I turns out, her publisher ran a promotion back in the beginning of May, where you could sign up to send someone a copy of the first book in the Temeraire series. Since I am a very good son, I sent a copy to my Mom. There are also a second clause in the promotion, one that I had entirely forgotten -- if you sign up to send anybody a book, you will also be entered to win a signed hardcover of Ms. Novick's new book.
Yay surprise book! Thanks Del Rey!