I thought it was about time I ran a competition here through my website and gave away a book. I guess I’m just feeling very generous today. It’s also a transparent attempt to get more people reading my work – I’ll be honest about that from the outset in the interests of full disclosure. Of course, reading my books is reward in itself, but there’s never any harm in offering something for free.


Here’s the deal. On my website here are downloadable PDF files containing the entire first three chapters of both my novels currently available, RealmShift and the sequel, MageSign. By giving away free chapters people get a chance to try before they buy to see if they like the stories – just like thumbing through a copy in the bookstore before committing to buying one.

So, head over to the RealmShift page, download the PDF of the first three chapters, and have a read. Then see if you can answer the following question:

In the story, Isiah arranges a meeting with a small time hood who calls himself Baker. What is Baker’s real name?

Email me your answers to alan(at)alanbaxteronline(dot)com with the subject line: RealmShift competition – if you don’t include this your email is likely to get dumped as spam. Include in the email your full name and postal address along with your aswer and, in the event that you’re the winner, I’ll use that information to send you a dedicated signed trade paperback copy of RealmShift, just like the one in the picture above. I’ll pick the winner randomly using the WPANFTH method. That’s the Wife Picks A Name From The Hat method – tried and true. I’ll post here the name and location of the winner so you all know who won. Of course, I’ll only post their city and country, not their full address. That would just be irresponsible.

The Rules: By submitting an answer you indicate your acceptance of these rules. Only one entry per person – multiple submissions will ALL be disqualified from the contest. Only responses containing the correct answer to the question will be entered in the drawing. The deadline for submission of answers to this contest is 11:59 pm (Australian Eastern Time), 9th June, 2009 (two weeks from now); no submissions will be accepted after June 9th, 2009. The winner will be contacted by e-mail and her/his name and city will be posted on this blog. Decisions of the author in this matter are final and not subject to any appeal.

So, have at it! Tell all your friends, get your entry in and see if you can score yourself a free book.