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Celebrating new web design with a GIVEAWAY

This past fall I decided to update the look of my website. As always I wanted something Gothic and a bit creepy, but I also yearned for warmth and color. Again and again I came back to this image:


It struck me as both bleak and beautiful. Moreover it reminded me of the Yorkshire moors (like you see here) and thereby brought to mind all the Gothic tales of the Brontës. My genius web designer Maddee at xuni.com boosted the color and added my name. I love the final result, which you can see simply by scrolling to the top of this page.

To celebrate my new website, I’m giving away the Brontë-related items featured in the photo at the top of this post, each of which I enthusiastically recommend to Brontë fans! Read on to learn more about them:


Praise for Take Courage: Anne Brontë and the Art of Life:
“I thought that everything had already been said about the Brontës. But Samantha Ellis has looked at the family from a new angle, and in doing so brought Anne out of the shadows and placed her front and centre amongst her splashier siblings. I was wowed and moved” (Tracy Chevalier)
“A fascinating and compelling read… what Ellis does extraordinarily well is to convey the emotion of her own deeply personal voyage of discovery about Anne and herself… [makes] you long to rush off and reread Anne’s novels and poetry: what more could you ask for?” (Juliet Barker)
–my take: This book brought me to tears more than once, and my perception of the youngest Brontë is forever altered by reading it.


Praise for The Glass Town Game:
“A throwback to classic children’s literature: it has the cleverness of The Phantom Tollbooth, the imagination of Alice in Wonderland, the whimsy of Edward Eager…A lovely, fanciful piece of middle-grade fiction about the worlds we make, and the lives they can take on.” (Booklist, starred review)
“The story’s real delights come from the wit and cleverness woven into every description and conversation, as well as the sharp insights Valente brings to the children’s insecurities, longings, and hidden desires, which burst to the surface in this magical and perilous world.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
–my take: A gorgeous tribute to the Brontës and the fictional worlds they created.

Also included:


Just for fun I’ve added a small Paperblanks journal decorated with Charlotte Brontë’s signature and lines from Jane Eyre. (These journals are no longer in production and are therefore pretty hard to find.) You’ll also receive a Brontë mug featuring Branwell’s drawing of the four siblings AND a volume of poems from all four Brontë siblings, along with a timeline and endnotes.

INTERNATIONAL ENTRANTS WELCOME!

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TINY STITCHES by Gwendolyn Hooks — GIVEAWAY!


I loved Tiny Stitches!

There’s no doubt Vivien Thomas’ story is historically significant, but his journey toward developing a groundbreaking procedure for pediatric open-heart surgery is also dramatic and incredibly moving. Gwendolyn Hooks writes in a clear, engaging manner, and her words are enhanced by the watercolor paintings of illustrator Colin Bootman. TINY STITCHES, intended for readers 8 and up, would make a great addition to your home, school or church library.

I am giving away one signed copy of TINY STITCHES to a lucky U.S. winner. (I’ll even throw in a signed copy of my own book, Ghostlight, to sweeten the pot.) Read more about TINY STITCHES below, and then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway!

More about the book:
Vivien Thomas’s greatest dream was to attend college to study medicine. But after the stock market crashed in 1929, Vivien lost all his savings. Then he heard about a job opening at the Vanderbilt University medical school under the supervision of Dr. Alfred Blalock. Vivien knew that the all-white school would never admit him as a student, but he hoped working there meant he was getting closer to his dream.

As Dr. Blalock’s research assistant, Vivien learned surgical techniques. In 1943, Vivien was asked to help Dr. Helen Taussig find a cure for children with a specific heart defect. After months of experimenting, Vivien developed a procedure that was used for the first successful open-heart surgery on a child. Afterward, Dr. Blalock and Dr. Taussig announced their innovative new surgical technique, the Blalock-Taussig shunt. Vivien s name did not appear in the report.

Overcoming racism and resistance from his colleagues, Vivien ushered in a new era of medicine children s heart surgery. Tiny Stitches is the compelling story of this incredible pioneer in medicine.

What reviewers are saying:
Beyond the crucial message of perseverance and spotlight on prejudiced attitudes that still resonate today, this middle-grade picture book illuminates the life of little-known man whose innovations continue to be essential to modern medicine. —Booklist, starred review

By focusing on the enormous talent and skill of Thomas and depicting instances in which he was dismissed by white coworkers and by the media, the text is an insight into not only this innovator’s life but the social and institutional conditions that allow for African American contributions in medicine and science to go largely unrecognized. —School Library Journal

A good alternative to dense, chapter biographies and a rousing tribute to a man unjustly forgotten. —Kirkus Reviews

Hooks writes with vivid detail and immediacy, describing Thomas’s anxiety as he coaches Dr. Blalock, the doctor who originally hired him, on performing the first surgery. Bootman’s subdued watercolors channel the sobering climate of Depression-era America in a sensitive portrayal of a little-recognized medical pioneer. —Publishers Weekly

The Giveaway! (US entrants only, please!)

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The GHOSTLIGHT jacket and a GIVEAWAY

GHOSTLIGHT releases in exactly three months, so this seems a fine time to share the final jacket design!

(click the image for a larger view)

If you are on Goodreads, you can enter for a chance to win an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of Ghostlight. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL.:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Ghostlight by Sonia Gensler

Ghostlight

by Sonia Gensler

Giveaway ends May 14, 2015.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to Win

Or feel free to pre-order the finished copy at these retailers. (Pre-orders are MAGICAL.)

I can’t wait to share this book with you! Please stay tuned for more updates, book trailer reveals, and additional GIVEAWAYS.

The GRIM Blog Tour — with Giveaways!

The GRIM Anthology releases in 8 days! To celebrate, Harlequin Teen is offering a blog tour with fabulous giveaways!

Prizes:

— At every stop on the tour, the blog will be hosting a contest for a giveaway of 1 copy of GRIM

— Grand prize: At every stop on the tour, a grand prize package will be promoted, which will include 2 copies of GRIM and a selection of other Harlequin TEEN titles

Tour Schedule:

Monday, February 17th – Harlequin Paranormal Blog (featuring GRIM editor Christine Johnson!)

Tuesday, February 18th – Stories 1, 2 and 3 – Two Chicks on Books

Wednesday, February 19th – Stories 4, 5 and 6 – Book and A Latte

Friday, February 21st – Stories 7, 8 and 9 – Fiction Freak

Monday, February 24th – Stories 10, 11 and 12 – Mundie Moms

Wednesday, February 26th – Stories 13, 14 and 15 – Bumbles and Fairytales

Friday, February 28th – Stories 16 and 17 – Fiktshun

Learn more at the tour main page.

It’s a fine day for a GIVEAWAY!

Last fall when I was promoting The Dark Between, I was fortunate to hang out with a bunch of cool writers. Some of them even signed books for me to give away! Learn more about the books below, and note that I’m also offering an ARC of Grim, a short story anthology featuring modern takes on classic Grimm fairy tales (due out in hardcover at the end of February). I would be happy to sign my story, “Untethered,” which is based on the wee little Brothers Grimm story, The Shroud.

You could win ALL these books:

Inception, by Teal Haviland
Earthbound, by Aprilynne Pike
Elegy, Tara Hudson
Infinityglass, by Myra McEntire
The Dark Between, by Sonia Gensler
The Lost Sun AUDIO BOOK, by Tessa Gratton
Grim (the ARC), edited by Christine Johnson

It’s easy to enter through Punchtab — everything is explained below. However, if for some reason the widget isn’t appearing, please provide your name and email addy in a comment and I’ll enter for you.

Heck, let’s make this giveaway INTERNATIONAL.

GOOD LUCK!