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So Many Books From DAW

DAW was one of the first publishers to contribute to Worldbuilders. Which probably isn’t *hugely* surprising, as DAW is my publisher. They’re the folks that made The Name of the Wind a for-real book.

Every year, Worldbuilders has gotten bigger, and DAW has stuck with us, continuing to give us more and more lovely books to give away.

This year, they’ve sent us nearly 300 lottery prizes, many of them entire series of books (or significant chunks of a series.) More than six hundred books in total. Most of these are going into the lottery where you get a chance to win for every ten bucks you donate to Worldbuilders. But there’s a few up in the auctions as well.

I also feel the need to mention that this year Worldbuilders has access to matching money, so if you jump in and donate, or win an auction, the money you’re putting into the fundraiser is doubled.

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Now, here’s the thing, I know that picture is going to drive the OCD among you kinda crazy. The books are both horizontal and vertical. They’re not in any proper sort of order…. Honestly, it makes *my* fingers itch a little just to look at that.

But here’s the thing. We’re giving away so many books this year that we simply can’t fit all the books on the shelves if we stack them the normal way on the shelf.

Seriously. Here’s just some of what we’re giving away:

And that doesn’t include *any* of the games….

So yeah, there’s a lot to show off. If you want to peruse all of it on your own, you can check out the Lottery Library on the Worldbuilders website. But I’ll get into as much of it as I can fit below…

  • A truly ridiculous number of ARCs

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(There were more to the left, but you get the idea.)

ARCs are awesome, and often really collectible. They’re the copies of the books that get sent out for review and promotion purposes. Sometimes the book goes through revisions after the ARC is produced, so the text is different when it’s published. Sometimes they have different covers. There’s usually SOMETHING different, and we’ve always been pretty excited to share them with you guys.

This year, DAW sent us over 90 ARCs we’re putting into the lottery. Every $10 you donate gets you a chance to win, so be sure to donate.

  • Copies of The Summer Dragon by Todd Lockwood. Doodled ARC up in Auction.

lockwood_summerTodd Lockwood is not just an amazing author. Before he wrote, he was a professional artist, doing work for book covers, Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering, and more.

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He did his own book cover, and there are illustrations in here that you’d have to see to believe. DAW sent us a bunch of beautiful hardcovers of his debut, as well as half a dozen ARCs, three of which were signed and doodled.

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There’s one doodled ARC up in an auction, that you can bid on right here. The others are Lottery prizes, because of course they are.

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“Karigan is an engaging protagonist, and the scenes of magic and/or combat rise to a high standard.” – Publishers Weekly

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“Smart, sexy, and filled with beautifully fleshed-out/kick-ass women, Heroine Complex is the kind of read that sticks in your brain like a fanged cupcake…. I adored it.” —Amber Benson

  • 5 sets of Impulse and Starbound by Dave Bara.

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“This energetic mélange of tried-and-true elements—futuristic jargon, military and romantic tactics, and multiple levels of skullduggery—easily grabs the reader’s attention; more impressive is that Bara’s story holds that attention all the way to the end.” –Publishers Weekly

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Twelve Kings has become an office favorite here at Worldbuilders, and for good reason. Brad Beaulieu is a long-time supporter of Worldbuilders (as evidenced by his stretch goal of reading the Hobbit to his kids in the snow), and a really great guy. To top it all off, he’s a fantastic author, and I’m glad to have him in the DAW family.

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“Bedford adeptly weaves together romance, action, and fantastical elements, all set against a richly realized series of far-flung locations.” –Publishers Weekly

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Jim Hines is also a huge supporter of Worldbuilders, and his books are fantastic. But don’t take our word for it…

“Hines’s writing is lyrical and fluid as it unsubtly echoes America’s past and present struggles with discrimination. Urban fantasy fans with a bent for social and historical commentary will find this provocative novel thoroughly entertaining.” –Publishers Weekly

Or, you could take MY word for it:

“I picked up the book meaning to read a few pages. My first thought was, ‘This is a cool concept.’ The second thing I thought was, ‘This is really, really clever.’ The third thing I thought was, ‘I should have gone to sleep three hours ago.'”—Patrick Rothfuss

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“Brandt has created a fully-fleshed universe, filled with high tension, memorable villains, and plot twists by the dozen.” ―Barnes & Noble

  • 10 sets of This Gulf of Time and Stars and The Gate of Futures Past by Julie E. Czerneda

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“Czerneda excels at creating sympathetic characters and building intricate and fascinating worlds. Fans who have missed her Clan Chronicles will welcome this revival of a setting that still has much to offer” –Publishers Weekly

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“Friedman launches a series with this dimension-hopping, genre-bending adventure that will appeal to both adults and teens…. Friedman skillfully blends science fiction and fantasy elements, tying them together with fairy tales and solid worldbuilding.” —Publishers Weekly

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“Maresca’s debut is smart, fast, and engaging fantasy crime in the mold of Brent Weeks and Harry Harrison. Just perfect.” —Kat Richardson

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I have to say. I really love these covers. I know you really shouldn’t judge a book by its cover and all that. But these remind me of my childhood. They look like the books I loved to read when I was a kid. You don’t often see fun, colorful covers like this, and I’m going to read them just because of that.

