Harlequin Opal Shawl

Item Name & Description: Harlequin Opal Shawl, knit in blue/gray Tencel/Merino blend yarn. Blocked size is about 72″ by 24″.

Harlequin Opal Shawl

Harlequin Opal shawl, pattern detail

Starting Bid: $50

Notes: I have a cat, and have tried to keep this as cat-hair free as I can but there will inevitably be some. Willing to ship internationally.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan

book coverItem Name & Description: a hardcover of the just-published Voyage of the Basilisk by Marie Brennan. Donated by Tor Books.

This is the third book in the Memoirs of Lady Trent series.

Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed–until now.

Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

Starting Bid: $7.

Notes: ships anywhere.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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ARC of Alice by Christina Henry

book coverItem Name & Description: ARC of Alice by Christina Henry (forthcoming, August 2015). Donated by Ace and Roc Books.

Description:

A mind-bending new novel inspired by the twisted and wondrous works of Lewis Carroll…

In a warren of crumbling buildings and desperate people called the Old City, there stands a hospital with cinderblock walls which echo the screams of the poor souls inside.

In the hospital, there is a woman. Her hair, once blond, hangs in tangles down her back. She doesn’t remember why she’s in such a terrible place. Just a tea party long ago, and long ears, and blood…

Then, one night, a fire at the hospital gives the woman a chance to escape, tumbling out of the hole that imprisoned her, leaving her free to uncover the truth about what happened to her all those years ago.

Only something else has escaped with her. Something dark. Something powerful.

And to find the truth, she will have to track this beast to the very heart of the Old City, where the rabbit waits for his Alice.

Gina Showalter calls this book “a unique spin on a classic and one wild ride”; Brom calls it “a psychotic journey through the bowels of magic and madness” that he “thoroughly enjoyed.”

Starting Bid: $7.

Notes: Donated by Ace and Roc Books, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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ARC of The Confusion by Neal Stephenson

book coverItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of The Confusion by Neal Stephenson, the second book in the Baroque Cycle. Donated by HarperCollins.

Description:

In the year 1689, a cabal of Barbary galley slaves — including one Jack Shaftoe, aka King of the Vagabonds, aka Half-Cocked Jack — devises a daring plan to win freedom and fortune. A great adventure ensues — a perilous race for an enormous prize of silver … nay, gold … nay, legendary gold.

In Europe, the exquisite and resourceful Eliza, Countess de la Zeur, is stripped of her immense personal fortune by France’s most dashing privateer. Penniless and at risk from those who desire either her or her head (or both), she is caught up in a web of international intrigue, even as she desperately seeks the return of her most precious possession.

Meanwhile, Newton and Leibniz continue to propound their grand theories as their infamous rivalry intensifies, stubborn alchemy does battle with the natural sciences, dastardly plots are set in motion … and Daniel Waterhouse seeks passage to the Massachusetts colony in hopes of escaping the madness into which his world has descended.

Starting Bid: $7.

Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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ARC of Day Shift by Charlaine Harris

book coverItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Day Shift by Charlaine Harris (forthcoming, May 5, 2015). Donated by Ace and Roc Books.

This is the sequel to Midnight Crossroad.

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves. Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma. She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she’s beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day. To make matters worse, one of Manfred’s regular—and very wealthy—clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press. He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal. As normal as things get in Midnight…

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by Ace and Roc Books, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

In addition, I feel obligated to tell you that that the auction ends until May 3, and thus when you factor in shipping time, you won’t get this before the hardcover is released on May 5 (unless you happen to live near Albany, NY and can come get it in person on the 4th).

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee (signed)

Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee
Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee

Item Name & Description: one signed copy of Conservation of Shadows from Prime Books.

Starting Bid: $10

Notes: Shipping is on me anywhere on the planet.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison (signed)

book coverItem Name & Description: a signed, first edition, first printing hardcover of The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison. Donated by HarperCollins.

The Hollows Insider is the Hollows world guide, the definitive source for all things Hollows, with spells, character descriptions, species descriptions, interoffice memos, murder and mayhem. Learn more at the author’s site. This hardcover edition features a glow-in-the-dark cover.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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ARC of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

book coverItem Name & Description: an advance reading copy of Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (forthcoming, July 2015). Donated by Ace and Roc Books.

Description:

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by Ace and Roc Books, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett (signed first edition)

Item Name & Description: a signed first edition, first printing hardcover of Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. Donated by HarperCollins.

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Starting Bid: $25.

Notes: Donated by HarperCollins, but being shipped by the poster, and therefore for shipping outside North America, I may ask for an additional donation; please let me know if you’d like me to estimate that for you.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris (limited edition)

book coverItem Name & Description: one of two copies of a limited edition of Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. Donated by Ace and Roc Books.

Dead Ever After is the final Sookie Stackhouse book. This slip-cased, linen-bound edition was limited to 2,500 numbered and signed copies and features new art by Lisa Desimini. The two copies offered here are still shrink-wrapped.

Description:

There are secrets in the town of Bon Temps, ones that threaten those closest to Sookie—and could destroy her heart….

Sookie Stackhouse finds it easy to turn down the request of former barmaid Arlene when she wants her job back at Merlotte’s. After all, Arlene tried to have Sookie killed. But her relationship with Eric Northman is not so clearcut. He and his vampires are keeping their distance…and a cold silence. And when Sookie learns the reason why, she is devastated.

Then a shocking murder rocks Bon Temps, and Sookie is arrested for the crime.

But the evidence against Sookie is weak, and she makes bail. Investigating the killing, she’ll learn that what passes for truth in Bon Temps is only a convenient lie. What passes for justice is more spilled blood. And what passes for love is never enough…

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Starting Bid: $35. Two copies available, top two bids win; consecutive bids must increase.

Notes: shipping within the United States only, because of publishing rights.

Bidding opens Monday, April 20, 2015 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern (time zone conversions). It closes Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 4:00 p.m. (time zone conversions, countdown) unless bids are received in the last ten minutes (learn more).

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