (1) city. Also (and obviously) one comment per person. Extra guesses and posts are disqualifying. When posting your comment, leave a valid email in the “email” field, otherwise I will not be able to reach you (I don’t make your email public and don’t use it otherwise). All comments other than those guessing a city will be deleted.

2. All guesses must be in by noon Eastern time on October 9, 2018.

3. In the event that more than one person guesses the city, I will tally up the number of people who correctly picked the city and ask Alexa to pick a random number between one and [number of people]. The person who corresponds to that number wins the book.

4. This contest is open to everyone around the world. I will cover shipping. However, if you live outside the US, it might take a while for the book to arrive to you. International shipping is weird.

5. I’ll pick the winner after the contest closes and contact that person by email for a shipping address. That winner will have the option for the book to be signed and personalized, to them or someone else.

And now, the hints:

1. The city currently exists and has people living in it.

2. The city’s name does not start with “X”.

3. The city is an incorporated city (or the equivalent in its country).

4. “North America” in this case can be understood to mean Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It does not include Central American or Caribbean nations (but may include cities in territories and islands possessed by Canada, the United States, and Mexico).

There you go.

Now make your guess, and good luck!

991 Comments on “Win a Signed, Personalized Copy of The Consuming Fire”

  1. Alabama (sweet home)

  2. Because it popped in my head when you mentioned Mexico…Tampico.

    As in Jimmy Buffet’s Tampico Trauma.

  3. sarahsreadingcorner – I've always loved to write. I would write about anything and everything! I used to love writing stories for school. Now I just love to write for fun. Recently I joined the Book of the Month and receive a new book each month. I love it! I wanted to combine my new passion for reading with my old love of writing. I hope you enjoy!

    Havana “ooh na-na” lol
    All the other guesses were so good, like Winslow! I started singing so many songs in my head while reading the comments! But my first and final guess is unfortunately Havana

  4. Matthew Appleton – Ashburn, VA – A dad and loving husband who is also an easily distracted sf&f junkie, LEGO enthusiast, Phillies fan, and writer wannabe who really has too many other responsibilities to be working on his many different on-going projects.
    Matthew Appleton

    Youngstown, OH

  5. John P. Needham – Spring, TX-based consultant in the exchange traded/OTC derivatives space. Proud father. Passion for good food & wine. Lousy but devoted golfer.
    John Needham

    San Jose, CA (I think Unsheathed Quill has it, but I’m guessing that too.)

  6. Walkin’ In… Memphis.

    First song with a city that popped into my head! Is it the right city, probably not.. but worth a shot!

  7. That’s easy! (/SirRobin)
    In at least two major hits (so far). Possibly more, if you stretch the time to before the advent of radio, but I suspect that’s pushing the rules a bit beyond the tested limits.

  8. I thought I was so original because I haven’t seen Wichita in other comments, but Mike Adamson beat me to it. Oh well, I’m sticking with it.

  9. Bruce Diamond – Flyover Land on the teeming Mississippi River – Despicably proud old man. Text-extruding asshole (thank you, John Scalzi) with a skewed vision on life, pop culture, writing and general assholiness. Not a scholar, not a gentleman, not Martin or Lewis. But still trying to make life fun and funny.
    Bruce Diamond

    Rock Island, IL. Memorialized in “The Rock Island Line.”

  10. Lodi. As in “Oh, Lord, Stuck There Again.”
    I had to go to high school in that city. May as well get something positive out of it!

  11. Ottawa (Kansas or Ontario, only Johnny Cash knew for sure.)

  12. Author Victoria Hodge – Victoria Hodge grew up reading Georgette Heyer and Jane Austen, and after re-reading her favourites dozens of times, it was probably inevitable that she would decide to write her own Regency romances. While she happily and endlessly debates which screen version of Pride & Prejudice is the best [BBC 1995 starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth], her tastes are eclectic and range beyond the Regency era. She is both a proud Trekker and a devoted Cumberbitch. After living in different cities around the world, including New York, Strasbourg, Firenze, and Chicago, Victoria now calls San Francisco home. She enjoys the fog, which inspires her fanciful muse by evoking old London. The chilly San Francisco summers are perfect to enjoy a scone with some hot tea and lemon (or limoncello). A former consumer advocate, jewellery designer, and screenwriter, she now focuses on story-telling, and sees life as fiction fodder. Victoria enjoys writing stories she'd like to read, and she hopes you enjoy them, too. To read out takes and extras from The Magpie Masquerade, and to learn about Victoria Hodge’s newest releases, special sales and promotions, be sure to sign up for Hodgepodge! the Victoria Hodge newsletter
    Author Victoria Hodge

    So many great songs to choose from! A long shot, but I’ll go with The Battle of New Orleans (Johnny Horton) b/c it’s fun. :-D (If I win I’d like Smudge to sign the book with a paw print) :-D

  13. Raq – Washington DC – I solve problems for some large federal agencies. Sometimes I do that by connecting people and sometimes by teaching people how to be innovators. Sometimes I do it while pounding my head on my desk.

