Wednesday, December 12, 2012

News and Giveaway: Calling Me Home UK Galley

By Julie

MY GOODNESS! Time is flying! Really flying!

I can't believe today is officially two months until the U.S. release of Calling Me Home on February 12, 2013. My head's spinning, and many things are happening behind the scenes. Here's a few.

Scheduling book tour/signing events. Confirmed so far:

TX: Barnes and Noble, Arlington, Texas, The Parks Mall, Tuesday, February 12, 7 p.m. (launch event!)

TX: BookPeople, Austin, Texas, Saturday, February 16, 7 p.m.

TX: Blue Willow Bookshop, Houston, Texas, Monday, February 18, 7 p.m.

CO: Tattered Cover, Colfax, Denver, Colorado, Monday, February 25, 7 p.m.

WA: Auntie's Bookstore, Spokane, Washington, Wednesday, March 13, 7 p.m.

Positive reviews

Kirkus Reviews said:
"Kibler’s unsentimental eye makes the problems faced unflinchingly by these women ring true. Love and family defy the expected in this engaging tale."

Publishers Weekly said:
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Kibler, in alternating first-person narrations, delivers a rousing debut about forbidden love and unexpected friendships over the span of six decades." The rest of the review is here

Several folks on Goodreads have weighed in after reading galleys. A reader named Sue said:
"I can describe this story only as a wonder. For me, maybe the book of the year... Julie Kibler has written a solid story about love and hate, fear and bigotry, friendship and trust, the value of communication and the tragedy of withholding, the mistakes of putting on airs, and the everyday foibles of parents and children, the young and the old. I can’t wait to read another exquisite novel by Julie Kibler."

Bookbrowse has a whole slew of reviews that make me smile. Amber from Ohio said:
"While sellers may try to compare this to "The Help" - and yes, the storytelling rivals it - this is instead a love story. Powerful and gripping, you'll be surprised with the characters as the details of a forbidden romance unfold, changing two people and everyone else in their lives forever. Definitely pick up this book for your reading group, literature class, or a great read."

Last but not least ... Advance Reader's Editions
The U.S. advance copies came out in September. Many folks are already reading them after giveaways through Goodreads, Bookbrowse, Shelf Awareness, not to mention copies sent by my publicist to various media outlets.

UK advance reader's editions, or as they call them there, proofs, arrived on my doorstep in the last month and are absolutely gorgeous. The book releases there June 20, 2013, and I'm thrilled Pan MacMillan has asked me to travel to England to participate in the book launch there. It releases in Australia and New Zealand concurrently with the U.S. release.

I thought it might be fun to do a giveaway for one of the UK advance copies. (Front and back pictured here!)

To be entered in this drawing, please:
1) Leave a comment here asking to be entered.
2) Go to my Facebook author page and "like" my page if you haven't already. (Not mandatory, but helpful!)
3) Leave a comment there on my link to this post indicating your interest in the UK advance copy. (Too confusing ... I am striking this. :))

I'll post the winner at the bottom of this post on Wednesday, December 19, and request your contact information at that time. I can mail the book only to addresses in the United States or United Kingdom.

Please feel free to share about the giveaway on Facebook or Twitter or your own blog. The more the merrier! And again, let's be honest--the more folks who learn about Calling Me Home, the better the book will sell. In fact, if you plan to buy the book anyway, a pre-order helps a debut author more than almost anything else you can do. If you plan to buy it at an event, you can often pre-order the book through the store where the event will be held.

Thanks for traveling this journey to publication with me. It's feeling pretty real these days!

UPDATE: The winner of the UK advance readers' edition of Calling Me Home is Helen Kalmans, which is lovely as she was the very first person to enter. In this case, the early bird really did get the worm! I'll contact Helen via Facebook. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I hope you'll be on the lookout for the book come February 12. 





   

31 comments:

  1. helen kalmans12 December, 2012

    How very exciting! I can't wait to see your book on the NY Times best Seller list! :) I am going to enter your contest on the FB page too.

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  2. Congrats on your upcoming release! I'd love to get my hands on an ARC!

    (And sadly my Google account comes across as "unknown" here.)

    ~Therese

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  3. Gotcha, Therese! Thank you both!

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  4. Hi Julie, good luck with the book. Please enter me for the giveaway.

    Karen

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  5. So looking forward to seeing this book on the shelves & reading it! Congratulations, Julie!
    Orly

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    1. Thank you! Good luck in your own writing endeavors!

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  6. Always love to find new authors to read thanks for the opportunity!

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    1. My pleasure, Sandi! Thanks for coming by the blog!

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  7. I am really really going to try to get to your Austin signing. I would love to meet you in person! And I can't wait to read Calling Me Home (UK or otherwise!)

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  8. Thanks, Jenna! I hope to meet you, too!

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  9. I can't wait to read Calling Me Home, Julie! I know it will be a huge success!

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  10. You know that I'm so so so so excited for you! Can't wait to read it!

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    1. Thanks, Amy, and thank you so much for your enthusiasm for books and authors!

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  11. Have been looking forward to reading this book for AGES! Can't wait!

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    1. Thank you, She Who Makes Most Beautiful Jewelry On Etsy! :)
      http://www.etsy.com/shop/MrsGibson

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  12. How wonderful that you've been asked to do a launch in England, Julie! Fantastic. My friend just got home from Europe and was showing me her pictures. Can you believe one of the pictures on her iPad was a cover of your book? I said, "That's my friend's book!" She's 71 years old and has no idea why she has a picture of it. It gave me goosebumps! Congratulations!

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    1. Thank you, Lori! And whoa! That's crazy! I'd love to know where that picture came from! Maybe she just saw it on Facebook or something one day and thought it was pretty?! Or wanted to remind herself later? Who knows!

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  13. Dr. Delores Washburn18 December, 2012

    Still thrilled beyond words for your novel's success abroad; the homeland is going to love it, too. The advance copy you brought me has whetted my appetite for the one to be released in February. I have pre-ordered it, but of course would love one from the UK with its cover!

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    1. Thank you, Delores! I learned much about the craft of writing from the very best teacher! :)

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  14. Congratulations, Julie. I'm so excited for you. Ever since Kim read an earlier draft of "Calling Me Home" I've wanted to get my hands on a copy of it. Would love to win a UK version. Feel certain your novel will be read and loved by many around the world.

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    1. Thank you, Deb. I can't wait for you to read it!

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  15. Jennifer McEwen18 December, 2012

    Please enter me in the drawing. I can't wait to read it!
    P.S. I liked your author page AGES ago. =)

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    1. Will do, Jennifer! And thank you!

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  16. I can't wait to read your book :) Please enter me!

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    1. Thank you! I will add you to the drawing!

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  18. I have been waiting for your book to be released for months!!! Looking forward to it. Please enter me in your drawing. Thank you!

    icart_1@hotmail.com

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    1. You're entered! Thank you! I hope you enjoy the book!

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