stevenpiziks: (Good News)
We are now announcing our Clockwork Contest Winner, chosen randomly from those who reviewed THE DOOMSDAY VAULT and mentioned the fact either here or at the Clockwork Empire's Facebook page.

The winner is:

Samantha.1020

Congratulations, Samantha!  And thank you so much to everyone else who read and reviewed the book. It's all had a significant impact at Amazon.  You're the best!

And just as a final bit of fun, here's a short excerpt from THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE. Enjoy!


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stevenpiziks: (Good News)
We got our twentieth entry today! That was ten reviews in less than six days.  That's amazing and awesome, everyone.  I have incredible readers.

We'll keep the contest running for four more days so that anyone else who wants to enter can be eligible for the win. If you want to try for those signed copies, pop over to Amazon and write a review (good, bad, or indifferent) for THE DOOMSDAY VAULT.

And read on to the next entry for some wonderful news.
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The contest is still ongoing, everyone: 10 Reviews in 10 Days.  Can we do it?  Full details are here: http://spiziks.livejournal.com/362881.html

We have 14 reviews, and only need six more!  The prize: signed copies of THE DOOMSDAY VAULT and THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE, and since CUBE hasn't come out yet, that means the winner gets an advance look!
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THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE comes out in twenty days, and I'm holding a clockwork contest.  The prize?  A signed Advance Reader Copy of THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE and a signed copy of THE DOOMSDAY VAULT.

Here's how it works:

Amazon makes recommendations based on the number of reader reviews a book gets.  When a book reaches 20 reader reviews, Amazon's computer starts recommending it.  The content of the reviews doesn't matter--only that the book got reviews.

THE DOOMSDAY VAULT has ten reader reviews so far.  Ten more will get Amazon to recommend it, just in time for THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE to come out.  Here's where the contest comes in.

Go to Amazon and write a review for THE DOOMSDAY VAULT.  The link is here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Doomsday-Vault-Clockwork-Empire/dp/045146429X/  (If you don't have an Amazon account, you'll need to create one, but it's free with an email address.)  The review can be a simple, "I bought this book, and it's steampunk," or you can dissect endlessly.  You can shred the book, if you like, as long as you post a review.

(Please note: I'm not pushing for good reviews.  You won't hurt my feelings if you post a bad review or a short one.  Do be honest in whatever you say.  I definitely don't want to be accused of begging for good reviews. I stand by my work, in any case. Thanks!)

When you've posted a review, come back here and put a comment in letting me know which one is yours.  If you've already already reviewed it (thank you!), put a comment here to say which earlier review is yours.  Each reviewer will be entered in the contest.

Can we get ten reviews in ten days?  If we do, I'll choose one of the reviewers at random to receive the prize above.

(And if the winner wants to post a review of THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE to start the cycle over again, well that would be awesome!)

Ten reviews in ten days with a prize at the end.  What could be better?


UPDATE #1
We have 14 reviews now. That's so great!

UPDATE #2
In the mail today, I got my author copies of THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE. So instead of an ARC, the contest winner will receive an actual copy (unless the winner would =prefer= an ARC). Perfect timing!
stevenpiziks: (Good News)
It can joyfully be announced:

Ace Books has acquired a new steampunk trilogy from Steven Harper (me).  Series title: THE BRAIN PLAGUE.

In Book One, THE DOOMSDAY VAULT, Alice Webb and Gavin Michael join an underground police force in Victorian London, where they fight zombies, mad scientists, and air pirates in an attempt to save the British Empire from a terrible plague, only to discover that the cure may be worse than the disease.

Books two and three are tentatively titled THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE and THE DRAGON MEN.

THE DOOMSDAY VAULT is due on December 1, 2010.  THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE is due on July 1, 2011, and THE DRAGON MEN is due on February 1, 2012.  (In other words, I have about seven months to write each book.  Whoo!  My fingers will be a-flyin'!)

Anne Sowards at Ace will be editing.

We're very happy over here.

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