The third book in my young adult series releases in about 6 weeks (March 7). FOR LOVE AND HONOR. It’s a standalone novel, meaning you can enjoy it without having previously read the other books in the series.
This book is set in medieval times and is about a noble knight returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. He loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but can he win the heart of Lady Sabine in time to save his family? Little does he know she’s harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and thrust them all into more danger than they ever thought possible.
Currently ARCs of FOR LOVE & HONOR are out in the world and subsequently a few reviews are starting to roll in. I appreciated this one: “I have read every book Jody Hedlund has ever written, and while I’ve enjoyed them all, I do believe the three books in this YA medieval fantasy series are my favorites. Packed with action, adventure, daring rescues, chivalric heroes, brave heroines, swoon-worthy romance, and strong themes of faith and sacrifice. . .”
What exactly is an ARC, you may be asking? ARC is the acronym for Advance Reading Copy. It’s an EARLY published version of a book but is NOT the final edited form. And it usually doesn’t contain the final, beautified cover (for example, the back cover of the ARC of FOR LOVE AND HONOR looks like this):
In other words, the ARC is not a polished copy of the book. The back cover of the ARC has this note in really small print at the bottom: “UNCORRECTED PROOF: Reviewers are reminded that changes may be made in this proof copy before books are printed.”
ARCs are not produced for every single book that is published. Actually very few books have ARCs made because they require a lot of extra work and cost for the publisher. Of my 16 published books, only 5 have had ARCs.
Bigger reviewers, librarians, media outlets, sales reps, and other strategic people in the book industry are often the recipients of ARCs (and may get an ARC months ahead of release). Publishers hope to use ARCs to garner more sales as well as early positive reviews.
Readers who are on launch teams or apart of influencer groups occasionally get ARCs, but most often they get the final copy of the book (around the release time or sometimes a week or two early).
When ARCs are made for a book, authors often get a limited number of those ARCs to give away. So here on this blog, I’m giving away 3 ARCs! To enter to win, fill out the Rafflecopter form below!
What is your favorite time period for the setting of a historical novel? I’d love to know!
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