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“[Reichert] draws her characters realistically and uses the wizards believably. She has created a very real world…. Readers who love sword-and-war-type fantasy will keep turning the pages, spellbound.” —Voya

michelle-west“This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin.” –The Maine Edge

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“Palmatier kicks off an epic fantasy series with this complex tale set in a world where wonders are accomplished by manipulating the magical energy of ley lines…. Palmatier lets the story build slowly, introducing a sprawling cast and fascinating setting, before explosively upsetting the status quo.” —Publishers Weekly

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For Nova: “This book definitely scratched my kick-ass teen heroine itch, and it did it in SPACE. That’s a perfect combo if I’ve seen one.” ―BookRiot

For The Crow: “An intriguing mix of old Celtic Fae mythology and a contemporary drama of finding yourself….Leigh is a master at building an entire world, not just the bare bones required by the plot.” —RT Reviews

For Transferrence Engine: “It’s oddly delightful to read a ripping Victorian, steam-powered yarn set in a world where Byron, Shelley, Polidori, etc., are mostly known…as depraved necromancers and mad scientists.” —RT Reviews

  • 5 sets of the first 3 books in the Alien series by Gini Koch.

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“This delightful romp has many interesting twists and turns as it glances at racism, politics, and religion en route. It will have fanciers of cinematic sf parodies referencing Men in Black, Ghost Busters, and X-Men.” —Booklist

  • 5 sets of The Birthgrave Trilogy by Tanith Lee.

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“An exciting, feverish, obsession-laden sword and sorcery epic, unlike anything then current—or, arguably, since.” —LOCUS

Guys. Tanith Lee. She was one of fantasy’s heavy-hitters for a reason, and we lost her last year because cancer is a heartless bastard. Luckily, her writing (and there’s a ton of it) lives on.

  • Copies of Jerusalem Fire and 5 sets of the Tour of the Merrimack series by R.M. Meluch.

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“Meluch shows particular skill in creating memorable characters while exhibiting a refreshing ruthlessness in subordinating them to the logical ramifications of the plot.” —Publishers Weekly

“Enough action and suspense for three novels. Meluch’s wry, realistic wit finds the ludicrous in the military, sex in the military, and a dozen other matters. A treat for military sf buffs.” —Booklist

  • 10 sets of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn Series by Tad Williams.

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I’ve talked before about what an inspiration Tad Williams was to Young Pat – if Tad could sell his giant tomes, then Young Pat could too. These are beautiful new editions of the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, and all three of these could be yours with a $10 donation.

“Readers who delight in losing themselves in long complex tales of epic fantasy will be in their element here, and there is the promise of much more to come in future volumes.” —Locus

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“Mixing mythology and monster lore (plus a good helping of snark), Discount Armageddon is fast-paced, funny and boasts a salty-sweet heroine who can cha-cha, foxtrot, and kick ass––or any combination thereof––while she sprints her way across the rooftops of Manhattan, policing and protecting the denizens of New York City’s supernatural community.” —Amber Benson

DAW sent us the first two books (of seven!) in Seanan’s series, and we’ll be bundling them together in the lottery to give you that extra boost.

  • Auction: ARC copies of InCryptid books: Midnight Blue-Light Special, Pocket Apocalypse, Chaos Choreography. All SIGNED by Seanan McGuire.

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For the collectors out there, or those of you who just love Seanan McGuire’s work (which you should), we got a set of 3 of her InCryptid books, and we’ve thrown them up just for you in an auction. These are books two, four, and five, but if you’re lusting after signed books, you probably knew that already.

If you’ll love these rare books with a fierce love, you can bid right here. If you don’t love them, I’m assuming you haven’t read them.

  • Auction: Signed ARC copy of Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire.

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We’ve also thrown up this ARC of book 7 in the October Daye series. If you’re a fan of that series, we’ve taken the chance out of getting this awesome book. Or maybe you have a friend who loves the series. It’d make a pretty great holiday gift…

If that sounds good to you, then bid here.

  • Auction: One of everything DAW published in 2016

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This is one hefty prize.

The auction is for 52 individual titles. Some are new series, some are new installments in ongoing series, some are hardcover, some paperback, but all came from DAW in 2016.

As you can see, they keep pretty busy.

It’s the best way I can think of to expand your library if you’re in desperate need of new sci-fi and fantasy books. If you want to have this excellent collection, you can bid on it here.

And last but not least….

  • ARCs of The Heart of What Was Lost, coming out in January, by Tad Williams. One for Auction.

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This is a big deal, folks. We have seven copies of Tad William’s new book. And we’re going to be giving them away (with DAW’s permission) before the publication date.

Six of them are going out with the lottery items, and we’ll be shipping them out with all the other prizes. But if you *really* want to get your grubby little hands on one soon, we’ve put one up in an auction you can bid on here.

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It’s a ton of books, y’all. And I didn’t even manage to showcase ALL of them. If you want to check the rest out, be sure to look over at the Lottery Library.

Also, a reminder that tomorrow is the first day of our Overwatch tournament. Check out the Tournament Website to see the different team standings, and watch the matches as they happen, and see what sort of embarrassing handicaps your team will have to suffer through if they don’t raise as must money as their competition…

Be good to each other,

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Posted in Worldbuilders 2016 | By Pat2 Responses

So many Books from DAW

Today’s blog contains a LOT of books that are going into the lottery.

It’s not that we don’t enjoy doing things things like our Black Friday festivities, but the lottery is really the heart of Worldbuilders. We know you want to make the world a better place. So we just sweeten the deal a bit by giving you a chance to win cool stuff for every $10 you donate directly to Heifer International on our team page.

After all, only $30 gets a family the gift of Honeybees.

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Feliciana Martin  is a small-scale coffee farmer. Her acre farm barely supported her and her daughter until she received the gift of honeybees from Heifer International in 2012.

Since then, Feliciana has seen a noticeable increase in her coffee harvest every year. She has also been able to collect and sell honey, providing her with additional income. As a bonus, coffee honey is believed to taste better than regular honey, so she is able to charge about 10 percent more.

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(Additional note: Now I *really* want to try coffee honey.)

