we have on hand several ARCs -- that's Advance Reading Copy if you're not familiar with the term -- of Necessity's Child, our next hardcover book from Baen, due out in February. ARCs are not hardbound (they look like a regular trade-size paperback) and they contain the largely uncopyedited contents of the book since we haven't had a chance to over it for typos, missing continuity, or the like. These are the same items that book reviewers get.
While Sharon has her giveaway going on over at her blog, with entries allowed through Wednesday, mine will finish with entries Friday, November 30, with winners announced on Monday, December 3 for the ARC I'm giving away.
In order to receive the book -- which we will sign and mail to you -- you need to tell me, in under 100 words, WHO you will give it to, and WHY. Give? Yes, give. I'd like you to pass this book along to someone unfamiliar with the Liaden adventure as a holiday gift. That DOES NOT mean you can't read it first, of course, nor do I want the name of the person it is going to, but an idea of what kind of reader you envision as a perfect repository for our newest book. Oh -- and if you can't post your answer to the blog here, send your reply to: fol (at) korval.com ... and I reserve the right to pick and choose and to share the winning entry and to make all decisions concerning the giveaway. Please, one entry only!
You know, of course, that this is all for publicity so we'd appreciate it if you can get the word out about the giveaway, -- and besides, it's fun to pay back our readers and challenge them at the same time.
*Promo copy for Necessity’s Child, in case you haven't seen it:
The kompani sees none as enemy, and few as friend. It exists in many places, living quietly in the shadows, thriving off the bounty that others have no wit to secure, nor skill to defend. Their private history is unwritten; their recall rooted in dance and dream.
Clan Korval is wealthy in enemies; fortunate in friends. They protect themselves with vigor, and have taught even their youngest children the arts of war. They arrive on the planet Surebleak, where the kompani has lived secret and aloof, borne, it seems, by the very winds of change.
Change is often a boon to the kompani, for in change lies opportunity. But the arrival of Clan Korval, upon the planet Surebleak, with its friends, its enemies, and, most of all, its plans may bring catastrophe, changing the world’s culture, and the kompani, forever.
In this time of change, the lives of three people intersect — Kezzi, apprentice to the kompani’s grandmother; Syl Vor, Clan Korval’s youngest warrior; and Rys, a man without a world, or a past.
A new, standalone novel in the popular Liaden Universe® Series