Crossing the Streams

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Welcome to “Crossing the Streams 2014,”a huge, multi-author book giveaway! This is the post for my part of the contest. (Hi!)

Uh, you’re not supposed to cross the streams…What is this?

“Crossing the Streams 2014” is a contest where I and nearly two dozen other speculative fiction writers are running contests to win copies of our books.

Hey, I like winning copies of books! How do I enter?

Here’s how it works: Each individual author involved is running a contest on his or her own site. (The specific details vary from author to author; the contest I run on my site might be very different than the one on James’s site, or Marcy’s site, so read the rules below). Each of us will select two winners from our contest, who will receive signed copies of a book. Huzzah!

Once the contests have ended, all the authors involved will get together and choose one single “super-winner” from all the entries on all our sites combined. This one lucky individual will receive a signed book, free, from each and every one of the authors involved.

Wait. So I might win like twenty free books?


Awesome! Anything else?

You can only enter each author’s contest once, but you may enter multiple contests. So you could enter here, on Marcy’s site, on Ari’s site, etc. You can enter on everyone’s site, if you want. (And even if you aren’t selected as the “super winner,” you might win more than one of the individual contests. You never know.) You can find a complete list of the authors involved, as well as links to their sites at the bottom.

So how do I enter your contest, Erin?

Leave a comment on this post (make sure you give your real email address so I can contact you if you win) answering this question: What four fictional characters would you want in your adventuring party?  They can be from any source and you don’t have to fill out the “classic roles,” but they must be fictional. If you pick characters from my books, you will be my favorite, but it won’t sway the random selection program I’ll use to decide a winner. You can just list names, list roles, or post a great big dissertation on why you want these people at your side–I’ll read them all. 

OMG, this is so exciting! Should I enter now? Should I take time to think of an awesome answer?

Entries must be received between February 19 and March 19, 2014.

What do I win?

Winners of my contest will receive a signed copy of The Adversary, my latest book.

Uh, I have that already.

If you already have The Adversary or if you haven’t read any of the Brimstone Angels books and want to start at the beginning, then you can choose a Brimstone Angels/Lesser Evils pack instead. 

I have those, too. 

Aren’t you sweet! Well, if none of those appeal to you, I can offer you the promise of a copy of my next book Fire in the Blood, which comes out in October 2014.

What about those other authors? Are they good? Where can I enter their contests?

You can find names and links here. Everyone involved in this contest is a great author or artist–some you probably know and some who might be new to you. Check out their sites and see. You might find something you love! (And you’ll definitely be able to throw your name in for a free book or dozen.)

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  5. Tim Wallace says:

    I would choose Erevis Cale, Kvothe, Kylar Stern, and Khelben “Blackstaff” Arunsun.

  6. Darin Stahl says:

    This contest is awesome!

    Ok, my party:

    Tank: Beta Ray Bill (you know, powers of Thor, with the head of a horse, what’s not to love!)
    Rogue: Bilbo (young version with the One ring and Sting in his possession)
    Mage: Akiro (from Conan the Barbarian). Hedge wizard, but, full of sound advice.
    Cleric: With all this DPS, who needs healing! But, just in case we need to patch up a flesh wound, I want Lucy from Narnia with her healing flask. That thing is awesome! Plus, she’s pretty good with a dagger.

  7. Mitch Marty says:

    Kvothe, Nix Fall, Valas Hune, and Beorn.

  8. Ken Hart says:

    Great topic! Okay, for my four characters, I’ll choose:

    1) Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter (from the classic Hammer film of the same name). Reason: He DUELS his undead foes with a sword made from an iron cross. ‘Nuff said!

    2) Kerr Avon (from the British TV series “Blake’s 7”). Reason: Brilliant and ruthless. Able to think his way out of any problem. Unfortunately, he’s also amoral, so some of his solutions may include stabbing his allies in the back. Which brings us to…

    3) Farideh. (I’m only moderately sucking up here. Really!) Reason: She provides much-needed moral balance, and she possesses the holy-crap-look-out raw power to back it up. Also, I love warlocks.

    4) Meriadoc Brandybuck (from LOTR, of course). Reason: Braver than the other three put together. Bonus: Knows where the good bars are.

