in honor of the snowpocalypse – a giveaway

Friday, February 5, 2010 |

It’s snowing right now as I type. Snowing as in, ‘we predict 18-24 inches in a 36-hour period.’ Some people are calling it the snowpocalypse, which I kind of like, because it sounds vaguely end-of-the-worldy, but mostly just silly and funny. And I’ve been kicking around the idea of a new giveaway.

BEHOLD, the giveaway has arrived. Last November I went to a Cherie Priest book-signing in Seattle (I took my Dad with me. He’s a trooper). I got two copies of Boneshaker signed – one for myself, and one for my blog. That book has been faithfully sitting on the shelf ever since, and it needs a new owner.

In the early days of the Civil War, rumors of gold in the frozen Klondike brought hordes of newcomers to the Pacific Northwest. Anxious to compete, Russian prospectors commissioned inventor Leviticus Blue to create a great machine that could mine through Alaska’s ice. Thus Dr. Blue’s Incredible Bone-Shaking Drill Engine was born.

But on its first test run the Boneshaker went terribly awry, destroying several blocks of downtown Seattle and unearthing a subterranean vein of blight gas that turned anyone who breathed it into the living dead.

Now it is sixteen years later, and a wall has been built to enclose the devastated and toxic city. Just beyond it lives Blue’s widow, Briar Wilkes. Life is hard with a ruined reputation and a teenaged boy to support, but she and Ezekiel are managing. That is, until Ezekiel undertakes a secret crusade to rewrite history.

His quest will take him under the wall and into a city teeming with ravenous undead, air pirates, criminal overlords, and heavily armed refugees. And only Briar can bring him out alive.


If you’d like to win your own copy of Boneshaker, this is your chance! I’ll give away one (1) SIGNED book to a lucky entrant.

To enter:

Leave a comment on this post answering the question, “What event will trigger the apocalypse?” (i.e. flood, zombies, snow, asteroid, etc.)

Please include your email address or another method of contact. Giveaway is open internationally. Comments will close on February 19 at 11:59pm EST, and I will notify the randomly selected winner via email.

Good luck!


Sue said...

Right now it feels like snow because there is so much. I've kind of always imagined fire, but ???
Thanks for the fabulous giveaway.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

Leigh said...

Not forwarding chain emails.

If you don't send this on to 6 people in the next hour...

Leah l'Orange said...

oh, i just love the COVER of that book - it's beautiful!

we're supposed to get a whole whack of it tonight, into tomorrow. people are nuts, and the grocery stores are SWARMING! but we only get snow that lasts a couple of days. :) silly.

i think that Kraft US buying out Cadbury UK is going to trigger the apocalypse, honestly. i'm skeered!

Wicked Walker said...

I think it will be flooding of some sort...whether from rain or tsunami or hurricane etc. But from zombies is more fun ha ha.


ninefly said...

I'm thinking too much garbage seeping into the water supply and poisoning us all...or atomic warfare...definitely something caused by humans lol

thanks so much for giving away this specially signed copy!


Ellz said...

I have to go with flood too. I live in a region that is frequently attacked by hurricanes and the amount of damage it does is unbelievable. Water wipes out everything.

Thanks for the chance to read this, I have never read a steampunk before.


Llehn said...

I'm going with asteroid because I've seen too many Jerry Bruckheimer movies!


Tales of Whimsy said...

A. So sorry darlin! Stay warm :)
B. Cool contest! What a cool concept!
C. Please consider me.
E. Being a Florida girl my vote is going to be hurricanes and tornadoes attacking all shorelines.


Andrea said...

I'm going to say an airborne virus or the moon crashing.

annieiskawaii AT gmail .com

fredamans said...

December 21, 2012 the universe aligns and we're apparently doomed.


Rabid Fox said...

Another great contest. Good on ya, Celia. To answer the question:

Bees. Yup, bectcha didn't see that one coming. Not killer bees, though that would be pretty neat. I'm talking about the honey bee crisis. Fewer bees, means less pollination, which means less food, which means price hikes, then food riots, bringing out food wars, then THE APOCALYPSE.

Yup ... Bees.

e-mail: rabidfox(at)

Ginny Larsen said...

i'd have to say models... you know, their skinniness is bound to catch, and then people will walk around with bony, sharp elbows and when they fall down they'll accidentally impale others and it'll be a huge mess.

larsenvt AT gmail DOT com

christine said...

