Well, anyway. Part The FIrst.
"Embers of Heaven", the follow-up novel to "The Secrets of Jin Shei", is currently easily obttainable in the UK and in Australia/New Zealand, but the folks on the North American continent (although they COULD get it if they rilly rilly tried) had a bit more trouble in obtaining their copies. So, then, in the run-up to Christmas, here's the deal: I'm hereby instituting a Prize Draw for a signed copy of the trade paperback edition of "Embers of Heaven". SHould you wish to be in the draw, please so indicate in the Comments, leaving me your email address there - the comments will, for this purpose, be Screened - I will see 'em but they won't be flapping all over the Internet. I will, upon my return from WOrld Fantasy COnvention, do a Random Draw of the names in the hopper, and I'll email the winner for a mailing address to which a signed copy of "Embers" is to be sent.
(If you already own a copy, please don't be deterred from putting your name in - you can always keep this copy as your own and give your other one away as a Christmas present to some other deserving soul...)
The draw is hereby officially open. You have until November 7.
PS - IN RESPONSE TO A PLAINTIVE ENQUIRY - no, it is NOT mandatory that you belong to my friends list in order to put yourself in for the draw...