Monday, 16 May 2011

ARC - A Trick of the Light


rain, rain - and even more rain. temps 8

Oh, yech. It's a good thing I'm not affected by the weather or I'd be in a *&$%# foul mood.

OK - the moment has finally arrived. I have Advance Readers Copies of A TRICK OF THE LIGHT to give away! And I've set some aside just for you! Four copies, to be given out two at a time.

Starting...now.

But, being a fiend, I'm going to make you earn it. The truth is, these ARCs are not only precious (as are you) - but rare. And printed by the publisher specifically and uniquely to boost interest and (that filthy word) sales. To get a buzz going before a book is published. So - they're sent to influential booksellers, reviewers, librarians, bloggers, journalists.

And, people with big mouths.

Which is where you come in.

Your job, should you win one of the ARCs (and honestly, even if you don't...please), is to tell as many people about A TRICK OF THE LIGHT as possible. Blog about it. Comment on other people's blogs. On book clubs. Write PSB, NPR, Today, OWN, Richard and Judy, magazines, your local book reviewer. Your mom. Everyone you can think of. And then some.

Tell complete strangers.

And you know why. Because the publishing business is becoming more and more difficult. And the economy is difficult. And people need to know if they spend their hard-earned and precious money on a book - then spend their hard-earned free time on it - that that book will be worth it.

A publisher can no longer publish a book and hope for the best. And an author, even a successful one, can't just sit around hoping the readers will find the new book.

With your help, we'll lead more people to Three Pines and the Gamache books - and A TRICK OF THE LIGHT specifically.

Obviously I'm making the assumption you'd be comfortable telling people that. They can use the library copy - I'm a huge fan of libraries, and certainly understand that that's how many people read books, especially series that are new to them. But we also hope many, many people will choose to buy the book too.

With your help.

Which brings us to the ARC. You can see it above, resting on the old laptop which I use to write. Behind it is the first draft of the next book...just as a cruel tease. I'm like that.

Here's the contest -

write a comment here telling me what you'll do, if you get an advance copy, to spread the word about A TRICK OF THE LIGHT. From all your wonderful comments Michael and I will choose two - not necessarily the best...but we'll narrow it down to the best, and then I'll have Michael choose at random from that pile.

Now, I know the 'comment' button can sometimes be baffling and temperamental....so if it doesn't work, just send me an email at:

contact@louisepenny.com

Whichever is easiest for you.

have fun!

I'll announce the two winners by Saturday. Good luck!

124 comments:

Dani said...

I'm going to post your contest link to my 2,000+ friends at FB (where I saw your status update and link) and tweet to my 5,000 Twitter pals with the blog link. Okay?

Dani @Blogbooktours

reepijoy said...

I will shout it from the rooftops! But the hard thing will be letting go of that most precious copy to share with others to get the good news out. But wait! I don't have to share, just tell them to BUY it! Tell the libraries to stock it! I'll post it on Goodreads! I'll post about it on Facebook! People will get so tired of hearing me talk about it, they will buy a copy just to shut me up!!
Okay, you can send me a copy now!
Lizzy

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PoCoKat said...

Louise and Michael,

If I am privileged to receive an ARC of A Trick of the Light I will be immensely thrilled!!!

I will blog about it on my blog:
http://mysteriesetc.blogspot.com/ to begin with. I will post it the review link on my Facebook Page.

I also post the reviews that I do on my blog to Goodreads, Amazon (US, Canada and UK), Chapters and Barnes and Noble.

I have read all of your books and am a huge fan.

I sincerely hope that you will choose me to review your book and praise it far and wide.

Regards, Kathy

Virginia said...

I have been a fan from the beginning and always make a point of telling everyone to read all of your books. I promise to write a review for my own blog, also at goodreads and librarything. My own blog always goes out to fb and twitter as well. I will promote your work with my Sisters in Crime group as well as my local chapter of RWA and my critique group and any poor obliging stranger I meet along the way. I was a Realtor and I too am attempting to write my own novel so do understand marketing and the power of word of mouth. As an aside, my two friends Marylee and Anita got to meet you at Malice Domestic and I am so jealous.

Meredith from Penelope Loves Lists said...

What a wonderful opportunity - to get an early copy of the book that has actually been touched by YOU.

Wow. I honestly would be so thrilled.

Should I be so lucky to get a copy, I will post about it on Facebook and also on my blog, which has an average of 15,000 visitors/month. My blog audience, a group of Type A women whom I call "Penelopes", are huge readers who are very vocal themselves. I feel sure we could get a great buzz going.

I'd also be willing to post a review on Amazon and on my GreatReads page.

And, of course and as always, I'll continue, ARC or not, to tell everyone I know that the Gamache series is simply the best mystery series out there right now. I've already told all my friends and family and an embarrassing amount of strangers exactly that.

caryn said...

I will write a review and post it on bestsellersworld.com and mysteriesgalore.com. I will put it on Amazon and on Dorothy L.
I will put shorter blurbs on 2 yahoo reading sites.
AND, I will carry the book with me for a solid week reading it where ever I am. People know I read a lot and frequently stop me to ask what I'm reading, what it about etc.
Caryn (stclairck@gmail.com)

A. Wright said...

Louise,

I chat up everyone who will listen about your books and the books of Laurie R King. Laurie gave me some of her cards, and I give them out, just as I did today when I chatted with the sales clerk about mysteries and my favorite authors. I spelled your name for her and gave her one of Laurie's cards. Proselytizing is an ongoing thing for me, and I use any opportunity, grocery lines, airline check-in lines, theater lines, to chat with people abound me about books, and my favorite authors.

--Alice

DL said...

If I were lucky enough to win one, and after I quit gibbering in excitement, I would definitely try to add more people to the Three Pines Fan Club. Facebook, well if it isn't bragging I know I have people who look for my reading hints. Then there are my mailing lists, some mystery oriented and some not. Twitter.... Many of my friends are "value added" in that they are booksellers or librarians who just love to talk about good books. I know this because I am one. Bottom line, I expect to love it. It is in my best interest to push books that I love.

Debra Eisert

Jo Larsen said...

I will tell everyone I know.(like I do now) I will post my love for your books on Facebook. (like I do now)I will loan out Still Life to get people hooked. (like I do now)and finally I will still buy the advanced kindle copy I ordered the day you posted "Trick of the Light" was coming out! Oh and I will say pretty please.

Karen said...

I LOVE your books and they remind me of my childhood...growing up Anglo in a tiny Quebec Village. I will tell every one of my clients about your book and my will post it on the facebook page of the Ormstown Fair... I will be going to the fair and will tell everyone I meet at the fair about your book too!

dcb said...

Louise,
I spent my HONEYMOON in Quebec City. Of course I want to be the first to read A Trick of the Light.
I just can't wait until the fall!

Doug Breite, 2811 Thomas Dr.
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

kath said...

