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Signed Red Rising Giveaway

I am in a Facebook group called Hic Sunt Leones: A Red Rising Trilogy fan group https://www.facebook.com/groups/118519022059902/

It is, well obviously, a group for fans of the Red Rising trilogy by Pierce Brown. Who is not only a great author, he is hilarious in person, and so damn Handsome he makes my goblin face look even worse than normal, but to top it off he is really humble about it all. But I digress, to celebrate the Facebook group hitting 500 members I am going to give away a signed copy of book one of his Red Rising trilogy!

To enter Like this post and make a comment. I would appreciate it if you also shared the post on the social media poison of your choice but you don’t have to. The giveaway will end on august 18th around 10:00 pm. 1 winner will be chosen randomly at that time and announced at some point soon after. (I know, I get so technical and stuff) If you have any questions, ask someone with answers. or you could try asking me instead. Good Luck to everyone and keep an eye out for Iron Gold the next book by Pierce expected early next year from the great and wonderful folks at Del Rey (PSST…..Send me an ARC great and wonderful folks at Del Rey)

I was going to make a graphic of some kind but got distracted by something shiny and forgot what I was going to do……. so…. here is this one that I made and then forgot what I was going to use it for….. I should see a doctor about my memory. Ill do it later…..

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Celebrate a special Goblin Holiday

Today Is Phipps Day here on the Blog I posted 2 reviews and an Interview with C.T. Phipps. This announcement is to let everyone know The Science of Supervillainy: The Supervillainy Saga, Book 4

Was released today! Phipps Day, like many holidays is a day to give gifts…. well at least one gift. That’s right everyone that shares this post or these 1 and 2 Phipps posts to FB or twitter will be put in to the drawing at the end of today 4/12/17. One winner will be able to chose any one book by C.T. Phipps in audio or EBook formats

Interview with C.T. Phipps

In my continuing  “Have an author for dinner™ “ Interview series We will be chatting with my pal C.T. Phipps. This talented author Writes everything from Horror to Humor and Super heroes / Villains to Post-Apocalyptic Lovecraftian. So, everyone should find something of him that is very appetizing.

So lets get this interview cooking…..

 

Q) Have you always wanted to be a writer?

 

A) Oh yes, I wrote my “first” book when I was six or seven years old. It made no sense whatsover and probably had more typos than success but it was wonderful. I was already thinking it was good enough to be published too. Hehe. Needless to say, in the thirty years or so until I was actually published, I had quite a few rude awakenings.

 

Q) What books or authors do you feel have influenced you either in your writing or just in everyday life?

 

A) That’s a bit of a loaded question as I have hundreds of authors who have added to my love of the genre and each throws a little tiny bit of their essence into the primordial soup which is my brain. Okay, that sounded dirty. However, if I had to choose a top ten I’d go with J.R.R Tolkien, Mark Lawrence, George R.R. Martin, HP Lovecraft, Robert Howard, Stephen King, David Weber, Joe Abercrombie, Jim Berheimer, David Niall Wilson, Brian Lumley, and a few others who are friends as well as influences.

 

Q) What is your favorite quote of yours?

 

A) I have a lot of snarky dialogue and memorable quotes that my readers love. Indeed, a favorite scene of quotes is The Secrets of Supervillainy where the characters pause in a siege by superpowered mercenaries to discuss whether The Force Awakens was any good. However, if I had to choose one quote, I’d probably choose one I just wrote for my character Cassius in Lucifer’s Star’s sequel, “If I am damned then that is the ultimate freedom. Everything I choose from this point on is something I do simply because I want to.”

 

Q) Any favorite quote by someone else?

 

A) HPL wins this one, barely, with, “The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents.” I have a bunch of ones, though, which have stuck with me over the years. This one, though, was just so nicely evocative that I think it is always in the back of my mind.

 

Q). What is your favorite and least favorite part of the writing process?

