Heya everybody. No long preamble today, just a picture from one of Heifer International’s projects.
This is Gabriela. She lives in Bolivia, and the fruit she’s holding is a cacao pod.
I thought I’d mention that Heifer doesn’t just give out chickens to people who need eggs. They also help farmers increase crop yields through sustainable agriculture. Sometimes that means teaching folks in developing countries about new farming techniques. Other times they might bring in a hive of honeybees to help pollinate crops. (And produce honey, of course.)
Other times they might give them a goat. Why? Well, in addition to producing milk, a goat produces… well, let’s just call it “organic fertilizer.” And not to put too fine a point on it, but that shit is really important if you’re a farmer.
This is what your money does when you donate to Heifer International on the Worldbuilders team page. It doesn’t just feed a kid for a week, or a month. It improves a family’s life forever. It makes a lasting impact in an entire community.
Oh yeah, if you donate, your name also goes into the lottery so you have the chance to win thousands of books.
Have we mentioned that? I’m pretty sure we’ve mentioned that….
- A set of the Lily Bard Mysteries. All signed by Charlaine Harris.
“A supporting cast of quirky characters fully rendered in quick strokes will hold readers as surely as the complex resolution in this cozy on the bleeding edge of noir.” – Booklist
- Auction: A first edition set of Shakespeare’s Champion, Shakespeare’s Christmas, and Shakespeare’s Trollop. All signed by Charlaine Harris.
These are beautiful, first edition copies of each of these books, AND they’re signed. You could buy each of these online somewhere, but they’d cost you $150 a pop.
Charlaine was generous enough to take these out of her personal library, and we’re auctioning them off here.
- Auction: A first edition set of A Fool and His Honey, Dead Over Heels, and Three Bedrooms, One Corpse. All signed by Charlaine Harris.
“Harris draws the guilty and the innocent into an engrossing tale while inventing a heroine as capable and potentially complex as P. D. James’s Cordelia Gray.” – Publishers Weekly
These are all first editions, too. You can bid on the auction over here.
- Two copies of Death’s Excellent Vacation. Signed by Charlaine Harris.
“With an all-new Sookie Stackhouse story and twelve other original tales, editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L. P. Kelner bring together a stellar collection of tour guides who offer vacations that are frightening, funny, and touching for the fanged, the furry, the demonic, and the grotesque.” – Sidhe Vicious Reviews
We’re putting one of these in the lottery. And one up for auction. Click here to bid.
- Two copies of The Sookie Stackhouse Companion. Signed by Charlaine Harris.
“A fun read, a satisfying Sookie fix, and a good resource…Consider The Sookie Stackhouse Companion a fun addition to your Sookie library.” – Tor.com
Charlaine sent us two copies of this as well. So one will go into the lottery, and you can bid on the other one over here.
- A set of Dead in the Family, Dead Reckoning, and Deadlocked. Signed by Charlaine Harris.
I’m sure you guys know about True Blood, right? Well these are the books the series is based on. Signed by the Charlaine and up for grabs in the lottery to anyone who donates on to Heifer International on the Worldbuilders Team Page.
- A copy of An Apple for the Creature. Signed by Charline Harris.
“The anthologies edited by Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner combine top authors from many different genres with a specific paranormal theme. This time the theme was school and it produced some unique and interesting stories.” – BadAss Book Reviews
- An ARC of The Winds of Khalakovo. Signed by Bradley P. Beaulieu.
“Beaulieu skillfully juggles elements borrowed from familiar cultures (primarily Russian and Bedouin) as well as telepathy, airborne ships, and magical gems.” – Publishers Weekly
- Auction: Doodled manuscript and First Edition Seawitch. Both Signed by Kat Richardson.
(Click to embiggen the awesome)
This is something you don’t see very often these days. An actual paper manuscript of a book. A lot of publishers are going digital these days.
This manuscript includes some line edits, notes in the margins, and even a geographically-questionable doodle of Rhode Island (among other doodles). Kat was even kind enough to send along the completed novel, so you can read it more easily.
To bid on the awesome, click here.
- Two copies of Rootless. Signed by Chris Howard.
Chris contacted us to donate a copy of his book. He said he actually found us because his audio book is read by the same guy who reads Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear, Nick Podehl.
We’ve got one copy of the book that we’re putting in the auction. And we have a second copy he sent along with a USB drive containing the audiobook. So we’re auctioning that one off.
