Tuesday, 14 June 2011

SHADOWS ON THE MOON - IN THE WILD!

Hi everyone! I'm afraid there's not much sense to be gotten out of me today, because since late on Monday I've been receiving reports that there are copies of Shadows on the Moon - actual, real life, paper, bookish versions of it - on the shelves of certain shops.

At first, when the fabulous Kaz Mahoney (interviewed by me here) sent me this picture from the shop in Aylesbury, I thought it might be a mistake, or a one-off.


But then a lovely blog reader let me know that she had also bought a copy in Hereford. And finally another wonderful friend from London said that she too had just found and bought the book. So it looks like it is out nationwide. NEARLY A MONTH EARLY.

Thus far it seems that it is only WH Smiths which has gotten impatient and started making the book available (despite the fact that it still shows as a pre-order on their website). So if you do want to get your hands on a finished copy right now, that's the place to do it. Especially as, apparently, it's part of their three-for-two deal on children's and YA novels. And then you will be able to see for yourself the shiny glossy cover and the beautiful internal cherry blossom decoration and, you know. All those words I wrote.

You could even buy THREE copies (only paying for TWO!) and then give a copy to your best friend and another to your sister or mother or some other person you know who loves to read! And if you wanted it make it extra special you could write to me via my publisher (like it says here!) with a stamped addressed envelope, and get me to do personalised bookplates for you and your friends/relatives to stick into the front pages of the books you'd bought! How amazing would that be?

Right, that's enough of that. I was NOT mentally prepared for this, guys. Every time someone tells me they've seen it, I have to stop and do the deep breathing exercises and fan myself vigorously. I don't know whether to laugh hysterically or sit in the corner and rock gently while whimpering. I've mentioned it to my publisher and they don't seem at all concerned, so it looks like all systems are go, basically.

This steps a little bit on the grand giveaway I was planning on doing at the end of this week to celebrate the blog's one year anniversary. However, I think I'll still do it, since ARCs of Shadows on the Moon are something different, and free, signed books are nearly always popular, right? I mean, even if you COULD, theoretically, just walk right into a shop and buy it yourself...

Ha ha.

*Deep breaths*

OK, in other news, I'm working on FF edits now, so if you've sent me an email and I haven't responded yet, don't worry - it's just that I'm putting most things on hold in order to work on these.

And finally:

I definitely haz it today, guys. Eeep. 
Unexpected puppy is unexpected!

37 comments:

Heather said...

Ooh, I'm from Hereford too, hopefully I'll be able to buy a copy this afternoon :)
Congrats on your impromptu release day!

Ashley said...

Oh! I so wish I could run over to a bookstore and grab me a copy! Sigh... It's a little too far for me though. :P

Anyway, that's really exciting that people are already buying your book!! Yay for you! You are amazing!

Remember- Ashley loves! (Now, doesn't that just make the day better?! :P)

Zoë Marriott said...

Heather: Eeep x2! I hope you like it!

Ashley: Thank you - it DOES make it better. Isn't it ironic though, that people can buy the book in shops and yet I don't even have my author copies yet!

Vivienne said...

Well that throws my reading plans out the window! There was me all prepared to read and review on release date and now it is out there already. LOL. I am pleased for you that everyone is getting to see how fab you are early. Now need to reshuffle TBR pile as I don't want to be the last.

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Zoë Marriott said...

I suppose I should have expected it. Unless there's an embargo by the publisher, most books seem to end up on the shelves a bit early these days. But the last time I had a new book come out in the UK (2008) I didn't have a blog, or Twitter, so if there were early copies available I had no way to know about it!

I will be anxiously awaiting your opinion on Shadows...*Bites nails*

Eafiu said...

Wow, I wish I could buy! I know I have to study for the university entrance exams (and math-geo and english is this Saturday!) but I can't even concentrate for 10 seconds when I look at study-books or tests. I really want to read something, I have lots of books waiting including a new book by my favourite author but I just don't want to dive into a series. (It's the last book of a trilogy.)

Actually, there are two books I really want to dive head in to right now and they are Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon. I've read the first chapters and they are amazing. The fact that they are stand-alones as far as I know is just even better.

Wow, rant off/.

(why dont u recognise me blogger!)

Zoë Marriott said...

Eafiu: Sarah Rees Brennan, by any chance? I dying to read the final book in her Demon's Lexicon trilogy. Good luck with your studying and your exams!

Eafiu said...

No, I haven't read her books yet. She is on my list tough. (There are too many on my list and I can't afford buying all of them so quickly so I try to find what seems more interesting to me now.)

Actually it's Raymond E. Feist and when I said new book, I meant that it was translated to Turkish a short time ago. It was actually released in 2004. :D When I start a series in a language, I can't continue from another language in the middle so I have to wait for their translations. It's quite annoying because I see the actual new books in the English sections of book-stores and that drives me mad with anticipation. xD

Rebecca said...

I'm really happy that people are going to read your book but I'm completely gutted! I pre-ordered Shadows on the Moon from Amazon so I'll have to wait until the proper release date! :( lol

Katie-Lynn said...

I'm seriously considering buying a plane ticket just to get the book.

Isabel said...

