Friday, June 27, 2014

Take the Addictive Summer Reads blog hop to win free stuff!

Take the Addictive Summer Reads blog hop to win free stuff!

The long, sultry days of summer are here, and it's time to beat the heat by grabbing your favorite book and retreating under the shelter of an ancient shade tree. It doesn't matter whether it's a blanket spread upon the fresh-cut grass, a hammock strung between two oaks, or a fold-up lazy chair, books and summer are a tasty indulgence.  I don't know about you, but I'm a book hoarder. So much so that when we added onto our house, we had to add a second support beam in our basement because the weight of the bookshelves had caused our house to sink! 

No matter how many books I have, there are always more which beckon to me to read them and learn about exciting places, interesting things, epic stories and great adventures.  Niccolo Machiavelli said it best, perhaps:

 "On the coming of evening, I return to my house and enter my study; and at the door I take off the day's clothing, covered with mud and dust, and put on garments regal and courtly; and reclothed appropriately, I enter the ancient courts of ancient men, where, received by them with affection, I feed on that food which only is mine and which I was born for, where I am not ashamed to speak with them and to ask them the reason for their actions; and they in their kindness answer me; and for four hours of time I do not feel boredom, I forget every trouble, I do not dread poverty, I am not frightened by death; entirely I give myself over to them."

So … to celebrate the official kick-off of the summer season, me and some of my awesome author friends (collectively known as Addictive Reads) have pooled our resources to offer y'all the chance to win a $50 gift card, download some FREE ebooks, pick up other great titles at a substantial discount, and win other great prizes the individual authors have posted on their blogs.  To find out what goodies you can win, follow the Linkz to do the blog hop and follow the instructions to win. The Linkz are to your RIGHT if you're already hopping through cyberspace, or you can start at the beginning HERE.  

What can you win here on MY blog?  Well first of all I've temporarily discounted the electronic version of  Angel of Death: A Love Story, which is usually $3.99, to *FREE* on in the United States and the UK, and *FREE* internationally on some of the big global players such as GooglePlay, iTunes, Kobo, and Smashwords.  Follow this link to the Addictive Reads website and scroll down to find the free download links to Angel of Death.  

And to sweeten the pot, I am personally raffling off the following items here on my blog:

-A *FREE* autographed paperback edition of Angel of Death to be mailed anywhere in the world.

-A *FREE* autographed paperback edition of the first book of my flagship epic fantasy/space opera series, Sword of the Gods: The Chosen One

-A $5 iTunes gift card, three (3) total, with some swag

To enter to win one of these prizes, leave a brief comment in the thread below telling me what you envision for your dream hero, along with some way for me to contact you if you win (Facebook, Google+, email, etc.) and I will use to pick a winner at the end of this weekend blog hop on July 1st.

Don't forget to do the blog hop to win other great prizes and deals!

Be epic!
Anna Erishkigal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sword I - free download links for Australia and New Zealand

*FREE* epic fantasy/space opera by Anna Erishkigal

"A creative alternative to the history of what we call angels. It feels like...Star Trek meets creation mythos." (reader review) 

Available for *FREE* in Australia and New Zealand at the following vendors:

Amazon.AU    iTunes.AU     iTunes.NZ     Smashwords     Kobo*    Goodreads     GoogleBooks**

Book Depositry (paperback) USD $17.99 (incl. shipping)

At the dawn of time, two ancient adversaries battled for control of Earth. One man rose to stand at humanity's side. A soldier whose name we still remember today...

"This series connects mythic fantasy and futuristic sci-fi into a well written ride of your life." (reader review)

"Erishkigal excels at painting complex characters, with believable flaws and lovable quirks." (reader review)

"This book leaves me without words. For three days I read a story so unbelievably beautiful it stole the very breath from my lungs. If there is a true fantasy book in existence, it is this." (reader review)

"Much better than 90% of current science fiction ....would be epic as a cable series or movie trilogy." (reader review)

Rated:  4.8 on Smashwords
              4.5 on LibraryThing
              4.3 on Amazon
              4.3 on iTunes
              4.1 on Goodreads

Why are you giving away a free ebook?  The Chosen One is the first book in a 5-book epic fantasy / space opera / romantic book series.  It is a complete, 450-page novel with no rude cliffhanger at the end.  It is my hope you will fall in love with my re-imagined tale of the myth of fallen angels and continue on with the series.  This book is *NOT* religious fiction!