- The Riyria Revelations series. Signed by Michael J. Sullivan.
“Hair-raising escapes, flashy sword fights, and faithful friendship complete the formula for good old-fashioned escapist fun.” – Publishers Weekly
- 15 first-edition copies of Shades of Milk and Honey. Signed by Mary Robinette Kowal.
“Simply enchanting, and another great advance in an already impressive literary career. You’re going to love this.” – John Scalzi
Fourteen copies of the book will go into the lottery. But for those of you who simply *MUST* have one, we’re auctioning one off, too.
- 5 copies of Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.
Stormdancer is Jay’s Debut novel. It’s met with some good praise, including a starred review in Publisher’s Weekly. But if you click on the picture above, you’ll be able to read the blurb that I gave it.
Ah hell, let’s just zoom in….
Three copies of this will go into the lottery.
The fourth, along with the hilariously sweet The Little Stormdancer book Jay printed himself as a promo, is going up for auction.
- Auction: Rejection, Romance & Royalties. Signed by Laura Resnick.
This is an awesome book for folks interested in writing romance, written by an author who has been through it. We’re auctioning it since it could be extremely helpful for someone who is serious about getting into the business.
- Two copies of Cooking With Poo. Signed by Poo Saiyuud Diwong.
I’ll be completely honest with you folks. When this book showed up, I honestly thought that this book was about how to cook with… well…. real poo.
I continued to think that until just a couple days ago, when I saw Amanda flipping through the book saying, “These are some really good recipes….”
Full of fatherly concern, I had sat down to have a talk with her. Only then did I learn that Poo is the name of the Taiwanese cook who wrote the cookbook.
Fun fact: This book won “Oddest Book Title of the Year” last year. I wonder why…
One copy will be in the lottery. The other copy with a “I cooked with POO and I liked it” apron are going into an auction.
- 4 copies of Plaguewalker. Signed by Gemma Tarlach.
The cover alone makes this book worth it. Three people in the office now want to read it based on the cover. But if that’s not enough for you…
“All told, Plaguewalker is one of the best novels I’ve read in years.” – Paul McComas
- The Doppelganger novels and a signed ARC of A Natural History of Dragons. Signed by Marie Brennan.
Something cool here. The ARC is for of A Natural History of Dragons, which isn’t even on the shelves yet. If you win this in the lottery, you can read it before your friends do, then mock them unmercifully.
“Lady Trent is the Jane Goodall of dragonkind, and I’m glad she’s finally sharing her story with the world. From her first sparkling encounter to her discoveries in Vystrana, her memoir is sure to inspire the next generation of naturalists and dragon aficionados. This book makes me want to dissect something. In a good way.” —Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
- Eight copies of The Unremembered. Signed by Peter Orulian.
“A complex tale of magic and destiny that won’t disappoint its readers.” – Terry Brooks
- A set of Mirages, Too Late to Call Texas, Fractal Despondency, and Butterfly Potion. All signed by Trent Zelazny.
Trent Zelazny is the son of the late, great Roger Zelazny. He was great to the fundraiser this year, by donating a set of his novels and some of his dad’s classic books as well.
“A powerful and good writer…someone who’s been through hell and come out, I hope, the other side.” –Neil Gaiman
- Auction: A first edition copy of Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny.
If you read fantasy, you really shouldn’t need us to explain to you who Zelazny is. He’s one of the greats.
This is a first edition copy of Roadmarks in gorgeous condition, donated by his son.
We’re auctioning it off, so you can click here to bid.
- Auction: First edition of The Gathering Storm. With extras. Signed by Brandon Sanderson.
This prize comes from a few different places, but any Wheel of Time fan would be lucky to have all of it.
Brandon sent us the signed, first edition copy of The Gathering Storm. Badali sent us an Asha’man Dragon pin and a Dedicated Sword Pin. And the folks over at Team Jordan donated a shirt of your choice from Taveren Tees.
We’re auctioning the whole lot off so it ends up in the hands of a true fan.
To bid, head over here.
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Fair warning time: Worldbuilders is ending soon, so if you want in on the lottery make sure to make your donation on the Worldbuilders Team Page. For every $10 you pitch in, you get another chance to win thousands of books and DVD’s.
There were tons of auctions in this blog, and we have even more running. You can view all of them on our current auctions over here.
If you want to see the other items that have been donated to Worldbuilders, or learn more about the fundraiser itself, you can head over to our main page.