Monday, 27 December 2010


Hellooo, blog readers! Here at long last (and yes, perhaps a little later than I said, Megha) is the announcement of the great Shadows on the Moon ARC giveaway winners (whoot, applause, cheers, screams - okay, calm down, I'm not Britney Spears. Geez)!

The three winners will each receive a copy of an uncorrected advanced proof of Shadows on the Moon, which is a Cinderella retelling set in faerytale Japan, and won't be officially released in the UK until 4th July 2011. Goodreads synopsis below:
Suzume is a shadow-weaver. She can create mantles of darkness and light, walk unseen in the middle of the day, change her face. She can be anyone she wants to be. Except herself.

Suzume died officially the day the Prince's men accused her father of treason. Now even she is no longer sure of her true identity. Is she the girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands?

Everyone knows Yue is destined to capture the heart of a prince. Only she knows that she is determined to use his power to destroy Terayama.

And nothing will stop her. Not even love.
The winners will also get signed bookplates, scented Japanese paper fans and any other goodies that I can find.

Today I listed all my followers and the names of everyone who had left a comment on the SHADOWS ON THE MOON GIVEAWAY: REVISED post. I was about to use the random number generator, but then I realised I'd already written all the names down anyway, so I just picked three from a hat. Yes, the famous sparkly red hat.

*Drumroll please*

WINNER NUMBER TWO: Michelle at Clover Hill Book Review!
WINNER NUMBER THREE: Alessandra @ Out of the Blue!

I'm so happy for you! Please contact me as soon as you can through the email in my profile, so that I can get your addresses and get these prizes posted out for you.

Commiserations to everyone who entered and worked so hard to drum up blog traffic, but did not win. I know some of you were so excited about this and you're bound to be disappointed. Rest assured that if I can cadge any more ARCs or review copies, I'll put together another giveaway, because if it was up to me I seriously would give you ALL a copy. But remember that it's only six months until this book comes out now, and even if you don't live in the UK you can still order it through Amazon here or The Book Depository here. Free shipping!

Those of you who have book reviewing blogs can contact my publisher to ask to be put on the list to recieve a review copy in February - and in addition, Shadows will hopefully be taking part in the UK Blog Tour a little later as well, so people will have a chance to get their hands on an early copy then too.

Finally, a massive thank you to all of you, amazing, faithful readers that you are. Your comments, interest and support for the blog makes every bit of work associated with it worthwhile, and I wouldn't trade you guys for any other group of followers in the world. Finn also appreciates your love:

I'm sure Hero and Echo do as well, but they were both out playing in the snow today, so we'll just have to take that on faith.


Megha said...

Yes, it's an hour and 20 minutes later than you said.

Anyway, congratulations to the winners! I'm really disappointed I didn't win, but hey ho, I can't always win, can I?

(Although I would love some scented Japanese paper fans!)

I'm really upset, though. Hmph, it's okay. I'll get on with my studying.

Zoë Marriott said...

Megha, I said that I would post at my normal time, which is around 4-5, and I did. Please don't start ticking me off for being late, like a maths teacher with an unruly student. It takes all the fun out of things.

I'm sorry that you didn't win this time. Good luck with your studying.

Megha said...

Haha. I guess.

Thanks for the luck. I'm going to have grammar school entrance exams on the 5th. That's what I'm preparing for, you see.

bfree15 said...

Ah I didn't win. :(
Congratulations to all the winners.

(Im secretly cursing you all really)

Zoë Marriott said...

Sorry, bfree! Maybe you'll win next time, though. Emma, whose name I picked from the hat today, was so sad to miss out on the last giveaway - but I bet she doesn't care anymore!

Megha said...

bfree15: I'm cursing them too. Let's curse together and cast a spell on them. MUHAHAHA!

By the way, I now have a Blogspot blog, so anyone can comment without having to insert their email address. I'm really glad, because many people were finding that a problem.

Nattasha said...

Aw no now I'll have to wait until July, pity it would've given me something to do in well a big congratulations to those 3 lucky ducks who won.

I love that photo of Finn Zoe :)
Hope you had a good Christmas

Zoë Marriott said...

Sorry, Nattasha. I do feel sorry for everyone. I'm always really bummed when I enter an ARC giveaway and don't win. Why are you going to be in hospital, if you don't mind me asking? Anyway, I hope it all goes well and you recover from whatever it is quickly.

Michelle at Clover Hill Book Reviews said...

O.M.G!!!!!! O.o *Thank you!*

As soon as I saw Shadows on the Moon I fell in love - I'm so chuffed.

Nattasha said...

Oh don't feel so bad for everyone who lost out it'll just make us more excited to buy your book. Thank you, I have bad knees and which diagnosed with a condition called chondromalacia patella which means sick knee caps and it wouldn't be so bad except that I'm a very severe case and i'm in pain all the time which is a tad depressing considering the doctors told me I would get better by the time I was 18, they can't understand it so I've had some x-rays and will be brought in to be they're personal testing guinea pig. Hopefully I won't be in more than a few days because I have tech to go to.

Zoë Marriott said...

I'm glad that you're happy, Michelle :) We like to see enthusiasm. Drop me an email with your postal address and soon the book will be in your hands...

