Crossing the Streams: Contest!

Hey all,

No doubt you’ve been reading about the amazingly awesome multi-author Crossing the Streams Contest. And perhaps you were wondering hey, why isn’t Erik involved in that?

Well, he is. That is, *I* am.

I’m arriving at the party a little late (as usual) but here I am to support your reading habits! Let’s get this show on the road…


Running from now to the end of February, this contest (or rather, series of linked contests) involves not only myself, but over a mind-boggling number of other speculative fiction authors (novelists, short story writers, comic writers, the works!).

Most winners will win a signed book, from the author whose contest they won. (And yes, you can enter more than one author’s contest.) But one of you? A single lucky “super-winner” will receive a free signed book from each and every author involved.

Excited? I know I am!


I, and my fellow speculative fiction writers (mostly novelists, but some short story and comic writers as well) have thrown in together to create something huge for you guys.

Here’s how it works: Each individual author involved is running a contest on his/her own site. The specific details vary from author to author; the contest I run on my site might be very different than the one on Ari’s site, or Marcy’s site.

Each of us will select two winners from the contest on our own site. Each of those winners will receive one signed book, free, from the author whose contest they won. So, for instance, if you win here, you’ll win one of my books. If you win on Paul’s site, you’ll win one of his, etc.

And as for the big prize, once the contests have ended, all the authors involved will get together and choose one single “super-winner” from all the entries on all our sites combined. This one lucky individual will receive a signed book, free, from each and every one of the authors involved.

That’s right: 15+ free books. Rock.

You can only enter each author’s contest once, but you may enter multiple contests. So you could enter here, on Matt’s site, on Jason’s site, etc. Heck, you can enter on everyone’s site, if you want. (And even if you aren’t selected as the “super winner,” you might win more than one of the individual contests. You never know.)

You can find a complete list of the authors involved, as well as links to their sites, below. But first…


Note that these are just the rules for my contest. The rules for entry on other authors’ sites might be very different.

To enter for a prize from me, you need to do two simple things:

1) Post a comment on my website (, Twitter (tweet to me @erikscottdebie), Facebook (tag me: “Erik Scott de Bie”), on one of my books on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, or a similar medium where you feel comfortable posting and where people will see it. Make sure you mention the Crossing the Streams Contest in your comment.

2) Email me (erikscottdebie AT yahoo DOT com) the content of that comment and a link to where you posted it.

Note that you MUST fulfill both steps to be in the running for my contest. After all, I can’t declare you the winner if I just happen not to see your comment.

Entries must be received between February 1st and February 29th, 2012.

“What should this comment say?” you ask?

One thing you absolutely need to do is mention the Crossing the Streams Contest. This is about exposure for all of us authors, after all, and broadening everyone’s horizons.

Beyond that, no restrictions. I’d like it if you said something about me or what you enjoy about my work. (Obviously, if you post about one of my books on Amazon or B&N, you should mention the actual book!)

If you don’t know me or don’t know anything about my work, that’s fine too! Tell me something you like about speculative fiction in general—fantasy, science fiction, horror, whatever your cup of tea. (Note that you do not have to say anything about me or my work to win.)

Of course, I’d appreciate it if we could all keep all the comments positive, please! If you dislike my work, that’s fine, but abuse of me, another author, or anyone else online will be grounds for disqualification.


I will select two winners. One will be chosen completely at random, with no consideration given to how thought-provoking the comment may or may not be. The other winner will be chosen based on the content of the posted comment: did I laugh and/or cry? Throw things? Create you as a character in my next novel? Etc.

Note that you do NOT have to say anything about me to win. Just post a dedicated comment and email me about it.

ALSO! Anyone who enters my contest will receive an exclusive Shadowbane bookmark, signed by me, while supplies last! After the contest, I will mail said bookmark to you–help on postage will be appreciated but not required. :)

And of course, everyone who enters my contest (or any of the contests) is also in the running for the random “super-winner” selection.


My two winners, and the super-winner, may choose any one of the following prizes.

Winners will also receive a limited-edition signed bookmark promoting my most recent novel, Shadowbane, which is currently available as an e-book exclusive!

If you’ve got any questions, please feel free to leave a comment or email me (erikscottdebie AT yahoo DOT com)

Whose Streams am I Crossing?

There are a number of authors involved in this. You can find names and links below (more to be added).

All of these fine folks are worthy of your time and interest. If you like me, you will definitely find at least a few of these authors you will like just as much. Check out what they’ve got going on. See what’s up—what books they have to offer. Maybe buy some. This whole contest is about broadening everyone’s horizons!

As the elves say, “sweet water and light laughter until next we meet.”

Or as the orcs say, “get ’em!”


About Erik Scott de Bie

Erik Scott de Bie is a 30-something writer, dealing mostly in fantasy and other speculative fiction. He is perhaps best known for his work in the panoramic Forgotten Realms setting (GHOSTWALKER, DEPTHS OF MADNESS, and the SHADOWBANE series), as well as the WORLD OF RUIN series (SHADOW OF THE WINTER KING [out now!], SHIELD OF THE SUMMER PRINCE [forthcoming!]), as well as the standalone novel SCOURGE OF THE REALM. He moonlights as a game designer (NEVERWINTER, GLOOMWROUGHT, BAD MOON RISING) and comic book scribe (JUSTICE/VENGEANCE). He lives in Seattle with his wife, cats, and dog.
Authors, Downshadow, Forgotten Realms, Ghostwalker, Shadowbane, Writing

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