Great Big Reviewer Appreciation Giveaway

Hi! SISTERS’ FATE has been out in the world for a month already! How crazy is that?! Have you had a chance to read it yet? What did you think?

There are SO MANY BOOKS in the world. If you’ve already made the time to buy (or borrow) SISTERS’ FATE and read it – thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart!

And if you’ve made time to review it somewhere online – thank you again. Because sharing book love is such a wonderful gift to authors (and hopefully to your friends who will pick up the books you love and love them too – or at least be able to have a great conversation with you about them!). I am incredibly thankful to those of you who leave honest, thoughtful reviews on your blogs, Goodreads, and various retailers and social media spots. It’s so hard for books to get noticed – especially, I think, later books in a series, if the series isn’t already a bestseller. People forget! I am guilty of this myself.

All of this is to say – I appreciate you! So I’m having a great big reviewer appreciation giveaway. You can win the following things:

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cover flats! Some are bent into book-shape, but they are SO PRETTY. This is your chance if you have either the hardback or paperback & want the other look!

cover flats! Some are bent into book-shape, but they are SO PRETTY. This is your chance if you have either the BW hardback or paperback & want the other look!

You can enter just by tweeting about the contest or by following my Jessica Shea Spotswood author Facebook page (where I hope to be posting more about PETTICOATS & PISTOLS and announcing a new project soon!). But to thank reviewers, the more places you review SISTERS’ FATE, the more entries you get! I will choose 2 winners to split the ARCs and get first choice of the cover flats and foreign editions. Then I will choose 20 winners for bookplates and signed bookmarks, and the first people who get back to me with their addresses will get first choice of the remaining foreign editions & cover flats. Make sense? Contest is open until midnight Sept 30. US residents only.

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SISTERS’ FATE

Eep! SISTERS’ FATE has been out for a whole week already!

all 3 books

Have you read it yet? What do you think? I’m crazy excited to share the ending of the trilogy with you all! (I wrote a whole trilogy!)

Thank you so much to everyone who’s been in touch with me over email (cahillwitch at gmail dot com), twitter, Facebook, Instagram, comments here, or anywhere else. I love hearing from readers! And I’m incredibly grateful for everyone who’s already gotten a copy of the book, whether it’s from your local bookseller or for your Kindle. Knowing how busy everyone is – knowing how many books there are in the world – knowing all the things that compete for our attention – I’m profoundly grateful to anyone who chooses to spend their time reading my story. It’s truly been a privilege to share Cate and Maura and Tess and Finn with you.  THANK YOU.

I’m starting a newsletter soon which will have fun extras, deleted snippets, giveaways, and book recommendations. It will come out quarterly, except for when I have exciting news to share like new book deals, cover reveals, or releases! You can sign up here if you want to be sure not to miss anything.

Here’s a picture from my launch party, which was last Saturday at my awesome local bookstore, One More Page.

SF launch party reading

If you’d ever like to order a signed, personalized copy of one of my books, you can contact them or Hooray for Books! about it.

Hooray for Books!—place an order by calling 703-548-4092 or emailing

One More Page Books—place an order by calling 703-300-9746 or emailing 

Also, stay tuned for a reader appreciation contest next week. If you read and review SISTERS’ FATE (on your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, Facebook, etc), you could win an entry for each place you post a review. The grand prize will be a pile of awesome ARCs – but I’ll also be giving away 20 swag packs with Cahill Witch bookmarks and bookplates from me!

Again – thank you so much for reading and for all of your support. It means the world to me.

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Thrice Interview: THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Lauren Magaziner’s middle-grade debut, THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES, which came out last Thursday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

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Roald Dahl meets Eva Ibbotson in this hilarious middle grade debut perfect for reading aloud.

Rupert Campbell is fascinated by the witches who live nearby. He dreams of broomstick tours and souvenir potions, but Rupert’s mother forbids him from even looking at that part of town. The closest he can get to a witchy experience is sitting in class with his awful teacher Mrs. Frabbleknacker, who smells like bellybutton lint and forbids Rupert’s classmates from talking to each other before, during, and after class. So when he sees an ad to become a witch’s apprentice, Rupert simply can’t resist applying.

