Thanks to the cool folks at Bantam Dell, I have one autographed copy of George R. R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons up for grabs! For more info about this title: (Canada, USA, Europe).
Here's the blurb:
In the aftermath of a colossal battle, the future of the Seven Kingdoms hangs in the balance—beset by newly emerging threats from every direction. In the east, Daenerys Targaryen, the last scion of House Targaryen, rules with her three dragons as queen of a city built on dust and death. But Daenerys has thousands of enemies, and many have set out to find her. As they gather, one young man embarks upon his own quest for the queen, with an entirely different goal in mind.
Fleeing from Westeros with a price on his head, Tyrion Lannister, too, is making his way to Daenerys. But his newest allies in this quest are not the rag-tag band they seem, and at their heart lies one who could undo Daenerys’s claim to Westeros forever.
Meanwhile, to the north lies the mammoth Wall of ice and stone—a structure only as strong as those guarding it. There, Jon Snow, 998th Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, will face his greatest challenge. For he has powerful foes not only within the Watch but also beyond, in the land of the creatures of ice.
From all corners, bitter conflicts reignite, intimate betrayals are perpetrated, and a grand cast of outlaws and priests, soldiers and skinchangers, nobles and slaves, will face seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Some will fail, others will grow in the strength of darkness. But in a time of rising restlessness, the tides of destiny and politics will lead inevitably to the greatest dance of all.
The rules are the same as usual. You need to send an email at reviews@(no-spam)gryphonwood.net with the header "DANCE." Remember to remove the "no spam" thingy.
Second, your email must contain your full mailing address (that's snail mail!), otherwise your message will be deleted.
Lastly, multiple entries will disqualify whoever sends them. And please include your screen name and the message boards that you frequent using it, if you do hang out on a particular MB.
But there is a twist to this giveaway, one suggested by GRRM's editor, Anne Groell. You may or may not know that Martin and I had a little NFL wager for three straight years. Yeah, it took me three years to win. GRRM was rooting for the New York Giants, while I've always been a Dallas Cowboys fan. If the Giants finished on top at the end of the season, GRRM would then assign me three novels to read and review. The point of this was to give exposure to works and authors GRRM felt deserved more visibility. However, if I won, then he would base a character on me and butcher him violently.
Long story short, I finally won. After watching the hated Giants win a Super Bowl, true, but I did win in the end. Enter Ser Patrek of King's Mountain (GRRM and I met in Montreal during Worldcon). I'm told that Ser Patrek's heraldry even relates to the football team he despises. In case you're wondering, it's humanly impossible to like both the Giants and the Cowboys. That's just the way it goes. Let it go. . .
Which brings us to this twist: In order to win this signed copy of A Dance With Dragons, you must guess the answer to this important question:
How do you think Ser Patrek of King's Mountain will die?
a) flamed to a crisp by a dragon b) devoured by wolves c) pulled apart by a giant d) burned at the stake e) baked in a pie
All, of course, being deaths that happen in the manuscript to SOMEONE!
Your email must include your contact details AND the answer to this question. You must also submit your answer in the survey section. A winner will be randomly selected among those who came up with the right answer. Also, keep in mind that GRRM will sign your copy when he goes to NYC as part of his book tour. So the prize will reach the winner a few weeks after pub date.