She collected 60 pounds of honey in the first six months and doubled the number of hives she owns. Then she trained some neighbors on the proper care of bees and gave them hives to start them on their own road to increased independence. This is called “Passing on the Gift.” All Heifer recipients take part it, and it’s a big piece of what makes Heifer’s work so successful.

Martin dreams of a better life for her daughter. Now she can make that happen.

That’s what happens when you donate thirty bucks….

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…well, that and you get the chance to win a ton of books like the ones we’re showing you today.

DAW is my publisher, and they’ve been a big supporter of Worldbuilders since the beginning. This year they’ve sent us many, *many* books. Hundreds and hundreds. Some are stand-alones. Some are full series…

And many of them are signed, like these from the lovely Seanan McGuire….

  • The Toby Daye series: Rosemary and Rue, A Local HabitationAn Articifical NightLate EclipsesOne Salt SeaAshes of Honor, and Chimes at Midnight. All signed by Seanan McGuire.

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“Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale, this promising start to a new urban fantasy series is sure to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher or Kim Harrison.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Set of the InCryptid series: Discount ArmageddonMidnight Blue-Light SpecialHalf-Off Ragnarok. All signed by Seanan McGuire.

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“Mixing mythology and monster lore (plus a good helping of snark), Discount Armageddon is fast-paced, funny and boasts a salty-sweet heroine who can cha-cha, foxtrot, and kick ass––or any combination thereof––while she sprints her way across the rooftops of Manhattan, policing and protecting the denizens of New York City’s supernatural community.” – Amber Benson

  • Set of Sparrow Hill Road ARC and a cover flat. Both signed by Seanan McGuire.

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“This is the first in what we hope will be a long series about those who walk the ghost roads from the marvelous McGuire, who writes like a dream and creates wonderful, complex, sympathetic characters like Rose and then places them in peril.” – Library Journal

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A lovely standalone historical fantasy which starts with the twelfth-century alchemists and ends up in modern-day New York. I tell you folks like Stephen that work with real history, weaving it into their fantasies… they kinda amaze me. I don’t have it in me to do that kinda research. I just prefer to make everything up…

“Leigh strikes the perfect balance between past and present, real and imagined” – Publishers Weekly

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“This beautifully told, painfully elegant story should appeal to fans of L.E. Modesitt’s realistic fantasies as well as of the period fantasy of Guy Gavriel Kay.” – Library Journal

  • The Green Rider series: Green Rider, First Rider’s Call, The High King’s Tomb, Blackveil and Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain. Mirror Sight is a signed, first edition in all sets.

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“A fresh, well-organized fantasy debut, with a spirited heroine and a reliable supporting cast.” – Kirkus Reviews

  • Auction: Hardcover copies of the Green Rider series: Green RiderFirst Rider’s CallThe High King’s TombBlackveil and Mirror Sight by Kristen Britain. All include a signed bookplate, and Mirror Sight is a signed, first edition.

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We got so many complete sets here that we’ve put one up for auction. The fifth book in the series, Mirror Sight arrived as a signed first edition, so we were eager to share it with the folks who might want it most.

If this tickles your fancy, you can bid over here.

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“Bedford builds a taut story around the dangers of a new world, the Ecolibrians’ distrust, and treachery from Ari and Ben’s home office. Readers who crave high adventure and tense plots will enjoy this voyage into the future.” – Publishers Weekly

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“A real page-turner…. Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.” – Booklist

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“Friedman skillfully blends science fiction and fantasy elements, tying them together with fairy tales and solid worldbuilding.” – Publishers Weekly

  • Auction: The Coldfire Trilogy: Black Sun Rising, When True Night Falls and Crown of Shadows. All include a signed bookplate from C.S. Friedman.

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“Hauntingly memorable protagonists, high drama, and vivid world-building mark the beginning of what promises to be a magnum opus of the imagination. A priority purchase for fantasy or sf collections.” – Library Journal

These are some seriously beautiful books, and all three have a signed bookplate, making them even cooler. To bid, check out the eBay listing over here.

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“Magic operating along scientifically testable principles: Palmatier exploits an active imagination to good effect, with characters who develop along with the story… Fantasy regulars looking for a fresh series with real bite should find it worth a try” – Kirkus Reviews

  • Sets of the Queen of the Dead series: Silence and Touch by Michelle Sagara.

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“Brilliant storyteller Sagara heads in a new direction with her Queen of the Dead series. She does an excellent job of breathing life into not only her reluctant heroine, but also the supporting players in this dramatic and spellbinding series starter … Do not miss out!” – RT Book Reviews

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“For a book all about dead things, this novel is alive with great characters and a twisty, scary-funny story that teaches you not to tango with too much necromancy. My favorite book this year, bar none.” – Chuck Wendig

  • Sets of the Night’s Edge series: A Turn of Light and A Play of Shadow by Julie E. Czerneda.

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“A Turn of Light is a gorgeous creation. Julie Czerneda’s world and characters are richly layered and wonderful—full of mystery, hope and, most of all, heart. Come spend some time in Marrowdell. It’s worth the journey.” – Anne Bishop

  • Auction: First edition copy of The Dirty Streets of Heaven. Includes a bookplate signed by Tad Williams.

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I’ve gushed more than once about how good this book is. I’ve mentioned it in the blog and on Goodreads.

So yeah, I’d say this auction is worth it. It’s a book I wholeheartedly recommend, and getting your hands on a signed first edition copy is even cooler.

If you want it, bid over here.

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“It’s a provocative world of deadly enchantment in which the dirty game of politics remains the biggest threat of all.” – Locus

  • Auction: One of Everything Published in 2014.