Well, since I watched Zombieland just the other day, I am definitely in a zombie mode! So, zombies are my pick!
Thanks for the giveaway!

Chasen said...
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Chasen said...

It's all going to start when a small child sneezes on a grapefruit in the Fred Meyer produce. The said grapefruit is then purchased by a young couple embarking on there first picnic. Upon leaving the store, the young lady takes compassion on a lonely homeless man by giving him her sneezed on grapefruit. That homeless man then proceeds to hobble behind a dumpster to partake of a meal of grapefruit. With the first bite he knows that this will be a great meal. Sadly, the earth sends forth a Verneshot (for info on this event:, destroying the world.

throuthehaze said...

I think it will be an asteroid
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Kristen M. said...

It's totally going to be nuclear. Without nuclear fallout, we will never get the quality zombies and monsters that one needs for a successful apocalypse.

I'm hoping you have to send that book right back to Seattle!
webereading AT gmailDOTcom

donnas said...

I think it will be a Super Volcano like the one they say is in Yellowstone Park.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Elisabeth Marie said...

Does "the antichrist" (who/whatever that may be) count as a trigger? Because that's my answer. :P

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Anonymous said...

This sounds like a great read, please count me in! I love the synopsis, so intriguing~

Hmmm... Can extreme weather count? This winter was absolutely (and still is) the coldest ever. I live in what is supposed to be warm weather year-round and it was freezing. D: Extreme weather can bring on floods and snow too?

Anna ♥

James said...

A third party political system will trigger the apocalypse.

Anonymous said...

I think zombies will trigger the apocalypse (Zombieland anyone? :)




Lisa Mantchev said...

You don't need to enter me... I own a copy already, and I'm reading it right now! *steampunk love*

Heidi V said...

What event would trigger the apocalypse? I would have to say earthquakes since I'm in the bay area and we have been having some mid-size ones.

heidivargas [at] live dot com

Ryan said...

The Sun will start to die (like every star eventually does) causing gravitational shifts throughout the galaxy sending plantes of their axis and causing the moon to crash into the Earth.

Thanks for the contest, I'm really excited for this one!

mindy said...

an insect invasion thanks for the giveaway minsthins at optonline dot net

A Bookshelf Monstrosity said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I think that a robot takeover will trigger the apocalypse :)


The Library Lurker said...

It's snowing here too, though more of a 6-8 inches in 36 hours than an 18...Anyway, I'm a firm believer in the zombie WILL happen ;D. Thanks for the contest! The book sounds really good!

Lilixtreme said...

I think it would most likely be the supernatural apocalypse. When all the creatures and critters we knew were out there along finally make themselves known personally. A coming out of the closet moment that leads straight to the world's demise, what a nice ending lol.

Tia said...

Haha, I'm at home waiting the "snowpocalypse" as well. Everything in town has been canceled for the whole weekend, but no snow yet. We'll see if we actually get the one to two feet.

I always thought of the world ending in a rather "mundane" way... running out of natural resources and, unable to adjust, slowly succumbing to the elements. But, judging from the reaction to the oncoming snow here, the world will probably end due to panic and overreaction to something simple!

jemscout425 said...

the sun exploding

Sandra K321 said...

Something brought about by man, such as a nuclear explosion.

She said...

Oh yes, the snowpocalypse. I'm right there with you, and hoping my power doesn't shut off. Anywho, please enter me into your contest!

While I understand the feasibility of a polar shift or a massive flood, I am going to say that it will be of a more paranormal nature. Some weird electrical field (probably set off by Desmond pressing some buttons) will raise all the old warlords from the dead, and the earth will be turned into one huge Risk board. Boundaries will be slashed, savage warfare (hello, Vlad Tepes) will ensue, and all those crazy techniques you read about in history books will come true. Nations will fall and people will perish. Only as the powers of Stalin and Attila the Hun are about to wipeout the straggling masses of each other's armies will the world finally implode upon itself, unable to sustain the torture of its inhabitants and lands. Atlas will then shrug and walk off into the cosmos, looking forward to starting it all over again. Maybe this time he'll just be condemned to be chained to a rock.

That's my prediction anyways. ecaramil at gmail dot com

April (BooksandWine) said...

