Saturday, August 19, 2017

School Days Already! And a Giveaway!

By Sassy Cabot from the Read ’Em and Eat Mysteries by TerrieFarley Moran



It is hard to believe but in Fort Myers Beach the new school year has already begun and the crowd of family vacationers has thinned out considerably. Here in the Read ’Em and Eat café and bookstore, Bridgy and I are busy getting ready for the Autumn vacationers (the beach in late September through November is a glorious place to be) by refurbishing the kitchen and restocking the bookshelves. Miguel is trying out some new recipes, while Bridgy and I squabble over who get to be the #1 taste tester.

I was re-organizing the book shelves when I remembered that Pastor John had brought in a couple of ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies- uncorrected proofs bound in book form without the pretty cover) of some adventure books that a snowbird parishioner had given him at the end of season. Pastor thought I might want to read them. I looked in my book cabinet and there was the plastic Walgreen’s bag holding a memoir about canoeing, a how-to on water skiing and a pictorial of famous kayaking waterways. I thought the books would be great for browsing as I sat on the patio in the evening, so I took them out to my jeep and tossed them on the passenger seat.

Walking back to the café I remembered all the fun that Bridgy and I have had on the water since we moved here from Brooklyn. I slipped a grateful glance at the Gulf of Mexico and got back to work.

As it happens, our author has an ARC of Well Read, Then Dead that she would like to giveaway to some lucky commenter to celebrate the third anniversary of the book’s release.



To enter for a chance to win please comment below and tell us anything at all about ARC books. You love to read them, you’ve never read one, you like to search for the errors that the author and editor weeded out (hopefully) before publication—we want to know. Please include your email in this format: yourname (at) your server(dot) com—so the spambots can’t pick it up.

Comments close at midnight on Monday, August 21st.

54 comments:

  1. How exciting to read an ARC copy! Thank you donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  2. How exciting to be able to read an ARC copy I'd love it! Thank you for the chance donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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  3. Love to read ARC books. They keep me sharp. I have to slow down my reading and really get into the bookmore than usual plus I get the benefit of re reading a passage over and over. And a new book even by an author you read before is always exciting because authors like to keep their characters fresh

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  4. I love ARCs. It usually means I get to read the book before others. It is very exciting and unique.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  5. I have never read one; errors would probably slow my reading for the book down. Thanks for the chance :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  6. i love reading arcs and would love to read more of them! thanks for the chance . amandasmother at aol dot com

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  7. I won 2 ARCs and loved them. Altho pretty covers are nice- the inside is what's important.

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    1. Sorry- forgot my email. Memaw5545@ gmail.com

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  8. ARC...sounds good to me...and thank you for the chance.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  9. I love ARC's. I like to be able to read something before it comes out so when it does I already know about it and get excited it finally out and can tell people how great of a book it is. (We're hoping they are great). nerdsrgood (at) msn (Dot) com Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. Love ARC's. Love The Read "Em and Eat series. gretaduerst at gmail dot com

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  11. I have never read an ARC but the book sounds awesome. I am that person who finds grammatical and spelling errors in books, billboards, signs... I will say that mistakes drive me crazy, but don't stop me from reading a good book. skforrest1957(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. They all look great! Thanks for sharing your contest! Veronica.vboudreau57@gmail.com

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  13. I have read a number of ARC's. I still do. I enjoy them. They give me an opportunity to read a book first, which can be fun. I enjoy writing reviews so they also provide me the opportunity to give back to an author. I can have a review ready as soon as the book comes out, in the days leading up to release I can Instagram and Tweet about it. I have found that most ARC's don't have a lot of errors in them. Another thing I do enjoy, with some ARC's, is seeing any differences in the ARC and the released copy.
    cristinaalaska (at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I love reading ARCs. I like being able to help authors out to polish up their book before releasing. I get excited to see the finished product knowing that maybe I had a small part in the editing.
    jhdwayne(at)peoplepc(dot)com

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  15. I have tons of signed ARC's. I love them and I hate them. There are publishers whose ARC's have the final cover and look so much better on my bookshelves. So it's a mixed bag when you look at my 200 board feet of floor to ceiling book cases.

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  16. I love to get and read arcs. Usually if you own an arc its a author signed one so I have a few of them I keep on a special author signed bookshelf. Its great being one of the first to read then new or extended series!

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  17. I love reading arcs. It's wonderful that authors appreciate their readers enough that they share their books before they are released. Thank you for this chance. areewekidding(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. I love ARC's, especially for the first book in a series. If I really like the story the rest of the series will go on my wish list. My budget is limited so I always check my wish list before buying.

