Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Wednesday WOLF & A Giveaway

It's time for more word history, but there's an incentive for you to plow through my possibly tedious nuggets of wisdom -- I'm doing a giveaway!

Here's the thing, we all claim there's no such thing as too many books. In theory, I agree. In practice, my cat likes to pee on plastic covers and I'm out of bookshelf space. ALA was a good time, but the TBR pile has doubled in size and it was just barely out of The Pee Zone as it was. So, it's time to part with some of the books I've been stacking right next to the TBR pile - the ABR (Already Been Read) pile. Scroll down to see what flavor of awesome I'm giving away today, and keep checking in all week and into next week as I filter through the mess that is my bedroom.

I haven't been to the movies in awhile because I'm a really picky girl. But that doesn't mean that I don't toss around a phrase or two that I picked up from the biz. I don't know how much longer one of my favorite sayings will be hanging on with the arrival of the digital age, but I love telling people when I'm finished writing and editing a book that it's in the can.

In the days of reel film, movies were packed into circular canisters in order to be shipped to theaters for release. I had some friends that worked at a local theatre and I loved to poke around those things. It was (and remains) amazing to me that there's a movie in there. I haven't been in the audience or a reel room in years, so I can't say whether or not those heavy awkward monsters of the film industry are still floating around out there, but damn they were entertaining.

In any case, I find it particularly appropriate to say one of my books is in the can, because this can only be used in reference to something that's completely finished. Edited, cut, polished, ready to go out to the public for consumption. And we all know getting to that point is a long, long process. The can is a good place to be.

In so many ways.


Alright - I'm going to give away an ARC from a fellow Ohioan and Class of 2k13 member. PROJECT CAIN by Geoffrey Girard is bound to be a good fit for boys, and also for girls like me who want a little literary punch in the throat every now and then. Gritty, dark and minimalist, PROJECT CAIN is not a beach read... unless you like a little blood in the sand.

Fifteen-year-old Jeff Jacobson had never heard of Jeffrey Dahmer, the infamous serial killer who brutally murdered seventeen people more than twenty years ago. But Jeff’s life changes forever when the man he’d thought was his father hands him a government file telling him he was constructed in a laboratory only seven years ago, part of a top-secret government cloning experiment called ‘Project CAIN’.

There, he was created entirely from Jeffrey Dahmer’s DNA. There are others like Jeff—those genetically engineered directly from the most notorious murderers of all time: The Son of Sam, The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy . . . even other Jeffrey Dahmer clones. Some raised, like Jeff, in caring family environments; others within homes that mimicked the horrific early lives of the men they were created from.

When the most dangerous boys are set free by the geneticist who created them, the summer of killing begins. Worse, these same teens now hold a secret weapon even more dangerous than the terrible evil they carry within. Only Jeff can help track the clones down before it’s too late. But will he catch the ‘monsters’ before becoming one himself?

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Erica said...

I hadn't heard of Project Cain before now, but now I am super excited for it - it sounds great!

Debra McKellan said...

I knew the reference! :D

Anonymous said...

My dad was an elementary school principal, and my very favorite Fridays were the ones when he would come home with a giant film reel can under his arm in addition to his briefcase. You know those films your teacher would get for school absences -- the good ones, like "The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh" or "Donald Duck in Mathemagic Land"? My dad would bring those home over the weekend. He'd drag out the screen and projector while my big brother turned the couch and Mom made huge bowls of popcorn. Home theater, before there was such a thing. Dad also made and edited his own Super 8 home movies of all our vacations and holidays. So, yeah, I know all about "in the can." Thanks for the great memories! :)

Mindy McGinnis said...

Erica - CAIN is pretty amazing, brace yourself!

Deb - I love that you're excited that you knew my WOLF!

Mfant - JEALOUS!!