And the winners are:

After last year’s fiasco of writing down nearly a hundred names to put in a bag, I vowed not to repeat it. Amazing what one discovers when one types ‘Random Number Generator’ into a search engine. Anyway, my job was made incredibly easy just now. Listed the number of entries, and pressed ‘Generate’. Whey hey, what with Twitter, FB and random number generators, I don’t know myself.

Anyway, the first number out of the ether corresponded with an email sent byย Jon Charles, who lives in/nearย London. He’ll be pleased to win a genuine Roman quinarius as well as a copy of Hannibal: Enemy of Rome. And the second number corresponded to Mark Tinkler, who lives near Abingdon, in the UK. Like Jon, he wins a spanking new signed first edition of my new book. Congratulations to you both, and commiserations to everyone else.

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23 Comments

  1. John Salter
    Posted 31 May 2011 at 12:11 | Permalink

    Congrats to Jon and Mark! How’s the preparations going for Chester Ben? Have you loaded your armoury yet?

  2. benkane
    Posted 31 May 2011 at 13:16 | Permalink

    @John: not yet! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Posted 31 May 2011 at 14:23 | Permalink

    Congrats guys…..and thanks for running this again Ben, it does add something extra to a book launch.

  4. benkane
    Posted 31 May 2011 at 14:44 | Permalink

    @Parmenion (one of last year’s winners – or was it the year before?): no problem. I would have done more 1st editions, but Random House only did 3,500 as a first print run (I can hear your ears pricking up from here!) so I’m holding onto the rest of my copies for dear life. Happily, the next print run was for 10,000, so no worries about the scale of the first wave, he says, crossing all his fingers and toes.

  5. Posted 1 June 2011 at 20:17 | Permalink

    3,500…mmm very interesting…..lol… might have to ring toppings and get some more. It was Silver eagle Comp for a smashing signed 1st ed….thank you…on my book shelf with my other Kane books and all the prefered books of my collection. I have a nice ring bound proof copy of Forgotton Legion that might end up in my bag for Kelmarsh….. (dont forget your pen….LOL)

  6. benkane
    Posted 1 June 2011 at 20:41 | Permalink

    @Parmenion: as you’ll learn, I am the author with no pen. Bring your own! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Bonovox
    Posted 2 June 2011 at 09:19 | Permalink

    Hey Ben! Just pre-ordered the new book from Amazon UK instead of waiting for it to be published here in the States! Ever thought of writing about the Trojan War? I LOVED David Gemmel’s Lord of the Silver Bow series! It’d be cool to read your take on it!

  8. benkane
    Posted 2 June 2011 at 10:30 | Permalink

    @Bonovox: thanks for posting, and welcome to my new-look site!! Thanks too for ordering the book from here. You would have a long wait until 2013, I’m afraid, untilit is released in the U.S. Trojan wars? Hmmm. So many people praise Gemmell’s books to me (I only read his Drenai and Jon Shannow books a long time ago), that I must get around to reading them. Talking something that the great Gemmell did so well – now that’s a big ask. Still, it would be a great series to take on. Maybe one day! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cool username, BTW – has it anything to do with the wonderful Bono of U2? (For those who might not know, he took his stage name from a sign in a Dublin music shop window that said ‘Bonovox’.)

  9. Posted 2 June 2011 at 11:37 | Permalink

    @ Ben…What… you have never read Lion of Macedon….?? It is my all time number one book, (personal reasons, not because its the best written book) and its where i first met Parmenion as a name, and it led me from Fantasy to Historical Fiction…without gemmell i would not be talking to you now….so blame him…LOL!
    I still have not been able to read the third and final troy book, to do so would really mean the end of all new Gemmell books… im going to read the series from the start at some point but im saving it for a special occasion where i can do it un disturbed.

  10. benkane
    Posted 2 June 2011 at 12:09 | Permalink

    @Parmenion: no, I haven’t! *hides head in hands* Sigh. It’s been added to the list. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. PaulfromEboracum
    Posted 2 June 2011 at 22:31 | Permalink

    Well gutted not to win but them’s the breaks. Have ordered my copy and am looking forward to it. In the meantime am having to make do with Caesars own account of the Civil War. Remarkably readable for a 2000 year old journal. Cost me a penny from amazon.

  12. benkane
    Posted 2 June 2011 at 22:52 | Permalink

    @Paul: sorry! Better luck next year. Cheers for ordering your copy. A penny for Caesar’s civil war? Bargain. Off to Chester in the morning for a whole weekend of Roman festival. Way hay!

  13. Bonovox
    Posted 5 June 2011 at 08:36 | Permalink

    As a matter of fact, it does Ben! I’ve been a huge fan of U2’s, and especially of Bono’s, since I can remember! The Joshua Tree will always be one of my fave. albums! My rottweiler is even named Bono! (ya, I know, pretty dorky right!) I read somewhere that bonovox means “good voice” in latin? Thanks for the trivia, btw! And to parmenion-you can definately tell that Gemmels wife finished the third book a fter his death, the writing style is noticeably different, but still an amazing read!! I think it’s totally cool that you communicate so openly with your fans Ben! You Rock!

  14. Bonovox
    Posted 5 June 2011 at 08:47 | Permalink

    ….oops!! Just realized that I’ve been spelling GEMMELL’S name wrong!! Pretty embarrassing, as well as disrespectful to a late, great author! My apologies!

  15. benkane
    Posted 5 June 2011 at 09:48 | Permalink

    @Bonovox :trust the Irishman to spot the U2 link! I’ve loved their music since 1983, and the War album. Seen them live 5 times, most recently on the 360 tour. Amazing. Have you seen them? And no worries about chatting here – I love talking with you guys.

  16. Bonovox
    Posted 6 June 2011 at 08:12 | Permalink

    I’ve seen them three times. The best was during the Elevation tour, while during Sunday Bloody Sunday. This was shortly after 9/11, and when he got to the “Wipe the tears from your eyes” lyrics, he took an American flag from someone in the audience and cradled it like a baby in his arms while singing those words to it, before gently handing it back!! He probably did this in EVERY American city, but it was still pretty powerful stuff!! It’s a memory that I won’t soon forget, and still gives me goose bumps as I write this!!

  17. benkane
    Posted 6 June 2011 at 09:30 | Permalink

    @Bonovox: wow, that sounds truly moving. I have a bootleg CD of one of those concerts, and the emotional intensity is very clear.

  18. Posted 8 June 2011 at 08:57 | Permalink

    Will there be another like this and how can I win? Lol

  19. benkane
    Posted 8 June 2011 at 09:00 | Permalink

    @cereza671: Oh yes, there’ll be another coin to win (as long as I can locate them) for every new book. There’ll be more books to win next time too – this time I was restricted by a very small initial print run (3500) and not being able to get enough first editions. How to win? Enter, and ask the goddess Fortuna for help! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  20. Posted 9 June 2011 at 04:06 | Permalink

    Ok will you be putting out notifications on when, where, and how to enter when the time comes?

  21. benkane
    Posted 9 June 2011 at 15:32 | Permalink

    @cerezea671: yes, I email everybody about it. Did you not get the email for this competition?

  22. Posted 18 June 2011 at 07:19 | Permalink

    Nope not at all, probably would be best to use my gmail then, the email I used to email you asking for advice on writing.

  23. benkane
    Posted 20 June 2011 at 16:50 | Permalink

    @cereza671: have you registered under more than one address then? I can def. remember clicking on your name at least once when I was doing the mailing shot for the comp.

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