NIGHT SHIFT advance reader copies giveaway! (+privacy policy & reviews policy)

I guess I should be giving this away at my other site — millavane.com — but I don’t have a blog set up there. At any rate, the past week has brought up concerns of reader privacy, so I thought I might as well address those here — especially since I’m conducting a giveaway that will require me to collect readers’ addresses if they win.

My Privacy Policy

I’ve had a privacy policy on each of my info collection forms for a while, but I’m just going to state it again here:

  • I will NEVER use your information for any purpose other than the purpose stated when I collected the information. If you send me your address so that I can send you a book, that’s all I’ll ever use it for. If you sign up for my newsletter, the only thing I’ll use that email address for is to send my newsletter to you. If you sign up for my postcard mailing list, the only thing I’ll use that information for is to send you a postcard.
  • I will NEVER share your information with someone else (unless I’ve first asked your permission, because sometimes different giveaway prizes come from different authors.) I will always make it clear if that is the case.
  • I will NEVER — NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER — look up your personal information on Google or through any other database search.

My Reviews Policy

This has been on my FAQ page for a while, but I’m happy to state it again here:

I think all reviews are great! Positive or negative (because I can’t count how many times I’ve bought a book after reading why someone else hated it), I think reviews are the best way for readers to discover books.

Sometimes readers ask me how or when to post a review. Usually I answer, “Whenever you feel like it and however you feel like it!” But to put it more succinctly:

1) I don’t care when you review my books (near the release date or years after) or if you purchased the book before you review it. I’m just glad you’ve given my work a try.

2) I don’t care where you post your reviews. Amazon, Goodreads, Booklikes, your blog, over your back fence to a neighbor — I think any mention at all is great, wherever you feel comfortable posting it. I will never ask you to post to a specific bookseller or site.

3) I don’t care whether it’s positive or negative. Do I hope you love the book? Of course! I don’t want you to feel that you’ve wasted either your money or your time. But I don’t love every book I read, and sometimes I shake my head over books other people love. So why would I expect readers to love every book I write?

4) I don’t care whether you use your real name or an anonymous one or a fake name that you invented for the internet (Meljean Brook isn’t a real name, either!) I don’t care if your review is five words long or five thousand. I trust readers to decide whether a review is trustworthy and/or helpful — and they all make that decision in different ways. Some don’t trust five-star reviews. Some don’t like short reviews; others hate long ones that give too much info. So the more variety, the better.

5) Reviews are for readers, not for authors. Of course I love it when my work is reviewed! I might even ask to use your review to promote my work. But please don’t feel obligated to write reviews for my sake or for the sake of my career. Only do it if you feel like doing it. You are not responsible for my livelihood. I am. So please don’t feel as if you taking something away from me by not reviewing and/or writing a negative review.

I also generally make it a policy NOT to comment on publicly posted reviews of my work, because I feel that author intrusion stifles reader discussion, and I don’t believe it’s the author’s place to tell readers how they should read or review a book. Sometimes I will make exceptions to that policy — if I’m really familiar with a reader/community, or if I can clarify some non-story issue (about pricing, dates, or so on) — but typically I will try to stay away from such posts.

Sometimes I will retweet review links; sometimes I don’t. Generally this has nothing to do with the review itself or the person who tweeted it — I’m not always on Twitter, so sometimes I just don’t see the links. Sometimes I feel that I’ve already blasted too many reviews/too much promo at my readers, so I hold back.

So this is all a very long way to say that I appreciate reviews and discussion about my books more than I could ever say — but I will generally NOT take part in any online activity regarding the reviewing or discussion of my work. So if you feel that I’m ignoring you, I’m not. I just don’t like to step on readers’ toes, and it’s often very hard to know who does and doesn’t mind a little author intrusion, so I err of the side of caution.

That said! If you want to point me to your review, please feel free to send me an email. Often during release week, I’ll highlight reviews that have come in and try to point readers to those blogs and reviewers, or I’ll add quotes to the book page on this website.

Also, if you ever have a question about my books (or if you and other readers are having a discussion and need clarification on a point) also please feel free to email me. I’m always willing to discuss my work; I just don’t feel comfortable barging in on readers’ spaces.

And, oh yeah!

THE KRAKEN KING — the compiled version — is coming out next week!

Finally, a giveaway!

Night Shift
But the ARCs don’t look like this! They’ve got a plain yellow cover and are the size of a trade paperback. Like this.

This anthology includes my first barbarian story written as Milla Vane, “The Beast of Blackmoor.” You can read an excerpt at that site — but really, you’ll want this, because do you see the other names on that cover? Yeah.

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark…

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn’t a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself.

It’s seer Makenna Frazier’s first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin’s Lucky Charms.

How to Enter:

1) Comment on my blog post (if you’re on Facebook or Goodreads, please come here!)

2) Use the Rafflecopter widget to record your entry.

That’s it!

Please note that this contest has ended!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Fine Print

The Prize

1) Five winners will receive an ARC of NIGHT SHIFT.

The Deadlines

Comment by 11:59:59 PM Pacific time on November 3rd, 2014 for your chance to win. Five winners will be selected using Rafflecopter’s selection application. Only one entry per ISP address. The contest is open to international readers. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited.