Eeep! It’s now less than one month ’til STAR CURSED comes out! June 18! I can’t wait for you all to read it!!!!
I was thrilled that it’s on the Summer 2013 Kids’ Indie Next List. I’m in great company – the YA list also features Sara Zarr’s THE LUCY VARIATIONS, Andrea Cremer & David Levithan’s INVISIBILITY, and Sarah Dessen’s THE MOON AND MORE. Check it out here!
To celebrate the one month mark, I’m giving away a historical YA prize pack! But first, another snippet from STAR CURSED:
Two floors down, the grandfather clock chimes midnight. I glance at Rilla, curled on her side beneath her yellow quilt. She lets out a reassuring snore. I tiptoe across the room and ease the door open, holding my breath.
I cringe at every creak in the old wooden steps. Down in the kitchen, I pause to wrap my cloak around my shoulders, tugging the hood up over my long blond braids. The November wind whistles eerily in the chimney.
The cold inside the convent is nothing compared to the cold without. As soon as I step into the backyard, it bites at my nose and cheeks and fingertips. The water in the marble birdbath is frozen solid. I hurry past the fogged windows of Sister Evelyn’s conservatory, longing for the steamy warmth within.
The wind slices through my cloak, blowing my hood back and sending my hair whipping around my face. The half-moon throws shadows onto the slate path. It would only take one girl pressing her nose to the chilled windowpane of a garden-facing room, and I’d be discovered.
The garden stretches the entire width of a city block; a wrought-iron gate at the far end opens onto the lane behind the convent. I grip the freezing metal and drag it open. A tall figure darts around the corner.
For a minute, I grin foolishly. Then I rush toward him, heedless, wanting.
“Why?” His face is shadowed by his black hood, but I’d know that voice anywhere—only I’ve never heard it sound so furious with me.
I slam to a halt as though a glass pane separates us.
It was the last thing Finn said to me that day in church. The first thing he’s asking now.
We’re so close. Inches apart. I could reach out and—
“We had a plan. I went through with my part. I expected you to go through with yours. I expected you to announce our betrothal. What happened, Cate? Did you—” His hood blows off, revealing coppery hair that’s unrulier than ever. His cheeks are red, and the tips of his ears. He takes a deep breath, fighting for control. “Have your feelings for me changed?”
Now for the giveaway:
* a signed ARC of STAR CURSED
which obviously I am rather biased about but think you might enjoy
* a finished copy of CHANTRESS by Amy Butler Greenfield
which I loved so much I blurbed: With a spirited heroine, fearsome monsters, and luminous worldbuilding, this story had me hooked from the first page. CHANTRESS is truly enchanting.
* a finished copy of MAID OF SECRETS by Jennifer McGowan
which I also loved so much I blurbed: McGowan offers a tantalizing look at the spies, seductions, and secrets of Queen Elizabeth’s court. There are no damsels in distress here; Meg and her fellow Maids of Honor are a clever, winsome quintet!
* an ARC of TARNISH by Katherine Longshore
which is an account of the young Anne Boleyn’s rise to power in the court of Henry VIII. I haven’t read this yet, but I loved its predecessor, GILT.
To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter below. Contest open ’til midnight next Mon, May 27. US only.