Friday, April 8, 2016

Books I Love - THE STEEP & THORNY WAY by Cat Winters

The Steep & Thorny Way


Scene: Oregon, 1923.

Dramatis personae:

Hanalee Denney, daughter of a white woman and an African American man

Hank Denney, her father—a ghost

Greta Koning, Hanalee’s mother

Clyde Konig, doctor who treated Hank Denney the night he died, now Hanalee’s stepfather

Joe Adder, teenage boy convicted of accidentally killing Hank Denney

Members of the Ku Klux Klan

Townspeople of Elston, Oregon

Question: Was Hank Denney’s death an accident…or was it murder most foul?



I loved this update of HAMLET, it was clever and heartfelt. Although the book takes place in the 1920s, it's really easy to relate to Hanalee. Half black and half white, she feels like there is no place for her in the world. The social issues, racism and bigotry, are still alive today, but this historical look helps us see how far we've come...as well as how far we have left to go. I also think Winters did an excellent job of taking what she needed from HAMLET, but not rehashing the same plot and characters. This is definitely a unique story.

Another amazing YA paranormal by Cat Winters!

Cat Winters is an award-winning author of YA and adult fiction. Her YA works include IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, THE CURE FOR DREAMING, and THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY. Her debut adult novel, THE UNINVITED, released in 2015, and her second book for adults, YESTERNIGHT, is coming October 4, 2016.

Winters was born and raised in Southern California, just a short drive down the freeway from Disneyland, which may explain her love of haunted mansions, bygone eras, and fantasylands. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and two kids. Visit her online at
www.catwinters.com.

Monday, February 29, 2016

AMONG THE SHADOWS Goodreads Giveaway!



Goodreads Book Giveaway

Among The Shadows by Kate Karyus Quinn

Among The Shadows

by Kate Karyus Quinn

Giveaway ends April 08, 2016.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Children's Lit Breakfast Sat 2/20!

Children's Literature Breakfast

 This is where I'll be this Saturday. Hope to see you there!                                                 
                                                  
ANDERSON’S BOOKSHOPS’ 14th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S LITERATURE BREAKFAST
TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.ANDERSONSCHILDRENSBREAKFAST.BROWNPAPERTICKETS.COM.
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Autograph Session to follow)
Bobak's Signature Events
6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge, IL 60517

This morning will feature a full breakfast, over 50 Illinois authors and illustrators, new award-winning and notable books, a book talk, continuing education hours, raffles, door prizes, giveaways, book sales and keynote speakers.

Featured Speakers:
Chris Grabenstein, Barney Saltzberg, Sara Pennypacker, Lauren Tarshis and Loren Long!!! 

For more information please call (630) 820-2802(630) 820-2802 or email angie.gaul@andersonsbookshop.net. For the most recent updates and to purchase tickets visit andersonsbookshop.com. Don't miss the Annual Illustrated Chair Raffle.  This year's Chair Raffle will have two illustrated chairs; one by Loren Long and one by Barney Saltzberg!

LAST YEAR’S EVENT SOLD OUT EARLY • PLEASE RSVP QUICKLY!

TICKETS $59 (tickets are non-refundable) Doors open at 7:30 AM for book browsing and registration. Purchase tickets online HERE - available now!  To register with a school p.o. or check, please call (630) 820-2802(630) 820-2802.

Please reserve your spot by February 17th.

 
Event date: 
Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Event address: 
Bobak's Signature Events
6440 Double Eagle Drive
Woodridge, IL 60517

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Books I Love - My favorite of 2015!

Here are a few of my favorite books from 2015!
 
Fantasy
 
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Historical Fiction
 
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Magical Realism
 
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Science Fiction
 
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23278532   Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)
 
Non-YA
 
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What are your faves from 2015?
 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy 2016!

Woohoo! I'm excited for 2016, I have a lot of ideas to work on, including a MG and a couple of YA. I'm also starting the new year off with a school visit, which are always fun. I read 106 books in 2015 so I'll post my faves here soon. Now, back to my WIP partials, which I hope will soon be contracted books. :-)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Holidays and a Blog Break!

Hi all! I'm going to take a bit of a blog break till the new year. I'm editing BAD BLOOD and working on a few new things. I'll be back in January with my favorite books of 2015. See you in 2016!!! Have a great Holiday Season!

Monday, November 9, 2015

IN THE END Goodreads Giveaway!

There's still time to enter the IN THE END pb giveaway on Goodreads!


Goodreads Book Giveaway

In the End by Demitria Lunetta

In the End

by Demitria Lunetta

Giveaway ends November 21, 2015.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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