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FANtastical Friday #6 Winter is coming!

Posted Dec 6 2013, 5:02 am

Fantastical Friday

Welcome to FANtastical Friday!

This week our FANtastical Friday is all about A Game of Thrones aka GOT! This would make the best gift of the season! NO! Of the year! NOOOOOO! Of the century!!!! 


George R.R. Martin rocks!!!


FANtastical Friday Question…

Darynda: George, thank you so much for being here with us today! 

George: *crickets chirping in the distance* 

Darynda: How fantastic is it that HBO has not only adapted your series, but has done a fantastic job with it? Are you thrilled to bits with the results thus far? 

George: . . . 

Darynda: How do you like living in Santa Fe? 

George: . . . 

Darynda: George, seriously, you have to let me get a word in here. Gah! 

JUST KIDDING! I did not email GRRM. Partly because he is very busy, but mostly because I don’t have his email address. However, I can say that I have met him on several auspicious occasions and he is a very nice and gracious man. Even when I passed out from a sudden surge of fangirl adrenaline and they had to call an ambulance, he was very nice. He did, however, have his people “keep an eye on me” from that moment on. Not sure what that was about. 


Meet George Martin

FF Author card George RR Martin

 George Raymond Richard Martin, sometimes referred to as GRRM is an American author of fantasy, horror, and science fiction prose, as well as a screenwriter and television producer. He is best known for A Song of Ice and Fire, his international bestselling series of epic fantasy novels that HBO adapted for their dramatic series Game of Thrones. Martin serves as the series’ co-executive producer, while also scripting one of each season’s 10 episodes. Martin was selected by Time magazine as one of the “2011 Time 100″, a list of the “most influential people in the world”.

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FF DJ giveawayfontWin this awesome autographed copy of

A Game of Thrones 

(A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

by George R.R. Martin!

 Perfect as a holiday gift!


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A Game of Thrones (Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes of the north of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.




A Song of Ice and Fire

In 1991 began what would eventually turn into his epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire inspired by the Wars of the Roses and Ivanhoe, which will comprise seven volumes. The first, A Game of Thrones, was published in 1996. In November 2005, A Feast for Crows, the fourth novel in this series, became The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller and also achieved No. 1 ranking on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list. In addition, in September 2006, A Feast for Crows was nominated for both a Quill Award and the British Fantasy Award. The fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, was published in July 12, 2011 quickly becoming an international bestseller, including a No. 1 ranking on the New York TimesBestseller List and many others; it remained on the NY Times list for more than a year. The series has received praise from authors, readers, and critics alike. In 2012 A Dance With Dragonsmade the final ballot for science fiction and fantasy’s Hugo Award, World Fantasy Award, Locus Poll Award, and the British Fantasy Award; the novel went on to win the Locus Poll Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Two more novels are planned and still being written in the Ice and Fire series: The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

Games of Thrones ~HBO series

During completion of A Dance With Dragons and other projects, George R. R. Martin was also heavily involved in the production of a television series adaptation of the A Song of Ice and Firebooks named after the first book, A Game of Thrones. Martin’s involvement includes the selection of a production team and participation in scriptwriting; the opening credits list him as a co-executive producer of the series.

HBO Productions purchased the television rights for the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series in 2007 . The series was renewed shortly after the first episode aired. The first season was nominated for thirteen Emmy Awards, ultimately winning two, one for its opening title credits and for Peter Dinklage as Best Supporting Actor. The second season of ten episodes, based on the second Ice and Fire novel A Clash of Kings, was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards, including another Supporting Actor nomination for Dinklage. It went on to win six of those Emmys in the Technical Arts categories, which were awarded the week before the regular televised 2012 awards show. The first season of 10 episodes was also nominated for a 2012 Hugo Award, fantasy and science fiction’s oldest award, presented by the World Science Fiction Society each year at the annual worldcon; the show went on to win the 2012 Hugo for Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form, at Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, in Chicago, IL; Martin took home one of the three Hugo Award trophies given in that collaborative category.  The second season episode, “Blackwater,” written by George R.R. Martin, was nominated the following year for the 2013 Hugo Award in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form category; that episode went on to win the Hugo Award at LoneStarCon 3, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention, in San Antonio, Texas.

Information found on Wikipedia

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GOT Book

Signed by George R.R. Martin

GOT Signature Page

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112 responses to “FANtastical Friday #6 Winter is coming!”

  1. Peggye says:

    I’ve seen the series, now I need to read the book.