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  11. I’ll mix things up to be creative: Darth Vader, Drasek Riven, Saruman and The Morrigan (from Kevin Hearne’s Iron Druid Chronicles). It’s a dark team that can get the job done. You’ve got Saruman as the evil wizard, Vader as the over powered warrior, Riven the assassin, and The Morrigan because, well, she’s the chooser of the slain and the goddess of war. That’s got to be a win-win.

  12. John Malone says:

    1) Geralt of Rivia from Andrzej Sapkowski’s the Witcher Series. One of the greatest swordsman and he has some useful spells under his belt. Plus he’s a professional monster slayer. From Harpies, Trolls, and Stryigas to bandits, knights, and assassins, Geralt has a blade for all of them.

    2) Teclis. Tyrion’s sickly elven brother from William King’s Blood of Aenarion trilogy. Teclis doesn’t have the smarts or martial prowess of his twin brother, but he’s specially gifted in magic and knowledge. He destroyed a Greater Demon with enough time, so I think I’d have him on my team.

    3) Bellathonis. The head Heamonculus for Nyos Yllithian’s White Flames in Andy Chamber’s Path of the Renegade series. Heamonculus’ are master torturers, but for their masters and patron Kabal, they’re also skilled in augmentation and mending. He would be useful for keeping the party alive and enhancing their combat abilities.
    Plus he has a team of minions to do his bidding.

    4) Dandelion from the Witcher Series. He’s a famous bard known throughout the north, and is a good friend of Geralt. He isn’t much a fighter, but he can pull his weight around when he wants to. He would mostly be a moral boost for the group.

  13. Jonathan says:

    So who would I have in my party huh?
    Farideh for sure. Granted she can be a bit headstrong and prone to rushing through things, but she packs a lot of firepower and I think she is finally starting to learn the consequences of rushing through things.
    A certain astral panther tied to a statue named Guenhwyvar. She’s loyal, she kicks ass, she perseveres though injuries that would kill almost anyone, and where she goes a very cool Drow ranger is sure to follow, making her pretty much a two for one special.
    Catti-brea Wizard and former warrior and a twice-chosen in her own right.
    Seraphine A Succubus sorceress from my own writings who was one of the Succubi who did not change sides at the end of the Blood Wars but rather turned her back on both the Abyss AND the Hells. Not only is she a skilled sorceress, and an able warrior but she has incredible strength and compassion. While not a chosen she does have a very close friend who made the transition from Succubus to Angel and she longs to make that transition herself.

  14. Daniel Miller says:

    Well now…

    1) Drizzt (Salvatore)
    2) Sparhawk (D. Eddings)
    3) Richard Rahl (T. Goodkind)
    4) Nynaeve al’Meara (R. Jordan)

    That should just about cover it. 🙂

  15. Joe Riordan says:

    Drizzt Do’Urden
    Erevis Cale

  16. Kelly Jensen says:

    I’m going to make mine a Faerun-themed party, seeing as I want to go there. On a good day, to a friendly part.

    1) Drizzt Do’Urden. I have to have him. He will also be my love interest. 😀
    2) Dahl Peredur. I fell for him in The Adversary. I also want to see him realise his potential. What better place than at my side?
    3) Erevis Cale. I need a rogue and he’s a damned interesting one.
    4) Anton Marivaldi. He’s a newcomer to my favourites list but, you know, I just think he’d stir things up a bit. Conflict with the rest of the party, and he’d add a splash of colour.

    What, my party is all male? Well sure it is. It’s my party…

  17. Mark Walker says:

    Great question! Here is my party:

    Roland, gunslinger from Stephen King’s Dark Tower. He is my shoot first ask questions later hero

    Legolas, elf, from J.R.R. Tolkien. He is my tracker and my moral compass.

    Elminster, wizard from Ed Greenwood. My magic user who continues to learn new spells even after centuries of life

    Mara Jade Skywalker, Jedi Knight from Star Wars expanded universe. A former thief, now with knowledge of the force can still use her sneak skills to get into places that she is probably not welcome

  18. Joseph Crawford says:

    Violet from Rat Queens

    Raistlin from Dragonlance

    Kylar from the Night Angel Trilogy


  19. Tennora, Clytemorrenestrix, Nodwick, and Piffany.

  20. Josh Hardt says:

    Okay, now this’ll be fun.