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DAW really brought the big guns this year. This set of everything they published in 2014 has over 50 books in it, and we’re auctioning it off for the giant sci-fi/fantasy geeks out there. I’ll sign my book for you too. It’s the little blue one in the bottom righthand corner….

If you want this epic book collection, grab it here.

  • BONUS: One set of one of  everything published in 2014 will be entered into the lottery.

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That’s right folks, DAW sent us TWO full sets of everything they published in 2014 so we could put one up in the the lottery, too. Over fifty beautiful books, including a rather charming little blue-covered tome I’m fairly proud of.

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So there you have it. Go to the team page and donate. $30 bucks will get bees for a farmer, (and three chances to win in the lottery) 120 dollars gets a family a goat and everything they need to care for it. (And twelve chances to win.) $500 dollars gets a Heifer… and I’m sure you can do the math.

The important thing is that your donation will make a lasting impact on the lives of people for for years to come, and you’ll have the chance to win some really, SERIOUSLY awesome stuff in the process.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2014 | By Pat11 Responses

Even More Books from DAW

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This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Today’s blog is once again being brought to you by the Worldbuilders Team.  It’s gone so well the last few times, we thought we’d keep it up. Besides, Pat having more time to spend playing with his kids, catch up on email, and write is something I think we all can get behind.

We got so many books from DAW this year that, even though we already had a blog full of books from them, we’ve got another one just as full here.

This time around is extra cool, because almost every prize is a collection of books in a series.  DAW went out of their way to send along a bunch of these, so folks can have either the entire currently-published series, or at least a good start to it.  There are also a couple of ARCs for books that haven’t been released yet, for those of you who are interested.

Let’s get to it.

  • Sets of the Species Imperative series and Stratification series. All signed by Julie E. Czerneda.

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“Czerneda is a masterful storyteller and one of the best of the recent voices in science fiction. Her books deserve a place in just about any young adult collection.” – VOYA

Julie Czerneda’s writing has been praised across the board for her solid world building and believable alien biology. These sets are chock full of both.

  • Sets of the Cloudmages Series and the Nessantico Cycle series. All signed by S.L. Farrell.

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“S.L. Farrell makes magic real with a story that encompasses the highest of classical high fantasy and the grittiest of real-world situations, told with never a misstep and never a pause. I read this in one sitting, breathing optional. It’s wonderful!” – Holly Lisle

  • Auction: Set of the Nessantico Cycle series.  All signed by S.L. Farrell.

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Since DAW was kind enough to send a couple of these sets, and get them signed none the less, we thought it’d be great to put up a set for auction, for someone who really wants it.

If that someone is you, be sure to go over here to bid.

  • Auction: An ARC of Immortal Muse.  Signed by Stephen Leigh. Due to be released in March 2014.

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S.L. Farrell is actually a pseudonym for Stephen Leigh, so we thought we’d show you some of his other work as well. This one looks pretty dark, but you have to love the concept–a couple manages to crack the code for immortality, but it comes with a hefty price tag that pits them against each other for centuries.

This signed ARC is for a novel that won’t be released until March, so head over here and bid on it if you want to read it early.

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[About the Willow Tate series] “In fine, small-town mystery fashion, Paumanok Harbor is full of quirky people, many with odd little magic talents…. [A] charming series.” – Locus

“Fans of Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse series will appreciate [the Esther Diamond] series’ lively heroine and the appealing combination of humor, mystery, and romance.” – Library Journal

These two series meet the criteria for “fun mysteries with a supernatural bend and interesting characters.”  A little mystery, a quirky supporting cast, some creepy set pieces and baddies…and maybe a little romance. Because nothing brings people together like combustible bugs.

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“Veteran sf/fantasy author Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent. A good purchase for most sf collections.” – Library Journal

The Foreigner series is an epic undertaking that explores politics, diplomacy and the day-to-day culture shock between radically different species as they grow, explore, and evolve (as people, you know, like you do). Cherryh’s exploration of the different cultures is so detailed and in-depth that we’re thinking if this stuff actually happens some time in the future, it’ll unfold exactly as it’s plotted out in these 14 books.  Prepare to have your mind expanded.

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[About the Collegium Chronicles] “A real page-turner…. Outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.” – Booklist

[About the House War series] “This is a compelling story with riveting and finely wrought characters that will keep you up well into the night. This story will go down as one of the best novels in its genre, propelling West into the ranks of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. It’s simply a great read; don’t miss it.” – The Maine Edge

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This bundle of books was recommended by the folks over at DAW, and are a good sampler of a few new series you should consider picking up.  Pat reviewed Libriomancer over on Goodreads  back before it came out, which should be interesting enough, but the other two books are awesome as well.

All of the books in the bundle are signed, so they’re extra cool.  If it interests you, head over to the auction and bid.

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“Deliberately silly and derivative, the story turns into a hilarious romp in the vein of Men in Black or Ghostbusters.” – VOYA

Brett just started reading this series and said the concept is pretty slick, the dialogue (almost banter) is quick and witty, and it should be a fun ride.  That was enough to convince most of the rest of the office.

  • Sets of the Kara Gillian series and the White Trash Zombie series. Both by Diana Rowland.

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The first two Kara Gillian books (Mark of the Demon and Blood of the Demon) haven’t arrived yet, but don’t worry – they’ll be included as well.

[About the Kara Gillian Series] “Rowland’s world of arcane magic and demons is fresh and original…[and her] characters are well-developed and distinct…. Dark, fast-paced, and gripping.” – SciFiChick

[About the White Trash Zombie series] “Not to be missed—all that’s required is a high tolerance for gray matter. For true zombiephiles, of course, that’s a no brainer.” – Library Journal

Brett also read the White Trash Zombie series and said he really enjoyed it: “Angel’s a strong, flawed, and completely endearing main character with a keen mind and an unfortunate knack for making bad decisions. You are always rooting for her.  The whole series works really well largely because it stays grounded–there’s something delightful about a zombie narrator doing battle with a zombie conspiracy while trying to hold down a job and earn her GED.”