But Witchling Two isn’t exactly what Rupert expected. With a hankering for lollipops and the magical aptitude of a toad, she needs all the help she can get to pass her exams and become a full-fledged witch. She’s determined to help Rupert stand up to dreadful Mrs. Frabbleknacker too, but the witchling’s magic will be as useful as a clump of seaweed unless Rupert can figure out a way to help her improve her spellcasting—and fast!

“Fifth-grader Rupert Campbell lives in a world that combines Roald Dahl’s Witches and Louis Sachar’sWayside School….readers will banish themselves from the ordinary world to finish this book in a flash.” -Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Now for our interview with Lauren:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Rupert is a clever, curious, quietly-disobedient 5th grader.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES is a magical, sillyshorts, whimsical frolic. (JS: I love this description! So fun!)

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I am a silly, funny, creative dreamer.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Australia, Austria, and Iceland (JS: Iceland is on my list, too!)

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Philosophy, Physics, and Medieval European History

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

International Secret Agent/Spy, Ice Cream Taste-tester, and Eccentric/Reclusive Inventor (JS: Ooh, ice cream taste-tester? Yes, please!)

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Thistles, Roses, and Water Lilies

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Cheesesteaks, Ice Cream, and Matzah Ball Soup

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

HARRY POTTER, SIDEWAYS STORIES FROM WAYSIDE SCHOOL, and GONE GIRL

Thanks for stopping by, Lauren! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Lauren and THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES at her website or by following her on twitter or Facebook.

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Two Weeks Till SISTERS’ FATE Giveaway!

Eep! It’s almost August!

SISTERS’ FATE comes out 2 weeks from today!!! I’ve gotten a finished copy and I WROTE A WHOLE TRILOGY, OMG.

We got a great review from Booklist which says, “Fans of the series will eat this one up—and will have much to discuss at the book’s conclusion.” 

And this is our second happy-making trade review, because Kirkus (known for being tough!) said, “…an explosive ending. Actions have real consequences…the fulfillment of the prophecy is dead on…The riveting, ambitious plot and strong, moral-yet-fallible heroine are a winning combination!”

If you’re in the DC area, I’ll be having a launch party at One More Page in Arlington, VA on Sat, Aug 16 at 6pm. If you’re not in the area and want to order a signed, personalized book, you can call them and we’ll do that! More info here.

I’ve been revealing a few excerpts, too:

At Ex Libris Kate, you can read a scene where Cate (understandably, I think!) loses her temper with Maura.

At Fic Fare, you can meet one of my favorite new characters in SISTERS’ FATE, newspaperman Alistair Merriweather (and an awesome review from Erin – thank you, Erin!).

At Adventures of a Book Junkie, you can see what happens when Cate sees Finn for the first time after…well, you know! And you can still enter to win an ARC!

There will be one more excerpt + ARC giveaway this week – I’ll post on Twitter, etc, when it’s up!

And here’s your last chance to win an ARC right here – along with an ARC of one of my favorite books this year, April Genevieve Tucholke’s BETWEEN THE SPARK AND THE BURN, which also comes out on August 14! It’s the sequel to BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA, which I also loved – but if it’s possible, I loved this second book even MORE. I love the choices Violet makes – not always right, but always relatable. I love how the settings all function as characters, from Violet’s crumbling Maine mansion by the sea, the Citizen Kane, to a frightening town where the citizens are all glowed up and murderous, to the small island where they go hunting for a sea king, to a former bordello in the Colorado mountains. I love Neely, River’s hotheaded, laughing, sexy brother, and his relationship with River. Most of all, I love April’s wordsmithing. There are some authors that other authors fangirl over, and she’s one of mine. It seems like every word in this book has been chosen with such perfect care and fits just right to create the creepy-gorgeous atmosphere. There is a sense of lingering unease throughout – but mixed with a sort of cozy, bohemian, whimsical charm. I don’t know how she pulls it off, but I love it.

SF & SPARK

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Thrice Interview: EXTRACTION

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Stephanie Diaz’s debut, EXTRACTION, which came out yesterday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

extraction

They say: Welcome to Extraction testing.

Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.

What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.

Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.

With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, EXTRACTION is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of HUNGER GAMES  ENDER’S GAME and leave them breathless for more.

