Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Bound Book Arrives!

Today was a banner day—an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) came in the mail! It was a great early Christmas present worthy of a mini photo shoot.

Here it is in a festive surrounding:


And here it is in what will soon be its native environment:


As a writer, reading someone else’s summary of your work is a strange and wonderful thing. Here’s how the back jacket copy reads:

When her safecracker mom and code-breaker dad inherit a dreary Scottish castle, sixteen-year-old Caity Mac Fireland is not happy. Ripped from her cushy life and friends in San Francisco, Caity’s secret fantasy of being discovered by a Hollywood agent, talent scout, or even just a pageant coach seems more unlikely than ever.

But when Caity stumbles across as hidden room in the castle, its walls covered in strange symbols, her life takes a bizarre turn. She finds herself center stage in an international conspiracy involving warring secret societies, assassins, the suppressed revelations or the Mayan calendar and the year 2012, plus the fate of humanity.

With the help of her friend Justine back home, and Alex, a gorgeous and mysterious Scottish boy, Caity must race to decipher the code and real its message to the world before time runs out.

I like it. It’s not at all what I would’ve written, but that’s probably a good thing. Now I’m going to settle in with my ARC and give it a read. It’s such an odd feeling to be holding a bound book that has my name on the spine!

24 comments:

Liyana said...

Wow, it looks great. I love the synopsis. ;)

Lexie said...

:D so cool! what a great pre-Christmas present!

Jody said...

Oh my God, that's so exciting! Merry Christmas, Christy! I'm really thrilled for you.

storyqueen said...

Your baby is beautiful!

Congratulations! Look forward to reading it!

Shelley

Kimberly Derting said...

It's SO beautiful , Christy! Can't wait to get my hands on it!!!

And the jacket copy's great (but I felt the same way...not what I would've written, but whatev).

Merry Christmas XO

Corey Schwartz said...

Wow, looks great. And SOUNDS great. I can't wait to buy it and read it!!!

beth said...

OMG!SQUEE!

This is amazing! How wonderful--what a great Christmas present!!!!!

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Fabulous cover and it looks like it belongs on the tree in a place of honor. I think the jacket copy is compelling and will draw in readers. What a great way to enter the holidays!

Christy Raedeke said...

Thanks for sharing the excitement, friends!

And Corey, something happened with your second comment -- got it through email but it didn't show up here. The answer is, I would be honored if you bought it at any time - now or later. I'm really not sure if one time is better than the other. Thanks for asking!

Khy said...

Yay!! It looks awesome :D I hope you squealed and celebrated when you got it. :D

jberk said...

hurray!

V. S said...

Congrats!!! It looks awesome!

RKCharron said...

Hi :)
What a wonderful early Christmas present! It looks great. You must be so happy to hold your dreams & hard work in your hands.
Merry Christmas!
Rob

Tina Lee said...

Yay! I look forward to reading it.

Shelli said...

yay congrads! :)

Katie said...

Oh my!!!! SO SO cool!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Great, Christy! We're so excited for you!

Carole C

Little Ms J said...

Congrats Christy! It is gorgeous and I know you just must be beside yourself. I'm thrilled out of my skin for you.

Suzanne Young said...

Look at that! The cover looks AMAZING!!!!

Hip hip Hooray!

Teri Hall said...

Christy it is absolutely fabulous.

Robin said...

EEEEK! It's gorgeous!!! And the story sounds awesome. Can't wait! :-)

Ryan Hunter - Writer said...

This book sounds like an intriguing read and the cover is very well designed. I'm going to have to make a note of the title so I can pick up a copy for my daughters when it's available.

PJ Hoover said...

Congratulations! I love your beautiful book!

Irene Latham said...

That is one fine looking ARC! I look forward to getting to know it better. Congratulations!! :)