*A note about KOBO e-readers: if you purchased a Kobo e-reader from a local bookstore and set it up to default to that bookstore, the Kobo link will bring you there instead of Kobo International where they charge $1.24 to cover their local bookstore costs.  I have no control over this. You can download the *FREE* .epub at or and then use the instructions HERE to transfer it over to your Kobo reader.

Local Kobo Booksellers - costs $1.24 AUD/NZD:  Angus & Robertson     BookWorld     Collins Booksellers    PaperPlus

**GoogleBooks: to download a free .pdf for your desktop, click the little 'gear' at the top-right hand side of the page.

WattPad: to accommodate people who read on their SmartPhone, I have uploaded it to Wattpad. WattPad has some oddball formatting issues that sometimes make it look like two words are scrunched together.  The e-book and print editions do not do this.

Don't know how to manually side-load an .epub onto your e-reader?  Check out this step-by-step tutorial HERE:

Other questions?  Why not leave a comment or PM me on Google+?  I love hearing from people.

Be epic!
Anna Erishkigal

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Cover art 'Michael' (c) 2013 Caelicorn

Not from Australia or New Zealand?  I'll be posting links to other countries soon, but just leave a comment (or on my G+ page feed) and I'll get the book to you in whatever form that takes.  It's free pretty much everywhere in the world or as cheap as they'll let me get away with :-) 

Monday, March 31, 2014

Come join our launch party and win yourself some great freebies!

Come join our launch party and *WIN* the great prizes in the picture above!

ADDICTIVE READS is a group of twenty-three authors who have banded together to bring you books from all genres. Our goal is to provide you with well-written and entertaining reads.
Most are award-winning and several of our authors are New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors.
Take a few minutes to look around our site. Each author has an individual page with all of their books listed, along with their social media links. We also have genre pages where you can find books in just about any genre you enjoy. (See the menu guide links at the top of the page.)
And we have FREE ebooks for you, as well as collections (anthologies and box sets) at a bargain price from Addictive Reads authors.
As a thank you for checking us out, we're holding a giveaway. You can enter through Friday, April 4, 2014. Winners will be announced, Saturday, April 5th.
We're giving away one $25 Amazon Gift Card, one $20 Amazon GiftCard, and one bundle of eBooks from Addictive Reads Authors including:
§  LET'S SCARE CANCER TO DEATH Anthology (Horror) with short stories by Rhonda Hopkins & Gregory Carrico
§  EVIDENCE OF TRUST (Romantic Suspense) by Stacey Joy Netzel
§  DEADLY OBSESSION (Romantic Suspense) by Kristine Cayne
§  ETERNITY OF ROSES (Paranormal Romance) by Natalie G. Owens
§  BIRDS DO IT! (Contemporary Romance) by *lizzie starr
§  AIR: MERLIN'S CHALICE (Fantasy) by Meredith Bond
§  ANGEL OF DEATH (Fantasy) by Anna Erishkigal
§  WANING MOON (YA Dystopian) by P.J. Sharon
§  TRUST NO ONE (Suspense) by Diana Layne
§  ALWAYS REMEMBER (Contemporary Romance) by Sheila Seabrook
§  STARS, LOVE AND PIROUETTES  (Contemporary Romance) by Alicia & Roy Street
§  REVENGE (Romantic Suspense) by Dana Delamar 
§  SOME ENCHANTED WALTZ (Time Travel Romance) by Lily Silver

To enter the giveaway, just go to our ADDICTIVE READS site and follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter near the bottom of the post for your chance to win one of the prizes! 

We hope you'll visit with us often and connect with us on our social media sites. We enjoy talking with our readers.

