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The winner of our giveaway for the audiobook of We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory has been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to: Eirik U.!

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Thanks to everyone who entered.

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory…but hurry, time is running out!

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WINNERS: UNSEAMING by Mike Allen

The winners of our giveaway for Unseaming by Mike Allen have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Shira L. (Physcial copy)
  • Adam S-M. (Physcial copy)
  • Chris R. (Physcial copy)
  • John G. (eBook copy)
  • Fred J. (eBook copy)
  • Bill M. (eBook copy)
  • Tammy G. (eBook copy)
  • Jamey W. (eBook copy)
  • Dusty W. (eBook copy)
  • Antonino L. (eBook copy)
  • Tomi M. (eBook copy)
  • Angus M. (eBook copy)
  • M.E. (eBook copy)

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Thanks to everyone who entered.

Courtesy of Tachyon Publications and audible.com, SF Signal has a audiobook copy of Daryl Gregory’s We Are All Completely Fine to give away to 1 lucky SF Signal reader!

Here’s what the book is about:

Harrison was the Monster Detective, a storybook hero. Now he’s in his mid-thirties and spends most of his time popping pills and not sleeping. Stan became a minor celebrity after being partially eaten by cannibals. Barbara is haunted by unreadable messages carved upon her bones. Greta may or may not be a mass-murdering arsonist. Martin never takes off his sunglasses. Never.

No one believes the extent of their horrific tales, not until they are sought out by psychotherapist Dr. Jan Sayer. What happens when these seemingly-insane outcasts form a support group? Together they must discover which monsters they face are within—and which are lurking in plain sight.

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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for Unseaming by Mike Allen…but hurry, time is running out!

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Anton Strout was born in the Berkshire Hills mere miles from writing heavyweights Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. He currently lives in the haunted corn maze that is New Jersey (where nothing paranormal ever really happens, he assures you). He is the author of the Simon Canderous urban fantasy series and the Spellmason Chronicles for Ace Books, a division of Penguin Random House. Anton is also the author of many short tales published in anthologies by DAW Books. His latest book, Incarnate, the third Spellmason Chronicles book, is coming out September 30, 2014. In his scant spare time, his is a writer, a sometimes actor, sometimes musician, occasional RPGer, and the worlds most casual and controller smashing video gamer. He currently works in the exciting world of publishing and yes, it is as glamorous as it sounds. He is currently hard at work on his next book and be found lurking the darkened hallways of antonstrout.com or talking with your favorite SF&F authors on The Once and Future Podcast, where he is host and content curator.

Keeping It Fresh, or How To Be a Good Judge of Character

by Anton Strout

When you do something for a long time like, say, writing an ongoing series, there’s always the danger of your books going rotten like weeks old fruits or vegetables. Sure, the characters were nice and fresh in book one, but three books in they’re looking a little too squishy and unpalatable.

Never fear, dear reader! I’m here to tell you what it takes to keep an ongoing series from going rotten and boring you!
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Psst! Do you like…weird?

Courtesy of Mike Allen, SF Signal has 13 (3 physical + 10 eBook) copies of Mike Allen’s creepy collection Unseaming to give away to 13 lucky SF Signal readers!

Here’s what the collection is about:

Everyone in the world awakens covered in blood-and no one knows where the blood came from. A childhood doll arrives to tear its owner’s reality limb from limb. A portal to the spirit realm stretches wide on the Appalachian Trail, and something more than human crawls through on eight legs. Words of comfort change to terrifying sounds as a force from outside time speaks through them. The buttons in the bin will unseam your flesh to bare your nastiest secrets.

Opening with “The Button Bin,” a finalist for the Nebula Award for Best Short Story, and culminating with its sequel, “The Quiltmaker,” which Bram Stoker Award and Shirley Jackson Award winner Laird Barron has hailed as Mike Allen’s masterpiece, this debut collection gathers fourteen horror tales that, in the words of Barron’s introduction, “rival anything committed to paper by the likes of contemporary masters such as Clive Barker, Ramsey Campbell, or Caitlín Kiernan. This is raw, visceral, and sometimes bloody stuff. Primal stuff.”

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The winner of our giveaway for The Young Elites by Marie Lu have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to: Shawn K.!

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Thanks to everyone who entered.

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Young Elites by Marie Lu (plus swag)…but hurry, time is running out!

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Courtesy of the good folks at Penguin Books USA, SF Signal has some cool swag to give away to 1 lucky SF Signal reader!

What swag, you ask?
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David Gerrold’s website recently got a makeover to highlight the twelve classic works that have been made available in eBook format.

One of those books is Starhunt and we’re pleased to be able to offer a Starhunt giveaway for SF Signal readers!

Winners will receive an eBook copy of Starhunt *and* a chance to select FOUR additional eBooks from David’s 12 new releases. (The eBooks will be in PDF format.)

Are you not familiar with Starhunt? Here’s what it’s about:

Only an endless space war could have produced the Roger Burlingame. A war that had caused Earth to turn starships into instruments of total destruction. A war that had so drained Earth of resources that the Roger Burlingame was kept in service long after it should have been scrapped.