Oh totally a disease will cause the apocalypse, seriously it'll be something the government developed, but it'll spread before there's a cure, much like in The Stand by Stephen King.

Katie said...

I'm giddy like a schoolgirl over the impending snowpocalypse.

I vote for comet impact.


Mandy said...

I'm think Florida's incredibly bi-polar weather, I mean record highs then record all time lows all in the space of 3 weeks? 80 degrees one week, then 40 the next, will cause the melting and re-freezing of the polar ice caps, causing half of the world to flood, then freeze over, then unfreeze again, which will cause all the things that go bump in the night that had been hibernating in the bottom of the sea to come out and attack.

Lydia said...

Personally, I say watch out for the mice. They run everything, you know.

Dani. said...

Is there really any need to debate? The only trigger for the apoccalypse is going to be ZOMBIES!!!! *I am already preparing as we speak; stored up supplies, and practicing my decapatizing skills* :D


Pip Hunn said...

What triggers the apocalypse?

Think about it.
Most disasters are localized. Tsunamis. Blizzards. Zombie outbreaks.

What with increasingly fast and effective international aid and, in the case of zombification, military response times, disasters can be responded to quickly and with a minimal loss of life.

What disasters CAN and WILL do is displace people. You think zombies are scary? try imagining what'll happen when Bangladesh eventually floods. Or India becomes uninhabitable for some reason. Or China gets overrun with flesh-eating viruses.

Millions and MILLIONS of people will flee. How do you stop twenty million people trying to cross borders into your country? How do you maintain order?

The end of the world as we know it will come about by the unpreparedness of the world to deal with large-scale movements of dispossessed, hungry, panicked humans.

You heard it here first :)
Pip Hunn
Editor, Write Thing.

P.S. Cherie Priest ROCKS!

Unknown said...

Hm...I am going to have to go with a zombie apocalypse. I think this will be triggered by energy drinks. So energy drink consumers should be aware of what they are drinking or they may end up as a zombie. (:

pirate_pony2 at yahoo dot com

Mystica said...

I think I will go with meteorites. I envy you a bit the snow as its hot and humid and absolutely no sign of rain. Everything is parched here in Sri Lanka at the moment.


Susan said...

A asteroid was always my fear...

Liviania said...

When the bees and spiders breed to create a supermenace. Beward the beespiderpocalypse.

inbedwithbooks AT yahoo DOT com

Jenny N. said...

I'd say some sort of disease that will spread worldwide (maybe the disease will create zombies).


D Q said...

I think it will be flooding.

Kim said...

Are your bones shaking? Good luck with that snow -- it's a little cool here in LV, too. 55 dgrees.

The Apocalypse? A desolating scourge of disease. Not funny -- but true.

Nickolay said...

I think Zombie Apocalypse has a nice ring to it! I would try and make it to a Cruise Ship to live out the rest of my years Zombie free!


Lindsay Frost said...

I would LOVE to win this!!
Thankyou! :D:D:D
I think that it would be poisons,


justpeachy36 said...

Please enter me in the giveaway.

I think it will be a bit more simple than all this conjecture. "Wars and rumors of wars", in my opinion fighting each other will bring us extinction.

Anonymous said...

FIRE will be the trigger! (just a wild guess)

Kristen said...

Some sort of disease... that spreads quickly.

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Thanks for the contest. This looks amazing!

I liked Zombieland's explaination: Mad Cow disease transferred to humans. Sounds the most believable.

vvb32 reads said...

you know, there have been lots of zombie sightings up in your parts too. so how about a snowzombocalypse ;-D

Reading said...

I think a disease could trigger an apocalypse.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Bookish in a Box said...

An accidental nuclear incident will change the earth's magnetic field, drawing in an asteroid that will trigger the Apocalypse. Yes, that sounds about right. :-)

whatinabox at gmail dot com

Sheere said...

I think that it will be something like an earthquake, tsunami.. or a disease made by us that expands and turn all of us into zombies!

Amelia said...

Zombies, of course.

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Marianna said...

Earthquakes - or some kind of biological disease. Really who knows though?
mannasweeps (at) gmail DOT com

Stephanie Grant said...

Hum...I'm gonna say the it will be floods!

afinegirlyar said...

The Apocalypse will be triggered by some type of terrorist biological attack.

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