Holiday Giveaway day 8: Mixed Bag and signed BRISINGR Bookplate!

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We have so many books that, even though most seem to fit well into other themed packs, the overflow sometimes requires us to make a mish-mashed book pack. But don’t be fooled; today’s books are just as awesome as the others! And, to top it off, we’re throwing in a Brisingr bookplate signed by Christopher Paolini! Also, don’t forget to enter our other active giveaways while there’s still time! Enter the day five giveaway (expires tonight!), day six giveaway, and day seven giveaway!

Here are the books in today’s pack:

51XGwYDLCKL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Variant, by Robison Wells

Benson Fisher thought that a scholarship to Maxfield Academy would be the ticket out of his dead-end life.

He was wrong.

Now he’s trapped in a school that’s surrounded by a razor-wire fence. A school where video cameras monitor his every move. Where there are no adults. Where the kids have split into groups in order to survive.

Where breaking the rules equals death.

But when Benson stumbles upon the school’s real secret, he realizes that playing by the rules could spell a fate worse than death, and that escape—his only real hope for survival—may be impossible.

51q8QjhODqL._SX338_BO1,204,203,200_Fibble: The Forth Circle of Heck, by Dale E. Basye

With more dark humor and zany silliness, Dale E. Basye returns to Heck for his most over-the-top (the Big Top, that is) adventure yet.

When Marlo Fauster claims she has switched souls with her brother, she gets sent straight to Fibble, the circle of Heck reserved for liars. But it’s true—Milton and Marlo have switched places, and Marlo finds herself trapped in Milton’s gross, gangly body. She also finds herself trapped in Fibble, a three-ring media circus run by none other than P. T. Barnum, an insane ringmaster with grandiose plans and giant, flaming pants. Meanwhile Milton, as Marlo, is working at the devil’s new television network, T.H.E.E.N.D. But there’s something strange about these new shows. Why do they all air at the same? And are they really broadcasting to the Surface? Soon Milton and Marlo realize that they need each other to sort through the lies and possibly prevent the end of the world—if Bea “Elsa” Bubb doesn’t catch them first.

51gVtjyZScL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The World Between, by Belva Rae Staples

Dad asked, ‘Where are you this evening, George?’When he spoke to me directly, I jumped back to reality. I answered, ‘Sorry, Dad. I was just thinking about the story Miss MacAlpin was telling me today. She didn’t have time to finish it and wants me to come back tomorrow. The suspense is killing me.’Georgie O’Dell has spent enough time with his old neighbor. Just when he is ready to give up and hang out with friends his own age, Miss MacAlpin begins telling a story that will change Georgie’s life forever.The story of Alex Edgecomb, an evil little boy with a hatred of his sister and all other living things, intrigues Georgie into hearing the rest, and he spends every possible minute at Miss MacAlpin’s house from then on. Upon learning about the boy with blackness in his heart and soul, Georgie is shocked at how different—and better—his life is compared to Alex’s. Georgie travels to the magical realm of Kriterion through Miss MacAlpin’s story to hear the tales of Alex’s entry into Kriterion and attempt to overthrow the kingdom.When Alex’s plan is found out, he is destined for judgment and must learn his punishment for the wicked life he’s lived and the cruel things he’s done. Georgie makes another startling discovery about Miss MacAlpin, and the story changes his life even further. Join in on Georgie’s exciting adventure to The World Between and find out if he’ll change his ways or end up just like Alex.

51yTZylEwwL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_The Scorpion’s Sting, by J.D. Masterson

With all my degrees and knowledge, how could I have lived with my head in the sand for so long? I’m thinking of nicknaming myself ‘Ostrich’… head in the sand, backside flopping around in the air, going around in circles, tripping over my own long legs and awkward feet, never getting anywhere at all. It certainly seems an appropriate label, especially given the latest mess I’m now working my way through.Dr. Magdalena LaSige, a thirty-three-year-old criminal archepsychologist, throws herself headfirst into finding a kidnapped Carmelite nun—the sister of her former professor, the handsome and wealthy Dr. Peter Janus. She is given ancient pictures and symbols sent from the kidnappers, clues in an archetypal trail of deceit. The Pyramids of Giza, DNA codes, constellations, medicine, money—these symbols, stories, and legends all combine to challenge everything Magdalena has taken for granted as truth. And the truth seems to be the last thing Dr. Janus wants to discuss. What is his connection with the pharmaceutical companies he consults for, and how does that play into the kidnapping? Is the ‘scorpion’s sting’ a medical project or something much more sinister? Painfully aware of her limitations, Magdalena uncovers religious, medical, and governmental lies while racing against time. Will she solve the mystery, or will the truth behind the deceptions leave Magdalena paralyzed by the scorpion’s sting?

517zKSPiUiL._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_Thirteen, by Richard K. Morgan

The future isn’t what it used to be since Richard K. Morgan arrived on the scene. He unleashed Takeshi Kovacs–private eye, soldier of fortune, and all-purpose antihero–into the body-swapping, hard-boiled, urban jungle of tomorrow in Altered Carbon, Broken Angels, and Woken Furies, winning the Philip K. Dick Award in the process. In Market Forces, he launched corporate gladiator Chris Faulkner into the brave new business of war-for-profit. Now, in Thirteen, Morgan radically reshapes and recharges science fiction yet again, with a new and unforgettable hero in Carl Marsalis: hybrid, hired gun, and a man without a country . . . or a planet.

Marsalis is one of a new breed. Literally. Genetically engineered by the U.S. government to embody the naked aggression and primal survival skills that centuries of civilization have erased from humankind, Thirteens were intended to be the ultimate military fighting force. The project was scuttled, however, when a fearful public branded the supersoldiers dangerous mutants, dooming the Thirteens to forced exile on Earth’s distant, desolate Mars colony. But Marsalis found a way to slip back–and into a lucrative living as a bounty hunter and hit man before a police sting landed him in prison–a fate worse than Mars, and much more dangerous.

Luckily, his “enhanced” life also seems to be a charmed one. A new chance at freedom beckons, courtesy of the government. All Marsalis has to do is use his superior skills to bring in another fugitive. But this one is no common criminal. He’s another Thirteen–one who’s already shanghaied a space shuttle, butchered its crew, and left a trail of bodies in his wake on a bloody cross-country spree. And like his pursuer, he was bred to fight to the death. Still, there’s no question Marsalis will take the job. Though it will draw him deep into violence, treachery, corruption, and painful confrontation with himself, anything is better than remaining a prisoner. The real question is: can he remain sane–and alive–long enough to succeed?

Plus, don’t forget the Brisingr bookplate, included with the book pack!

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Rules for the book pack:

This book pack is for US entry only.

This giveaway ends at 11:59 pm EST on Saturday December 12th.
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