  • Auction: An ARC of Dreamwalker by C.S. Friedman.  Due to be released in February 2014.

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Fans of C.S. Friedman’s work should pay attention here.  This ARC is for the first book in a new series, which won’t be released for another month. It’s Friedman’s first foray into young adult fiction, and she’s bringing her entire arsenal with her. The buzz so far is that it’s darker and more mature than your average YA fiction, which tends to gets pretty dark and mature already.

We’re auctioning this one off so that the winner can still get it and read it before the book comes out, feeling all warm and special inside as they do so.  If you’d like that person to be you, head over here and bid.

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“A fantasy world fit for the most discriminating medieval partisan.” – Publishers Weekly

Our auction for this series last month went really well.  If you were as bummed as some of us were at missing out on it, we hope that this second set (sans awesome, hand stitched tapestry) being thrown into the lottery will raise your spirits. After all, since every $10 chipped in to the Team Page gets you another chance of getting it, it won’t take a huge investment.

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“Rejoice…. Ross’s literary strength [is] her sensitivity to human needs and talents.” – Publishers Weekly

“Malan’s fantasy debut straddles two worlds, each detailed in vibrant colors and images. Believable characters and graceful storytelling make this a good addition to most fantasy collections.” – Library Journal

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“[The Tour of the Merrimack series] is an amalgam of subgenres: military science fiction, space opera, time paradox, and alternate history…. This novel will prove thoroughly enjoyable to fans of military science fiction authors like David Weber and David Drake.” – The B&N Review

“What starts out as a simple tale of refugees escaping a war-torn land quickly becomes something more…. All the characters are beautifully drawn, and Roberson has uncannily lyrical phrasing.” – Book Critic

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“Radford’s considerable gifts as a mesmerizing storyteller shine with undeniable luster.” – RT Book Reviews

[About the Princess series] “…will appeal anyone who yearns for the heroines of their childhood-or just a witty, well-constructed adventure tale about powerful women stepping up with skill and cleverness. ” – Publishers Weekly

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“This quirky urban fantasy would appeal to science-fiction/fantasy readers, fans of the Dresden Files and the Inkheart series, or anyone looking for an adventure featuring a quirky cast.” – VOYA

“Part urban fantasy, part spy thriller, part hard-boiled adventure, The Dirty Streets of Heaven is a worthwhile and entertaining new addition to the genre.” – TOR.com

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There you have it.  Another extraordinarily full blog of awesome books, the vast majority of which are all winnable by making a donation to the Team Page.

In case you’ve missed any of them, you should really check out our Stretch Goals to see what’s been achieved, and what’s on its way.  We just crossed a super cool one from Peter Orullian, and the next bunch of them look pretty awesome…

As usual, you can find more information about Worldbuilders at our website or in Pat’s blog.

If you want to see any of the other auctions we have going, you can check out our ebay page.

And if you’re curious about what other stuff we’ve posted so far, you can see it all in the Lottery Library.

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Even More DAW Books

This is a Worldbuilders Blog.

A few announcements before we get to the goods.

Firstly:  Since the blog went up yesterday, we’ve gone from $328,000 to over $363,000.  We blew past the Lockless Box stretch goal and are steadily climbing our way toward the extra $100,000 for Heifer.  That’s the true power you folks have, right there.

Secondly: Our True Dungeon game auctions end tonight (along with many others).  Mary Robinette Kowal and Jim Hines had already agreed to play with us, but we’d like to reveal one more player: John Scalzi.

 

As you can see from his debonair hat and sweet uke, he’s going to be our bard.  If you’re at all interested in hunting lycans while being serenaded by John Scalzi, it would be in your best interest to go bid.

Thirdly: Pat isn’t writing this blog.

I (that is, Amanda) often help Pat out here on the blog.  I help answer a lot of the questions in the comments, and if there’s ever a typo or other error that gets fixed, I most likely did that, too.  When we extended the deadline of the fundraiser, it meant some blogs had to go up while Pat is out at ConFusion.  He’s booked pretty solidly while he’s there, and won’t be able to hole himself up in the hotel to write blogs.  So, he told me it was my turn.

Be gentle.

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Our previous DAW blog had tons of books in it.  It had so many books that even they admitted they may have gone overboard – overboard in the most awesome way possible.  So, here in this second blog, you’d think we wouldn’t have very much.  In fact, we struggled to squeeze everything in without it getting unwieldy.  They truly went above and beyond for their donation this year.

No more preamble.  Let’s get right to the books.

  • 7 hardcover sets of Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines, The Silvered by Tanya Huff, and The Dirty Streets of Heaven by Tad Williams.  All copies of Libriomancer and The Dirty Streets of Heaven are signed.

“This enchanting, suspenseful urban fantasy should grab fans of Charles de Lint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, and Jim Butcher.” – Booklist (starred review) about The Silvered.

  • 6 ARC copies of The Dirty Streets of Heaven.  Signed by Tad Williams.

Just to add to the awesome, DAW sent along some great ARCs, including this one.  Pat has a pretty lengthy review over on Goodreads where he gushes about how great it is, and this prize is extra awesome because they’re all signed.

  • A set of The Book of Ler and The Transformer Trillogy by M.A. Foster.

“Foster will be ranked among the greats…”  – Library Journal

Just so you know, these are both collections of M.A. Foster’s two cornerstone trilogies. That’s right, you get two books that actually contain a total of six novels–you don’t have to hunt for the rest of them.

