Win Alan Bookbinder’s Dogtags!


Well, the critics have weighed in and the near unan­i­mous opinion is that FORTRESS FRONTIER is better than CONTROL POINT. That’s a dream come true for a writer of novels in series, whose per­for­mance nor­mally declines from book to book. In fact, this pat­tern is so con­sis­tent, there’s a term for it: “Soph­more Slump.” I seem to have avoided that, which of course raises the pres­sure mightily to have BREACH ZONE be even better. I’m wrap­ping up the 9th draft of that book this weekend, and am hopeful this is the ver­sion that will clear my agent and get sent on to the pub­lisher. When I say that the pres­sure is intense, I mean soul-crushingly intense. Like, not sleeping intense. Novel writing is not for the weak.

So how do I deal with intense pres­sure? By having a give­away con­test, of course!

Let’s see. So far, I’ve asked you to create a Coven, a school of magic, and a magic item. Now, let’s try some­thing different:

The SHADOW OPS series focuses almost entirely on the US mil­i­tary. In FORTRESS FRONTIER, you get a glimpse of the Indian mil­i­tary. If you read through the epigraphs (and snatches of the nar­ra­tive), you’ll see I give some clues as to how magic is treated in Sweden, China, Taiwan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Sudan, France and other coun­tries as well. In BREACH ZONE, you’re going to get a better look at magic use in Mexico and Quebec.

Here’s my chal­lenge to you: We know the regime in the US. How is magic used in other coun­tries? Do people in Bhutan embrace Latency? What is Cameroon’s rela­tion­ship with magic? Remember, the response to magic in any given country does NOT have to be mil­i­tary. There *are* coun­tries in the world that have dif­ferent reac­tions to the Great Reawak­ening. I want to know what you think that reac­tion is.

As always, BIG bonus points to those entries that include some kind of visual: Flags or unit seals, images of coun­sels or gov­erning bodies, pic­tures of indi­vid­uals. Hand draw or use pho­to­shop. Hell, glue mac­a­roni to a piece of card­board if that’s your thing.

Feel free to extrap­o­late from the hints I’ve given in the text, or strike out in an entirely new direction.

Once again, I’ll give three prizes. This time, I think they’re going to be pretty cool. Each winner will get a signed copy of FORTRESS FRONTIER (US or UK edi­tion, your choice), but I’m going to add some­thing spe­cial to each one.

I recently did a blog post showing the Shoulder Sleeve Insignia (SSI) for each mag­ical school in the SOC, including the Probe schools. I now have stickers for these.

dogtagsAlan Bookbinder’s dogtags!

2nd and 3rd prize win­ners will get a sticker for the school of their choice on the inside cover of your book.

The 1st prize winner will get the sticker of their chosen school *and* a set of Alan Bookbinder’s dogtags.

Submit your entries to me by email to myke (at) mykecole (dot) com, or in the com­ments sec­tion below.

There’ve been so many amazing entries over the past three con­tests. Really looking for­ward to seeing what you come up with.

  • Phil Mervis

    I believe for Israel it would ground its roots in Kab­balah, Jewish Mys­ti­cism. The sec­ular would embrace it more fully than the reli­gious but they will come on also. With a pop­ulist elec­tion the ones that get the power and have the most charisma will become the leaders of the gov­ern­ment and the military.

    Since the country has always been under siege by its neigh­bors. Once pow­erful enough it lashes out and takes chunks of land as a buffer. The people, gov­ern­ment and the mil­i­tary would embrace it fully to ensure their con­tinued existence.

    • MykeCole

      Phil, this is awe­some. Tell me, what is that symbol you included? A unit patch? A banner?

      • http://www.facebook.com/phil.mervis Phil Mervis

        I would say it is the unit patch and they would be a branch of the IDF. It is the symbol of Kab­balah with the Star of David included in the middle.

        The dots are a rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the tree of life. This site actu­ally has some expla­na­tion of the dif­ferent stages. http://​www​.squidoo​.com/​k​a​b​b​a​l​a​h​-​s​y​m​b​ols and actu­ally fits well with your descrip­tion of the Reawakening.

        • http://twitter.com/Ghryswald Bob

          Hi Phil, I was bored so I did a mockup for your patch.

          I used a Google trans­la­tion of “To Pro­tect and To Serve as the script.

          • MykeCole

            Nice! Phil, are you com­fort­able with my adjusting your entry to this patch? I’m happy to give an addi­tional prize to Bob if it wins.

          • Phil Mervis

            Yeah, I’m fine with it. That actu­ally looks very good, Bob.

          • http://twitter.com/Ghryswald Bob

            No wor­ries about a prize for me if his wins. Appre­ciate the thought though.

  • http://twitter.com/SheckyX SheckyX

    Sent some­thing; hope you enjoy it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19800468 Dan Adler

    Sent one :-)

  • http://twitter.com/timlewis Tim Lewis

    Email sent with an entry!

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