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Novelist, Journalist and Professional Canadian

Sunshine in a Box

Nicole Blades

When you a write a novel, for a long time so much of it seems to exist in the air. Nothing is truly tangible. The story is in your imagination for a good while, then it lives in your computer for years, and even when you've been fortunate enough to have the manuscript published, it's still not yet a solid thing. It's a Word document that is emailed—whole or in sections—back and forth and back again. It has a publish date, an actual day on the calendar where it will be available to the world. Still, it's not yet a thing that you can hold in your hand. But then you come to this point in the book's production process where you'll typically receive advance uncorrected proofs (often referred to as advance reader copies or ARCs), and it's like someone sent you sunshine in a box.


This happened to me just last month. The box pictured above arrived late Thursday evening, just before my son's bath-and-bed time. I opened it with him and his dad looking over my shoulder. To see my kid's face light up when I pulled out one of the books ... Man, I wish I could bottle that. And then when he asked if he could read the part where I mention him in the acknowledgements, I was practically beaming. What a moment. Heart full.

I really can't wait to share this story with you. I do hope you enjoy it. The book is now available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Indigo Canada, Amazon UK, and more! It will be released October 25th. Thanks to all for your support so far!

Giveaway Alert! Stay tuned for your chance to win an advance copy of my novel on GoodReads.