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!


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.


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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New Book Excerpt: STEEL BLOOD Blog Tour Stop #3

Steel-Blood-Jacket.inddHappy book birthday to the third book in the Steel Empires series! Steel Blood features the continuing adventures of Victory and Mikelos, who couldn’t quite manage to stay safe at home while their kids were off having adventures in Steel Magic.

Today, the book is now officially available in hardcopy and ebook form from the following retailers:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Raw Dog Screaming Press


As her children begin lives of their own, Victory struggles with the loneliness of an empty nest. Just when the city of Limani could not seem smaller, an old friend requests that she come out of retirement for one final mercenary contract—to bodyguard his granddaughter, a princess of the Qin Empire.

For the first time in a century, the Qin and British Empires are reopening diplomatic relations. Alongside the British delegation, Victory and her daywalker Mikelos arrive in the Qin colony city of Jiang Yi Yue. As the Qin weredragons and British werewolves take careful steps toward a lasting peace between their people, a connection between the Qin princess and a British nobleman throw everyone’s plans in disarray.

Meanwhile, a third faction stalks the city under the cover of darkness.

This is not a typical romance. It’s a good thing Victory is not a typical vampire.

For stop #3 of the Steel Blood blog tour, I’m happy to feature an excerpt from the book itself. How does Victory get roped into her first mercenary contract in almost a hundred years? Read on to find out!  Continue reading