I am a member of LibraryThing, where we in the 75 group ( We read, most of us, 75 books a year) and then we review them. The review then appears on FB and Twitter if we choose. I am a vine reviewer, and I post reviews on Amazon, and then on my blog:

http://mckaitsbooks.blogspot.com/

Also, I am a huge fan of Three Pines already, and I plan to live there when I grow up. Okay, At least keep re-reading the books.
Also, I babble on relentlessly about books I like, as well as buy copies for friends and family.

VT Slajer said...

Hi Louise,

The time has come for me to admit in the open forum that your book series has become for me a drug that I am dependent on, taking them in slowly, just starting book #4 tonight to get a break from Emily Bronte's hard stuff!.

And I actually buy your books, since I want to have a copy that I will be able to personally pass on to my dear friends in Prague, Czech Republic. One of them just (today!) got a job there with a major international corporation. His interview (in English) was over Skype between Prague and Ireland. He did rather well and attributes his improved language skills to Armand Gamache's style, whom (I suspect) he is trying to imitate at times in real life. Whatever the truth is, I told him that he chose a good example to follow...

I do not care for contests since I never win anything. Your books are great, and the Canadian content is an extra bonus for me, so I mention them regardless to whomever would listen on the ground or in the air when I travel. Nowadays, most of my books come from amazon.ca. I never posted any comments there but I might in the near future. Of course, I also read the comments prior to ordering any book, no matter how sure I am already when going online.

Good luck with A Trick of The Light, and speedy recovery to Michael, he may have already bounced back, do let us know.

VT

Cathryn said...

I run a home design and lifestyle blog as part of my interior design business. One of the things I love about all of the Gamache books is the real sense of location in all of them. Whether pulling up a plastic chair in Ruth's kitchen, attending a seance in an old Victorian pile or snuggling by the fire with a snack in Olivier and Gabri's bistro, I am there.

I would used my design blog to promote the whole series, especially the new book, to help cosy home lovers really love a cozy mystery in Three Pines. I'll do a post about great B&B's. I'll do a post about vacationing in Montreal. I'll write a post about classic Quebec architecture to help set the mood for your future readers. I've always meant to do a post on crazy wallpaper. I'll make a speculative mood board on how I think the Reine-Marie has decorated the Gamache apartemtn. I'll even fund a giveaway gift card to Tim Horton's for the US release date! If I can find more ideas like these in the new book, I'll run with them!

I can bring a whole new demographic to your party, Louise. It would be pleasure to do for you after all of the fine hours of reading you have given my family.

Want to see my style of blogging and the topics I cover? (I also have growing followings on Facebook and Twitter.) Feel free to browse my blog: www.caro-interiors.com

Thanks for considering me!

Aimee said...

You know, Dru Ann Love is an official reviewer that started out only as a fan. On her blog, Dru's Book Musings (http://notesfromme.wordpress.com/), she'd been reviewing books on her own when publishers found her. They now send her books to review for them. She also posts her reviews on a monthly basis on the Cozy Chicks blog.

She would be an excellent recipient of one of your rare ARCs for A TRICK OF THE LIGHT.

She is also a fine human being. :)

Aimee said...

I'd love one myself but I can't really do anything for you getting the word out. Hence my vote for Dru.

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise: What a great idea for a contest and easy enough to do for your legions of fans. My best at spreading the word will be to tell all my friends, family, colleagues and anyone I meet on vacation. I adore Gamanche and Three Pines. When reading your books I am right there 'like a fly on the wall' until the very end it is wonderful but then to have a sense of loss when ending one of your books because I means I don't know what is happening next to my favourite characters, yikes. So glad to hear of more books on the way. I gave my husband The Brutal Telling to read on an eight hour plane trip home. He isn't a mystery book guy, but now he is at least for your series. So Louise, I am not a techno person, I don't FB, Twitter etc. but word-of-mouth still works for me and hopefully for you as well.

Suzanne said...

Should I be fortunate enough to be in possession of one of the ARC editions, I will wear it strapped to my person for a solid month everywhere I go so I can read excerpts of it out loud (and with great care to use proper francais inflection) not just to friends but to random strangers at bus stops and cafes,and people in the park. Winnipeg is Canada's Cultural Capital and I attend a lot of public events personally as well as professionally. You want a big mouth, I am your girl!
Thanks for your wonderful storytelling xo Suzanne

Sharon ( Imainlinefiction) said...

If I should be so luck as tto get an ARC, I will review it on my blog whic goes out to my small group of follwers, my library's facebook members and to a link on our website which potentially reaches all of our 14,000 registered patrons. As I usually do, I will also write a review on Barnes & Noble.com and Amazon. Lastly I will lord it over the 30 or so patrons that I have gotten started on your books (but in a nice way, of course!)

Sharon ( Imainlinefiction) said...

See,I am so excited I forgot how to spell correctly!!

Kathleen said...

I'm going about it differently. I give Still Life as birthday and Christmas gifts. I bought a copy for my friend Janice (May 27) today. Then I tell them that the entire series is excellent and they need to read the books in order. I think it's a kind of multiple marketing.
Kathleen Hughes
Khughes46@gmail.com

Chari Jousma said...

Tomorrow is my birthday and if you choose me I will respond to everyone who wishes me "Happy Birthday" that I am so excited my favorite author is releasing in August the latest mystery in the best series in the world. And that they should read it and tell everyone they know to do the same!
Happy Birthday to me...I pre-ordered and it is my present to me.

Marlene said...

I would love an ARC of your newest book. I don't have the contacts that some of the folks who've already commented, but i do have an extensive FB friend list, along with several email contacts lists.

Everyone with whom I've shared your prior books is hooked.

I'd write reviews for Amazon & B&N, and any other vendor.

Thanks for your consideration!

Nadja said...

Well, Louise, I'd be over the moon to get a ARC of A Trick of Light. I miss Chief Inspector Gamache so much, I'm experiencing withdrawal symptoms...
Now, the thing is, I'm not a blogger, I'm not on twitter, I have 'only' 238 friends on facebook. Therefore, all I can offer is to tell everyone (no matter if they listen or not) in Melbourne and wider Australia (where I live at the moment) and back home in Germany (where I'm from) how amazing all of your books are. That includes, of course, writing comments on Amazon and the like.
Thank you for writing such lovely books.

Suzy said...

I'm so depressed....I cannot come close to some of these ideas! But what I will do, is continue to use my Nook in between customers at my Antiques Store. Invariably people ask "what are you reading?"....and no matter who I am reading at the time, my answer is always "Louise Penny....have you read any of her books?". By the time they leave they are new fans.

Suzannah McCuen, MD said...

