Monday, April 5, 2021


April 2 marked the eighth anniversary of the publication of my debut novel, In the Shadow of Blackbirds. This past year I've often felt like I've become trapped inside the book's 1918 setting, when another pandemic threatened lives, shut down cities, and turned masks into a means of keeping everyone safe. It's been surreal, to say the least. 

To everyone who's read In the Shadow of Blackbirds over the past eight years, thank you for discovering and recommending my tale of a rational, science-minded girl who's forced into a world of spiritualism and suspense during WWI and the 1918 flu. 

Below you'll find a few bonus features for the book that I've posted throughout the years, as well as purchase links and library links for the various editions.

★ “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

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• 2014 Morris Award Finalist
• A School Library Journal Best Book of 2013
• YALSA's 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults
 • 2013 Bram Stoker Award Nominee for Superior Achievement in Young Adult Fiction
YALSA's 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee
2013 Oregon Spirit Book Award Winner
• SCBWI 2014 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards Finalist 
Booklist's 2013 Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth
Booklist's 2013 Top 10 First Novels for Youth
• Starred reviews, Publishers Weekly, Booklist,
School Library Journal

• Highlighted review, VOYA Magazine
• Editors' Choice, Historical Novels Review
• 2014 TAYSHAS Reading List
2014 Westchester Fiction Award Winner  
• 2014-2015 Georgia Peach Book Award Nominee
• 2014 Maine Regional Library System Cream of the Crop List
TriState Young Adult Book Review’s 2014 Book of Note List
2014-2015 Florida Teen Reads Award Finalist 
• Oregon Young Adult Network Book Rave 2014 List
2015-2016 Tennessee Volunteer State Book Award Nominee
• Nominated for the ACL of Northern California's
2013 Distinguished Book List

2015-2016 MASL Gateway Readers Award Nominee
• Shortlisted for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board Teen Reader’s Choice Award, Canada
2016 Rhode Island Teen Book Award Nominee 
2015-2016 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee 
October 2015 Big Library Read Selection 
2015 ALA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults (Mysteries: Murder, Mayhem, and Other Adventures)