Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Little ODD & TRUE Teaser

I believe that a chapter excerpt from Odd & True will be appearing in the back of the upcoming paperback edition of The Steep and Thorny Way (Aug. 8), but I don't know if and when such an excerpt will be shared online. I'm also still waiting to hear when the advance reading copies of Odd & True will be available for bloggers and other reviewers.

While I'm waiting, and to celebrate the six month countdown to the publication of Odd & True, I'm sprinkling a few short teasers from the book across the web this week. Here's today's little sneak peek, from Chapter One . . .

Odd & True is coming 
Sept. 12, 2017, from Abrams.


Friday, February 24, 2017

The ODD & TRUE Cover Reveal and Giveaway!!!

What do you get when you take a book that could be described as Big Fish meets Supernatural, with two Edwardian sisters at the center, and pair it with a highly talented cover designer and an artist known for her beautifully haunting and fantastical images?

You end up with the breathtaking, spellbinding Odd & True cover  . . .

Coming September 12, 2017 from Amulet Books/ABRAMS
Hardcover, ISBN 9781419723100 • Ebook, ISBN 9781683351443

About the Novel:

Trudchen grew up hearing Odette’s stories of their monster-slaying mother and a magician’s curse. But now that Tru’s older, she’s starting to wonder if her older sister’s tales were just comforting lies, especially because there’s nothing fantastic about her own life—permanently disabled and in constant pain from childhood polio.

In 1909, after a two-year absence, Od reappears with a suitcase supposedly full of weapons and a promise to rescue Tru from the monsters on their way to attack her. But it’s Od who seems haunted by something. And when the sisters’ search for their mother leads them to a face-off with the Leeds Devil, a nightmarish beast that’s wreaking havoc in the Mid-Atlantic states, Tru discovers the peculiar possibility that she and her sister—despite their dark pasts and ordinary appearances—might, indeed, have magic after all.

About the Cover:

This absolutely stunning design was created by an entire team of amazing talents, including Alyssa Nassner, the cover designer, and Brazilian artist Nathalia Suellen, who's known for such mystical covers as those of A.G. Howard's Splintered series. I adore the Tim Burtonesque vibe, and those girls representing Trudchen and Odette are so badass. I love it!

Carrie and Cat.
Odd & True is my love letter to the magic of storytelling, and, more importantly, my love letter to the childhood I shared with my younger sister, Carrie. So far, all of my YA novels have featured protagonists who grew up as only children, even though my relationship with my sister has always been a close and special one. Carrie and I share a love of ghost stories, myths, family legends, and elegant tea rooms (tea leaf reading plays an integral role in Odd & True). After spending a weekend down in Southern California with Carrie for her birthday in 2014, I realized it was finally time to pay tribute to the bond of sisterhood.

Preordering Options:

I'll list the preordering and Goodreads links before the giveaway, because preorders are extremely important for a book's success. The giveaway will follow.

The Giveaway!:

Abrams has kindly agreed to give away one advance reading copy of Odd & True, which will ship out as soon as advance copies are available in the coming month. The giveaway is U.S. only. My apologies to my international readers, but I do plan to host some international swag giveaways in the future. You must be 13 years or older to enter.

What do you think of the cover? I'd love to hear your opinion.

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