August 26, 2014

Teaser + Giveaway: Summerfall by Claire Legrand

Hey, do you guys know about SUMMERFALL by Claire Legrand? Y'know, the prequel novella to WINTERSPELL (also by Claire Legand - duh, Gaby, duh). WELL. It comes out today.

Can you tell I'm excited? Because I really am.
Anyway, because I am the luckiest girl in the world, I get to share a special except of SUMMERFALL with all of you today that should (obviously) convince you to stop what you're doing and go add this beautiful cover to your collection of icons on your e-reader.  
Oh, and also, there's a GIVEAWAY all the way at the end of this. There are pretty trading cards and bookmarks and bookplates to be had. I promise you guys, want all of the stuff.
But before we get to the aforementioned excerpt and giveaway, please take a moment to remind yourself what SUMMERFALL and WINTERSPELL are all about (spoilers: THE NUTCRACKER, GUYS. CLAIRE LEGRAND IS WRITING A NUTCRACKER RETELLING.)

Title: Summerfall (A Winterspell Novella)
Author: Claire Legrand
Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Rinka is a faery, passionate and powerful, determined to maintain the tenuous peace between faeries and humans.

Alban Somerhart is a human, a reluctant king trapped in an arranged marriage, desperate to prevent war.

Their love could save the kingdom of Cane... or shatter it forever.

In this captivating novella, prequel to the upcoming Winterspell, Claire Legrand weaves a story of magic, political intrigue, and forbidden love that sets the stage for the rise of a wicked queen and the journey of a human girl named Clara...
... I am so excited it doesn't seem particularly normal to me at this moment.

And ALSO, if you want to know exactly what WINTERSPELL is about, I've got you covered there too.

Title: Winterspell
Author: Claire Legrand
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince... but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor's ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother's murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted--by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they're to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets--and a need she can't define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won't leave Cane unscathed--if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.
Okay, okay, have I made you scroll down enough? 
Have you scrolled through all the words and excitement and now you want to read this wonderful teaser already? 
I like making you wait.
So keep scrolling.

Ugh. I want that story in my life, please.

Claire Legrand is the author of books for children and teens, including The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, the upcoming Winterspell, and its prequel, Summerfall. She is also one of the four authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities.

When not writing books, she can be found obsessing over DVD commentaries, going on long walks (or trying to go on long runs), and speaking with a poor English accent to random passersby. She thinks musicians and librarians are the loveliest of folks (having been each of those herself) and, while she loves living in central New Jersey, she dearly misses her big, brash, beautiful home state of Texas.

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And because I can't let my readers go without a GIVEAWAY, be sure you enter to win some fantastic WINTERSPELL swag!

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Got all that? Okay, now go buy SUMMERFALL for your e-reader. It'll thank you for it.