On the Tenth Day of WINTERSPELL . . . There Are Some Seriously Crazy Parties (+ Giveaway!)

4 Jan

Welcome to day TEN 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.)

You know what they say about the number TEN, don’t you?

P.S. You are NEVER too old for Sesame Street. I mean, that song is CATCHY, y’all.


SO. 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 #10?!

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

On the tenth day of Winterspell, this author shares with you . . . ten crazy parties . . .

Day 10. . . nine queens a-threatening . . .

. . . 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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16 Responses to “On the Tenth Day of WINTERSPELL . . . There Are Some Seriously Crazy Parties (+ Giveaway!)”

  1. Emily Williams January 4, 2014 at 8:04 am #

    Well…..I’m officially hooked! Can this be out NOW!!???

  2. Lauralynn Elliott January 4, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Humans in cages? Those pesky faeries!

  3. Jen January 4, 2014 at 9:03 am #

    It looks great–I have several students who just danced in The Nutcracker who would *love* this book. :)

  4. Kelly G. (@vegandaemon) January 4, 2014 at 9:48 am #

    You had me at “humans in cages.”

  5. shae822 January 4, 2014 at 10:41 am #

    Like everyone else, I’m stuck on humans on cages. We’re a very twisted bunch.

  6. ashley January 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    *shakes you* NEEEEEEEEEEEEED

  7. Jess Witkins January 4, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

    Did you ever watch that movie The Legend of the Leprechauns? It was a fairytale re-telling of Romeo and Juliet between fairies and leprechauns, and there’s a beautiful masked ball scene. That’s what today’s book excerpt reminds me of. How fun and fantastical!

  8. BReader January 4, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    The teasers get better each time

  9. denizb33 January 4, 2014 at 5:31 pm #

    Love the alliteration of sizzling spears!

  10. heatherzhutchinswrites January 4, 2014 at 10:08 pm #

    I want it NOW! Cannot wait for the fey to PAR-tay!

  11. Fishgirl182 January 5, 2014 at 11:28 am #

    Sounds like an amazing party. Wish I could go. Excited for winter spel

  12. Jayne (Book Blogger) (@Read_Draw_Dream) January 6, 2014 at 10:11 pm #

    This writing is superb, Claire! Love the feel of the entire scene. Very excited to read this book!!

  13. Heather King January 6, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

    Sounds like a creepy masquerade ball-what’s not to love?♥

  14. Amy January 6, 2014 at 10:52 pm #

    Oh those pesky Fae!


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