S.G. Browne

The Summer of Bastards and Egos: Lucky Bastard

Lucky Bastard - trade paperbackIn April 2012, I published my third novel, Lucky Bastard. Or rather, Simon & Schuster / Gallery Books published my noir and luck-themed dark comedy, starring the luck poaching private detective Nick Monday.

Now Lucky Bastard is back, this time in trade paperback with a brand spanking new cover. And to mark the occasion, I’ve included a reading of Chapter 1, narrated by yours truly. Just click on the link below to access the MP3 file:

Lucky Bastard, Chapter 1

The opening line to the novel was something that just popped into my head during a writing exercise at my writer’s group back in July of 2006. I didn’t know where the line was going to lead me, so I just went with it and wrote a short scene about a guy being held at knife point on the roof of some fictional hotel. At the time, I had no idea that scene would end up as part of the opening chapter for a novel about luck.

But one day, after finishing up the final draft of my second novel, Fated, I sat down to figure out what my next book was going to be. I started flipping through my journals and that scene on the rooftop caught my attention. I still wasn’t sure what to do with it, until I combined it with some of the concepts I’d created in a short story about luck poachers called “Softland,” which I’d written in 2004. (You can find “Softland” in my eBook  short story collection Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel).

So that’s how Lucky Bastard was conceived, by a short story getting together with a journal entry. A little over nine months later, I had a newborn novel.


And the Lucky Bastard TP Winners are…

Lucky Bastard - trade paperback…Jaime Amos, Tommy Noble, and Jennifer Brownell-Wheeler.

Congratulations! I’ll be dropping your signed copies of Lucky Bastard in the mail just as soon as I get your addresses.

As for everyone else, thank you for all of your comments, shares, and retweets. I enjoyed reading about your various good luck charms and always appreciate having the word spread about my books. You all rock.

And stay tuned, as I’ll be having some more giveaways during The Summer of Bastards and Egos.


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Lucky Bastard TP Giveaway

While summer doesn’t officially arrive for another two-and-a-half weeks, we’re kicking off the Summer of Bastards and Egos early with the Lucky Bastard TP Giveaway!

Lucky Bastard SmallJust to be clear, I’m not giving away Lucky Bastard toilet paper. I don’t think that would create the right kind of impression in the minds of potential readers. TP stands for “trade paperback,” which is the edition of Lucky Bastard that will be hitting the shelves two weeks from today. That’s it over there on the left.

So to celebrate the new release of my third novel, I’m giving away three (3) signed copies of Lucky Bastard.

How do you get your hands on one of these free signed copies? Well, since it’s my third novel and since I’m giving away three copies, then I’m giving you three different ways to win:

1) Leave a comment on this post about your favorite good luck charm.

2) Go to my Facebook author page, find my posting there about the Lucky Bastard Giveaway, and share the link on your own timeline.

3) Go to my Twitter profile, find my tweet about the Lucky Bastard Giveaway, and re-tweet it.

That’s all there is to it. And yes, you can enter all three ways, but only once each way. Just make sure to share or re-tweet my original posts and tweets; otherwise I won’t be able to keep track of who shared and re-tweeted.

Contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, June 7.

Contest open to United States residents only. My apologies to the rest of the world.

Good luck!

Filed under: Lucky Bastard,Summer of Bastards and Egos — Tags: — S.G. Browne @ 8:00 am