OH MY GOSH. Ngngngngngngng.

I WISH I COULD BUY THIS!!!! I seriously cannot process this right now. I was totally unprepared as well! Working myself up to the big day (even though I'll be away) and then BAM! SHADOWS ON THE MOON IS ON BOOKSHELVES!!!!!!!

CRAZZZZYY!!!!!!!!

When I order my copy in July would it be possible for me to send it to you to get it signed? That would be completely beyond amazing. ;)

Today was my last day of school at the place I've been to for six years, and tomorrow I graduate. *sniffs* It's all very emotional, my class has been sobbing a lot over the past few days... Although I'm very excited for the ceremony tomorrow, and all the celebrations afterwards!! Eeep!! :D

Zoë Marriott said...

Rebecca: Oh, dear! I do know how you feel - I've pre-ordered things from Amazon before and then walked into a shop and SEEN it. You could always cancel the Amazon order and go foraging in your local WHS. Be warned, though - I've been told that some WHS's have put Shadows in the Adult section of the shop! So you might have to search.

Katie-Lynn: Please don't do that! Just order it from the Book Depository :)

Isabel: You don't have to send the book to me to get it signed - that would cost quite a lot in postage. Just follow those instructions under the link in the post, and I'll send you some signed bookplates, OK?

borky_qk said...

oh, Zoe! Congratulations! I have a question. Is there a chance they make a movie? This is the only way the book come to BG. Seriously! *crying alone in the dark*

Zoë Marriott said...

Oh, Borko! I'm so sorry - as far as I know there's been no movie interest so far. The closest I've gotten to that is having a book trailer made by the publisher, which I'm sure isn't what you really want...

Isabel said...

Zoe: Okay, thanks. :) I'd definitely be interested in getting a signed bookplate! Eeep!

borky_qk said...

Zoe, can I participate in the contest with bulgarian sites or it will be unfair? ;s

Zoë Marriott said...

Well, since the book is not actually on sale in Bulgaria I think that would probably be a bit unfair. But you've already entered plenty of times, Borko - I should think you'd have as good a chance as anyone.

Isabel said...

Oh, Zoe, sorry I asked you a question about the giveaway on the other post. This was my question, and if you wouldn't mind answering it on this comment trail instead ;):

My one concern is that I'm leaving for South Africa on the 23rd of June and staying there for three weeks, so if I somehow DID win, I would not be able to find out until I get back on July 14th. That's ten days later... is it possible for me to still enter, if I got back to you then? Sorry for the trouble.

Zoë Marriott said...

That's fine Isabel - I'll make a note and if your name comes up I'll know that you're away until that date and just wait for you to get back in touch with me. OK? Enter if you want to.

Rebecca said...

One of my mum's friends is thinking of entering your blog competition but her facebook is private. Would she have to add you as a friend for you to be able to see her status about your book?

borky_qk said...

Zoe: I don't think that I'm the right person to do the Wikipedia page. No that I don't like the book or something - you know what I have read so far I like it. But someone more familiar with your work or closer to you will do better. Fingers crossed to find the right one. ;)

Zoë Marriott said...

Rebecca: Yes, she would need to add me for me to see the status. If she doesn't want to do that, she could just change the profile pic and given me a link to the profile - I'll be able to see the profile pic even if I don't see anything else.

Isabel said...

Zoe: Sounds great. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Besides insecurity, that dog haz cuteness!
~Shelby

Zoë Marriott said...

You just want to rub his silky little ears and give him a doggy treat, don't you? He needs lurve...

Rebecca Lindsay said...

How come when you comment a small window pops up now? I posted a few of comments on the competition but they seemed to hsve dissappeared and I don't know if I should post them again?

Zoë Marriott said...

It's a feature that people have requested, because apparently some browsers don't allow them to use the embedded comments. Your comments are there, Rebecca. You just have to refresh to see them.

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Oki dokes...Yeh just tried it and found it, lol. Thanks :) And Shelby is right, that dog is just too cute :D

Rebecca Lindsay said...

I'm really sorry, I've just seen that I posted that I commented on Veronica Roth's blog a few times extra. I'm really sorry. I think it was when I didn't know if my comment was being saved with the new pop-out window but I promise that it wasn't intentional. Sorry again

Zoë Marriott said...

That's all right, Rebecca - when I go through all the entries I'll delete the extra ones. You saw the note I made about not leaving comments on people's blogs anymore though, right?

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Yeh I saw it, I wont do it anymore. Sorry :/ I'm loving the book trailor pictures! I can't wait to see it all put together! :)

Zoë Marriott said...

You don't have to be sorry, Rebecca - it was my fault for not making a note of it in the original giveaway post. Not yours. You only did what I asked and shared the link. And I'm blown away by your enthusiasm and very happy that you're so invested in winning. OK? Don't feel bad.

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Ok :) It's an ace oppertunity and me and Isabelle have been talking lots about it, lol. It's cool to talk to somebody from the US who shares the books I like :)

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Will the winner of the competition be announced on the Sunday or the Monday? :)

Zoë Marriott said...

On the Monday, my duckie!

Rebecca Lindsay said...

Oki dokes :) *nervous smile* lol

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