In My Mailbox #1 - Do you remember your "first time"? Your first ARC/Proof that is!

In MyMailbox (IMM) is a weekly feature organised by The Story Siren. IMM is a post where you can show which books entered your house and it also gives you a chance to say thank you to the people that kindly sent them. To find out more about how you can join in, click here.

I've been blogging for just a few months now and I've loved the IMM posts I've seen from other bloggers. However, as I'm such a noOb, I've not had much opportunity to get involved! Finally, however, the ball has started rolling. 

Those of you who read my Up And Coming Reviews post last week, will remember I sent a thank you to whoever it was who sent me The Goddess Test, by Aimee Carter. Well, there's still no word on who actually sent me this, but I thought I'd reiterate my whole-hearted THANKS as that's why I want to get involved in IMM. 

This week, I received my first uncorrected proof directly from a publisher. I've been doing the happy dance since it hit my doormat! So a HUGE thank you to Chicken House Books! You've made my week!

UNDEAD, by Kirsty McKay
Details from the Chicken House website. 

UK Price: £6.99 
Format: Paperback 
Publisher: Chicken House
Pages: 304pp 
Ages: 12+ 
Size: 198x129mm 
ISBN: 978-1-906427-87-0 
Publication Date: September 2011

It was just another school trip...
When their ski-coach pulls up at a cafe, and everyone else gets off, new girl Bobby and rebel Smitty stay behind. They hardly know each other but that changes when through the fallingsnow, they see the others coming back.  
Something has happened to them.
Something bad.
Soon only a pair of double doors stand between those on the bus and their ex-friends the Undead outside. Time to get a life.
Brilliant zom-com horror novel from an exciting new author to Chicken House.

You can get more information on the book, as well as reading an extract, here

I can't wait to read this and it's taking pride of place in my TBR pile because it feels like a book-blogging right of passage to receive an advanced copy. 

To all of the other book bloggers out there, do you remember the first book you were sent by a publisher/author? Are uncorrected proofs like lovers: you always remember your first? He he he. I hope you share your "firsts" in the comments below!



  1. So glad you received it - and may it mark the beginning of a long & happy blogging era! We love to hear what you think: what you loved, and what you didn't. Bloggers are very important to us here at Chicken House. They are a great support and have their fingers firmly on the pulse of what's hot and what's not: Long live the blogger!

  2. That is fabulous new Laura. I am so happy for you. Enjoy the book.

  3. Great week! I'll have to check out Undead.
    New follower too!
    My IMM

  4. Thanks Alison! I'm following you too! Woop for IMM! :P

  5. Awwww, yay congratulations on your first ARC!

    I do remember mine! Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin, which I totally loved.

    Happy reading :-D

  6. Thanks, April!

    Step 1: Get first ARC.

    Step 2: Take over the world! Mwahahahaha!

  7. awww your first ARC! Awesome! I hope you enjoy!! :D

  8. How fun! I do remember my first arc, it was Jon Shors book, Dragon House and I LOVED it. I was also his first review on Amazon and he remembered me when his second book came out.

    Congrats to you - you are embarking on an amazing journey (take it from someone who is just about to celebrate 2 years of doing this)

  9. Thanks, Sheila! And happy 2 year anniversary! :)

  10. I haven't gotten an ARC ... yet! Hehe. I've also only been blogging for a few months. Undead sounds interesting! I hope you enjoy it. :)


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