If you know me at all you will know that Nancy Drew has been a huge influence in my life. The Hidden Staircase was the first crime fiction title I ever read, and I have been reading, writing and thinking about crime fiction ever since. I was seven at the time, so that was a few years ago. (Or, in the olden days,as my own seven year old would say.)
So, I was just tickled to realize recently that Nancy Drew and I have the same publisher. Really! Check here for all the titles in the Nancy Drew series published by Simon & Schuster.
Here’s another fact: a few weeks ago, a box of ARCs arrived. For those of you not familiar with the term, an ARC is an Advanced Reading Copy – the copies that publishers send out to authors, readers, media and reviewers before publication. It’s the magic that happens behind the scenes, so that the book reviews just happen to be published in the paper the same day that the books hit the shelves.
ARCs are cool. Here’s what the box of Confined Space ARCs looked like when it arrived:
Last week, Simon & Schuster had an ARC give away on Goodreads. They gave away 20 ARCs to readers, but you had to be in Canada to win.
I know I have lots of blog readers and Facebook friends and Twitter tweeps all over the world, so here is what I am going to do:
I’m going to give away my very last ARC. I will send in anywhere in the world.
What do you have to do? Tell me your Nancy Drew story, of course!
Tell me how Nancy Drew influenced you. Or tell me about the time you solved a mystery like Nancy Drew. Or you got locked in a closet by burglars and got out by your wits alone. Or the time you tied a scarf on your head and drove a blue roadster. Leave your Nancy Drew story in the comments below.
Of course my Nancy Drew story is no secret. It was one of my very first posts on this blog, and you can find it here.
Leave your Nancy Drew story in the comments below, on or before Tuesday, May 1st. If your story is the best you will win an ARC – mailed directly to your door! (Definition of best? Either funniest or most inspiring.) If there are lots of great stories, the jury (me) reserves the right to make a random selection from top entries.
The winner will be announced on this blog next Wednesday, May 2nd.