A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #7

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

Welcome to the VERY LAST GIVEAWAY in my A Very Handmade Holiday series! I had so much fun doing this and I hope you all have discovered some new Etsy shops to bookmark!

 

Today I have Cara from Cara’s Bookish Charms! I’ve worked with her before for a Stephanie Perkins themed bracelet and she is so lovely (plus she is a Stephanie Perkins fans so instafriends!). I LOVE her shop. Seriously I want so many things. People who are fans of the following things are ESPECIALLY going to want to check out her shop: Harry Potter, Outlander, Game of Thrones, The Mortal Instruments, classic literature, Alice in Wonderland, The Princess Pride, John Green and more! Like way more. I could spend hours on her shop.

 

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Here are some of my favorite items from her shop:

 

 

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THE GIVEAWAY

Cara is offering up, to one lucky winner, a necklace (a mini book cover or quote) of your choice! She also has a special code for 15% off for all my readers to her shop and it’s valid until January 31. Code is PAGETURNER15.

 

 

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 4th @ 11:59 EST.

Enter

 

 
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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #6 (Two giveaways in one)

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today is actually two giveaways in one post!!!

 

First up we have Becca from Pivot Book Reviews! She makes some awesome book-inspired handpainted totes and sells them at her Etsy shop called Pivot Book Totes. The best part is she takes custom orders and I’ve LOVED seeing what people have asked her to make and what she’s come up with from there.

 

 

Here are some of my favorite totes she’s done so far:

 

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THE GIVEAWAY

Becca is offering up an Ignite Me tote for fans of the Shatter Me series — a series which I SUPER love and it came to an end this year! If you aren’t a Shatter Me series fan, I highly recommend considering contacting her for a custom tote at some point!

 

Ignite Me tote

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US only.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 3rd @ 11:59 EST.

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Giveaway #2

So one of my favorite places to read is my bathtub. My bathtub in my apartment isn’t the best and so I really, really miss the big ol’ tub from my childhood home these days but I STILL love drawing up a nice bath and reading to unwind. Normally with a glass of wine.

In honor of bathtub reading, I’ve teamed up with a new Etsy shop called Sustainable Stead to give you some goodies for your bath! I’m all about homemade soaps and these look lovely!

I’m really eyeing up this Rose infused goat milk soap to use in my own bath!
(ingredients: Organic coconut oil, Goats Milk, Rose essential oil, Rose petals)

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I also REALLY want to soak in my tub with this oatmeal rose soap satchet!

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Giveaway

These lovely ladies are offering up 3 soaps to one lucky winner!

Rules:

- This giveaway is US only.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 3rd @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #5

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop who is brand new to the bookish Etsy scene and I think it is SUPER adorable. She does a necklace and a print set which makes the perfect gift for a bookish friend…or for yourself. Because, TREAT YO SELF.

 

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*banner will take you to her shop*

I can’t wait to see how her shop grows because the designs, jewelry and concept are adorable!!

 

Here are some of my favorite things so far from her shop:

 

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THE GIVEAWAY

 

The lovely lady at BookSphere is offering up your choice of  ONE ITEM from her shop!

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 2nd @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #4

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop who makes the most darling jewelry that every book lover needs!! I mean, jewelry that lets me wear my favorite book around my neck all loud and proud? UM YEAH. Meet Tiny Book Town!

 

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Her designs are adorable — such a nice mix of classics and YA. And I really love that she has different sizes for the book charms.

 

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Here are some of my favorite things from her shop:

 

 

To Kill A Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird necklace

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna and the French Kiss necklace

Charlotte’s Web!!

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Paper Towns necklace

john green necklace

Jane Austen necklace

Jane Austen jewelry

 

 

 

THE GIVEAWAY

 

The lovely lady at TinyBookTown is offering up your choice of  ONE ITEM.

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US ONLY.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends January 1st @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #3

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop run by a blogger I SUPER DUPER LOVE:

 

THE ART OF YOUNG ADULT

 

Guys, Gillian is amazing. I’ve gotten to hang with her IRL and I love her blog to pieces — she’s smart and passionate and has damn good taste in books. SEEEE, proof! We were even twinning a little bit with our stripes.

 

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And did you know she is an amaaaazing talented artist?? She recently opened a Society6 shop this year and it’s AMAZING and so I’m so very happy to partner with her on this because I legit want SO many things from her shop — The Art of Young Adult.  (Also you HAVE to check out her Tumblr which has even more amazing fan art!)

 

 

 

Here are some of my favorite things from her shop:

 

Throne of Glass series mug

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If I Stay print — Mia with her cello <333

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Anna and the French Kiss phone case

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Cath & Levi (Fangirl) reading in bed

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Eleanor & Park t-shirt

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Isla & the Happily Ever After

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(All images belong to Gillian so don’t be a douchenozzle and try to use them for your own purposes)

THE GIVEAWAY

 

Gillian is offering up your choice of any item UNDER $20.

