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Wednesday, December 23, 2009


It has always been my dream to give a present to EVERYONE who reads this blog (or Twitter, or my mind). So I went to my publisher to see what I could do. Now, normally, I am not permitted in the building because of a minor misunderstanding we simply refer to as the "big fire incident," but I managed to get in through the fire escape (which they had foolishly left open and functional, perhaps in the light of the "big fire incident") and I said, "Hey, guys, some people are running short of cash this season. Can't we do something to help out? Why don't we give everyone a free book? That would promote Cheer. Free book, I say! Free book!"

Everyone in the men's room was in total agreement. So was security!

I went to The Man with my idea, and The Man liked what he heard.

After I signed a little agreement to never sneak on to the premises again, they set to work on a program to give EVERYONE a FREE COPY OF SUITE SCARLETT!

It begins today. It begins NOW. This holiday season, I am pleased to present COMPLETELY FREE COPIES OF SUITE SCARLETT to YOU!


What's the catch?

There is no catch. You just get the electronic book for free. Happy Holidays!

Wait, what?

You get the book for free. Right now. It's yours. Take it. *gives*


You click here, which takes you to the bulletin page of my site. Once there, you will see all kinds of buttons with little pictures. Hit the picture of the device you want to read it on, and BAM, book.

Is it the whole book or some weird short version?

It's the whole book AND a bit of the SEQUEL. It's, like, MORE than the book.

What devices can I choose from?

You can get versions of the book for iPhone, Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, or just an online copy you can read on any computer. (Note: Kindle downloads begin at 12 midnight Pacific time, so just over an hour from the time of this posting. DON'T hit preorder. It may take a few hours for the BN and Amazon systems to catch up, but they should be up and running by tomorrow morning. If it's telling you to buy it right now, wait a few hours.)

How many copies can I have? Like, if wanted to send my friends this link can THEY also have copies?

They're electronic so there are an ENDLESS NUMBER OF COPIES. ANYONE can have a copy. It's available from now until January 15th.

Some of my friends are kind of slow on the uptake. Can I tell them I BOUGHT THEM THE BOOK FOR THE HOLIDAYS and give them the link?

If you are so inclined.

I want to give this book to a lot of people! How can I do this?

You can SHARE the love by hitting the SHARE button and posting the box to your Facebook profile so that everyone can have some FREE BOOK. Or you can just pass the link via Twitter or ANY OTHER FORM OF COMMUNICATION YOU USE. In fact, I would love it if you did so. The more, truly, the merrier.

So you can write a short blog today because you are giving out a whole BOOK?

That's right! Happy reading! Ho ho ho!

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Anonymous Barbara said...

How lovely of you. Thank you!

10:19 AM  
Blogger valerie2776 said...

woweee maureen you are awesome thanks!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Meghan said...

This is awesome!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Olivia said...

Yay! This is amazing.

Thank you thank you thank you! You have spread CHEER.

(I literally just finished watching It's a Wonderful Life. Excellent movie. Makes me want to watch Harvey )

Merry Christmas!!

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sweet! Or, rather, SUITE!
Thanks and Merry Christmas, Maureen!

10:21 AM  
Blogger Wyatthaplo said...

This is amazingly generous of you and your publishers. Thank you

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Tara said...

You are so AWESOME!

10:23 AM  
Blogger ~Meira~ said...

OMG yay yay yay!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is so awesome. Thank you!
Happy Holidays!
Is there a way to download a copy onto our computers instead of reading it online?

10:23 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

You shouldn't have!

10:26 AM  
Anonymous Lysh said...

You're BETTER than the REAL SANTA! Thanks for the free book! Happy holidays! :D

10:27 AM  
Blogger The Vagabond said...

Thank you Maureen Johnson!! You are amazing! I was just about to buy this book yesterday but forced myself to put it back down because I was short on cash. Yay!! Happy Christmas!!

10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YAY XD fanks a million mj

10:27 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Yay! Kindle meet Scarlett. Scarlett, Kindle. You two are going to become very well acquainted. Thank you, Maureen!

10:28 AM  
Blogger Witchy said...

