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This month The God Collector (Amazon, B&N) officially goes on sale, and yes, I’m excited! This is a book I’ve been wanting to write for years and years–my fond tribute to urban fantasy, romance, museums, and ancient Egypt. And to celebrate, I’ve assembled some nifty prize packs for a giveaway!

Here’s how it works. Leave a comment here, on this post, telling me what your favorite historical period or event is and why it’s your favorite. It doesn’t have to be ancient, either; if you have a burning passion for the 1990s, say so. That’s all you have to do. One entry per person, please!

The contest closes at 11:59 PM CST on March 10, 2015, so make sure you have your entries in by then. Once it closes, I’ll pick three winners by using a random number generator to select three from the list of entries. I’ll post the winners here on the blog and on my Facebook, and you can e-mail me to claim your prizes.

And what are the prizes? Well …

(Please note: prize packs have been named according to how much I like the god in question, not the god’s actual power within the Egyptian pantheon. Your divine mileage may vary.)

The prize packs are:

The Neith Pack — Named for the goddess of war, hunting, and wisdom, the patroness of Anhurmose son of Merenptah. (Who? You’ll see.) The Neith pack will get you a free copy of The God Collector and some candy. What kind? Name your poison. If it’s available in America, it’s yours. Eat candy, read a book about mummies. It’s how I’d spend a Saturday night.

The Thoth Pack — Named for the ibis-headed god of writing and knowledge, who has had to listen to the confession of every Egyptian soul who ever walked the earth. Poor guy. The Thoth pack will get you a free copy of The God Collector, some candy, and a copy of Hieroglyph Detective: How to Decode the Sacred Language of the Ancient Egyptians by Nigel Strudwick. This is a great little pocket-sized book that provides a quick introduction to reading and writing hieroglyphs, complete with examples and assignments to work from. A romance, a snack, and a lesson all at once? Thoth would approve.

The Ammit Pack — You know who else listens to confessions? Ammit, the Devourer of the Dead, the final damnation, the Great Death. This part-lion, part-crocodile, part-hippo goddess eats the hearts of sinners and in doing so, erases them from existence. Forget cats–if you were an Egyptian defying death, it was Ammit you had to worry about. This pack gets you a copy of The God Collector, some candy, a copy of Hieroglyph Detective, and a gorgeous sterling silver tyet pendant from Silverspot Studio on a 20″ chain. The tyet, also called the Isis Knot, was a symbol of protection, life, and feminine power in ancient Egypt. Ward off the Devourer with it, or put it aside and share your candy with her while you read.

I can ship prizes as soon as I know who they’re going to, but fair warning: I’ll need a couple of extra days to get the box together if it’s going out of the United States. If you’re a winner and want to know about the value of your prize pack for tax purposes, or want the book signed or a message written in it to anyone in particular, let me know in your e-mail. Good luck!