One day left for preorder prizes!

AND TWO DAYS LEFT UNTIL PUBLICATION DAY OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGG.

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in other non-freakout news, there’s only one more day left to snag your copy of MEETING THOMAS CRESSWELL before the preorder incentive disappears like Cinderella at midnight. (September 18th going into the 19th.)

if you’d like to get a copy, please take a screen shot of your receipt and upload it to the site before then. once the giveaway is closed, there won’t be another way to read the novella.

here’s where to upload your receipts and find more info

FAQ:

It says “US/CA only” and I live outside the US…

Since it’s an ebook it’s open internationally, so please upload your receipts!

I don’t see the submit button. Help!

If you’re using a mobile device sometimes they’ve been giving people trouble. Use a laptop or computer and that always works, promise.

When should I receive my novella?

The team at JIMMY books has been working hard to sort through all of the receipts and send out the novellas ASAP. Please allow up to two business days for it to arrive in your inbox. if it’s been two business days, please contact my publicist. (her info is under the contact page on my site.)

Do I have to preorder from a specific place?

Nope! You can preorder from any store or online retailer and upload the picture of your receipt to enter.

Where can I preorder a signed copy?

Any of my tour stops will have signed/personalized copies available and will ship. Please contact the stores for further details or instructions. (also? YOU ARE SO AWESOME, OMG.)

Places to order signed copies:

Books of Wonder

Quail Ridge Books

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop

Foxtale Book Shoppe

Little Shop of Stories

ahhhh that’s it for now….i’ll see you back here in TWO DAYS!!!!! WHEEEEE!

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pre-pub: Stalking Jack the Ripper updates

Five days left until publication….Honestly, I don’t know how it’s possible. I’m excited. I’m nervous. I’m thrilled. I’m hyperventilating. I’m so ready for it and so terrified. I never knew it was possible to have so many emotions all happening simultaneously. That laughing and crying and being anxious could all intermingle at once. That something so nerve-wracking could also bring so much joy.

My very first novel is almost in the world, and then it no longer belongs to me, this precious book baby that I’ve loved and nurtured and cared for. It will soon belong to all of you.

Five days. Less than a week. Oh. My. Gosh. I’m so ready, are you????

Fun things to round up before my next publication day post (!!!!!!!):

Phantom Rin has included SJTR merchandise in her shop. I swear I’m going to save my pennies and order EVERYTHING. SJTR-themed dresses and pillows and phone cases and wall art and more. What a dream come true to have my characters featured along with some amazing fandoms!

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I also have Phantom Rin to thank for surprising me with this FREAKING FANTASTIC tour graphic. I’m one of her illustrations and it’s SO COOL!!!!

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Next, I teamed up with Brittany from Novelly Yours to create a STALKING JACK THE RIPPER-inspired candle. Initially, I’d placed a custom order for special door prizes for launch day, but when she asked if I’d like to make it a public listing I jumped at the opportunity. I know not everyone will be able to make it out to the cities on tour, and thought it was a great way for everyone to have their own special SJTR swag.

Guys? I might be biased, but the scents I chose and the way Brittany worked her magic with bringing them together…this is the best candle EVER. I haven’t stopped breathing them in since they arrived this week. If you’d like to check it out, please do so by clicking here. The candles have blood splatter and are this fantastic gray with darker gray swirls to evoke the image of a foggy London night. In fact, I named them (actually my mom came up with the name!) FOGGY KNIGHT. It’s a play on a vigilante group in SJTR.

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EEEEEEEE! I cannot believe the next post I’ll be sharing is as a published author (!!!!!!!!!). I’ve been waiting YEARS AND YEARS for this and cannot believe it’s really happening.

Cheers to this next chapter!

Behind the scenes pics from the STALKING JACK THE RIPPER cover shoot

Oh. Em. Geeeee. You guys have been INCREDIBLE with your early support and love of STALKING JACK THE RIPPER! I have been so impressed with all the bookstagrams and photos on instagram and twitter, and all the excited tweets and buzz. Y’all are seriously amazing. I can’t even describe how much your excitement means to me. Seriously. Each tweet or message or note is a treasure that I’m going to hoard forever. To celebrate all of the excitement over SJtR, and to say thank you, I thought I’d share some exclusive behind-the-scenes pictures from the cover shoot. Sound good?!

All cover shoot photos were taken by my super-talented and lovely editor, Jenny Bak. (The ARC picture is from my personal photo library.) Enjoy this sneak peek at the hard work that went into the cover we all adore so much.

Thank you to art director Tracy Shaw and uber talented photographer Carrie Schechter for bringing Audrey Rose and Victorian London to life.

