Songs of Love and Death: A Giveaway

Book CoverIn the mail this week, I received a finished copy of Songs of Love and Death, an anthology of new fiction from romance, science fiction and fantasy authors you’ve probably never heard of, like Neil Gaiman, Marjorie M. Liu, Diana Gabaldon, Jim Butcher, Jo Beverly, Mary Jo Putney, Jacqueline Carey and some other people. Gosh, it’s amazing how people with no track record of really honking excellent fiction get to assemble into an anthology AND get really slurpy-good cover art, isn’t it? Outrageous when that happens.

Anyway, because (a) I have an ARC and (b) I’m not done with it yet and also (c) fantasy and science fiction are not what my brain is craving right now and (d) I certainly don’t need a hardcover copy (see [a] re: ARC) I decided to give my copy away. Right here, right now, like that 90’s pop song only with Neil Gaiman instead of Jesus Jones.

This book isn’t out until 16 November, and I’ll mail the book on Friday 5 November Priority Mail, so if you’re in the US, you’ll get it before the release date. I’ll absolutely throw in the customary Smart Bitch Swag that goes into every possible mailing (stickers, SBTB post its, random pieces of cat hair – you know, the regular swag). 

If you are the winner, and you want to let me know what you think of it, please do send up a flare, or an email, or both. I can’t require such things due to pesky laws and regulations but I am always curious what people think of the books they win here at the hot pink palace of Bitchery.

What do you have to do to win? Tell me which story or which author you want to read the most – and if you can’t pick one because you’ve never heard of any of these people (gosh who ARE these upstart nobodies anyway? Does NO ONE vet these anthologies for People Who Are Amazing Writers requirement? Sheesh) – tell me which author of romance, fantasy, or science fiction you’d like to see in an anthology next.

Leave your entry in the comments, or, if you’re Neil Gaiman or Tanith Lee and you didn’t get your own copy, you can email me your entry at sarahATsmartbitchestrashybooksDOTcom with “Anthology giveaway” in the subject line. Comments close in 24 hours, and I’ll announce the winner tomorrow afternoon. If I get the address by Friday afternoon, I’ll mail it out Saturday morning. Standard disclaimers apply: I’m not being compensated for this giveaway except for one less hardback and a little less cat hair in my house. I’m watching the world wake up from history. Machine wash cold, lay flat to dry. Not suitable for anyone under the age of 6. May cause extreme giddiness in your pants.

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  1. 1
    Ella D. says:

    Jim Butcher because I love the Dresden files leikwhoa. *_*

  2. 2
    dreamysusan says:

    Um, Neil Gaiman is the top story pick.  But you know, what better time to start reading Gabaldon, right?

    Pick me!

  3. 3
    sans says:

    I’m looking forward to the Diana Gabaldon and Jacqueline Carey stories. Those ladies write some seriously epic stuff. Can’t wait to see how they do in the short story arena.

  4. 4
    Ella D. says:

    Actually, anthologies are pretty scary in terms of reading stuff by authors I already like since they turn out to be pretty disappointing.

    Easily my least favorite stories in the in Death series are the anthology ones.

  5. 5

    Diana Gabaldon, because I’m hoping it’s a Lord John story, and it’s been too long since she’s come out with a Lord John novel.

  6. 6
    Stephanie says:

    I’d actually like to see a Gaiman/Gabaldon collaboration.  They could pair up and write a sassy dark romance with a copious amount of doors and time travel.

  7. 7
    Linda Henderson says:

    I love anthologies, that’s how I’ve discovered a lot of new to me authors. I’d most like to read Jo Beverly.

  8. 8
    Jeannie says:

    I would actually like to read all of them because *gasp* I’ve never read one single word by any of those authors. (No, I don’t live in a cave.) And I can always use more cat hair at my house ‘cause lord only knows my cat doesn’t shed AT ALL!

  9. 9
    Amy S says:

    I cannot wait to read Marjorie M Liu’s story!  I absolutely devour anything that amazing woman writes!  I’ve loved her since Tiger Eye and with Shadow Touch she grabbed my heart and hasn’t let go yet!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. 10
    Lori says:

    For me it’s a tie between Neil Gaiman & Jim Butcher. Pick me and when the book arrives I’ll flip a coin to decide which one to real first.

  11. 11
    Journeywoman says:

    OH! OH! OH! OH! OH! (Obligatory Mr. Kotter Ref.)

    Neil Gaiman!  SWOOOOOOOOON.

    I also adore Ms. Gabaldon.

    Thanks for thinking of us!

  12. 12
    Sherry says:

    I have followed Marjorie since the beginning of her career. She is my absolute favorite author, and as an unpublished writer, she’s my worst intimidator too. Majorie packs a lot of punch with her words! I recommend her to everyone I know!

  13. 13
    Katie says:

    I’d have to go with a toss up between the two front runners- Gaiman and Gabaldon :)

  14. 14
    Peggy says:

    I just checked the blurb on the book and now I have a quandary.  Are there any better writers of intriguing fantasy than Gaiman?  but I love Peter Beagle, (the scene in The last Unicorn where Molly confronts to Unicorn for having come so late. sigh).  Oh and Hobb and Lee and Butcher, all writers I enjoy.  But wow they are in company of writer’s I don’t know!  New goodness.  I want to read them all.