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US ONLY.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends December 31 @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– Day #2

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (not as many as I wish I could do to share the love) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

Today I’m featuring a shop that I’ve featured an item from before! If you read my ten bookish things I need, you’ve seen it!

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I LOVE Shaileyann’s designs SO MUCH. I’m such a sucker for pretty typography and I loooove literary quotes and inspiration quotes to hang around my home! She has tons of stuff perfect for fans of Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, Dr. Who, John Green and more! She even does gorgeous invites that I have my eye on for the next event I have to throw!

 

Here are some of my favorite things from her shop:

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Hank Green quote

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Eleanor & Park quote
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Dr. Who Quote

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The lovely Shaileyann is offering up one free 11×17 print to one lucky winner!! You have no idea how jealous I am of the winner.

 

Rules:

- This giveaway is US ONLY (unless you are willing to pay shipping).
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends December 30 @ 11:59 EST.

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A Very Handmade Holiday– A Week Of Giveaways

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Hi friends! I know I don’t do a lot of giveaways on this site (at least not as many as I wish I could share with you) but I really wanted to give back to you guys. You give me so much all year round — friendship, encouragement, book recs, laughs, lovely comments and support — so I wanted to do a week of giveaways to show my appreciation. I decided to collab with some of my favorite Etsy shops and artists to give you some unique presents!

 

First up is an Etsy shop that I’d been bookmarking for a while AND they also run a bookish blog!

 

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Appraising Pages has some of the cutest literary apparel I’ve seen on Etsy! They even have some comic & tv inspired items since we book nerds tend to also have interests there too!

Now take a moment to drool with me over some of my favorites in their shop:

 

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The lovely ladies are offering up a $30 credit to their shop to one lucky winner so you can pick out your own literary inspired clothing!

Rules:

- This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY.
– You must be 13 years or older to enter.
– No purchase necessary to enter.
– Giveaway ends December 29 @ 11:59 EST.

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The Raven Cycle Tarot Card Blog Tour + Giveaway

When I got asked to take part in this AMAZING blog tour I KNEW I had to see if my girl Carla (biggest Maggie fan ever + my occasional guest reviewer..you met her in this post right??) wanted to tackle this with me. And tackle it did she ever! It’s perfect.

I’ve been LOVING keeping up with this tour (runs from November 1-22) because bloggers have been so creative, you can win awesome things and also Maggie Stiefvater is BRILLIANT — seriously SHE DESIGNED THEM ALL. So here’s the schedule for the tour if you need to catch up! The tour has been featuring the Major Arcana with each stop on the tour revealing one of the 22 cards as designed by Maggie Stiefvater, and will use that card to reveal the past, present and future of The Raven Cycle series. The This is Teen Pinterest page has been updated to include every card/post.

 

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ABOUT THE TAROT DECK

 

The tarot is a divination system that uses a deck of cards to gain insight. Most decks are comprised of 78 cards divided into the Major Arcana and Minor Arcana, with each card being symbolic of an energy or spiritual truth. The Major Arcana are known as the “trump cards” because they impart messages of greater weight and significance than the Minor Arcana.

About The Judgment Card + Carla’s Reading Of It:

We’ll give you a little background on The Judgment card and then Carla is going to give you a reading for the series:

 

Judgment

The JUDGMENT card is one that represents plans coming to fruition, that symbolizes resurrection, that indicates life changing decisions are required. A major change is coming.

Upright the card symbolizes judgment, absolution and rebirth; of how to awaken the truth inside of you and bring it into the light. Reversed symbolizes doubt and self judgement; of how easy it is to be overly critical of yourself and never allowing yourself to think of mistakes as learning experiences.

WHY HELLO THERE RONAN LYNCH YOU DAYDREAM DRESSED AS A NIGHTMARE.

“Ronan looked angry, but he was in the mood where he was going to look angry no matter what. “I don’t know what I want. I don’t know what the hell I am.” — The Raven Boys

Past

Ronan has a secret that he both knows and doesn’t know. It’s a secret that he folds up and tries to hide away. It’s the harder kind of secret; the one he keeps from himself. He is close to reaching a significant stage in his own journey, however, he is riddled with denial. He is full of anger and hate. You can see this in the way he behaves at the start of The Dream Thieves; he is, to put it blunt, a bit of a bastard. This secret gets brought to life in his dreams where the truth is awakened and brought into the light. In his dreams, he opens himself up to his secrets and realizes that he needs to take action. He has taken the first steps into admitting the secret to himself.

Present

Ronan has reached a significant stage in his own journey. Whilst still a bit of a prick, he seems to be letting his life finally come together. He is moving towards reconciling this part of himself and moving past the denial stage. He is ready to confront who he is. He seems more willing to accept that change is inevitable and that self doubt and judgement can be avoided. That he can find absolution inside of himself. That the only judgment he was experiencing wasn’t from anyone else, but from himself.

