That time I got ARCs of HEXED

So by now you already know that I got my advance reader copies of HEXED because I’ve shouted about it on every social media outlet known to man. But I didn’t get to shout about it on here yet, and that’s a big problem, obvi, so here I am now to rectify that.




And here they are, in all their glory, from multiple different angles and in different flattering lights. Aren’t they glorious?






Many people have asked how it felt to see the ARCs for the first time. (Actually that’s a lie, but I just want to tell you about it, okay? Humor me.)


I didn’t scream when I first opened the box, like I thought I might. I just quietly picked out the top book on the pile and flipped through the pages, turning it back to front, inspecting it with a goofy grin on my face while my husband awkwardly filmed me on his cellphone, probably wondering why I wasn’t reacting like he thought I would. I was just too overwhelmed to feel much of anything in the moment. And then I found this letter from my amazing editor on the top of the box:



And I started to cry.


There’s so much hard work and frustration that goes into the long, long process of writing a book that it’s sometimes too easy to forget how amazing it is that something I wrote is going to be a real book, on real bookshelves in real, live bookstores. And then every once in a while something will come along and it will hit me (usually rather violently), how incredibly fortunate I am to be in this position. That so many people came together to give me this opportunity to hold a book I wrote in my hands.


So to answer the question I was never really asked: I felt proud and humbled and grateful and fortunate and big and small. Basically, I had all the feelings.


But the absolute best part of getting these ARCs? I finally got to give my sister a copy. Let me explain:


I’m a really bad secret-keeper. I tell my twin sister Brandy EVERYTHING, whether it’s interesting or she wants to hear it or not. So it was incredibly, incredibly difficult for me not to blurt out this particular secret to her. In fact, I almost did on multiple occasions. But in the end I was really glad I didn’t when Brandy finally opened up her copy and saw this:




Her reaction? Priceless, and completely worth over a year of waiting to show her. Of course, like any normal human, I was there with a camera to snap pictures of her crying to post publicly on the internet.




Is that not the best? Like, ever? Unless of course those are legit-upset tears. And Scarlett is consoling her. “Don’t worry, Mommy. Probably no one will read it anyway.”


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26 Responses to That time I got ARCs of HEXED

  1. Brandy A says:

    And now I’m crying all over again!! It’s the most exciting thing in the world that a book you wrote will be on bookshelves! I’m so proud of you and so so honoured that you dedicated the book to me! Thank you so much! I can’t wait to be first in line to buy Hexed, even though I’ve got the best copy of it already.

  2. CONGRATS, Michelle! So happy for you and so sweet about your sister tearing up. Happy tears, yay happy tears!

    Can 2014 get here already so I can read more awesome books? Thanks much.

  3. Lori says:

    Aaaah, you guys are the sweetest!!! That picture is the absolute best, especially her daughter hugging her. It totally made me tear up. CONGRATS again, Michelle. I can’t wait to read your book!

  4. Pili says:

    What an amazing & sweet surprise! I would have cried like mad as your sister did if I had been in a similar position!

    And I’m so excited about the Hexed ARCs, still hoping I can manage to get my hands on one!

  5. Ella Zegarra says:

    Now I’m crying, you’re fault! :D

    I’m so excited for you!

    And sweet little girl :3

  6. Amy Plum says:

    Okay, you made me cry. I remember feeling the same way seeing my first ARCs. Savor it – it’s exciting each time, but never like the first time! :)

  7. Absolutely precious! And the book looks fantastic. Congratulations <3

  8. Love the all sides photos. I think would have cried after smelling the books. So glad you gave your sister the first signed copy.

    The book synopsis sounds wonderful. Will you be signing books anytime soon? Also who is the cover artist? I think he or she did a lovely job picking a cover model that sounds like Indigo.

    Books Buying Beauty

    • Michelle Krys says:

      Thanks, Ashley! The book comes out June 10th so probably around then. No official plans for release time yet, though! The cover artist is Alison Impey. She’s amazing, no? (Did the cover of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, too)

  9. Ruth says:

    Brandy might be first lining up in Canada, but I’ll be the first in England. I actually feel a bit sorry for the people in Waterstones with me that day :D

  10. Tif Johnson says:

    I’m totally crying too! CONGRATULATIONS, Michelle and hugs all around!

  11. Ron Smith says:

    I read your news over at Verla Kay’s. I have to say, looking at that one pic of your sister made me all watery-eyed. And I’m a manly man for God’s sake!

    Congratulations and thanks for sharing this. It is indeed awesome.

  12. annerooo says:

    Aww you twins are cute! Can’t wait to read Hexed! :)

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