  2. Leah says:

    I really wanted to start reading the books before I watch the series.

  3. Lenna Berry says:

    never read the books but I could never miss an episode

  4. Heather L says:

    I haven’t read the books but I watched the first two seasons on HBO. Great series!

  5. Dora B says:

    Fell in love with the series from the very first. Had to read the books to see if anything was different and fell in love with the books as well.

  6. I’m a fan of the series when I get HBO free… 🙂 I’ve been wanting to try the books.

  7. Sara says:

    I haven’t read the books yet, but I’ve watched the two seasons of the TV series. Really liked it!

  8. Amanda says:

    Love the HBO series, and the books are on my to be read list…

  9. Brittany Bishop says:

    Have read and watched! Thanks for the post Darynda 🙂

  10. Claire C says:

    I have read all of the series so far and do watch the show. My boyfriend is a super fan, so this would have to go to him if I won 🙂

  11. Sandy Duncan says:

    Wow would love it but raflecopter doesn’t work on kindle

  12. Laura Martinez says:

    I have been watching the series. Started the books. My husband LOVES these and if I win, this will be for him!!! Fingers crossed

  13. Jill K says:

    I recently became addicted and love both the show and the books!

  14. Tracy says:

    Love the series, and would love to read the books.

  15. Oh the book has been on my TBR for way to long! And I haven’t watched the show because I want to read the book first…well that and I don’t get HBO LOL 🙂

  16. Julia says:

    Actually,yes. I watched the tv series and read half of the first book

  17. Terri Franco says:

    Love GOA Mother of all Dragons is my Fav.

  18. Terri Franco says:

    That was to be GOT my Bad

  19. Diana says:

    I love this series, though I have to finish the newest book still.

  20. Amy says:

    I have to be honest. I’m not a watcher, but my SO is and it would make an awesome gift.

  21. Karin Anderson says:

    I have not read the series, but I watched the first season on TV (Netflix, really). I’d love to read the books, though.

  22. Crystal Flannery says:

    I LOVE the series and know the books would b even better! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  23. Kim Perry says:

    I haven’t read the series, but I have seen it on TV.

  24. Lacramioara Cristina Dima says:

    im a fan of the tv series, and the books are on my wishlist.

  25. Yodamom says:

    I have not read the series but I have planned to read it next year. No, sadly I haven’t seen the shows I’ll watch after I read the books

  26. Belen Santisteban says:

    I’ve seen the series and I really love the books! Have the signed book would be a dream for me.

  27. Natasha Borg says:

    This is one of my favorite series both to read and watch, Would love for this to be my first singled book. Thank you.

  28. Stephanie Christensen says:

    I haven’t read the books yet but I’m a huge fan of the HBO series! Thanks for the giveaway!

  29. Incredible imagination and creativity and there’s dragons!

  30. Amy says:

    Haven’t watched the series because I want to read the books first. Can’t wait to start, been on my to be read shelf for a loonnggg time.

  31. Dawn cavenee says:

    I haven’t started either . . . Yet! 🙂

  32. Sunny says:

    I tried once but got lost in the names…need to give it ago again this year (my new year’s resolution)

  33. Wendy Roberts says:

    I haven’t watched the show or read the books… Yet!

  34. This is the perfect gift for my daughter for the holidays! We watch the show together, and she is a huge GRRM fan. And, as an aspiring writer, this would really be a treat!

  35. Stephanie Baassler says:

    Wow, what a great prize! I’ve read book 1, got stuck on book 2. Have watched all 3 seasons so far. And totally let hubby spoil me on the books as he reads them. He’s on A Dance With Dragons.

  36. Kerri says:

    I have just started Dances with Dragons. I watched two episodes and just had to read it since we don’t subscribe to cable and I can’t wait that long. Darynda and GRRM both live in New Mexico and I don’t anymore. Hope to meet up at a Con at some point. Love you both. Aloha!

  37. Lynn K. says:

    No and no. But I reaaaally want to!!

  38. No I’m so behind! I havent read or watched them 🙁

    Its on my TBR list though

  39. Shirra says:

    I haven’t read the books yet, and I’d love to read signed copies!

  40. gillian says:

    I just started watching GoT this last week. I have the first two seasons. I am addicted already! I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of the books yet but would probably love them more.

  41. DonnaM says:

    Funny how we have talked about how awesome GRRM is! Love this!

