Monday, July 1, 2013

Win an ARC of CARNIEPUNK!

Step right up! There's a new adventure in Criminy's Clockwork Caravan, and it's part of a veritable smorgasbord of CARNIEPUNK deliciousness!

And you can win an advance copy!



CARNIEPUNK is out July 23 with Gallery Books with a KILLER lineup of amazing urban fantasy and paranormal romance writers, including Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Kevin Hearne, Seanan McGuire, Jaye Wells, Rob Thurman, and many more. Including me!

My story, THE THREE LIVES OF LYDIA, is a Sangish take on Lydia the Tattooed Lady. This one includes many of your favorite characters from Criminy's caravan, including the darkly sexy ringmaster himself. It also includes a secret alluded to in Wicked as They Come and explains why Charlie Dregs is such a strange young man.

So, want to win it? Here's how to enter!


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44 comments:

Esperanza Gutierrez said...

Ooh the story on Lydia the tattooed lady is going to be a great read. I am sure.

Cate Masters said...

This is on my TBR list! :)

sherry gladden said...

I hate all clown since I read IT by Stephen King!

Carol M. said...

It's honestly been ages since I've been to a circus or carnival, but used to go a lot as an adolescent. I remember being fascinated with all of the tents on the unusual creatures or people, and really wanted to see a miniature horse. The really weird thing is, I don't remember if I ever did so.

Wendy D. said...

I can never resist Criminy!! ; )

Jessie said...

I saw one of the guys who swallow the swords once. It was creepier to watch than you'd think it'd be.

Stephanie Fredrick said...

Wow, great group of authors in one book. Can't wait to read it.

I once saw this contortionist who would wind himself around objects like hula hoops. It was very strange and made me cringe. Human bodies should not bend those ways lol.

Lady Attercop said...

The prompt asked: what's the creepiest thing you've ever seen at a circus.

I grew up spitting distance from Ft. Lauderdale, blocks away from the infamous (if you're a south Floridian) Swap Shop: part carnival, part flea market, part drive-in movie theater, all in garish, bright yellow terror baking under the searing tropical sun. It's a tourist-friendly Barter Town. Something that sums up the terror place in two sentences: Steve-O (of Jackass fame) worked for the long-since defunct circus. As a clown.

It was at that horror of a circus that over-sensitive 12 year-old me encountered the World Saddest Elephant. She was massive, scarred, and exuded boredom and depression as she plodded around a series of small platforms for the "entertainment" of a smattering of disinterested kids. She was the only "exotic animal" featured in the circus.

Elephants are awesome, and seeing beautiful, intelligent creature reduced to this kind of humiliation was more horrifying than my little kid brain had words for.

Lolarose38 said...

Papa lazarou (a character from BBC's League of Gentlemen) is the freakiest, scariest Circus character EVER...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2F4ZWTjwTU

Hannah Hanson said...

I live in Alaska and I've never had the chance to go to a carnival or circus. I think that's part of why I enjoy your books so much, all parts of the world are foreign to me and the caravan is extra magical because of it! I'd love to go to one someday!

Kate said...

I love this book series! I can't wait for the next one!

Casey said...

I've only been to the circus once. There was a clown there who traumatized me so badly I never want to go back. Ever. Never ever. Nope. Can't make me.

Rebe said...

It's a toss up between the clowns and the carnies.

Haley said...

My carnival/fair experiences have been pretty tame. I guess the creepiest was getting on one of those pendulum rides that goes upside down. The bar was about, or felt like, a foot from my lap so I had to hold on to the seat with my legs. It had a roof but open windows so I was a bit nervous.

EttyOop said...

I cannot wait to read this book! I pre-ordered but would love to get the ARC to read NAO!!!

Craziest thing at a circus: an elephant picked up a tire and threw it at my grandfather!

Liv said...

The line-up of authors in this book makes my head spin. SO awesome! And a story from Sang is totally the icing on the cake.

Melissa said...

The creepiest/scariest thing I have ever seen at a carnival was the fire eater. Can we say heartburn?

I have to admit that I haven't been to many carnivals though. People want me to ride rides...and they scare me lots...so I tend to not go.

Anam UK said...

The freakiest circus thing ? Me, let me explain. I'd recently been diagnosed with Asthma & was performing the human blockhead. I hadn't really grasped the relationship between salbutamol(ventolin) & vasodilation. The performance went normally, nail hammered into face, nail pulled out, moans & shrieks ( the audience not me). I took my bow & walked into the wings when for about 30 seconds blood just cascaded from my nose, and the stopped as if it had been turned off. Wrecked my costume & taught me not to do that routine within half an hour of using my inhaler :-)

Margoree O'Gore said...

