LESSER EVILS GIVEAWAY!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!

**In the interest of tidiness, I’m going to condense all the updates.**

  • We’ve broken 240; hooray! Talk about a jump!
  • Watch for the second cutscene later this week. The first (as promised for hitting 120 is HERE.
  • The contest runs until December 1st. If you haven’t entered yet there’s still time. Can we get to 500?
  • At 500 entries, the last prize unlocks: a new short story for all of you!

Current Prizes:

  • One person will win signed copies of Brimstone Angels, Lesser Evils, the second Waterdeep Omnibus (featuring The God Catcher), and a copy of Realms of the Dead, featuring the first appearance of Tam “the Shepherd” Zawad, among other great stories. PLUS a copy of the Sundering poster given out at GenCon. (I will be happy to sign this too, or send it to you clean.)
  • TWO people will get a copy of Brimstone Angels AND a copy of Lesser Evils
  • Five additional people will win a copy of either Brimstone Angels or Lesser Evils.
  • AND…I will release another cut scene from Lesser Evils! 
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Then read on….

In 45 days, my next book Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils comes out. Here are some answers to questions about that!

I think the earrings look cool...although I don't think Lorcan would wear earrings.

Purty

What’s it about?
I hate this question. I’m not good at answering it.

You should probably get good at answering it. You’re kind of responsible for talking up your books.
You’re right. Blergh: Okay, Lesser Evils picks up shortly after Brimstone Angels. If you haven’t read Brimstone Angels, I highly recommend you do. Your experience will be much enriched and what I say next won’t constitute a spoiler…

So in Lesser Evils, Farideh tries to find a way to get Lorcan out of the Hells, finding the art of rituals and a super creepy villain in the process. Lorcan tries to figure out what his sister’s up to. Brin tries to sort out where he stands between Cormyr and the life he thinks he’d rather have. And Tam “The Shepherd” Zawad gets sent out on a mission with a new Harper recruit, Dahl Peredur, that leads them all into a very complicated situation involving multiple baddies. Including the Harpers’ old foes, the Zhentarim!

And Havi, of course, continues to be adorably aggressive.

So is it good?
Look, you really can’t ask an author that question. I think it is. But fortunately, you don’t have to take my word for it. Here are some early reviews (as well as a link to the sample chapter up on Wizards.com)

I still have to wait 45 days though. Why are you even bringing this up?
I’m glad you asked!

I’ve decided to have a contest—my first ever giveaway!—in honor of the release. Want to get in on it? Here’s what you need to do:

  1.  Make a comment on this post. You are going to have to leave an email address to do this, but that’s good, because if you win, I will have to have a way to contact you!
  2.  In your comment, call out your favorite fictional evil organization. It MUST be fictional, but you can draw from books, movies, comics, or TV. Feel free to include links—we all love being introduced to new stories.
  3.  From the pool of comments, I will randomly select a winner who will get a signed copy of Brimstone Angels: Lesser Evils.
  4.  BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! If at least 30 people enter, I will give the winner copies of Brimstone Angels and Lesser Evils. I will also draw TWO more winners, who will each get a copy of Lesser Evils or Brimstone Angels (your choice).
  5.  AND HOLD THE PHONE! If at least 60 people enter, I will give the winner copies of Brimstone Angels and Lesser Evils and the second Waterdeep Omnibus, containing The God Catcher as well as City of the Dead by Rosemary Jones and Circle of Skulls by James P. Davis. Plus THREE winners of Lesser Evils or Brimstone Angels.
  6.  If we get to 120…I will think of something, because I will be really surprised if that happens. (Go ahead. Surprise me!)

I will draw names and notify winners December 1st, so if you don’t win, you’ll still have time to get your copy. 🙂 Only one entry per person. May the odds be ever in your favor, etc.,etc.

I’m panicking! I can’t think of a good evil organization! Everyone is going to judge me!
Nope. I promise. My fans are all kind (at least on this blog). Just go with your gut.

I don’t know any fictional evil organizations. Maybe focus on the good guys?
That’s okay, Granma, you really can’t enter anyway, since we’re related. (And the focus on the bad guys is thematic. Not instructive.

I already have copies of those books.
1. Are they signed? These will be signed.
2. Do you celebrate any winter gift-giving holidays? You can gift these! They are perfect for Secret Santa gifts. (You can also gift the old copy. I won’t tell.)

Why do you do this question-answer thing? It seems weird for this topic.
Mostly because it’s easy and I am busy. But also because it is easy and I am lazy.

Get commenting!

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372 Responses to LESSER EVILS GIVEAWAY!

  1. saucerhead says:

    OK, going out on a limb: the Ghast Empire in Toby Frost’s Space Captain Smith trilogy. Genetically engineered insects without a sense of humour.

  2. Nathan Kinkade says:

    Since it can be from TV, I’ll go with the Daleks from Doctor Who. For books, even though technically they are just mercenaries, I like Bregan D’arthe.

