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03 February 2011 @ 07:40 pm

Yes, I am warning you ahead of time. I will be throwing a two week BLACKOUT contest starting FEBRUARY 16th. Why so early you say…as BLACKOUT’s official release date isn’t until March 1st? Well, official release dates and actual releae dates are like real life…they often aren’t what you think they’ll be. So BLACKOUT might appear in your store a week or two before March 1st and you’ll want to snatch it up (Cal in a gingham apron…who doesn’t want to snatch that?) But this is the thing…if you buy it before March 1st (the best time is March 1st – March 6th) it won’t count on the biggest rankings. Why do rankings count, you say? Because rankings are pretty much the only free promotion you get in publishing. If I can put NYT Bestseller on the front of my Cal books, that’s fantastic! But I can’t do that without your help. I’m been #26 and #35, and with some publishers that would get me the NYT stamp, but other publishers only count it if you’re in the top #20. So as I make 50 to 60 cents a book, I like free promo. NEED free promo. So if you swear to not buy until 3/1 – 3/6 and enter a comment saying ‘I’m a loyal reaver and I’m a’waiting!’ you’ll be entered to win: SEVEN books (if you win one, you choose which one you want…except Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, it’s still in trade and I can’t afford to buy them as prizes), a poster from Dragon*Con (it has every bookcover and manga…see below for pic…it is STUNNINGLY KICK ASS), a print  of TRICK OF THE LIGHT, a print of MADHOUSE, and, donated by superfan Ariel (who won them in a costume contest at a SUPERNATURAL convention dressed as the Trickster/Gabriel) four SPN shot glasses, *AND* DEAN’S NECKLACE (we knew Sammy fished it out of the garbage. No way that didn’t happen.) So sign up (now or on the 16th…like a promise ring. I shall not boink Cal until the official marriage date of March 1st) , slap your naughty hands when they reach for BLACKOUT before March 1st, and thanks so much for all the support. You are my guys, my fans, my reavers, and I wouldn’t be anywhere without the damn lot of you. You are AMAZING–and you and I working together, we can keep Cal around. Right? Now for the pics of the Con poster (you’ve seen Trick of the Light and Madhouse by now I hope)…the pics of the SPN shotglasses and Dean’s necklace didn’t turn out well.  Also the week of release, check the website…there will be a CAL VIDEO! No shit! Run, don’t walk!

And to leave your comment (I need them all in one place) and see the poster, go to: http://robthurman.net/2011/02/04/blackout-contestcal-video/

corvis_corvaxcorvis_corvax on February 4th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
I am a loyal Reaver and I will not devour Cal like the tasty bit he is before the official feasting date.
faustin_black: never take life seriouslyfaustin_black on February 4th, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
Always a faithful reaper. I just wish there would be more Z&G :(
robgoodfellarobgoodfella on February 4th, 2011 02:44 pm (UTC)
Did you read the free Z/G story in the right column called 'Talking Trash'? Only a short story, but better than no Z/G. Sniffle. It's under the Trickster Novels heading.
vampirate_23vampirate_23 on February 4th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm a loyal reaver/reader and I'm a waiting!'
rosetower: cal and nikorosetower on February 5th, 2011 07:32 am (UTC)
I’m a loyal reaver and I’m a’waiting!
Svinx Kylemadamefenris on February 5th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
"I shall not boink Cal until the official marriage date of March 1st" - scout's honor!
i dream of colors that have never been seenetoile444 on February 6th, 2011 03:06 am (UTC)
You crack me up! Oh, the pain of waiting! I will wait for you, I promise [slips ring onto finger].
gemini247 on February 9th, 2011 02:29 am (UTC)
i am a loyal reaver and i will await march 1st, even if i have to avoid bookstores until then.
deidre_deedeidre_dee on February 9th, 2011 08:49 pm (UTC)
The poster is so damn pretty! O:
& Dean's necklace?!
Holy Crow, you bribe me too much!
But, I have decided if you throw Niko in that bribe I promise, cross-my-heart-and-hope-to-die, that I shall not leave the house for a bookstore until the first. (;
Hah! Well, I guess it doesn't matter since I plan on preordering it from Amazon, we'll see how that goes, my first purchase! Ack!
I usually order it from a local store but I decided to join the age of the techies...that is, if it works.
Me and internet orders...not so friendly.
I wish I could sword swipe the shit out of my computer sometimes and I'm sure it feels along the same lines.
Apparently I'm not cut out for internet use, although, anything faster than dial up WOULD be an improvment. D:
Erin: favole1jacixrain on February 11th, 2011 05:12 am (UTC)
I’m a loyal reaver and I’m a’waiting!
chyslatteschyslattes on February 16th, 2011 08:22 am (UTC)
((I shall not boink Cal until the official marriage date of March 1st)) speaking of which, my niece is getting married soon, I think I know what I'll be giving them for a gift!

I always get them after the release date, but only in the week that counts, at the Barnes and Noble.

Launchlaunch97 on February 17th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
Since the link above doesn't seem to be working, I will say so here.

I'm a loyal reaver and I'm waiting!
robgoodfellarobgoodfella on February 17th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
there was a change. Sorry! You can go to my blog on www.robthurman.net and it's my top blog post.
Launchlaunch97 on February 17th, 2011 03:08 am (UTC)