    Party Leader: Aragorn. He’s honourable, knows a great deal about many things, and is a formidable warrior/tracker.

    Sage/Learned One: Tavi from the Codex Alera. He is compassionate, has earthly wisdom, and a lot of potential. He definitely has many clever ideas as well.

    Stealthy One: Storm Silverhand. Does more need to be said?

    The Healer: Jak Fleet. A good moral compass and potent cleric

    As a bonus, *all* of them have fair martial skill, knowledge of a great deal, and the ability to sneak…

  21. Mathieu Robichaud says:

    Yes, it will be fun.

    Funny one : Jack Sparrow, human rogue ?

    Serious one : Farideh, tiefling warlock

    Silent one : Mini-Me from Austin Powers

    Dark one : Drizzt Do’Urden

  22. Dan Whiteside says:

    Tank: Radovan (Dave Gross) – burn him and he just gets stronger.

    Rogue: Tananda (Robert Asprin) – A little thief/assassin/mage in a sweet-natured, huggable package.

    Cleric: Durkon (Order of the Stick) – Healer, vampire-dwarf? Why not?

    Mage: Belgarath (David Eddings) – I like attitude with my firepower.

  23. Jim Carstensen says:

    Fun! Going a bit non-standard in my roles, have a mad improvisation theme “we don’t need rules” theme going.

    Rogue: Locke Lamora (Lies of Locke Lamora series, Scott Lynch)
    Yes, he can fill traditional rogue duties, but also brilliant planning, improvisation, and such the party face. Oh, and he might be able to trick people, but don’t pay attention to that. Second pick would be Vlad Taltos (Vlad Taltos novels, Steven Brust).

    Mage: Gilgamesh Wulfenbach (Girl Genius, Phil & Kaja Foglio)
    Ok, mad scientist instead of mage. I adore Agatha, but Gil would work better with Locke. If I had to go for traditional mage, it would probably be Sparrowhawk/Ged (A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. LeGuin).

    Cleric: Damien Kilcannon Vryce (Coldfire Trilogy, C.S. Friedman)
    This was a toughie. I was really tempted to go with Dirk Provin (Second Sons trilogy, Jennifer Fallon) to keep with the brilliant planning motif, but while he becomes a member of the clergy it’s not that there is any magical power to it. Damien is a good man, willing to break the rules to go what is right, and a powerful holy caster/knight. But dang would Dirk keep up the mad genius role.

    Warrior: Bobby Shaftoe (Cryptonomicom, Neil Stephenson)
    I can hear eyes blinking. Over the internet. This isn’t because he’s the best individual warrior by far, but rather looking at the planners above he’s the one that could take them to fruition.

  24. hamdiggity says:

    Logen Ninefingers
    Arilyn Moonblade

  25. Mik Calow says:

    For my party I’d go for the following:

    Jarlaxle – come on, you know he’s the most entertaining drow in Fearun.

    Lorcan – if he’s not up to a particular task, he can call upon one of his “collected warlocks”.

    Hudson Hawk – best thief ever.

    Tony Stark/Iron Man – why have one ego-maniac when you can have four.

  26. Steve (Buster Asmus) says:

    For my four member companion party I would choose:

    I decided to pick a group that I think nobody else would choose.

    Indiana Jones
    Sherlock Holmes
    Nikola Tesla
    Albert Einstein

  27. Todd says:

    Tank – Druss the Legend
    Mage – Raistlin
    Rogue-Matrim Cauthon
    Cleric- Erevis Cale

    And of course since it is my party – Me in the Nodwick role

  28. The Terminator
    Long John Silver

  29. Réjean Rémillard says:

    Drizzt Do’Urden
    Erevis Cale
    Khelben “Blackstaff” Arunsun.
    Drasek Riven

  30. Paul Partida says:

    Wow, this is a really tough question to answer, but I’ll try my best to narrow it down to just four fictional characters in my party.

    1) Zeddicus Zu’l Zorander – From Terry Goodkind’s SoT series. This old wily wizard is not only wise, smart, and funny, but he brings with him a whole life of experience and Wizard’s Fire is something awesome to behold.

    2) Jimmy the Hand from Raymond E. Feist’s Riftwar Series – Jimmy brings with him knowledge of the streets, how to disguise himself and how to get into places most other people find impossible. He has no magical abilities or real fighting abilities, but his cleverness gets things done.

