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The League of Reluctant Adults

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Well, after yesterday’s post, we cleared our previous goal of 225,000 dollars, and it was with some hesitation that I moved our new goal up to the full 250K.

I hope we can make it in the next four days.

Today we have a bunch of books donated by The League of Reluctant Adults. A group of authors who have banded together in order to fight crime and protect our world from alien threats. When they’re not doing that, they also maintain a pretty interesting blog.

In this blog, they’ve banded together to send Worldbuilders a bunch of signed books…

  • A first edition of Succubus Blues and the first four issues of Dark Swan by Richelle Mead. All signed by the author.

“Richelle Mead delivers sexy action and tongue-in-cheek hellish humor—if damnation is this fun, sign me up! ” —Lilith Saintcrow.

  • One audio book of Downpour by Kat Richardson. Case is signed by the author.

“Reading a Greywalker novel is the pinnacle of literary escapism for me. It’s full immersion from the very first words. Downpour begins in typical Richardson style – a brilliant hook and a subtle reference to Chandler all in the first few sentences.”–Paul Goat Allen

  • One set of four books of The Simon Canderous Series by Anton Strout. All signed by the author.

“Following Simon’s adventures is like being the pinball in an especially antic game, but it’s well worth the wear and tear.” – Charlaine Harris

Pat’s Note: As I have mentioned on several occasions, Anton Strout is my mortal enemy. He is the focus of many of my evil schemes, and I once had fortune cookies printed up that encouraged people to kill him.

But still, that doesn’t keep us from occasionally doing a podcast together as demonstrated by Episode 18 of his Once and Future Podcast…

  • One copy of A Brush of Darkness by Allison Pang. Signed by the author.

“Fun and utterly vibrant! Anyone looking for wit, verve, and a fascinatingly complex world in their urban fantasy can stop right here! Allison Pang has what you need.” – Jill Myles

  • One set of Mark of the Demon, Blood of the Demon, Secrets of the Demon, and Sins of the Demon by Diana Rowland. All are signed by the author.

“Rowland’s hot streak continues as she gives her fans another big helping of urban fantasy goodness!… The plot twists are plentiful and the action is hard-edged. Another great entry in this compelling series.” – RT Book Reviews

  • One copy of My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland. Signed by the author.

“An intriguing mystery and a hilarious mix of the horrific and mundane aspects of zombie life open a promising new series from Rowland… Humor and gore are balanced by surprisingly touching moments.” – Publishers Weekly

  • One set of the Disillusionists: Mind Games and Double Cross by Carolyn Crane. Signed by the author.

Pat’s Note: Disillustionists is one of those titles that I wish I’d come up with first….

“A violent U-turn in a fresh direction… this is urban fantasy’s new shot-in-the-arm.” – National bestselling author Vicki Pettersson

  • One copy of A Shot in the Dark by K. A. Stewart. Signed by the author.


“Lots of fun, deftly witty, and one of the most appealing central characters of recent years.” – New York Times Bestselling Author Simon R. Green


“Dark, dangerous, and delectable…Impossible to put down!” – Gena Showalter, New York Times Bestselling Author

  • One copy of Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells. Signed by the author.


“Hold on tight — a gritty new heroine has joined the pantheon of shoot-first, ask-questions-later protagonists. Despite the blistering pace and darkness of the plot, [Wells] neatly balances things with a deft smattering of humor.” – Romantic Times Book Lovers magazine

  • One set of Staked, Revamped and Crossed by J. F. Lewis. Signed by the author.

“Raucous, raunchy blood-opera… very satisfying.” – Dark Realms magazine

  • One set of The Anna Strong Chronicles by Jeanne C. Stein. Signed by the author.

“A heroine with the charm, savvy and intelligence that fans of Laurell K. Hamilton and Kim Harrison will be happy to root for.” – Publishers Weekly

  • One set of The Iron Druid Chronicles: Hounded, Hexed and Hammered by Kevin Hearne. Signed by the author.

Pat’s note: I recently red these and really enjoyed them. Odds are if you enjoy Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, you’ll dig these too….

“Kevin Hearne breathes new life into old myths, creating a world both eerily familiar and startlingly original.” – Nicole Peeler, author of Tempest Rising

Pat’s Note: This is actually an ARC of the book that won’t be released until March. So winning this book not only means you get a cool book and a good read, it means you get to taunt your friends….

“Gritty and raw with powerful truths. An addictive read.” – Sophie Jordan New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

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Remember, for every 10 dollars you donate on the Worldbuilders Team Page, you get a chance to win these books and over a thousand others.

To see the other books folks have donated, as well as our auctions, and the items we’re selling in the store, you can head over to our main page HERE.

Or, if you’d like to see all the auctions Worldbuilders is running, you can find them over here.

Posted in Worldbuilders 2011 | By Pat21 Responses

Books from Del Rey and Spectra

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This year, Del Rey and Spectra were nice enough to send along some books for the fundraiser.

