It's only been about a week since I announced the fundraiser. When I started it, I sent out a very mild-mannered request to a few of the authors I know, telling them what I was planning, and mentioning that if they wanted to, they could donate a book or two. Y'know. If they wanted to. No pressure.
Since then, people have been donating in spades. Today the first of the packages arrived.
And just in the nick of time, too. I was starting to wander around my house, desperately looking for things I could add to the lottery. Thinking to myself, "A.... fork? Fork used by Pat Rothfuss? Pocket lint? Pair of my girlfriend's ladybug underwear?"
Oh man. I really want to put a picture of them up on here. But she would freak out.
But it would be REALLY funny....
You guys really don't know what dangerous waters I swim to entertain you. Just as I typed that, I heard the door close as my girlfriend left the house, so I scampered across the hall and started to root through her underwear drawer, giggling maniacally. It took me almost three minutes to find the pair I was looking for...
And then what happens? She comes back for some reason. Just in time to catch me standing outside her closet, clutching her ladybug panties, and laughing like some pervert who's been huffing paint. Luckily, I've spent years convincing her that I am absolutely insane. Otherwise things could have gotten a little awkward.
Okay, on to the new prizes.
- A galley copy of The Adamantine Palace by Stephan Deas. Signed by the author.
Just so we're clear, this is an ARC. One of those Advance Reading Copies that the publisher prints before the book comes out. That's right, here's your chance to be an insider and get hold of a book before it actually hits the shelves.
SFF world gives it a glowing review, saying, "The book is an entertaining mix of Pern and Westeros, with the knowing characterisation of Abercrombie and the endearment of Novik."
- Hardcover copies of Spirit Gate and Shadow Gate, the first two books in Kate Elliott's Crossroads series. Signed by the author.
Publisher's Weekly describes these books thusly: "Elaborate first entry in a projected seven-book fantasy series introduces a once prosperous but now lawless land called the Hundred. Its godlike Guardians, who dispense justice, have disappeared; the eagle-riding Reeves, who have kept the peace, have lost authority; and a mysterious, ruthless new force preys on the towns and inhabitants of the Hundred and neighboring empires.... This promises to be a truly epic fantasy."
- A copy of Mindy Klasky's Magic and the Modern Girl, third book in the Jane Madison Series. Signed by the author.
According to the The Romantic Times, "this is an irresistible tale of power and love, friendship and acceptance. The main character's constant and often rambling internal dialogue is surprisingly charming and insightful."
- A galley copy of Lamentation, the first in a new five-book series by Ken Scholes.
This is another ARC. Rumor says that Scholes is going to be the next big thing. And with blurbs like the following, it's easy to see why....
Orson Scott Card raves: "Scholes barely gives us time to breathe. Yet he gives us vivid characters, a world thick with detail, and wonders we've never seen before. I wish my first novel had been this good. I wish all five volumes of this series were already published so I could read them now."
Tiffany Trent's In the Serpent's Coils, first in the Hallowmere series. Signed by the author.
Tiffany has donated two of these, which I in turn will give to two different people. I think that would be for the best.
"IN THE SERPENT'S COILS is a rich, earthy, engrossing novel that heralds Tiffany Trent as one of the best dark fantasy writers of our time. I was completely mesmerized by her tale, and deeply gratified in the end. Bravo!" -David Farland, New York Times Bestselling fantasy author
- Goblin Quest, first in the Goblin trilogy by Jim C. Hines. Signed by the author.
I recommended Jim's goblin books in an earlier blog, but why listen to me when Midwest Book Reviews says, "Prepare to be entertained throughout and completely satisfied with Jig's journey by the time you reach the end."
- A copy of Red's Tale by Jim C. Hines, book one of the Faery Tale Project. Signed by Jim C. Hines.
This is a two-for-one book, which also features a copy of Lobo's Tale by Christopher Kastensmidt. Also by Jim Hines, author of the aforementioned Goblin trilogy and soon to be released The Stepsister Scheme.
I'd like to thank these authors for taking the time to send these books out of the goodness of their hearts.
Now here's the thing - if you are one of my author friends and I haven't sent you an e-mail asking for a book, it's not because I don't like you, or because I don't think your book is good enough. It's because, for the most part, I haven't contacted anyone directly. I've sent out a few tentative e-mails to a few lists I'm on. I'm from the Midwest, you see. Asking people for favors makes me distinctly uncomfortable.
The truth is, whether or not I know you, I'd love nothing better than to throw your book into the mix. If you're interested, just drop me a line at paperback.contest (squiggly atsign thinger) gmail.com.
Oh, and did I mention that we're past 15,000 dollars? Yes. We are mighty. We are a thousand feet tall.
Lastly, if you want details about how the fundraiser works, and how you can win some of these cool books, you can find all the information OVER HERE.
posted by Pat at 10:04 PM