Look what arrived in the post this morning! This is an honest-to-goodness, bonafide proof copy of The Book Of Secrets, book #1 in my new Ateban Cipher series (and, yes, you can pre-order the actual book here if you want to be first!)
Proof copies are sent out in advance of a book’s publication date (12 September 2017), to reviewers, booksellers, bloggers, media and other chosen readers. It’s not quite the final version, having been created before the final proofreads were done, with a cover that only hints at what the real cover will be like.
The blurb inside reads:
Forced to flee his home to uncover the secrets hidden in a coded book, sheltered orphan Gabe discovers a world of danger, intrigue, adventure and unexpected friendship.
What’s the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? These are the questions Gabe must answer when a dying man hands him a coded manuscript with one instruction: take it to Aidan. Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, political intrigue and adventure.
As he seeks to decipher the code and find a mystery man who may not even exist, Gabe learns that survival must be earned and that some of life’s biggest lessons are not found in books.
Gabe finds himself questioning everything he knows about right and wrong and wondering if he’ll ever find a way back home. He also discovers that the biggest secret of all may be his own.
I look forward to sharing the amazing illustrated cover of The Book Of Secrets with you soon, but for now the weight of this proof copy fills my hand.
Proof to me that the book, for so long just a world in my head, is on its way.