Be a character in Bradley P. Beaulieu’s upcoming Shattered Sands novel!
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Become a character in Bradley P. Beaulieu’s upcoming When Jackals Storm the Walls!
Bradley P. Beaulieu is pleased to offer one Tuckerization for inclusion in his brand new epic fantasy series, The Song of the Shattered Sands. The character will appear in in Book 5 of the Shattered Sands series, When Jackals Storm the Walls, and may live beyond those pages. Please read on for more details, as the Shattered Sands world is very specific in tone and setting…
There are of course a few fine details you should be aware of before bidding on this auction.
- Firstly, the Tuckerized character will become a character in When Jackals Storm the Walls, the upcoming fifth novel of my new Arabian Nights-inspired epic fantasy series. If you’d like to learn more about the series, please visit the web page for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, the first volume in the series and an Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Buzzfeed 2015 Best Book of the Year.
- Secondly, although this is a secondary world (i.e. it isn’t Earth and doesn’t follow our history), the cultures within it borrow heavily from several different Earth-based cultures: among them Persian, Bedouin, Turkish, Moroccan, and North African. The world is a fantasy world and has a lot of Arabian Nights, but also the feel of Sanctuary from Thieves’ World, or a bit of the Book of Swords, from Fred Saberhagen.
- Thirdly, know that I cannot use your name as-is. I can’t have an “Evan” or a “Sally” running around with Çeda and Emre and Ramahd. It simply won’t do. But the fun part is that I’ll convert your name into one of the cultures noted above. So, “Evan” might become “Evahn”, and “Sally” might become “Saleyma”. I’m very picky about names, but I promise (as much as I reasonably can) to keep the heart of the name intact. I’ll try to make the name sound heroic or dastardly or elegant or romantic, as appropriate to the character I create in the novel.
In all likelihood the character will play a relatively small role in the novel, but I’m going to include a few kickers in this auction, as follows:
- In the event that this auction breaks $750, I will elevate the character from a minor character to a character of some import. This won’t be a primary or secondary character, but they will have some bearing on the novel. Think of how cool it would be to have your character crossing swords with Çeda, the main character, a female pit fighter, or sneaking across the dunes with Emre, her oldest and closest friend! I’ll also ask you a few questions about yourself to see if I can adopt some personal details for the character.
- In the event that this auction breaks $1,500, I will ensure that the character either dies in a spectacular way or performs some major, selfless, heroic act. I’ll try to give the option to the one who wins the auction, but I’m afraid that story must come first, and I reserve the right to control it as I see fit. But as this is the highest plateau for this auction, I will try my damndest to make it something you’ll like. As I mentioned for the $750 kicker, I’ll ask a few questions to try (if you agree) to use some personal details for the character.
And, keep in mind, while I make no promises, this is going to be six books, and if I end up liking your character, you may end up seeing your name in more than one book, perhaps even through to the end of the tale.
I will also ask the winning bidder if they have preferences as to some of the various choices—such as whether they want the character to be an ally of the heroes or the villains, whether they would prefer Persian or Moroccan, and so on—and I will try my best to honor those choices, but again, the story will take precedence, and if it makes sense to add the character in a specific place with a specific role to play, I’ll do that. That said, you’re paying good money toward a great cause, and I’m going to do may absolute best to make it worthwhile for you.
At the end of the auction, we will get you in touch with Brad to hammer out the details.
Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of The Lays of Anuskaya, which begins with The Winds of Khalakovo, continues in The Straits of Galahesh, and concludes with The Flames of Shadam Khoreh. The first book in Brad’s new series, Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, was released to great critical acclaim and was featured on over twenty “Best of the Year” lists in 2015, including Amazon, the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, and Buzzfeed. Brad’s stories have appeared in various other publications, including Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Unfettered II, Blackguards: Tales of Assassins, Mercenaries, and Rogues, Evil is a Matter of Perspective: An Anthology of Antagonists, and over a dozen more magazines and anthologies.