Two days ago, a box reached my doorstep. It contained a milestone in my career: finished copies of my 2nd published novel.
I am so, so proud of FORTRESS FRONTIER. The book represents a big evolution in my writing, and I feel it does what I most wanted it to do: give the reader a wholly different experience from CONTROL POINT.
It’s always a nervous time when a new book comes out. panic tightens your throat as you wait for reviewers to weigh in on your baby, and your career. It’s early yet, but to my great relief, the reaction thus far has been uniformly positive.
So, anyway, I’ve got this box of books, and you know what that means: time for a giveaway contest.
You all appear to really enjoy creating things in the SHADOW OPS universe, if the amazing entries I got for my Create-a-Coven and Create-a-School contests are anything to go by. So, let’s continue in that vein with a Create-a-Magic-Item Contest.
Without giving any spoilers, I’ll say that FORTRESS FRONTIER introduces the idea/possibility of magic items in the SHADOW OPS universe. I challenge you to come up with one. Tell me what it is, what it does, and how the SOC would use it to accomplish its mission. Give it a name and/or a designator code (we have the M16 assault rifle, what would the magic equivalent be called?) REMEMBER: the SOC is a military organization, so the magic item must be an adapted piece of military hardware, but it can be *any* piece of military hardware (a tank or plane, a gun or missile, a rucksack or tent, a radio, a latrine, a pocket knife, a forklift, anything military). I will give extra credit for those entries that use magic powers already existing/described in CONTROL POINT.
As always, I will give a lot more weight to entries with some kind of visual. Photoshop a humvee to cover it in runes. Draw me a glowing M9. Anything to give me an idea of what your magic item looks like.
I’ll pick three winners to receive signed copies of either (your choice) the US or UK editions of FORTRESS FRONTIER.
Enter as many times as you like. Entries can either be emailed to me at myke(at)mykecole(dot)com, or put in the comments section on this blog post.
Really looking forward to seeing what folks come up with. I know I’ve said it before, but I love writing this stuff, and you all have made it possible for me to keep doing that.
I never, ever thought I would publish a single novel. Now I’m about to have 2 on the shelf, about to turn in a 3rd, and have just inked a deal for 3 more. That would never have happened without your help and support. That’s not blowing sunshine. If you’re reading this, you played a part in that and I am deeply, truly grateful.
Looking forward to seeing what you come up with!