More Signed Books from Cool Authors

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Happy new year, everyone.  We hope you all had a night filled with love, laughter, warmth, and joy.  It’s time to start anew, and we’re happy to be a part of that for you.

Even though we took a break over the holidays, the donations kept rolling in. We hit more than a few stretch goals that we’ll be making available soon. What’s more, we’re already on the cusp of raising a quarter million dollars. We’re *way* ahead of last year, and we’ve got a lot of amazing stuff still to come.

If you can’t already tell, today’s blog is being merrily brought to you by the Worldbuilders team. Pat’s getting some writing done and spending time with his family, and we’re perfectly happy to be the ones gushing about today’s fundraiser items.

As you may have guessed from the title, this blog contains tons more books from some incredibly generous authors:

  • Auction: Awesome leather bound copy of Eulogy.  Signed by D.T. Conklin.

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“Conklin writes with a poet’s flair, using minimal words to deliver maximum dramatic impact. Visceral, shocking, and deeply imaginative, Eulogy pushes to the edge . . . and then dives right over it. An unapologetic, no-holds-barred descent into madness—yet there is method in it. Readers with the fortitude to take the plunge stand to be rewarded with what may go down as one of the most ambitious, redefining forays into epic fantasy of all time.” – Eldon Thompson, author of The Divine Talisman

We had a few copies of this in the lottery last year, but this is a special treat: a one-of-a-kind, leather bound copy.  There were twelve made total, but each one was hand-covered and bound.  It’s going up in an auction, so if it tickles your fancy, you should head over here and bid.

  • Set of Holder of LightningMage of Clouds, and Heir of Stone.  All are first editions, signed by S.L. Farrell.

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“Farrell continues to shine as one of the strongest voices in the Celtic fantasy subgenre.” – Publishers Weekly

These are really awesome books, made all the more awesome by the fact that it includes the entire trilogy, and they’re all signed first editions.

  • Set of A Magic of Twilight, A Magic of Nightfall, and A Magic of Dawn.  All are first editions, signed by S.L. Farrell.

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“Intriguing characters and a complex socio-political background make this a strong addition to most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

Farrell also sent along his more-recent trilogy, the Nessantico Cycle.  This is another complete set, and again all signed first editions.

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“Ridiculously fun and large-hearted, and you don’t have to remember the Reagan administration to love it…[Cline] takes a far-out premise and engages the reader instantly…You’ll wish you could make it go on and on.” – NPR.org

This book will make geeks everywhere happy, and Ernest Cline has been donating copies for a few years now.  We’re throwing all of the copies that came into the lottery to help spread the geeky love.

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“Readers who luxuriate in the telling of a tale and savor phrases where every word has significance will enjoy the challenge of this fantasy.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Copy of Delia’s Shadow.  First edition, includes promotional postcard.  Signed by Jaime Lee Moyer.

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“Moyer creates a hauntingly real San Francisco, full of characters you can’t wait to get to know better. Delia’s Shadow is an engaging debut novel, one that cost me a good night’s sleep.” – Jim C. Hines

Jamie Lee Moyer is one of the awesome folks who has donated a critique of a manuscript this year and in the past.  This first edition copy of her first novel is going to be a great addition to one lucky lottery winner’s collection.  And if that’s too much chance for you…

  • Auction: Copy of Delia’s Shadow.  First edition, includes promotional postcard.  Signed by Jaime Lee Moyer.

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We’ve got two of these, so for those of you who would rather be sure, you can bid on it here.

Laura Anne Gilman set - lying

“[Readers] will be seduced and enthralled by Gilman’s metaphysical thriller about wicked elves, shape-shifting supernaturals and portals to another dimension….melds magic with mayhem for a tale of bravery, friendship and devotion.” – Publishers Weekly

Laura Anne Gilman also donates a critique every year, and of your entire submission packet to boot.  We were all too excited to get some of her books in for this year’s fundraiser.

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“Vivid descriptions of Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood are a plus in a cozy tale that will draw in even those normally skeptical of animal-centered stories.” – Publishers Weekly

L.A. Korntesky is a psudonym for Laura Anne Gillman, so you know these will be good.  They’re in a series called  The Gin and Tonic Mysteries, and have an amazing number of pet-related puns on the covers alone.

  • Copy of Chicks Unravel Time anthology.  Signed by Martha Wells.

