Wednesday, September 23, 2015


Advance reading copies (ARCs) of The Steep and Thorny Way arrived on my doorstop last night, to my delight, and they look absolutely STUNNING! Here are some photos that will give you a sneak peek at what's in store for the finished book, which releases March 8, 2016, from Amulet Books. At the very bottom of the photos, I've included a short teaser from the novel.

The beautiful ARCs: front cover, spine, and back cover.
A quote from Shakespeare's Hamlet.
A peek at the beautiful chapter headings, and a preview of the book's first line.

And . . . the little teaser excerpt:

The book was sumptuously designed by Maria T. Middleton at Abrams, who also designed In the Shadow of Blackbirds and The Cure for Dreaming.

More sneak peeks to come in 2016. Preordering options are listed below. Check back here next Thursday, October 1, to visit my stop in the upcoming YA Scavenger Hunt, which will include an ARC giveaway for The Steep and Thorny Way!

Bloggers: The Steep and Thorny Way will be available to request from the Abrams Kids page of Netgalley later this fall.


(More ordering options coming soon.)

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Next Stops for THE UNINVITED: San Diego and Wordstock

The Uninvited has now been out in the world for a month, and I'm so grateful to everyone who's already picked up a copy.

I'll be making two more 2015 appearances for the book, one at a bookstore in my former home of San Diego, a city near and dear to my heart, and one at Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival, a major literary celebration that will be happening right here in my current home of Oregon.

Here are the details for both events:

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA
Reading and signing with Laura Anne Gilman and me.
Facebook page for the event.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Wordstock: Portland's Book Festival
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
(Tickets, $15; free for anyone 17 and younger and anyone with a valid high school student ID.)
Schedule to be announced in early October. I'll be promoting The Uninvited with a special appearance at the event.

ISBN 9780062347336

. . . exquisite and magical. This story is a gem with so many facets that uphold the tenets of the Gothic genre, the sensibilities of a romance, and the illuminative window to the past of a historical piece.
USA Today’s Happy Ever After

“Dark and romantic . . . at once horrifying and tender.”
Publishers Weekly

“. . . a haunting paranormal tale.
(4 stars)
Romantic Times

“Winters is a talented writer who takes her readers on an audacious ride with this book, her first novel written for an adult audience. The plotting is near perfect.”
Historical Novels Review


Monday, September 7, 2015

THE STEEP AND THORNY WAY Is Now Available to Preorder

My third young adult novel, The Steep and Thorny Way, releases six months from tomorrow, and I'm happy to say that it's now available to preorder on Amazon! More online ordering options will likely follow soon.

Reviewers: I'll spread the word when ARCs are available to request.

If you're curious to know a tiny bit more about the book, please head over to Pinterest, where I've compiled pictorial and musical inspiration for the novel.

Publication details and synopsis:

Coming March 8, 2016
Amulet Books / Abrams
Hardcover ISBN 9781419719158

A thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, The Steep and Thorny Way tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

1920s Oregon is not a welcoming place for Hanalee Denney, the daughter of a white woman and an African-American man. She has almost no rights by law, and the Ku Klux Klan breeds fear and hatred in even Hanalee’s oldest friendships. Plus, her father, Hank Denney, died a year ago, hit by a drunk-driving teenager. Now her father’s killer is out of jail and back in town, and he claims that Hanalee’s father wasn’t killed by the accident at all but, instead, was poisoned by the doctor who looked after him—who happens to be Hanalee’s new stepfather.

The only way for Hanalee to get the answers she needs is to ask Hank himself, a “haint” wandering the roads at night.

Update: You can now also preorder The Steep and Thorny Way from Barnes & Noble.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Where to Find Signed Copies of THE UNINVITED + Upcoming Signings

M.J. Rose, me, & Wendy Webb
I just spent the past weekend speaking with fellow authors Wendy Webb and M.J. Rose in indie bookstores in Seattle and Portland. We chatted about paranormal experiences, the challenges and joys of writing, and what we're cooking up next for readers. It was an absolute delight to appear with these two talented and entertaining bestselling authors.  

Because of my recent book stops, signed copies of The Uninvited are now easily available to purchase.

Here's a list of stores stocking autographed copies:

Powell's Books, Beaverton, OR
Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle, WA
Barnes & Noble, Seattle, WA
Annie Bloom's Books, Portland, OR

And here's where you'll be able to find me next:

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 2:00 pm
Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore
5943 Balboa Avenue, Suite #100, San Diego, CA
Reading and signing with Laura Anne Gilman and me.

Saturday, November 7, 2015
Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR
Details to follow.