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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

How to Get Your Free Copy of RULES OF THE LAKE

RULES OF THE LAKE is the prequel to ASHES TO WATER. For a free copy, here's all you have to do:

1. Google the name of your public library.  Find the “contact us” link, or the “Ask a Librarian” link, and request they acquire Ashes to Water. Ask them to contact you when it comes in.

2. When the book comes in, check it out, read it, and write a short review.

3. Post your review online, either Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, or your blog.

4. Send me the URL of your review and your address.

And in return,

I will send you a free copy of Rules of the Lake, even if the review was negative. I hereby promise. Cross my heart, hope to die, stick a needle in my eye. If you are a book blogger, I will publicize your review on this site, FaceBook, and Twitter, with a link to your website.

You win, I win, and libraries win! You don’t have to buy anything, or do anything except request the acquisition.

You have questions, don't you? I knew it, because I have STP, and can read your mind. You're thinking:

But, Irene. What if I ask my library to acquire Ashes to Water and they say no?
Obviously, you weren't convincing enough. I suggest you put a quiver in your voice as you whisper, "It's for my Aunt Louise who doesn't have much longer to live." If that doesn't work, try yelling.

But, Irene. Can't I just borrow ASHES TO WATER from someone else?
Sure. And from you, I'll just borrow the book I was going to send you for free, and we're square.

But, Irene. I don't have a library card.
I'm going to pretend I didn't hear that.

But, Irene. I don't want to post my review online.
Oh, okay. Then I'll send you a book, but I won't put any postage on it.

But, Irene. I don't want a free copy of Rules of the Lake. I want a free copy of Ashes to Water.
What do I look like, a bookstore?

But, Irene. You're using me.
And you're using me. Feels good, doesn't it?

Are you in?


  1. Although I was already fortunate enough to read your fabulous book, and yes it was fabulous, I have officially submitted a purchase request to my library! They listened to the last 6 I sent, so I'll keep you updated :).

  2. This is a great idea! Henrico Public Library and Richmond Public Library already have copies (yay!) but I'll keep looking for local libraries that don't. I'm looking forward to reading Ashes to Water.

  3. Irene, contact Carter Douglas at the Augusta County Library, tell her I sent you and they need to put your books in there. They are wonderful there

  4. Great idea, I'll contact my library. By the way, most libraries have associates with towns around, so if they don't have a book they request it from a library that does.

    Also, just FYI, us book bloggers aren't "cheap", it's just that some of us (ahhmm) read 2-3 books a week. Even at eBook prices, which are on the rise (don't get me started), we're spending a small fortune anyway.

  5. Hey, Irene -- you should get ALL your buds to call their libraries, not just your book blogging cohort.

    As for me, I just went to the website of the library of the City of Berkeley, and you're right: they had a contact form to fill out, and one of the addressing options was "Acquisitions".


  6. i check my library and the texas library system (on line)...not there (but did have the preview)...tomorrow i will call my librarian and the dallas pub. lib. will keep you posted.

  7. But Irene. What if the Library Lady yells back at me?

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