Tuesday, May 27, 2014

THE CURE FOR DREAMING Goodreads Giveaway

Good news! Amulet Books/Abrams is offering a giveaway for twenty advance reading copies (ARCs) of The Cure for Dreaming! To enter, head over to Goodreads and follow the instructions on the site. The giveaway runs until June 20, 2014, and it's open to U.S. and Canadian residents. Now, I've already heard from readers in other countries who were disappointed to learn that they're unable to enter. Rest assured, I have a feeling A&C Kids UK will eventually run international ARC giveaways, just as they did with In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

I haven't actually seen the ARCs for The Cure for Dreaming yet, but it sounds like they'll be available in June. If you're going to Book Expo America this week, I don't think the ARCs will be there, but you can stop by the Abrams Books booth, #2727, to be absolutely sureand to check out their other Fall 2014 ARCs. Advance copies of The Cure for Dreaming will definitely be available at the ALA Annual Conference in June, as will I. Please see my Events page for my signing and speaking schedule.

I will list options for requesting ARCs as soon as I know they're available. The Cure for Dreaming should also be appearing on NetGalley in the coming weeks.

I can't believe early readers will be meeting this new book of mine soon! I can't wait to share it with everyone.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

More Upcoming Events, Including a June 4 YA Panel

I now have several appearances officially scheduled, including an extremely fun YA panel coming up on June 4, 2014. The details:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6:30 pm
Manaia Coffee House and Grill (event presented by Jacobsen's Books)
203 E. Main St., Hillsboro, Oregon
Spring into Summer with Cool YA Reads panel and signing with Cat Winters, Paula Stokes, Miriam Forster, and Tara Kelly.


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I've also started scheduling my book tour for The Cure for Dreaming, including my October 25 launch party at Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, Oregon! Here are all of my June through November 2014 appearances (so far):

Saturday, June 28, to Sunday, June 29, 2014
2014 ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada
Sat., June 28, 2:30-3:00 pmAbrams/Amulet Book Buzz
Sun., June 29, 8:30-10:00 amYALSA's YA Author Coffee Klatch 
Sun. June 29, 2:00-3:00 pmSigning at Abrams Booth #628

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5:30 pm
Tillamook County Library 
1716 3rd St., Tillamook, Oregon
In the Shadow of Blackbirds presentation, Q&A session, giveaways, signing.

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 4:00 pm
Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing 
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, Oregon
LAUNCH PARTY FOR THE CURE FOR DREAMING!!!! I'll be bringing treats and giveaways to celebrate the release of both my newest novel and the paperback edition of In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 4:00 pm
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE, Seattle, Washington
The Cure for Dreaming reading and signing.

More 2014 events are currently in the works. Please keep an eye on www.catwinters.com/p/events.html for updates.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Upcoming Events

It feels like it's been a while since I've had signings and speaking events to report, mainly because I'm in the in-between stage between my books' release dates. I'm happy to announce that I have four exciting events coming up during the next few months, starting this Saturday. Here's my schedule for May through July:

Saturday, May 17, 2014, 2:00 pm
Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St., Portland, Oregon
I'll be reading children's books as part of the inaugural Indies First Storytime Day, part of Celebrate Children's Book Week.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 6:30 pm
Manaia Coffee House and Grill (event presented by Jacobsen's Books)
203 E. Main St., Hillsboro, Oregon
Spring into Summer with Cool YA Reads panel and signing with Cat Winters, Paula Stokes, Miriam Forster, and Tara Kelly.

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Saturday, June 28, to Sunday, June 29, 2014
2014 ALA Annual Conference
Las Vegas Convention Center, 3150 Paradise Rd, Las Vegas, Nevada
Events and signing schedule TBA. I will be appearing that Saturday and Sunday.

Thursday, July 17, 2014, 5:30 pm
Tillamook County Library 
1716 3rd St., Tillamook, Oregon
In the Shadow of Blackbirds presentation, Q&A session, giveaways, signing.

Fall 2014 events are currently in the works. Please keep an eye on www.catwinters.com/p/events.html for updates.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Bram Stoker Awards Banquet

Tomorrow evening (Saturday, May 10), I'm heading to the Bram Stoker Awards Banquet, which, conveniently for me, will be held right here in Portland this year as part of the 2014 World Horror Convention. In the Shadow of Blackbirds is a Bram Stoker Awards Finalist in the category of Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel, and I'm thrilled to pieces.

The awards ceremony will be streamed online at approximately 7:30 pm PDT. If you're interested in watching, here's the information I received about viewing the announcements:

The awards presentation will begin immediately after the banquet, approximately 7:30 p.m., and will be streamed live via the internet. To view the live-stream, please follow these instructions:

1. On the evening of May 10th, go to
https://avms.webex.com/avms/j.php?MTID=mbfc75996326ded17427e4dad4f06c473

2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password: whc2014 . Click "Join".

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:
https://avms.webex.com/avms/j.php?MTID=m4029989ede732b114a103416db2f97aa

For assistance, go to https://avms.webex.com/avms/mc and on the left navigation bar, click "Support."

Monday, May 5, 2014

Saying Goodbye to a Sweet, Furry Friend

This weekend was a tough one. My husband, kids, and I had to put our beloved 16 1/2-year-old dog, Iggy, to sleep. He lived an incredibly long and happy life that spanned from my early years of marriage as a twentysomething in San Diego to my modern world as a working writer with two kids in Oregon. Even though we knew we wouldn't have Iggy with us much longer, losing him has left an empty gap in our house. I usually sit here in the mornings, checking my emails and getting started on my writing for the day, while he slept downstairs until our late-morning walk and lunchtime. In the recent months, his "walk" mainly consisted of me taking him out to the front yard so he could smell the flowers before I went out on a longer walk by myself, but I will miss even those small moments of watching him bury his face in all the foliage. He was sweet and gentle up until his final moments, and I even managed to get one last tail wag from him just hours before we had to let him go. Even when he became uncomfortable and ill, he never growled; he never got grumpy.

Throughout In the Shadow of Blackbirds, I slipped in personal references to my own life and to the people I love. Family birthdays, the names of inspirational teachers, a play my sister and I enjoyed as kids, etc., all managed to find their way into the book. My nod to Iggy came in the form of the character Paul Spitz, after whom Chapter Twenty is named. Iggy's breed is called "American Eskimo" or "Eskie" in modern times, but up until 1917, it was "American Spitz." The name is believed to have been changed because of the push to Americanize all German names during World War I. I found it fascinating that my own dog's breed contained a connection to the war, and when I was looking for a German last name for Paul, "Spitz" seemed perfect. I love that a little bit of Iggy has now been immortalized in this novel.

Although my house and my heart feel empty and painful today, I will always cherish all the photos and memories that came about from a pup who managed to live almost two decades. Thank you, Iggy, for showing so many people how love and sweetness make the world a better place.

Iggy, guarding the manuscript for The Cure for Dreaming last fall.

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