Friday, November 28, 2014

Advance Praise for THE UNINVITED

Even though my newest release, The Cure for Dreaming, hasn't been out for two months yet, I'm already busily making preparations for my 2015 releases, including my big adult fiction debut, The Uninvited, coming August 11, 2015, from HarperCollins.

I'm extremely excited to announce that two bestselling authors, Wendy Webb and Michelle Gable, have blurbed The Uninvited.

Here is their generous advance praise of the novel:

“Part ghost story, part love story, part historical fiction, this tale set in a small Midwestern town during the Great War is compulsively readable, beautifully written, and populated with characters that will hover in the air around you, long after you've set the book on your nightstand. I finished this story and wished very much I had written it.”
Wendy Webb 
Bestselling author of  
The Fate of Mercy Alban and The Vanishing

“An affecting novel, dark in fiction and in fact. Set in 1918 against the parallel epidemics of the Spanish influenza and an equally terrifying strain of ‘superpatriotism,’ Cat Winters’s latest offers resonant characters, a stunning twist, and an emotional, satisfying conclusion.”
Michelle Gable
International bestselling author of  
A Paris Apartment

The full synopsis:

From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.

Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

The Uninvited is an atmospheric, haunting, and utterly compelling novel.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Podcast in Which I Answer 10 Questions in 10 Minutes



I’m honored to have been interviewed for the very first Abrams Books “10 Under 10” podcast. I answer questions about my books (present and future), my inspirations, writing advice, character names, and even the 1960s TV series Bewitched . . . all within a 10-minute time frame. 

Huge thanks to Abrams Books, the publisher of my YA novels, for inviting me to be their first podcast author!

Monday, November 17, 2014

November Events, Past and Future

Me at University Book Store.
I spent this past weekend up in Seattle, promoting The Cure for Dreaming at University Book Store. One of my best friends from college, as well as Seattle-area cousins, got to hang out with me at the event, and I had so much fun. Thank you to everyone who came out to see me, and thank you, University Book Store, for hosting me! Signed copies of The Cure for Dreaming can now be ordered through the University Book Store website.

This upcoming Saturday, November 22, I'll be on a YA panel with four other authors at A Children's Place Bookstore in Portland, OR. Then on Monday, I'm catching a plane to Washington, DC, and I'll be speaking on a panel at the ALAN Workshop on the morning of November 25. Here are the full details for these two events:

Saturday, November 22, 2014, 3:00 pm
A Children's Place Bookstore
4807 NE Fremont St., Portland, Oregon
YA panel with Chelsea Pitcher, April Genevieve Tucholke, Miriam Forster, Cat Winters, and Teri Brown.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 8:40-9:10 am
ALAN Workshop
National Harbor, Maryland
Panel: Fantastic Genre Fiction: The Bridge from Our World to Other Worlds, with Colleen Gleason, Brandon Sanderson, and Cat Winters.

More pics from the Seattle signing:

The lovely University Book Store display of my two novels.

Many of my talks include historical images.

Proof that I'm a major hand-talker. Or maybe I'm hypnotizing someone . . .

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Signing in Seattle

This Saturday I'll be heading up to Seattle, WA, for an appearance at University Book Store (the U District location). I'll be speaking at 4:00 pm, and I'll be sharing historical photos, music, and giveaways, as well as reading a short excerpt from The Cure for Dreaming. A Q&A session will follow my talk.

Here's the University Book Store's summary about the event:

A mesmerizing gothic tale about a young woman named Olivia whose father hires a mesmerist to "hypnotize the rebellion out of her," Cat Winters' The Cure for Dreaming paints a vivid portrait of the early 19th century women's rights movement and injustices inflicted upon women when the hypnotist instead enables Olivia to see the true nature of the world and those in it. Joining us for a reading and signing, Winters will invite us into its spellbinding story of darkness, light, monsters, cages, and issues of oppression still relevant today.

If you can make it, I'd love to see you! If you can't, you can still buy an autographed copy of The Cure for Dreaming through University Book Store. Pre-order a copy here.

I'm looking forward to seeing you, Seattle!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

Cover Reveal: THE UNINVITED

I'm thrilled to bits to share with you the cover for my newest WWI-era novel, The Uninvited, coming August 11, 2015, from William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins.

The synopsis:

From the award-winning author of In the Shadow of Blackbirds comes a stunning new novel—a masterfully crafted story of love, loss, and second chances. Set during the fear and panic of the Great Influenza of 1918, The Uninvited is part gothic ghost-story, part psychological thriller, perfect for those who loved The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield or The Vanishing by Wendy Webb.

Twenty-five year old Ivy Rowan rises from her bed after being struck by the flu, only to discover the world has been torn apart in just a few short days.

But Ivy’s life-long gift—or curse—remains. For she sees the uninvited ones—ghosts of loved ones who appear to her, unasked, unwelcomed, for they always herald impending death. On that October evening in 1918 she sees the spirit of her grandmother, rocking in her mother’s chair. An hour later, she learns her younger brother and father have killed a young German out of retaliation for the death of Ivy’s older brother Billy in the Great War.

Horrified, she leaves home, to discover the flu has caused utter panic and the rules governing society have broken down. Ivy is drawn into this new world of jazz, passion, and freedom, where people live for the day, because they could be stricken by nightfall. But as her ‘uninvited guests’ begin to appear to her more often, she knows her life will be torn apart once more, but Ivy has no inkling of the other-worldly revelations about to unfold.

The Uninvited is an atmospheric, haunting, and utterly compelling novel.

PRE-ORDER ONLINE
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(More ordering options coming soon)



If you have any questions about the novel—which marks my adult fiction debut—feel free to ask them in the comments section below. As long as the questions don't involve spoilers, I'll answer them soon.

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