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“It’s truly a delight to read smart words from smart people on a subject beloved and important to them. Chicks Unravel Time is a fantastic read that delves into why Doctor Whoholds such a dear place in the hearts of so many, and how it has impacted them.” – The Nerdist

Martha Wells is a great supporter of Worldbuidlers, and she kicked in this Dr. Who anthology for one lucky Whovian to get their hands on in the lottery.

  • Copy of Star Wars: Razor’s Edge.  First edition, signed by Martha Wells.

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EMPIRE AND REBELLION is the title for a trio of stand alone Star Wars novels focusing on Leia, Han, and Luke. Martha Wells wrote the Leia novel, James S. A. Corey is writing the Han Solo novel (Honor Among Thieves, coming out in March), and Kevin Hearne is writing the Luke novel (untitled).

  • Copy of Wheel of the Infinite.  First edition, signed by Martha Wells.

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“Wells spices her latest fantasy with exotic textures and colors reminiscent of India and the Far East, while mystery and court intrigue add depth to this tale of love and risk. Highly recommended for most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

Martha sent along a huge sampling of her books.  This is one of her stand-alone fantasy novels, but she’s also got a couple of different fantasy series sets in here as well…

  • Set of The Cloud Roads, The Serpent Sea, and The Siren Depths.  Signed by Martha Wells.

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“The Cloud Roads has wildly original worldbuilding, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!” – N.K. Jemisin

Here we have a set of The Books of Raksura, lovingly signed and donated.  The most recent novel, The Siren Depths, came out a year ago, so the winner of these will be completely up to date.

  • Set of The Wizard Hunters, The Ships of Air, and The Gate of Gods.  First is an audiobook. Last two are hardcovers, signed by Martha Wells.

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(Not picured: The Ships of Air, which is on its way)

“Wells’ first volume in this new trilogy features fine storytelling and a unique mixture of magic and early 20th century science. Her memorable tale is a good addition to most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

This is the complete Fall of Ile-Rien Trilogy, including an audiobook copy of the first book.  I love listening to audiobooks, so if you haven’t tried before, this could be your opportunity to give them a chance.

  • Set of The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer audiobooks by Martha Wells.

Necromancer Element audiobooks

“A rich fantasy debut . . . Skillfully blending the fantastical and the mundane, Wells delights with deft and sympathetic characterization while demonstrating a fine touch for adventure.” – Publishers Weekly

These are two stand-alone novels from Ile-Rien, the world of the previous series. You don’t have to have read the other series to enjoy them, so the love is spread for more people to discover Martha’s coolness.

  • Copy of Emilie and the Hollow World.  Signed by Martha Wells.

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“A swashbuckling escape for avid readers that trades buttoned-up boundaries for unbridled adventure.” – Kirkus Reviews

This is the first book in Martha’s YA series.  It has a little bit of something for everyone, and the first chapter is available on Martha’s website.  If it intrigues you, be sure to head over to the Team Page and chip in what you can – as little as $10 will give you a chance to win this, or any of the other cool books listed.

Auction: An ARC of an ARC of Cast in Flame.  Signed by Michelle Sagara.

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This is ridiculously cool, and incredibly one-of-a-kind.  Michelle wrote up a good description of it herself, so I’m just going to quote her directly:

“I am just finishing CAST IN FLAME, the novel I owe HLQ for July 2014.

I asked my editor if it would be okay to offer an advanced, advanced ARC for Worldbuilders; as long as it’s printed (I’d print it), that would be more than fine with her. Given the end of the fundraising drive, this would be pre-editorial requested revisions, but in general, what this means for my Luna novels is: pre the 5k words we have to find to cut >.<.

Since the actual novel won’t be published until July 2014, this would be the only chance to actually read it before then. But it would *also* be the submission draft.”

Yeah.  Ridiculously cool.  If you want a super-early read of Michelle’s next novel, head over and bid on it here.

Awesome edit:

Michelle nudged us with a little bit more information about this auction:

“As an added bonus: I will dedicate the book to whoever is generous enough to win the auction (with a mention of Worldbuilders). I will dedicate the book to the person of your choice if you win and you don’t want your name in the dedication – but I reserve the right to refuse to dedicate the book to, say, myself or someone equally “funny” (I.e., no Hitler, no obvious political swipes). I would need this information by the end of January, 2014, in order to fulfill this part of the auction, because the front matter information (of which the dedication is part) is due in to production by the 31st of January.”

Yeah.  A book could be  dedicated to you.  If that doesn’t push you over the edge into bidding on it, I don’t know what will.