Now onto the good stuff!!!!

Every badass Victorian girl needs a good dagger while stalking infamous killers, luckily we had plenty to choose from:

Great hair is also a must. The makeup artist was a complete genius with taking our modern model and giving her that authentic Victorian feel.

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And then there’s the clothing. So. Many. Amazing. Dresses. Here are just a few. (No worries–I’ll share more in another post!) 

For those who have asked here is a photo of the ARC cover:

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Aaaaand here is the beautiful final cover. I cannot wait to share this story with you in September! Stay tuned for an ARC giveaway coming in the next couple of weeks. <333

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If you’d like to read the first chapter, please check it out on Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.

xoxo

 

 

 

Teaser Tuesday – Stalking Jack the Ripper; Ides of March Style

When we first read Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar in high school, one of the minor characters I was IMMEDIATELY taken with was the soothsayer. He utters the cryptic line, “Beware the Ides of March,” and to this day I can’t help saying it in an overly dramatic/ominous tone.

It was such a small, but significant detail. And the creepy factor? My goodness. Having someone run up and say something awful is going down on a certain date really drums up a little heart-pounding fear. Will Caesar heed his warning? Has his fate been predetermined? We know the outcome LONG before going into it that it doesn’t end well for Caesar, but the soothsayer still added an underlying tone of suspense.

I mean, the guy only had nine lines in the entire play, but his words were a ghost constantly haunting readers. At least, that’s what this reader thought. 😀

What does ANY of this have to do with my teaser Tuesday? Well. Today is the Ides of March, friends. *insert scary music* Since my book is rather on the creepy/gothic side, I’d like to share one of my favorite lines from Stalking Jack the Ripper. It’s from a scene where Audrey Rose promises to be “as silent as the dead” while attending her uncle’s forensic class in disguise. Hope you enjoy it!

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“The dead speak to those who listen.” – Stalking Jack the Ripper 

Oh! I do have some VERY EXCITING news coming your way in the next week or two. I’m just saying, maybe some other kind of artwork is involved….

xoxo

IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS

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Author: Cat Winters

Genre: YA Historical/Mystery with a Paranormal twist

Rating: Five out of Five stars

Back of book blurb:

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

Review:

This is one of those books that is so beautifully written you want to go back and immediately reread it. Cat Winters did a spectacular job bringing the haunted feeling of walking around during the Spanish influenza to life. I could actually smell the onions people used to keep the flu away, and feel the gauze suffocating me. The details and historical accuracy really elevated this novel into something otherworldly. I don’t want to give too much away for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but hands down this is one of the most breathtaking reads of the year. If you are in the market for something unlike anything else on the shelves this is the book for you.

Mary Shelley Black is a delightful character full of quirks and spunk. She is such a remarkable young woman who deals with everything that’s thrown at her with courage and bravery, and the mystery surrounding the death of her first love kept me turning the pages well into the early morning hours. I’m not a cryer when it comes to novels, I RARELY tear up, but there were two parts in this book that brought on full-blown ugly crying.

MY GOD YOU NEED TO READ THIS. There are so many things I want to chat about so please go buy a copy and make some tea.

Here’s a taste of the first page to whet your appetite:

Portland, Oregon–October 16, 1918

I stepped inside the railroad car, and three dozen pairs of eyes peered my way. Gauze masks concealed the passengers’ mouths and noses. The train smelled of my own mask’s cotton, boiling onions, and a whiff of something clammy and sour I took to be fear.

Keep moving, I told myself.

My legs shook and threatened to buckle, but I managed to clomp down the aisle in the brown Boy Scout boots I wore in case I ever needed to run at a moment’s notice. The heavy tread drew unwanted glances and at least one raised eyebrow, but nobody uttered a word.

Praise for IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS:

“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

“Unconventional and unflinching… More than anything, this is a story of the breaking point between sanity and madness, delivered in a straightforward and welcoming teen voice.”—Booklist, starred review

“Winters deftly combines mystery, ghost story, historical fiction, and romance…the story and setting are atmospheric and eerie.”—School Library Journal, 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

“Cat Winters’s debut novel is creepy good… Mary Shelley, with her Boy Scout boots and penchant for aviatrix goggles, is just plain awesomely odd.” —The Boston Globe

“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.”—Lauren DeStefano New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy

Keep up with Cat Winters on the interwebs:

Twitter

Official Website

Facebook

Goodreads

She’s also hosting an international giveaway on her blog RIGHT NOW through July 2nd, so you miiiiiiiight want to check it out.