“Cherryh has created her strongest character and her best novel in a story of space exploration, colonization and war.” – Questar, about Downbelow Station.

“Violette Malan has accomplished that most difficult fusions – she’s given a complex, high fantasy world a very readable contemporary voice.” – Tanya Huff

ARCs have always been cool to me.  I feel like I’m holding something secret, that only really special people ever get to have.  Almost every one I’ve ever held have been for Worldbuilders, or to give to Pat, so I don’t get to be one of those special people.  But now you might.

This is an ARC of a book that doesn’t come out until February.  In case you just can’t wait for the two in the lottery, we’ve decided to auction one off, too.

To bid on this, go to the auction here.

Here’s another ARC which doesn’t come out until March, and they’re all signed to boot.  I was beyond convinced by this review:

“I was captivated by Julie Czerneda’s A Turn of Light. Yep, she used her writerly powers and sucked me right in. Many fantasy novels out there are *about* magic. Few, like Julie’s, embody it.” – Kristen Britain

Six will go into the lottery, but we’re auctioning the seventh over here.

“The settings are well drawn and creative… The characters possess substance, emotions and realistic motivations… Most important, the action and surprises keep coming… this book is almost impossible to put down.” – SCI FI Weekly, about The Helix War.

I’m not going to lie – this might be my favorite prize in this blog just for the all of the cover art.  I mean, I used to tell my students all the time not to judge books by their covers, but… you can when they’re *really* nice.

“With this volume, bestseller Hickman (The Immortals) creates memorable characters and realms of immense richness, while holding the reader enthralled with exhilarating action.” – Publishers Weekly, about Song of the Dragon

“… a terrific entry into the wonderful swashbuckling fantasy world of Mickey Zucker Reichert.” – Midwest Book Review, about Flight of  the Renshai

“I love the way Nnedi Okorafor writes, the precise, steely short sentences like blows to the body, the accumulation of experiences that lean to inspired insights, and the strangeness and beauty of an Africa both imagined and real. Perception, courage, and grace illuminate Who Fears Death.” – Peter Straub

  • Plus, all of these ARCs down here:

(Click to embiggen and read all the titles)

That’s right.  Every single one of those books is an advance reader copy.  You may not realize this, but some publishers are moving away from ARCs.  In this digital age, sometimes it’s not worth it to do an expensive not-even-for-sale print run of a book that may not end up doing well.

But not DAW.  They produce a lot of ARCs.  A lot of *really* nice ARCs.  They really go the extra mile to do right by their authors.

There are a ton of ARCs this year, so simply bask in the glory that is many, many books you can win just by donating via the Team Page.

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You only have until Monday, January 21st to donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page. For every $10 you pitch in, you get another chance to win one of these books, as well as thousands of others.

There are a bunch of awesome auctions ending tonight, including tickets to PAX East, two different ways to game with Pat, and some awesome books and art. You can view all of them on our current auctions page 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.

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More books from DAW

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

Okay folks, time for the rest of the DAW books. This blog has mostly ARCs. (Advance reading copies)

ARCs are cool because sometimes they’re different from the original published book, and quite frequently they’re “Uncorrected” which means that you can find typos in them. Remember, nothing makes you feel more superior than catching an author using “it’s” when it should be “its.”


From Kirkus Reviews, “This smoky mix of magic, legend, people both mythic and real, and the ancient savageries of war supplies a chronological link between Bradley’s The Forest House, set in first-century Britain, and her Arthurian saga, The Mists of Avalon. […] The prose is as smooth as those sacred stones on which so many interesting things take place.”


From Kirkus Reviews, “Bradley poses her heroine a fine set of problems and supplies satisfying answers.”


From Library Journal, “Coauthors Bradley and Lackey combine their considerable talents to illuminate a seminal event in Darkover’s long histroy from both the Terran and Darkovan perspectives. Series fans will welcome this title.”



From VOYA, “As her health declined, Bradley invited coauthor Ross to join her, not in a continuation of her ‘modern’ Darkover novels, but in a return to the Ages of Chaos in The Clingfire Trilogy. This riveting page-turner, full of action and suspense, fleshes out the characters introduced in previous books. Bradley, who died in 1999, could not have left her Darkover creation in better hands. Fans will be pleased, and those new to the world of Darkover have a treat in store for them.”


Booklist calls it, “a high-class addition to Bradley’s Darkover saga.”

  • An ARC of The Burning Heart of Night by Ivan Cat.


SFsite says, “The Burning Heart of Night is a classic-style space opera, with plenty of suspense, sympathetic characters both human and alien, and interesting world building […] It’s entertaining, and the various concepts — the biology of the fugueship, the ecology of New Ascension, the pathology of Scourge — are credibly integrated into the plot.”


Library Journal says, “From Ray Bradbury’s gentle tale of love’s conquest of fear (“The Love Affair”), never before published in the United States, to Michael Moorcock’s ebullient homage to the Mars fiction of Leigh Brackett (“The Lost Sorceress of the Silent Citadel”), the 16 original stories in this collection capture the eternal fascination with the red planet. Including tales by Ian McDonald, Gene Wolfe, and other veteran sf authors, the stories in this volume range from science fantasy to high-tech adventure and belong in most libraries’ sf collections.”


From the back of the book: “What does the future hold for humankind? When we finally break free of this planet to launch ourselves into space on a more permanent basis, what will the classifieds of tomorrow read like? What will be the hottest jobs? Which positions will offer the chance for adventure, advancement, discovery, travel to distant worlds, and the accumulation of wealth?

