Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Publication Day!!!

In the Shadow of Blackbirds is officially out in the world today!

Lauren DeStefano will be hosting a Twitter chat with me at 4:00 pm EDT/1:00 pm PDT this afternoon (4/2/13). To follow along and ask me questions about the novel, please join us at that time, using #blackbirdsnovel. The chat will likely run for about an hour.

You can also find me at the following locations today:

I answered 10 questions on my publisher's blog...plus I shared a hint about my new book and a photo of my scary blackbird balloon.

Mundie Moms:
Guest post & giveaway: The Strange, Sad Story of Spirit Photography.

Distraction No. 99:
Novelist Nova Ren Suma (17 & Gone, Imaginary Girls) interviewed me as part of her spotlight on April 2013 debut novels. Giveaway included!

Jessica Spotswood's Blog:
The author of Born Wicked and Star Cursed (and one of my fellow Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks members) interviewed me as part of her Thrice Interview series. There's also a giveaway for a signed finished copy!

Read My Breath Away:
I discussed my top favorite historical eras...and I'm giving away a signed finished copy!

Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks:
Seven historical novelists interviewed me about
In the Shadow of Blackbirds.

One Four KidLit:
2014 debut novelist Meredith McCardle interviewed me as part of the Gettin' Lucky series.
I'll be celebrating with a book launch party at Powell's Books in Beaverton, Oregon, this Saturday, April 6, at 4:00 p.m., and all this week you can find me chatting about the novel and giving away prizes on my blog tour.

Reviews for this novel have blown me away, and I'm so grateful for every single one of them. Here's a sampling:

“Winters’s masterful debut novel is an impressively researched marriage of the tragedies of wartime, the 1918 flu epidemic, the contemporaneous Spiritualism craze, and a chilling love story and mystery... deliciously creepy.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Winters strikes just the right balance between history and ghost story, neatly capturing the tenor of the times, as growing scientific inquiry collided with heightened spiritualist curiosity.”
Kirkus Reviews

“This engrossing combination of historical fiction, ghost story, psychological thriller, and straight-up whodunit moves between genres with stunning ease, maximizing the tropes of each to satisfying effect.”
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Mary Shelley is a likable, sympathetic heroine, and through her story, teen readers will get a glimpse of a fascinating time period, made all the more real by the haunting historic photographs that pepper the novel.

[A] gorgeous production...The book’s historic setting is as much a star as the plucky Mary Shelley...
Library Journal

“Words like ‘unputdownable’ and ‘irresistible’ are simply not enough for Cat Winters’s In the Shadow of Blackbirds. Days after finishing this story, it remains the first thought I have in the morning, and the thing that haunts me until I sleep.”
New York Times bestselling author of
The Chemical Garden trilogy

I'm not the only one with a debut novel entering the world this week. Here are five fellow members of The Lucky 13s who are celebrating early-April book birthdays along with me:

Elisabeth Dahl, Genie Wishes
Claire M. Caterer, The Key & the Flame
J.J. Howard, That Time I Joined the Circus
Justina Ireland, Vengeance Bound
Jessica Verdi, My Life after Now
Joe Lawlor, Bully.com
Nancy J. Cavanaugh, This Journal Belongs to Ratchet 

Also, today marks the release of Heather Snow's Sweet Madness. Heather and I share the same literary agent, Barbara Poelle.

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Emma Pass said...

Congratulations, Cat! Your book is wonderful, so exciting that it's out in the world!

Cat Winters said...

Thanks so much, Emma! It's extremely exciting (but still very surreal) to have it out in the world! I can't wait for ACID next month!