On the Ninth Day of WINTERSPELL . . . We Meet a Faery Queen (+ Giveaway!)

3 Jan

Agh it’s like five in the morning and I can’t sleep and I’m exhausted but, HA, insomnia! I’m not letting you get the best of me! I’m WORKING instead!


. . . Yeahhhhh, I’d totally rather be sleeping. Seriously, insomnia, I’ll sell you my soul, or perhaps you like brownies? ‘Cause I make some killer brownies.


Welcome to day NINE 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.)

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 #9?!

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

On the ninth day of Winterspell, this author shares with you . . . nine queens a-threatening . . .

Day 9. . . eight almost-kisses . . .

. . . 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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19 Responses to “On the Ninth Day of WINTERSPELL . . . We Meet a Faery Queen (+ Giveaway!)”

  1. Lauralynn Elliott January 3, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Ooh, more evil.

  2. Kelly G. (@vegandaemon) January 3, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Anise, like the spice? But it’s too yummy to be evil!

  3. Selena Yukino January 3, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    Wow! Can’t wait, it’s seems like it’s going to be great!

  4. missivonne January 3, 2014 at 1:21 pm #

    Someone owes you a commission! LOL! Thanks to your recommendation I ordered The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart, Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Prudence Shen, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh and The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Thanks!

    Ivonne Rovira Spanish and AP English Westport TAPP (502) 485-8347

    Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. A.A. Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh books


  5. ashley January 3, 2014 at 3:23 pm #

    Claire, I really think I can’t need this book more, and then I read a new teaser and NEEEEEEEEEEED

  6. shae822 January 3, 2014 at 4:22 pm #

    Oooh no touchie no touchie no touchie. *wiggles away*

  7. BReader January 3, 2014 at 4:23 pm #

    When does this book come out? I need it.

  8. Mariah January 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm #

    That sounds amazing. I cannot wait!

  9. denizb33 January 3, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Eep! And then what happened?

  10. Jess Witkins January 3, 2014 at 6:08 pm #

    Great excerpts! I love seeing all the little glimpses of action in the story. I use to watch The Nutcracker on PBS every year when I was younger. I think it’s time I check that out again!

  11. charlee alsup January 3, 2014 at 7:12 pm #

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

  12. heatherzhutchinswrites January 4, 2014 at 10:10 pm #

    Evil fairie queens are the best!

  13. Fishgirl182 January 5, 2014 at 11:27 am #

    I always hate evil queens and stepmothers for that matter. Looks like Clara isn’t going to get off easy in this one.

  14. Jayne (Book Blogger) (@Read_Draw_Dream) January 6, 2014 at 10:12 pm #

    agh that last sentence. *MUST**READ**MORE* Enough said ;)

  15. Heather King January 6, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    Yikes! Scary evil Queen! Your book has all the good stuff!

  16. Amy January 6, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

    “Answer me, or you will die in the most undignified manner possible.” Love it!


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