Novel News + Goodreads Giveaway!

Friends! We’re in the dog days of summer and I have several items of hot news to share. I’d hoped to chronicle the publication process of my debut novel As a River here and/or in my newsletter, but it’s all been a whirlwind.

So let’s jump straight to this moment:

Do I look really happy? Are there also tears in my eyes? Yes on both counts!

This photo was taken right after I opened a package and held my book for the first time. I grinned wide – then immediately burst out crying.

As you all know, it’s been *such* a long journey. To finally hold my book, to see that it was real…well, there’s simply no overstating how moving it was. It’s been a dream since I was a child.

There have been a dizzying amount of steps to get here. I have friends who have been through this before so I knew some of what to expect. But just because you’ve heard about what it’s like doesn’t mean actually experiencing it isn’t still a doozy.

There’s much to fill you in on – like this stunning review that literally made me gasp. Or having one of my favorite authors – who I did not know before! – say this:

Reader, I put that quote on my front cover. (And reader, this amazing author, Rene Denfeld, also has a new book coming out in October. The Butterfly Girl. Get it!)

My book, As a River, officially comes out on September 3.

But friends, I have a chance for you to get your hands on an early copy before then!

Advance Reader Copies (ARC) are free copies publishers make of their forthcoming titles before publication to send to potential reviewers, media outlets, booksellers, etc, to try to get the book on the radar screen. Many venues need the book at least 3 to 6 months before the pub date to consider it for coverage.

So, the past several months we’ve been busy approaching different people and venues to see if they might like an ARC to hopefully drum up some press. I still have a few ARCs remaining and I would like to give them to you!

Just click on the link to enter a Goodreads giveaway to win an ARC. (US entries only. Sorry sibling international folks! But I have more opportunities for you below!)

The ARC has a different blurb on the front than what will be on the final (Rene wrote that blurb after reading the ARC!! So now I get to put her words on the final version. See how it works?)

The ARC also has a different author photo and description on the back. And a few minor changes inside. (You can read your book ONE TRILLION TIMES and you still find mistakes and things you want to change!) But the story is the same. It’s your chance to get an early peek!

These are the two photos I was going back and forth between. Do I want to look warm and approachable or soulful and contemplative? I am all of those things!

The Goodreads giveaway runs until August 17. I hope you enter! And if for whatever reason you don’t want to (though who doesn’t want a free book?) it’s still really helpful to put my book on your “want to read” shelf. This helps with visibility on the site so more people will see it. I’m with a small press so we don’t have the same level of resources as big publishers. Word of mouth and organic community support is what makes a title like mine rise. I would love your help!

A photo of a beautiful bookshop here in Valencia, Libreria Ramon Llull. Posting it here to break up this long string of text and because it’s pretty!

But wait! There’s more!

After the Goodreads giveaway, I will randomly select a subscriber to my newsletter to win another copy on August 20. So, you might want to sign up there, too! (If you’re already signed up, you’ll automatically be entered). The winner can be based anywhere for that one. No borders! I love you all!

This is turning into an epic update. Thank you for sticking with it!

Before I go, I want to give you the dates for a few events in case you’re in any of these areas. I would love to see/meet you!

Can you guess? I’ll launch my book in Paris. September 12 at the lovely new incarnation of The Red Wheelbarrow Bookshop in front of the Luxumbourg Gardens. Swoon!

Then I’ll head to the US. Yes, I’ll be flying Stateside!
Anyone near New York, Philadelphia, or the Berkshires, come on out!

More soon, friends.

For now, don’t forget to click over to Goodreads to enter the giveaway or put my book on your shelf.

And feel free to sign up for my newsletter for a second chance to win.

Bisous, besos, kisses!


14 Responses to “Novel News + Goodreads Giveaway!”

  1. 1 Nina Lorch July 29, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Congratulations Sion,
    Your post brought not a few tears to my eyes. So very very happy for you. I know that books typically have longer gestation periods than just about any living being (which is not to say that books arenโ€™t living beings of a sort, since they do indeed live within you), so congrats on the birthday of your creation!
    And of course I look forward to reading it!
    Xoxo from Nina and Andy

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  2. 3 lolaakinmade July 29, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    I am so thrilled and excited for you!! Sending you tons of love and canโ€™t wait to read your journey to publication including your book itself! /L

    – Sent from my iPhone Lola Akinmade ร…kerstrรถm Writer + Photographer – Represented by National Geographic Image Collection

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    Twitter – @LolaAkinmade | @SlowStockholm | @GeotravelMedia


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  3. 5 Elena Azzoni July 29, 2019 at 7:26 pm


    This is beyond well deserved. And your book comes out on my bday! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    At work so canโ€™t say much more at the moment but I like the top photo best.

    YOUโ€™RE AMAZING, CONGRATS!! See you at your events in nyc ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜


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    • 6 paris (im)perfect July 29, 2019 at 9:05 pm

      Oh love! I’m so happy to see you here! You saw SO MUCH of the process/struggle! Your support has meant the world.

      And I am elated that my book comes out on your birthday! It’s also the 50th birthday of another one of my close friends. It truly seems like an auspicious day ๐Ÿ™‚


      Love, love, love.


  4. 7 porterk July 29, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    Congratulations, Sion! Way to go! So proud of you.

    I tried to enter, but it wouldnโ€™t are my address for some unknown reason – kept getting error message so gave up.

    Sent from my iPad



    • 8 paris (im)perfect July 29, 2019 at 9:21 pm

      Oh no! I’m sorry. I’m not sure, but I think you have to have a Goodreads account to enter. Which I know not everyone has! So, I hope you’ll sign up for my newsletter instead. If your email is on my list you’re automatically entered into another giveaway. And I’ll probably do a giveaway here on the blog after those, too, if I still have ARCs left. So, more chances! Thanks so much for trying! ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. 9 Heide July 29, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    Oh, Sion … CONGRATULATIONS!! It’s a pity I won’t be in any of your book-tour cities on the right dates, but I wish you a wonderful reception at each of your stops and much, much success. I’ll leave the giveaway to some other lucky reader, because I’ve read enough of your writing here to know your book will be extraordinary โ€” so I’ve just preordered my copy on Amazon. I cannot wait!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. 11 I Say Oui July 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm

    Congrats!! Looking forward to reading it!

    Liked by 1 person

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Sion Dayson is paris (im)perfect. Writer, dreamer, I moved to France on โ€“ no exaggerating โ€“ a romantic whim. As you can imagine, a lot can go wrong (and very right!) with such a (non)plan. These are the (im)perfect stories that result.

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