Creepiest thing at a circus or carnival...clowns. Hands down. Clowns.

Deb Rasmussen said...

I have been waiting *patiently* for CarniePunk since first hearing it was coming out. I am SO excited for this book!! Amazing group of authors!

Deb Rasmussen said...

I have been waiting *patiently* for CarniePunk since first hearing this book was coming out. Okay, not at all patiently. Such a fantastic collection of authors, and I am eager to read several of the stories! As a loyal BludBunny Brigade member, I am pretty sure the story by Delilah S. Dawson will be devoured first. :)

Deb Rasmussen said...

I am so excited for this book!

Deb Rasmussen said...

I have been waiting for CarniePunk to come out for ages! So many great authors, this anthology will be a favorite! I am very eager to spend a little more time with Criminy Stain, he is awesomesauce.

Meghan Schuler said...

At the carnival I danced at, the
"conjoined" twins vanished between acts. One of them had gone into labor.

Jennifer Crow said...

This anthology sounds fantastic! Adding it to my TBR pile post-haste.

Pinafores and Pinwheels said...

The amount of missing teeth on the people who are operating rides...seems like someone who is in charge of huge machines should at least no how to brush their teeth. Pretty scary

Pinafores and Pinwheels said...

The amount of missing teeth on the people who are operating rides...seems like someone who is in charge of huge machines should at least no how to brush their teeth. Pretty scary

Gregory said...

Hey there... The Lydia story was the best that I have read from the eARC I have been going through to review....

Zita said...

I've been hearing about this one from some of the other authors and I can't wait to read it :-)

kiaras said...

I've never been to a carnival or a circus, but I do like the demolition derbies at the county fairs. Nothing creepy though.

More seriously, though, I pre-ordered this book way back in January and I'm just going to vibrate all to pieces if I don't get to read it soon!

Ivy said...

The creepiest thing I ever saw at a carnival was when the fairgrounds decided to put these clown heads over all the trash cans so in order to throw anything away you had to put your hand in the clown's mouth. It didn't help that I'm afraid of clowns.

Margaret Cook said...

I've seen some creepy people attending carnivals. Can't think of anything in them that was so bad.

Tiff said...

I've been waiting for this one since JordanCon and even got the free story on B&N because I couldn't wait for the end of July! I'd love to get it even faster!!! :)

Tiff said...

I've been waiting for this one since JordanCon in April!!!!

Brooklynn Gibbs said...

Iv never been to the Carnival or Circus! But I really want to go to one...

dixiehellcat said...

I remember the freak shows when I was a kid...loved staring at the weird headless girl posters but my parents wouldn't pay for me to go in because they said they were all fake. lol

Danelle Weber said...

Creepiest thing to happen at a carnival or circus? A young girl--maybe seven years old-- with messy curls and a tear-streaked face ran up to me out of the crowd and grabbed my hand. "You don't have to go to hell," she sobbed. "Just go home." Then her grandmother ran up behind her, scooped her up, apologized, and hurried away.
Or, at least, that's what happened in the dream I had this morning (and it actually was this morning--WINNING THIS BOOK IS CLEARLY MY GREAT DESTINY). It's too hot where I live for carnivals, either to have them or to go to them, so that's something I've mostly missed out on. That's probably why I've romanticized them so much (to the point that I dream about them) and also why I can't wait to read this anthology. What a line up!

Lauren Harris said...

Creepiest thing I ever saw at a carnival was a dead rat beside a food vendor's trash can. >.> I got out of line...

Josh said...

All I'm saying is DO NOT look behind the hot dog stand

Anne Odom said...

Creepiest thing I ever saw at a circus or carnival? Clowns. Or that person who hung upside down on that ribbon and didn't fall on me.

Karen said...

I can't remember ever seeing anything I would consider creepy or weird at the circus or carnival. Except maybe when Ringling Bros. was trying to pass off a goat as a unicorn back in the 1980's.

Karen said...

Mmmmm.... maybe the goat Ringling Bros. tried to pass off as a unicorn back in the 80's but that was probably more sad than anything else.

Unknown said...

One night on the midway (which my parents call Con Alley) I saw my father win every.

single.

game.

Dad was the one to teach me how to throw darts. When I was 17, I went to a new carnival, with friends.

I won every. single. dart toss. I gave my friends the toys and haven't been back since.

Jamie Wyman said...

I now have "Lydia the Tattooed Lady" stuck in my head. Thanks, Delilah! ;) I'm so freaking excited for this book. My wish-I-was-a-carny heart just can't take it!