 

A) Oh, I love the conversations I write in my books. It’s weird but I just love the back and forth patter that knowing what my characters will say to anything is so entertaining to me. I could do most of my books out of pure dialgue. Least favorite? I won’t say editing because that’s an easy answer and sometimes I enjoy improving scenes. Instead, I’ll say promotion is often a hassle because you want it to all just magically be a bunch of best-sellers.

 

Q) I have really enjoyed All 5 books of yours that I have read. For this question, I would love for you to tell us a little about one of your main characters? Do they have any Strong Political views, OCD habits, super powers, Homicidal sentient weapons? You know the usual type of things.

 

A) Thanks for reading as much of my work as I have. Here’s some factoids about all of my leaders.

 

Agent G (Agent G): Loves pictures of pandas and cats. Also watches people play video games on Youtube in his free time versus actually playing them again. His favorite weapon is the garrote. He actually can’t get drunk due to a cybernetic liver but loves the taste of booze. Is the only believer in a higher power among Letters. Fantasy casting is Ryan Reynolds.

 

John Henry Booth (Cthulhu Armageddon): His greatest regret from leaving “civilization” is the loss of his daily coffee ration. Also, leaving behind his family. Is actually only an above-average shot but his training puts him above most Wastelanders. Fantasy casting is Idris Elba.

 

Cassius Mass (Lucifer’s Star): Despite being born a nobleman, his title of Count was awarded for meritous service in battle. His title isn’t worth a bag of chips post-war and embarrasses him now. Only realized the Archduchy of Crius were Bad GuysTM after the war. Tries to be Han Solo and ends up more like a hung over Malcolm Reynolds. Fantasy casting is Christian Bale.

 

Derek Hawthorne (Esoterrorism): Is a Daoist despite the fact he is complete s*** at following said religion. Is a ridiculous fanboy of Bruce Lee. Gets away with being a complete ass**** due to his father being the boss of the Illuminati but tries to pretend it’s for other reasons. Fantasy Casting is Karl Urbam.
Jacob Riverson (Wraith Knight): Jacob despises the nobility despite the fact he was (posthumously) raised to it. He drinks mead and wine in place of water but otherwise is a teetotaller.Jacob, while alive, was the setting’s equivalent of Solomon Kane in Middle Earth.

Fantasy Casting of Young Sean Bean while “Old Sean Bean” voices his ghost form.

 

Gary Karkofsky (Supervillainy Saga): Politcally identifies as an anarchist socialist despite the fact he plans on conquering the world. Despite being about as geeky as the comic book guy on the Simpsons, is actually really good looking. Is unwittingly the equivalent of Jimmy Olsen on his planet. The only reason he hasn’t been killed yet is no other supervillain acts like he’s in a comic book. Fantasy casting is Wentworth Miller.

 

  1. Q) Describe one of your books Badly. Example Star-Wars deadbeat dad tries to get his son to take over the family business.

 

  1. A) Agent G: Brain damaged man with numerous prothstetics and violent tendenacies struggles with existential crisis in foreign country.

Cthulhu Armageddon: Basically the Dark Tower except not as good and more shooting things.

 

Esoterrorism: Basically Agent G except magic instead of cyborgs.

 

Lucifer’s Star: Ace pilot suffering PTSD becomes drunk and knocks boots with lots of sexy space women.

 

Supervillainy Saga: Psychotic manchild geek gets superpowers and unleashes killing spree–yet mysteriously only makes more friends and improves his marriage.

 

Wraith Knight: Where I shamelessly rip off J.R.R Tolkien and have a Ring Wraith team up with the Witcher 3’s Ciri.

 

Q} What have you got out now? Basically, Promote something here
A} THE TOWER OF ZHAAL is the sequel to my CTHULHU ARMAGEDDON novel and picks up with John Henry Booth and Mercury Halsey finding out someone is about to resurrect the last Great Old One and finish of the remains of humanity. But they have more pressing concerns as John is in the final stages of his transformation into a creature from beyond. Will he choose life as a monster or merciful death as a man?