Muchas gracias!!! This is an awsome gift for the holidays... and not as dangerous as I thought. Thanx from Mexico! xD

10:29 AM  
Blogger tcnole said...

That was very nice of you. I am downloading now! Thanks!

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh! Thank you so so so much!!

10:32 AM  
Blogger UmLikeUhlyssa said...

aww that's so amazing maureen! thank you!!!! i'm a little sad i bought the book now...lol. well it's supporting you so it's worth it! merry christmas!!

10:59 AM  
Blogger kat said...

Maureen, you are the COOLEST.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Kkthenerdfighter said...

Yay I finally don't have a copy of my favourite MJ book! Thanks! I shall now stay up to read it.

11:24 AM  
Anonymous Kaja Marie said...

Wow! That's lovely. For downloading to an iPhone it says you need to enter a 10-digit iPhone number. Do you mean a regular telephone number, or a serial number?

I'm from Norway, so I don't have a 10-digit phone number.

11:40 AM  
Anonymous Kaja Marie said...

Sorry... Should have read it more closely... phone number.

11:41 AM  
Blogger Alessandra said...

Wow, thanks :)

12:13 PM  
Blogger Tina Lynn said...

I tweeted, blogged, and facebooked. Thanks for the mystery gift! And I though I was getting nothing for Christmas:)

12:36 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Say whaaaa??? That's amazing! My gift to you is a big virtual hug. Enjoy.

12:42 PM  
Blogger mark said...

i now have this on my iPhone. i was delighted to see it loads into stanza, a app i already have and use.
And now you have most likely deprived me of sleep, because i will be reading your book in bed instead of sleeping like i should.

1:11 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

Wow, thank you Maureen! :D Merry Christmas! :D

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Emanuel said...

Nice. Having already read the book (and not owning any of those eReaders), I feel inclined to share the news instead.


3:36 PM  
Anonymous Sharmaine said...


Plus, I saw what you did there. A little bit of the sequel hmm?!!! I know there was a hint in the physical copy of SS, I'm hoping maybe it might be a bit bigger in the online version. Whatever, Spencer will be mine on the go, electronically, now! <3


4:24 PM  
Blogger notasecretagent said...

First Christmas present of the year, and it's so lovely. :) Thank you, Maureen! :D Happy Everything to you!

5:00 PM  
Anonymous Emily B. said...

Maureen, I love your novels, Tweets, and blogs. Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much for this. You are hilarious and I just want to thank you for doing this. It's the best #mysterygift ever!!!!!!!:)

5:29 PM  
Blogger Candy said...

Do these copies expire? I chose the "view in browser" option, and it doesn't start a download that I can keep.

I am still GRATEFUL even if they expire, I am just CURIOUS :) Merry Decemberween and thanks for spreading cheer!

5:47 PM  
Blogger GinaB said...

This is great! THANK YOU!

5:53 PM  
Blogger B Mari Landgrebe said...

OMGomgomgomg THANK YOU thankyouthankyou! This is the BEST Christmas gift EVER!

*huddles into hiding place, reads*

Oooooh, this is so good!

*shoots arrow at encroaching family, continues reading*

Unless they got me ALL your books for christmas, I'm busy hoarding my cheer until I've finished. Then I'll SHARE.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Kerstyn said...

Thank you Maureen!!

6:31 PM  
Blogger Alex Dahlberry said...

Yay! This is marvelous. Although I already own a hard copy of this book, I'm going to be sending this CHEERful book to my friends :)
Aren't you losing money from this?
You're awesome.

6:58 PM  
Blogger Stargazer said...

Thank you so much! You are a wonderful writer and I'm so excited to read this. Merry Christmas to me. Best. Mystery Gift. Ever.

Merry Christmas to you too :)


7:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness gracious Miss MJ. You are truly awesome. Thanks so much for working so hard to spread CHEER! Happy Holidays :)


7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is amazing! Thank you so much!

7:16 PM  
Blogger Susan Adrian said...


That's FABULOUS! Thank you!! I just downloaded (squee) and shared the link on twitter!

Happy Holidays!

7:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thanks! You Rock!

7:34 PM  
Blogger fairyhedgehog said...

That is seriously cool.

