Okay, here is the last contest…

Posted: August 27, 2015 in Uncategorized

Well, at least on this blog. You can still enter to win a set of books over on TTC Books And More. While you are there, check out their review of 79 A.D. (Spoiler, they liked it. πŸ˜‰ )

So, since this is the last contest, I needed to make it a little bigger. Now, I can only do so much because I’m a starving artist, but I’ll do what I can to make this last contest a good one. Why? Because you guys rock, that’s why. And because I’m the type of guy who likes it when people rock. Got it? Excellent.

Okay, so first of all, you know by now the basic prize, right? You get signed copies of six of my books. Specifically, you get these six books:

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Six Awesome Books!

Yep. Those six books. I thought about posting all their titles, along with links to their Amazon pages, but frankly, that’s a pain in the butt. Besides, you guys know the books already, right? Of course you do. Moving on…

In addition to the six books pictured above, I will include a print copy of the Bachiyr Omnibus.

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Now, not that this is a massive selling point, but the Omnibus is the only way you can get AFTER: Taras and Theron, Beyond Jerusalem in print. (Okay, okay. I know, I posted links to those two, but that’s because I wanted you to know about AFTER, just in case you didn’t. If you already knew about AFTER, then obviously this does not apply to you…so there.) And yes, I posted all those links just to be annoying.

But wait, there’s more! In addition to the six books and the Bachiyr Omnibus, you will also get this:

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I’m In There Somewhere!

This is a print copy of the Necrotic Tissue “Best Of” Anthology. Some of you may know that Necrotic Tissue was my first published credit. I submitted a short (very short!) 100-word story to them as part of a contest. That story, Cardiac Episode, won first prize in the contest and remained an editorial favorite for the remainder of the horror e-zine’s run. I really miss that publication, but I am still friends with the editor on Facebook.

Okay, so right now you are probably thinking “Wow! That’s a lot of books, David!” Well, you’re right. BUT, there is still one more book I am adding to the prize pile. A very special book. One that holds a soft place in my heart. This one:

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Ugly Cover, But I Love It, Anyway!

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Back in 2010, when I first started working on self publishing 33 A.D., I took a stab at designing my own cover. I drew some cool illustrations by hand, then painted them in guache, then scanned them. Then I had to fix the f***ing image about eighteen times, and it still never came out right. The result of all that hard work and frustration is the book you see in this image. This is one of the very first hard copies of 33 A.D. to have ever been printed. It was never offered for sale with this cover, and this is the only such copy in existence. There are typos all through it, and the formatting is funky, the fonts are dull and boring, and the cover type is about as attractive as dog poop on the bottom of a pair of new $200 Nikes. For these reasons and many others, I love this copy. With all its flaws and issues, it has remained a prized piece of my bookshelf.

And now, it can be yours. Why? because you guys rock, and I want to make the last contest special. Since I can’t afford to give away a Ferrari, these books will have to do.

So, now that you know what this final prize pack contains, I bet you are wondering how you can win it. Aren’t you? Yes, of course you are. You would not still be reading this otherwise. Well, let me tell you, I had to think long and hard about this one. The six books plus the Omnibus and the Necrotic Tissue issue (ha! Tissue Issue…I kill me…) are great, but that copy of 33 A.D. is gonna hurt to pack up and ship. As such, I thought this contest should be extra difficult. I figured I should really make the winner earn it, you know? So I thought up dozens of fun, yet difficult ways for you to win. The ideas ran the gamut from a cross country wheelbarrow race to an arial duel using a pair of identically prepared Sopwith Camels, like this one:

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But then I realized that I have a grand total of between one and three readers, and making them risk their lives or fight to the death would be very counterproductive, since such a thing would only serve to deplete my readership. As such, all you have to do to win this prize is leave a comment on this post. NOT on Facebook! (Yes, comments left on Goodreads will count.) This contest will run between now and Labor Day, which is September 7th. On that day, I will assign a number to each comment posted (chronologically, of course.) Then I will visit our trusted friend, Random.org, and enter the range. Random will pick the winner, and someone is going to get one of my most prized possessions.

As usual, any comment counts. You can tell me to stick my head up a bull’s arse, and that will still count as an entry. As such, while creativity is not a factor in determining a winner, I would like to encourage you to have fun with this. Post something funny, or silly, or thought-provoking. Make me think. Make me laugh. Make me retch. Or just make me aware that you want the books. πŸ˜‰ Most importantly, have fun! (and..you know…if you wanted to share this contest on social media, that would not hurt my feelings…)

I hope you guys have a good time with this last contest. I’m looking forward to reading what you have to say. Good luck!

–David

P.S. Just so you guys know, Adam Nel is the winner of the previous contest. He knows (I contacted him) but for some reason I forgot to post that news here on the blog.

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Comments
  1. Darcia Stone says:

    I love your work and you have many more fans than three. You are incredible for giving away the copy of 33 A.D. to your fans.

  2. Paul says:

    To be honest, I was skeptical when I purchased my copy of 33 AD for the Kindle, but intrigued. The more I read the more I enjoyed. Since then I have read the rest of the Bachiyr books. Love them! Love them! Love them!