 

AGENT G is my cyberpunk technothriller about a man who belongs to a corporation that provides murder services all across the world. Their operatives, Letters, each have their minds wiped and have to serve ten years before they receive their servance pay of millions as well as a return of their original identities. G isn’t content to wait and is searching for who he was. Unfortunately, his quest is interrupted by a traitor infiltrating the Society and forcing him to infiltrate his opponent’s employers right back.

 

LUCIFER’S STAR is basically my “R-rated Star Wars” which is what I call a story about a famous starfighter pilot who finds out, after his side loses, that he was working for a ruthless totalitarian dictatroship the entire time. Reduced to being a drunk and a navigator on a freight hauler, not even Han Solo but more Dave Lister, he ends up getting dragooned by the government he spent a decade fighting into stopping a terrorist organization eager to re-start the war. Probably my best work, to be honest.

 

The fourth novel in the SUPERVILLAINY SAGA will also be coming out on April 15th.

 

  1. Q) What are you working on now? What is about to came out?

 

  1. A) I’m working on far-far too many projects, including sequels to Agent G, Lucifer’s Star, and another Supervillainy book.

 

  1. Q) Where can my curious goblins find out more about you?

 

  1. A) I keep a “for fun” blog for reviews called the UNITED FEDERATION OF CHARLES.

 

http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/

 

I also have an author page. https://ctphipps.wordpress.com/

 

Well I hope that gave my readers  something to chew on. I want to thank Charles for doing the interview and helping out with Phipps day…… It would have been nothing without you C.T.!

Phipps Day, like many holidays is a day to give gifts…. well at least one gift. That’s right everyone that shares this post or these 1 and 2 Phipps posts to FB or twitter will be put in to the drawing at the end of today 4/12/17. One winner will be able to chose any one book by C.T. Phipps in audio or EBook formats

Art (or something like it) Contest

The author J.P. Ashman was crazy..er..um.. nice enough to come to yours truly and ask if we can give some books away. If you have been to my little blog before you know I love giving away books. So of course I said yes.

We will give away three prizes. First Prize is a signed and doodled copy of Black Cross. Second and third prize will be winners choice of Paperback or Ebook copies.  But we are going to make you work for it this time. We are going to do an art contest with celebrity judges and everything!  Wait! hear me out before you leave.Trust me it won’t be that hard. There will be 3 ways you can win and I will post examples

One winner will be chosen for the best/ most creative Drawing, painting, sand castle, Interpretive Dance  using Cool Rider from Grease 2 or .. you know, …whatever Flips your boat. But those ideas are pure gold! Like this Art by Laura M, Hughes

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One will go to the worst /but still creative entry. Here is my great example of a bad drawing…. This was drawn  for me back it 2015  by The award winning author and terrible artist  Brian Staveley. This is his depiction of The Last Mortal Bond  book cover  before it was released.

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And the strangest/Funniest or most Puntastic?  (not sure if that is a word but it should be!).Will get a book. Something like like this one by the guy behind this contest Mr. Jebidiah Pendragon Ashman.

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OK I know right now you are thinking to yourself “Hey self we can draw bad, We can draw really BAD we are a sure win! But what do we draw?”  Then Images like this are jumping in to your head

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First let me just say that it is weird that you actually talk to yourself like that. Second you should see a therapist if something like that was in your head. Third I was on heavy medication when I made that so don’t judge me

But yes that would be a valid entry. Basically any thing that has Black Powder Wars in it or any thing based on the book.

What do you mean you haven’t read it? Well I suppose if you had a copy already you wouldn’t want to try and win one. I wanted it to be a goblin drawing contest because there are goblins in the series but you can draw anything from or inspired by the Black Powder Wars. Like a mash up of 2 book covers.

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to something like an advertisement like this old spice add that I tweaked a bit.

