Thursday, May 12, 2011

Four ARCs, Four Days, One Hat and One Cat

I came home last night from doing a school visit in Arizona (where everyone was extremely nice and the landscape looked like New York after an exceptionally dry summer only with mountains instead of hills) to find a package with five Advance Reading Copies of Blood Wounds waiting for me.

Actually, Marci, who came to visit Scooter and bring me lilacs, found the package and brought it in. But I opened it.

So here's the deal. I'm keeping one ARC for myself but I'm not giving one to my mother, because now that I've packed and unpacked all my father's books and my brother's books and my books, I'm not that eager to give her anything more than is absolutely necessary. And Blood Wounds isn't dedicated to anyone I actually know, so the four remaining copies are meant for people who read my blog.

My guess is more than four people read my blog, and four doesn't seem like a lot of copies to me either. I'll do some begging and pleading and maybe my publisher will find a few more copies for me to send out, but in the meantime four is what it is.

So here's how it works (on the assumption more than four of you will want one). Email me using the email address up top and say you want to be in the drawing for an ARC. It'd be super great if you head the email with something like ARC or Blood Wounds or Bolivian Hat, but I'll open all the emails anyway and figure it out.

Then I'll put your email address in the Bolivian Hat (removed from its spot on the bathroom wall just for this occasion) and pull out four addresses. I'll send an email to each of the four pulloutees (there's a word Blog Spot ain't gonna like). So if you don't hear from me, it means your name wasn't pulled out.

Because there are only four copies, I'm going to give this only four days, and will pull out the names Monday morning (this being Thursday morning). This drawing is open to anyone on this planet, so if you don't live in the USA, feel free to email me for the drawing anyway. I'll pay the postage wherever you might live.

But since there are only four copies, I'm going to ask the following of you:

Don't tell anyone else about the drawing. Let's keep this one to readers of my blog (all probably more than four of you).

If there's a chance you could get an ARC at ALA or the suchlike, then please don't email me, because four is such a tiny number (bigger only than one, two, or three). I'm quite confident my publisher will have ARCs for distribution at the major conferences because it says so on the back of the ARC and why would they lie?

If what you like about my books is the sci fic/post apocalyptic aspect, and you really aren't interested in realistic YA fiction, then don't email me. My feelings won't be hurt. If you love me but not the subject matter, then you can always wait until the book is published in September and take it out of the library.

Here's the official publisher's description so you can decide your interest level for yourself:

Blood can both wound and heal . . .

Willa is lucky: She has a loving blended family that gets along. Not all families are so fortunate. But when a bloody crime takes place hundreds of miles away, it has an explosive effect on Willa’s peaceful life. The estranged father she hardly remembers has murdered his new wife and children, and is headed east toward Willa and her mother. Under police protection, Willa discovers that her mother has harbored secrets that are threatening to boil over. Has everything Willa believed about herself been a lie? But as Willa sets out to untangle the mysteries of her past, she also keeps her own secret—one that has the potential to tear apart all she holds dear

To sum it up: If you're interested in a chance at an ARC of Blood Wounds, email me by Sunday night to say so and on Monday morning, I'll draw four email addresses out of the Bolivian Hat and email each of the four to get names and addresses to mail the ARC out to.

You get the ARC. I keep the hat and the cat!


Nora Durbin said...

Do you know if the ARC will be available as an electronic ARC on NetGalley like This World We Live In was? I am really excited to read Blood Wounds, but if I can get it through a request at that site, I won't put my name in the hat so that I don't take the opportunity from others.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi Nora Durbin-

My guess is it will be available on NetGalley because I think the publisher likes NetGalley, but this falls into the category of The Author Is Always The Last To Know!

Put your name in the hat just to be on the safe side.

Emily said...

I am crossing my fingers that I'll get a copy at BEA in a little less than two weeks, so no hat for me. But, I have to say that I am so disappointed that you won't be doing a signing! I was really hoping to meet you. Alas! Someday soon I hope.

Anonymous said...

You are a very nice person to do this and pay for the postage. I will show my niceness, by not entering the contest and buying Blood Wounds when it comes out.

By the way, there are two different ways to read the word 'wounds', isn't there?


Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello to Emily and to Glen-

I love going to conferences and doing signings and acting important, but for some reason my publisher hasn't sent me to any in a while (maybe it's that acting important aspect they're tryiing to avoid).

Thank you Glen for offering to buy my book. Feel free to take it out of the library for free if you prefer.

And I never thought about the two ways of pronouncing "wounds." What I have thought about is whether "wounds" is a noun or a verb.

That's as clever as I get!

Erickold said...

I said that I love your cat?
looks perfect with the ARCs of Blood Wounds
Now send the e-mail
I hope to get lucky because the story looks amazing!
I want to discover the secrets.

Greetings and hugs, Susan! :)

Susan said...

Yay! ARCs!! Here's hoping the Hat likes me!!!

-Another Susan

Fear Death By Water said...

I'll check it out from the library ... that apocalyptic part was aimed at me .... wasn't it? winky emoticon.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hi to Susan and to Fear Death By Water-

I think it's funny the blog entry has returned but the original comments are gone forever. Funny peculiar, not funny ha ha.

Anyway, new comments are always nice, especially from such nice people!

ETA: My word verification is "emato" which I think is Latin for I love my mother. And if it isn't, it should be.

Nora Durbin said...

That is super odd that the post is back without comments!