Here are fourteen stories that answer these questions, tales of the challenges, perils, and responsibilities that workers of the future may have to face – from a librarian who could determine the fate of an alien race … to a pair of space mechanics assigned a repair job for a species that despises humankind … to a ballet instructor who must find a way to tailor human dance forms for a multilimbed sentient being …”


Booklist gave this one a Starred Review, saying, “Farrell’s smashing series outdoes itself with each new volume. This one constitutes a wonderful tale of transformations, personal for Sevei and Kayne, global for the evolving consciousness of two species in conflict. Good enough to be cast in gold.”


From Booklist, “Gilligan’s adventure-romance begins a new series, Silken Magic, set in an alternate seventeenth-century Europe […] Gilligan creates an interesting world and develops it well, fills it with well-constructed characters, and engages them in a plot that definitely keeps one turning pages.”


“these excellent newly made legends are as entertaining and imaginative.” – Booklist


SFsite review by Rich Horton, “Past Imperfect is a themed original anthology on the subject of time travel. The dozen stories included ring some mostly familiar changes on the time travel idea: variations of visiting yourself in the past and fixing things, of falling in love with someone in the past, of visiting the past to collect something valuable when it is still cheap, and of tangling past events into paradoxical knots that seem cleverly resolved to the reader even as the participants are confused.”


VOYA reviews the book, saying that “this futuristic tale, set in the year 2158, is more of a thriller than a sci-fi adventure.[…] Interesting characters, many of them teenagers, populate the story. The dialogue is quite realistic, and Greeno makes good use of romance, humor, and action to keep the story fast paced. The violent action is graphic. Young readers might get bogged down by political intrigue involving the pope and the ayatollah (don’t ask). But the book is exciting, and each chapter’s log entry format-date, time, location-is enjoyable.”


“Fresh, witty and amusing. Great reading for a hot summer night.” -Science Fiction Chronicle


VOYA, “This collection of original short stories about dragons, unicorns, and other legendary creatures finds well-established fantasy authors, such as Jody Lynn Nye, alongside others, including Pamela Luzier McCutcheon, who have never published fantasy fiction. This book will appeal to teens who read fantasy fiction, and it has the potential to be popular with mature Harry Potter fans.”

Includes all-new, original stories by Jody Lynn Nye, Michelle West, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Josepha Sherman, P.N. Elrod, Rosemary Edghill, Gary A. Braunbeck and others.”


From Booklist, “Although the emphasis is on humor throughout the collection, there is enough variety in it to please a broad range of fantasy readers.”


From Booklist, “Given the career of an English boy named Harry, the creation of an American school for magic-workers was inevitable. Not inevitable was that the place be a fount of intelligent, if sometimes lightweight, entertainment.”

“This entertaining blend of fantasy and history…invites comparison with Mary Stewart and Marion Zimmer Bradley.” – Publishers Weekly

  • An ARC of Women Writing Science Fiction as Men edited by Mike Resnick.


Cynthia Ward says, “When an anthology is titled Women Writing Science Fiction as Men, readers expect either stories on the cutting edge of feminist/gender theory, or a tribute to the late James Tiptree, Jr., the female author everyone thought was male. However, the anthology meets neither expectation. It has a different mandate. […] Ccontributors include some big names and hot up-and-comers, among them Kay Kenyon, Mercedes Lackey, Susan R. Matthews, Terry McGarry, Severna Park, Laura Resnick, Jennifer Roberson, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Karen E. Taylor, and singer-songwriter Janis Ian.”


From the back of the book: “In the fifth novel of the Sun Sword series, acclaimed author Michelle West returns to a war-torn world of noble houses divided and demon lords unleashed…”


I actually read this one a couple years ago and really enjoyed it…

“Fast-paced, witty and shrewd … futuristic pulp for the thinking reader … No one who got two paragraphs into this dark, droll, downright irresistible novel could ever bear to put it down until the last heart pounding moment.”- SF Site

“A tongue-in-cheek hardboiled attitude .. good fun for those who can handle the concentrated doses of humor.” – Locus



“Terrific! It’s going to be classic…” – Marion Zimmer Bradley

This is the second blog with DAW’s donations. You can find the first one HERE and the third one HERE.

Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win hundreds of books like these. Some signed, some limited edition, some out of print. Plus there’s the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That’s nice too.

And don’t forget, I’m matching 50% of all donations made. So why not head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in. Trust me. You’ll feel great afterward.

Or, if you want to go back to the main page for the Worldbuilders fundraiser you can click HERE.

With thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.

Posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2009 | By Pat3 Responses

Signed books from DAW

This is a Worldbuilders blog.

It should come as no surprise that DAW has a special place in my heart. They are my publisher, after all. And without my lovely editor Betsy, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

Continuing a long chain of generosity and kindness, the folks at DAW have donated boxes and boxes of books to Worldbuilders this year: signed books, out of print books, ARC’s….

The truth is, they sent so many books that I can’t fit them all into one blog. So this first one will just be the signed copies.

  • Hardcover copies of City of Golden Shadow, River Blue Fire, and Sea of Silver Light by Tad Williams. Signed by the author.




Back in the day, when I was toiling away on an early version of my book, reading Tad’s stuff gave me hope. I knew my book was going to be Big, and it reassured me that big, thick fantasy novels like The Dragonbone Chair had a place in the publishing world.

These days, Tad Williams and I share both an agent and an editor. In the publishing world, that makes us the equivalent of half-brothers. I met him one week before my own book hit the shelves, and I wrote one of my very first blogs about it. Here’s a link, if you’re interested.

Suffice to say that I’m fond of Tad for all sorts of reasons, so you really shouldn’t trust my opinion about his books. I’m biased.

Instead why don’t you trust the San Fransisco Chronicle when they describe the Otherland books as, “The ultimate virtual-reality saga, borrowing motifs from cyberpunk, mythology, and world history.”