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  19. I love ARCs since I like to be the first to read them and rate on good reads! Anajs95 at gmail dot com

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  20. i LOVE arC'S !! jcook22@yahoo.com

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  21. I have never read an ARC copy. Would love to read one. Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  22. I have never read an ARC copy. Would love to read one. Thanks for the chance.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. I have received a few. I don't mind them but sometimes extras aren't in them like maps, etc

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  24. I love ARC books because that means i get to read stuff early. That is always awesome!

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  25. I don't think I've ever read an ARC book, but I would love to start with this one, thank you for the giveaway! lclee59(at)centurylink(dot)net

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  26. Paula Jacobson I have never read an ARC book, but I would love to. I did get an Uncorrected Proof at a library sale. jsjacobson(at)prtel(dot)com

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  27. I used to work in a bookstore and am very familiar with ARC's. I love to read them! Thanks for the chance to win. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. I would live to win and read this! Usersns8800@aol.com

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  29. I have met new authors and series through ARCs, primarily from NetGalley. I really appreciate the opportunity to read them.

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  30. I've never read an ARC and would love the chance to read one. As a parent and a former teacher, I love to check for mistakes. pmlento (at) gmail(dot) com

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  31. I love arc books and being able to help an author get there story out to people who will like to read them.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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  32. An ARC book is always welcome. It's exciting to read the book before everyone else.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. I love to read ARC copies for a couple of reasons. It's nice to be able to help authors spread the word that they have finished a book to be read by posting honest, unbiased reviews. Also, living in Malaysia where English is the only language I know it is difficult to find and purchase
    books I enjoy due to language barriers and currency conversion (the price after converting ringgit to USD is a real mouth dropper). ARCs help solve some of my reading dilemmas and I am most thankful to the authors who provide ARCs to their fans. aisyahsplace@yahoo.com

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  34. I love ARC books, to read & tell others how great the book is so they will want to read it. Thanks for this amazing giveaway. lindamay4852@yahoo.com

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  35. I love to experience the story before it is published to the masses. Maceoindo (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  36. I Love reading ARCs! Reading ARCs has become one of my most favorite things to do. I love the idea that I can help an author with my reviews get the exposure they deserve as quickly as possible! I am an avid reader, usually reading a book every two days. I always review on both Amazon and Goodreads and I send a personal email to the authors with the links. Merry
    Northstarvance(at)Gmail(dot)com

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  37. I love ARC's....love getting to read book before others and I confess....i enjoy looking for mistakes as im reading as well

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  38. I have never gotten to read an ARC but I would love to. There is something amazing about being able to read an author's work prior to everyone else. Thank you for the chance. Brneyedinkgal69(at)aol.com.

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  39. I like to read the ARCs. Not only does it mean I get to read the book first, I have gotten to know a lot of new authors this way. Though I do not LOOK for mistakes, I will mention it to the author of I come across them. Thank you for the chance to win a copy! Righinnk at gmail dot com

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  40. I enjoy reading ARC's, usually before a lot of the public, and can comment about how much I enjoyed it when the big push is out. Also I really enjoy a lot of the characters in the cozies. jluebke(at)frontier(dot)com

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  41. I enjoy reading ARCs. Sometimes, they are so good, I don't find any mistakes. I do find them in finished books, though. lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  42. I've read a decent amount of ARCs that are ebooks, very few had glaring errors which was nice. I pointed out a grammatical error or two in one of them. Would love to win! barbie17(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I love these books. Read everytime I find one

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  44. Thank u for the opportunity! I love this series.

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  45. I have never had the chance to read an ARC, would love to!!!!

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  46. I've read a number of uncorrected proofs and advance reading copies. Booksellers tend to call an advance book by the name "uncorrected proof" when the cover is plain cardstock-like paper with just the essentials printed on it or "in pictorial wraps." The "ARC" is the book in a "pictorial wrap" or a facsimile of the upcoming book jacket in a glossy paper. The insides are often the same, since it is rare to find each version printed for a book, but it does happen. I've even seen an ARC completely redone (on the inside) for example, a book by James Patterson, when the opinion of the book people who had read it so far was so negative about the ending that he rewrote a new ending that was more popular with early readers. I do enjoy reading either format to help get those good reviews pouring in to help sales figures and pre-sale reserves as well. Thanks for the opportunity to win one! Sandieherron (at) comcast (dot) net

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  47. I would love to read ARC books! How do you get ARC copies besides a giveaway like this? I'd love to point out grammatical and plot errors so an author could correct them before the book is published. Your series sounds like fun too. suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. ARC books are da bomb diggity! They show you window on a wonderful new world!

    Kelly Braun
    Gaelicark(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  49. I'm not sure if I have ever read an ARC...with all the books I have read I must have but...I'd love to read this one.

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  50. I've read a few ARCs and enjoyed being able to post early reviews.
    minishoes(at)msn(dot)com

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  51. Comments are closed and the winner has been notified. Thanks so much for stopping by. xo Terrie

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