Sorry! My mind has been totally focused on finishing FIX4, to the detriment of all else. (Seriously. All else. You should see the dust bunnies tumbling by me on the floor right now.) But now I'm done with phase 1 of FIXER UPPER* (getting it out the door to my critique partners, beta readers, and agent), so I can concentrate on TBF again for a while.
Anyway, I did an ARC tour for the first two books, and I completely adored the feedback of the participants. Everyone who had an early read signed the ARC before sending it on to the next person on the waiting list, and at the end, I got back Very Special copies of the books. Those two books are among my most prized possessions.
Here's what my editor (Tor's fantabulous Melissa Frain, recently promoted to Senior Editor!!) tweeted almost a year ago, when she was working on TBF:
*Ahem* If that's any inducement to sign up for an early read ...
Once again, the magnificently bad-ass Karla Nellenbach has agreed to be my Tour Director, and will be juggling emails and plotting the best route for the book.
To participate, all you have to do is email me at linda(dot)grimes(at)gmail(dot)com and tell me your address, and agree to mail it on to the next person on the tour list when you're done reading.
I'll forward your info to Karla, who will be the one giving you a heads-up when its on its way to you.
Once you have it, it would be great if you could finish in under a week, so the others don't have to wait longer than necessary for their turn.
Oh, and if you would leave an honest review on Goodreads, Amazon, or B&N (after release day--May 12--for Amazon and B&N), that would be great, too. But not mandatory.
Since I'm asking people to pony up the postage to send it on to the next person, I'm afraid I'll have to limit participants to the US. It doesn't cost much to mail a book within the US. Cheaper than buying the book, anyway. ;)
Hope you guys will enjoy it! Ciel, Billy, and Mark hope so, too. :)
*Yes, that makes it FU for short. Yes, that tickles my immature funny bone. (Heh-heh. I said "bone.")
P.S. Even if you don't want to join the cruise, please feel free to say hi in the comments. I miss you guys!
Yes, yes, yes, I would absolutely LOVE to participate. I'll send you an email asap.
Thanks! ( FU. You crack me up.)
Susan -- Yay! You have spared me the humiliation of being a total wallflower. *grin*
Gonna email you right now. Can't wait! Miss you, too. I understand, though. Books must be written!
Thanks, Triple-J! :D
There's only one decent excuse for neglecting doing stuff for a book - and that's writing another one, so I reckon you're in the clear.
Patsy -- I take it! Heck, I'll take any excuse, and save the ones I don't use for later. ;)
Hi - it's great to see you! And congrats on offering the world a big FU!
I wish I could play in your ARC tour, but I don't blame you for keeping in the U.S. of A. Our postal rates are so sky-high I just paid $20 to mail a little tin of cookies from here to Toronto. Pretty soon it'll be cheaper to just fly there and bake the cookies in person.
Looking forward to getting my hands on The Big Fix, though - hurry up, ARC readers! :-)
Since I'm the impatient sort and can't wait for the release date, I'll be sending you that email.
By the way, have I mentioned I love the little IAQs on your sidebar?
Diane -- Thank you! Best part? Now I might actually have time to read your latest! (Geez, all this writing--I hope I still remember how to _read_.)
LD -- You are on the list! And thanks. I suppose I should update/add to those IAQs one of these days. I'm horrible about housekeeping around the blog. (Okay, around my house, too. I'm nothing if not consistent.)
I would SO sign up if I could promise to read it in a decent amount of time. I'm spending more time writing than reading these days. And I'm not a fast reader. So you see my predicament.
Linda, you're my hero! Look at you go - on your fourth Fix book! I could never write fiction, just cannot even imagine it. Seriously - you're amazing!
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