All About ARCs of Etiquette & Espionage

My darling Gentle Reader, I am in the enviable position of being In Demand. Well, my new book is. Or, more to the point, my new book which isn’t out until next February is.

It’s not secret in some circles (namely Goodreads) that ARCs of E&E are getting out into the universe. There have even been some very kind and lovely reviews already. I was under the impression ARCs were not being sent out until closer to the release of the book in February of 2013. I think that this is because if we sent them out too soon people will forget about it by the time the actual book releases and what would be the point of that?

I know that you, Gentle Reader would never forget! But for others there’s a sudden house move, or a surprise wedding, or an invasion of chutney daemons and then silly books about chubby floating Finishing Schools and a young girl with a nose for covert activities get forgotten.

A year is a very long time.

Nevertheless, some ARCs are being distributed from my publishers at promotional conferences this spring and summer. I haven’t sent any out. No one is playing favoritism. I believe some turned up at one of the librarian conventions recently and were given out on a first-come first-serve basis to teen readers and a few bloggers.

This is all entirely outside of my control. I try really hard to play as fair as possible on my blog and other social media. So far, I have only passed along ARCs to my beta readers and my mother, and even they are under orders to guard them with the might of a thousand barking tiny dogs.

I promise, as soon as I am given the OK I will run some sort of little give away for some of the ARCs. Winners will be random number generated, so anyone who wants to participate will have a chance at an ARC regardless of location, blogging power, or social media standing. Cross my little heart!

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Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School Book 1

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It’s one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It’s quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners–and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

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  1. Sabrina - about happy books said:

    It's indeed a bit weird that ARCs are being sent out so early, but then it has become a trend that you see reviews on books months before the publication date. I personally prefer reviews close to the pub date.

    I'm also super excited for the book, hope 2013 will be here soon.

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