Crossing the Streams: win a bunch of books!

Hi folks. Well, I think I’ve set an official record for gaps between blog posts, but if you’re still there, look for that to change Real Soon Now. The game, she is afoot, you might say.

I have a couple of short stories recently escaped into the world: “The Glittering Boy from Norieda” is in By Faerie Light from Broken Eye Books, and “Stormrise” is in Kaiju Rising, the Kickstarter-funded giant monster anthology.

Since you may have clicked through to this post for the word “win”, here’s what you’re looking for:

The very fine Ari Marmell (fellow Pyr alum and one of the few I would consider genuinely qualified for the oft-overused title “raconteur”, especially if he would consider the variant “ratconteur”) contacted me a few weeks ago asking if I’d be interested in participating in his second “Crossing the Streams” massive book giveaway. It works like this: several authors will post about this contest and will give away two books on their own website. A third book will go into a huge giveaway pile composed of books from all of the participating authors, and one of the winners from the individual contests will win that pile.

Each of the contests is a little different. For mine, I’d like to know your favorite species of hummingbird. Show your work, please, and leave a comment on this post. I will borrow a mechanic from Ari: one winner I will select based on the answer to this question, the other winner will be selected randomly. And again, both winners will also have a chance of being selected super-mega-ultimate winner, and receiving All the Books.

To find the other contests, click the links below — and check out some new speculative fiction while you’re at it, why don’t you?

For my part, should you win, the books you can choose from include:

And now the authors:

Good luck!

37 thoughts on “Crossing the Streams: win a bunch of books!”

  1. What an interesting question. Should I admit my ignorance regarding hummingbirds or lie, and say I’ve had a favourite since I was five years old? Oh, whoops.

    Okay, I did my research and while I tried to be clever, eventually it came down to a combination of looks and name. I chose the Lucifer Hummingbird because the magenta gorget was so unexpected! And pretty.

  2. To be honest, I’ve never actually looked the different species of hummingbirds until today. That being said, after looking at them I would choose the Berylline species as they are the most colorful and are very rare.

  3. Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina)

    Some sources list the Berylline as an accidental species, since its members apparently do not breed regularly in the US.

    Physical Description
    Average weight: male 4.87 g, female 4.37 g.

    Plumage
    Adult male: Emerald green all over, with purple on the rump and on some wing and tail feathers. The gorget is brighter green than the back.
    Adult female: Similar to the male.

    Distribution
    Observed (rarely) in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona, and in New Mexico. Winters in Mexico.

  4. Wow this is not what I expected to enter a contest. My hummingbird knowledge is just about non-existent. Don’t get me wrong, I have hummingbirds that visit my house every year. I like to watch them and other avian visitors to my yard. However I had never given any thought to the types of hummingbirds there are. So I did a google search. http://www.hummingbirds.net/states.html I figured this site was a good place to start from someone that doesn’t know a whole lot about types of hummingbirds. I gravitated towards Michigan because that is where I’m from. I studied each of them but honestly none of them gave me that “Eureka” moment. I think I identified my backyard visitor as a Green Violetear. Very pretty, but not what I was looking for. So I did another Google search and looked for Rare hummingbirds. http://lancasteronline.com/news/rare-hummingbird-sighting-in-denver-area-called-biggest-bird-find/article_4e01d7cf-08ae-55c4-85f1-bf1dcba59035.html Then I found the one hummingbird I could get behind, the Bahama woodstar hummingbird. This bird was a rock star in the US. I also started thinking about drinking a margarita on a beach with my toes in the sand.

  5. I’m also excited to see I’ll be getting one of your short stories soon in my copy of Kaiju Rising. Just the idea that you contributed to that book put you on another level of cool to me. I’ll have to check out some of your other works.

  6. Hmmm. I’m not familiar with hummingbirds (though the cake is very very nice) but looking at google the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) looks very attractive!

  7. This is a pretty cool idea for a contest. My favorite type of hummingbird is the common Ruby-throated hummingbird, as it’s the kind I used to see in my mom’s garden as a kid. Seeing one outside the window of my apartment last spring brought back some nice memories.

  8. I don’t think hummingbirds are native in Australia, so with no first hand reflections I’ll have to go with what I’ve learnt form the internet:
    My pick is the Rufous, as it is fiesty, it (may) have the ideal size-to-weight ratio among (North American) hummingbirds, it outflies all other species and it has the longest migration route of all US hummingbirds. From this, using my own criteria: it is my choice as it is quick, maneuverable, has endurance, and a plucky attitude, so it would be most likely to win in a sword fight (and would have the most entertaining adventures along the way).

  9. Seeing as there are only 4 species that are commonly found in my state, I will go with Calliope which both can have so many of my favorite colors (Scarlett or sapphire ((depending on which the purple happens to fade into)), green, black) and reminds me of one of my favorite mythical creatures, the fairy/sprite which is often portrayed as small, colorful, curious, and fond of nectar and other sweet things.

  10. Does Google’s “Hummingbird” algorithm count? If yes, I’ll definitely go with it.

    Actual hummingbirds, however cute, are of no use to me.

    They’re too small to eat, anyway.

  11. My father is a master gardener in the state of Georgia, and my mother was always a lover of birds. As far as I know, the only hummingbird that we had back home was the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird. Going through the various images, the ruby throat reminds me of my parents farm, and reading on the porch on a summer evening.

  12. Ruby-throated Hummingbird for the bright red color around their throats and find it interesting they’re attracted to red flowers

  13. Favorite hummingbird? Hmm…Well, that’s not a question I suspected, but I think the Eugenes Fulgens, or Magnificent Hummingbird, wins for the sheer gall of it’s name being so self-promoting.

  14. I enjoy the Rufous species, because they are the largest to visit our North Carolina mountains. These birds don’t seem afraid of anything, and I don’t have to worry about the cats catching them. They gather around my windows in the late evenings to soak in the heat from the house in the fall, so I hear their high pitched tweets so clearly.

  15. Although I won’t see it in Wisconsin, my favorite hummingbird is probably the Calliope Hummingbird (Stellula calliope), because it is the smallest North American hummingbird, appearance, and this description of its coloring: “Male metallic green above; white gorget with purple-violet rays, which can be raised to give a whiskered effect.” Quote from “Calliope Hummingbird” web page on the National Audubon Society Birds. (It also has fantastic photos of this hummer!)
    http://birds.audubon.org/birds/calliope-hummingbird

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