I’ve seen a lot of Advanced Reading Copies (ARCs), but never one quite this pretty. I love how my publisher, St. Martin’s Press, incorporated the cover of the final book at the bottom of the ARC cover and devoted so much space to bestselling author Christina Schwarz’s wonderful quote—a quote that warmed my heart when I read it. I hope that my readers will feel the same way about Necessary Lies that Christina did.
So what is an ARC? It’s the uncorrected proof of an upcoming book and it’s sent to reviewers, librarians and bookstores to generate early reviews and orders. Since the ARC is uncorrected, you’ll find some typos, maybe some awkward sentences that will later be changed, and in the case of Necessary Lies, some documents in the body of the story that will be printed larger (and therefore more readable!) in the actual book. But the story will be the same.
ARCs are printed in limited numbers, so I only have a few and am hoarding them for some hand selected reviewers. But I have a copy reserved for one of my readers…maybe you? If you’ll add a comment to this blog post or under this post on Facebook (just “hi!” is fine!) and agree to write an honest review on Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com when reviews are allowed, you’ll be in the running. I’ll use a random number generator to select a winner. Although this is the North American version of Necessary Lies, the book will be available in all English speaking countries on September 3rd and I’ll send you the ARC no matter where you live (and if you live outside the US, you may leave your review in your country’s online stores). I’ll select a winner this Friday at noon EST.