I have enjoyed all of your books and find they are peace-giving after long, heartwrenching days at my job. My mind needs to wander and I have learned that the minds of those I care for every day need to wander as well, into serene places like Three Pines and away from their mindplaces of torment. Over the last 21 years I have worked at two state hospitals, caring for the mentally ill, many of whom make their "homes" there. We have libraries full of older books and cast-off books donated by hospital staff. I have made a habit of donating some of my more beloved books to the library so that these folks can enjoy them, too. I'm not one, usually, to re-read something, no matter how much I enjoyed it. And I am not a keeper of first editions, so though I would cherish one of your ARCs I would sell it and use the proceeds to purchase your full series for the asylum library. Two sets of your series - so that staff and patients could enjoy them. We all need the peace and sense of justice you offer us in Inspector Gamache's world.

Lori McD said...

Hi Louise! If I'm lucky enough to get an ARC of "A Trick of the Light", not only will I post the wonderful news on Facebook, but, I'll also tell:

* My online book club
* All my friends and family - most are readers and have already devoured your previous books
* My face-to-face book club that I'm starting this summer

And I promise to post a review on Amazon.com on the pre-order notice.

Thank you for the opportunity!

Shelagh said...

I would love an ARC of "Trick of the Light", but seriously I am holding out for a week, or a day, or an hour, with Trudy! I love that doggie.

Tia in Oregon said...

Dear Louise - Since I cashier at our weekly book sale at the library I often tell people about books I've read - (As my daughter says - I hand sell -) I will also post on Facebook, and send out to all my email buddies. But mostly I'll just tell everyone I know that the wonderful Louise Penny has written another winner!

John said...

I already feel that "A Trick of the Light" is a special birthday present (being published on my 60th birthday, this August 30th), but a copy of the ARC would be an early birthday cake! I can't really match all of the above fans for gregariousness and social connections, but I would be more than happy to do my utmost word-of-mouth proselytizing at the Printer's Row LitFest (downtown Chicago, June 4-5, the Midwest's largest free outdoor book fair!) to make the 125,000+ attendees think they are really at the Louise Penny LoveFest! :-)

Obsequiously yours,
John.

JayJay said...

Louise-

I will put the advance copy on display at the library where I work. My colleague and I have recommended your books so much the Library District had to buy more copies! We're workin' for ya!

Shonna said...

Louise,
I will blog about it on my blog, which I also post to twitter.
I will share my raves with other librarians, both in my own library and beyond. I will share it with other booklovers through OLA and my committee work. I will share with friends and family (including my mom's large group of friends on the West Coast) I will tell the truth, that your books are wonderful and each more wonderful than the one before.

Mary said...

I recently discovered your books and had to buy all of them. If I get an advance copy I will do what I have been doing -- spreading the word about this wonderful read. I have e-mailed anyone and everyone I know to let them know of your wonderful mysteries. I have developed a "check out" library with my sisters so I can get the books back as I don't want to part with them. Good stuff!

cid_nifong said...

I would love to have an Arc of "Trick of the Light" If I would win one. I would post it on LibraryThing which has readers from all over the world. I have read and enjoyed all of your previous 3 Pine mysteries.

Mary Canary said...

I just took the ferry from Nova Scotia and told every lady we met to read your books. There was a group of ladies..unknown to each other reading and we started to chat..well..I made sure they knew how much I love the Three Pine series.
I feel like an addicted person trying to go straight as I await this book!!!!!

Sandra W. from Trumbull said...

I'll post it on FB and goodreads and tell my friends but then you knew I would do that didn't you;) Since I already preordered it from Barnes and Noble it probably should go to someone else UNLESS it was signed by you!!!! Then it should go to me to join its friends in my collection of signed Louise Penny books (you were so kind at the Raul Julia book signing!) And then I will gift my book to one of my friends, book club members (both book clubs) and goodreads buddies who I have already enlightened about your writing - maybe I'll just do my own contest to see who deserves it!!!!! Or I could score some brownie points with my daughter in law and send it to her.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Louise! I'm the administrator of a Facebook book club and belong to two local book clubs, and I've turned several people on to your books after I saw an NPR Books post titled 'the best mystery writer you've never heard of' and ordered STILL LIFE immediately. I've read all six titles and am eager for the seventh. I'll make sure that I continue to spread the word about Inspector Gamache and Three Pines! MW (margayle65@yahoo.com)

Marsha said...

Dear Louise,
I will happily have my 98 Ford Escort painted with the cover of "A Trick of the Light" and will drive all around StPaul and Minneapolis tooting my horn!
Even tho I am 65, a tatoo would not be out of the question. :o)
Just finished Bury Your Dead...Ms Penny, you can tell an awesome tale! I can only say Thank You!

Lanora Cox said...

I will whisper the title to each of my four bee hives. There's approx. 30,000 bees in each hive and they will spread the word.
As I am a librarian, i will spread the word to other librarians.
In addition I will write a review (I'm sure I'll love it) and post this on my blog...www.beegurl.com
I already tell all my friends to read your books!
Lanora

Ms. Appel said...

I would LOVE to get an ARC! I adore your books and consistently give Still Life to people as a gift. Most people like it so much they read the rest of the books in the series.

If I won the copy, I would devour it in one sitting and then immediately post a review to goodreads, library thing, and amazon. Then I would pass the book on to my best friends.

I hope I win!

jeanne said...

Dear Louise,

It is so difficult to wait for A Trick of the Light... and then for your next Three Pines novel after that. But we must wait, and the waiting makes us even more appreciative. Having said that, perhaps I should not enter this contest? Whether or not I am selected for a precious ARC, I will continue to cybervangelize your Three Pines novels on Facebook and Flickr (we Flicker-ers often share literary treasures in our own photostreams and among our comments on the streams of others... such as this comment by Flicker-er Eglantine to me: http://www.flickr.com/photos/conceptvessel/5658105434/ ~ scroll down).

Thank you for this opportunity, and especially for the depth, complexity, and humanity of your writing.

Jeanne Figueira Grossetti
Lakewood, Ohio

martha said...

As everybody else, I can blog it and post it and tell all my friends about it, but I can also tell all the students at George Mason University that they cannot graduate without having read at least three of your books.

But, best of all, if I were rich,I would hire a plane with a banner flowing at its tail telling the whole world abut you and your books as it circles the Earth...

Courtney mankus said...

Louise, you've chatted with my book group, Book Bunch at Book Chat Central on yuku several times for the past books. We are all huge fans. If I am lucky enough to win this ARC not only will I share it with my fellow group members and post a review on the club site as well as library thing and Facebook but I will also so something very special in honor of the founder of Book Bunch. The late Jill Lasker left us this time last year, she was your biggest fan and we carry on in her honor. I would love to donate a copy of A Trick of Light to my local library in her honor. In fact I think I will do that regardless of winning! Jill is snoopy dancing with us always.

Julie Mullin said...

I wish I could come up with a super creative way to spread the word but the best I can come up with is to tell five people every day about the Inspector Gamache series for the next year. I probably already do that anyway! :)

I'm very much looking foward to reading it whenever I can get my hands on a copy!