Now for our interview with Stephanie:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Clementine is a fearless, feisty, short red-head.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

EXTRACTION is a dark, pulse-pounding, action-packed sci-fi novel.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a dauntless, fandom-obsessed, optimistic writer.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

France, Ireland, Italy

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Acting, Astronomy, Vocal Performance

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Singer, actor, astronaut

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Tulips, daisies, daffodils

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Pasta, Reese’s peanut butter cups, enchiladas

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

HARRY POTTER, DIVERGENT, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Stephanie and EXTRACTION at her website or by following her on twitter.

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On Anxiety

The last three months have been the hardest of my life.

Last November, I tapered off the anti-anxiety medication I’ve been taking for years for general anxiety disorder. I thought I could manage it. I thought I should, because my husband and I were starting to talk about having a baby (a discussion which has since been tabled for a while). I thought I was managing pretty well. And then, one morning in March, right after I got home from NYC Teen Author Fest, I woke up in a panic. I was home, safe, in bed, but my brain and body started sending signals that something was really wrong. I was terrified. My thoughts started to loop uncontrollably – I’d had a healthy doctor’s checkup a month before, but what if I secretly had cancer? What if I never sold another book? What if my husband couldn’t find a new job after his adjunct contracts are up? What if, what if, what if, my brain chanted, determined to find something terrifying to match up with the way I felt terrified. The irrational feeling of it came first, then the thoughts. It was like a constant anxious static that I could only banish for, at most, a few hours in the evenings.

And the thing is – my brain didn’t have to go too far. Writing and publishing do come with a lot of uncertainty. It’s not a stable career. There’s so much that’s beyond my control: book sales, marketing from my publisher, reviews. Will my new project(s) sell? Will it be enough money for me to keep writing full-time? Do I want to keep writing full-time, or would I be happier and healthier trying something different? Is it okay to suggest that? There are so many shoulds and so many people who aren’t shy about telling you The Right Way to Do It, which I’m perilously susceptible to. I should write first thing in the morning, without checking email or twitter first. I should write every day, 1k/day. I should write a book a year – or two, or three. I should be on Tumblr and Pinterest and– It’s so, so easy to feel not enough, never enough. And the anxiety preyed on both of those things – all those not-enough perfectionist feelings and all the things out of my control.

I started seeing a therapist, and that helped. But I was miserable every day, and I felt scared of doing even the most basic things. I stopped seeing friends. Was hardly eating. Definitely wasn’t writing. I couldn’t sleep, but I laid in bed and stared at the ceiling and worried. Sometimes I didn’t get up until evening. I was determined to figure it out without medication. I did make some progress in challenging all those feelings that I was a failure - which, despite the cheery tone of my blog post from six months ago, have stuck around more perniciously than I’d hoped. But it was hard. Really hard. Two steps forward, one step back progress, in tiny baby steps. I was still crying every day.  After two months, at the end of May, I got to the point where I felt — not actively suicidal, but that I would rather die than keep living like that, with every day being so hard. It scared me enough that I made a doctor’s appointment and asked her to put me back on my anti-anxiety medication.

It took a few weeks – and there was a scary weekend when I had a bad reaction to a rescue med and felt like a zombie – but honestly? I think it’s saved my life. I feel like myself again. It’s not magic – I still feel anxious sometimes, but it’s muted enough that I can use the tools from therapy to challenge those feelings. Why am I feeling this way? What do I want to do about it? Is it rational? It’s strange to realize so many of your feelings are just not true, not connected to actual reality. But some of my feelings also pointed out things that I needed to address, parts of my life I wasn’t happy with. Now I’m sleeping and eating. I’m getting up every morning and commuting across the city and teaching summer writing workshops for teens. I’m researching my short story for the PETTICOATS & PISTOLS anthology and I’m doing more around the house and I’m going out with friends. I’m working on a new-old writing project and I’ve set myself only tiny little goals in the hopes of making writing something that feels like fun again. I’m trying to recognize and celebrate my accomplishments. I’m trying to figure out a better work-life balance – because I love writing, and I’ve been very lucky to make it my job the last few years, but it’s not the only important thing in my life, nor should it be. I’m working really hard to learn that I am too enough, and to be kind to myself, and to learn to do things in baby steps, and not compare my journey or processes with anyone else’s. I’m healing – both from this spring and from the wild ups and downs of my first book deal – and sometimes I’m still easily overwhelmed. But I think I’m going to be okay. I couldn’t have truthfully said that two months – a month – even two weeks ago – so that’s kind of awesome.

