a TARDIS, a sneak peek, and a giveaway…oh my!

why yes, that is a TARDIS mug...

Things have been hoppin’ since my last post and the photo above sums up the past week pretty well.

Across the Pond…

For readers in the UK who’ve been asking when The Virgin Cure will reach their shores, I’m pleased to announce that the novel now has a home with the wonderful UK publisher, Orion. The following comes via Publisher’s Lunch:

Ami McKay’s THE VIRGIN CURE and THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK, a (very) young woman’s journey through the underworld of New York in 1871, to Genevieve Pegg at Orion, for publication in 2012, by Helen Heller at Helen Heller Agency.

Woohoo! I’m so excited. Date and details to follow.

For real.

Yesterday, the ARC (advanced reading copy) of novel #2 arrived on my doorstep. My family looked on as I did a happy dance and giggled like Anderson Cooper. (If you haven’t seen AC’s giggle fit on youtube, you really should. You’ll feel the glee for days.) Although an ARC is a sample copy with the traditional yellow cover of an uncorrected proof, the interior gives reviewers and industry folks a real sense of what the finished book will be like. It’s a time of celebration and nail-biting, since there’s nothing I can do to change it. “No regrets” is now my mantra. With every new book comes a new adventure, right?

Without giving any of the plot away, I will say that the page design is gorgeous. The amazing Kelly Hill has outdone herself and when I snapped the pic above it was hard not to take several more pictures so I could share all the bells and whistles with you.

Oh, OK, just one more ...

Speaking of Sneak Peeks…

Chapters bookstore in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia will be holding a fall preview to give readers a sneak peek at several upcoming fall titles. The event will be during store hours, starting at 1pm on Sunday, September 11. I’ll be on at approximately 2:30pm to talk about the inspiration behind The Virgin Cure and to give a reading from the book. I’ve been in NYC on other 9/11 anniversaries, but can’t make it there this year. I’m honoured though to be sharing some of my personal NYC history on that date with readers in Dartmouth. If you’re in the Halifax/Dartmouth area and want to hear a bit of the novel before its release in October, please come join me.

Last but not least.

While I don’t have any ARCs of the novel to give away at the moment, I do have a lovely box of the mass market paperback edition of The Birth House sitting on my kitchen table. (See it in the first pic? Isn’t it sweet?) The new edition also includes the Prologue and first chapter of The Virgin Cure, so I thought I’d give away THREE copies (SIGNED of course) to three readers who’d like this new edition of The Birth House and a sneak peek of The Virgin Cure.

I’ll take the names of all those who comment on this post and put them in a hat, then draw the winners from there. The draw is open worldwide, so comment away! (Please comment by September 1st, 2011 to be included in the draw. Winners will be announced on September 2nd, 2011.) Good luck!

 

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