Sunday, June 01, 2014

Reapers Contest Begins Today

Reapers Contest - Summer 2014 (June 1 to August 31)

This contest is designed to promote Reapers, so the theme is remembering and honoring those who have passed from life to death and to resurrection.

The description is a bit complex, so please read carefully

To qualify for any part of this contest, the first step is to email me your name (or a pseudonym) to Include the following:

The name of a person who has passed away whom you would like to remember and honor. The person can be a relative, friend, military veteran, historical figure, or anyone else.

Also include whether or not I am allowed to publicly post the name of your honored person. This allowance is optional and will not affect your chances of winning.

Once I receive the entry, I will respond with a trivia question from Reapers. You will need to answer it correctly to complete your entry. A correct answer will put your name into the drawing for prizes. My goal is to send you your question within three days of receiving your entry.

Since the contest lasts three months, you will have plenty of time to read Reapers and answer the question. Feel free to look up the answer in the book.

From the pool of all entries, eight contestants will be chosen at random to win either (1) Their choice of any of my books, or (2) to be pre-publication readers for Omega Dragon. Those who choose #2 will receive an advance copy of Omega Dragon (date unknown), which they will get to keep. They will be asked to submit a short review statement that will be included in the front of the final version of the book, assuming that the publisher approves the statement as suitable for publication. One of these eight will also win the grand prize of this drawing, the sword and scabbard in the photo. This is not a new sword. I have used it in mock battles during my tours, so it has some flaws, but it still looks great.

Extra Prizes Entry Rules

To qualify for more prizes, include a description (Fewer than 1000 words) of the honored person and why you want to honor him or her.

Also include a photo of yourself posing next to a tombstone where your honored person is buried, OR a photo of yourself with the honored person when he or she was alive, OR any other photo of that person. If you want to send more than one of these photos, that is fine, but extra photos will not increase your chances of winning.

Please let me know if I am allowed to publicly post the photo(s) and/or descriptions. This allowance is optional and will not affect your chances of winning.

All entries, answered questions, and photos must be completed and sent to me by midnight August 31, 2014.

The extra prizes:

From the pool of those who submitted descriptions and photos of honored people, I will draw one person to win his or her choice of any of my books OR to be a pre-publication reader of Omega Dragon. Since the number of people in this extra pool will be smaller, those who participate will have a better chance of winning. These extra-entry contestants will also be including in the main drawing. The winner of this drawing will not be removed from consider for the cloak and staff.

I will also make a subjective evaluation of the descriptions and photos, and I will select the best entry to receive a Reapers cloak, such as you might have seen in our video trailer (, as well as a staff that can be used to battle against soul-stealing bandits. If you are never accosted by bandits, it will make a great hiking staff. That person will also win his or her choice of one of my books OR a spot as a pre-publication reader for Omega Dragon.

Above is a photo of the staff. It is 58 inches long, made of hickory, and feels quite solid. It is prepared as a hiking staff, but if you take off the rubber tip and leather strap, it could look like a battle staff.

I will contact winners by email during the first week in September. If the winners do not respond within five days, I will choose another person to replace that winner.

I reserve the right to add prizes along the way and to make necessary alterations and clarifications of the rules.

The contest will begin on June 1, 2014, and it is open to residents of all countries.

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