I’ve really admired the posts that Stephanie Perkins and Myra McEntire wrote about battling depression, and how open Lauren DeStefano is about her struggles with anxiety, so I wanted to write about this. It’s so easy, when you’re in the midst of it, to feel all alone in it and embarrassed or ashamed. When your brain is already a bully, it’s so easy to feel like somehow it’s your fault – like if you were only stronger or better, you wouldn’t have to go through this. But those thoughts aren’t true, either. You aren’t alone in it, and you are awesome. I promise.

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Thrice Interview + Giveaway: ALL FOUR STARS

Hi! Thanks to everyone who entered to win ARCs of SISTERS’ FATE this week in my twitter giveaway or via the blog! I’ve chosen winners — but there will be more contests next week — one here, and on Instagram and the Cahill Witch Chronicles’ Facebook page. You can also enter to win a copy AND read an excerpt (a scene between Maura & Cate) at Ex Libris Kate! Stay tuned for another excerpt (with Finn?) next week!

Today we’re celebrating Tara Dairman’s debut, ALL FOUR STARS, which released yesterday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

all four starsThey say: Meet Gladys Gatsby: New York’s toughest restaurant critic. (Just don’t tell anyone that she’s in sixth grade.)

Gladys Gatsby has been cooking gourmet dishes since the age of seven, only her fast-food-loving parents have no idea! Now she’s eleven, and after a crème brûlée accident (just a small fire), Gladys is cut off from the kitchen (and her allowance). She’s devastated, but soon finds just the right opportunity to pay her parents back when she’s mistakenly contacted to write a restaurant review for one of the largest newspapers in the world. But to meet her deadline and keep her dream job, Gladys must cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy and sneak into New York City—all while keeping her identity a secret. Easy as pie, right?

I say: This was a totally delightful middle-grade read! Gladys is such a winsome heroine; I was rooting for her from the first pages, when she almost sets her parents’ kitchen on fire trying to make crème brûlée! I love her character’s arc as the cooking ban forces her to get creative and make new friends – but I love that she never wavers in or sacrifices her passion for cooking, even in the face of her parents’ disapproval. The book is warm and funny and smart, and there are mouthwatering descriptions of everything from Gladys’s parents’ microwaved kitchen disasters to delectable desserts from around the globe to her friend Parminder’s family’s delicious Indian dinners. Recommend!

Now for our interview with Tara:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Gladys Gatsby is a shy, sneaky, determined foodie.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

ALL FOUR STARS is a fun, funny, mouth-watering story.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a short, tenacious, well-traveled person.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Bhutan, Iran, and Sweden

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Mandarin language, carpentry, and some sort of martial art

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Computer scientist, editor, or translator

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Coxcombs (so fuzzy!), hibiscus (so tasty!), and jacarandas (so purple!)

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Pesto, cherries, and hummus. (Though not all together, please.)

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

PRIDE & PREJUDICE, JANE EYRE, and the HARRY POTTER series (if you’re really forcing me to choose)

Thanks for stopping by, Tara! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Tara and ALL FOUR STARS at her website or by following her on twitter or Facebook.

To celebrate Tara’s release, I’d like to give away an ARC of ALL FOUR STARS – and a bonus ARC of M.A. Larson’s PENNYROYAL ACADEMY. To enter, please fill out the Rafflecopter below. Contest open until next Friday, July 18, at noon EST. Open only to residents in the US. Thanks to Penguin Teen for the prizes!

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Witchy Giveaway: SISTERS’ FATE & CONVERSION

Hi! Guess what? We’re down to 6 weeks left till SISTERS’ FATE releases! I can’t wait to share the end of Cate and Maura and Tess and Finn’s story with you all!

To that end, I’m going to be doing a bunch of giveaways over the next few weeks – some here, some with the help of some bloggers who have been hugely, amazingly supportive of the series and who will be also revealing exclusive excerpts, and some across various social media. So if you’re interested in winning signed ARCs of SISTERS’ FATE or signed paperbacks of STAR CURSED, you might want to follow me on twitter and Instagram, and follow the Cahill Witch Chronicles on Facebook!

