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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

THE WINNER'S CUSRE by Marie Rutkoski, Blog Tour: Author Guest Post / Giveaway

Hello & Welcome to the third stop for Fierce Reads's THE WINNER'S CURSE blog tour! I'm so thrilled to be apart of this tour, and to have Marie Rutoski on Mundie Moms today. This is a book I've been anxiously awaiting to be released for close to a year now. I read this last year and have been head over heals in love with it since then. Here's a little bit about Marie's upcoming release (you can read my review shortly on Mundie Moms).

To Be Released on: March 4th, 2014
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Add it to Goodreads
Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 
As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined. 
Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.
Read Marie's Bridge of Snow to get a look into her incredible world of The Winner's Curse

I am beyond excited to have Marie on Mundie Moms today. Normally when I have an author guest post spot light on a blog tour, the author selects one option from a variety of guest post topics I send. Today Marie has taken the time to not only send us one guest post topic, but all of them.

5 Books That Influenced Me in my Teen Years
  1. Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
  2. Marion Zimmer Bradley, The Mists of Avalon
  3. JD Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  4. Robin McKinley, The Hero and the Crown
  5. Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird
If The Winner's Curse Was A Movie, I See These Actors Portraying My Characters
You know…I shy away from this question only because I don’t want to impose my idea of what the characters look like on readers. But I would LOVE to know which actors my readers think should play the characters. (Leave us a comment below and let us know who you think would be perfect for a The Winner's Curse movie role).

My 5 Favorite Moments from The Winner's Curse
In no particular order:
  1. the scene at the auction where Kestrel buys Arin
  2. An argument during a storm
  3. “He raked a hand through his short hair. ‘Where is my honor in all this, Kestrel?’”
  4. “The shirt had been sewn from the cloth of love. He felt the plush of velvet, the skim of silk, the resilient woof and weft that would not fray.” The scene in Irex’s library, where Arin is caught doing something he shouldn’t have done. 

5 YA Books I've Read As An Adult, That I Wish I Had As a Teen
In alphabetical order:

  1. MT Anderson, Feed
  2. Kristin Cashore, Graceling
  3. Melina Marchetta, Jellicoe Road
  4. Maggie Stiefvater, The Scorpio Races
  5. John Corey Whaley, Where Things Come Back

Advice I Wish I Could Go Back In Time & Give To My Former Teen Self
Be gentle to yourself.

Thank you Marie for stopping by Mundie Moms today!

Want more?
  • Learn more at where you can read an excerpt and watch the book trailer.
  • Like The Winner’s Curse on Facebook!
  • Add The Winner’s Curse to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
  • Join in on social media with hashtag #thewinnerscurse
  • Visit Marie Rutkoski’s website, follow her on Twitter, and “like” her onFacebook.

About The Author

Marie Rutkoski is the author of the YA novel The Shadow Society, about a girl who discovers that she’s not human and that her kind are terrorists in an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire never happened. The Shadow Society will be published October 30, 2012. Marie has also written the children’s fantasy series The Kronos Chronicles, including The Cabinet of WondersThe Celestial Globeand The Jewel of the KalderashThe Cabinet of Wonders, her debut novel, was named an Indie Next Kids’ List Great Read and a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, among other honors. 

Rutkoski grew up in Bolingbrook, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago), as the oldest of four children. She attended the University of Iowa. After graduating, she lived in Moscow and Prague. Upon receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she held dual appointments as a lecturer there in both English and American Literature and Language, and History and Literature. Rutkoski is currently a professor at Brooklyn College, where she teaches Renaissance Drama, children’s literature and creative writing. She usually lives in New York City with her husband and two sons, but she and her family are now living in Paris for the 2012-2013 academic year. 

Find Marie via: Her Blog | Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Tumblr

The Giveaway

Thank to our fabulous friends at Fierce Reads / MacMillan Teen, I have a fabulous prize package to giveaway today to 1 lucky reader!

1 lucky reader will win:

*  a FINISHED copy of The Winner's Curse
* The Winner's Curse bookmarks
* eye shadow
* stickers 
(seen in the picture above)

To ENTER: After you leave me a comment below telling me why you want to win, be sure to also fill out the form below (Standard Mundie Moms rules apply. Open to the US & Canada:

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THE SHADOW PRINCE by Stacey O'Neale, COVER REVEAL & Giveaway

Hello & Welcome to today's exciting cover reveal for Stacey O'Neal's THE SHADOW PRINCE. I can not wait to read this book!!! I'm so thrilled to be apart of today's Good Choice Reading's cover reveal. CHECK OUT THIS COVER!!!!

Every sacrifice has consequences.

Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals—learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother, Queen Prisma, will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:

Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.

Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend, Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
This prequel novella will be FREE and available on Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble on March 25, 2014!

Mortal Enchantment (Book 1)
ebook262 pages
Expected publication: May 20th 2014 by Phoenix Reign Publishing



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Stacey O'Neale started her career in publishing as a blogger turned publicist for two successful small publishers. She loves to write stories with swoony paranormal heroes, snarky heroines, and lots of kissing.

When she's not writing, she loves blogging and fangirling about books on twitter. Occasionally, she leaves her computer to go outside.
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