Jason M. Waltz, edl
Rogue Blades Entertainment
I recently wrote a post about my copy of Writing Fantasy Heroes arriving and how eager I was to dive into it. That post got more traffic, and certainly more comments, than most of the posts I've done in the last couple of months.
Since then, two things have happened. First, I've read about 1/3 of the book, and it's every bit as good as I hoped. I'll review the book once I've finished, so I won't go into details here.
The second thing that happened, and the one that has a direct bearing on readers of this blog, is that I received an email a few days ago from Jason M. Waltz, the publisher of Rogue Blades Entertainment and the editor of the aforementioned book.
It seems a couple of years ago, I took advantage of a special RBE was running and prebought several titles. Writing Fantasy Heroes wasn't one of them, probably because it wasn't conceived of at the time. That's a guess on my part. What isn't a guess is that this is the book Jason had intended to make a part of the prepurchase deal, subbing this book for another one. But then I went and bought the book before he had a chance to send me my copy. He asked what I wanted to do about it, and I quickly decided to do a giveaway. Since Jason is the person who has the copy of Writing Fantasy Heroes in his possession and will be handling the mailing, this is a joint giveaway between Adventures Fantastic and Rogue Blades Entertainment.
So, here's the deal. Between now and when I post the review, which will probably be just after Easter if I can keep the schedule I've sketched out, anyone who posts a comment here answering the following question will be entered. The question is: What one characteristic above all others is essential for a fantasy hero and why? Your answer could be long or short, but you have to say why that characteristic is the one you think is the most essential. Hopefully, this will generate some thought provoking discussion as well as a little buzz for RBE.
Once the review of Writing Fantasy Heroes goes live, I'll put all the names in a hat and draw one at random. Actually, I probably have my son draw the name. He'd enjoy my involving him like that. I'll announce that person's name the day after I post the review. I'll also contact that individual directly and/or pass that person's name directly on to Jason. He will be mailing the book. This is an unread copy, not the copy I've got.
There is one other thing. The winner will be requested, but not required, to post a review of the book once they've read it, either on their own blog, Goodreads, Amazon, or some combination of the above.