Future

Ronan understands that the major change is here, demanding to be known, however, this change will be under his control. Now is the time for him to make all the changes he desires. He understands that you can’t run or hide from yourself and that this change is necessary. Judgment tells him that whilst he is to be aware of the past he can use the lessons he has learned about himself as a person to take a definite step right into Adam’s arms towards the future he desires and deserves. A future where he will never lose sight of his worth. A future full of hope and all the wonderful things that come from having faith that you are on the right path.

The Giveaway

 

Get excited, friends!!! One lucky winner is going to get The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves and Blue Lily, Lily Blue PLUS a limited edition Maggie Stiefvater Major Arcana tarot deck courtesy of Scholastic. It’s too good of a prize to not enter!!

 

*US mailing addresses only.
* Must be 13 years old or older to enter.
*Ends 11/29 at 12am EST.
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ABOUT THE SERIES

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Book 1: The Raven Boys

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them–until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

 

Book 2: The Dream Thieves

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after….

Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

MaggieStiefvaterEntertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, The Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s Book. Time Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Times bestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks….Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.

*photo credit Robert Severi

 

Good luck, friends! And make sure you follow Carla (@loltergeist) on Twitter!! She’s fab and I love having her grace the presence of my blog every now and again!!

In The Afterlight Giveaway (Darkest Minds series by Alexandra Bracken)

I’m so excited to be able to share this giveaway with you — especially because there are SO many opportunities for you to win all across the bookish community! It’s a series I’ve been wanting to start  and I plan to carve out some time when In The Afterlight is out to binge read the trilogy and the novellas!

I get to offer you up a GREEN prize pack thanks to Disney Hyperion! Let’s get to peeking what’s inside this prize pack:

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Is that tote not the best EVER?

What you will win:

A custom Darkest Minds puzzle, The Darkest Minds series & the tote bag.

Giveaway Rules/Info:

US addresses only!
You must be 13 years old or older to enter.
Prize will be fulfilled by the publisher.
Ends October 27th at 11:59pm EST

How to Enter:

Leave a comment (with an email or a Twitter handle so I can get a hold of you) and tell me which one of the Psi powers shown below you would want to have (mind control, intelligence, electrokinesis, telekinesis, pyrokinesis):

 

This giveaway is now over: The winner is Trina (entry #3). Thanks for entering!

 

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I think my answer would be mind control. It would be SO useful. Why yes you WOULD like to give me all these books for free…why yes you will let me on this plane so I can take a vacation to Bora Bora.

 

About The Book:

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

About Alexandra

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Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

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Get The Books:

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The Darkest Minds

In Time (e-book novella)

Never Fade

Sparks Rise (e-book novella) This one was JUST released last month and connected the last two books! A must read while you wait!

In The Afterlight

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Fierce Reads INTERVIEW & GIVEAWAY

The Fierce Reads tour stop came here to the Philadelphia area and did a great event at Towne Book Center with Marie Rutkoski, Ann Aguirre and Caragh O’Brien. These 3 ladies were HILARIOUS together and I had the privilege of being able to sit down and chat with them before the event started and it was so lovely and inspiring! I recorded the interview so I could better transcribe it later at home and, I have to say, I was laughing out loud A LOT while playing back the whole conversation.

The event itself was entertaining and lively and it was recorded if you want to check it out! They talked about favorite childhood books, if they were plotters or pantsers, how they balance romance & story, which Harry Potter House they would be sorted into, if they could see their books as tv shows or movies (Ann said movie and she’s actually turned down 2 options because they weren’t right; Caragh & Marie think tv show for theirs). It was a lot of fun and very good conversation. I’d definitely recommend watching the recording!

 

Fierce reads tourAnn, myself, Marie and Caragh

 

1. I ask this to every author I interview — describe your book in 6 words or less!

Marie: I’m going to use Ann’s description of my book: Young girl buys hot boy.
Ann: Marie’s answer for Ann’s since she did hers — Suicidal girl makes bad bargain.
Caragh: Dreams and danger collide.

 

2. How do you plan for your series? Do you know the end game when you start?

Marie: I didn’t intend for The Winner’s Curse to be a part of a series. I was about 1/3 through and I realized the ending I was trying to write toward I couldn’t visualize in the way that I usually visualize my endings. I usually see them from fairly far away and in fairly good detail. So I was having problems progressing — I was actually blocked. I asked myself some careful questions — Am I going towards the wrong ending? What would the right ending look like? What would the ending that is true to my book and true to my characters be? Once I realized that, I wrote the ending that now exists in the book and I realized what THAT ending would be that, “I’m good if I stop there. It feels to me like a story but I thought probably my readers would want a little bit more than that.” So I wondered whether I would want to continue that story and I did. I wanted to continue the story of Kestral and Arin so I plotted out how it would be in the next two books. I couldn’t have done it in only two; it had to be done in 3. Once I was 2/3 through Winner’s Curse I plotted out loose details of the following 2 books.