  42. I have the first book, but haven’t read it yet. I’m definitely going to though. I absolutely love the show, I’m hanging waiting for season 4. George sure knows how to get his fans hooked!!! Thanks for the giveaway and for making it international. 🙂

  43. I’m probably the only human on the planet who has neither read the books nor seen the television series! So, I need to be educated about this fantastic world. The best way to do that would be for me to win the book! Hey, it makes sense to me!!

  44. R Pratt says:

    I’ve seen the series and I’m reading book 1 now.

  45. Jen says:

    I’ve not watched or read these yet. I’m pretty sure I’ll like them both from what I’ve seen, I just haven’t gotten that far on my lists yet.

  46. Demitra says:

    Love the TV series. I believe that it is one of the best series ever but I haven’t started the books yet.
    Thank you for the chance!

  47. Doreen Queen says:

    I’ve always loved George R.R. Martin, ever since I read his short story, “Sandkings.” I loved his Wild Cards series (and still pick them up whenever he adds to them), and so I picked up “Game of Thrones” when it first came out and was hooked from the start. I danced a jig when I heard HBO was doing the series on television. Now I’m desperately awaiting the arrival of the next two books, knowing that it will be years before I have the satisfaction of finding out what happened to my favorite characters in “A Dance of Dragons?”

  48. Hufsa T says:

    HUGE fan of the books. Admittedly some parts are bewildering, but the books wouldn’t be what they are without them. I think I prefer the books to teh show, but the show is pretty well done.

  49. DAulan Collins says:

    I have not read or seen the series, I rather start out reading them first, seems like once they hit Tv they are just not the same, so if I win, this is my chance!!!

  50. Giedre says:

    I haven’t read any of the Game of Thrones series, but I’m a big fan of the TV series.

  51. Nika (OhMyShelves) says:

    I haven’t read but I love the TV Show

  52. CL Parker says:

    Sorry, but I HAD to enter this one!!!

  53. Kevin Wohler says:

    I love the HBO series, but I haven’t read the books yet. I’d love to start — especially with a signed copy. 🙂

  54. I have yet to read the series but fell in love with the show. With the author so involved with the show I’ve been told how closely runs with the books. I still want to read the books as the descriptions giving by the author give the reader the opportunity to create the world as they see it in their mind.

  55. Mike Adkins says:

    This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance.

  56. Julia P. says:

    I’ve read the whole series and they are my favourite books! I cannot wait until the release of “Winds of Winter” ! I would really love to win this signed copy because I have very low chances of getting my books signed by George Martin and I also don’t own the first one in the series …

  57. LALighton says:

    I really wanted to start reading the books before I watch the series.

  58. Sandy says:

    The serues was awesome! I am sure books are better!

  59. Calliope says:

    I’ve watched the series but haven’t had the chance to dive into the books yet. I have learned, though, not to get attached to any of the characters. No one is safe in that world, LOL.

  60. Shannon Courtnu says:

    I haven’t read the books yet, but I lost track of the tv series after Jason Moma’s character died at the end of season one.

  61. CJ Burright says:

    Love the books AND the TV show, which is an anomaly – usually TV or movies don’t do the books justice. Thanks for the INCREDIBLE giveaway, Darynda!

  62. sarah says:

    Love this series, what an awesome giveaway, thanks Darynda for the opportunity to win this x

  63. Casey H says:

    I can’t read or watch the tv show because I get so emotionally attached to the characters, and then he goes and kills them off and I need lots and lots of therapy. (BUT WHY DID THEY HAVE TO DIE?! WHY?!) However, my sister is a HUGE fan of this series, and if I got her a signed copy of the book, well, she’ll love me forever. 🙂

  64. Jo Wood says:

    I have read (and loved) the books, but have only caught pieces of the HBO series. I am waiting for more to be made so I can binge watch 🙂 What an amazing giveaway, thank you!

  65. Kristyn says:

    I have not read the books but have watched the show. My stepbrother though has always been a fan of the books and I would LOVE to win this for him.

  66. Denny says:

    I have started the books, but I have not finished reading them all yet.

  67. Shaine says:

    I have read the first 2 books and never miss the HBO series Love it!!

  68. Angelic Whit says:

    I haven’t read the books yet and I’ve only seen a few episodes of the show. Would love to start on the books though.

  69. Jennifer S says:

    I haven’t read the books or seen the series, but the books have been on my tbr for quite some time!

  70. Veray Carter says:

    I haven’t read the books or seen the show, but they do look intriguing.

