During the draw, I noticed a few things – data points, if you will:
- The SONGS giveaway was massively over-subscribed, with 240 valid entries to TRINITY’s 49 – that’s almost 6 to 1. This was largely because so many of you hadn’t read my books before, or didn’t specify a book and so got entered into the SONGS draw, or you were cheeky and asked for either or both.
- Lots of you are called Mike (7). Even more of you are called Chris (9). A surprising number (43, or 15%) have names beginning with the letter J. There was even one lady named Ellie, like me (but it didn’t earn her any special favours).
- A couple of wee scamps commented more than once. One looks like an accidental double post, so he gets a pass. As for the others, yes, I de-duped your email addresses. I’ll hold my hand up and say multiple entries were not explicitly prohibited, and it’s entirely possible that WordPess screwed up (perish the thought) but in the spirit of fair play, you got one entry each.
Whilst we’re on the subject of fair play, the extremely high number of entrants for SONGS left me minded to throw a few more books into the pot, so I have drawn a total of TEN winners for that one.
If I could have offered six times as many, i.e. 42, to give everyone a more or less equal chance of winning, whichever draw they were entered for, I would do, but alas Tor only sent me so many copies.
So without further ado . . .
SONGS OF THE EARTH winners: Steve, Haik, Daniel, William, Shelley, Matt, Paras, Linus, Sarah, Nadine.
TRINITY RISING winners: Debbie, Lorraine, Mark, Kirsten, Aaron, Shawn, David.
Congratulations, all of you! You will shortly receive an email requesting your address and personalisation details, and your books will go on the post on the Saturday after I receive your reply.
* For all those interested in due process, the winners were selected by importing all the commenters’ names, deduping and sorting into two lists, then I used a random number generator to select positions on those lists.