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Thanks for all the kind words lately, everyone.  You warm our hearts and make all of us feel like we’re doing something really awesome with you.

We took a break from auctions over the holidays, but the auctions from this and the next couple of blogs are up.  If you want to get in on them early, head over to our eBay page to start bidding.

Be sure to keep up with the fundraiser on the blog, and get details about how to win thousands of lovely books donated by authors and publishers.

Want to see what other things you can win in the lottery?  Head over to the Lottery Library page to see everything we’ve posted so far.

This entry was posted in Worldbuilders 2013By Amanda12 Responses

12 Comments

  1. Albender
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 3:03 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the post Amanda. Nice lot of books. Ready Player One is a must read I’d say. Superb book. Good luck everyone.

    Albert/Barcelona

    • Posted January 3, 2014 at 4:10 AM | Permalink

      Yeah. It’s one of my favorites. I recommend it to anyone….

      And yeah. Thanks Amanda (et al.) It’s really nice not having to do all of these myself any more….

    • christie
      Posted January 4, 2014 at 12:24 AM | Permalink

      I agree. “Ready Player One” is such an enjoyable story, everyone should have the opportunity to read it. Or listen to it, the audio book is read (performed?!) by Wil Wheaton.

  2. RachelJ
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:42 AM | Permalink

    If you will forgive the obnoxious pedantry, The Siren Depths came out in December 2012, so though the winner will be up to date nothing in that series just came out. (I wish!)

    • Amanda
      Posted January 3, 2014 at 9:13 AM | Permalink

      Oops. Apparently, instead of still thinking it’s 2013, I reverted all the way back to 2012.

  3. Zarz
    Posted January 3, 2014 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    I’ve been lurking for a long time, but I wanted to share a few things that I’ve been meaning to say for a while:

    First, Pat, I seriously love your books, and the only reason I don’t spend more time daydreaming about ways the third book might end is because, judging by your work so far, I know it’s going to be far more awesome than anything I could possibly conceive of myself.

    Second, thank you all so much for creating Worldbuilders to support Heifer Project. They do amazing things, and I’ve had the awesome fortune to actually visit a few of their projects in person. I once met a family that received a literal heifer from Heifer Project, and now their kids have milk to drink, and the family has enough extra money to afford shoes so their kids can go to school. One of their partner organizations is building girls’ schools in rural India, where the students now have dreams of being teachers and police officers, not just child brides. Between the money you collect and the awareness you raise, incredible things are being done.

    Third, I’ve donated for the last couple years, and I don’t have any more expectation of winning a book this year than the past two. But that doesn’t matter; I still count myself incredibly enriched. Every time one of these blogs is posted I’m introduced to dozens of new books and authors, and with that and access to a library and Amazon account, what more does a girl really need in life?

    Thank you so much to all of you who are part of the Worldbuilders team for doing so much good and sharing so much enjoyment. You are an awesome group of people!

  4. Posted January 3, 2014 at 11:16 AM | Permalink

    That leather bound is SOOOOO pretty.

    I wish books would be bound like that more often, but I assume it’s horribly costly.

    Happy New Year Amanda and the rest of the Worldbuilders team!

    • Brett
      Posted January 3, 2014 at 11:20 AM | Permalink

      The photo really doesn’t do it justice. It’s a very smooth, thick leather. You’re right–more books need to be bound like this. I’d love to try doing this to a copy of Name of the Wind.

      • Posted January 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM | Permalink

        Oh man, that’d be so awesome.

        I’d love to see it presented like Chronicler’s finished product actually…that’d be another nice touch.

        • Brett
          Posted January 3, 2014 at 4:13 PM | Permalink

          Yeah…..I’m not going to hand-copy the entire text in crisp, clean calligraphy. Maybe if Pat wasn’t so long-winded. :) I’d also need something approaching legible handwriting.

          Crap, and I’d have to learn shorthand–Chronicler has that code he writes in.

          But that would be quite a book, especially if we did it to the whole trilogy. Reading it could be a problem, though.

          • Posted January 3, 2014 at 5:50 PM | Permalink

            Hey, a girl can dream. LOL.

            I figured it’d be a finished a copy without the short hand though…that’d probably just be an awful waste of time learning something like that. Hmm, I think we need an expansion from Pat on mass market Book Printing in the 4 Corners.

            ((Please don’t do this, I am joking))

            Then again, I did have a friend who swears she can write/read Tolkien’s Elven, unfortunately it’s impossible to disprove….

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