Friday, June 29, 2012

"What's Your Deal?" Contest Winners!

Today's the day. 'Tis time to announce the winners of my "What's your deal?" contest, in which folks tell me what they'd bargain away their mortal soul for, and get entered for a chance to win one of three DEAD HARVEST prize packs! Details and the full list of entrants here.

Here's how the drawing worked, for those who care about such things. Each comment got a number. Numbers went into a hat. My lovely assistant, Katrina Niidas Holm, plucked three numbers from said hat all random-like and also didn't punch me for calling her my lovely assistant (yet), for which I'm grateful. And, without further ado, the winners are...

Becky LeJeune, who said: "Ooh, fortune for sure. Or better yet, a superpower that I can turn on and off at will, like invisibility or esp. Something I could put to use to make my own fortune thereby allowing me to do whatever I want whenever I want without worrying about bills :)"

Cindy Kershner, who wanted "the ability to go back in time (my lifetime in particular) and relive the good stuff. Most people would want to change the bad stuff (me too) but who wouldn't want to relive something?"

And Nick Korpon, who had this to say: "Without a doubt, I'd trade it for unlimited Fractured Prune doughnuts (made-to-order doughnuts in Ocean City, MD.) Ask Kieran about them. I think it'd be more than a fair trade." (Kieran, for the record, is genre-flouting mad genius Kieran Shea, who, if his prose is any indication, knows a thing or two 'bout deals with devils.

Congrats to our winners, and thanks so much to all who participated! Winners, drop me a line at chris[at]chrisfholm[dot]com with your mailing address, and I'll get your prize packs on their way.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

California Dreaming

In all the hubbub about my new book deal with Angry Robot, I nearly missed this gem of a 5-star review, from the Sacramento/San Francisco Book Review! Here's a snippet (click through for the rest):

"While written in a classic smoking gun, hard-boiled film noir style, DEAD HARVEST... is completely fresh and absolutely distracting. You won’t be able to put it down... a solid debut for a thrilling new novelist."

Thanks to Axie Barclay for the kind review.

Oh, and while I have you here, don't forget to enter my "What's your deal?"contest! Follow the link for details. In the time it takes to leave a blog comment, you could be entered to win one of three DEAD HARVEST prize packs!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Announcement and Contest

The Announcement
It's official: my robot overlords have picked up book three in my Collector series! THE BIG REAP is set to see the light of day sometime in 2013, following this February's DEAD HARVEST and September 2012's THE WRONG GOODBYE.

How psyched am I? Freakin' very. For one, THE BIG REAP takes a turn both epic and unexpected, and I'm pretty sure it's gonna rock. For two, you just know the cover will be mind-blowing. (Yeah, that's right: I mostly made this deal so's I could get me yet another kick-ass pulp cover. If I've got to keep cranking out crazy fantasy-noir adventure novels to get 'em, then so be it.)

The Contest
To celebrate today's announcement, I think I'll give away free stuff. What free stuff, you ask? How about three DEAD HARVEST prize packs, featuring a signed copy of DEAD HARVEST (The Collector Book One), as well as bookmarks, fridge magnets, custom DEAD HARVEST M&Ms, and whatever other crazy-ass DEAD HARVEST swag I happen to have lying around my house.

Who's eligible? If you're reading this, then you are. Period. End of story.

What do you have to do? Here's where things get fun.

See, my main character, Sam Thornton, is undead, damned to hell for all eternity on account of a deal he made with a demon to... well, you'll just have to read the book to find out what his deal was for.

What I wanna know is, what's your deal? If you were to bargain away your immortal soul, what would you want in return? Fame? Fortune? Supercool dance moves? (Right, like wishing for supercool dance moves wouldn't also bring you fame and fortune.)

So to enter to win one of three DEAD HARVEST prize packs, leave a comment on this post, telling me what your deal would be. If your comment isn't linked back to your blog/website/whatever, be sure to post your full name as well. The contest will be open from the second this post goes live to midnight on 6/28 (a week from now for those playing along at home.) Winners will be selected at random, so no pressure to be poignant/funny/smart/whatever, but if you post a particularly good one, I may well give you Twitter props. Feel free to enter as many times as you'd like, although when it comes time for the random drawing, I'll enter each person playing just the once. Check back 6/29 for the results.

