Steel Blood Deleted Scene

Steel-Blood-Jacket.inddHappy New Year to all of my awesome readers! In honor of 2017 finally being over, and to celebrate my birthday (yes, I’m a New Year’s Eve baby), I’d like to share a scene that was left on the cutting room floor after my beta readers read one of the earliest drafts of Steel Empires #3: Steel Blood.

This scene takes place early during the novel, while Victory and Mikelos are traveling by ship to Jiang Yi Yue. While I had fun writing it and exploring more of Rob and Guy’s characters, it was ultimately felt that the scene didn’t add to the larger story of the book itself.

My only birthday wish is that if you have been enjoying my writing, please consider leaving an honest review of any of my books someplace like Amazon or Goodreads. A review can be as simple as “I liked it!” and leaving a rating. This is the cheapest and easiest way to continue supporting authors you enjoy after buying their books.

Thank you, party safely tonight, and enjoy this look at Victory in her element — with a sword in her hand!  Continue reading

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TARDIS Contest: Winners and Final Tally!

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Thanks so much to everyone who submitted guesses in my crazy contest!

And the final TARDIS tally: 34!

Congratulations to the following:

  • Kelly M., the random winner of a hardcopy of their choice from the Steel Empires series
  • Kat S. and Jules D., who both guessed the closest at 32, the winners of an ebook of their choice from the Steel Empires series

I’ll be emailing you today to find out which books you want and the best way to get them to you.

Now, let’s see them all!  Continue reading

Contest announcement: Win a book from the Steel Empires series

While writing up a post for Speculative Chic last month regarding My Favorite Things, of course I had to include my favorite mode of travel through time and space: the TARDIS. While I consider myself a general fan of the television show it’s from, Doctor Who, I’ve been in love with this blue police box (and its broken chameleon circuit) since day one. I started collecting them, and my husband pointed out that I actually have no idea how many I have.

Let’s find out together! This link goes to a Google form that requires no sign-up. The deadline for submitting a guess is this Friday night, August 25, at midnight EST. The winners will be announced on Saturday, August 26, at noon EST.

This guess will only include how many representations of the TARDIS I have, not all of my Doctor Who collection. My Dalek t-shirt and my three (yes, three) sonic screwdrivers don’t count.

How many TARDISes does author J.L. Gribble actually own? Make your guess and win a book from the Steel Empires series!

PRIZES

One (1) random entry, no matter their guess, will win a signed hardcopy of their choice (Steel Victory, Steel Magic, or Steel Blood) shipped to them at no cost.

One (1) entry who guesses the correct number of TARDISes (or the closest over or under) will win an ebook of their choice (Steel Victory, Steel Magic, or Steel Blood). In the event of a tie, each submission will win.

THE LEGAL STUFF

This contest is not endorsed by Doctor Who, its creators, its producers, or the fine folks at BBC.

The contact information submitted here will only be used for the purposes of contacting you if you win. It will not be saved or shared with any outside entities such as my publishers.

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