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ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson

book coverItem Name & Description: Five ARCs of The Lost by Vicki Pettersson (March 19, 2013).

This is book two of the Celestial Blues and the sequel to The Taken (which received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it an “irresistibly good yarn proves that there’s still plenty of room for brilliant innovation in urban fantasy”). Description:

Griffin Shaw and his wife were both murdered fifty years ago. Now a minor angel, Grif’s been granted permission to solve the mystery of his own death . . . if he helps the Pure angels guide those souls who might otherwise be Lost.

Souls like Jeap Yang, a drug addict in his final moments of life. Grif knows that death is coming, but he cannot intervene. However, Grif’s mortal lover, reporter Katherine “Kit” Craig, isn’t constrained by angelic protocol. If she can stop a death, she will.

But as Kit is about to find out, there are things more traumatic and evil than murder. A strange new drug is literally eating tweakers’ flesh from their bones, and Kit’s crusade to get it off the streets is set to propel her and Grif into a battle with a vicious drug cartel. They’ll have to scramble to stay alive, stay together, and choose their own fate . . . before it’s chosen for them.

Learn more at the author’s site.

Starting Bid: $10. Five copies available, top five consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Harper Voyager.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARCs of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey

book coverItem Name & Description: two ARCs of Black Feathers by Joseph D’Lacey (forthcoming, late March/early April 2013).

Description:

It is the Black Dawn, a time of environmental apocalypse, the earth wracked and dying.

It is the Bright Day, a time long generations hence, when a peace has descended across the world.

In each era, a child shall be chosen. Their task is to find a dark messiah known only as the Crowman. But is he our saviour – or the final incarnation of evil?

Stephen King has said, “Joseph D’Lacey rocks!” Alison Littlewood, author of A Cold Season, calls this book “A bold beginning to a new duology from the brilliant D’Lacey.”

Learn more at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $5. Two ARCs available, top two consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Angry Robot Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARCs of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

book coverItem Name & Description: two collectable ARCs of The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke (Feb. 2013).

Description:

“Cat, this is Finn. He’s going to be your tutor.”

He looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion… and more.

But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world.

Following her acclaimed Young Adult debut for our sister imprint Strange Chemistry, The Assassin’s Curse, the very talented Cassandra Rose Clarke moves on to more adult themes, in a heartbreaking story of love, loss … and robots.

Learn more or read an excerpt at the publisher’s site.

Starting Bid: $5. Two ARCs available, top two consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Angry Robot Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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An ARC of Sold for Endless Rue

book cover ARC of Sold for Endless Rue: Coming in May from Forge Books, this is a stand-alone historical set in and around the medieval medical school at Salerno in the 13th century, by the author of Point of Honour and other Sarah Tolerance alt-Regency mysteries.

Inspired by the tale “Rapunzel,” Sold for Endless Rue is a moving, eloquent novel of three generations of women, bound to each other by love and duty.

Salerno, Italy, in the 13th century is home to the world’s first medical school, a temple of learning that admits both men and women. The city is filled with medicos and their patients, but in the hills, people seek help from midwives and hedge-witches like Crescia.

One tumultuous day Crescia saves the life of a fugitive, Laura, who becomes her daughter and apprentice. Soon Laura’s skill at healing surpasses Crescia’s and the older woman enrolls her at the Scuola. The Scuola opens vistas of learning, friendship, and love. Knowledge takes her from the Crescia’s cottage to fame and wealth as a medica in the city, but love shapes a bitter kernel in her heart–and brings her a stolen child, Bieta. Laura swears to keep her daughter safe from the hurt and loss she herself suffered

As in “Rapunzel,” Crescia cannot keep her daughter from the world. Whatever her mother’s wishes, Bieta will venture from the towers of the Scuola, to find her destiny.

Starting Bid: $5

Notes: As soon as I have my copies, I will ship this to you.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Mending the Moon by Susan Palwick

Item Name & Description: ARC of Mending the Moon by Susan Palwick, which will be released in May 2013.

Description:

Melinda Soto, aged sixty-four, vacationing in Mexico, is murdered by a fellow American tourist.

Back in her hometown of Reno, Nevada, she leaves behind her adopted son, Jeremy, whom she rescued from war-torn Guatamala when he was a toddler—just one of her many causes over the years. And she leaves behind a circle of friends: Veronique, the academic stuck in a teaching job from which she can’t retire; Rosemary, who’s losing her husband to Alzheimer’s and who’s trying to lose herself in volunteer work; Henrietta, the priest at Rosemary’s and Melinda’s church.

