Tuesday, January 28, 2014

One Week from Today! A New Family & A New Series!

Are you ready for the Abbotts of Vermont? I’m very excited for next Tuesday when All You Need Is Love, Book 1 in my new Green Mountain Series, becomes available everywhere e-books, print and audio books are sold. This release is different from most of my others because there’s a publisher involved—Berkley Publishing, a division of Penguin-Random House. I’ve had a great time working with the team at Berkley to bring the Abbott family to you. I wanted to make you aware of a few things about the upcoming release, including contest information!

The first thing I want you to know is All You Need Is Love is my first MAJOR print release, meaning it’s going to be EVERYWHERE, which is very exciting! You can find it at Target, Barnes & Noble, WalMart, Books-A-Million, in airports and just about everywhere books are sold. How cool is it that it’s going to be in AIRPORTS? That makes me want to book a flight just to see it there! Because this is my first really significant print release, the publisher wanted to give the print book an extra boost, thus the added content in the print release. The short story, To Know Her Is To Love Her, will only be in the print version—at first. It will be released to e-book readers at a later date, and as soon as I know when I’ll let you know. I believe the intent was to release it ahead of Book 2, I Want to Hold Your Hand, in June. I want to make sure my ebook readers know that the short story is a “fun extra” and isn’t new story. It’s more of Will and Cameron, the hero and heroine in All You Need Is Love, so it’s something fun to look forward to in a couple of months.

Second, if you ordered a signed print copy of All You Need Is Love from Island Books, my local independent bookstore, I am signing those copies today, and they will go right in the mail. Watch for them by release day if you are in the U.S. and shortly after overseas. If you decide later you want a signed copy, you can still order them through Island Books. We will keep the order form live for future requests at http://www.islandbooksri.com/all-you-need-love-autographed-author-marie-force. You will also be able to order signed copies from Island Books of the Fatal Series books that are coming to print beginning next month with Fatal Affair. Because both of these series are governed by publisher contracts, this is the only way I can offer them to you signed. This differs from my self-published books (the McCarthy and Treading Water Series, in particular), which are not governed by contract restrictions, so I am able to sell them directly to you. I know all of this can be confusing, so feel free to email me at marie@marieforce.com if you have questions about how to get signed copies of any of your favorite print books.

Third, some of you have asked why I gave away advance print copies and not ebook copies. The answer to that is simple—I had the print copies to give away, and I don’t have an ebook version at my disposal. And to be perfectly honest, I don’t give away advance ebook copies of any of my books because I’m always fearful of the digital copy ending up in the wrong hands. In today’s digital world, protecting my books from pirates is a big part of my job, and keeping the digital copies close is one way to reduce piracy. I know most of you are perfectly honest people who wouldn’t dream of misusing a digital file, but it only takes one dishonest person to ruin it for everyone. I hope you understand my need to protect my hard work from people who would steal it from me.

Fourth thing I wanted to make sure I told you is to remind my reader friends in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India to look for the book under the title Your Love Is All I Need—same story with a slightly different name and cover.

Now, on to the fun stuff! Contests galore! We have several different ways to win great prizes around the launch of All You Need Is Love!

As we have done in the past, there will be a quick 25-question quiz designed to be “open book and easy to pass” that indicates you read the book during release week. Why then? The more of you who read the book the first week, the more likely it is to be a bestseller, and that would be an awesome way to welcome the Abbotts to our book family! There will be one version for ebook readers and another for print readers that will include bonus questions from the short story. The prizes for both are the same and everyone who takes the quiz will be entered into the drawing:

Grand Prize (Two Winners)
A trip to the June 2014 Vermont Launch Party for All You Need Is Love and I Want To Hold Your Hand, The Green Mountain Series, Books 1 and 2. This trip will include the following:
  • Two nights lodging for up to two guests in Vermont.
  • $750 toward airfare for two from anywhere in the United States. If you are overseas, you’ll have to get yourself to the U.S. We suggest flying into Manchester, NH (2.5 hours away), Burlington, VT (2.25 hours away), Hartford, CT (2.5 hours), Albany, NY (1.75 hours) or Boston, MA (3 hours).
  • Reimbursement of up to approximately $300 for car rental and fuel to be used for transportation from the airport to Weston, VT.
  •  A special breakfast with Marie for both winners and their guests.
  • $100 gift card to the Vermont Country Store
  • $100 gift card to Bryant House Restaurant at the Vermont Country Store
  • Your very own stuffed “Fred the Moose”
  • Signed copies of All You Need Is Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand
Second Prize (One Winner)
  • $100 Gift Card to the Vermont Country Store
  • $100 Gift Card to the e-book retailer of the winner’s choice
  •  Your very own stuffed “Fred the Moose”
  • Signed copies of All You Need Is Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand
Third Prize (One Winner)

  •  $100 Gift Card to the Vermont Country Store
  • Your very own stuffed “Fred the Moose”
  • Signed copies of All You Need Is Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand

Runners Up (Two Winners)
  • Vermont prize pack with maple syrup, pancake mix and other local treats
  • Your very own stuffed “Fred the Moose”
  •  Signed copies of All You Need Is Love and I Want to Hold Your Hand

**Note the signed copies of I Want to Hold Your Hand will be sent in May ahead of the June release of Book 2.

Selfie Contest!
And there’s more! Since this is my first major print release, we want to document all the many places you see the book—and we want to see YOU with the book. Send your “selfies” of you holding All You Need Is Love, along with your name, email address, location and the store where you saw the book to author@marieforce.com. Our goal is to receive photos from all 50 states and as many countries as possible. We will post the photos on Facebook throughout release week! Everyone who sends in a photo will be entered into a drawing for one of FIVE $100 gift cards to the book retailer of your choice. The more photos you send, the more chances you have to win!

Preorder now here:
Kindle US:http://amzn.to/161ScB8
Kindle CA:http://amzn.to/IHnLs4
iBooks CA:http://bit.ly/1f45JvA

Those of you looking for it in PRINT, start checking your favorite retailers this weekend:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1fWNCvj 
Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/1hnZWBW
Walmart: http://www.walmart.com/ip/27204304 

The print version will also be available in Target stores. 

I can’t wait for a fun release week! Please let me know if you have any questions about any of the offerings listed above. As always, you can reach me at marie@marieforce.com.