So have at it, peeps, and try to keep it semi-respectable; this may not exactly be a family blog, but you'll get no bonus points for filth, and I reserve the right to delete comments deemed inappropriate.

Let the soul-bargaining begin!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CM: Prose and Cons

The topic of the week at Criminal Minds is "Conferences: the good, the bad, and the ugly." See what I had to say on the matter here.

And while you're at it, pop on over to Book Snobbery and read their hilariously specific 4.1/5-star review of DEAD HARVEST! Here's a taste:

"Holm has obviously taken his inspiration from Hammett and Chandler, but put his own inventive twist to bring it forward into the 21st century... 4.1 stars, which may not be all the stars but is still pretty damn good."

Saturday, June 16, 2012

For the Birds

Crack author (and all-around good guy) Nigel Bird spilled some ink on DEAD HARVEST last night, declaring it "...a damned good read." Thanks, Nigel!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Of Earlobes and Corrals

Look: I'm gonna give it to you straight. I've been super-busy with the actual writing part of this whole writing gig lately, so time for blogging and tweeting is pretty scarce. (Also TV viewing, reading, and sleeping. Thankfully, regular bathing has yet to fall by the wayside.) And I just blew all the blogging time I have today trying to make a cheeky Raiders of the Lost Ark reference in the title of this post, to no avail, so I'm just going to leap right into the meat of the post with no cleverness to speak of. (Yeah, yeah: Whats' new about that? Shut up, peanut gallery in my head.)

First off, Bob at The Guilded Earlobe listened to the DEAD HARVEST audiobook, and had a good deal of praise for me and my reader, Brian Vander Ark, both. ('Reader of the ___ Ark'? Seriously, what rhymes with Lost and works there? I'm so close, it's freaking killing me.) Here's a taste (click through to read the rest):

"Dead Harvest is a wonderful blending of the supernatural with urban crime fiction and an exciting start to a new series...  Vander Ark gives Sam Thornton a gravelly voice that is an excellent fit for this character. Vander Ark manages to give the book the hard boiled feel of a [Dashiell Hammett] novel, while keeping up with Holm’s rapid fire pacing and elaborate action sequences."

 And second, Benito Corral took a gander at 8 POUNDS and declared "I cannot recommend this collection highly enough." I'd quote more, but damn if that ain't plenty to make me smile. Feel free to click through to check out the rest.

Many thanks to Bob and Benito. Now back to the word mines for me...

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

CM: We'll make great pets...

Over at Criminal Minds today, I invoke a long-forgotten post-Jane's-Addiction one-hit-wonder while pondering the week's question: namely, does my protagonist have a pet, and if not, why not?

I also shill shamelessly, carnival-barker-style for my appearance 2PM this Sunday at Flights of Fantasy in Albany, New York! Come one, come all, and be sure to swing by their site ahead of time for a chance to enter a copy of DEAD HARVEST!

Friday, June 01, 2012

In which the author is over the moon...

Locus Magazine, who've won like eleventy bagillion Hugo Awards.

Locus Magazine, in whose pages a K.W. Jeter coined the term "steampunk," way back in April of '87.

Locus Magazine, which no less a luminary than Arthur C. Clarke declared "the only periodical I read from cover to cover."

Locus Magazine knows that I exist. What's more, they actually liked my book.

There's no online edition, so I can't provide an evidentiary link, but here's a snippet of what they (or, rather, Carolyn Cushman) had to say:

"The Collector series gets off to a strong start with this noir urban fantasy, a very promising first novel."

You hear that? I'm "very promising." (Or, okay, my novel is. Shut up and let me have this.)

And as if that weren't enough to keep me grinning from ear to ear, I also got a very kind review from Ryan Lawler at Fantasy Book Review, in which he said this:

"Holm has created a fantastic world and I can't wait to see what happens next."

Thanks kindly, Ryan and Carolyn. 'Tis much appreciated.