Grievers Giveaway!

Update: Thanks to everyone who dropped me a line! I just got my fifth request, so the copies are gone, but I’ll be emailing everyone who requested a copy so they know either way.

With the launch date for my second novel, The Grievers, quickly approaching, I recently received a shipment of advance review copies from my publisher. A few went to friends who helped me with copy editing, and a few more went to book reviewers. Now I have five copies left, and I want to share them with some of my favorite bloggers. The problem is that I have more than five favorite bloggers! The solution? The first five who drop me a line (see my contact info) and send me their mailing address will receive an advance review copy.

Of course, there’s always a catch, but this one isn’t so bad: I’d really appreciate it if you’d review my book or, if you prefer, interview me on your blog. Or, if you’re G. Martinez Cabrera, work my book into your online graphic novel. A few stars on Goodreads would also be nice. I’m open to anything.

If you’re still on the fence, here’s a link to more information about the book: The Grievers Official Website. (As opposed to all of those unofficial Grievers fan websites out there.)

More from Pete’s Mail Bag

In case you’ve lost track, my dog Pete, who’s been dead lo these last two years, has been asked to apply to a for-profit institution of higher learning and to buy a new car at Miller Chrysler Dodge Jeep. And yesterday, the good people of Mealey’s Furniture kindly wrote to inquire about Pete’s luck:

The good news is that if Pete were alive and wanted to know how lucky he was, he could, as the note suggests, Find Out Now! The bad news, however, is that Pete’s luck ran out a little while ago, so I’m hesitant to open the card. Because what will I find? A luck-o-meter reading zero? A clover with no leaves? Dirty Harry Callahan drawing a gun?

The world, I suppose, will never know.

Ask an English Teacher: Good or Well?

If someone asks how I am, should I say I’m good or I’m well?

The answer depends on whether the person who asked really cares how you’re doing. If they’re only asking to be polite, the correct answer is, “Fine, thanks!” But if they really want to know, the correct answer is probably closer to, “To tell you the truth, I’m haunted by existential angst and the creeping suspicion that Soren Kierkegaard was right when he said that our age is putting on a veritable clearance sale not just in commerce but in the world of ideas, too — that everything can be had so dirt cheap that one begins to wonder whether in the end anyone will want to make a bid.”

That wasn’t very helpful.

I tend not to be.