Jeremy already had a fraught relationship with his charismatic mother and the people in her orbit. Now her death is tearing him apart, and he can barely stand the rituals of remembrance that ensue among his mother’s friends. Then the police reveal who killed Melinda: a Seattle teenager who flew home to his parents and drowned himself just days later.

It’s too much. Jeremy’s not the only one who can’t deal. Friendships fray. But the unexpected happens: an invitation to them all, from the murderer’s mother, to come to Seattle for his memorial. It’s ridiculous. And yet, somehow, each of them begins to see in it a chance to heal. Aided, in peculiar ways, by Jeremy’s years-long obsession with the comic-book hero Comrade Cosmos, and the immense cult of online commentary it’s spawned.

Shot through with feeling and inventiveness, this is a novel of the odd paths that lead to home.

Palwick won the Crawford Award for Flying in Place.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell, plus The Princess Curse

book cover ARC of Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell, plus The Princess Curse: In addition to an ARC of Merrie Haskell’s second MG historical fantasy (runaway princesses in secret-history 12th century Germany), a hardcover of The Princess Curse (a retelling of “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” in 15th century Romania. Also included, a handmade parchment bookmark (yes, actual parchment–a goatskin was involved) with a quote from the book written in Carolingian Miniscule, the script from the era Dragon Slayers is set.

Starting Bid: $15

Notes: personalization of both books and the bookmark available; vegan bookmark also available (quality calligraphy paper, instead of goatskin parchment

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal

book cover Item Name & Description: ARC of Without a Summer by Max Mary Robinette Kowal (forthcoming, April 2, 2013).

This is the third book in the Glamourist Histories, the series that started with Shades of Milk and Honey. Learn more at the publisher’s site, or read an excerpt.

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding is now open and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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ARC of Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

book cover Item Name & Description: ARC of Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (forthcoming March 19, 2013).

Publishers Weekly says that “Fans of steampunk and Austen-inspired fantasies of manners will be completely enraptured by these stories.”

Table of Contents:

  • “The Fairy Enterprise” by Jeffrey Ford
  • “From the Catalogue of the Pavilion of the Uncanny and Marvelous, Scheduled for Premiere at the Great Exhibition (Before the Fire)” by Genevieve Valentine
  • “The Memory Book” by Maureen McHugh
  • “Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells” by Delia Sherman
  • “La Reine D’Enfer” by Kathe Koja
  • “Briar Rose” by Elizabeth Wein
  • “The Governess” by Elizabeth Bear
  • “Smithfield” by James P. Blaylock
  • “The Unwanted Women of Surrey” by Kaaron Warren
  • “Charged” by Leanna Renee Hieber
  • “Mr. Splitfoot” by Dale Bailey
  • “Phosperous” by Veronica Schanoes
  • “We Without Us Were Shadows” by Catherynne M. Valente
  • “The Vital Importance of the Superficial” by Ellen Kushner and Caroline Stevermer
  • “The Jewel in the Toad Queen’s Crown” by Jane Yolen
  • “A Few Twigs He Left Behind” by Gregory Maguire
  • “Their Monstrous Minds” by Tanith Lee
  • “Estella Saves the Village” by Theodora Goss

Starting Bid: $10.

Notes: Donated by the publisher, Tor Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Signed ARC of The Human Division by John Scalzi

Signed ARC of The Human Division by John Scalzi

Starting Bid: $25

Notes: I will sign and personalize the ARC to whomever wins it. All shipping, etc handled by me. Go on, it’ll be fun.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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Two ARCs of Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee

Item Name & Description: two advance reading copies of Yoon Ha Lee’s first short story collection, Conservation of Shadows, forthcoming May 2013. Introduction by Aliette de Bodard.

Description: In this debut collection of short fiction from one of science fiction and fantasy’s most notable new writers, Yoon Ha Lee often integrates tropes of science fiction with elements of myth to create tales that are both wonderfully fresh and deeply ancient. No matter what the theme, her wide variety of stories are strikingly original and always indelible.

Starting Bid: $5. Two copies available; top two consecutive bids win (edited for clarity 2013-02-23).

Notes: Donated by Prime Books.

Bidding opens on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time and closes Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. More Information.

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