Nattasha: I can't help it, I'm a pushover. That sounds really painful, your knee condition. I only have ONE gammy knee (old injury from when I used to dance) and that's quite bad enough. I will cross my fingers that they can fix you up and send you home in tiptop condition, or at least with a better idea of how to put you in tiptop condition.

Nattasha said...

Thank you. You know I think it's the dogs that make people pushovers for one look at mine when she is begging and I may as well not be eating my food at all I'm a big softie.

I hope your knee isn't to painful.

Zoë Marriott said...

I'm having to put my dog on a diet due to a very similar problem! And I'm sure my knee's not nearly as painful as yours. It's mostly a problem because the joint pops out unexpectedly when I'm crossing the road or climbing stairs! I've had to learn how to fall without breaking my neck, like a stunt woman.

Nattasha said...

Ouch that sounds awful, Ha I guess practice makes perfect I've learned how to make sure I don't end up in a heap on the ground when either of my knees give out.

Anonymous said...

Okay, first Ill pout in sadness, really wanna read that book!

Alright now, CONGRATS TO THE WINNERS =D you lucky thangs!

And I am off to figure out how to be put on the publishers list ;)

Jessss :)

Nic @ Irresistible Reads said...

Congrats to the winners!

Sarah said...

Congratulations to the winners :o) I hope you had a fab Christmas Zoe! I'm very excited to see you'll be doing a blog tour - I'm going to have to try & get myself on the tour list!

Nattasha, I've never met anyone else who had chondromalacia patella! I had it in both knees as a teen but luckily my case wasn't as bad as yours must be. I had a lot of phisio exercises to do (250 per knee 3 times a day) which was very painful but luckily didn't need an operation. I hope it goes well for you & stops the pain!

Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks for commenting, Jess and Nic.

Sarah: Ach, you've caught me in a mistake there. I was talking about the UK ARC tour that Lynsey at Narratively Speaking runs, where the ARC travels around the country to any blogs that want to review it. I'd *love* to do a blog tour, but I've literally no idea how to organise it. Any ideas would be very welcome!

Megha said...

Zoe: You said that you'd be giving a few tours soon. Could I please possibly know when and where they are? If I can't get a copy of the book, at least I can get your autograph :D .

Megha said...

Even if I had a book blog, I probably wouldn't get the book. I mean, I'm only 11. I read DotF and TSK at the age of 9 and 10, and I didn't really feel that it was too mature for me :D.

Anyway, it's not like the publishers would give me a copy (me being 11), or invite me to gatherings and stuff. Ha.

Zoë Marriott said...

In the new year I'll hopefully be organising some book signings in a few places, Megha, and when I know for sure when and where those will be, I'll post the details here for everyone to see, so that anyone who can make it can come along. But I don't have any final details yet.

Actually, publishers absolutely love teen bloggers, providing that they post regular, thoughtful, thorough reviews of books. But I wouldn't recommend that you set up a blog just to get your hands on Shadows - maintaining a blog and writing reviews is a lot of work!

Megha said...

Okay, I'll be waiting.

Teen bloggers? What about preteenagers, because that's the group I come in to. Obviously, I won't just do it for SotM, but just to share my love of reading.

Anyhow, I'm starting a book countdown to see if I can read fifty books in 2011. Make a few modifications, and I'll change it to a book reviewing blog (although I was going to review anyway).

Zoë Marriott said...

Believe it or not, you're counted as a teen as soon as you hit eleven, at least by publishers. So if you think setting up a blog would be fun, then go for it.

Megha said...

Yay! I'm going to try, and NOT for the sake of getting SotM, although that'd be cool.

Nattasha said...

will you be doing any book signings in Belfast in Northern Ireland?

Emma said...

Thank you again Zoe! (I'm currently on the only computer I've found will let me comment!) I literally could not be more excited!

I feel so bad for everyone who didn't win because I was majorly disappointed when I didn't win the blogiversary giveaway so I know how you feel. But you know what, it just makes winning this time even better so you'll be even happier when you DO win in the future :-)

EEEEEEEEP! I'm still buzzing!

Zoë Marriott said...

Nattasha: Not unless an Irish bookshop invites me to come and will pay for my travel costs. I can't afford it otherwise - my publisher isn't putting me 'on tour' as far as I'm aware, so I have to pay for my own tickets and any overnight stays. As a result, I expect my signings to be confined to the North of England. Sorry. I wish I was a bestseller and could afford to go wherever I wanted!

Emma: I'm glad you're so happy and excited about it - I really couldn't hope for a more enthusiastic reader!

Isabel said...

I found out about this on Monday, in the ski lodge, on my dad's iphone. I'm really sad I didn't win, but there's no use complaining about it. Congrats, winners! And thanks for not being really obnoxious about winning. That's much appreciated. Although you have every right to be ecstatic. And thank you, Zoe!

I'm also sad because my guinea pig, Uli, just died. She was old; she had a good life. I'm not sure my three-year-old sister has really registered this yet, (she loved Uli so much) but I've told her that Uli is happy somewhere in the sky and she seemed content with that. I'm done crying, but I'm still sad. :(

Again, congratulations, winners! I know you'll love it! Post reviews for us, okay? Ooh, I'm so jealous! Haha.

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