Wednesday, November 11, 2015

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY Is Now Up on NetGalley

Reviewers, booksellers, librarians, and anyone else who typically receives advance copies of books: My March 2016 YA novel, The Steep and Thorny Way, is now available to request on NetGalley. Request it here.

Here's what you'll find in the novel . . .

A reimagining of Shakespeare's Hamlet

A 1920s setting that includes moonshine, outlaws, and the KKK's takeover of Oregon

A biracial teenage protagonist

A murder

An unexpected friendship

A boy who's dealing with the challenges of being gay in 1923 America

Prejudice

The occult

Love

Hate

A dark and lovely forest

A ghost

Last night I read through the novel for the final time before the book heads off to print, and I actually cried. I love this book so much, but it's time for me to let it go and send these characters off into the world.

Amulet Books will release The Steep and Thorny Way March 8, 2016.

Advance Praise

“Cat Winters proves herself the master of YA historical fiction in this richly woven, theatrical tale of haints, friendship, and a time period we don't dare forget.”
Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman's Daughter series

“Haunting, visceral, and atmospheric, Cat Winters's The Steep and Thorny Way is a fantastic read from one of the best in the genre.”
—RenĂ©e Ahdieh, author of The Wrath and the Dawn

A tale of secrets, murder, intolerance, friendship, and restless spirits, seen through the eyes of the vibrant, truth-seeking, pistol-slinging Hanalee. Marvelous.”
—April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Wink, Poppy, Midnight

. . . these two unlikely protagonists forge a lifesaving bond of discovery and friendship that uncovers the ignorance and hatred of this troubling time in America’s history. . . . The historical accuracy provides a powerful sense of realism.”
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Monday, November 9, 2015

Advance Praise for THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY

Just four more months until my next novel, The Steep and Thorny Way, arrives in bookstores and online! The interior pages are almost ready, the beautiful dust jacket design has shown up in my email, and advance praise is starting to come in.

I'm overjoyed to share with you the following quotes about the novel:

“Cat Winters proves herself the master of YA historical fiction in this richly woven, theatrical tale of haints, friendship, and a time period we don't dare forget.”
Megan Shepherd, author of The Madman's Daughter series

A tale of secrets, murder, intolerance, friendship, and restless spirits, seen through the eyes of the vibrant, truth-seeking, pistol-slinging Hanalee. Marvelous.”
April Genevieve Tucholke, author of Wink, Poppy, Midnight

“Inspired by Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way takes readers into the lives of Hanalee Denney and Joe Adder during the dangerous time of prohibition, the Ku Klux Klan, and eugenics . . . Winters clearly and descriptively depicts a way of life in rural Oregon that most are not aware of . . . The historical accuracy provides a powerful sense of realism.”

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