***ETA: Contest closed. Thanks, everyone, for playing!***
Okay, time to make good on my promise for an ARC contest for FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON, Night Huntress World, book one.
A short explanation for those new to the blog/series. The Night Huntress World novels are spin-offs from my Night Huntress series where side characters previously introduced in the Cat and Bones novels now get the spotlight as the hero/heroine. Each Night Huntress World book is a stand-alone, not the start of a new series, and they're written so that readers who've never read any of the Cat and Bones books can pick them up without feeling like they're coming in at the middle of everything.
Please allow me to give a little history behind FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON. About a year before my debut novel even released, I told my editor I wanted to write a book featuring Spade as the hero because I knew exactly who he'd end up with and she'd meet Spade's future heroine in my second Cat and Bones book. Spade showed up only briefly as a side character in my debut novel, but I explained to my editor that I knew his whole history and what circumstances would get him and the heroine together (even though the heroine hadn't even been seen on page at this point). My editor very gently replied that first we'd have to see how this series sold before we could talk about doing spin-offs on it. Publishing is a business, of course, and "but I really wanna!" takes a backseat to a profit and loss statement, lol.
Fast forward almost two years later. I had my new agent approach my editor with - you guessed it - two proposals for spin-off novels from the Night Huntress series. My editor bought both of them and asked me which I wanted to do first. It was a no-brainer - I wanted to do Spade and Denise's book. I'd been thinking about their story for about four years at this point. Plus, the plotline in the Night Huntress series had progressed to where Spade/Denise's book would fit perfectly into the overall timeline of events, even though their story can still easily be read by people who've never picked up a Cat and Bones book. Therefore, getting to write FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON was my reward from readers. Your support gave me the chance to write a book I've spent years thinking about. Thank you so much. I truly could not have done it without you.
And now, before I get all blubbery over this post, to the contest details! If you want an ARC (advance reading copy) of FIRST DROP OF CRIMSON, book one in the Night Huntress World, send an email to frostlight1 AT yahoo DOT com with "FDOC" in the subject line. Contest opens now and ends Saturday, December 12th 11:59pm Eastern time. There will be four (4) winners, and yes, I will ship the book to the winners no matter where in the world they live. Winner will be chosen by Randomizer.org as usual, because I could never pick among all of you myself.
Good luck and thanks again, everyone!