We here on the Worldbuilders team know you guys like to hear stories about the people Heifer International is working with. Stories like the one Pat shared in yesterday’s blog.
We love these stories too. In fact, we published a calendar full of them for 2014.
(Bhumi Kumari Kathait helps her grandson drink a cup of milk in Nepal)
Of course, some of prefer hard facts and numbers demonstrating the work Heifer does. We can absolutely respect that. We actually encourage folks to check their facts instead of blindly throw their money at something. So here’s some information from the Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation.
“Due to Heifer International’s expenditure of about $7 million over six years, about 8,500 Ugandan families are likely to experience income gains exceeding $8.5 million a year on an ongoing basis and asset gains of about $17 billion.”
“About 5,500 of their children are likely to avoid stunting due to nutritional shortfalls. For each $1 expenditure by country programs in Albania, Nepal and Uganda, households can be expected to gain about $2.35, $1.19 and $1.25 in the respective country programs on an ongoing basis once the projects reach the maturity profile of those included in the evaluation.”
That means for every dollar put into one of these projects, the people involved gain the ability to earn more than a dollar on an ongoing basis.
If you want to read the full article, head over here.
Because of the way Heifer works, ten or twenty dollars can make a huge impact.
And since everything in this blog is going into the lottery, $10 can get you a chance to win. $40 gets you four chances to win, and not just these books, but thousands of others.
Plus, did we mention *everything* in this blog is signed? It’s a very win-filled situation.
- Copy of Steelheart. Signed by Brandon Sanderson. Includes a code to see a secret page on Brandon’s website.
Brandon’s a really cool guy and an excellent writer, as is evidenced by the live-streamed short story he wrote for our $100,000 stretch goal. If you missed the live event, the video is online over here.
“Fantastic! The suspense is relentless and the climax explosive, with a resolution that I’ll be thinking about for a long time.” – James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series.
- Copy of Evil Machines. First edition, signed by Terry Jones.
Here is a cool book by the awesome Terry Jones (of Monty Python fame), which was produced by Unbound.
For those of you who haven’t heard of it, Unbound is effectively a Kickstarter for book ideas. They’ll publish, print, and distribute a book for you if your idea for a book gets funded.
There weren’t a lot of these made up, and this edition of the book sold out – but here we have a signed first edition up for grabs in the lottery.
- Copy of Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop. Signed by Reginald Bakeley.
“I had the most awful problems with goblins gobbling up my hens in the night. Thanks to Mr. Bakeley’s new book, not only is my garden free of these pests, but my chickens have never been happier!” – Professor Elemental, adventurer, inventor, and tea enthusiast
In Goblinproofing One’s Chicken Coop readers will discover:
- Why a bustle in one’s hedgerow may be cause for alarm
- Why a garden fumigator may come in handy on evenings at the pub
- Why a toy merchant, a butcher, and a Freemason are among your best allies in the fight against the fey
This book is full of practical advice, which is always a good thing to get.
- Copy of Pandora’s Star. Signed by Peter F. Hamilton.
“Anyone who begins this won’t be able to put it down… Hamilton proves that “intelligent space opera” isn’t an oxymoron” – Publishers Weekly
So when a star just disappears, who wouldn’t dispatch a faster-than-light ship to investigate? But how smart is it to put a washed-up, centuries old, ex-NASA pilot in the driver’s seat? And on top of that, when a cult insists that this trip may be compromised by an alien race for their own plan, how can you tell if they’re not that crazy?
- Copy of Pathfinder. Signed by Orson Scott Card.
“The implications of the boys’ power to manipulate the past unfold cleverly…, feeding into the Machiavellian political intrigue for a pulse-pounding climax….Card’s many fans will be thrilled by this return to his literary roots.” – Kirkus
- Sets of The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge. Signed by Jason M. Hough.
“The best part about alien stories is their mystery, and Jason M. Hough understands that like no other. Full of compelling characters and thick with tension, The Darwin Elevator delivers both despair and hope along with a gigantic dose of wonder. It’s a brilliant debut and Hough can take my money whenever he writes anything from now on.” – Kevin Hearne
We auctioned off a signed copy of The Darwin Elevator to one lucky bidder, and we managed to dig up a whole set. This one’s for the lottery.
- Set of The Dark Earth and Southern Gods. Both first editions, siged by John Horner Jacobs.
“Southern Gods is scary, smart, and effective both as Lovecraftian fiction and as a Southern Regional novel set in 1951.” – David Drake
- Sets of The Twelve Fingered Boy and The Shibboleth. First editions, signed by John Hornor Jacobs.
“A fast-paced, ferocious nightmare of a story – gritty, magical, and surprisingly tender.” – Brenna Yovanoff
Pat read The Twelve-Fingered Boy a while back and gushed about it on Goodreads, mentioning how he went out of his way to get hold of an Advance reading copy of the sequel, The Shibboleth, for himself.
What Pat didn’t mention is that he got a copy of the ARC for us too. So whoever whoever wins this in the lottery will get their hands on a rare early copy…
- Limited edition copy of Creature from the Black Lagoon by Vargo Statten. Signed by Julie Adams and Ricou Browning.
This is a copy of a new printing of the incredibly-hard-to-find original movie novelization for Creature from the Black Lagoon, in a cool limited edition. There were only 250 copies of this edition made, and we’ve tossed this into the lottery so that anyone with ten bucks has the chance to win it. The signatures are from Creature‘s leading lady Julie Adams and the Creature himself, Ricou Browning.
- Copy of Prince of Thorns. First edition, signed by Mark Lawrence.
“Dark and relentless, Prince of Thorns will pull you under and drown you in story. A two-in-the-morning page turner.” – Robin Hobb
- ARC of Promise of Blood. Signed by Brian McClellan.
“Promise of Blood is a hugely promising debut. Guns, swords, and magic together? What more could you want? How about tense action, memorable characters, rising stakes, and cool, cool magic? Not only the finest flintlock fantasy I’ve read, but also the most fun. Brian McClellan is the real thing.” – Brent Weeks
So you’d think a successful coup against a corrupt monarchy would improve life for everyone. Not so much.
- Copy of Theiftaker. First edition, signed by D.B. Jackson.
“Thieftaker is a lean, elegant, intricate tale of a conjurer and a world on the brink of revolution. Fabulous!” – Faith Hunter
D.B. Jackson did a read and critique of a manuscript for us earlier in the fundraiser, and here we have something extra special: a first edition copy of the first book in his current series. It’s signed, plus comes with a promotional postcard you can show off anywhere.
- ARC of Red Country. Signed by Joe Abercrombie.
“Abercrombie rings the changes with his sixth novel, tipping his hat to the Western genre but continuing his mission to drag fantasy, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century with his characteristic mix of gritty realism, complex characterisation, set-piece scenes of stomach-churning violence and villains who are as fully rounded as his flawed heroes … Abercrombie writes fantasy like no one else.” – The Guardian
- Copy of A Web of Air. First edition, signed and doodled by Philip Reeve.
“Beautifully written, grippingly paced, and filled with eccentric characters and bizarre inventions… this is a novel guaranteed to please Reeve’s fans… and very likely broaden their ranks.” – Publishers Weekly
And by the way? That illustration? That’s not printed on the title page, that’s drawn by the author himself.
Yeah. This is a real one-of-a-kind item. You should probably click the image to embiggen it.
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Remember, folks, it only takes a donation of $10 or more to be entered into the lottery. And for every 10 bucks you throw in, you get another chance to win.