Monday, January 20, 2014

FREE-ish Stuff!

Hello everyone,

To start with, I would like to announce that I have a giveaway that has just started on Goodreads.  There are two print copies of Alinor's Shard up for grabs(for those in the US), so if you have a Goodreads account, enter today for a chance to win!  The giveaway lasts until February 28th, so there's plenty of time to get your name in.  If you don't have a Goodreads account, then you should get one.  It's free, and you can find new books/authors, rate books you've read, enter giveaways(obviously), etc. 

Second, I'd like to remind you that you can also enter for chance to win a signed copy of one of my books, a Kindle copy of one of my books, or have your name or a name of your choosing(within reason) used in Book 3 of Korin's journal(estimated release - sometime in 2015) by donating to St.Jude through my Warrior Dash fundraiser.  Every $5 you donate gets you one entry, giving you a chance of winning more than once.  With a minimum donation of $10, you will automatically be listed by name in the acknowledgements section of Book 3 of Korin's Journal.

Even better than winning a prize, though, you'll be helping an amazing organization that not only works tirelessly to make advancements in the treatment of severe diseases in children, but also foots the bill for each and every child cared for in their hospital.  And, unlike the Goodreads giveaway, this one's open to everyone worldwide!  If you support St Jude and their mission, please share my fundraising page with friends and family.  I want to do anything I can to help support what I feel to be a more than worthy charity.

In the same vein as Kickstarter, I may think up some stretch goals if I surpass my initial $300 goal.  Feel free to give me any ideas you may have for prizes you'd like to see.

From the bottom of my heart, thanks in advance for any donations you give to St Jude!

Lastly (and I'll post more details later), I will be doing a book signing (my first!) at the Literary Bookpost in Salisbury North Carolina on February 22, 2014.  The Literary Bookpost is an independent bookstore here in Salisbury, and they are wonderfully supportive of local authors.

Hmm . . . I suppose that is all for now, so I leave you with this -

Brian Beam

Monday, January 13, 2014

Support St. Jude for a Chance to Win!

So, upcoming baby birth permitting, I will be running in the North Carolina Warrior Dash on May 17th, 2014.  I have signed up to collect donations for St. Jude through the Warrior Dash and would love to see some support for this wonderful organization.  If you are unfamiliar with St. Jude, check out their website to see the amazing work they do to advance the treatment of childhood cancer and other major diseases in children.  

You can find my personal donation page at  To give a little extra incentive for people to donate to this worthy cause, I'm going to offer a few prizes that will be awarded based on a random drawing of names. For every $5 you donate, your name will be entered into the drawing.  If you pledge enough for multiple entries, you can potentially win multiple prizes.  My goal as of now is $300.

The prizes include(but may be expanded between now and May if this sparks interest)

-1 signed print copy of The Dragon Gem
-1 signed print copy of The Forgotten King
-1 signed print copy of Alinor's Shard
-1 Kindle copy of The Dragon Gem gifted through Amazon
-1 Kindle copy of The Forgotten King gifted through Amazon
-1 Kindle copy of Alinor's Shard gifted through Amazon
-Have your name, or a name of your choosing(within reason and upon my agreement) in Book 3 of Korin's Journal(I'll probably end up offering several of these).  There is no set release date for the book, so all I can say is it will most likely come out sometime in 2015. 

For anyone who donates more than $10, not only will your name be entered into the drawing for the above prizes, but you will also be mentioned by name in the acknowledgments of Book 3 of Korin's Journal.  Again, there's no set release date for this book yet, so this will likely be over a year away, but I promise it will be in there!

As an added bonus, you can visit a couple weeks after the 5/17/2014 race, find the North Carolina event page, go to photos, type in my name, and then possibly see ridiculous muddy pictures of me!  Again, unless something new-baby related comes up before then.

I believe you are given the option to include a message when you donate.  If so, feel free to indicate if you prefer a particular prize if you win.  Alternatively, you can comment here, send me a message to, or message me on Facebook(  This isn't a requirement, but it will get you the prize you want most if you are drawn and that particular prize is still available.

I hope that someone reading this will decide to donate to what I feel to be an awesome cause!  

Thanks!  And remember:

Please share this with your friends or family who may be interested in supporting St. Jude.

I'll be posting a blog soon on a book signing I have in the works next month!