Now, light years from Earth, the great starship had sighted a quarry almost certain to defeat it in a fair fight. The captain’s nerve was gone; the crew were on the verge of mutiny. And command had passed to a fanatical young first officer hungry for his first kill.

War had turned into hell—and this was a voyage of the damned…

Originally published as Yesterday’s Children.

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WINNERS: THE TIME FETCH by Amy Herrick

The winners of our giveaway for The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Krista M.
  • Robert S.
  • Steve B.

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Thanks to everyone who entered.

The winners of our giveaway for The Freezer by Timothy S. Johnston have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:
eBook winners

  • Cherei M.
  • Paul C.

Mug winners:

  • Michael D.
  • Steven W.

Signed cover winners

  • David S.
  • Guillermo C.
  • Jason D.
  • Joel C. S.
  • Paul A.S.
  • Rose A.

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Freezer by Timothy S. Johnston…but hurry, time is running out!

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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick…but hurry, time is running out!

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Amy Herrick is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Every morning, she and her dog take a long walk in Prospect Park looking for adventure. They’ve seen and heard many wondrous things there, some of which have served as inspiration for this story. The Time Fetch is her first book for young readers. Learn more at AmyHerrick.com.

Amy was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about how the The Time Fetch came into existence, her love of folklore, and what she’s working on next!

[Thanks to Algonquin Young Readers, we have three copies of The Time Fetch up for grabs -- check the bottom of this post for details about the give away!]


ANDREA JOHNSON: Your brand new book is The Time Fetch. Can you tell us what the story is about?

AMY HERRICK: The Time Fetch is a modern-day winter solstice fairy tale. It also has some elements of mythology and science fiction which crashed the party without an invitation.
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WINNERS: Frostborn by Lou Anders

The winners of our giveaway for Frostborn by Lou Anders have been chosen and notified.

Congratulations to:

  • Chris N. from Texas
  • Kay R. from Arizona
  • Scott G. from Arizona
  • Susan V. from New Mexico
  • Tanja W. from Arkansas

You will be receiving your prizes soon!

Thanks to everyone who entered.

SF Signal has lots of swag to give away to coincide with the release of Timothy S. Johnston’s new novel The Freezer:

  • 2 winners will each receive an eBook copy of The Freezer
  • 2 winners will each receive a mug (see below)
  • 6 winners will each receive a signed covers

Here’s what the book is about:

2402 AD

CCF homicide investigator Kyle Tanner and his girlfriend are on their way to Pluto, en route to a new life together. Just one little death to check out in the asteroid belt first. But when you’re as tangled up in conspiracy as Tanner is, a few hours on a case can change your life. Or end it.

The mystery is a strange one—one man dead, a cryptic message his dying breath. Still, Tanner’s ready to wrap it up until another gruesome murder shakes him to his core. The discovery of a microscopic bomb near his own heart offers the first faint clue, but the clock is ticking. He has four days….

A desperate search for answers takes Tanner to The Freezer, an isolated facility on one of Jupiter’s moons. With anti-CCF dissidents targeting the facility, a team of scientists conducting experiments the military would rather remain hidden, and a mysterious man in white hunting him on the ice, Tanner will have to choose his allies carefully. Putting his faith in the wrong person will leave him bleeding out in seconds.

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There is still some time left for you to enter our giveaway for Frostborn by Lou Anders…but hurry, time is running out!

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Lou Anders‘ research on Norse mythology while writing Frostborn turned into a love affair with Viking culture and a first visit to Norway. He hopes the series will appeal to boys and girls equally. Anders is the recipient of a Hugo Award for editing and a Chesley Award for art direction. He has published over 500 articles and stories on science fiction and fantasy television and literature. Frostborn, which Publishers Weekly described as “thoroughly enjoyable” (starred review), is his first middle grade novel. A prolific speaker, Anders regularly attends writing conventions around the country. He and his family reside in Birmingham, Alabama. You can visit Anders online at louanders.com and ThronesandBones.com, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @ThronesandBones.

Lou was kind enough to chat with me about Frostborn!


Kristin Centorcelli: Lou, let’s talk Frostborn. Will you tell us a bit about the book, the world that it’s set in, and why you decided to write it?

Lou Anders: Frostborn is the story of Karn Korlundsson, a boy growing up knowing he will one day inherit the responsibility of running a large farm but who would much rather play the board game Thrones and Bones, and Thianna, a half-human, half-frost giant girl, who at seven feet tall, is picked on horribly by her peers in the frost giant village for being so short—they don’t let her play any reindeer games, you could say—and wishes she could expunge her human half. The two of them are driven out of their individual homes by unforeseen circumstances and meet in the icebound wilderness, where they help each other survive, learn about themselves, and overcome monsters and two separate sets of bad guys. Frostborn is the first book in the Thrones and Bones series, and it is a middle-grade fantasy series written for boys and girls ages eight and up. It was just recently released by Random House Children’s Books new imprint, Crown Books for Young Readers (headed by the brilliant and famous Phoebe Yeh), and I have been blown away by the reaction to it thus far.
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