  15. 15
    Tanya Wires says:

    I have not read anything by any of these authors before but I have seen Marjorie M. Liu’s name going around on twitter =) I would like to read something from her. Its the same way I found out about Michele Hauf and she’s awesome! Thanks for the contest.

  16. 16
    Carrie says:

    I have been waiting for this book. I’m looking forward to many of the stories, especially the the Gabaldon.

  17. 17
    KathyB says:

    How to choose?  I love ALL the authors listed on the cover…but I guess the first one I’d go for is the Gabaldon (only because there is such a gap between books that a fix would be good)

  18. 18
    Lulu says:

    I am looking forward to reading Jim Butcher and Diana Gabaldon.  I can’t get enough of Dresden Files kind of stuff and hot Highlanders!  I need an in-between novels fix!

  19. 19
    Rhyan Birch says:

    Marjorie M. Liu I was thinking of cutting and pasting the list but well I figured that was to much work. I need to get back to reading. I love anthologies. Thanks for a great contest.

  20. 20
    Heather says:

    Neil Gaiman – I kept getting dragged to comic book stores in college due to True Love(tm), and the proprietress took pity on my long-suffering visage and placed a Sandman comic (#50) in my hands and told me I would love it. I adored it and so I eagerly went to the comic book store after that. I truly wanted to be Neil Gaiman when I grew up (or at least get his knowledge. The stuff he knows…) I normally dislike short stories, but I love his shorter works. He also has written a (very) short story that changed my view about suicide: I always considered it a viable option in a “well maybe” kind of way, but a vignette he wrote in Endless Nights changed my view completely.

    Diana Gabaldon – Her newest (which came out last year, mind you) is taunting me from my book shelf. I love her stuff (Jamie, FTW!) but the last couple books I cried. No, I didn’t cry – I BAWLED! And I haven’t been up to that level of emotional wrenching. So maybe a shorter story could entice me back to her?

    Jacqueline Carey – If I didn’t already have a couple of back tattoos already, I would so get the Phedre’s rose. Yes, I know, but her books are the perfect combination of all the genres I love: romance, erotica, history, alternate history … that she is one of my favorite authors. I love the fact that she can change the tone of voice of the narrator of the books so drastically. Imriel has a different voice than Phedre, and Moirin has her own voice as well.

    Do I really need to go into Butcher, Vaughn, and Liu? *grin*

  21. 21
    CindyK says:

    Well – you mean I have to choose a favorite!!  I can’t I really, really can’t!  I like so many of them for various reasons, it’s impossible to choose a favorite. 

    Neil Gaiman – classic, weird but really good stories.
    Majorie M Liu – paranormal books getting better all the time.
    Diana Galbadon – classic!  I can remember the exact moment the librarian suggested I read her books and I’ve turned multiple people on to her…
    Jim Butcher – who doesn’t like magic and a wizard who doesn’t do well with tech or a whole world of elements gone wild.
    Carrie Vaughn- Female werewolf kicking butt. Nice.

    And list goes on.  Who ever gets it will enjoy it like heck.  I know I will.

  22. 22
    SonomaLass says:

    It would be shorter for me to list the authors in this anthology who don’t excite me! There are only a few names here not on my “OMG squee” list, because I am a longtime fantasy reader who also reads a lot of romance.  But for argument’s sake, I’ll say Jacqueline Carey, because I just finished her latest book last month, which means this is the only new thing of hers I’m likely to see for at least a year.

    Oh man, do I want to read this. All of it.

  23. 23
    Susan Laura says:

    I would have to say Gabaldon or Marjorie M. Liu. Thanks!

  24. 24
    Jaime says:

    Oh my – such a pity they gathered up so many no-name authors to create this anthology. So glad the editor and publisher are taking a chance on these writers. I really hope at least one of them has talent. I suppose I’ll take a chance on the Gaiman chap – what a great name!

  25. 25
    ShannonN. says:

    OH jeez, it’s a three-way (ohh la la) tie between Gabaldon, Gaiman, and Butcher. I don’t think I’ve read any short stories from any of them before though, and I’d love to see how they do with the format.

  26. 26
    redgirl says:

    I MUST have this book. Jim Butcher is such a Fav of mine, and he fills in the gaps between his books with stories in anthologies. I have been Butcher-deprived since April becaise he hasn’t released an alternate series to take the place of his Alera Codex (now finished) to fill in when we are all STARVING and CRAVING the Dresdin Files.

  27. 27
    Genevieve says:

    After I finally found the correct pronunciation of her name and stopped saying Gabble-Doon, I can freely admit (and write) that Diana Gabaldon is my favorite and the reason I’d read this anthology. Jim Butcher and Neil Gaiman are no slouches either I might add. Gabaldon’s novels are thick and rich with interesting and complicated characters, funny dialogue,and in depth historical facts. But, primarily (although red heads never did it for me before) I dig that Jamie Fraser. Whooee dawgy. Ya ken?

  28. 28
    Erin says:

    Oh me please me.  Jim Butcher – Love the Dresden Files, Majorie M. Liu – Love her books too.  Jo Beverly – Wouldn’t mind reading her story either.  Actually, wouldn’t mind checking out the whole book.  So pick me please!

  29. 29
    Heather Skeels says:

    Gaiman I think first, I like all of the authors.  I am also torn, do I really want something that will collect dust (and cat hair)?  If it is meant then so be it.  Thanks for the contest.

  30. 30
    Shannon says:

    I’ve been hooked on Gabaldon forever!  I don’t know how many people I’ve recommended Outlander to!

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