Julie

Mary Stenvall said...

I will post a review in the office, tweet it for a month, and my book group will read it aloud. All ARC's and donated books are then taken to South County Convalescent Care where they are shared and read to those who can no longer read.

And win or lose, you're guaranteed two sales here - one for me, one for my sister, which we, in turn, pass down to the next generation. And so on, and so on. . . we get our monies worth out of a book.

Thank you. Keep writing! Cancer patients depend on Three Pines for escape.

Mary Stenvall

Lori said...

I'll do what I've already been doing---talking you up on my blog, buying copies of your books for my friends (if I give Still Life as a gift, they'll get hooked and buy the rest...**evil cackle**), and vote for you in the Anthony Awards (again). Also, I'll probably screech loud enough that I don't have to tell my (nearly) 500 Facebook friends about it. But I'll tell them anyway, and then hoard the ARC so everyone else has to buy.

So looking forward to every book you write.

historygirl said...

I am a reference librarian with my collection developer's ear -- not only will I make sure she buys the book for our library, I also tell all my patrons to try your book. Many of us read mysteries here and people are always asking us for the best authors. We tell them, you must try Louise Penny! Now, I realize that library books are free, but I PROMISE you that I (and many others) BUY the authors we test drive from the library. I've purchased 2 of your books for myself and will certainly buy this new one. Pick me! :):) Thanks so much.

Charlotte said...

Dear Louise,

I won't win if I answer truthfully... But I'll be honest nonetheless. If i were to get an ARC, i would be selfish and thinking about my own pleasure first. I would call in sick and spend the day reading on my favourite sofa in the sun room, with my cat on my lap, pausing once in a while to look at the sun and the blooming pear tree and the tulips outside. I would relish every single page. And i would be grateful for the way your stories never fail to make me feel: happy and content and convinced that there is always hope.

It's only once the last page would have been read, and the book closed for good, that i would start telling everyone about it.

Laura (in PA) said...

I already tell everyone I know, and many I don't, to read your books. If I win, I will post it on Facebook, share it on all my favorite logs, demand that all eight of my siblings read it, buy a copy for my Mom, and even buy my own copy to keep my ARC company. :)

Rosemary Krawczyk said...

Should I receive an ARC, I will do what I have done every chance I've had since reading the entire Three Pines series in order last fall, that is, tell all of the readers I know about A Trick of the Light and pass it along to my mystery-loving friends. Whether I receive an ARC or not, I'm so happy that there is another book in the series to look forward to. Thank you for keeping Gamache et al. in my life!

Susan said...

Oh my goodness, if I get an advance copy of A Trick of the Light, you can bet that everyone I know will know, and I know a lot of people. I will make sure that my local library (with 5 branches within the county), have more than just one copy each....I'll even donate them myself if necessary. Everyone of my Facebook friends, and my e-mail friends will know about the new book. I will also contact Barnes and Noble personally and ask why they have not put up the book on pre-order status for the Nook, which I have. That's an important one! I work in retail as a retirement job, and there are a lot of employees at the two stores where I work. I will definitely get the word out everywhere. I have some connections with the local paper and will make sure an article gets written about the book.
That should do it, I think.

Merrily said...

Well, hard to know what else I can do for this book, as I've already raved about your books to everyone I know, commented on Facebook, etc...hmmm...one of those wraps for my car, maybe? A tattoo would be too painful, and somehow just not Gamache...

fallafooka said...

I have told everyone (including perfect strangers!) that they have to read these luminous books!!! I have never wanted to visit anywhere so much as Three Pines since I read Peter Pan as a child and just wanted to go to Wonderland!! One of the people I work with is from Quebec and I have talked about the books so much that she went and bought the whole series in French!~!!

Linda said...

I'm excited to be given the chance to possibly get an advance copy of A Trick of Light!! I'll devour it immediately upon receipt then tell friends in West, TX, Waco, TX, Cibolo, TX, Georgetown, TX, Charleston, SC, Falls Church, VA, Lubbock, TX, Tokyo, Japan, Lufkin, TX, Boise, ID--well you get the idea--I'm old so I've been alot of places and met alot of people and will share my enthusiasm with my favorite indie bookseller (Murder by the Book, Houston, TX), my local library, my local museum director, my friend who is a retired romance writer (Mary Lynn Baxter) who now helps her friend who owns a kitchen store (and sees alot of people during a day!) and my friend who owns a scrapbooking store (and croppers spread the word like wildfire!)and most important--I'll tell my Mom. She's soon to be 85, works part-time as an accountant and LOVES your mysteries!

Jorja said...

I always encourage others to read the Three Pines series; it's become a habit with me. I don't have a blog and I don't Tweet but I am setting off on a two month journey around and across Canada and the USA at the end of May. I plan on riding trains, buses and catching planes. I am staying in hostels, hotels and B and Bs and perhaps a night or two on a warm beach. For my journey I need a good book, and if I receive the ARC, I will be seen reading it from Vancouver to Gander, from Montreal to NYC, from New Orleans to San Francisco and at hundreds of stops between. I am really looking forward to reading, and being seen reading, a Trick of the Light whether it's gifted to me or I have to buy it. Thank you, Louise, for all of these wonderful stories.

Myke Weber said...

While I'd like an ARC and, while I commented favorably about Bury Your Dead on my Book Review Blog, and while I expect to rave about this one as well, and while my review of Bury Your Dead is my second most commonly read post. I would not presume my efforts to be the best use of one of your precious ARCs and would hope that each be put to just that.

You know I'll be reading A Trick of The Light One Way or the Other. Sooner is better for me. But I want you to do what is best for Trick of the Light because the more exposure it gets the better for ALL of us!

mila said...

I told my friend who recommended your series last year that the bar is now raised for what mystery series I read as yours are so well written! I rarely reread books but know I will yours.
I already recommend your charming and intriquing stories of Three Pines to everyone I talk to about books (which is most people as I am an avid reader) - even my husband is reading and enjoying them. I will also recommend them to my book club - haven't attended in a while as we travel most if the time, so best of all I will design a bumper sticker for our RV with your name, Three Pines, and Gamache!

SUSAN SINCLAIR said...

As you have just been to Bradford PA, you know first hand how many readers and fans you have here. I will tell everyone of our bookclubbers, post it on my f/b page and shout it from the rooftops..... It doesn't get any better than a NEW LOUISE PENNY BOOK!!!
Thanks, can't wait til you return to our neck of the woods. Susan Sinclair

Anonymous said...

If I would be lucky enough to win an ARC of Trick of Light, I would assign it to my developmental reading class at the community college where I teach. I would use it to illustrate to students the joy of reading, the comfort of caring well defined characters and the gentle goodness of a story well told.

Kim Bleiweiss said...

