We’re a little over a week away from the “official” publication date for Peaceable Kingdoms, my new novel which closes out the Star Trek: The Fall miniseries and (hopefully) completes the race begun by my esteemed writing cohorts–David R. George III, Una McCormack, David Mack, and James Swallow–all of whom where a blast to work with during this project.
The publication date, December 31st, is mostly used for catalogs and computer-driven ordering and inventory systems than anything else, as most mass-market paperbacks don’t have fixed release dates. Long story short? New titles become “available” in a store whenever the individual bookseller gets their stock, enters it into the store’s inventory system, and shelves them. In other words, the book could start showing up anywhere any day now.
So, since we have a few extra days’ advance notice to work with, it seems to be just about time to announce another “mini-scavenger hunt” of sorts.
All righty, then. Here’s the deal:
The first *ten* people who can provide photographic evidence of the new book roaming in the wild (translation: on a store shelf, somewhere) by posting that pic **here in the comments section** will receive an autographed card with the book’s cover art. You know, assuming they want one.
Note: “Here in the comments section” means exactly that. You can post to Twitter, or Facebook, or e-Mail me to let me know you’re closing in on your target, or that you’ve apprehended same, but it only counts if it’s here. Everybody got that? Sweet.
Also, note how it says you don’t have to actually *buy* the book, as I know some folks will be getting an e-Book version and those won’t drop until December 31st, and maybe don’t want to buy a physical copy and yet still participate in the game. So, the “no purchase necessary” caveat is to try and keep things fair. That said, if you want to support my kids’ college tuitions while conducting your hunt, who am I to complain?
If you want to take a selfie of you and the book, that works, but let’s keep it clean…unless you’re reading this and looking to get in on the action and you’re a Playboy Playmate, or something.
I’ve finagled some assistance from my editor to secure said cards for autographing. There might be additional giveaways, but for now? Only ten. In addition to being able to have more “winners” this time around, this also will be cheaper for me, since mailing books to all those non-continental US addresses almost forced me to pawn one of my kidneys for quick cash.
As I rather like my kidneys, we’re going with something different, this time.
All right, listen up, people: Our book has been on the run for a couple of days. Average foot speed over uneven ground barring injuries is pretty much zero since books have no legs. That gives us a search radius of the whole frappin’ planet, with the possible exception of Tampa, Florida, as my mother will already have swept up all available copies.
What I want out of each and every one of you is a hard target search of every bookstore, grocery store, drug store, Walmart, Target, and whatever other retail outlet you can think of in that area. Checkpoints go up at Facebook and Twitter. Your fugitive’s name is Peaceable Kingdoms.
Go get it.
Release the hounds!