  3. Jesper Enbom says:

    This is hard, I want to the Cthulhu cult, but it is hard to like fish-creepy-fish-mutated-death to all “Iah Iah Cthulhu Fathgn” Something people. And nobody else has picked it as far as I am aware of! (Which is a bad awareness.)

    Though going to the roots of myself I’d probably say: Millenium Earl and the Noah Family. (Which comes from a manga called: D.Gray man.) Though I am not sure if mangas fit into this. Oh well. 😛

  4. Cooper says:

    It may not exactly be evil, but I loved the Formics from the Ender series.

  5. Brandon Greer says:

    Hellfire Club from Marvel Comics. Even better that it is loosely based on a real, historical group.

  6. Peter Spana says:

    The Burning Legion, they are pretty much a giant horde of demons and other fallen
    races. they have to be my favorite

    http://www.wowwiki.com/Burning_Legion

  7. Abolethic Sovereignty is my favorite Forgotten Realms Evil Organization. My all time favorite Evil Organization is likely the Hell Fire Club from Claremont’s run on X-Men. When I read that at 12 years old I just thought it was so clever and cool. Recently, I have been reading more about villains that are more misunderstood than actual world conquering evil genius scientist types, but I think the Villains in Alpha’s are pretty cool because they are so much more powerful & informed then the good guys.

  8. Whitney says:

    I know this off the subject. I love reading the post of the favorite villains. I hope for some more evil and some creative writing about the organizations. This best contest ever Erin. Thanks again. Especially those who are posting.

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  10. Robin Hudson says:

    Hmm, it’s a toss up between Wolfram & Hart (Angel) and the Evil League of Evil (Dr. Horrible).

  11. Mik Calow says:

    My favourite would be a tie between the Zhentarim (Forgotten Realms) or the Nighthawks (assassins from Raymond E Fiest’s Riftwar books).

  12. Steven Cole says:

    I’m going to have to go with the Centers for Disease Control from Mira Grant’s Newsflesh series (Feed, Deadline, & Blackout). Bending the Zombie infection to your own will has got to be evil of the best sort. The “for your own good” sort that goes so badly wrong…

  13. Brian says:

    I’m going to have to go with the classics…the Empire from Star Wars. The organization is just all around evil. Seriously, I wrote a philosophy paper on it in college.

  14. Jonn H Perry says:

    The Forsaken from the Robert Jordan, Wheel of Time. They are so evil that they spend as much time trying to hide their identity from each other as they do from the semi-good guys.

  15. Jim Ambrose says:

    Ravenloft Kargat

  16. Jak says:

    House Harkonnen from Frank Herbert’s Dune and subsequent books.

  17. Jeff Hotchkiss says:

    I always thought the Air Pirates from TaleSpin were cool. In concept anyway. The actual characters were incompetent fools.

  18. Deeptanshu singh says:

    My all time favourite evil organisation has got to be the Empire from Stat Wars. Vast legions of minions, horrendous superweapons and an megalomaniacal Emperor who cackles and to top it all of you have the ultimate badass Darth Vader. What more could you ask for.

  19. Marcel "Mouse" Sarfati says:

    Dr. Claw and Mad Industries. “I’ll get you next time Gadget!…Next time!!” *Mweowr!!!!!*

  20. The Grifster says:

    The Really Rottens (from Laff-A-Lympics)

  21. Remy Weasel says:

    C’mon man. You can’t beat the Eco Villains from Captain Planet! Those guys just wanted to lay waste to everything!
    I wouldve said Rita Repulsa from Power Ranger’s, but thats not really an organization.

  22. Arbanax says:

    Well since it can be from anywhere, let me see Thrush from the Men from Uncle. I just the love kooky way these groups have to come up with this names, let alone design a logo and a great acronym for them. If I was thinking about the Realms I guess the Red Wizards, as they’ve always sounded like a huge threat, but I’ve had a soft spot for the Drow since reading the Salvatore books and Drizzt.

    Anyway i think you are brave to engage with the fans in this way, all the best. Hope you don’t mind sending stuff to the UK, if I get picked ;-).

  23. Nicolas Carrillo says:

    First of all, my first language is Spanish, therefore please excuse any mistakes I might make. As to which is my favorite fictional evil organization, this may come as a surprise, but it would be an organization that cannot be classified as “evil” in absolute terms. I am an Eberron fan (and would love to read your novels to learn more about the Realms), and this may explain why I choose the King’s Dark Lanterns. Despite being entrusted with protecting the nation of Breland and its king, being the aforementioned nation the most democratic one in Khorvaire and one that welcomed refugees from a destroyed nation, the spies and agents of that organization behave in a ruthless manner, engaging in murder, theft, and worse, not caring about hurting those who are from other nations. This is a constant in Eberron, that handles the idea that “good intentions” may be sought through evil means by many, blurring the idea of alignments and making things as complicated as in real life, especially considering that Kant and other philosophers argue against justifying all means when seeking goals. Certainly, other groups in the world of Eberron operate in a similar manner, but the King’s dark lanterns are a poignant example because of the contradiction between its nations’ goals and the means they employ. I ignore whether the Harpers in the FR act in a like manner or not. Thanks for letting me participate!