Pleeeaaasseeee! My wife & I are the biggest fans. We'll tell all our FB friends, plus my wife belongs to a book club. There are very few fiction authors whose books I cherish - yours are among them. Grovel, grovel, grovel....

Kim Bleiweiss

Anonymous said...

I Love Books...and Three Pines is one of my favorites. I am a chit-chatty person and word of mouth goes a long way..even if you don't give me a copy, i will still go out and buy me one, and tell people about an awesome Three Pines series.. One of my friends was moving to minnasota(march) and i told her to make sure she takes of her shoes before she goes in someones house. she asked me why so i told her, about reading it in your books. when she went to meet the realators to tour houses don't you know, they told her the same thang.. I Love Your Books please don't stop. kaykaly@msn.com

Debbie said...

Hi I work for a community college and a coworker gave me The Brutal Telling to read. We are all hooked. I have made a request to have the Brutal Telling as one of our novel studies for our English course. I love the diversity of your characters and how they interact with each other. I want to spread the Three Pine series to my students, coworkers, and all my facebook friends. Thanks for writing these books. Only a few books can make a reader want to spend each spare moment reading...needing to read just one more page. Your books do this. Thanks again.

riverview said...

Your book will be twittered, facebooked,
blogged, linked ined, and spoken of where ere it can be told. I will come to being one of many outspokened advocates of your glorious prose.
How will you know this is me?

Marcia said...

I am the most loquacious fan of Armande Gamache and the wonderful friends I have in Trois Pins. Just this past Saturday I converted yet another follower! A new visitor to our book club said that she most enjoys mysteries. I gasped and began my litany about the wonderful citizens of Trois Pins and the Surete du Quebec. She bought Still LIfe right then and there—it had to be ordered, so I assured her she'll love it when she gets the chance to read it. She's my third convert—and Louise Penny customer—from that book club alone, and one of many people who have listened to my litany and fell in love with Louise Penny's wonderful world in her books. Whether I get the delicious chance to read this ARC or not, I will remain the biggest fan of Armande Gamache and Three Pines for as long as I'm able to read a book or listen to an audio. You must continue to write—we're the same age, Louise, so I think that will work out well! Marcia LOUISE Teter

sidnee said...

I live in a smallish town. We don't need blogs or tweets to get good news out fast. I'll talk about it at one store. One. within a week it will be all over town. Like a virus. But a good one n'est-ce pas? seriously.

Jan J. said...

If I won an ARC I would run in to the future Louise Penny readers of America - my daughters - and squeal and scream with delight that I finally won something worthwhile. Then I would recommend it to my many different yahoo groups and especially to my Book Club and to my on-line friends who have book clubs. I would post my victorious win on my blog and recommend it to my friend the head librarian, who is often asked for recommendations for a new mystery series to read! Then when I got it I would cuddle it happily a moment, then devour it in two evenings!

ina.wittmeier@gmx.de said...

Hi over there, I´m one of your dedicated readers in Germany and I´m really looking forward to reading the new one and telling everybody here about the new adventures of Gamache and his "crowd". I´m already spreading the word about your wonderful three pines mysteries, which are such a wonderful mixture of modern crime fiction and classical setting in an isolated town with only so many suspects but wonderfully painted characters. So please send a copy to germany. :-)

BettyB said...

My plan if I should be lucky enough to win a copy would be to read it everywhere - shopping mall, train to Montreal, Bus to the train, stoplights grocery shopping (waiting at the checkout - I would, of course, pick the longest line, at the bank (again longest line)and Dr.'s office. And, any other place I go.

ALWAYS holding it up so that the cover can be seen and striking up a conversation if I see anyone so much as glancing at the cover.

Betty

H. L. Banks said...

Hi Louise: I will talk about it on my blog - murderimpossible.blogspot.com - bring it to the Library discussion group - share with friends on Amazon.com and send it with my husband on his journeys.

Love the glimpse of the laptop, too bad the book is covering the draft (sigh).

Toni said...

Louise, I am the head librarian in Michigan at THREE branch libraries (thank you budget cuts.) While I am already promoting all of your books to our patrons, I vow to step it up a notch. I am going to display your books (and books on CD) at the front entrance of the Carl Sandburg Branch, along with information about you and your accolades. At the Noble Branch the display will be near the new books and also at the Vest Pocket (in the Senior Center). And of course you are always on my Facebook page (and perhaps I can get you on the library Facebook.) Thanks for your consideration!

Cyndy said...

I entered the first contest but I honestly do not want a copy on these terms. Why not? One, I hate all the fake reviewers on Amazon who get advance copies and love everything they read (so please do not give it to those readers who will get advance copies anyway). Of course I will love your book, but a stranger will not distinguish me from "the plants.". Two, I will be unable to talk about it with my nearest and dearest, whom I introduced to your series. I will not be able to contain myself! I will die of guilt.
Three, to get new readers you need a visual...and you will get that with Gamache on film. To get new readers now, I would get the company that makes those liquorice pipes to do a joint promo! If I cannot have a vat of hot chocolate, a pastry, a fire, or even Michael sitting in my living room while I read, then at least I can have the pipe. Unfortunately, (or not), you are not a new author, and those of us who read blogs or book websites already know you. Promotions that are more personal, in bookstores like the mystery ones or stores in vacation destinations like Martha' Vineyard, Nantucket, where an international audience comes for leisure and no thought of price, or ski resorts winter or summer...wish I could carry your books around the world...but my last piece of advice is use Facebook but get creative...get some to look at Facebook Studio...make a YouTube video that will go viral ( no, you do not have to sing)...in the end we will all pay full price because your books are special...and worth the wait.

Cyndy said...

And so far I vote for the tatoo...oh, that is right, the painted car! Brilliant!

Colombine said...

Eh bien voilà la p'tite québécoise qui se pointe. Voilà l'opportunité de vous faire connaître au QUÉBEC, CHEZ-VOUS! Pour encore plus ouvrir ce nouveau marché POUR VOUS!

Et oui, j'ai une grande "gueule"... je vous recommande partout, partout, depuis que je vous ai découverte et les gens n'en peuvent plus d'attendre maintenant qu'ils vous ont lue.

Mais peu importe qui l'emportera, tous les médias sociaux en seront avisés car... tout le monde est branché. Moi, comme tous les autres fans :))

THANKS LOUISE FOR THIS CONTEST! IT'S A BRILLIANT IDEA :)

Jodi said...

Hmm, let's see.

I could:

* carry it with me everywhere in New York (8,000,0000 people in the "naked city")

* put it on my book page (which promotes REAL books).

* I could make a separate page just for your books (ooh, might do that anyway)

* shamelessly steal my friend Courtney's idea and donate one in honor of Jill from book bunch

* tell everyone on book bunch to buy a copy (well, OK, they will probably do that anyway)

Don't worry about the sales, Louise, you have a "tribe" of fans.

(I have a confession, actually. When you were in NY, I had a fleeting (!) thought of going downtown to your hotel to say hi. Then I realized, that's not fandom, that's stalking!). Eep!

