Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Winter 2020 Apperances

Here's where you can find me the first three months of 2020!

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Teen Bookfest by the Bay
American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, TX

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:00 pm
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton, OR
In conversation with E. Latimer.

Sunday, March 15, 2020
Tucson Festival of Books
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

(My daughter attends the University of Arizona, so my Tucson appearance will be extra special!)

Monday, December 9, 2019

Happy holidays!

Happy holidays, dear readers! Thank you so much for your continued enthusiasm for my historical tales, and thank you for helping me celebrate the release of The Raven's Tale this year. If you're interested in purchasing a signed copy of The Raven's Tale this holiday season, please visit Fountain Bookstore in Poe's teenage home of Richmond, VA (or visit them online).

Behind-the-scenes, I'm hard at work on two different book projects as we wrap up 2019. I don't have any news to report about them at this point, but hopefully that will change in 2020. I've also been freelancing as a fact-checker of children's nonfiction books, which has opened up my eyes to the fascinating world of picture book publishing.

If you'd like to meet me in person, I have two events lined up for the beginning of the new year:

Saturday, January 25, 2020
Teen Bookfest by the Bay
Corpus Christi, TX

March 14-15, 2020
Tucson Festival of Books
Tucson, AZ

If you're interested in booking me to speak at a school, library, festival, etc., in 2020, I do have openings in my schedule. Please head to my Author Visits page for details.

I hope everyone has a safe and wonderful holiday season. Here's to new possibilities, peace, joy, and healing in the upcoming (roaring?) 20s!

Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Results of My Epic 2019 Halloween Giveaway

Me, Halloween night 2019.
On October 1, I announced my Epic 2019 Halloween Giveaway, in which one winner would receive a signed, personally annotated copy of one of my books. Because the prize is so rare and will take me a while to prepare, I made readers work to enter. People entering could post an original photograph of one my books with their favorite quote included, create fan art or original poetry or lyrics for one of my novels, or cosplay one of my characters.

The entries to this giveaway BLEW ME AWAY! 

I was hoping at least a few people would enter, but I received dozens of entries, and they all exceeded my expectations! Most people chose the photo and quote option and displayed an incredible amount of creativity. I also saw some excellent cosplaying and fan art posts that made my jaw drop. One reader devoted the entire week leading up to Halloween to daily Instagram posts about my books.

Every single entry made me smile. Some moved me to tears. The hard work and originality you all put into these posts and your passion for my books have rendered me speechless. Thank you to every single one of you who entered! 

I'm selecting a random winner for this one, so the more times you entered, the better your odds were for winning. I knew the quality of the posts would make it difficult for me to choose which post was the "best," so I selected this policy for picking a winner instead. I wish I could name multiple winners, but, unfortunately, I only have time to annotate one book, and I don't have the budget for shipping multiple copies.

So, without further ado, here's the winner for my Epic 2019 Halloween Giveaway:


Congratulations to Angelica, who will be receiving a signed, annotated copy of In the Shadow of Blackbirds! By the way, 50% of you chose this same novel as the book you'd like to receive if you won.

Below is a gallery of some of the entries so you can see a sample of the variety and creativity involved. To see more posts, head to #catwintersgiveaway on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I also saw a touching entry for The Cure for Dreaming on a blog about hypnosis.

Mary Shelley Black from In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

La Llorona's appearance in Odd & True, by theacadianmouse.

A blackbird standing In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

Ivy Rowan from The Uninvited.

In the Shadow of Blackbirds fan art.

Odd & True fan art.

A post for The Steep and Thorny Way.

A post for Yesternight.

Thank you again to everyone who entered! I may do something similar next Halloween so definitely check back in October 2020. Thank you for reading my books!!!!!!

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