  24. Gus Ferencz says:

    I go back to Early AD&D and the Original (white) boxed set play days. Although, I have played all vesions sinceI still consider it the best (Playtesting 5 we will see if it can top AD&D 1) I still love the original AD7D scenario building to the Drow would love to see it again and htat would be my evil organization.

    PS
    (What happened to the hrdback special release of the original white boxed set it became AD&D???)

  25. Cybrex says:

    Not so much a organization, but a whole race. I would have to go with the Drow race, Drizzt and probably Zaknafein excluded. Huge fan of everything by Salvatore and the Legend of Drizzt series.

  26. Steve Jenkins says:

    The Observers in Fringe. They’ve been present in every episode over the last 5 seasons of the show, mostly in the background – blink and you miss them. It wasn’t until season 5 that their nefarious plan was revealed: to change the past to enslave the human race and, even now, the actual true nature of their plan is a mystery. Observers are an iconic set of characters – they’re all bald, wear 1950s suits and hats and have a predaliction for spicy food. Their tone of speech and the fact that they can read minds and cause death by brain haemorrhages literally at will make them incredibly sinister and menacing…

  27. Howard Kings says:

    My favorite fictional evil organization would have to be the Knights of Takhisis from Dragonlance. I love that there is an organization of Knights dedicated to an evil deity but still act and behave as knights should!

  28. Víctor Ocampo says:

    My evil organization: Monolith from the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. videogame saga. Not only are they brainwashed soldiers and stalkers from every nationality, but they also develop fanatical worship of the eponymous sentient structure which exists in the centre of the Zone. And the story behind their brainwashing is both creepy and tragic.

  29. Tim Marchant says:

    Citadel of Assassins. My new job has resulted in a 90% travel schedule and the last campaign I was forced to take a hiatus from was based in Damara and revolved around the Citadel of Assassins. The plotting, scheming and ruthlessness made the citadel one of the best fictional evil organizations Ive ever been introduced to.

  30. James Berkheimer says:

    For me it has to be the Empire from Star Wars. They were the original evil guys for me as I was growing up. Nameless, faceless, enemies who represented the uber-fascist oppressor state. All held together by a cloaked and disfigured emperor who had evil mystical powers.

  31. Andrew Vavrinak says:

    There are many good choices for best evil group out there, but out of all the comments I saw there was one group very near and dear to my childhood that was missing:Team Rocket

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  33. I know it’s been said already but I’m going to have to go with the Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil.

  34. John says:

    KAOS, because they had the single best Evil Agent ever in Siegfried. If he had gotten competent help I honestly think he could have taken over the whole world!

  35. daneen says:

    No one has mentioned Doofenshmirtz Evil, Incorporated.

    The only evil “organization” with a platypus as a nemesis!

  36. Simon says:

    Evil organization? I’ll give a shout out to the Taken from Glen Cook’s The Black Company. Perhaps not an organization per se, but hey, they’re cool.

  37. David says:

    KAOS from Get Smart!

  38. Magicstar says:

    I’ll go with the ChaosNazi’s from Mieville’s Kraken

  39. Rion Wetzel says:

    I would have to go with the Eldreth Veluuthra from the Forgotten Realms. I loved the twist that this elven group was very anti-human. It put a great spin in the campaign when the players encounter a group like this.

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  41. Jeffrey says:

    After much thought, I have settled on the Umbrella Corporation from the Resident Evil series of video games and movies. It’s just a company that tried to do something magnificent and benefit human life by creating a product that rejuvenates dead skin, making people beautiful and young again. But we all know how that turned out. And then the things they did afterwards to cover up their mistakes…

  42. Liz says:

    Goliath Corporation for sure. Those guys are pure scum.

    http://www.jasperfforde.com/goliath/index2.html

  43. Jeffrey Schwer says:

    P.A.G.A.N. is probably the greatest ever.

    Other favorites not mentioned: the Borg, arrancars (bleach), Noahs (d gray man), and the leviathans (supernatural… They really thought big picture)

  44. Stephane Clusiau says:

    I vote for the Reapers from the Mass Effect books 🙂

  45. Matthew gardner says:

    My all time favorite evil organization is the drow of Menzoberranzan. Not exactly an organization, but I love to hate their twisted evil plots and their power.

    P.S. Love your books, especially Brimstone Angels:)

  46. Kurtes Tarbush says:

    I’m going to have to say Team Rocket of pokemon fame. They give their employees such freedom! Although sometimes all they desire is a lone child’s pet, and continue with this project throughout the course of 10+ years.

  47. Bejami says:

    Westlake’s Dortmunder gang. They’re the protagonists, but still a crime syndicate of sorts.

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  49. Greg Uebele says:

    Mine would probably be a toss-up between the Galactic Empire from Star Wars or Cobra from G.I. Joe (the ’80s Marvel Comics version).

  50. Paul says:

    Favorite evil organization. Hrm, does the Vogon Constructor Fleet count? If not, I’ll go with the Ankh-Morpork Assassin’s Guild.