A little scary, but on the other hand, it's a sign that your readers feel they really know you and connect with you.

Kuzlin said...

I will do what I do with all the other great books I read - post in my status on FB, and then write a review on Goodreads, BN and Amazon. But raving about how wonderful Gamache and Three Pines are is easy!

Nancy said...

Louise, what a generous offer!!

I haven't read all of the comments yet, but I now know that I am not nearly as well-connected as many of those who wrote to you.

However, even though I will not make that special stack of comments to be chosen from randomly, I will still tell everyone I know about Trick of Light and all of the Gamache novels as they are dear to my heart - they are my favorite books. And thanks to those who have commented before me for all of the wonderful ideas of how to promote them.

I wish you every possible success, and hope to meet you in person come September in Michigan. . . I'll be the blubbering goof who is awestruck in your presence (this description ensures anonymity as I imagine there will be many of us) :^)

Cathy said...

Louise--

I've been a huge fan of Three Pines for quite some time and would be thrilled and honored to have an advance copy of the new book. Honestly, I don't have a blog, but as a librarian, I do come in contact with dozens of readers every day. Already much of the staff of our library are avid readers of your books and we all anxiously await the next book (and compete to be the first on the reserve list!).

So, I suppose I'm not wanting this ARC just for myself, but for several co-workers as well. We all are quick to recommend your books to someone looking for a good mystery or even just a good book to read. It's always a joy to place Still Life in someone's hands and know that they will be immediately hooked on Gamache and all of the folks in Three Pines. The best part is that all of us can not only tell them that Still Life is fabulous, but that each book in the series is better than the last. We will not rest until every reader in Clark County, Ohio has at least given your books a try!

Anneinaz said...

I will read the book and after I love it, I will lend it, inspiring others to buy it, and the rest of the series. I will be reading it in public so people will ask about the intriguing title. I will post on Facebook where I surround myself with people who read. I will post my positive comments on Goodreads so that unlimited folks can read them. I will recommend, as I have so often, this wonderful book to anyone who asks. IF I am not lucky enough to win an advance copy, I will watch with bated breath for the release date, and be there, cash in hand to obtain my personal copy. Either way, I'm in.

Anonymous said...

If I were to win this coveted ARC, I would tell everyone I know, and everyone I encounter that I ddon't know, what a marvelous lot of books you have written. Actually, I already do that, so i will have to hire a billboard and post the message there.

Rebecca said...

I will read it, twice. And I will share it with my wife and my kids. I will continue telling anyone who is even mildly interesting what a great writer you are. And I will smile a lot.

Anonymous said...

Louise,

I am stuck in the "old world" and refuse to join the social networking world. I much prefer personally interaction with people. That said, I will (and do) recommend your books to random strangers in the mystery aisles of the bookstores, to my fellow bookclub members (to whom you have graciously donated your time to talk with) - and they in turn to their friends, and not least of all, my co-workers at Johns Hopkins University Press, who I hope will mention to their editors of journals, magazines and conference colleagues.

But most of all, I just want to say good luck to you on another great book launch and a huge thank you from us, your fans, who are blessed to read your words.

Best,
Kristopher

Anonymous said...

I've got a good one! I'm a writer and publisher and ship boxes all over the USA and Canada. I will add a flyer to every box that leaves our company so our folks know where to get a great 'read'! (Want to check up on me? I'll give you our website address if you'd like it!)

Barbara said...

Wow! Stiff competition here. I have a blog http://freedomacres.blogspot.com with a good following (although only 20 confirmed followers) on which I would review it and also copy it onto FB. My reviews go on Amazon Vine, LibraryThing, and GoodReads. Everyone knows I'm a book addict so they pay attention to what I'm reading. I would do my best to publicize A Trick of the Light, as I did a book called Deep Creek by friends of mine.

MargaretJ said...

Louise, I have dual US-Canadian citizenship, and I travel to Nova Scotia from Boston often. If I win, I will do my best to notify all that I meet on either side of the border (and at the border!) about your marvelous books. If I tell my 104 first cousins, and then they tell their cousins, and so on down the line, your book will be #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers' list for a loooooong time.

Heike said...

I just finished "The Murder Stone" in german. As I told you on FB I loved it! It would be so gorgeous to get one of the copies of "A trick of the light". It would travel with me across Europe when I'm on work. So I would be "home" in Three Pines, no matter in which Hotel ( far away from my real home ) I have to stay. That would be so cozy!
Once again thank you for your books, Louise! Greetings from Germany. :)

Sheila said...

I don't have thousands of friends on Facebook, not even hundreds, but I have lots of real life friends who enjoy reading. Many of my friends are in other countries, and when I enjoy a book by a Canadian author I am sure to tell them about it. My cousin in Texas has introduced her reading group to Three Pines as has my old school friend in Wales. In August some friends from New Zealand are visiting us and since I know they enjoy mysteries I will pass on a couple of your books. If I was lucky enough to win an ARC, I would invite them to read it during their visit, but I don't think I would part with the precious copy. I would however lend it to my two daughters-in-law who are great fans. I am happy that they both share my admiration for your books.

Janet Sketchley said...

Louise, I'm not entering the draw because I'm only halfway through the series--but thought I'd say how much I'm enjoying it. I'm one of those who started with library copies and got too impatient to wait my turn in the hold cycle.

Glad to hear there's a new installment in the series!

Sienna said...

Sky writing, have printed "A Trick of Light" across the rear bottom panels of all bikinis sold on Miami beach, messages in bottles (littering ??), spam all your spammers with requests to purchase, have the U.S. Mint replace "E Pluribus Unum" with "A Trick of Light", slip one of those really annoying promotional flyers under the wiper-blade of all cars parked at the Mall of America, have your name superimposed across the name Mickey Mouse everywhere (especially on those dumb "ear" hats). Oh I could go on and on...

Seriously love your books and will happily purchase one upon release.

Time Traveling in Costume said...

In my water aerobics class we have a book exchange, and each time we bring a book in we tell about it and the author to entice someone to take it.
I brought in the first book of your's I'd read and told them about how I bought it in Victoria, BC and how it reminded me so much of my vacation the previous year in Quebec, and Inspector Gamache was another Inspector Poirot. There was a rush to grab the book, and then the others began writing down the name so they could find it too. We live in San Diego, CA, and you have a bunch of new fans.
Val

Charlotte said...

Hit just hit me -- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee! So Yves Simoneau?
This is so exciting and wonderful...

You have been a great source of inspiration for me this year, on more than one level. Reading you and your stories have made me reflect on all sorts of aspects of my life. Work, personal life, dreams, happiness, family, friendship... it's been a gift I never expected to receive when I first began reading Still Life.

bjb said...

Hi, Louise! Wow, I'm coming to this late, but better late than never. Right?