    3) Magiere the Dhampir from Barb & J.C. Hendee’s Noble Dead Saga – Magiere is strong, fast, and powerful. She kicks butt and always figures out how to get out of sticky situations. Very good to have in a pinch.

    4) Rand al’Thor – From the late great Robert Jordan’s WoT series – Rand starts out as a farm boy only to realize he’s been reborn as the greatest channeler of the One Power. Not only is he able to channel powerful magic to heal and destroy, but he’s a sword master, plus the talking to himself would be pretty funny to have with Zedd in the group egging him on.

  31. Shawn King says:

    Gotrek Gurnisson (Black Library, Warhammer: Slayer series from William King): I love dwarves and can’t think of a better fearless beast of a fighter.

    Artemis Entreri (Forgotten Realms: Drizzt series): My favorite rogue. He’s just badass, and paired with Charons Claw, there’s no stopping him.

    Sarth Khul Riizar (Forgotten Realms: Blades of the Moonsea by Richard Baker): tiefling, mage, ’nuff said.

    Erevis Cale (Forgotten Realms, by Paul S. Kemp): Not much to say here, he’s just badass—read it if you don’t know!

  32. Steven Addona says:

    Hmm, really interesting question! Let’s see…

    1) Kylar Stern (Brent Weeks, Night Angel Trilogy): An expert fighter, rogue, assassin, and alchemist all rolled into one magic-enhanced super-powered immortal bundle? Done.

    2) Erevis Cale (Paul S. Kemp, The Godborn): Another badass! Cale has some pretty impressive fighting chops and is the first Chosen of the God of Thieves. He’s got a tactical mind, and can heal his companions in a pinch. Solid.

    3) Elminster (Ed Greenwood, The Herald): Elminster is a ridiculously powerful wizard. He, like, blows stuff up, man. Also, he’s definitely a genius and could get us out of all kinds of scrapes.

    4) Roland Deschain (Stephen King, The Dark Tower): “For the Eld!” *blam blam blam blam blam*

  33. Evan Lewis says:

    For my wizard, I’d definitely pick Harry Dresden. I don’t think there’s another mortal wizard who can take the kind of beatings he does.

    (Man, this is hard…)

    Sandore Clegane would be my fighter. No explanation necessary.

    Can’t decide if I’d pick Roland Deschain or Oliver Queen for my ranger. Either way: win!

    Cleric, cleric, um… Hell with it. Faridah and Erevis.

  34. Steve (Buster Asmus) says:

    I’m sorry I didn’t follow your rules correctly. You said only fictional characters and Tesla and Einstein do not fit so I will revise my answer.

    Indiana Jones
    Sherlock Holmes
    Solomon Kane
    Roger “Verbal” Kint

    I think this group would be a hoot.

  35. Jesse Joyal says:

    My adventuring party would consist of the following four adventurers.

    First would be Wolverine. He is a fierce fighter with healing abilities. ‘nuff said.

    Next would be Elminster. He is one of the greatest wizards around. He has the power of the Goddess Mystra flowing through him and he has a smart ass sense of humor about him. He takes crap from no one.

    Third on the list would be Kinimod the Ranger. You all don’t know him yet but his story is unfolding in my head and getting ready to be put on paper. And hey a ranger is always good to have in a party.

    Last but definitely not least would be Jarlaxle. Yes he is a drow, he is very crafty and conniving but he is always looking to improve his status. He knows everyone and can get anything he needs rather quickly with his range of contacts. He is a valuable ally in any fight bringing both magic and raw skill to the combat. Also, while he only lets it be shown very little, he cares about certain people who are close to him.

  36. Katie F says:

    Hmmm tricky question:

    Belgarath the Sorcerer (David Eddings)
    Legolas from Lord of the Rings (Ranged attack)
    Sephrenia – David Eddings (Healer)
    and finally as tank
    Sparhawk – David Eddings (Tank also known as Anakha, Bhelliom’s Child, with the power to destroy the world)

  37. MrsSara says:

    Issac, from Dead Space. He’s ingenious when it comes to making weapons out of stuff. He’s tough as all get out. And he’s somewhat insane (justifiably).

    Richard Rahl, from the Sword of Truth series. He may have a tendency to get in trouble, but he’s totally awesome. He’s loyal to his friends, he’s really smart, and he’s deadly.

