Hello everybody. No clever preamble today. I’m too busy keeping up with my own writing while dealing with the donations that have been coming in.
If you don’t know what we’re talking about, you can get the details HERE.
And now, more donations to the lottery:
- The entire Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, in hardcover. Signed and personalized to you by the author.
This one from the Romantic times says it well: “Transcendent… all the familiar ideas and plots from epic fantasy have been turned inside out, and what happens at the end is utterly astounding in its audacity. The characterization is stellar, the worldbuilding solid and the plot intricate and compelling.”
What’s more, Brandon has offered to personalize the books to the winner.
- A copy of Donald J. Bingle’s Forced Conversion.
- An Advance Reading Copy of Greensword by Donald J. Bingle. Signed by the author.
Robert Sawyer has this to say: “Science fiction has always been a great vehicle for biting satire and social commentary — from H.G. Wells’ The Time Machine right on up to Donald Bingle’s engrossing GREENSWORD. Bingle is a terrific writer.”
- A copy of Fellowship Fantastic. Signed by Donald J. Bingle.
- The first three books of the Ravrin series: WebMage, CodeSpell, and CyberMancy by Kelly McCullough. Signed by the author.
According to the starred review in Publisher’s Weekly: “McCullough handles his plot with unfailing invention, orchestrating a mixture of humor, philosophy and programming insights that give new meaning to terms as commonplace as ‘spell checker’ and esoteric as ‘programming in hex.’”
- Plague Year and Plague War, the first two books of Jeff Carlson’s Plague trilogy. Signed by the author.
E. E. Knight describes these books as, “Part Michael Crichton, part George Romero… full of high-altitude chills.”
- A copy of Writers of the Future Volume 23, including Jeff Carlson’s story The Frozen Sky. Donated and signed by Jeff Carlson.
According to Locus Magazine, “Jeff Carlson’s “The Frozen Sky” is a tense adventure story set on Europa, where explorers encounter intelligent beings who seem to have no way to respond to strangers but by attacking them.”
- A copy of Writers of the Future Volume 18, including an early version of Pat Rothfuss’s story “The Road to Levenshir.” Signed by the author.
Jeff’s donation made me realize that I actually had a copy of my volume of Writers of the Future still lurking around the house. It’s volume 18, which means, among other things, that I’m getting old.
This was my first publication, and it kicked off the chain of events that eventually led to me getting my book published. The story in here is an early version of “The Road to Levenshir.” A much earlier, rougher version of the story that was later published in the Subterranean Press Tales of Dark fantasy earlier this year.
Stevenson’s entire new trilogy: The Brass Bed, The Velvet Chair, and The Bearskin Rug, all signed by the author.
Vicki Lewis Thompson, says these books are, “more fun than pillow fighting naked.” And Phil and Kaja Foglio say, “Once you get into The Brass Bed, you won’t ever want to get out.” And if you can’t trust Phil & Kaja Foglio to know sexy, then who can you trust?
If you want to know how to win this cool stuff, you can get all the details over HERE.
Or, if you want, here’s the short version:
1) You donate to Heifer international on THIS PAGE.
2) I match your donation, dollar-for-dollar.
3) For every ten bucks you kick in, your name is entered into a drawing for these and many more fabulous prizes.
So far, we’ve raised over 17,000 dollars in under two weeks. Because apparently fantasy authors and fans are the best people around. That’s my working theory, anyway.
Stay tuned, more on the way…