Tuesday, April 18, 2017

ODD & TRUE Countdown-to-September Giveaways

Odd & True hits shelves September 12, 2017, which means we're less than five months away from publication! To celebrate the countdown to the release date, I'm running three special giveaways from now through September 11. Here are the details . . .

APRIL 2017

I'm currently running an international Twitter giveaway for an advance reading copy (ARC) of Odd & True. To enter, follow me on Twitter (@catwinters) and retweet this tweet about the giveaway. Ends midnight of April 30, 2017.

MAY 2017

As soon as I receive my beautiful Odd & True bookmarks (which are currently in the works at the printer), I'll launch an Instagram giveaway for an ARC and bookmarks. I'm not sure which day in May this giveaway will start. Make sure you're already following me on Instagram so you don't miss out (@catwintersbooks).

JUNE 12 to SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
(4/24/17 edit: I revised the date of this giveaway so that it starts three months before the book's release.)

I'm working on the details for a pre-order giveaway for Odd & True prize packages that will start in June and end the day before the release date. To enter this one, you'll need to pre-order Odd & True from your favorite online bookstore and provide a screenshot or a scan of your receipt. Entries won't be accepted until after I post the details on June 1, but if you've already pre-ordered the book or plan to in the near future, please keep the receipt. Pre-orders made at any time will count.

My publisher, Abrams, also tends to run giveaways for advance copies of books on Goodreads. Be sure to add Odd & True to your Goodreads shelf so you can receive a giveaway notification.


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

PREORDER


Monday, April 10, 2017

ODD & TRUE galleys

Advance reading copies (ARCs) of Odd & True have arrived! The finished version of the book will be a hardcover edition that I'm sure will be absolutely gorgeous, but the ARCs are also beautiful.

Here's a gallery of photos of my pretties:


If you're a reviewer, bookseller, librarian, etc., and you've received an ARC, please keep in mind that this is an uncorrected proof. Odd & True has already gone through two more stages of edits since the ARC was printed, and proofreaders are continuing to pore over the pages. The following are examples of items that have already been changed/corrected:

  • The Spanish word "vĂ¡monos" is misspelled in the ARC, but I've verified that it will be spelled correctly in the finished copy of the book. I deeply regret making a mistake in a language that's not my own and apologize for this error.
  • In the finished copy, I've gone into more detail about the mechanics of Tru's leg brace. In the ARC, I didn't show how her leg was able to bend in the brace, but that's since been fixed. I also altered scenes in which she was kneeling, knowing this would be difficult for her.
  • Typos, formatting errors, and overly repeated words are still getting fixed at this moment.

If you review and/or purchase books and would like to receive an advance copy of Odd & True, please contact the appropriate publicist listed on my Contact page (there's a U.S. publicist and an international publicist). The book will also be available from NetGalley this summer.

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

PREORDER: 




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.

PREORDER: 


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.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Official ODD & TRUE Synopsis

We now have an official catalog synopsis for my upcoming young adult novel, Odd & True! I've also seen the cover-in-progress, which is absolutely stunning and reminds me of a movie poster for a Tim Burton film or the Showtime series Penny Dreadful. Look for the cover reveal in the coming weeks.

And now, without further ado, the synopsis . . .

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.


My publisher, Abrams, is also listing a revised publication date for the book: September 12, 2017.

Keep an eye on this website and my social media posts for more Odd & True announcements, as well as giveaways.

 

PREORDER:


(More preordering options to follow.)

Friday, February 10, 2017

ODD & TRUE is Now Available to Preorder! And It Has a Release Date!

I now have an official release date for my next young adult novel, Odd & True: September 5, 2017. The cover is currently undergoing some major changes, so it will probably still be a little while before I'm able to share anything, but I know the design will be stunning.

Even without the cover, the novel is starting to show up on sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble for preordering. On the book's page at Abrams, you'll find links to the major online stores that will be carrying it.

Proofreading the typeset pages of Odd & True.
The official synopsis has yet to be revealed, but I will say that it's the story of two Edwardian sisters, Odette and Trudchen Grey, known as Od and Tru. Older sister Od has always told Tru elaborate stories about their past and insists that they're descended from monster hunters. Now that Tru is older, she realizes that her sister has been using these tales to protect her from their family's painful secrets. Tru will now do whatever it takes to learn the truth about who they really are, even if it means she must join her sister on a quest to slay a mythical beast.

I also recently learned that the paperback edition of the The Steep and Thorny Way will be published August 8, 2017.

Much more info coming soon!  

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Coming September 2017 . . .

A bit of news about my upcoming young adult novel, Odd & True: the novel is currently scheduled to release in September of this year! I don't have the exact date, and preorder options aren't yet available, but I've taken a peek at the upcoming catalog pages for the book—and I've seen the delicious cover. 

Expect to find a cover unlike that of any of my other novels, but this particular book is a bit different than the rest. It's told from two alternating viewpoints, spans fifteen years of time, and takes place in six different states in the U.S. You'll also find more of a fantasy feel to the story, as well as a journey, a mysterious backstory, monsters, secrets, and a book-within-a-book. Rest assured, I've kept my signature style of blending history with the supernatural, and, as always, my YA tale is told by a strong female protagonist (two of them, actually).

I just handed in the Odd & True copyedits last Thursday, and the next stage will involve the book's interior design and typesetting. I haven't yet heard when I'll be able to reveal the cover or when advance reading copies will become available, but I'm sure that will all occur over the next few months. Keep an eye on my website and social media for updates.

Odd & True is my tale about sisters, and my own sister and I celebrate our birthdays in the book's release month of September. I plan to do some extra special celebrations because of this wonderful timing.

The paperback edition of The Steep and Thorny Way will also release in Fall 2017.

I'll report more info as soon as I can.

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