TAKEN BY STORM, the third book in the RAISED BY WOLVES series, is coming out in (*checks calendar*) just eighteen days!
Up until this point, the number of people who’ve read Taken By Storm is incredibly limited: my US and UK editors, the copy editor, one or two writing friends, and potentially a handful of other people directly involved with the book in some way.
There were no Advanced Readers Copies for Taken By Storm.
Even now that the finished copies are in, my publisher has not been giving them away for review.
My mom has not even read it yet.
There are reasons for that.
One reason is that my editor and I knew that this book would, in many ways, be a conclusion to the plot lines, questions, and character arcs that started in the first two. I can’t say for sure that this is the last book I’ll ever write about Bryn, but I can say that I would be happy with it as a finale if it were—and that wouldn’t have been the case if we’d rushed to put out advanced copies in the months leading up to release.
And the second reason that so few people have read the book early is because…well… it’s a conclusion to many of the plot lines, questions, and character arcs of the first two books, and we didn’t want too many spoilers floating around before the book hit shelves.
However, now that we are in the final countdown to release, my publisher and I wanted a way to thank readers and bloggers who have been invested in the series. So we’re lifting our embargo. Next week (May 7-11), I’ll be giving away at least one copy of the book every day, Monday through Friday. Since my publisher assures me that the books will be mailed promptly after each contest, that means that some of you will get the chance to read the book before it starts showing up on shelves.
Here’s how it works. Around midnight on Sunday, I will announce the first contest, which will run until roughly 11 PM on Monday. Shortly thereafter, I’ll announce the winner…and the next contest. As soon as the winner contacts me, my publisher will pop a copy of TAKEN BY STORM in the mail.
The contests will not involve you buying anything. They also will not involve following me on twitter or liking my facebook or any such thing. They will hopefully be easy to enter and also fun.
One of them might involve stuffed animals.
Stay tuned until Sunday night, when I’ll announce the first contest! And if you happen to have ideas for simple, fun, and crazy ways to give away books, comment, email, or hit the ask button on tumblr and let me know…