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Are you a professional reader?

While my new book doesn't come out until September, if you're a blogger, reviewer, or professional reader--you can download a copy from NetGalley. In related news, I want to be a professional reader! 


What do readers Gini, Annie, and Trisha have in common?

Aside from their charm, beauty, intelligence, and brilliant taste in books, these three lucky readers will be receiving advance reader copies of Songs of Willow Frost.

Congrats to:

Gini Luther
Annie Arvidson
Trisha David

Books will go out this week. Hope you enjoy spending some time with William and Willow!

And if you're arriving late to the party, you can still sign up to the fanlist. I'll be giving away more free copies soon.


Want an early copy of WILLOW?

If you're itching to get your hands on an early copy of Songs of Willow Frost, they're starting to pop up on eBay (I love how quickly these things appear online).

Or you can follow the arrow and join the FANLIST in the upper right. I'll be drawing from these names next Saturday and giving away three signed copies.

What is this fanlist, you ask? Well, if I'm doing an event in your area, you might get a postcard letting you know ahead of time. Or occasionally free advance reader copies (ARCs) of my books and those of other authors might show up in your mailbox (because I only have so much shelf space and darn it, sometimes these books need good homes). Oh, and perhaps a holiday card or two.

And if you'd just like to read the first two chapters for free, they're online here.


Suddenly I'm grateful my name isn't Jamie Neunschwanderstein

As we're packing for Africa the UPS man backed up his truck and delivered 11,500 tip-in cards for Songs of Willow Frost.

Which means that I get to sign my name 11,500 times. And each time I will be praising my parents for giving me a mercifully short name. (And all of a sudden the name "Cher" makes perfect sense).

While we're talking Songs, if you'd like a free advance copy there are now a few options:

Goodreads.com - They're giving away 75 copies and it's easy to sign up.

NetGalley.com - This is a new one to me, but if you're a bookseller, librarian, reviewer, blogger, or can just "get creative" on the application there are free versions of dozens of forthcoming releases, one of which is Songs.

And when I get back from Africa I'll be giving some away right here on the ol' website.

In the meantime, if you'd like to know what some other folks are saying:

Masterfully set in Depression-era Seattle, Jamie Ford’s Songs of Willow Frost is a beautifully told story of an orphan boy’s courageous quest to find his mother. But more than that, it is a story about the universal quest for love, forgiveness, belonging, and family. Tender, powerful, and deeply satisfying, I was emotionally hooked on every page. If you liked Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, you’re going to love Songs of Willow Frost.

Lisa Genova
NYT bestselling author of Still Alice

The story of a boy's undying hope in a time of despair.  My heart was breaking for 12 -year-old orphan William Eng and for his best friend, the beautiful, blind Charlotte, as they risk everything in a desperate quest to find William's long lost mother.  Will the mysterious Chinese movie star, Willow Frost, provide answers? Will the truth be enough to save them?  I could not turn away from the haunting story or the stunning historical details that bring  Depression-era Seattle to cinematic life. Jamie Ford has a laser eye for the small details that define cultures. But it is his boundless compassion for the human spirit, in all its strengths and weaknesses, that makes him one of our most unique and compelling storytellers.

Helen Simonson
NYT bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Jamie Ford has done it again, creating characters so full of passion and courage that we cannot help but follow them into the pages of history. Ford is a natural storyteller who eloquently captures the love between mother and child: their hopes, sacrifices, and need for forgiveness. SONGS OF WILLOW FROST is both tender and devastating, a tale of longing for love, and final redemption.

Jean Kwok
NYT bestselling author of Girl in Translation

Color me humbled. And now, back to those tip-in cards...