ARCs, Glorious ARCs

There’s something really beautiful about being one of the first. It’s a privilege and an honor. This is especially true for getting to read someone’s book baby. It does take an extremely long time to write and then publish something.

Although 2020 has been an absolute wild ride of a year, there have been silver linings. Advance reading copies, or ARCs, has been a delight for me this year. I’ve been able to read fabulous work from both established and new authors.

In the above photo, I received an early copy of A Murderous Relation because I was going to an in-conversation event with Deanna Raybourn. For Darling Rose Gold, I won an ARC through an online contest.

Then I dove into the world of electronic copies. I finally signed up for a NetGalley account when I also won (!) a copy of Big Summer by Jennifer Weiner. What an amazing idea! I could ask to read people’s works (and maybe) be granted early access to them.

To my delight, I was recently told by my editor at my wonderful publisher, Berkley, that I could also ask her for books of fellow authors within the imprint. Huzzah!

To that end, I’ve since collected the following:

-Olivia Blacke’s Killer Content

-Deborah Blake’s Furbidden Fatality

-Kate Lansing’s A Pairing to Die For

-Denise Williams’ How to Fail at Flirting

Additionally, I’m part of the Chicks on the Case book club, where we discuss novels by fellow Chick bloggers. It’s a fun no-spoilers discussion that happens on the blog. I’ve got copies of the latest by Ellen Byron and Becky Clark loaded onto my reading device. (Next book club discussion will be on Murder in the Bayou Boneyard and happens on October 16th!)

My TBR pile is enormous. Happy reading, everyone!

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