Hello, Humans, look at your Book, now back to me, now back at your Book, now back to me. Sadly, your  book isn’t from Black Powder Wars, but if you stopped reading ladies romance books and switched to a good book, it would be Black Cross.  Look down, back up, where are you? You’re on a boat with the book your book could be. What’s in your hand, back at me. I have it, it’s some type of art that you made for a contest.. Look again, the art is  now Black Cross. Anything is possible when your Book  smells like gunpowder and not a lady. I’m a Goblin.……

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On second thought instead of using anything from me as inspiration you should use this  awesome (and serendipitously quite descriptive) quote from  Author  Dyrk Ashton

“How can I possibly describe Black Cross? How about, a hearty-epic-buddy-flintlock-pirate-fantasy-adventure with humans and wizards, goblins and gnomes, an inquisition, a plague, sexy elf maidens, assassins, Dukes, Ladies and Lords, magic wands, deadly potions, docks and ships and wooded wilderness, unique shapeshifters (a seal-man, to be specific), abounding action, dockside gangs, succubi, and high intrigue galore. And I mustn’t forget, a giant caterpillar. Whew. And I don’t think that even covers it.”

 

Now let me tell you about our Celebrity Judges. First we have the amazing artists Shawn King

Shawn is an award winning Graphic Designer, specializing in print media, book design primarily. He is the In-House Graphic Designer for Ragnarok Publications (visit their website here ragnarokpub.com. To find out More and see some of the amazing covers he has done go to http://www.stkkreations.com/book-covers.html.

Next we have  Pen Astridge and let me just say I love her style.  She is a Creative Director for Nationwide Advertising in Sydney and a co-founder of the gaming news and reviews site Gamebug

Pen can be found on:     Facebook     Twitter    Deviantart    Wattpad.

 That’s it for the artists but we also have some Authors crazy enough to get involved with my weird little blog. Well guys any publicity is good publicity, right?

The first author we have is hands down without a doubt The Best Zombie to ever grace the silver screen by getting run over and then smashed in the head with a hammer in 1990 https://youtu.be/C84BWSip0D4  Dyrk Ashton author of Paternus a great book and first of a planned trilogy. The next  Homer Except his book is told through the eyes of a teen girl.  Paternus  actually makes sense of real mythology and is not just a weird story about a guy with weak ankles and stuff. You can find more about this awesome guy at https://www.paternusbooks.com/

I don’t know how J.P. was able to talk this award winning author  into being the final judge in a crazy little contest on my crazy little Blog  .[/stage whisper] Probably using blackmail.   Whatever the reason though, I am super excited to have him here! The final Judge is none other than John waytofamoustobemessingaroundonmyblog  Gwynne.  I am not sure if that is his real middle name but he usually just  goes by John Gwynne.(the middle name probably just  doesn’t fit on book covers well)  John is the author of the epic fantasy quartet The Faithful and the Fallen.  You can find more about him on his website http://www.john-gwynne.com/ Or pick up one of his books by going in to just about any book store in the world or from the links below.

Malice (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valor (2014) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ruin (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wrath (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

 

https://www.amazon.com/John-Gwynne/e/B00A7RL2X0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1489782012&sr=8-2-ent

So who is this guy that wants you to make something for his enjoyment? Well he is a new author from …… well how about I copy and paste. Born Lancashire, England, J. P. Ashman is a Northern lad through and through. His parents love wildlife, history, fantasy and science fiction, and passed their passion on to him. They read to him from an early age and encouraged his imagination at every turn. His career may be in optics, as a manager/technician, but he loves to make time for writing and reading every day. Now living rurally in the Cotswolds with Wifey and their little Norse Goddess Freya, he’s inspired daily by the views they have and the things they see, from the deer in the fields to the buzzards circling overhead.

Writing is a huge part of his life and the medieval re-enactment background and tabletop gaming lend to it; when he’s not writing the genre, he’s either reading or playing it. He plans to keep writing, both within his current series, and those to come, whether short stories or epic tomes.