This is kind of a big deal. You see, Del Rey and Spectra are the first big New York imprints to donate to Worldbuilders even though I don’t have any sort of direct business relationship with them.

Now don’t get me wrong. Publishers like DAW, Bad Moon, and Subterranean Press  have been with Worldbuilders from the beginning. Their support has been invaluable and lavish. I love them with a fierce love, and appreciate them more than I can say.

But it’s always been my hope that Worldbuilders would become more than just a fundraiser I run on my blog with donations I mostly wrangle up myself.

My dream, you see, is that Worldbuilders will grow beyond that. I hope it will eventually become an organization where geeks of all creeds and affiliations come together in order to make the world a better place.

This is a big step in that direction, and it warms my bitter old heart.

  • A hardcover copy of The Conqueror’s Shadow and an ARC of The Warlord’s Legacy by Ari Marmell. Hardcover signed by the author.

For those of you that don’t know.  ARC stands for Advance Reader’s Copy. ARC’s are books publishers put out early to promote upcoming books.

This particular ARC is especially cool, as Warlord’s Legacy won’t be released until January 2011. So if you win these books, you get to read it long before it hits the shelves. Then you can gloat about it to your friends.

The fabulous Robin Hobb says, “ Twists of humor leaven this story of desperate people in dangerous times, as a conqueror discovers that perhaps those who live by the sword are sometimes doomed to face the business end of one.  A great mix of character and action.”

  • A set of Three Days to Dead and As Lie the Dead by Kelly Meding.

Three Days to Dead is one of the best books I’ve read. Ever. Evy Stone is a heroine’s heroine, and I rooted for her from the moment I met her. Kelly Meding has written a phenomenal story, one that’s fast-paced, gritty, and utterly addictive. Brava! More! More! More!”— Jackie Kessler, co-author of Black and White.

“As vivid an evocation of England during World War II as anyone has ever written . . . You’ll find here a novelist who can plot like Agatha Christie and whose books possess a bounce and stylishness that Preston Sturges might envy.” — The Washington Post.

  • A set of Wolfbreed and Wolf’s Cross by S. A. Swann.

A lot of people have been saying a lot of good things about these books. But rather than list all of them, let’s leap directly to the top of the heap:

“Vivid and visceral, dark and delicious, this one kept me turning pages from start to finish.” – George R.R. Martin.

  • A copy of The Warded Man and a hardcover copy of The Desert Spear by Peter V. Brett.

I won’t go all gushy about how much I enjoy Peter Brett’s books. Instead, I’ll just link to the interview I did with him last year. He’s a lovely guy, and I’m not saying that just because he’s cool enough to chip to help match donations for Worldbuilders.

“I enjoyed The Warded Man immensely. There is much to admire in Peter Brett’s writing, and his concept is brilliant. There’s action and suspense all the way.”—Terry Brooks .

I had someone accost me in a bookstore less than a week ago and gush about this book. Such was their intensity that I’ve moved it near the top of my to-be-read-when-I-finally-get-a-moment pile.

The Native Star is engaging, atmospheric, and lovely. I was quite taken by the concept of an Old West built on a foundation of magic and zombie slave labor. Oh, and giant raccoons. Bring on the coons! And how spectacular is the name Dreadnought Stanton? This book utterly absorbed me from start to finish—these days you have no idea how rare that is. You have something special in your hands—no pun intended.” —Gail Carriger, New York Times bestselling author of Soulless.

“Lebbon’s work is infused with the contemporary realism of Stephen King and the lyricism of Ray Bradbury.”— Fangoria

“You want this book…It’s the kind of book that leaves you breathless haunted and in awe. It makes me think of Little Brother meets Lord of the Flies meets Heart of Darkness meets Mad Max and the Road Warrior meets Letham. … It’s a powerful fast read of a gut punch of a novel. In other words–you want this book.” –Paul Jessup, author of Werewolves.

  • A set of a hardcover copy of Star Wars Death Troopers and an ARC of Star Wars Red Harvest by Joe Schreiber.

Okay. I lose some geek points for not knowing about these books. How can I not have heard about zombie star-wars books? Seriously. Why hasn’t anyone clued me in?

As you can see by the picture, Red Harvest is an ARC. It won’t be out until late December. So if you win, this will be a great opportunity to tease that super geeky star-wars friend in your peer group until he cries.

Or, if you’re a nicer person than I am, you could always give it to him for Christmas. Either way.

Seth Grahame-Smith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies says, “This is the Star Wars of every horror fan’s dreams—gory, funny, and brimming with a blood-spattered cast of swashbucklers and space-zombies.”

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Remember folks, for every 10 dollars you donate to Heifer International, you get a chance to win these books and hundreds of others like them. Plus there’s the whole helping make the world a better place thing. That’s nice, too.

Don’t forget, Worldbuilders is matching 50% of all donations made. So why not head over to the Team Heifer page and chip in. Trust me. You’ll feel great afterward.

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

But first, everyone say, “Thank you Del Rey and Spectra.”

Posted in Subterranean Press, Worldbuilders 2010 | By Pat17 Responses
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