Thank you for being part of our reading family!

To enter for a chance to win the goodies, enter the Rafflecopter HERE

*Link goes live April 1, 2014 at 1:00 a.m. CST

*Please note: If any of the winners do not respond within five days, we may select a new winner and the original winner will forfeit any prize.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Come join me at ARISIA!

Come join me at ARISIA!

Come join me and about 5,000 totally cool science fiction and fantasy fans at the ARISIA / Boston conference to be held on Martin Luther King weekend, Janary 17-20, 2014 at the Westin Boston Waterfront hotel and conference center.  Come in costume if you have one, or come mundane for the round-the-clock festivities.

Here's the official conference website:

This year, I'll be participating in the following events and panels:

Friday 1/17 - I have minion duty!!! ARISIA is a 100% fan-run conference. Come volunteer with us and get free admission! I'll be the one running around in a superheroine costume :-) 

Saturday 1/18 - 2:30pm - Bullfinch - KILLING CHARACTERS (writing panel) - [*Mwah-hah-hah-haaaah!!!*] - How do you go about killing your characters? What's the difference between a cheap, unearned death and a meaningful one? Some authors kill off characters by the dozens, or thousands from one page to the next. Does body count matter in the context of the narrative? Does a horror writer get a free pass to kill as much as they want due to genre expectations? How do you make the death of a character matter to the reader? - [*I have no idea why they put me on this panel.  Moi?  Kill characters.  Twirls hair and whistles nonchalantly...*]. 

Saturday 1/18 - 5:30pm - Adams - AVENGERS ASSEMBLE (comic-verse/movie-verse fan interest panel) - Marvel's Mightiest Heroes are experiencing a renaissance in the wake of the mega-blockbuster movie of the same name. Since 1963 they've faced numerous challenges from fearsome foes to shocking line-up changes and continue to endure well into the modern age. Who's your favorite? What's your favorite story arc or creative team? Join our panelists as we talk about what makes the Avengers so mighty!  (And yes ... I'll go in costume THIS year as well.  Last year I went dressed as Black Widow?  Who will I go dressed as THIS year?  Sif?  Scarlett Witch?  So many superheroines ... so little time to make costumes!).

Yeah, yeah ... that's Catwoman ... but replace the ears with a gun and it's also my Black Widow costume.  Me and my awesome Plot Bunnies friend, Sian.

Saturday 1/18 - 7:00pm - Douglas - FLIRT LIKE A PRO! (this is a COMEDY panel). - Flirting, like any skill, can be learned and gets better with practice. Our panel of experts are here to help! They will discuss and maybe even demonstrate ways to flirt like a pro, and what never to do under any circumstances!

Sunday 1/19 - 1:00pm - Galleria - AUTOGRAPH SESSION - now's your chance to get your books autographed or snag a paper copy!  Last year I went dressed as She-who-is.  Hmmm... Who will I go dressed as this year?  Maybe Supreme Commander-General Jophiel?

Do these wings make my butt look fat?

Monday 1/20 - 10:00am - Hale - LIVE READING - Authors Anna Erishkigal, Greer Gilman,and Richard A. Silva will read selections from their works.  Last time I read Lucifer's rousing speech which fractured heaven.  This time ... hmmm ... what could I read from Agents of Ki?

Monday 1/20 - 2:30pm - Executive Board Room - ARE MAGIC AND VAMPIRES GOOD FOR SCIENCE? - Does science education suffer from the popularity of entertainment involving magic, mythology, and the supernatural? When Syfy has ghost reality shows and science channels feature more "fringe" topics, one must wonder if Carl Sagan was right that pseudoscience gets in the way by pressing our awe buttons with easy answers. Or perhaps some magic can be inspirational for understanding the real possibilities. Can Harry Potter inspire a new generation of scientists the way Star Trek did?

Come to ARISIA!  

And come in costume if you have one! Events run around the clock and so will I, so if I have dark circles under my eyes and can't seem to remember my name or what character I'm supposed to be that day, don't hold it against me.  They don't let me out of Arkham very much!  :-)