Caragh: I knew from the beginning it was a 3 book arc and I had a general idea of what was going to be happening in all 3 books. Once I finished the first book and started writing the second book I realized that my plan for the 2nd book does not work at all so I threw that out the window and now that I’m writing book 2 I had to start back at the beginning. Fortunately I left myself enough room from the first book and the world is big enough that I have some unsolved threads to play with. But now that I’m coming up with a totally new plan for book 2, my plan for book 3 has to be different.

Ann: YES. I do know my end game when I started.

3. Let’s say you were writing a spinoff series. Which minor/non-main character would it be about?

Marie: I would write about a character named Roshar that you will meet in book 2 but I’m not going to say why because you haven’t met him yet!

Caragh: I would write about Otis! I love Otis! (Ann interjects: but he’s an adult!) I know but he still really intrigues me! He’s got this interesting family and he’s an interesting person and I wonder why he’s there. (Marie wants her to write about Burnam!)

Ann: I would write about the Harbinger from book 2. He’s mentioned in book 1 but you don’t actually know that you’ve met him! But in fact you HAVE met him, you just didn’t know it was the Harbinger. I planted one fairly significant clue toward the end of the book. I’ll be curious if any readers actually figure it out. The reason I want to write about the Harbinger is because he is essentially Loki. So, if you like Loki from the Avengers it may be relevant to your interests.

 

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4. What’s one or two skills or things that you possess that would help you to survive in your character’s world or predicament?

Caragh: I would have a camera. A filming camera.

Ann: I would say money and common sense.

Marie: Once I took a fencing class and I thought I would discover I was naturally gifted and I would be able to fight so gracefully. I was terrible awkward and really bad at it. So I like Kestral I would not be able to survive this world with any physical skills so I guess I would have to fall back on strategical skills. I think that maybe like Arin I can bide my time in order to execute my plans. Although Arin is sometimes not good at keeping his mouth shut while he is biding his time. Maybe I AM like Arin because I can’t keep my mouth shut.

5. What’s the coolest/most interesting/funniest/most memorable thing that’s happened on this tour?

Caragh (and this was also Ann’s answer but Caragh stole it first): They are SECRETS. We can’t tell the stories. But there was this taxi driver. He was telling us supernatural stories about celebrities and houses in the area. And he had so many details. He would NOT stop.  We’d try to say, “okay that’s really cool” and turn the conversation to something else unrelated  but before we could talk about it he’d be like, “well let’s talk about the munchkins some more.”  Then he added in these spooky weird stories. He was all, ” did you know Regis Philbin had a haunting? And that Christopher McDonald had an out of body experience?” And I think if we wouldn’t have been so tired it would had been fine.

Marie: A reader (@born_bookish) made a Winner’s Curse game — a Bite & Sting game from the book. It was really beautifully done and thoughtfully presented. She even made a box that had quotes on the outside from when they were playing and bits of dialogue that had while playing. It was really special. (Ann interjects — it was REALLY cool…very polished). Another special moment was the Downer’s Grove stop because that’s near where I grew up and lots of friends from high school came. And I got to spend time with my dad.

Bite & Sting gamePhoto credit: @fiercereads

6. In the spirit of Mortal Danger, if you were given 3 wishes what would you wish for (no strings attached!)

Marie: That all of my family members have a long and happy life. That sounds cheesy but it’s true. More hours in the day for ME (nobody else)…even 4 to 6 hours just for me. I want a painting — one of my favorite paintings and would be millions and millions of dollars. I’d have to choose one and that would be hard but I could do it.

Ann: I want to learn to teleport.  Then time travel. For my 3rd wish I want a Tardis.

Caragh: Peace on earth, wish that I could fly and wish that they would stop standardized testings in high school.  (Marie interjects and says “mine were so selfish. Ann says peace on earth is actually a really bad idea. Didn’t you see the Simpsons episode..they wish for it and then the aliens come and subjugate us. Marie — but if there were peace on earth the aliens shouldn’t be able to come.)

 

Check out the other Fierce Reads bloggers for more recaps, interviews and giveaways!

Downers Grove, IL: YA Bibliophile | @HMZ1505

Exeter, NH: Love is Not a Triangle | @LaurayJames

Cambridge, MA: Ticket to Anywhere | @Irisheyz77

New York, NY: Queen Ella Bee Reads | @GabySalpeter

Charleston, SC: Reading Underground | @andriaamaral

 

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This leg of the tour is over but leg 2 is starting up soon with all new authors and more shenanigans! Selfishly I wish another tour stop was coming to meeee!

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