Black Cross is the first book from the tales of the Black Powder Wars. With book two, Black Guild coming out this year. He also has a short story out that you can get for free right now from Kindle Unlimited called Black Martlet That I loved!

For more about or to interact with JP Ashman use the linky things below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jpashmanblackpowderseries/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JP_Ashman

Website: https://jpashman.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/12302356.J_P_Ashman

Amazon universal link: http://bit.ly/blackcross

 

Fine Print

Jebidiah Pendragon is not really what the J.P. stands for (I think) but it’s funny for me because people might actually call him Jebidiah

Any of the winners can chose between Black Cross or Black Martlet in either paper back or Ebook. They can even wait for an ARC of Black Guild if they chose. To enter go to my FB page https://www.facebook.com/Bloggoblin/ and add your submission to the comments of the pined post or email it to me bloginhobgoblin@gmail.com

When I Win You Win

I Want to thank Mark Lawrence for being such a great guy and having all the book giveaways that he does, like the Red Sister contest that just ended. I also would like to thank all of my readers that commented on my post about Mark’s latest contest. Because of you guys I won a signed copy of Red Sister!  But to celebrate my winning I am going to give you guys something.  During the time Mark’s contest was going on I received an unsigned hardcover copy of Red Sister from  Alexis at Penguin Random House that I no longer need since I have the signed one coming. So I am going to give it away to one of you guys. Everyone that commented on the post that helped me win will be automatically entered. But the rest of you can comment and share this post to be entered also. I will select one name randomly on March 31st around noon  MST.  Thanks again to Mark and all my readers and good luck!

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To Pre- Order Red Sister click below

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I will notify the winner and they will have 48 hours to contact me with an address. They can email me at bloginhobgoblin@gmail.com  or IM me at https://www.facebook.com/hob.noblin  If after that time has elapsed and they have not contacted me  I will pick a new name.

There can be only one!

Well my friends, the time has come to give away a one of a kind item. I really wish I could just keep it, but I will order one for myself at StickyWoodyZtudio. If you are one of the 20 people that didn’t win you can get one there as well. You can also have it made with what ever you want on it. You don’t have to be limited to the design I came up with for the giveaway.

But there is one person that will have to settle for my design and that is Andrea D. I will send them an E-mail telling them they won. If there is no reply with in 24 hours A new winner will be selected.

Thank you to all of you that entered and those that just read and liked the post. I don’t know why of the 200+ people that read the post only 21 entered but I am still glad you came.  Once again thanks to Clayton at StickyWoodyZtudio for making and giving this book cover to me for this giveaway. capture

Want to win the next giveaway? Just follow my blog so you hear about as soon as I post! I can tell you it will be The Dragon’s Blade: The Reborn King  By Michael R. Miller Narrated By Dave Cruse but I don’t have the post up yet.  Then in march I think I will be doing Black City Demon by Richard Knaak. If you have a book coming out this year and would like to do a giveaway to let people hear about it let me know. goblin2s

Hob’s Review of Circle of Reign by Jacob Cooper and a giveaway

Circle of Reign

I first came across Jacob Cooper back in August of 2015. I had a job that I could listen to books most of the day, so I went through audio books fast.  For that reason I was searching Audible one morning before I went to work for something new, I only had 2 requirements. First that it was read by someone I liked already. And second that it was long. When I  search for a new book I usually do a search of my favorite narrators first. I searched Luke Daniels  and didn’t see anything new. Then Michael Kramer and what do you know, I saw Circle of Reign a bit over 20 hours long. I was in a hurry so i didn’t even read the description, I just started downloading it to my phone and left for work.

I know what you’re saying right now. You are saying “How the hell can he remember doing a search for a book over a year ago?” Well I have a pretty good memory when it comes to what happens in books. But not names, if I ever meet you in person save us both some awkwardness and tell me your name at least 10 times over the next hour or two. I am almost as bad with book titles and even worse with Song titles.  But if we had met at a book store and we walked down the aisles I can point to every book I have read and give a synopses of what it’s about.  That is a lot of books, but let’s get back to the one I am reviewing, whatever it’s called.

