Do you know about Booksweeps?
I discovered them last year, when Jeanne included one of her Touched By A Demon books in a paranormal romance sweep. Since then I’ve heard good things about them, so when I saw they were running an Epic Sword & Sorcery Fantasy sweep I knew it was my turn. Here’s the graphic for The Seeds of Power:
A Booksweep is a contest that aims to connect avid readers of a particular subgenre with authors who’d like to reach a wider readership. First prize is usually something like an e-reader plus a free copy of every book in the sweep. Second prize is a free copy of every book.
Authors pay to be included. Readers don’t pay to play. They sign up for the sweep by joining the mailing list of the authors they like the look of out of the selection offered. They don’t have to join every list, but each one they join gives them a better chance of winning. Of course they could immediately unsubscribe from every list they choose, but past experience suggests that many of them don’t—as long as they enjoy the newsletter.
The giveaway I joined is called Epic, Sword & Sorcery Fantasy. That’s a nice, broad definition and I think the seventeen books in the bundle offer something for everyone. Some have battles on the cover—weapons and action, red-eyed dragons, mythical creatures and whatnot. Others highlight a central character, often female. Those look like my catnip.
I’ve been reading the blurbs and the Look Inside samples, and I’m especially tempted by
The Absinthe Earl by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Fairies, absinthe, adventure and ancient secrets!
The Last Ward by Jessica Wayne. Dark, gritty, high fantasy kick-off novella.
To Kill a Fae by Jamie A Waters. I do love a heroine with mystery powers, especially when she’s in hiding. Magic, Fae, action, adventure, drama, dragons and demons, yay!
I think readers who like the sound of those books might also enjoy The Seeds of Power.
Click here and scroll down to see all seventeen books in the bundle. Do any of them especially appeal to you? Why?
If you like the idea of Booksweeps, but fantasy isn’t for you there are current and upcoming Sweeps featuring crime, female sleuths, paranormal romance, romantic suspense, inspirational, historical, sweet and clean, erotic, and steamy contemporary romance.
The Epic, Sword & Sorcery Fantasy sweep runs until next Wednesday (22 January). If it looks like your thing, I’d love you to join me there (and I hope you win)!