Freezing rain and fog here in Minnesota, with the roads so treacherous that schools are closed. I’d much rather have an actual blizzard…but a flurry of words and links and news will have to do.
First things first: The advance reading copies of The Books of Elsewhere, Volume Four: The Strangers have arrived at my house in their excitingly heavy box! If you (or someone you know) is a book blogger or reviewer, and you would like an ARC of The Strangers, contact me in the comments or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Obviously, quantities are limited, but I will guarantee a copy for the first three reviewer-respondents.
(For now, this offer is for bloggers/reviewers only. I will very likely do a giveaway for readers in a few more weeks, so stay tuned!)
I learned that The Second Spy was nominated for the 2012 Cybils Awards, as well as for the Minnesota Book Awards. It isn’t a finalist for either, but both awards have been very kind to The Books of Elsewhere in the past, and truly fantastic books are on both lists.
The Second Spy also got a mention (and its picture!) in Publishers Weekly, in an article on holiday book sales.
My spring travel schedule is about to get really crazy, with more events being added all the time. Keep an eye on http://jacquelinewest.com/appearance-calendar.php, if you’re interested. This weekend, I’m off to booksALIVE! in Panama City, Florida. So long, freezing rain. Hello, Emerald Coast.