    The Doctor, #10. What more needs to be said? He’s the Doctor!

    Daenerys Stormborn! Mother of Dragons! I mean, she’s amazing.

    I bet the Doctor would be totally into Daenerys, hehe!

  38. Meagan says:

    It is almost impossible to keep it to a standard D&D party…

    My leader would be Commander Shepard from Mass Effect because she is a badass and her inspirational speeches are certainly better than mine.

    My controller would be Elizabeth from Bioshock because her abilities would be crazy useful in turning the tide of battle our way.

    My striker would be Penny from RWBY because she’s a robot and robots are the best.

    My defender would be a Master Chief/Cortana combo because Master Chief can take a lot of punishment, and he and Cortana make a ridiculously good team.

  39. Anthony Caryl says:

    For a fighter I’d have to go for the original and best Conan of Cimmaria, as created by Robert E Howard.

    For a mage I’ll pick Pug from Magician by Raymond E Feist

    For a thief lets have Harley Quinn from the Batman comics, because she’s under used where she is

    Finally the brains of the party would be Irene Addler from the Sherlock Holmes tales

  40. James Copeland says:

    In no particular order
    Raistlin Majere
    The Justicar
    Joscelin Verreuil
    Rachel Morgan

  41. P.F. Bruns says:

    I would choose Captain Malcolm Reynolds, Dr. Ray Stantz, Arsene Lupin III, and Master Chief from HALO.

  42. Jeff Hotchkiss says:

    Red Sonja
    Luke Skywalker
    Jean Grey

  43. Isis says:

    I have been pondering this since you announced it. I have at least 10 different groups. Some outright nuts (Galatus anyone?), some tame. But I think I would invite these folks to my adventuring party:
    My warrior would be Conan because he is pretty darn awesome with a sword, has his own sense of honor and is not weak willed like some fighters.
    My “face” would be Lorcan because he is handy with a sword and spell, and charismatic as hell (pun intended).
    My mage would be The Simbul. I was going to pick Larloche, but he is a bit ummm, scary.
    My thief would be Betty from Rat Queens, because I love smidgeons.

    And I would take the role of cleric/med pack.

    For fun, another was: Galactus, Mystra, Mask, and Superman. 🙂

  44. Elli Bonia says:

    Life is full of difficult decisions…
    Let’s see:

    1- Matthew, the raven in the Dreaming (from ‘The Sandman’ by Neil Gaiman) -as my clever and resourceful familiar.
    2- Dak’kon, the githzerai fighter/mage (from Planescape: Torment CRPG) -for ‘knowing’ the ways of the mind and of steel.
    3- Vasen Cale, the half-shade paladin of Amaunator (from ‘The Godborn’ by Paul S. Kemp) -a sword of light to rely upon.
    4- Vin, the cunning mistborn (from ‘The Mistborn’ trilogy by Brandon Sanderson) -for quick planning and quicker acting.


  45. My party would consist of:

    Drizzt Do’Urden (Mega badass and has morals, cute in such a brutal world like Faerun)
    Farideh (She is so cute and amazing!)
    Kyler Stern (oh man just so good….)
    Erevis Cale ( all the badassness of Mask plus some goodlyness stuffed in there)

    They are all so amazing!

  46. Ryan Hayman says:

    Drizzt Do’urden

    Araris Valerian, from Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera

    Kelsier, from Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn

    Aoth Fezim, from Richard Byers Brotherhood of the Gryphon

  47. JDM says:

    Conan, James Bond, Luke Skywalker, Jirel of Joiry

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  49. Derp says:

    Conan as my muscle/swordsman

    Tyrion Lannister as my support/brains/negotiator. He’ll find a way out of any situation, or he’ll always pay his debt.

    Hershel Greene from The Walking Dead as my high wisdom/knowledgeable/cleric

    Harry Dresden as my hard-hitting, no nonsense, can-take-a-shit-kicking-and-be-fine Wizard.

  50. Yoss says:

    Yossarian (Catch-22)
    Spongebob Squarepants

    To keep me entertained in the most opposite sort of ways

    Darth Vader
    Artemis Entreri

    To handle all the force choking and dagger-stabbing.

    And after Entreri kills Spongebob (cos he will), we’ll pick up Dragonbait to heal us.