As you may remember, I'm the manager of a book group on EONS, Bookoholics. We've been lucky enough to be able to send in our questions about one of your other books and had you graciously answer them.

If I'm lucky enough to win an advanced copy, you can bet your bottom dollar I'll promote it to the skies on Bookoholics, where you have many fans and where many readers who had not been familiar with you are NOW fans.

I'll also continue to wax eloquent about your books, as I already do to even perfect strangers.

And, the frosting on the cake would be that I'd get to read the book quicker than if I bought it. And oh yeah, I already have it pre-ordered. So I'd send that copy to my daughter.

Finally, I love your books. Please pick me as an advanced reader!

Thank you!
Barb Bruce

lil Gluckstern said...

I will facebook it, and comment on DorothyL, 4MA, Goodreads, and on all the blogs I read, as long as it is remotely appropriate. I already talk up your books, (at my local bookstore) and my daughter has bought "Still Life" as her first book on her iPad. One way, or another, we'll keep you in the public eye. I think you will be very busy, choosing

charisse said...

It sounds like you need one of those people who knows everyone, a hub to distribute to the spokes. My secret is that I know lots of hubs, though I would not claim to be one myself. These hubs include aviators, doctors, adventurers, parks directors, lawyers, bikers, spiritual seekers, marketers, seniors, hospital administrators, jewelers, presidents of book groups, teachers, sailors, business owners, and food wholesalers.
If you choose me to receive your advanced copy of A Trick of the Light, and if I like it, I will get it out to the well-connected who will let it bloom from there. Thank you for your consideration!

Peter Finfrock said...

Louise Penny's work is, to put it as crudely as possible, an immortal masterpiece.

Danielle N. said...

Hi Louise,

I love your books! (I also read them in French)Being a librarian and having librarian friends, I included your books in our collection. I have also already suggested one of your books in my book club. Everyone enjoyed it immensely. I would certainly do it again with A Trick of the Light. FB is always a fast way to spread the word to people to read your wonderful volume. Can't wait to go camping this summer, sitting on the beach with my own ARC!

Danielle

Priya said...

I am a big fan of the Three Pine series and will (and have been) talking about these books on goodreads, facebook and LinkedIn.

Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hi Louise,
I REALLY want an advance copy so that I can share it as the Great Summer Read for 2011 at bookclub! I will also share it on FB, at Manitoulin Girls Night, with my fellow Titipudlians in our local production of the Mikado (two of whom are local librarians) and of course, with every patient that I come in contact with as a paramedic (well, maybe only those who wish to discuss thumping good reads while travelling insane distances in an uncomfortable ambulance!).
Audrey Jones (a transplanted Townshipper)
toucanjones@yahoo.ca

dave said...

Hi, Louise

I will hit VERMONT hard - I know librarians, radio types and a lot of people from the arts community that I can share with. Ross Sneyd at VPR was best man at my wedding. I will talk to Mark Johnson who has a highly rated interview show on WDEV. OK, Vermont is not a huge market, but 25% of us come from French Canadian stock, and, um, many of us read, and we even know how to get to the Townships (just go up to Franklin and keep going!)

Thanks for the chance at the ARC!

Melody said...

If I were lucky enough to receive an ARC of Trick of the Light...well, I would let our library patrons know about the book, and the series in general. I have recommended the series to many of our mystery loving readers. I would mention it on the library's facebook page,and I would write about it in the newspaper column I write for our local newspaper.

I love the books you have written, Louise, and eagerly look forward to the next installment in the series.

Thank you for writing them!

Anonymous said...

When I win the ARC of Trick of the Light, I will post it on my Facebook page, twitter it, tell people at work and then strap it to my chest and wear it down Broadway in NYC.

Dante said...

When I win the ARC of Trick of the Light, I will post it on my Facebook page, twitter it, tell people at work and then strap it to my chest and wear it down Broadway in NYC.

Linda said...

Now you've done it, Louise! Look at all this work you've made for yourself and Michael! I am not "connected", but as a librarian I have the opportunity to point people in your direction and over the years everyone I've handed Still Life to has become a fan, and we're all waiting patiently (some less so than others, I have to say) for A Trick of the Light. My pre-orders for the book and audio are in place, and if I was blessed with an ARC, I would be compelled to auction it off as a fundraiser for my library. Maybe I'd add a copy of Still Life, because that's where it all begins. Best of everything to you!

Jane said...

If I received an ARC of a Trick of the Light, as well as posting on FB about how wonderful it is, as have been all of the other Inspector Gamache novels, I would harass my friends who are serial book-readers (and borrowers) and let them know this is a keeper, and they should hurry up and get their own Louise Penny collection underway. Also, as I am in the lucky position of working in a university and talking with people from all over the world, I would be really happy to tell them about the world of Three Pines and how elegant the novels are - crime and good detection are so satisfying and engaging and, in the world of Inspector Gamache, you know even though there is horror and evil, good will prevail.

Barb Bissonette said...

Dear Louise I have worked as a nurse in Orillia Ontario for 35 years. I am an avid reader and have fallen quite in love with your village and the people there. Clara is my favorite-she feels like a friend and I love Armand and his wife and his high ideals. I have told a number of my patients and staff as well about your Three Pines books-written the titles and your name down for them. Some people are from New Liskard and North Bay which is right on the Quebec border so they like the French Canadian component and little French phrases throughout the books. I can hardly wait for your new book. I want to know the whole story behind what happened to Paul Moran. I asked several people whom I lent or recommended the last book to and they all told me that I had to wait patiently for the next one. So here I am waiting patiently. I am so happy to even be able to tell you this Louise.

Rogue said...

105 replies in a day???Gawd, I think I will simply wait to buy my own copy. I just couldn't resist making it 106 replies in a day! :-)

debbie h said...

Okay Louise, I love a contest that I have to work for, so here goes.
First I'll read it then I will honesty review it, on my blog, at the B&N book club forums where I moderate the General Fiction book club, on FB,Twitter, and finally I'll go to all the other book clubs and post about it there too especially on the Mystery book club where I do believe you know Becke the moderator there.
Plus there's an added bonus that I have never read you before so I may just become your next rabid fan and spread the word on street corners and libraries too. :)
I hope that's enough to warrant considering me.
Deb

Sandy said...

Hi Louise and Michael,

First, let me say that I absolutely ADORE your books! I've read the entire Gamache series (including "The Hangman") and have tweeted, Facebook posted and commented about to my newsletter list of over 3000 about how great they are.

Congratulations!

I'm a "Gamache" by marriage and originally found your books when doing some research on my father-in-law for an awards presentation. Since then, I've been hooked, avidly awaiting the next novel.

If chosen (and even if not, being chosen will simply allow me to do it much sooner), I'll promote your book to my Facebook friends and fans, my newsletter list, my international client base and my Twitter following -- in addition to reviewing on Amazon and my blog (with a 20,000+ readership).