I usually start my reviews with the Physical aspects of a book. But we need to go about this one differently.  See  this book Is not  the same one I downloaded over a year ago. Well that’s not actually true. Since I first listened to it till now it has undergone a lot of changes. No I don’t mean like puberty. Jacob was approached by a guy you might have heard of named  David Farland and if you don’t recognize him from his Runelords Series, you might know some of the people he taught while a English professor  like Brandon Sanderson, Brandon Mull, James Dashner, and Stephanie Meyer. (You shouldn’t hold that last one against him.) David had read CoR and enjoyed it but thought this self published first time author could make it even better with some coaching. So together they cut about 35,000 words and then added  around 70,000. The result is not really a new book but I will admit a better one.

Now let’s get to the Physical part. The cover is pretty cool and shows a part out of the book well. But it is not very eye catching. I listened to the audio book again excellently narrated by Kramer.  And while the first version was a nice long AB this version is even longer at  24 hours 37 min. But you don’t have to take my word for it. You can pick the eBook up free on Kindle Unlimited and one of my lucky readers will get a free audible download code. More about this at the end.

Now a bit about the book itself.  The story takes place in a rather Grimdark world,  where the land seems to be dying. The country is called Senthara, and it is one of the last bastions of humanity. But on occasion people looking for farmable land  come with their whole civilizations but that is the plot for the prequel  Altar of Influence: The Orsarian War.   Also free as of now on Kindle Unlimited.

One of the things I love the most about this book is the action POVs. Like in the graphic below there are 3 people 2 fighting and one watching.  Well you as the reader are not bound to one POV you are bound to the action. During this fight you will see out of each one’s eyes and here their thoughts. It is so cinematic you can’t help but picture a movie in your head as you read. If you click the preview button at the bottom then click part one you can read this scene.

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The blade on the right was actually made from a description in the books by Fallen Oak Forge. Here is a better picture.

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I wouldn’t actually classify this series as Grimdark, but it is a near thing. The only reason  holding it back is no one really knows how screwed they are. The main character is Reign A Wood dweller of the Western Provence known as Arlethia.

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What is a Wood dweller?  Well they are not long lived like elves but they do have the ability to sense vibrations of anything moving close to them through the tree roots and are blessed with an almost super hero level speed . We see that right from the start in the battle I pictured above.

Do yourself a favor and read the preview Here

 

 Final Thoughts

A few things didn’t really fit smoothly for me but they will probably be resolved in book two. There is quite a bit of in world language used that did get a bit confusing at times but not enough I didn’t know what they were talking about. I loved the original and rated it 4.5 stars. This one was even better and it gets a full 5 stars out of 5. Keep reading to find out more about the giveaway.

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Win a free Audiobook version of Circle of Reign!

Jacob is a sucker for poetry. But only likes the kind that begin with Roses are red . So the best Roses are red poem of at least 30 words but no more than 100,000 wins. I am joking of course many of you know about my aversion to poetry. But I bet you didn’t know I am a published poet. Yes, sadly that is true but I don’t even remember the name of the book. ( I mentioned I am bad with names) And while the first 2  results of a Google search of Trevor Sherman poetry  will be links to something I wrote thankfully it’s not actual poetry.  No for a chance to win a free Audiobook just comment below. While you are at it you should comment on my other giveaway here. But don’t forget to comment below first! Good luck And if you lose you can always buy the book at the links below. One winner will be chosen Randomly from the comments below on this post. The drawing will take place on January 27 around 4 pm eastern. Any questions feel free to contact me 

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ISBN-13:

9780692246733

Publisher:

Jacob Cooper

Publication date:

12/27/2016

Series:

Dying Lands Chronicle , #1

Pages:

798