BOOM! It’s Booknest’s Fabulous Fantasy Fundraiser!

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Hi guys and gals,

I know you’re all busy off enjoying your holidays–for those of us in the southern hemisphere, it means full summer holidays–but I have a little something something you may or may not like to look at, but I’d be most grateful if you would.

You see, a bunch of fantasy novelists (some 100 of us) have got together with a plan to raise funds for Doctors Without Borders, aka Médecins Sans Frontières.

The plan is to run two auctions and a lottery for the chance to win real, physical books, signed and dedicated.

I’m in there… see? Down the bottom, but totally dead-centre. I have a few copies of my first edition of Healer’s Touch left… yes, first editions. They had a few errors, two I will totally correct in the signed editions before sending. The rest are more minor. But that makes these rare books… so, you know, when I’m famous and stuff…

And you could win one. But, more than that, you could win, or buy, a BUNCH of fantasy novels… ah, so much good reading to be had!

Go, check out THIS WEBPAGE for all the details, but I can give you a bit of a run down.

What will it cost?

Each ticket in the lottery is £1 (so, whatever that works out in your own currency… I’m in New Zealand, so that’s currently NZD1.78, which isn’t too painful for the chance to win a bunch of books).

What’s the lottery prize?

Sixty books will be divided amongst six winners when the lottery is drawn on January 1st… GMT time, I believe. So, each of the six winners will receive 10 randomly selected books.

You said something about an auction?

The other 40 books will be auctioned off in two lots of 20 later in January. All proceeds will go to help Doctors Without Borders.

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OK. I’d like to help, but I already own a bunch of these books.

You can help SPREAD THE WORD!

We’re running a Thunderclap Campaign, which is a great way to get things noticed online. If you add your support to the campaign, then on the 28th December (in whatever time zone Thunderclap goes by) the social media accounts you supported the campaign from (Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr) will spread the word about our project and a bunch of people you know, or who at least know about you, can join the fun and help out a great cause.

Even if you can take part in the lottery and auctions, feel free to join the Thunderclap campaign. The more the merrier is the key, here.

You can also spread the word by using the hashtag #BooknestFFF on your social media.

So, come on, lets all do our bit for a great cause. SPREAD THE WORD, or GET RIGHT IN ON THE ACTION.

Read great books.

Help a great cause.

Do it.

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Voice Actors wanted: 7 Other Grimbold Titles Open For Audition

Hi team,

Microphone I was remiss in my post yesterday in that I didn’t mention that Grimbold Books have seven other titles looking for voice actors to turn them into audio books. This could be your chance to be the voice of a publisher… if it so happened that your talents suited multiple titles.

Let’s have a look-see at what’s up for grabs:

In Search of Gods and Heroes (Children of Nalowyn)
By Sammy H.K Smith

Buried in the scriptures of Ibea lies a story of rivalry, betrayal, stolen love, and the bitter division of the gods into two factions. This rift forced the lesser deities to pledge their divine loyalty either to the shining Eternal Kingdom or the darkness of the Underworld.

In Search of Gods and Heroes, Book One of Children of Nalowyn, is a true epic of sweeping proportions which becomes progressively darker as the baser side of human nature is explored, the failings and ambitions of the gods is revealed, and lines between sensuality and sadism, love and lust are blurred.

Since I have read this one, I can attest to its epicness. Go on, have a nosey.

Cruelty
By Ellen Crosháin

Once a year, in the caves deep below the house, the Family gathers to perform a ritual to appease their god. But Faroust only accepts payment in blood.

Cruelty, it runs in the Family.

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Darkspire Reaches
By C.N Lesley

The wyvern has hunted for the young outcast all her life; a day will come when, after being rejected by civilisation and the tribes, she must at last face him.

A unique and unsettling romantic adventure about rejection and belonging.

I’ve read this one, too, and can agree that there are some rather unsettling parts. But the whole will draw you in and pull you along for the adventure.

Autonomy
By Jude Houghton

Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for starvation pay. Pasco Eborgersen is the pampered son of an Elite, trying to navigate the temptations of the Pleasure Houses, the self-sacrifice of the Faith, and the high-octane excitement of Steel Ball. They never should have met, and now they will rip the world apart.

What happens when a single secret is discovered that calls into question everything we have ever believed? Welcome to the Autonomy. Welcome to your future.

I want to read this one… But I’m going to have to wait. It comes out next month.

The Reluctant Prophet
By Gillian O’Rourke

There’s none so blind as she who can see . . . Esther is blessed, and cursed, with a rare gift: the ability to see the fates of those around her. But when she escapes her peasant upbringing to become a priestess of the Order, she begins to realise how valuable her ability is among the power-hungry nobility, and what they are willing to do to possess it.

The Reluctant Prophet is the story of one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands, when all she wishes for is a glimpse of her own happiness.

I’ve read The Reluctant Prophet, and I would suspect it would appeal to many fans of Healer’s Touch.

Non-Compliance: The Sector
By Paige Daniels

I used to matter… but now I’m just a girl in a ghetto, a statistic of the Non-Compliance Sector.  Shea Kelly had a brilliant career in technology, but after refusing to implant an invasive government device in her body she was sent to a modern day reservation: a Non-Compliance Sector, a lawless community run by thugs and organized crime. She’s made a life for herself as a resourceful barkeep, and hacks for goods on the black market with her best friend Wynne, a computer genius and part-time stripper. Life is pretty quiet under the reigning Boss, apart from run-ins with his right hand man, the mighty Quinn: until Danny Rose threatens to take over the sector. Pushed to the edge, Shea decides to fight back …

I’ve read this one, too. It’s a strong opening to a strong trilogy.
The Art of Forgetting: Rider
By Joanne Hall

A young boy leaves his village to become a cavalryman with the famous King’s Third regiment; in doing so he discovers both his past and his destiny. Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit stationed in the harbour town of Northpoint. His training reveals his talents and brings him friendship, love and loss, and sexual awakening…

This, the first part of The Art of Forgetting, is a gripping story about belonging and identity, set in a superbly imagined and complex world that is both harsh and beautiful.

Another one I’ve read, and another great title, with several accolades, from Grimbold Books.

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So, the news is that audio books are a current priority in the Grimbold Books stable, so if you’d like to join us on this ride, dive on in. There’s something for everybody.

[Bandit Book Bloggers] Art of Forgetting:Rider by Joanne Hall

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Gifted and cursed with a unique memory, the foundling son of a notorious traitor, Rhodri joins an elite cavalry unit. There, struggling with his own memories of his father, he begins to discover a sense of belonging. That is, until a face from the past reveals a secret that will change not only Rhodri’s life but the fate of a nation.

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