  • A hardcover copy of Tad WilliamsShadowmarch with signed bookplate.


“Packed with intriguing plot twists, this surreal fantasy takes the reader on a thrill ride.” – Publishers Weekly

  • A hardcover copy of Tad WilliamsThe War of the Flowers with signed bookplate.


A modern faerie tale. Reviewing this book, Publishers Weekly said, “Williams’s imagination is boundless…”

  • A hardcover copy of The Hidden City by Michelle West with signed bookplate.


Michelle West is another person that I’m hopelessly biased toward. Not only did she write my favorite review ever for my book, but she’s a profoundly lovely person on top of it.

So instead you should listen to John Ottinger when he says that Hidden City…”is a worthy addition to the fantasy canon, both for its unusual nature, and its deep meanderings into the human psyche on the subjects of pain, loss, and hope in adversity.”


SF Signal says, “A perfectly balanced combination of political intrigue, fast action and meticulous world building […] never fails to involve the reader.”


Harriet Klausner says Flight of this book is, “a terrific entry into the wonderful swashbuckling fantasy world of Mickey Zucker Reichert.”

  • A copy of Stronghold by Melanie Rawn with signed bookplate.


According to The Midwest Book Review, Stronghold “will delight any enthusiast of dragon fantasies and complex fantasy worlds […] a stunning world replete with romance, power struggles, unexpected controntations between individuals and beasts, and political intrigue.”


“This novel grips the reader with a swift-moving tale of political intrigue and economic survival in a world where the most dangerous secrets are never forgotten.” – Publishers Weekly


“Owlsight will bring new fans into the fold, and please those who already love the land of Valdemar.”-Starlog

  • A copy of Gwenhwyfar: The White Spirit by Mercedes Lackey with signed insert.


From Rave Reviews, “Lackey is a spellbinding storyteller who keeps your heart in your mouth as she spins her intricate webs of magical adventure.”

  • A copy of the ARC for Foundation by Mercedes Lackey with signed bookplate.


From Booklist, ” Thanks to court intrigues and an attempt by foreign infiltrators to trick Valdemar to its disadvantage, Lackey makes a real page-turner out of Mags’ and the collegia’s development […] this book’s outstanding characters, especially Mags, will greatly please Valdemar fans.”

  • ARCs of the first two books in C. S. Friedman‘s Magister Trilogy: Feast of Souls and Wings of Wrath, both with signed bookplates.


“C.S. Friedman makes fantastic things-and frightening things-seem very real. Her characters are people, not just place-holders, and the worlds she creates are tangible as a live feed from the battlefront of a crash-landing in a savage and unfamiliar wilderness. She also writes bright, clear prose taht can shine like gemstones or cut like broken glass. If you haven’t read her work you need to do something about that right now.” – Tad Williams, bestselling author of Shadowmarch, Otherland and Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.

  • A copy of the ARC of The Wilding by C. S. Friedman with signed bookplate.


The Barnes & Noble Review, “ richly detailed characters; complex, emotionally absorbing themes; and singularly original settings. In a genre where the inundation of mediocre story lines is like so much white noise, Friedman is a unique voice singing out loudly and clearly above the din.”

  • A hardcover copy of King’s Dragon by Kate Elliott. Signed by the author.


From Booklist, “The first volume of Crown of Stars, another complex fantasy saga of political and magical intrigue, bodes extremely well […] The saga’s world is exceedingly well built (including a working economy, for instance), its pacing is brisk enough to keep the pages fluttering, and its characters are, at this stage, at least archetypes who may develop into more. This certainly could become one of the best multivolume fantasies–fans, take note!”

  • A hardcover copy of The Burning Stone by Kate Elliott. Signed by the author.


From Kirkus Reviews, “Third entry in the Crown of Stars series following Prince of Dogs (1998) and King’s Dragon (1997). The kingdoms of Wendar and Varre are riven by sorcery and strife […] A solid addition to this respectable series. And, at this whopping length, it should keep the most avid fans happy for a few days.”

  • A copy of the ARC for Crown of Stars by Kate Elliott with signed bookplate.


Library Journal says, “Continuing her epic tale of kings and common folk, warriors and priests, Elliott demonstrates her talent for combining magic and intrigue with grand-scale storytelling.”

Publishers Weekly says, “Czerneda’s world-building flair and fascinating characters set this intricate story well above most SF series prequels.”

  • A copy of the ARC for Conspirator by C. J. Cherryh with signed bookplate.


“A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome […] a return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure […] superlatively drawn aliens and characterization.” – Chicago Sun-Times

  • A copy of the ARC for The High King’s Tomb by Kristen Britain with signed bookplate.


“Kristen Britain is a very talented author who appears destined to be one of the genre’s superstars.” – Midwest Book Review


From Booklist, “This three-way collaboration is original in concept and superior in execution, notably better than anything any of its authors, which include Jennifer Roberson and Kate Elliott as well as Rawn, has produced on her own. […] Characterizations and world-building are finely realized, Rawn and company have done their homework on art, the pacing is respectable, and overall, the romance justifies every one of its nearly 800 pages and demands its place in most fantasy collections.”

There are two more blogs full of books that DAW has donated to Worldbuilders. Here’s the second and third one. if you’re interested.

Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win hundreds of books: some signed, some limited edition, some out of print. Plus there’s the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That’s nice too.

And don’t forget, I’m matching 50% of all donations made. So why not head over to my page at Team Heifer and chip in. Trust me. You’ll feel great afterward.

Or, if you want to go back to the main page for the Worldbuilders fundraiser and read all the details, you can click HERE.

With thanks to our sponsor, Subterranean Press.

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