    I introduced your work to my son and he is now enjoying your books. More importantly, I shared your story with him. You are a shining example that an independent writer can be successful. It is my hope that your story will inspire him to follow his dream and continue to write.

    • mcafeeland says:

      Thank you so much for sharing this with me, Paul. Words fail me. I hope your son enjoys the books, but more than that, I hope he follows his dreams all the way up.

  3. Heather McAfee says:

    So yeah this is your wife but I decide to enter because the thought of that first copy of 33 A.D. leaving the house makes me sad. So hey maybe I can win and keep it. Probably not but I’m going to try. I love you and am so proud of you! I know, I know, I am being mushy and sentimental.

    • mcafeeland says:

      Hi Hon. You want to win the book? Makes me sad to think of it leaving the house, too. But we still have that REALLY ugly copy with the church on the cover. πŸ˜‰

  4. Diana McGrath says:

    From the very first book, I got sucked in and couldn’t put 33 A.D. down. I’ve waited patiently (not really, but I’m supposed to be a grownup) for you to finish writing the rest of the story. I pounced on the sequels as soon as they were available, so, I’d love to have real print editions of some of my very favorite books. Ebooks are nice…but there’s nothing like holding a real book with my grubby, chubby little hands.

    • mcafeeland says:

      I agree. I love the feel of a paperback in my hands. I love my Kindle, too. But sometimes, I just like to hold the physical book. Ah, nostalgia. πŸ™‚

  5. Julie Carter says:

    This is such a generous prize, and it seems to be a sentimental one as well. I appreciate your Facebook page, as you entertain me daily!

  6. MatthewJames says:

    If you give me these, I’ll give you a slap in the head… Savvy?

  7. Karen Bell says:

    I wasn’t going to enter these contests because it seemed greedy, but the special 33AD has drawn me in.

  8. Jacquelyn Sierra says:

    Love your work. I think it takes a great mind and guts to write the 33ad series. It paid off as it is,in my eyes, a exceptional performance.

  9. Debi Jewett says:

    I would love a chance to win these………….since I see that your wife can enter so I can I LOL…….If I win I want then all signed so that when Cole get married I can give them to him to pass on to his and so on………………I have my fingers crossed……………

  10. There’s a craving here…a bloodlust of sorts. I won’t deny that I already own a couple of these books. A couple of which I have in print and a few more, in e-book format. Then, you throw in the extras and I am bound by my desire to own them all; to try and win this bundle of writings in a lustful sense. With fire in my eyes, I crave them. I crave new books, as it is. Always. But, these books, this series…I want them more than I even want coffee. Of course, I will be drinking coffee while I drink them in like fine wine.

  11. Marisa Garding-Brown says:

    Me want!! Sorry, not feeling very creative.

  12. Phil lindsey says:

    Still waiting for HBO to pick up the rights. I can foresee my Sunday nights being filled with steel and bachyir.

  13. Jennifer Antle says:

    I’m one of the three readers and would treasure the books!!!

  14. Victor Roldan says:

    I just want to say thank you for providing readers with entertaining material to read. I love vampire/supernatural genre books and really began reading it when I received my 1st Kindle book reader for Christmas. I was perusing the long list of vampire novels on Kindle and the art work really caught my eye (wasn’t a bunch of soft porn or males with their shirts off showing their 6 packs). Well I digress, the artwork caught my attention. I read the summary and was instantly hooked. I wanted to know what happens to the main characters so I immediately purchased 61 A.D then saying goodbye to the sun. After reading 79 A.D I want more and I’m looking forward to your next book and your follow up to 79 A.D. You’re an amazing author and have more than 3 fans. Please keep up the great work. Also thank you for being personal with fans. Shows how down to earth you are. I’m always recruiting new fans suggesting they read your work. Thanks for reading my long post.

  15. kevinmsong says:

    This is an awesome contest! I hope to win (this is my entry), because I really want that hardcover of 33 A.D.! I love that cover,my friend! You are the one who rocks!

  16. Katherine Tomaier says:

    Hmmmm what’s this “books” word? Oh wait…I remember “book” those are the rectangular ninjas that always manage to slice through my fingers like a hot knife through butter.I guess if I win your a talented enough writer to risk the danger of putting my kindle down :).

  17. Jamie Andrews says:

    Thank you for not getting a real job and instead doing something you love. I would love to put these on display in the man cave and show them off to all my friends. I have a signed copy of Old Sins but this treasure cache is beyond words. Thanks

  18. Vard says:

    Your books are awesome though I have to admit that I haven’t had a chance to read 79 A.D. However, I blame our mutual friend, Jason Frost, for this as he is an awesome guy and won’t stop recommending great books to me which has created quite the backlog of reading material. Though he is the one who put the copy of 33 A.D. into my hand to begin with.

    Also, if by some chance I do win please keep your first copy of 33 A.D. I admit it would definitely be an amazing item to have on my bookshelf. However, as it means so much to you I would much rather you keep it.

  19. Des says:

    I never win these randomized comment things, because I just have terrible luck. Because of that, I never bother to participate, but I REALLY want that copy of 33 A.D. I mean, I really, really want it.

  20. Nicola Dee van Ass says:

    I love your books. While I haven’t had time to read anything lately, i always have them downloaded on all my apps, just in case!

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