In any case, I hope that the winners will enjoy their new books. I have confirmation that Galen reached most of their destinations. Unfortunately, there was one book that will not be received by the winner. It involved many back and forths with UPS, but even after all of the arrangements, it still ended up being returned.
Now I have had my own issues with UPS myself, so I get that it isn't always a smooth process. They come out to deliver it 3 times and after that it's "return to sender". But like pretty much all couriers, if you call them, they can hold it. As long as you keep in contact with them, they're pretty good about making sure they can accommodate you. I guess that's why this return has me feeling a bit defeated. After sending it to the other side of the world, having it held at customs and then again at UPS, it just seems like the whole thing could have been avoided. If I had access to another nearby winner, I totally would have to redirected it and given it to someone else. Unfortunately I don't know anyone there, and I can't have them hold it for me to restart a giveaway. So it's a lost book.
I am very grateful to the customer service team at CreateSpace and Goodreads for all of their help in this matter.
As for my new set of winners for Freakhouse, everything is set to ship out to you! All but one book will be delivered by UPS (I don't have much say with that, I'm afraid, at least if you want to receive your copy before September 20th). If you're entering a giveaway, please be aware that a courier service can't deliver to a PO Box, so unfortunately, you will probably be the last to receive your book going the traditional standard shipping route.
Also, holy hell, Australia! How is it that I can send a book to Russia for half the cost of sending it to you! Don't answer that, I already know that there's an added benefit to being attached to a continent that has rail access - options make everything cheaper. It's really only slightly more expensive than shipping within North America - not an island and yet has useless rail systems so you're either looking at 2 months delivery by truck or one week delivery for $30. I love my readers but not enough of you buy my books for me to afford spending $30 on each of you - especially with how many books I'm giving away this time!
If you're in the UK or Ireland, you still have another week to enter for your Freakhouse giveaway (Come on, Ireland! Get in there!), and Canada and US just opened up this week so there's 2 weeks to go for you. Yes, Canada and the US are separate because most of Goodreads is US, so it's the only way my fellow Canadians can stand a chance!
I don't imagine that I'll be able to do another giveaway of this scale any time soon, so I really wanted to make this one count.
In the meantime, I'm eagerly waiting to hear what people think of their new books!
Galen is currently available online at Amazon (pick the country of your choice!), Kindle and Kobo.
Expect the same from Freakhouse starting August 26th.
Freakhouse winners, I'm trying my best to see that your free books come in as advanced copies (before August 26th), but I'll be honest, some of them will be cutting it pretty close. And PO Box, yours won't be "advanced" anything, sorry.