Congratulations on your success and thank you for bringing Inspector Gamache and his "family" to us all.

Sandy

Ann McCauley said...

I will write with bated enthusiam about 'A Trick of the Light' on my blog, write about it on Goodreads and encourage all my reading friends to BUY and read their own copies when it comes out in August!
I just finished reading 'Bury Your Dead' and loved it,...especailly since my husband and I spent a vacation in Quebec City several years ago. I will be absolutely thrilled if I receive and advance copy.

Benjamin said...

I would write a review of A TRICK OF THE LIGHT for my university's student newspaper, which is read daily by thousands on campus. I have been a fan of your series since I read your first book two years ago, and the novels are my favorite style of mysteries I read.

anne said...

Love your books and it's such fun to know that there's a new one coming out at the end of summer! Something to look forward to! I'm posting a digital page on my FB page listing all of your books and published dates and announcing the upcoming new one! Anne Lineberger

Stephanie Scrapchansky said...

Louise- I would love to receive a copy!!!!!!!!!!!!! I work in a library outside of Boston, MA. I already "book talk" your series to as many mystery fans as I can. I would gladly kick it up a few notches so that our processing department would have to order more copies in print AND audio due to the high number of requests from our patrons. I would encourage our reference librarian to choose "Still Life" as one of their selections so more people would be introduced to Armand and want to follow him to Three Pines and beyond! Thank you for the chance to give my patrons a new favorite series and for giving me a favorite place to vacation...even if it sadly exists only in your imagination!

Nancy said...

Oh, my, I'd be so excited to win an ARC copy of A Trick of the Light. Louise, I already tell everyone I know that you're the best mystery writer writing today. I love all your books and am constantly telling everyone I know about each one of your books as it's published. I also run the Mystery Book Club at The Bookcase, our local independent bookstore in Wayzata, Minnesota; and I chose Still Life as our first book for our book club to read. I'm a huge fan and will continue to spread the word about your books even if I don't win an ARC copy this time -- although I'd love to win one!

donna said...

Hi Louise - I am certainly intimidated by all of these well connected people but just felt to not enter when I would absolutely want to win a copy of the new book was taking the cowardly way out. So if longevity counts in being a fan who has spread the word, I've been with you from the start and I don't know if you remember, but I met you in New Canaan, CT on your one trip there. The Cruelest Month had just come out. I've been telling people about your books and you all this time. It is amazing to see how successful you have become and that you have so many interesting books inside of you. So I will continue to spread the word to friends and as always wish you all the best,
Donna from CT

Nonnie said...

I live in a small SOUTHERN town in South Carolina. I will tell my family, neighbors and co workers who will tell THEIR families, neighbors and co workers. I KNOW the local newspaper publisher and she will be SURE TO put the ARC and ME on the front cover of the paper.IN COLOR And will include an article about YOU! ! I will tell all my FB friends and send emails to everyone in my address book! I have already 'hooked' quite a few friends on your books. I am always suggesting you to readers who are not familiar with your work! This one will be easy do do!

Janet said...

Hello Louise,

My plans for "marketing" your book are very low tech - no Twittering, Facebooking, blogging, etc. I have created a short poem which I will recite to any and all who may be interested.

A Trick of the Light, A Trick of the Light
Buy it today, don’t wait until night
Don’t be left out, nor be left behind
Be one of the clever, intelligent kind.
Go to your bookstore, find it online
There’s no way on earth I am giving up mine!
It’s Louise Penny’s latest, an obvious smash
Adventurous times with Inspector Gamache
Like all of her others, I know it’s a hit
(“And how do I know?” you ask in a snit)
Cuz I wrote a poem in a contest she had
Won an advanced reader copy and “Wow” was I glad.

Thanks for the opportunity,

Jock

Judi Milne said...

First, I'm sorry but I will not able to share the book until after I have had the pleasure of spending my time reading it. Then I will open up the lending library but the most important part is I will promote the book on email and facebook and twitter as I have on many occasions. I cannot wait for to spend more time with Gamache. Thank you!

Dana said...

I will continue to start conversations with complete strangers - in airports, restaurants, sporting events, and to buy the book for birthday, Christmas, and other gifts. I will babysit for my daughter so she can find the time to actually read and then pass her copies along.
But no ARC for me, please. I will wait until August, so that the wait for the next book is not too long. Happy long weekend, whatever it is called!

Dana said...

p.s. I my name is drawn please give the book to Suzannah McCuen. Her comment was very moving.

Brenda said...

Hello Louise. I would love to win the ARC because I have fallen in love with all your books. When discussing books with anyone I always mention your books and how wonderful they are - I of course have already informed people that a new one is coming. I will continue to do this! People who do not necessarily enjoy mysteries have read yours on my recommendation and have also loved them. I can not wait to read (and talk) about Three Pines again. Your books make me feel like a resident of the town! Please - never stop writing these wonderful books!!!!

Nancy said...

I'm a teacher-librarian in Ontario. A lot has been in the news about school libraries of late, due to some school boards closing libraries. Jian Ghomeshi even spoke about us on the CBC show "Q" this week. Anyway, each year in our board, as teacher-librarians (TLs), we have a dinner to honour our retirees. If I was fortunate enough to win the ARC being offered, I would read it first, and then I would share it with all of our TLs at our annual dinner, and then do a draw, to pass it on to another "winner".

In thoroughly enjoy your books, am on #5. I also love hearing about life in Sutton, as we always spend our ski holidays there, have spent summer holidays and even Thanksgiving.

Paul R said...

Well, I'd start with Facebook of course. I also have an livejournal account. From there I'd rush down to my favorite local independent bookstore and beg them to book you as a guest. After I convince you and my bookseller to make a connection, I'll help post fliers. And I'll contact the Independent and get them to interview you before your visit. They love writing about visiting authors. And, um, I'll think up something else.

Beth said...

If an ARC arrived in my mailbox, I would swoon, first of all. But I'd do my best to recover quickly, and would then spring into action. I would update my "status" on various online communities to "Reading Louise Penny's newest novel, the latest in the fabulous Three Pines series". I'd contact my good friend, a university librarian who is both the head of her librarian's society and an active blogger, and ask her to spread the word of the incredible book on the verge of being released. I would add a new signature to my e-mails, telling all recipients that I'm reading A Trick of LIght and loving it, and inviting them to pick up the series.

So, I'd be busy online, but really, I think I'd have a larger influence in the real world. I am one of those readers who reads everywhere. At stop lights. While I'm pumping gas. In line at the Post Office. I read, I turn to the other people in line and proselyte. I share passages. And I'm convincing! My sincerity and passion for what I read comes across as something other than wacky, and people tend to write down my recommendations and talk to me later about having read something I've shared.

Having the chance to do this with A Trick of the Light will be a privilege. I'll certainly do it once it is published, and I'd be ecstatic to do so with an ARC.

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