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Giveaway: Fire Thief

I'd been wondering if it was even worth producing short stories as standalone ebooks, but I took a little poll where a majority of respondants said, "Go for it!" And it looks like quite a few people are happy to grab Fire Thief! It appeared in an anthology a few years ago but I did a significant rewrite.

I really enjoyed re-editing and fleshing out this story. And of course doing the cover art! I've been studying my Photoshop. Though I've been using the program since 1999 there is always something new to learn.

I'll give away a copy of Fire Thief to a random commenter. Just leave a comment within 24 hrs.

ETA: Tam is the winner! Thanks all for commenting.

Comments

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cdn_tam
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
I'm in hon. It's a great cover. You're a whizz.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 17th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
WOOT, you won.
cdn_tam
Dec. 17th, 2011 01:53 am (UTC)
Yay me! Thank you so much. Looking forward to it.
andy_slayde
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Great cover! Can't wait to read it again :o)
ali_wilde
Dec. 16th, 2011 01:43 am (UTC)
I read this story in the anthology, and loved it. A new improved version can only be good. I'm in. Thanx!
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tameiki
Dec. 16th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
Ooooh, how did I miss this one? I'm in, please! :)

The cover looks amazing! *says the one who can barely figure out how to open Photoshop* ;p
lakisis
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
The book cover looks great. Count me in! ^_^

And I stopped by Jessewave and handed in my vote for you.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
I'm feeling random
So here's a random comment!

Kendall ;-)
hanarobi
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:54 am (UTC)
Random Comment: Vic Rules.

Plan for Christmas break is to read GhosTV for the fourth or fifth time!
kelahnus_24
Dec. 16th, 2011 04:30 am (UTC)
Haven't read this story. Would love to :)
Amanda Corlies
Dec. 16th, 2011 05:35 am (UTC)
Woot! Count me in. Here's hoping my random number is up!
Andi Lea
Dec. 16th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
I'm in!
idamus
Dec. 16th, 2011 05:51 am (UTC)
I have heard good stuff about this one, haven't had time for it yet though
tizzzzez
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:00 am (UTC)
I love the cover! Your covers are always enticing!
kriscat
Dec. 16th, 2011 09:58 am (UTC)
I'm in! I think I'm in the 24 hour window. The time difference confuses me. ;)
marasmine
Dec. 16th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
There seems to be a good market for short stories - I know that sometimes that's all I've got time for. I don't think I've read this one so I'm all for random freebies.
kyra87
Dec. 16th, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
I've read the original story and I'd really like to read this new version. Please count me in.
kinkyaliz
Dec. 16th, 2011 03:40 pm (UTC)
I never win ANYTHING. But I'll give it a shot. It looks great!
goddess_issa
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I prefer novels over shorts stories but that's mostly because some of the shorts I've read we never good stories to begin with. I haven't read any of your shorts yet but I know I need to as they have been so highly rated. This would be a good first short to begin with ; )
qbeeqt
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
Since I missed this in the original anthology, I'd love to read it now...so I'm definitely in! :)
aurenenfae
Dec. 16th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
fire thief
I'm usually not lucky in this contests, but since my snow wish has come true today....(we had snow just after it stopped raining for most of the afternoon)

Happy Holidays Everybody!
nz_navigatress
Dec. 16th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
Awesome cover... I'll totally buy this, but maybe I might get randomly lucky?!
Season's Greetings!
egret17
Dec. 16th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
I already bought and read it earlier in the week. :)
Sarah Shelton
Dec. 16th, 2011 11:46 pm (UTC)
Love the cover :-D

Happy Holidays

Sarah S
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jordan_c_price
Dec. 17th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
Random.org picked #1! (Kind of funny, you don't see that picked much.) WTG, Tam!

Thanks, all, for the kind words :)
lou_harper
Dec. 17th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'm the same with Photoshop - have been using since way back when it didn't have layers or history, (shudder) but keep finding new things about it. For example, I just now realized that if I change the color space to "lab color" I can manipulate the colors in a much more selective way. It's probably something I should have known, but didn't.

As for publishing short stories, I'm all for it.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 18th, 2011 11:28 pm (UTC)
The only thing I know about LAB color is that you can non-destructively switch between that and RGB back and forth as often as you like with no degradation. It never occurs to me to do so, though. There are a few things LAB is better for...it's making me crazy that I can't remember what they are!

(yay, advanced geekage.)
lou_harper
Dec. 18th, 2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
For one, you can adjust hue/saturation/lightness for six different colors individually, without effecting the others. I just started playing with it, but it can potentially make a huge difference.
jordan_c_price
Dec. 19th, 2011 12:32 am (UTC)
This was the thing I was thinking of, using Lab mode to generate an accurate mask-
http://layersmagazine.com/automate-green-screen-layouts-in-photoshop-cs4.html

OH, I just remembered another one I used to use all the time in CS2. Sometimes the L channel from Lab mode makes a nice black and white conversion, specifically for the two-color separations for offset printing I used to do on my old job's newsletter, where I needed high contrast and a fairly big halftone dot. But now with CS5 there are more options for B&W conversion besides just "desaturate." Man, that was a long time ago! Ancient technology, too. They used to photograph my printed separations rather than accepting a digital file at the printer's.

Edited at 2011-12-19 12:36 am (UTC)
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