Vellmar the Blade free giveaway (Olympics edition)

The Olympics have ended, and many of us are feeling a little post-Olympic letdown. We saw people doing practically superhuman things, overcoming incredible odds, demonstrating heartwarming acts of kindness…these are the stories that keep us watching, and now we have to wait another two years (or four, if you’re summer sport oriented) before we can see them again.

Take heart! There’s a way to mitigate the letdown. You can read Vellmar the Blade, a novella in the Chronicles of Alsea series that follows the adventures of Lead Guard Vellmar when she competes against her mother in the Global Games — Alsea’s version of the Olympics.

It’s not your usual story with a predictable ending, because as the blurb says:

Vellmar became a legend not for winning a championship, but for losing it.

At 102 pages, Vellmar the Blade is a quick and easy entry into the Chronicles of Alsea. It’s not part of the main story arc, but it offers an absorbing glimpse into the Alsean culture and some of the characters who live there. If you or someone you know have been interested in this award-winning series, but are not quite sure about tackling such large books…here is your entry point.

VtB books

In celebration of our own Olympics (and the fact that a lovely box of paperbacks just arrived at my house), I am giving away two signed copies of Vellmar the Blade in a drawing. To qualify for the drawing, simply comment on this blog post and share two things: 1) the name of your favorite female athlete from the Rio Olympics, and 2) the reason why she became your favorite athlete.

I will run the contest for a week and draw names next Tuesday. The two winners will hear from me that day, and as soon as I have addresses, I’ll pop your autographed copies in the mail.

And now I will sit down and enjoy the contest entries, because they’re sure to be a wonderfully diverse bunch of names and reasons.

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About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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17 Responses to Vellmar the Blade free giveaway (Olympics edition)

  1. Alma says:

    I don’t watch the Olympics so I don’t qualify for this giveaway, but I’m still excited! Because look at those awesome books! I need to own one. Will they sell somewhere that’s not Amazon (whom I can’t shop from anymore…)? Also, is this the same story I beta’d aged ago or is it an updated version? Either way, excited! :))

    • Totally updated version, chock full of sensory details and deeper characterizations, plus an introduction to Vellmar’s entire family: both of her mothers and her brother, who is a bit of a “hedgedog in spring.” I expanded the original version by about 80 percent, so it’s a whole different read.

      It’s available in ebook format at all main online retailers, but for a physical book in Europe, I’m afraid Amazon is it. If you were in North America, you could also order from Barnes & Noble or Powell’s. But I do recall that I owe you a couple of other books…

  2. Carys says:

    1. Kate Richardson-Walsh
    2. She was the captain of the gold medal winning GB field hockey team and also married to another member of the team. She lead the team as they worked together, stuck with their plan and beat a Netherlands team that had a greater proportion of the possession and chances during the game. At 36, she retired from the international side after the final and it was a phenomenal finale to her career. She and her wife were the first married couple to win gold medals in the same event for GB since 1920 and the first same sex couple. Before the games, she gave an interview where she said: “What has changed since I first came in the team is that it’s just accepted – some of the team have boyfriends, some have girlfriends – it literally doesn’t matter.” She carried the flag for GB at the closing ceremony last night. Utterly inspirational.

  3. Ana_ñ says:

    As with the previous books of the series, I was waiting to buy this one in paperback, but now I’m going to enter the contest. That’s a fabulous idea! 😀

    Unfortunately, I just could watch a few competitions of the last days of the Games. From those, I’m going to pick Ruth Beitia, the first Spanish woman to win a gold medal in any Olympic athletics discipline. I like her due to her tenacity. At 37 years old, she is the oldest ever winner (women and men) of a high jump medal at the Olympic Games. She was fourth in London Olympics after jumping 2.00 m, and then decided to retire, but she changed her mind and returned to the competition with her trainer of 26 years (they started together when she was 11) — And finally her dream came true in Rio (ironically, jumping “only” 1.97 m)

    It’s good to be commenting on your blog again, just like old times. 😀

  4. Hick Crone says:

    Claressa Shields, boxer from Flint Michigan, won gold in London and gold again in Rio. I don’t actually like boxing but I admire what she has done with and through boxing.

  5. Erin Saluta says:

    Hey Fletcher! Fun question. It may sound kind of generic but I really respected Abbey D’Agostino. The whole helping another runner up so she could attempt to finish even with a torn ACL was pretty cool. The fact that both runners received a incredibly rare Olympic Sportsmanship award was absolutely awesome!!

    • Not generic at all, because those two women (the other runner was New Zealander Hamblin) deserve all of the recognition they continue to get. When you think of all that any athlete has to go through just to get to the Olympics, and then to instantly give up any hope of winning in order to help someone else…truly a wonderful example of compassion.

  6. ig says:

    I should, as a belgian, nominate one of the belgian gold winners as they did great. But for some reason the story of this polish winner (hammer thrower) touched me: Anita Wlodarczyk. She wears the gloves, during competitions, of a dead teammate so she won’t be forgotten. 7 years and counting and she never missed a day. It’s so beautiful and rare to see these days. Especially since it can be argued Anita is the greatest all time and she has no intention of stopping this act of keeping the memory alive.

    • What a lovely story. I had not heard that one.

      • ig says:

        In London she got silver and the father of Kamila Skolimowska (the dead teammate) was waiting for her at the aeroport with 77 roses (the meters she threw then). I’m hoping that this time around, the father will have surprised her as well.. too bad it doesn’t get as much attention in the news and so i don’t know.. ahh well.. i like to believe he did. 🙂

        Glad to bring a new story to you.. the olympics have many.

  7. Hi! I can’t believe I missed this post!
    It’s probably too late, but I can’t help answering all the same, I really WANT that book 🙂

    Even though I have huge respect for the Portuguese female athletes that achieved a lot with little to no funding I have to nominate the very obvious Simone Biles, for her patriarchy-defying answer: “I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps, I’m the first Simone Biles”.

    Have I mentioned I really WANT that book badly? 🙂

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