Author Archives: Anthony Ryan

Tower Lord giveaway. And the winners are…

Many thanks to everyone who entered the Tower Lord giveaway competition, especially those who donated to Michael J. Sullivan’s Ride to Conquer Cancer. Total donations amounted to $1092.00 which is terrific. Donations for this very worthwhile cause will remain open until September 12th so please consider making a contribution. Without further ado, the winners are:

1st place: Laura Fisher

2nd place: Josh Garner

3rd place: Marianne Harrington and Duncan McKenzie

2nd-chance draw winners: Karen Seidle and Benjamin Surratt

Congratulations to the winners and commiserations to everyone else. As per the rules, everyone who made a donation will receive signed bookplates for Blood Song and Tower Lord. Also, many thanks for all the positive comments in the emails, sorry I couldn’t reply to you all individually.


Barnes & Noble Website – Guest Post

I wrote a short article for the Barnes & Noble website on four great books with unhappy endings. Read it here: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/review/anthony-ryan/


Tower Lord – Giveaway Competition

It’s time for another giveaway competition. The rules are the same as before, with an added bonus.

The Prizes

One first-place winner will receive a US hardcover edition of Tower Lord, signed, lined and dated by me.

One second-place winner will win a UK hardcover edition of Tower Lord, signed, lined and dated by me.

Two third-place winners will win a UK large format paperback edition of Tower Lord, signed, lined and dated by me.

The Bonus

There will also be a second chance draw in support of fellow fantasy author Michael J. Sullivan who will be taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in September benefitting the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre. Michael will be riding 150 miles in two days to raise money for cancer research. Michael lost both his father and sister to cancer, but he is riding primarily for the fantasy and science fiction authors who we’ve recently lost to this disease including: Iain M. Banks, A. C. Crispin, Jay Lake, and unfortunately many more.

Anyone who makes a donation of $20 or more to this very worthwhile cause will be entered into a second chance draw. There will be two winners in this draw. One will be chosen at random and the other will be the one who makes the largest donation. Each winner will receive a US edition hardcover of Tower Lord, signed, lined and dated by me. Also, anyone who makes a donation will receive both of the bookplates below for Blood Song and Tower Lord, designed and signed by me. Make your donations via the following link, and be sure to include your name in the ‘recognition name’ field:

http://dc14.ridetovictory.org/site/TR/Events/2014WashingtonDC?px=1211326&pg=personal&fr_id=1070

Blood Song Bookplate unsigned Tower Lord Bookplate unsigned

 

As an added incentive, Michael has also agreed to send the winner a signed hardcover of their choice from the following books:

* Theft of Swords (includes The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartha)

* Rise of Empire (includes Nyphron Rising and The Emerald Storm)

* Heir of Novron (includes Wintertide & Percepliquis)

* Blood of Thieves (The Crown Tower and The Rose and the Thorn)

How to enter:

Email me at anthonyryan27@hotmail.co.uk between now and midnight GMT on the 7th of August. Mark your email ‘Tower Lord Giveaway’ and include your name and address in the body of the email. Anyone wishing to be entered into the second chance draw must attach their receipt from Johns Hopkins confirming their donation. Feel free to photoshop out any personal information you don’t wish to share, but your name and donation amount will need to be visible. I will choose the winners at random on 8th of August. All addresses supplied will remain confidential and will be deleted at the close of the competition. Only one entry per contestant please, multiple emails from the same source will be banned and the sender blocked. P&P will be paid by me. Best of luck.


New Audio Interview

Thanks to Spencer Wightman for inviting me onto the Architect’s Apprentice podcast to talk about Tower Lord and various writing gubbins. You can listen here:

http://www.architectapprentice.com/blog/podcast-episode-2-with-anthony-ryan

 

Also available on iTunes.

WARNING: major spoilers so approach with caution. 


Neverland Shadows

Thanks to Grim Oak Press for inviting me to contribute a story to their forthcoming anthology Neverland Shadows, a collection of fantasy stories told from the perspective of the villain. Here’s the full list of contributing authors, some pretty impressive names I think you’d agree:

  • Terry Brooks (introduction)
  • Ann Aguirre
  • Piers Anthony
  • R. Scott Bakker
  • Jim Butcher
  • Glen Cook
  • Tang Fei (Chinese tranlsated work)
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Tanith Lee
  • Ken Liu
  • Scott Lynch
  • John Marco
  • Tim Marquitz
  • Peter Orullian
  • Kat Richardson
  • Anthony Ryan
  • Shawn Speakman
  • Michael J. Sullivan
  • Adrian Tchaikovsky

More details here: http://grimoakpress.com/2014/07/16/the-line-up-for-neverlands-shadow/

Preorders open on 3rd September 2014 so mark your calendars now.


And ‘Blood Song’ in Russian is…

‘Песнь крови’. Apparently this has been out since February. Like the Turkish publisher they insisted on working from my author photo for the cover, over my objections naturally.
Blood Song Russian cover


New ‘Tower Lord’ review and last ever screen grab (for now)

Thanks to Joshua S. Hill for his review of Tower Lord on Fantasy Book Review.

Taking stock after a hectic, but very exciting couple of days, I have become increasingly aware that I’m checking my Amazon sales ranking is far too often whilst filling up my pictures folder with screen grabs. As this is probably not conducive to a stable mental state, and I real work to do, I’ve decided to stop doing it. Therefore I, Anthony Ryan, hereby swear to the Dark Gods I shall no longer check my sales ranking on an hourly basis nor take any more screen grabs… apart from this one which shows Tower Lord at number one on the Amazon UK fantasy chart as of this morning (last one, I promise):

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Audible UK – Special Offer on Blood Song – £5.99 for today only

Audible.co.uk is offering the Blood Song audiobook to members only at the special price of £5.99 (reduced from £16.62). Please note this offer is only open today: http://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Blood-Song-Audiobook/B00KIY6CSM/ref=a_search_c4_1_2_srTtl?qid=1401034942&sr=1-2


Tower Lord – UK Release Day

Tower Lord is released in the UK today in hardback, ebook and audio formats. Where-to-buy links have been added to the books page. This edition should also now be available in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Many thanks to everyone at Orbit UK for their hard work on making this happen, especially my editor James Long.

Tower Lord UK cover


Tower Lord – Signed UK Hardcovers & Maps

Thanks to Rob at Anderida Books for letting me know he is now taking pre-orders for signed first editions of the UK Tower Lord hardcover. You can email him at enquiries@anderidabooks.co.uk.

Also, due to popular demand (i.e. the two tweets I received) I’ve updated the Map Room with the maps from Tower Lord for anyone who has trouble reading them in the ebook.

And finally, if anyone missed it, this happened yesterday (which was pleasant).

amzncht

 


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