On the Eighth Day of WINTERSPELL . . . There is Almost a Kiss! (+ Giveaway!)

2 Jan

Welcome to day EIGHT of . . .

~*The Twelve Days of Winterspell*~

(aka, the twelve-day blog event in which I share twelve teasers from my upcoming young adult re-telling of The Nutcracker, Winterspell.)

I am very excited about today’s teaser.

Like, seriously.


Why am I so excited?


As you might be able to infer from the title of this post, today’s teaser involves . . . an almost-kiss between Winterspell‘s heroine, Clara, and the prince Nicholas. And I don’t know about y’all, but I enjoy reading about almost-kisses almost as much as — if not more than — actual kisses because there is something delicious about the tension in those moments. The sense of almost.

BUT FIRST. The details, in case you’re unfamiliar with what’s going on (and if you are, just scroll down! and hurry! the almost-kiss awaits!):

Here’s the deal: Starting December 26 and going through Monday, January 6, I’m sharing  twelve teasers from the book. Each teaser gives you a glimpse into the wintry, decadent, dangerous world of Winterspell, its Victorian heroine Clara, and the mysterious prince Nicholas. (*oooOOOooo*)

Each time you comment on this blog event (one post per day, please), you’re entered into my giveaway to win . . .


In said gigantic box, you will find a nice assortment of middle grade, young adult, new adult, and adult titles, including:

  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Coda by Emma Trevayne
  • Blood Red Road (Dust Lands, #1) by Moira Young
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
  • Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong (graphic novel) by Justine Shen and Faith Erin Hicks
  • Because of Low by Abbi Glines
  • By Referral Only by Lyla Payne
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  • Black Heart by Holly Black
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
  • Parasite by Mira Grant (ARC)
  • The Falcon in the Glass by Susan Fletcher
  • This Dark Endeavor (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #1) by Kenneth Oppel
  • Such Wicked Intent (The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, #2) by Kenneth Oppel (ARC)
  • Burn for Burn by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian (ARC)
  • AND a signed paperback copy of The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by yours truly!


Maybe there’s a book on this list that you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t been able to get your hands on yet. Or maybe you know someone who would LOVE one of these books and might appreciate a late holiday gift. Maybe you’re a teacher or librarian and want to add some new books to your collections, or maybe you’re a book blogger who wants to host a giveaway of your own!

Regardless, all you have to do to win the GIGANTIC BOX OF BOOKS is comment on one of the Twelve Days of Winterspell posts. For every comment you leave (one per post, please), you earn another entry. At the end of the twelve-day giveaway, I’ll select a winner from the commenters on all twelve posts! (U.S. only, please.)


If you’re totally unfamiliar with Winterspell — or even if you just want a refresher — here is the official synopsis:

The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.


Okay. SO. Ready for Winterspell teaser #8?!

(To be sung to the tune of the carol “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” naturally . . . )

On the eighth day of Winterspell, this author shares with you . . . eight almost-kisses . . .

Day 8

. . . seven teeming cities . . .

. . . six breathless battles . . .

. . . fiiiiiive faery haunts . . .

. . . four mysterious princes . . .

. . . three clockwork dragons . . .

. . . two grieving loved ones . . .

. . . and a heroine who knows what she must do!


Well, what do you think?! Give me your thoughts! Comment below! Spread the word! Please accept my virtual hugs!

And remember, each time you comment on a post, you earn another entry in the GIGANTIC BOX OF BOOKS giveaway!


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23 Responses to “On the Eighth Day of WINTERSPELL . . . There is Almost a Kiss! (+ Giveaway!)”

  1. Shay January 2, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Is this an android prince Nicholas?Clockwork? Or else a result of the aforementioned curse? Intriguing….

  2. Stephanie January 2, 2014 at 6:04 am #

    I want to know more about this prince.

  3. heatherzhutchinswrites January 2, 2014 at 7:13 am #

    Oooh! A kiss…almost. Love it!

  4. lovingrob January 2, 2014 at 8:25 am #

    Ahh! Dies. <3 I cannot wait to read all of it :)
    Love, Carina Olsen

  5. Kelly G. (@vegandaemon) January 2, 2014 at 9:15 am #


  6. Lauralynn Elliott January 2, 2014 at 9:49 am #

    I love that delicious tension! I completely understand about the almost kiss. :)

  7. Selena Yukino January 2, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    Can’t believe there’s gonna be a kiss…Well sort of anyways. But, I’m excited! :)

  8. shae822 January 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    Heeee-eeeey! *bobs agreeably* Now if there only really WERE eight of them… :)

  9. denizb33 January 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    No! you can’t stop there!

  10. Joni January 2, 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Lovely words. Oh, Prince, you intrigue me… ^^

  11. ashley January 3, 2014 at 3:21 pm #


  12. Jess Witkins January 3, 2014 at 6:04 pm #

    Still think this is the coolest giveaway over the holidays! Are you going to see Divergent in theaters? My niece and sister are reading the books and liking them a lot. I did get to see the newest Hunger Games movie and read all that series. I think they’re doing an awesome job on the adaptations, and I’m usually pretty picky about it. LOL

  13. charlee alsup January 3, 2014 at 7:15 pm #

    That Stack looks beautiful!!! You have a great blog! I want to read that book:) It sounds promising

  14. Maria Selke (@mselke01) January 5, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I agree – almost kisses are more delicious than actual kisses. That’s why I watched Bones. That’s why I loved the build up between Han and Leia… Nicely done!

  15. Fishgirl182 January 5, 2014 at 11:25 am #

    Ooh love this teaser. Romantic tension is so much fun. Can’t wait for this!

  16. Jayne (Book Blogger) (@Read_Draw_Dream) January 6, 2014 at 10:14 pm #

    Love love love this scene. The tension. The unspoken words. The-Jayne-Needs-This-Book-In-Her-Hands-Right-Now feeling.

  17. Heather King January 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Major SWOONAGE! I love this scene!♥

  18. elena January 6, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    this is such a tease. you have promised swoony times and I am holding you TO IT. (you’ve already done a v good job here)

  19. Amy January 6, 2014 at 10:57 pm #

    Love the almost kiss! I so want this book!

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