Having read part of your book online I may well decide to buy the paperback so I can read it in bed.

8:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Thanks for the free book - I picked up the Kindle version this morning. However, when I looked at the B&N site, it appears the book is still $7.19; I was afraid to click on the Buy Now button, as I don't want that charge on my account. Does it magically discount it when you click, or do we need to wait until B&N fixes the price?

8:11 PM  
Blogger a. said...

Thanks, MJ! My sister is getting a Sony Reader for Christmas & she'll be psyched. :) I, on the other hand, will have to read Suite Scarlett in Firefox.

Merry Christmas!

8:16 PM  
Anonymous IncaShirt said...

WORDS cannot EXPRESS the awesomeness that is you. So I will write it in spamwowese instead: dftba woigniao'n woo hoo! first

8:21 PM  
Blogger Jenna @ Falling Letters said...

Awesome :D Thank-you~!

9:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maureen, you are lovely. Thank you!

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Sharon said...

Absolutely wonderful of you to offer this! Thank you!

10:44 PM  
Blogger rae said...

Very cool! I just opened my Kindle and I'm so excited to read your book on it!

10:48 PM  
Blogger Carrie said...

gah, maureen, i want to be you. thank you for doing this!

11:38 PM  
Blogger I < 3 reading said...

Thank you so much!!!! You are amazing :o)

11:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! Have a wonderful Holiday!

12:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! Have a wonderful holiday!

12:12 AM  
Blogger Penny said...

Thanks so much! Have a wonderful holiday!

12:14 AM  
Anonymous Beth said...

maureen you're the best!!!!! *cheer*

12:48 AM  
Anonymous SarahE said...

Thank you so much! My Christmas CHEER just expanded ten-fold! Hurray! Merry Christmas, everyone but especially MJ!

1:02 AM  
Blogger Kristin Tubb said...

Just downloaded to my Kindle, and your Top Ten ranking was right behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Now THAT'S elementary, Watson! :-)

Many thanks! Happy Holidays to you!

1:26 AM  
Blogger XiXi said...

Awww, this is the nicest present ever! Thanks so much! The awesomeness of your blog is only surpassed by the awesomeness that is you. :-)

Happy holidays!

1:45 AM  
Anonymous shel said...

Woot, nice way to spread CHEER. :D Thanks

2:04 AM  
Blogger bathmate said...

Its really very impressive and attractive. I like it. I think others will like it and find it useful for them. Good luck.Bathmate

2:13 AM  
Anonymous Vondell Swain said...

Wow! You're going to draw in a lot of new readers. Hank Green tweeted about this, so I imagine you're going to scoop up all the Nerdfighters who haven't read your books yet. Including me.

2:14 AM  
Blogger mark said...

I'm one of those people who must watch a movie all the way through, I don't like pausing or interruptions because they take me out of the story, and i like being immersed in the story.
When i read a book it's the same thing, except the movie is in my imagination, and lasts for many more hours. I tend to pause only when my body wants food, or when my eyes won't stay open.

so, point being, i was good to my word(in blog comment last night,) and ended up reading your entire book before falling asleep around 11am ish.
I blame you for making my sleep schedule even more odd. And also for a enjoyable night spent in the story.
And i also enjoyed getting a lovely glimpse of your imagination.

{side note: i'm always forgetting to capitalize the beginning of sentences, if i ever write a book my editor is going to have to sit there for hours just fixing my capitalization errors. and of course that editor will be probably be me, of course.}

2:45 AM  
Anonymous Meghan B. said...

Thank you so much. You made a mother of three very happy this holiday season. I now can escape from reality for a few hours thanks to your kind present. Although I don't know how my husband is going to feel about me taking my computer to bed so I can read. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!! You are awesome!!!

2:57 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

This is FANTASTIC, thank you so much!

3:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Maureen. I'm really enjoying it. Hope you have a great Christmas.


4:53 AM  
Blogger chocowafer said...

This is so great! Thanks!!!!

5:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thankyou so much!

7:16 AM  
Blogger Jodie said...

This is awesome :)

12:30 PM  
Blogger TrueOrFalse said...

Shvanks! THanks loads!

2:09 AM  

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