Also – SISTERS’ FATE got its first trade review – from Kirkus – and it’s so happy-making! Most of it’s basically summary, but it ends like this:

…an explosive ending. Actions have real consequences, and… the fulfillment of the prophecy is dead-on…The riveting, ambitious plot and strong, moral-yet-fallible heroine are a winning combination.

Hooray!

So I’m celebrating by giving away two witchy ARCs – one of SISTERS’ FATE & one of fellow Putnam author Katherine Howe’s CONVERSION, which looks awesome and creepy! You had me at PREP meets THE CRUCIBLE, basically. Check it out:

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible
 
It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
 
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
 
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
 
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

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Thrice Interview + Giveaway: WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Kym Brunner’s debut, WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE, which came out on Monday!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

wanted

They say: Impulsive high school senior Monroe Baker is on probation for a recent crime, but strives to stay out of trouble by working as a flapper at her father’s Roaring 20′s dinner show theater. When she cuts herself on one of the spent bullets from her father’s gangster memorabilia collection, she unwittingly awakens Bonnie Parker’s spirit, who begins speaking to Monroe from inside her head.

Later that evening, Monroe shows the slugs to Jack, a boy she meets at a party. He unknowingly becomes infected by Clyde, who soon commits a crime using Jack’s body. The teens learn that they have less than twenty-four hours to ditch the criminals or they’ll share their bodies with the deadly outlaws indefinitely.

I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but what a fun premise! I love that Monroe’s dad has a Roaring 20’s dinner show theatre!

Now for our interview with Kym:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Monroe is an impulsive, feisty, on-the-run teen.

Clyde Barrow is a charismatic, calculating, romantic outlaw.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Suspenseful, riveting, satisfying thriller

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Industrious, friendly, and laid-back reality TV lover

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Italy, Greece, and Switzerland

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Wine tasting, chocolate truffle-eating, and movie watchers’ clinic (JS: love these!)

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Movie critic, reality TV producer, wine connoisseur

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Lilac, Hyacinth, Bleeding hearts

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Rare filet mignon, Rumaki, homemade chocolate chip cookies

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

My own of course! :) But if I have to pick others, I’d say HUNGER GAMES, GONE GIRL, and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS

Thanks for stopping by, Kym! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Kym and WANTED: DEAD OR IN LOVE at her website and you can follow her on twitter or on Facebook.

Kym is being generous enough to give away one copy of her book (open only to residents of the US & Canada). To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below by next Tuesday, July 8, at midnight EST.

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Thrice Interview + Giveaway: THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY

Hi! Today we’re celebrating Tracy Holczer’s debut, THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY, which came out last month!

Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…

secret humThey say: Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

Lyrical, poignant and fresh, THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is a beautifully told middle grade tale with a great deal of heart.

I say: I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but once again, check out these starred reviews!

“A lovely and captivating debut…Holczer writes with depth, heart, and a poetic lilt…nuanced characters engage from beginning to end.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Holczer expertly crafts the characters and dialogue to create a story readers will identify with, and thoroughly enjoy… More than simply a book about grief and the death of a parent, Grace’s story is about the search for identity. An essential purchase for middle-grade collections.”—School Library Journalstarred review

Now for our interview with Tracy:​

1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.

Grace is a self-sufficient, practical, loyal pre-teen.

2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.

THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is hopefully a poignant, mysterious, hopeful story.

3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.

I’m a stubborn, whimsical, friendly goofball.

4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?

Africa, Portugal and Australia

5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?

Meditation, pottery and surfing

6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?

Pre-school teacher, coffee barista and ski instructor

7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?

Daisy, lilly and peony

8. What are your 3 favorite foods?

Tacos, tacos and tacos

9. What are your 3 favorite books?

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and WALK TWO MOONS

Thanks for stopping by, Tracy! Congratulations on your debut!

You can find out more about Tracy and THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY at her website and you can follow her on twitter or on Facebook.

Tracy is being generous enough to give away one copy of her book, internationally! To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below by next Tuesday, July 1, at midnight EST.

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