  71. Christine L Watkins says:

    Have read all but the most recent book and really enjoy Martin’s work. Seriously looking forward to reading this and having an autographed copy would be even more awesome! Reading and writing are totally my thing! 🙂

  72. Heather V. says:

    I love GRRM. He’s right up there with Tolkien. I bet the world would have implodes if GRRM and JRRT had a book baby together.

  73. Tiffany Gomez says:

    I watched the show the summer before last and I fell in love with it! I’m eagerly awaiting the next season. Sadly, I haven’t read any of the books, but they’re on my TBR list.

  74. Kayla Clark says:

    I watched the first season of GoT and decided I couldn’t wait for the second season and just had to read the books. I am eagerly awaiting the next book and season in the series!!

  75. jena fischer says:

    Watch every single episode! But I have not read the books! My husband has though and loves the books also!

  76. Michelle says:

    My husban has read the books and torments me when the show is on. We love it!

  77. Rosie Carlo says:

    I gave up HBO (and all movie channels), so I haven’t seen the series yet. But I’m much more into reading the series and would love to give it a try!

  78. Selena Mc says:

    I LOVE the TV series! It’s amazing! I believe they nailed the casting of the main characters. The writing & acting are fantastic. Can’t wait for next season. Thank you for the chance to win! This will make a wonderful donation for a fundraiser I donate to. I know this signed book will raise lots of money for the shelter 🙂

  79. I’ve read the first book and LOVED it! Thank you for the excellent giveaway!

  80. Nancy L.R. says:

    I actually read the first book before I watched the show, and goodness! I REALLY liked it.

    Though I’ll admit, those books are intimidating, lol.

  81. Pam says:

    I have not read the series or watched the show (although it looks really good), but I hardly watch TV these days. I prefer reading. Thanks for this chance to win A Game of Thrones.

  82. Angie H says:

    I love and hate GRRM at the same time. He can kill off a hero like no other I know. I always know no one is safe. Ever!!

  83. David Buch says:

    I haven’t read or watched the series, but my wife Erinn is a big fan of the books.

  84. Betul E. says:

    Havent read the books,love the TV show

  85. Linda G says:

    I havent read the book, but I have seen a few shows. Excellent!

  86. Ashley W. says:

    I love them book for completely different reasons! The books were wonderful, and the series keeps you guessing!!

  87. Shannon Keith says:

    I am dying to read this series! What a fabulous guveaway!

  88. Loni says:

    I have yet to read the series… but I absolutely LOVE the TV series!!

  89. Weslyn says:

    I love this series so much! One of the only series that has tomade me laugh out loud and cry

  90. Cindy says:

    No I have not read the books yet (but plan to) nor watched it on t.v. thank you for the chance to win

  91. Kelley says:

    Haven’t read the books yet, but LOVE the show! Would LOVE to win a signed copy!!!

  92. Meagan says:

    Love the interview! Haha! Awesome giveaway, thank you!

  93. jessie says:

    Love the show! Dying to read the books. Books are always better.

  94. Bobbie Jo Duhon says:

    I have not read the books yet but LOVE the series!!!!

  95. I haven’t read the books or seen the series. I would love to read this book, though. 🙂

  96. Mindy Fletcher says:

    Game of Thrones drives me CRAZY lol…. I read the books hoping to find out more on the show and now I just am double insane with waiting.

  97. Kami Bryant says:

    I have read all five books and I love the show. Thank you for this chance. Would love to win this.

  98. Suzanne says:

    I honestly keep my nose in a book most of the time and watch very little tv. I am a little different in that way. Rarely do I get involved in a series…however, I occasionally do watch the tv series if I really liked the books I read first. In this case I really haven’t read OR seen the Game of Thrones…but think I would love it if I did. Course…I would have to read the book first!!! Always read the book first!!! 🙂

  99. Laurie P says:

    Never seen the series, but love the books. I don’t watch much TV other than dramas.

  100. Aimie says:

    I haven’t watched the show yet, I am hanging out to read the books first. If i win this then I’d be able to watch the show. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  101. Missie Jones says:

    OMG Great Giveaway Darynda 😀 Yes Yes YES, I am a HUGE fan of the Game of Thrones series & Im so addicted to the HBO series as well. Its amazing & with each episode I find myself screaming and/or crying. Hugs to you & I hope u have a wonderful & blessed Holiday season.

  102. Lindsay says:

    I’d Love To Start This Series!

  103. Javan Clark says:

    My wife and I are huge fans of both the books and the TV series! She has finished all the books, but I am only about halfway through so far.

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