    Rockville, MD. As in “Don’t Go Back to Rockville” by REM. As in the Ubiquitous Michael Stipe.

    Of all the cities in all the songs, this is the city to which I’m most closely geolocated at the moment, so why not?

  14. rktrixy – Alameda, CA – Architect, Newly-wed, Middle-aged Crafty woman. Love Science Fiction, Love quilting, Love fabric, love love love surface pattern. Very very fond of food.


  15. JohnFromGR – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Chief Operations Officer of Caffeinated Press. Editor-in-Chief of The 3288 Review. Martial arts instructor. Web/mobile developer. I write sometimes, too.
    John Winkelman

    A B C D E F G H, I got a gal in Kalamazoo

  16. JohnFromGR – Grand Rapids, Michigan – Chief Operations Officer of Caffeinated Press. Editor-in-Chief of The 3288 Review. Martial arts instructor. Web/mobile developer. I write sometimes, too.

    A B C D E F G H, I got a gal in Kalamazoo

  17. I’m going to go with Manhattan. First we take Manhattan….

    (I’m hoping that “made it to 11” on “US Billboard Alternative Songs” counts as a hit. Most songs don’t hit any list!)

  18. Boulder, CO (Closer by Chainsmokers) basically just cause I live near there ;)

  19. M.A. Kropp – NH, USA – I am a writer who is also a wife, mommy, and grandmother. I live in MA in the USA. I write mostly fantasy and science fiction. I speak sarcasm fluently. I am Irish and a ginger- that is fair warning. Puppies and kittens are my friends. I like good food, good drink, good friends, and good books.
    M.A. Kropp

    Scranton, PA- my hometown and the site of 30,000 lbs. of Bananas. Fun fact- the accident in that Harry Chapin song was real, and happened about 3 blocks from where I grew up. I remember it. It wasn’t the only truck crash on that street during my childhood.

  20. Going on the knowledge you’re old enough to remember the Partridge Family, I’ll go with Albequerque.

  21. Memphis, just based on playing the odds of picking the city with the most songs that mention it.

  22. evehammond – A dedicated Mom, partner and teacher, I devote myself to the positive aspects of life and work hard to alleviate the negative. I truly believe in the value of Arts Education to produce better, more empathic, creative and innovative people and I work each day to make that dream a reality.

    “The bluest skies you’ll ever see are in SEATTLE”

  23. Because Clue #2 isn’t really a clue if the city *doesn’t* have an X in the name, we’ll go with

    Phoenix, AZ.

    And assume it’s been featured in a song at some point….

  24. timoluege – Berlin – Humanitarian communications consultant, passionate about information, communication and disaster relief. Works well in dysfunctional environments. Blogs at <a href="">Social Media for Good</a>. Also on <a rel="”author”" href="//”">Google+</a> and <a href="">Twitter</a>.

    New York, New York

  25. Jonathan I. Ezor – Attorney, author, and speaker on privacy, e-commerce law, intellectual property and other technology business law issues Counsel, Olshan Frome Wolosky (
    Jonathan I. Ezor


  26. Jeffrey Baker – I have been involved in archaeology for over 30 years, either as a student or a professional archaeologist. During that time period, I have worked in a number of states and one foreign country (Belize). I have mainly worked in the Maya Lowlands, US Southwest and the Great Basin culture areas.
    Jeffrey Baker

    Tucson, AZ (was going to go for Winslow, but, that seems to be a popular choice.

  27. L.A. (As in “I Love L.A.”)

    (Don’t know if it’s the right guess, but I definitely now need to go through my Randy Newman collection again.)

  28. Hope Griffin Diaz – North Carolina – So, to borrow from a popular shirt, I love Jesus but I cuss a little. Well, a lot. In fact, I just don't believe Jesus really gives a shit about the word 🤬 I am married to the love of my life, Louie (aka Luis) and have an adult child, Christy. Reading transports me to places that are inaccessible to me right now. Whether those places address in space or in areas I'm unable to travel, I am grateful for books and authors who keep my mind occupied. I fancy myself an amateur gardener, I am owned by a large black purr machine maine coon cat named Samwise aka #SamSam and a Border Collie/Australian Cattle dog mix named Daisy. I knit. I craft. I sew. These are at my leisure and are hobbies. I don't take commissions nor do I do alterations. I'm an aspiring human being. I battle several mental illnesses including depression, major panic disorder, agoraphobia, germaphobia, claustrophobia, and some other assorted illnesses. I also have fibromyalgia and have had numerous traumatic brain injuries (into the double digits now). I am not able to drive at night.
    Jada Diaz

    New York
    Specifically from the lyrics of Pop Muzik by M

  29. Chris – Seattle – I've written a couple of unpublished novels, played in a few unsigned bands, and had a 25-year career in journalism, with multiple awards to my name. I also enjoy cats.
    Chris Winters

    Detroit (and specifically, its nonexistent neighborhood “South Detroit”)